Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Water Institute launches 2018-19 Impact Report

A three-page spread showing the Water Institute's report.

A message from the Water Institute.

The Water Institute is pleased to release the 2018-19 Water Institute Impact Report, providing a glimpse of the impact they have made in the past year.

This year’s publication, available in print or digital format, is designed to provide a high-level overview of their innovative, interdisciplinary and international accomplishments. On the basis of their members’ contributions, the Institute has been able to catalyze and deliver remarkable research, educational programs, international collaborations and innovative breakthroughs, making the Water Institute one of the world’s top water research organizations.

Privacy and the Cloud: An update regarding the Office 365 employee email investigation project

Employee Email banner showing an old-style mailbox with a letter in it.

A message from Information Systems & Technology.

To better address some of the privacy related questions the project team is receiving during our early consultation sessions, we have expanded the Cloud computing at the University of Waterloo resource on the Office 365 Employee Email Investigation website.

If you still have questions or concerns after reviewing the updated material, please let us know using the feedback form or at an upcoming consultation session. Please note, Faculty-specific sessions have or will be arranged with faculty contacts directly. A broader staff consultation will be communicated once the details have been confirmed.

Police Services, IST warn of housing rental scams

A person signs a document with a pen with house keys in the foreground.

A message from UW Police Services and Information Security Services.

The University of Waterloo Police Service in collaboration with the University of Waterloo Information Security Services is warning members of our community to be wary of a variety of fraudulent activity recently highlighted in the media. Of particular interest to students are two types of rental scams to be conscious of.

The first scam is Fraudulent Properties for Rent. In these instances, scammers fraudulently advertise rentals in a preferred location. They may request the renters to answer a questionnaire asking for their personal information and banking information. Once the offer is accepted, the renter then sends money to the scammer with first and/or last month’s rent. The victim arrives at the designated time to receive their keys and learns that the address does not exist or that they have been misled.

The second scam is Fraudulent Renters looking for Property to Rent. Fraudulent renters are scammers who claim to want to rent the apartment but actually do not intend to live there. They send a fraudulent form of overpayment and ask you, the potential renter to send the additional funds back to them.

For more information and tips on how to avoid being scammed, check out the Frauds and Scams page on the UW Police website.

Emergency communications test today; other notes

A test of the University’s emergency communication system is scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m. Test activation and deactivation messages will be sent using several channels, including:

  • Tweets to @UWaterloo and @WatSAFEapp
  • WatSAFE mobile app
  • The ‘UW Emerge’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops
  • The ‘WatSAFE Desktop Notification’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops (Windows)
  • Portal alerts and push notifications

Be sure to install the WatSAFE app on your device to receive this test message, and more importantly, to stay informed of campus emergency situations. Visit the WatSAFE website for more details.

Lunch and Learn for Zero Waste Week banner.

To kick off Zero Waste Week here on campus, Plant Operations and Waste Connections will be sharing information on waste reduction and diversion, changes to the waste receptacles on campus, proper sorting of your waste materials, organics collection, and how the University of Waterloo is taking the steps to become a zero-waste campus! Visit for tickets.

A stern Uncle Sam points saying "I Want Your Library Books."Do you have overdue or lost Library books? Return them to the Library between Tuesday October 15 and Saturday November 30 and all replacement, processing, and overdue charges will be waived. According to the Library, it's a limited time offer - after that, they call the Library Detective out of retirement. Questions? Ask the Library!

Finally, a correction to yesterday's "positions available" listing. The following position—Job ID# 2019-4720 - Administrative Manager - Spanish, USG 6—should have been listed as an internal secondment opportunity, and not a regular ongoing position. Human Resources and the Daily Bulletin regret the error.

Upcoming Office Closure

The Arts Undergraduate Office will be closed on Friday, October 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Link of the day

World Mental Health Day

When and Where

University Club Thanksgiving Luncheon, Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

More Feet on the Ground Mental Health Training, Thursday, October 10, 9:30 a.m., NH 2302 – Registration is on LEADS

Pre-Election Party Platform Panel Discussion, Thursday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DC 1301.

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part II, Thursday, October 10, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., TC 1214.

Velocity Launches Concept! “Launched this Fall, Concept is the pre-incubator program for University of Waterloo students and community. Join us for contests, games, information, demonstrations, and loads of swag!” Thursday, October 10, 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Thursday, October 10, 3:00 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on LEADS.

Grad Student Community and Conversation Circle, Thursday, October 10, 3:30 p.m., HS 1106 – Register is on LEADS.

Canadian Engineering Graduate Studies Consortium, Thursday, October 10, 3:30 p.m., Engineering 7 second-floor atrium.

Hult Prize University of Waterloo kickoff, Thursday, October 10, 4:00 p.m., Engineering 7 second-floor event space.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Thursday, October 10, 5:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on LEADS.

Warriors Football Vs. Laurier Think Pink Game, Federation of Students Food Bank Drive and Senior Night  Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m., Warrior Field.

Benjamin Eby Lecture: Witnessing Passion, “Musical depiction of minor characters in Passion music by Bach, Ešenvalds, MacMillan and Pärt”, Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., 140 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo.

History Speakers Series presents Ida Mukuka, Friday, October 11, 12:00 p.m., HH117. Refreshments will be served.

Not just a lab report: The recipe for communicating in all research disciplines, Friday, October 11, SCF 228F.

Chemistry seminar, "Molecular and Mechanistic Underpinnings of Signal Transduction in Membranes - NMR Inspired Studies of the Conformational Landscape in Enzymes & GPCRs," featuring R. Scott Prosser, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Friday, October 11, 1:00 p.m., C2-361 reading room.

Thanksgiving Holiday, Monday, October 14, most University buildings and operations closed.

Fall Reading Week, Tuesday, October 15 to Friday, October 18.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Tuesday, October 15, 4:30 p.m., NH 3308. Register on LEADS.

Maple Conference 2019, Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. to Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 p.m., Federation Hall.

Keeping Well at Work 2019, Wednesday October 16. Please register.

Legal & Immigration Services United Way Trivia competition, Wednesday, October 16. Takes place every Wednesday in October. All proceeds to the United Way.

Research Ethics drop-in session for faculty and students, Wednesday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor).

Mindfulness Meditation: A Stress Reduction Program, Wednesday, October 16, 2:00 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on LEADS.

Academic Career Conference, Thursday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., STC Lower Atrium.

W Print Open House, Thursday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., GSC and SCH locations.

We Are Here: The why and how of territorial acknowledgements (an orientation for faculty), Thursday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EIT 3142. Registration required.

Research Talks - Boosting Vaccine Uptake featuring Waterloo researchers Heather MacDougall and Nancy Waite, as well as Edward Thommes of Sanofi Pasteur North America and Natasha Crowcroft from the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Thursday, October 17, 11:45 a.m., DC 1302. Please register as seating is limited.

CBB and the Games Institute present: UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series, “IP Case Study,” Thursday October 17, 12:30 p.m., DC 1304. Registration required.

Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Thursday, October 17, 3:00 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on LEADS.

Grad Student Community and Conversation Circle, Thursday, October 17, 3:30 p.m., HS 1106 – Register is on LEADS.

Warrior Women's Hockey vs. Laurier Home Opener, Battle of Waterloo, Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m., CIF Arena.

Lectures in Catholic Experience series, “Gender: But that is what the church has always taught!” featuring Myroslaw Tataryn, Professor Emeritus, St. Jerome’s University, Friday, October 18, 7:30 p.m., Vanstone Lecture Hall, St. Jerome’s University.