Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SEW long, farewell - Skills for the Electronic Workplace turns 20, gets new name

by Sandra Laughlin. 

The Skills for the Electronic Workplace program, now called the IT Professional Development (ITPD) program, is celebrating 20 years in 2019.

Started by Information Systems & Technology’s (IST) Client Services group and supported by staff from other departments across campus, the aim of the program was to provide University employees with hands-on training for computer application skills. Course attendees completed a small project at the end of each class and received a certificate to mark their achievements. 

Initially, courses were developed for Level 1 Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), and Level 2 and 3 courses were added over time. Dreamweaver, used to create and edit web pages before the arrival of the Waterloo Content Management System (WCMS), was another popular course.

IT Professional Development today

Today, the ITPD program offers participants a selection of approximately 8-12 courses each period and has broadened its scope to include material related to accessibility, writing for the web, project management, and analytics. The ITPD courses continue to be taught in the training labs (hands-on or lecture style) and some are also now available in the drop-in lab (self-lead instruction) or online via LEARN. While physical certificates are no longer distributed, a record of completion is maintained for each participant in Workday.

On the horizon

The IT landscape is constantly changing, and so then is the need and desire for modern, relevant training content. Additional courses in project management and a new course in API development are planned for the near future. And, if more immediate training is required, the LinkedIn Learning platform offers a wide selection of free, expert-lead courses to supplement and extend training offered through the ITPD program.

By the numbers

Since 2007, the program has offered courses in 138 topics and welcomed over 13,620 course participants. Excel Level 1, one of the very first courses offered, has been taught to over 330 participants alone.

Get involved

Have an idea for a new course or interested in teaching? We encourage you to review new instructors/courses to see what is required, then contact the ITPD Coordinator to get started.

David Sprott Distinguished Lecture explores Wiener Space

The next David Sprott Distinguished Lecture will take place on Thursday, September 26. Professor Hans Föllmer will deliver remarks entitled "Optimal Transport, Entropy, and Risk Measures on Wiener space." 

Hans Föllmer."We discuss the interplay between entropy, large deviations, and optimal couplings on Wiener space," says the lecture's promotional material. "In particular we prove a new rescaled version of Talagrand’s transport inequality. As an application, we consider rescaled versions of the entropic risk measure which are sensitive to risks in the fine structure of Brownian paths."

Föllmer is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Humboldt University in Berlin. He has also been a professor at the Universities of Frankfurt and Bonn and at ETH Zurich, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, and the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. He is widely known for his contributions to probability theory and mathematical finance and has received numerous awards, including the Prix Gay-Lussac/Humboldt of the French Government, the Georg-Cantor medal of the German Mathematical Society, and a honorary degree of the University Paris- Dauphine. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences.

The lecture takes place at 4:15 p.m. in STC 0050.

Learn more about the David Sprott Distinguished Lecture Series.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute to host annual conference

CPI conference October 2 - Federation Hall.

Our global economy depends on the digital systems that empower our everyday life. While our digital society holds tremendous promise for increased prosperity and innovation, it also exposes us to growing security breaches that put personal privacy and our social agency at risk.

On October 2, join cybersecurity and privacy experts as we examine the current threat landscape of cybersecurity and the future workforce needs for privacy and cybersecurity professionals. You will meet global thought leaders and experts transforming cybersecurity and protecting our privacy.

The event takes place at Federation Hall.

Register today.

Reminder: HeForShe Writing Contest submissions due October 1

HeForShe Writing Contest banner.

Submissions are open for the fourth and final year of the HeForShe Writing Contest

In this final year of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 writing contest, the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion and the Writing and Communication Centre are inviting the University of Waterloo community to share their ideas, expressions and visions on the theme of LEGACY as it relates to intersectional gender equity. Submissions are due October 1.

"In this call for your poems, stories and personal essays, we hope you will consider how the idea of legacy brings us here, to this moment in the present, and also how our choices today impact generations to come," says a note from the contest organizers. "Legacy ties us to one another across time. It extends and traces the choices we make today backwards and forwards, across seasons and across centuries. As we look around us now and lean forward into the future of gender equity, how do you see the legacy we carry today and imagine the legacy we can create for the future?"

In keeping with previous years, a $500 prize will be awarded for the top submission in each category (poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction). Selected submissions will also be included in a special University of Waterloo anthology on gender equity that will be published on March 6, 2020 at the International Women’s Day Dinner. The contest is open to all Waterloo students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

For more information about the contest and eligibility requirements, check out the HeForShe Writing Contest site.

Wednesday's notes

Applications for the Co-op Problem Award are open until Sunday, October 6 at 11:59 p.m. For more information check out the Co-op Problem Lab Award website.

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include Qualcomm Canada, BlackBerry Limited, Foresters Financial, Intellijoint Surgical, PartnerRe Life Reinsurance Company of Canada, Loyalty One, BDO Canada, Okta, Milliman, Scotiabank – Skills of the Trade, Splunk, Cockroach Labs, Intuit, Piblicis Sapient, Rippling, Verkada, BRP, DHL Supply Chain, AMD, Electronic Arts Inc.,, and Toronto Hydro.

Link of the day

20 years ago: Spaced

When and Where

Research Ethics drop-in session for faculty and students, Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor).

Women & Non-binary New Year Meet & Greet, Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., LIB 323

Résumé Tips (for employees only), Tuesday, September 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC1208.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Wednesday, September 25, 1:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on LEADS.

Mindfulness Meditation: A Stress Reduction Program, Wednesday, September 25, 2:00 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on LEADS.

Science Graduate Open House, Wednesday, September 25, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., STC Atrium. Registration required

The Body Project, Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m., HS 1101 – Register on LEADS.

Concept by Velocity - Intro Session: Startup Mythbusters, “Curious about the myths and facts surrounding startups?”  Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., South Campus Hall, 2nd Floor.

UW Farm Market, Thursday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., SLC lower atrium.

David Sprott Distinguished Lecture featuring Hans Föllmer, "Optimal Transport, Entropy, and Risk Measures on Wiener space", Thursday, September 26, 4:15 p.m., STC 0050.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on LEADS.

WISE Energy Day, September 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Federation Hall.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group with Dr. Diego L. Guarin, “Deep Learning for Objective Assessment and Diagnosis of Neuromuscular Diseases” Thursday September 26, 10:30 a.m., EC4-2101a.

Men’s Circle, Thursday September 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., EC4 – 1004.

NEW - CBB and the Games Institute present: UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series, “IP 101 and Commercialization” Thursday September 26, 12:30 p.m., DC 1304.

WaterTalk: Sociohydrology: “Imagineering” Not Just Engineering Needed to Solve Water Security Challenges presented by pioneering socio-hydrologist Dr. Murugesu Sivapalan, Thursday, September 26, 2:30 p.m., QNC 2502.

Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Thursday, September 26, 3:00 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on LEADS.

Grad Student Community and Conversation Circle, Thursday, September 26, 3:30 p.m., HS 1106 – Register is on LEADS.

What is Concept? “Concept? Velocity? You want to get involved with entrepreneurship but don’t know where to start.” Thursday, September 26, 5:00 p.m., Village 1, Great Hall.

NEW - Résumé Tips: Thinking Like an Employer, Thursday, September 26, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Renison film screenings, “The Mush Hole” with R.G. Miller and “The Mush Hole: A Shared History,” Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Alumni Hall. Panel discussion follows. Free event.

NEW - Ontario Universities' Fair, Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

NEW - IT Seminar: Enterprise Resource Planning Update, Friday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., EC5 room 1111.

NEW - Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Dr. Liam Shields, “The Distribution of Parental Rights and Third Party Investments,” Friday September 27, 3:30 p.m., HH 373.

Alumni Black and Gold Day, Saturday, September 28.

NEW - Health Careers Conference, Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., QNC

Warrior Football Vs. York - Alumni Black and Gold Day, Saturday, September 28, 1:00 p.m., Warrior Field. 

Renison and Arabesque host an “On The Table” discussion, Sunday, September 29, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Renison Atrium.

NEW - Regulating Emotions: Learning Skills from Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy, Monday, September 30, 1:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Registration is by referral.

NEW - Interviews: Proving Your Skills, Monday, September 30, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Akindi Live Training, Monday, September 30, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

NEW - How to Start Your Own Business, Monday, September 30, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., TC 2218

NEW - Coping Skills Seminar – Thriving With Emotions, Monday, September 30, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on LEADS.

Problem Pitch Competition application deadline, Monday, September 30, 11:59 p.m.

MySharePoint sites will be deleted, Tuesday, October 1. Instructions on moving content is available on the SharePoint website.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2019-4689 - Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian – Library, USG 9 – 13
  • Job ID# 2019-4651 - Financial Coordinator - Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2019-4691 - Human Resources Client Support Administrator - Human Resources. USG 6
  • Job ID# 2019-4640 - Information Technology Technician - Civil and Environmental Engineering, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2019-4598 - Manager, Global Programs and Initiatives - WISE-General, USG 10

Internal secondment opportunities:                                               

  • Job ID# 2019-4690 - Budget Officer - Dean of Engineering Office, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2019-4698 - Senior Development Officer, Science - Dean of Science Office, USG 11