Bruce Frayne named Dean of Environment
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Bruce Frayne as dean of the Faculty of Environment for a five-year term commencing 1 July 2022," wrote Vice-President, Academic & Provost James Rush in a memo circulated to the faculty yesterday. "The appointment was unanimously recommended by the nominating committee established under Policy 45, and has been approved by the Board of Governors and Senate. Professor Frayne will succeed Professor Jean Andrey who has served as dean since August 2014."
Prior to his appointment, Bruce Frayne was a tenured, full professor at the University of Waterloo serving a second term as the Director of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment.
Frayne is an urban planner, geographer, and senior member of the university administration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town, both in South Africa, and a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University, Canada.
Frayne served as an assistant professor at Queen’s before joining the University of Waterloo in 2010 and was appointed as a full professor in 2019. His research interests fall within the broad ambit of sustainable cities, and encompass the three related areas of human migration, urbanization, and food security.
In addition to leading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Canadian Cities Index project, Frayne works in Sub-Saharan Africa and cities of the Global South. He has served as a member of Waterloo Senate (2012 to 2014) and on other bodies at the university, Faculty, and unit levels, along with several external boards, committees, and advisory bodies.
"The appointment of Bruce Frayne as dean received very strong support from faculty and staff constituencies within the faculty, and this confirmed the nominating committee’s view that Professor Frayne should be appointed as dean," Rush writes. "I wish to add my own support for Professor Frayne’s appointment. His commitment to sustainability, social justice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization through transformative education, scholarship and service resonates with the Faculty and University Strategic Plans. Together with more than a decade of teaching, research and administrative leadership experience within the Faculty, and with more than two decades of experience both within and outside of the academy (in Canada and internationally) leading several large multi-country multi-stakeholder research and policy networks, he is well-positioned to lead the Faculty of Environment. In addition, his input as a senior member of the University administration will be highly valued."
Professor Frayne takes over decanal duties from Jean Andrey, a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) who has served as the dean since 2014.
Opportunities to get involved with sustainability this spring
A message from the Sustainability Office.
The Sustainability Office is delighted to share several opportunities this term for staff, students and faculty to get involved and support sustainability in our campus community.
President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES): Are you interested in advancing sustainability on campus? PACES is a great opportunity to help apply your interest in sustainability toward campus planning, review, and action. There are currently staff, faculty, and AFIW positions open on the committee. Individuals who would like to join are asked to submit a brief expression of interest by Friday, May 27.
Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) Spring Deadline Approaches: SAF supports projects and initiatives to improve sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Staff, Students and Faculty who have a project idea can request between $2,000-$30,000. Deadline to apply is June 3.
Sustainability Certificate and Training Update: The Sustainability Office has updated the training options we offer to employees of the University community, to provide several options.
- The Sustainability Certificate has now been condensed into a 2-session course focusing on sustainability fundamentals and key connections to Waterloo. It will be offered online in synchronous and asynchronous formats. Registration is available through Workday, and the Learn option will be launched in late May.
- We are offering department-focused offerings of the Certificate, to enable more team-building and applied connections around the core content, and to focus on any topics of particular interest to your unit.
- We are offering synchronous sessions for additional learning on specific sustainability-focused topics, including food, waste, transportation, climate change, and biodiversity. Registration is available through Workday. These no longer have any pre-requisites.
For information on any of the above, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022's University Research Chairs announced
The University of Waterloo has named its 2022 University Research Chairs. The announcement was made at Monday's meeting of the University's senate.
The 2022 University Research Chairs are:
- Dustin Garrick (environment, resources and sustainability);
- Suzan Ilcan (sociology & legal studies);
- Monica Maly (kinesiology and health sciences);
- Christine Muschik (physics & astronomy);
- William Slofstra (pure mathematics);
- Chaitanya Swamy (combinatorics & optimization);
- Ben Thompson (optometry & vision science);
- Evelyn Yim (chemical engineering); and
- Aiping Yu (chemical engineering).
"The University of Waterloo owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its professors and their scholarly accomplishments," says the official announcement from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic & Provost. "The University of Waterloo recognizes exceptional achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation 'University Research Chair'. In addition, a faculty member at the conclusion of the second term as a Tier I Canada Research Chair may also be considered for a University Research Chair."
Since 2004, Waterloo has granted 123 University Research Chair awards, including this year’s recipients.
3D printed projects exhibited at national gallery
This article was originally published on the Faculty of Engineering's website.
School of Architecture student projects that test how building facades of the future can be 3D printed with clay are on display at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery located in uptown Waterloo.
The exhibit, entitled Material Syntax: 3D Printed Masonry Facade Systems, was coordinated by David Correa, a School of Architecture professor.
Inspired by nature, ancient architectural traditions and new technology, three groups of architecture students worked with a clay extrusion 3D printer to develop new methods and processes that re-envision the clay masonry unit.
The exhibit's news release says the projects include "a wide range of playful wall systems, ornamental and light-modulating cladding systems, as well as rainscreen and solar-shading facades."
Some samples of the student works:
The Waterloo student work is on display at the gallery until August 7, 2022.
Alumni podcast remembers the "burning of the dog" on campus
A message from the Office of Advancement.
If you were a Waterloo student in 1968, you might remember an event that drove the media and police to campus in throngs. To show the violence and devastation napalm leaves in its wake, student protestors planned something drastic. They sourced their own napalm, and promised to burn a dog.
In a special episode of the Waterloo alumni podcast, you’ll hear from four alumni celebrating milestone anniversaries of their graduation, sharing what it was like as a student from 1967 to 1972. And of course, they’ll look back on that fateful protest.
Volunteers needed for Convocation and other notes
There's still time to volunteer for this spring's Convocation. "With 18 ceremonies taking place from June 11 to 18, we need over 200 volunteers to make it a success," says a note from Community Relations and Events (CRE).
Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to get involved, and managers are encouraged to promote this opportunity to their teams; there are many different roles and shifts available, providing new professional development opportunities and the chance to grow your network across campus. Training and meals are provided.
Want to learn more and sign up? Visit the convocation website for role descriptions and available shifts.
Region of Waterloo Public Health has provided support for two more pop-up COVID vaccination clinics in the Student Life Centre. The dates and times are:
- Monday, May 30, 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; and
- Thursday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Employers hosting Virtual Employer Information Sessions (VEIS) this week and for the upcoming week include Thomson Reuters, Groq, Fortitude Re, Argus Group, Micron Technology Inc, Cover, Wind River, Blackberry Canada, and SPS Commerce. Make sure to register through WaterlooWorks and check the calendar for any updates.