Tuesday, September 10, 2019

LITE grant awards innovative teaching projects

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Since 2012, 90 Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed grants have been awarded to instructors and staff investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and learning at Waterloo. Recipients across campus, and our Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo, have explored topics ranging from transcultural learning to ePortfolios, gamification to undergraduate teamwork development, and more.

The Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) have announced the recipients of the latest round of LITE Seed grants:

A complete list of the LITE Grant projects is available on the CTE website. The next application deadline for LITE Full grants is October 1, 2019. LITE Full grants support larger-scale or longer-term projects with funding of up to $30,000 over two years. If you would like guidance on your project or feedback on your application, please contact Kyle Scholz at the Centre for Teaching Excellence. 

Get ready for Alumni Black and Gold Day

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A message from the Office of Advancement.

Mark your calendar — it’s almost time for the new Alumni Black and Gold Day. Faculty, staff and students are invited to join us on Saturday, September 28, for exciting new events as well as favourites from years past.

Fun Run in support of UW MATES

Don’t miss this popular event for members of the campus and Waterloo region communities. The Fun Run is open to all ages and skill levels. Costumes are encouraged!

Organized by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences for more than three decades, this event is now hosted by the University’s Alumni Relations team in support of UW MATES. Three dollars from every entry fee will go towards MATES, a one-to-one student peer support program offered by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association in consultation with Campus Wellness.

The Modern Athlete Panel

Better, faster, stronger. Are athletes born or made? Join us in an exploratory discussion on advances in health technology and how they affect sport and the development of athletes.

Waterloo Warriors vs. York Lions

Head to Warrior Field and grab your spot in the stands as our football team battles the York Lions. Come out and cheer our Warriors on to victory!

Food, festivities and more . . .

For more details and to register, visit the Alumni Black and Gold Day page. We’re looking forward to seeing you on September 28!

Register for Alumni Black and Gold Day.

CI projects showcase open to employees

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Human Resources will be hosting a second Continuous Improvement (CI) projects showcase on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about how different departments on campus are using CI tools and methodologies to achieve efficient processes and outcomes. If you are interested in learning more about CI, please register to attend the showcase.

The event will follow a science fair layout with booths for each department/project. Booths will showcase tools such as visual management, kanban, process mapping, change management, and other case studies.

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Time: Drop by anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: STC Lower atrium

If you have any questions about the CI projects showcase, please contact Raghda Sabry, Project Coordinator Human Resources or Kimberley Snage, Director, HR Projects, Technology and Analytics. You can find out more about Continuous Improvement on the Waterloo Lean website.

Link of the day

World Suicide Prevention Day

When and Where

Music Department Ensemble Auditions for Fall  2019: Instrumental and Choral, Wednesday, September 4 to September 20, Conrad Grebel University College. 

Fall Welcome Week, Monday, September 9 to Thursday, September 12.

Free Fitness Week, Monday, September 9 to Sunday, September 15.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Fall 2019 Open House, Tuesday, September 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, EV3 atrium.

Legal and Immigration Services Brown Bag Lunch & Learn, "Hiring Foreign Nationals – faculty and spousal/partner hiring," Tuesday, September 10, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., NH 3407.

Mental health and return-to-work coordination: a workshop on strategy, Tuesday, September 10, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Oakham Lounge, 63 Gould Street, Toronto.

Chemistry Seminar, “Soft nanoparticles, hard science & the path from discovery to commercialization,” John R. Dutcher, Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter & Biological Physics, Department of Physics, University of Guelph, Tuesday, September 10, 2:30 p.m., C2-361 reading roomQNC-1501. Please note the new location.

Coping Skills Seminar – Thriving With Emotions, Tuesday, September 10, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302. Register on LEADS.

Women in Math Fall Welcome Party, Tuesday, September 10, 4:30 p.m., MC 5501. Complimentary snacks will be provided. RSVP.

Fall Welcome Week: Tinder Tales, Tuesday, September 10, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

More Feet on the Ground Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Wednesday, September 11, 9:30 a.m., NH 2447. Register on Workday

Warriors Athletics and Recreation Open House, Wednesday, September 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

NEW - Research Ethics drop-in session for faculty and students, Wednesday, September 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor).

Chemistry Seminar, “Switchable Dopants on Percolation Networks of 2D Materials for Chemiresistive Sensing Applications in Aqueous Environments,” Peter Kruse, Department of Chemistry, McMaster University, Wednesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m., C2-278.

Brown Bag Lunch: HREI Training Offerings, Wednesday, September 11, 12:00 p.m., HH 373.

Coping Skills Seminar - Empowering Habit Change, Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302. Register on LEADS.

Chemistry Seminar, “All-Solid-State Li (Na) Batteries: Opportunities and Challenges,” Venkataraman Thangadurai, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, Thursday, September 12, 10:00 a.m., C2-361 reading room.

Grammar Studio I: The most common grammar trouble spots, Thursday, September 12, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

NEW - Seminar: Infrasound and low frequency noise: Physics, cells, health and history, Thursday, September 12, 1:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Library Revitalization Grand Opening, Thursday, September 12, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Davis Centre Library.

The Games Institute and IMMERSe present "Superheroes and Sexuality" with Anna Peppard, Thursday, September 12, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

Dana Porter Library open house, Thursday, September 12, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., DP 3rd and 5th floors.

Sustainability at Waterloo BYOLunch & Learn: Transportation Updates on Campus, Friday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Facilitated Innovation: How knowledge integrators and technology can work together to stack the odds in favor of big discoveries”, featuring speaker Dave King, Founder & CEO of Exaptive, Friday, September 13, 1:00 p.m., EV2-2002.

Conditioning Classes Registration Deadline, Friday, September 13, 1:00 p.m.

NEW - Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Dr. Quayshawn Spencer, “One More Radical Solution to the Race Problem,” Friday, September 13, HH 373, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

UWSA Family Picnic at Canada’s Wonderland, Saturday, September 14.

Warriors Football vs Guelph Staff and Faculty Day, Residence Day, Donor Day, Saturday, September 14, 1:00 p.m., Warrior Field. Staff and Faculty- email warriorstickets@uwaterloo.ca for free ticket details sponsored by Campus Dentist.

PhD oral defences

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Paresh Prakash, “Microstructure and Texture Evolution During Hot Deformation of AZ80 Magnesium Alloy.” Supervisor, Mary Wells. On display in the Engineering graduate office E7 7402. Oral defence Thursday, September 12, 8:30 a.m., E5 3052.

Physics & Astronomy. Maryam Mirkamali, “Resources Needed for Entangling Two Qubits through an Intermediate Mesoscopic System.” Supervisor, David Cory. On deposit in the Science graduate office PHY 2013. Oral defence Thursday September 12, 1:00 p.m., RA2 1101.

Statistics and Actuarial Science. Mingyu Fang, “Valuation of Carbon Emission Allowances and Sustainable Investment.” Supervisors, Ken Seng Tan and Tony Wirjanto. Thesis available from MGO – mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Thursday, September 12, 2:30 p.m., M3 3001.

Chemistry. Parisa Jafarzadeh, “Thermoelectric Properties and Stability of Barium Copper Chalcogenides.” Supervisor, Holger Kleinke. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Thursday, September 12, 2:00 p.m., C2 361.

Applied Mathematics. Abdulmajid Osumanu, “From Gravity to Hopf Algebra Lattice Models.” Supervisors, Florian Girelli and Maite Dupuis. Thesis available from MGO – mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Thursday, September 12, 1:30 p.m., MC 6460.