Thursday, September 12, 2019

CORE director tops list of contact lens experts

By Lauren Ward.

Headshot of Llyndon Jones, director of CORE.Multiple scientists and researchers within the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE), have been named as part of Expertscape’s top 60 Expertise in Contact Lenses: Worldwide. Topping the list at number one is the director of CORE, Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO.

“I’m humbled to be recognized alongside so many peers from around the world who are constantly adding to the growing and fascinating body of knowledge surrounding various contact lens-related topics,” Dr. Jones told Optical Prism magazine. “They are close collaborators, incredibly talented professionals and personal friends in many cases. Day in and day out at CORE, I’m privileged to partner with the most dedicated and brilliant leaders in the field. It’s our life’s work and such an honour to be recognized for the contributions our team has made—and there’s so much more ahead.”

Dr. Jones’ research primarily focuses on the interaction of novel and existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry eye, and the development of novel materials for ocular drug delivery.

CORE also has three other team members and four former CORE staff members, who have moved onto other roles within the ophthalmic spectrum, ranked within the list. Within CORE at #23 is Desmond Fonn, distinguished professor emeritus and founding director; at #48 is Doerte Luensmann, senior clinical scientist; and at #58 is Chau-Minh Phan, postdoctoral fellow.

In addition, Expertscape places the University of Waterloo as the number two institution on their list of top experts in contact lenses, after the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Two faculty members at the School of Optometry & Vision Science are also listed within the top 60: Professor Luigina Sorbara at #25 and Professor Trefford Simpson at #45.

Remembering Professor Thomas Abler

The members of the Anthropology department were saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Emeritus Dr. Thomas Abler at the age of 78 on September 4. 

Professor Thomas Abler circa 1978.Abler received his Ph.D from the University of Toronto in 1969 and taught in what would become the University of Waterloo's Anthropology department for 43 years, from 1967 to 2010. He joined the University as an assistant professor in September 1967 and was promoted to associate professor in July 1974. He chaired the anthropology department from May 1979 to April 1985.

Professor Thomas Abler circa 2008."His extensive scholarly expertise encompassed Native North America, ethnohistory, and war, and he was a marvellously productive author in these areas, producing five books, more than 50 book chapters and journal articles, and more than 100 book reviews," says a tribute on the Anthropology department's website. "Thousands of Waterloo students were introduced to anthropology through his courses, and many of those students have put the anthropology they learned from Tom to use in a wide variety of careers."

Event welcomes new faculty and their families

New Faculty and Family Welcome Dinner banner.

The University of Waterloo and the Faculty Association are hosting a New Faculty and Family Welcome Dinner on Friday, September 20 at the University Club.

"Come in your casual attire to experience a different side of UWaterloo’s fine-dining venue!" says the event website. "Enjoy good food, get to know other new faculty members and their families, have a chat with the University President and Provost, and meet the President and Board members of the Faculty Association." Children of all ages are welcome, and will be entertained by a wide variety of supervised fun and activities.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00. The evening will officially wrap up at 8:30 p.m.

All faculty members who've started at the University since September 1, 2018, are welcome to attend the event. Please register by September 12.

Library renovation grand opening today and other notes

This is a reminder that the Waterloo community is invited to a day of events celebrating the completion of two years of renovations at the Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries. The Library Revitalization Grand Opening takes place at the Davis Centre Library today at 1:30 p.m. Attendees can explore the library's new and improved spaces, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate the opening of the new Art in the Library exhibit, Begin*. Remarks begin at 2:00 p.m. 

Following the grand opening, drop by Dana Porter Library for a behind-the-scenes tour of the new staff workspaces on the third and fifth floors. Library staff will be on hand to answer questions.

International exchange students pose for a group photo.

On September 4, the Faculty of Engineering welcomed approximately 80 new exchange students who will be spending one or two terms at Waterloo. The students hail from 18 different countries and 32 partner universities around the world.

The Optometry team at the "Run for the cure" in 2018.The 2019 Optometry Rack Pack team will be participating in the 'CIBC Run for the Cure' on Sunday, October 6 to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 2013, the Optometry Rack Pack team has raised over $66,000. Their current 2019 fundraising total is $3,900 and they are still accepting donations to the team.

Annie musical banner.The University of Waterloo Recreation Committee is offering discount theatre tickets to see an upcoming performance of Annie. The production takes place on Sunday October 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge. 

Contact Shirley at for pricing information and to order tickets. The deadline to order tickets is Thursday, September 19.

WISE Energy Day Banner.

The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) is inviting students to present their research to individuals from the government, industry and academic communities at the upcoming Energy Day 2019 on September 26 in Federation Hall. There are 20 student poster spots available for showing in the Innovation Showcase. All energy related research is welcome.

This year’s panel topics and discussions will include:

  • Energy Services Delivery: Is there a changing of the guard?
  • Nano-based Energy Innovations: Breakthroughs or Bust?
  • Bioenergy Solutions: Can it shape the transition to a low carbon future?

All interested students are encouraged to contact Jessica Strickler at

Link of the day

30 years ago: Let Your Backbone Slide

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.

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.

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.

UWAG exhibition opening reception, Thursday, September 12, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., ECH 1239.

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.

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 for free ticket details sponsored by Campus Dentist.

Free Instructional Week, Monday, September 16 to Friday, September 20.

Intramural Registration Deadline, Monday, September 16.

Peace Week 2019“Peace related events and initiatives across waterloo region”, Monday, September 16 to Sunday, September 22.

NEW - HeForShe Get Free Tour rally, Monday, September 16, 9:30 a.m., Physical Activities Complex parking lot.

NEW - HeForShe Get Free Tour President's Lecture, Monday, September 16, 10:30 a.m., Federation Hall.

Engineering Green Team Sort-A-Thon, Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Engineering 7 1st floor. 

Coping Skills Seminar – Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, September 16, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on LEADS.

University Senate meeting, Monday, September 16, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

NEW - Columbia Icefield Field House grand opening, Tuesday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., north campus.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Speaker Series featuring Lewis Dartnell - Origins: How the earth Shaped Human History, Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, DC 1302.

Chemistry seminar: Unraveling atomic through nanoscale features of underexplored spider silks featuring Jan K. Rainey, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 a.m., C2-361 reading room.

NEW - Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

NEW - Columbia Icefield Field House President's Welcome Barbecue, Tuesday, September 17, 11:30 a.m., Warrior Field.

NEW - The Waterloo Centre for German Studies presents 'What makes me a Christian to you, makes you a Jew to me: A Conversation with Birgit Schreyer Duarte', Tuesday, September 17, 3:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts. Presented in co-operation with the Department of Communication Arts.

NEW - Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "Project Management and Temperament," Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111.

NEW - Faculty Meetup: Climate Justice, Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Grad House boardroom.

NEW - Noon Hour Concert:  A Veiled Symphony, Wednesday, September 18, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.  Free admission.

NEW - Mindfulness Meditation: A Stress Reduction Program, Wednesday, September 18, 2:00 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on LEADS.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar: Two-Dimensional Magnetism and its Applications for Spintronic Devices featuring Hyun Ho Kim, Department of Chemistry and Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Wednesday, September 18, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.

NEW - UWRA Fall Reception, Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 p.m., University Club.

NEW - Indigenous Speakers Series presents Jesse Thistle, bestselling author, scholar, and UWaterloo alum (MA’16 History), Wednesday, September 18, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Theatre of the Arts, ML.

PhD oral defences

Chemical Engineering. Boyu Li, “Development of Active and Stable Nanostructured Ceria-based Catalysts for Soot Oxidation.” Supervisors, Eric Croiset and John Wen. On display in the Engineering graduate office E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, September 13, 1:30 p.m., E6 2022.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Andrew Gryguc, “Fatigue of Forged AZ80 Magnesium Alloy.” Supervisors, Hamidreza Jahed Motlagh and Mary Wells. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, September 13, 9:00 a.m., E5 3052.

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Rajdip Nayek, “A probabilistic approach to vibration-based modal identification using mobile sensors.” Supervisor, Sriram Narasimhan. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, September 13, 1:00 p.m., E2 2350.

Physics & Astronomy. Piers Lillystone, “Contextuality and Ontological Models: A Tale of Desire and Disappointment.” Supervisor, Joseph Emerson. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Friday, September 13, 2:00 p.m., QNC 1201.