Monday, September 27, 2021

Register for the Safeguarding Science workshop

A graphical illustration of cybersecurity with floating lock icons.

Waterloo faculty, staff, and students involved in research using biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear materials or technology are invited to join Public Safety Canada (PSC) for the Safeguarding Science workshop.

This online workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 6 (1:30 to 3:45 p.m.). Please register to receive a link to the event which be held on Microsoft Teams.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide information and guidance to Canadian researchers on possible threats to their research and how to mitigate them. More information can be found on the Public Safety Canada Safeguarding Science website.

Waterloo rises in employability rankings

Two students leave co-op interviews with the Tatham Centre in the background.

By Natalie Quinlan. This article was originally published on Waterloo News.

The University of Waterloo has risen to 24th in the world and top 5 per cent among participating institutions for the 2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. With an overall improvement of one spot from 2020 (no rankings were released in 2021), Waterloo saw year-over-year gains across all indicators including:

  1. 69th in employer reputation (from 78th) — Based on more than 75,000 responses asking employers to identify those institutions from which they source as the most competent, innovative and effective graduates.
  2. 43rd in alumni outcomes (from 49th) — More than 40,000 of the world’s most innovative, creative, wealthy, entrepreneurial and/or philanthropic individuals were asked to establish which universities are producing world-changing graduates.
  3. 61st in student connections (from 69th) — Comprised of two parts, this indicator establishes which universities are collaborating successfully with global companies to produce citable, transformative research, while also considering work-placement related partnerships that are reported by institutions and validated by the QS research team.
  4. 16th in partnerships with employers (from 19th) —This indicator involves summing the number of distinct employers who are actively present on a university’s campus, providing motivated students with an opportunity to network and acquire information in a recent 12-month period.
  5. 74th in graduate employment rate (from 94th— Measuring the proportion of graduates in full or part-time employment within 12 months of graduation to gain an understanding of how successful universities are at nurturing employability.

This year, 786 institutions were included in QS rankings’ evaluations, up from 758 in the 2020 edition. In total, results from the top 550 universities (10 per cent more than previously) were published.

Considered responses were captured from more than 75,000 employers, over 40,800 mapped degrees and affiliations spanning 29,000 high-achievers, nearly 170,000 employers’ connections with graduates, and evaluated more than 310,000 work placement partnerships for 2022.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics will take off October 5

A jetliner flies with the Moon in the background.

The Faculty of Environment is inviting members of the University community to join them virtually on October 5 for the launch of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA).

WISA will be the world’s leading hub for sustainable aviation and aerospace research, technology, and education. By facilitating direct partnerships with industry, government, and academia WISA mobilizes the research and innovation capacity of all six faculties at the University of Waterloo to drive meaningful and lasting impact.

The launch will also feature a panel discussion with decorated astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, Dean of Engineering Mary Wells, Director of WISA Suzanne Kearns and Thomas Lagaillarde from NAVBLUE as they discuss how the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics is helping to build a sustainable future in Aviation. Moderating the panel discussion will be Bessma Momani, professor in Political Science and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI).

Sustainable aeronautics is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that encompasses all types of air transport, including aviation, aerospace, and space. Researchers at WISA develop innovative solutions, tools, and practices to create a viable future for air transport. 

The virtual event takes place on October 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration is now open.

How you can support WUSA's Stock the Bank Challenge

Stock the Bank Challenge participants in a group photo with their collection of goods.

The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) Food Support Service has started planning for its third annual Fall Stock the Bank Challenge and will be transitioning the event from an online format back to the original on-campus version of the event.

Stock the Bank is a month-long challenge in November where self-formed teams compete against one another in an effort to raise the most amount of non-perishable food items or money for WUSA's Food Support Service. These items will go directly to supporting the users who access the service for food and essentials. Post-secondary students are one of the fastest growing groups of food bank users across Ontario. Since Fall 2020, the service has distributed over 250 hampers to University of Waterloo affiliates.

Teams can be as large as an entire faculty, a small group of friends, or even a general office or store. At the end of the challenge, the winners will receive a sharable prize among team members and the coveted Golden Can Award in recognition of their efforts.

The collection campaign will run from November 1 to December 1 and teams will be able to organize a drop off their items directly to the Food Support Service office, or arrange a pickup with Food Support Service volunteers.

You can join the challenge's already-confirmed teams like the W Store, the Student Success Office, and WUSA in the on-campus event. If you would like to confirm a preliminary interest in participating in Food Support Service’s Stock the Bank Challenge, please contact the Food Support Service at or sign up here with your team.

Don’t have a team but still want to help? Partner up with your favourite UWaterloo team to help them win against their rivals. There’s always a way to participate with Stock the Bank.

UWSA info session today; UWAG exhibition; other notes

University of Waterloo Staff Association logo.The second of two University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) information sessions about how staff can get involved in the Board of Directors takes place today at 12 noon on Teams. The call for nominations for the 2021-2022 elected Board positions is open until October 29, 2021.

The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) is showcasing two new exhibitions by artists Rah and Amanda Rhodenizer that run from September 16 to December 8.

Rah: SuperNova

Three otherwordly characters acting as a judging panel sitting behind a desk.

SuperNova is a multidisciplinary video installation informed by Rah’s experience as a Canadian-Iranian exilic and diasporic artist. Featuring a series of characters that she has performed as over several years including Fatimeh, Oreo and Coco, these carefully conceived personas pointedly deconstruct ethnic and gender stereotypes. In SuperNova, the three fictional personas appear together for the first time as contestants on an American Idol-style galactic talent competition adjudicated by a panel of extraterrestrial judges—all portrayed by the artist. While parodying the tropes endemic to reality television, Rah’s characterizations are a pastiche of racialized stereotypes as well as a pointed critique of Western popular cultures exoticization of the other; from the self-aggrandizing Oreo, to the questionable authenticity of Fatimeh, to the non-binary posthuman Coco who communicates through waacking, a hybrid dance style that emerged from queer and racialized communities in the 1970s. SuperNova is framed by a futuristic screening kiosk that takes the shape of the kind of stargate or warp portal found in science fiction that further suggests the offer of a journey towards an unknowable future.

SuperNova was commissioned by the Carleton University Art Gallery and curated by Heather Anderson in 2019. The installation will also be exhibited at A Space in 2022.

Rah is a media and performance artist who has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at spaces including: Images Festival, Carleton University Art Gallery, Miami Art Basel, Nieuwe Vide (Netherlands), Art Basel (Switzerland), Cable Factory (Helsinki, Finland), Kunst Am Spreeknie (Berlin), Kunsthaus Graz Museum (Austria), Williams College Museum of Art (MA, USA) and Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). She has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including: Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Canada Council, SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, ArtSlant Georgia Fee Residency (Paris) and the Studio Das Weisse Haus Residency (Vienna).

Amanda Rhodenizer: O’er the Western Hills

An illustration of a woman standing at a window.

Borrowing its title from a Homer Watson drawing (c. 1875), the paintings in O’er the Western Hills were inspired by representations of settler life found in early Canadian ad campaigns that depicted idealized, anonymous women and a romanticized life “on the frontier”. Each painting was conceived in collaboration with the subjects, who appear in their chosen work attire as either actively engaged in work or caught during an introspective moment in the early morning or late afternoon. Students, temp workers, teachers and retirees from a range of specialized STEM fields are represented: fire safety, water quality, wetland conservation, contaminated site remediation, regenerative permaculture, as well as ethics and justice, accessibility and outreach, and astrophysics. Despite their many professional accomplishments, the lived experiences and day-to-day reality of these members of the science community remains largely dominated by masculinity, whiteness, hetero-cis-normativity, and other privilege. The exhibition is not intended as a recruitment campaign for Women in STEM, but rather as a collection of portraits of female and non-binary workers sharing their experiences as we collectively advance toward the unknown.

Amanda Rhodenizer’s paintings draw inspiration from her family’s connection to folk art, antiquated tourism campaigns, and contemporary real estate practices in Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and Art Mûr. Recent projects include “The Larger Forgetting” a collaboration with poet Laurie D. Graham, and “Parallel Play” a solo exhibition at ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal.

To book an appointment to visit both exhibitions visit the UWAG website. Bookings are currently available Wednesday and Friday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. and limited to 5 visitors at a time. Exhibition documentation will be posted on the UWAG website on September 30.

Link of the day

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When and Where to get support

Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

Instructors can visit the Keep Learning website to get support on adapting their teaching and learning plans for an online environment.

Course templates are available within your course in LEARN to help you build and edit your content and assignment pages quickly.

The following workshops, webinars, and events are offered by the KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB):

Employees can access resources to help them work remotely, including managing University records and privacy of personal information. Here are some tips for staying healthy while working from home.

Stay informed about COVID cases on campus by consulting the COVID case tracker.

The Writing and Communication Centre has virtual services and programs to help undergrads, grad students, postdocs and faculty members with academic writing.

Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.

The Centre for Career Action (CCA) will be expanding some in-person services for fall 2021. The Tatham Centre will be open with front-desk support beginning September 7, with limited in-person appointments and co-op consults beginning September 20. All services will continue to be offered virtually this term. Book an appointment online or visit our Live Chat to connect with our Client Support Team. The CCA is here to help.

If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.

While the Library continues to focus on digital resources and consultations, our spaces are open for the fall term. Dana Porter Library is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Davis Centre Library is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for drop-in individual study space, bookable individual study rooms, drop-in access to computers and printers, book pick-up services and IST Help Desk support. Special Collections & Archives and the Geospatial Centre will be accessible by appointment. Library staff are available for questions via Ask us. Full details on current services and hours are available on the Library’s COVID-19 Update webpage

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. For support, email: or visit the SVPRO website.

The Indigenous Initiatives Office is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the university Indigenization strategy.

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at St. Paul’s University College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.

WUSA supports for students:

Peer support  - MATES, Glow Centre, RAISE, Women’s Centre - Visit to book an appointment either in person or online for the Fall term!

Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk 24/7 in the Student Life Centre. Drop off locations are also open again in SLC, DC, DP, SCH and all residences.

Co-op Connection all available online. Check for more details.

Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at caps@wusa.caMore information is available.

WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.

When and Where (but mostly when)

Healthy Warriors at Home (Online Fitness)

Warrior Rec Registration. Starts September 7. A wide range of programs are being offered this term. Intramural deadline: September 13, 11:00 a.m. Instructional deadline: September 19, 11:59 p.m. Register online.

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join your fellow Warriors, donate blood and help us win the Blood Battle against Laurier for a second year in a row. Set up a profile or add the PFL code: UNIV960995 to your account if you have a account already. Questions? Contact

Drop-in to Warrior Virtual Study Halls on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come together in this virtual space to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

Renison English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

NEW - Waterloo Innovation Summit, Tuesday, September 28.

Information session for Waterloo faculty and staff: NSERC Alliance and Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI) Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) Joint Program, Tuesday, September 28, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please register.

Noon Hour Concert: Fire and Rain, Wednesday, September 29 at 12:30 p.m. online.

Waterloo Womxn + Nonbinary Wednesdays (W3+) presents Invisible Stories, Sound(Mapping) Inequality, and Responsible Representation with panelists Lai-Tze Fan, Jessica Thompson, and Jin Sol Kim, Wednesday, September 29, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. MS Teams.

Truth & Reconciliation, and Indian Residential Schools: Keynote for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Dr. Kathy Absolon, Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

NEW - Fusion Conference 2021: Advances and Emerging Opportunities in Financial Technology registration deadline, Thursday, September 30.

Continuous Improvement and Change Management Community of Practice (CI&CM CoP) meeting, Thursday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Register for this event.

NEW - “Remember Me, Remember Us” Community Walk hosted by Healing of the Seven Generations, Thursday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. Walk begins at 300 Frederick St. in Kitchener.

NEW - School of Planning - Virtual Induction Ceremony, Thursday, Septmeber 30, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via WebEx.

NEW - “A brief history of colonialism, intergenerational trauma, and genocide of Indigenous Peoples in Canada” with Dr. Michael Dan, Thursday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.