Friday, September 13, 2019

All's fair at the Campus Fair Trade celebration

Fair Trade Campus banner.

A message from Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

You’re invited to join a celebration of Waterloo’s Fair Trade Campus Designation. Earlier in 2019, the University successfully met the requirements for the campus designation by providing Fairtrade Certified coffee, tea, and chocolate across staff and student-run food services.

These efforts enable sustainable livelihoods for coffee, tea, and cocoa farmers around the world, support community development, and protect the environment.

To celebrate this milestone, the University community is encouraged to join an engaging panel discussion on Thursday, September 19th, from 11:30-12:45 in AL124.

Vice President Academic and Provost Jim Rush will provide welcoming remarks, followed by a panel conversation and audience question-and-answer about the global fair trade movement and campus action to support. Panel members include:

  • Helen Reimer, Director of Business Development, Fairtrade Canada
  • Cam Burke, Head Roaster & Purchasing Manager, Baden Coffee Company
  • Maggie Chang, Undergraduate Student & Project Development Lead, Sustainable Campus Initiative, University of Waterloo
  • Kristen Fromm, Director of Purchasing, Ten Thousand Villages

Food Services will be providing complementary coffee and tea (all Fairtrade certified, of course!). During and after the event, there will also be a vendor showcase taking place to sample fair trade products.

Please register if you wish to attend.

For more information about the designation and where you can find Fairtrade certified options at Waterloo, visit the designation announcement.

Remembering Professor Donald Ranney

This article was originally published on the Department of Kinesiology's website.

Professor Donald Ranney in formal wear circa 1996.Donald A. Ranney, professor emeritus in Waterloo Department of Kinesiology, passed away on September 9 at the age of 87.

Ranney studied anthropology and linguistics and graduated in medicine from University of Toronto in 1958. He studied surgery in Great Britain, becoming a Captain in the Special Air Service, and went to India performing reconstructive surgery on victims of leprosy.

In 1976, Ranney joined the University of Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology as a professor of anatomy, later cross appointed with the School of Optometry. He was charged with establishing a school of anatomy – a guarded privilege reserved for the province’s medical schools. In preparation for the proposal, he met with all but one of the anatomy teachers in the province.

On January 17, 1978, the University of Waterloo School of Anatomy was established by Order in Council of the Government of Ontario to enable students of human movement to gain an in-depth knowledge of the structure of the human body. "I believe that the School of Anatomy, which makes possible this approach to learning, has helped to make our graduates better scientists,” explained Ranney in his recollections on the School.

As the head of the School of Anatomy, Ranney taught anatomy and sports medicine for two decades, publishing more than a hundred scientific papers on topics that varied from anatomy, biomechanics, muscle physiology, and surgery of the hand, to work-related injuries, and neuroanatomy of chronic pain. At the same time, he ran a part-time clinic for athletes and those injured at work or in motor vehicle accidents.

Known as a person of many interests and talents, he obtained a diploma in television production at The Banff Centre, researched the biomechanics of dance, was a military and sport skydiver, and was team physician for many local and national sports teams, including the Canadian men’s softball team that won the Pan-American Gold Medal in 1983.

Professor Donald Ranney helps students examine an anatomical skeleton.After retiring in 1996, he returned as adjunct faculty to teach introductory anatomy, while operating a business performing orthopedic medical evaluations for lawyers and insurance companies on clients involved in motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall and work injuries.

A plaque in his honour graces the School, noting that Ranney’s "tireless efforts (...) made possible the dissection of human material for the purpose of learning anatomy at this university. Through his exemplary administration, (...) Professor Ranney ensured that the cadavers would always be treated with respect and gratitude. His rigorous and creative teaching, illustrated from his experiences as a practicing physician and his innovative research and writing, have demonstrated the importance of anatomical knowledge in the promotion of health."

United Way Campaign annual report launches today

Feridun Hamdullahpur and Jim Rush serve soup while wearing United Way aprons.

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur and Vice-President, Academic & Provost Jim Rush serve soup to students for the United Way.

A message from the University of Waterloo United Way campaign.

As we start to gear up for the 2019 United Way campaign on campus, we’d like to share our appreciation for the hard work, support and enthusiasm from our campus community – committee members, volunteers, and donors – during our 2018 campaign. Whether you attended an event, executed a fundraising activity within your department, or made a donation, every little bit helps. Your support helped to raise over $297,000 for the 2018 campaign. Read the full report online.

Our Impact:

  • Over 450 individual donors gave to United Way (employees, retirees and students).
  • 94 new donors supported the campaign – that’s just over 20 percent of our 454 total donors!
  • Our Ambassadors executed 81 events, contributing over $30,000 to our campaign.

Event highlights:

Impact of your investment:

In 2018, our campaign efforts contributed 4.7 percent of the United Way Waterloo Region Communities’ total campaign results. These donations are helping to:

  • Fund programs to help those in need of counselling and mental health services
  • Support programs helping youth enhance their social and educational skills
  • Fund programs connecting local immigrants to their community
  • Support programs that help those living in poverty in our community

As we look ahead to our 2019 campaign, we don’t want to forget our “every little bit counts” sentiment. By coming together as a campus community, we can conquer this year’s challenge. We’d love to have your support in reaching our 2019 goal of $250,000. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our campaign kickoff on October 1, and watch your inbox and mailbox for more details!

If you’d like to make a contribution or learn about volunteering as part of the University of Waterloo’s United Way campaign, contact the United Way office at

Volunteer Fair connects students with community agencies

A Volunteer Fair takes place in the Student Life Centre Great Hall.

The Centre for Career Action, EDGE, and WUSA will be hosting the Fall 2019 Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall. This event offers students an opportunity to meet local organizations that are recruiting volunteers.

Representatives from 30 local organizations will be present to speak with current students about their organization’s mission and volunteering needs.

Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and gain experiences that can be showcased on a résumé and discussed in an interview. For those looking to give back to the community, it is a fulfilling way to contribute to local causes. It also provides an excellent opportunity for networking.

For more information, please contact Sam Kang, Career Advisor (  

Student team makes its million-dollar play for Hult Prize

Members of the University of Waterloo team Phonic make their pitch at the Hult Prize competitions.

by Carol Truemner. This is an excerpt of an article originally published on the Faculty of Engineering website.

It was the fairy-tale ending that came true.

After securing a top place finish at this year’s Hult Prize Startup Accelerator located in an English castle, a Waterloo team will compete this week at the United Nations in New York City for $1 million.

Recent mechatronics engineering grads Mitchell Catoen, Devon Copeland, David Ferris and Rareș Topor-Gosman will go head-to-head against five other teams, whittled down from more than 100,000, during the last leg of the 2019 Hult Prize Challenge.  This round marks the fourth and final stage of pitches in the competition recognized as the largest student social entrepreneurship competition in the world.

On September 14, the team will pitch its company, Phonic, to an elite team of judges, including President of Earth Day Network Kathleen Rogers, Executive Director of UNICEF Henrietta H. Fore, and actress-turned-entrepreneur Jessica Alba. The $1 million cheque presentation will be made by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Each year, Clinton comes up with the Hult Prize challenge, which is currently focused on youth unemployment.

Phonic’s business concept is entirely different from the one team members originally developed while participating in their fourth-year social entrepreneurship course offered through the Conrad School of Business and Entrepreneurship and at the Hult Prize Startup Accelerator.

When the team arrived in England in mid-July, members were still focused on their original startup called Better Bail for America (BB4A), designed to help prevent youth unemployment in the United States by enabling young, employed, first-time offenders facing minor charges to access crowdfunded, interest-free bail.

After presenting BB4A on two consecutive “Pitch Fridays” to judges and the other 37 teams, the four team members concluded that while their idea had merit, they lacked the necessary legal background and faced a lot of political adversity to make it work.

“We felt it was important for us to acknowledge those challenges and to think realistically about if we were the right team to solve the problem,” says Copeland. “We ended up deciding to pivot to our new business.”

Check the full story on the Faculty of Engineering's website.

Beyond the Bulletin Episode 15

Beyond the Bulletin banner with two vintage microphones.

Episode 15 of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is now live. Joseph Pazzano, from the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Office, provides detail on some new workshops. Pharmacy helps teach people how to use naloxone in cases of opioid overdose. A Hollywood actor comes to campus as part of the HeforShe Get Free Tour. And Doors Open comes to Waterloo.

Link of the day

The Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo.

Jinkies! Scooby-Doo turns 50

When and Where

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

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

NEW - Hack the North 2019, Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, Engineering 5 and Engineering 7.

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.

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

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.

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 - UWaterloo Jacket Day, Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., South Campus Hall concourse.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

NEW - WiM 2019 Chocolate Fountain Welcome Event, Wednesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m., MC 5501, RSVP.

NEW - The Body Project, Wednesday, September 18, 5:00 p.m., HS 1101 – Register on LEADS.

NEW - Coping Skills Seminar – Thriving With Emotions, Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on LEADS.

NEW – UW Farm Market, Thursday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Arts Quad.

NEW - Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Thursday, September 19, 3:00 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on LEADS.

NEW - EngCon, Thursday, September 19, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., E7 1427.

NEW - Instructional Registration Deadline, Friday, September 20.

NEW - Graduate Supervision Series Day One, Friday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., MC 2036.

NEW - Cheriton Research Symposium, Friday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., DC 1302.

NEW - Inauguration officielle de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en études des minorités/Official Inauguration of the Canada Research Chair in Minority Studies, Friday, September 20, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., HH 1104. A reception will follow the inauguration and public lecture by Distinguished Professor Emeritus François Paré. RSVP on Eventbrite.

NEW - Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) applications deadline, Friday, September 20, 4:30 p.m. Applications due to E7 7302.

NEW - New Faculty & Family Dinner, Friday, September 20, 5:30 p.m. at the University Club. Register by September 12.

NEW - Eye Talks: Overcoming Vision Loss, Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., School of Optometry and Vision Science.

NEW – School of Planning Ceremony of Induction, Saturday, September 21, Registration and Reception 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Environment 3 Atrium; Ceremony 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Theatre of the Arts.

PhD oral defences

Chemistry. Taylor Urquhart, “Bacteriophage M13 as a Template for Multi-Enzyme Assembly.” Supervisor, John Honek. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Tuesday September 17, 1:00 p.m., C2 361.

Computer Science. Abdullah Rashwan, “Parameter and Structure Learning Techniques for Sum Product Networks.” Supervisor, Pascal Poupart. Thesis available from MGO – Oral defence Wednesday, September 18, 10:00 a.m., DC 2310.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Florin Saceleanu, “Heterogeneous Reactions of Micro and Nano Aluminum Particles with Various Oxidizers.” Supervisor, John Wen. On display in the Engineering graduate office E7 7402. Oral defence Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 a.m., E5 3052.

Chemical Engineering. Elnaz Halakoo, “Thin film composite membranes via layer-by-layer assembly for pervaporation separations.” Supervisor, Xianshe Feng. On display in the Engineering graduate office E7 7402. Oral defence Thursday, September 19, 1:30 p.m., E6 2022.