Monday, January 13, 2020

Campus memorial for plane crash victims set for Wednesday

The University of Waterloo will be holding a memorial event for the victims of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 this week.

176 people died in the crash on January 8.

"Earlier this week the world heard the devastating news that 176 people died in the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 in Iran," wrote President Feridun Hamdullahpur in a memo circulated to campus on Friday. "Among them were Waterloo PhD students Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan and Mansour Esnaashary Esfahani, as well as alumnus Mojgan Daneshmand, her husband Pedram Moussavi, a former post-doctoral fellow, and their children."

"To honour them and celebrate their lives, I am inviting the University community to join a memorial event at Noon on Wednesday, January 15 at Federation Hall."

"This is a moment for our community to come together in solidarity with the friends and family of those who died, and with the wider Canadian academic community who lost so many amazing people this week," President Hamdullahpur writes. "We will have books of condolence that you can sign and that we plan to share with Mari, Mansour, Mojgan and Pedram’s families. By sending messages of love and support, our campus can help to begin to heal the wounds that people in our community and around the world are feeling."

If you can't attend in person, there will be a livestream of the event. If you are grieving or need any support, there are people who can help you. Please contact any of the following resources:

Counselling Services - 519-888-4567;32655
UW MATES (Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support)
Here 24/7 - 1-844-437-3247
Health Services - Student Medical Clinic - 519-888-4096
Grand River Hospital - 519-749-4300
St. Mary's Hospital - 519-744-3311
Good2Talk - 1-866-925-5454
Crisis Services Canada - 1-833-456-4566 or by text 45645 
Employee and Family Assistance Provider (Homewood Health) - 1-800-663-1142
Occupational Health - Linda Brogden at ext. 36264 or Karen Parkinson at ext. 30338

Winter Welcome Week begins today

WUSA logo black and white WThe Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) welcomes all new and returning students back to campus with Welcome Week, a week of fun events for undergraduate students to kick off the new school term (and new year!). The events include free food, giveaways, a mentalist show and lots of opportunities to socialize and catch up with friends.

Don’t miss this week's exciting events:

Warrior Breakfast, January 13, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

Warriors on Ice, January 14, 8:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., Columbia Ice Field.

Campus Life Fair, January 15, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Campus Life Fair.

Believe it or Not, January 15, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Theatre of the Art.

Sex Toy Bingo, January 16, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., SLC Multipurpose Room.

Cider & Sweets, January 17, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

For more information, visit the WUSA website.

Volunteer Fair connects students with volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Fair banner.

A message from the Centre for Career Action (CCA).

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. The Centre for Career Action, EDGE, and WUSA will be hosting the Winter 2020 Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, January 14 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 with 30 organizations and learn about volunteering opportunities within the community.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Fedy at

Update on organic waste receptacles in campus washrooms

A message from Plant Operations.

"Over the past year you likely noticed a number of changes related to waste management on campus," says a memo from Giovanna Zinken, associate director, environmental services. "Changes included the roll out of multi-stream waste receptacles and the implementation of an organics program. Washroom waste bins were designated as organics receptacles which allowed the University to also divert paper towels."

"Recently we were advised by our organics contractor that the quantity of paper towel in the organics stream must be reduced."

Commencing January 13:

  • Organic waste can be disposed of in the multi-stream receptacles with an organics stream (located in food service areas and at library entrances)
  • Receptacles in washrooms will return to a garbage stream until an alternative solution is finalized
  • Plant Operations will begin the process of placing an organics container in each kitchen, kitchenette and lounge (with a kitchen) across campus.

"It is anticipated that the majority of these locations will have an organics container in place by end of January, says Zinken's memo. "Compostable bags for these units will be provided and the units themselves will be regularly serviced by custodial staff."

Organic Waste sorting chart."Where a building does not have a kitchen/lounge (with a kitchen) on each floor, Environmental Services (Plant Operations) will be reaching out and working with local stakeholders to identify an alternate location for an organics receptacle – with the aim to have at least one organics container on each floor throughout campus."

"The University of Waterloo’s goal is to divert 65 per cent of campus waste from the landfill by 2025. Currently we divert approximately 36 per cent. We appreciate your continued support to achieve an increase in our diversion rate – collectively we can make a significant impact."

Link of the day

50 years ago: Thunder Bay is born

When and Where

Music Ensemble auditions for Winter 2020 open for registration, December 2019 to Friday, January 24.

Intramural Registration Deadline, Monday, January 13.

Free Instructional Dance and Martial Arts Week, Monday, January 13 to Friday, January 17.

Chemistry Seminar: "Entropy engineering of SnTe towards high-entropy thermoelectrics.", Monday, January 13, 10:00 a.m., C2 361.

QPR Mental Health Training for Students, Monday, January 13, 1:30 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

Coping Skills Seminar – Thriving With Emotions, Monday, January 13, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

NEW - Akindi training session, Tuesday, January 14, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Davis Centre (DC) 1302.

Workday Support, Tuesday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021. No registration required.

UWaterloo Custom Jacket Day, Tuesday, January 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., South Campus Hall concourse.

Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, January 14, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

Student Leadership Program – Motivating Others. Tuesday, January 14, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Tuesday, January 14, 1:30 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

WaterTalk: Redeploying existing wastewater treatment infrastructure for process intensification, resource management and energy neutrality, presented by Sudhir Murthy, Tuesday, January 14, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Study Skills – Get this term started! Tuesday, January 14, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Coping Skills Seminar – Cultivating Resiliency, Tuesday, January 14, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "2020 Retrospective and Planning for 2020 (and beyond)" Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

Research Ethics drop-in session for faculty and students, Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor).

Chemistry Seminar featuring Kevin Kittilstved, ​​​​​Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Emergent Phenomena in Old Materials”, Tuesday, January 15, 10:00 a.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

Campus Life Fair, Wednesday, January 15, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

Noon Hour Concert: From the Prairies, Wednesday, January 15, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business MBET information session, Wednesday, January 15, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., E7 2324-2328.

Chemistry Seminar featuring Jakob Magolan, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, “A new ortho-allylation of phenols, enabled by alumina and inspired by antibiotic cannabinoids,” Wednesday, January 15, 2:30 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

Concept by Velocity - Intro Session: What’s Your Problem? “Larry Smith’s legendary talk on how to find and solve killer problems,” Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 p.m., South Campus Hall 2nd Floor.

Coping Skills Seminar - Empowering Habit Change, Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on  GoSignMeUp.

Student Leadership Program – Building Your Credibility, Thursday, January 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar featuring Robert Batey, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, “Natural Product Inspired Synthetic Methods Development: Targetting Macrocycles and Alkaloids,” Thursday, January 16, 2:30 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

Grad Student Community and Conversation Circle, Thursday, January 16, 3:30 p.m., HS 1106 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

Student Leadership Program – Conflict ManagementThursday, January 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Concept by Velocity - Winter Term Kickoff, “Great resources, snacks, and swag? What a Concept!” Thursday, January 16, 5:30 p.m., Claudette Millar Hall Great Hall.

Seminar: Waterloo AI Institute, “Emotion-cognition Interactions as Deep Active Inference, featuring Ryan Smith, Associate investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Friday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. DC 1302.

NEW - Knowledge Integration seminar: “Conflict Transformation with Contemplative Spiritualities and Mindfulness”, featuring speaker Betty Pries, co-founder and CEO, Credence & Co., Friday, January 17, 1:00 p.m., EV2-2002.

PhD oral defences

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Raghvendra Singh Rohit, "Design and Cryptanalysis of Lightweight Symmetric Key Primitives." Supervisor, Guang Gong. On display in the Engineering graduate office E7 7402. Oral defence January 14, 9:30 a.m., E5 5047.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Parsa Pourali, "A User-Centric Approach to Improve the Quality of UML-like Modelling Tools and Reduce the Efforts of Modelling." Supervisors, Krzysztof Czarnecki and Joanne Atlee. On display in the Engineering graduate office E7 7402. Oral defence Tuesday January 14, 10:00 a.m., E5 4047.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Bahareh Marzbanrad, "The effect of cold spray coating parameters on the residual stress and fatigue performance of magnesium alloys." Supervisors, Hamidreza Jahed Motlagh and Ehsan Toyserkani. On display in the Engineering graduate office E7 7402. Oral defence Tuesday January 14, 1:00 p.m., E5 3052.

Applied Mathematics. Thomas Bury, "Detecting and distinguishing transitions in ecological systems: model and data-driven approaches." Supervisors, Chris Bauch and Madhur Anand. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence January 14, 9:30 a.m., MC 6460.