Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Bruce Frayne named Dean of Environment

Bruce Frayne."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

An aerial view of campus with the Environment buildings front and centre.

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

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.

More information can be found on the University Research Chairs website.

Material Syntax banner showing the student names.

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.

A large-volume clay extrusion 3D printer was used to create student projects on display at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery.A large-volume clay extrusion 3D printer was used to create student projects on display at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. 

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:

3D printed bowls on display at the Clay and Glass Gallery.

A 3d printed flower vase made of clay with plants poking out.

A 3d-printed wall display with waves.

The Waterloo student work is on display at the gallery until August 7, 2022.

Alumni podcast remembers the "burning of the dog" on campus

Four historical images of campus life at the University of Waterloo in the 1960s.

A message from the Office of Advancement.

An article from the November 1968 issue of the Chevron entitled "Napalm Dog Saved."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

A graduand smiles with the word "VOLUNTEER" superimposed.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.

Link of the day

International Museum Day

When and Where to get support

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

Instructors looking for targeted support for developing online components for blended learning courses, transitioning remote to fully online courses, revising current online courses, and more please visit Agile Development | Centre for Extended Learning | University of Waterloo (

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):

Supports are available for employees returning to campus. Visit IST’s Hybrid Work and Technology guidelines and workplace protocols to assist with the transition.

The Writing and Communication Centre has virtual services and programs to help undergradsgrad 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) has services and programs to support undergrads, grad students, postdocs, alumni, and employees in figuring out what they value, what they’re good at, and how to access meaningful work, co-op, volunteer, or graduate/professional school opportunities. Questions about CCA's services? Live chat, call 519-888-4047, or stop by our front desk in the Tatham Centre 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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

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.

The Library is open with expanded hours for access to book stacks, drop-in individual study space, bookable group study rooms, drop-in access to computers and printers, book pick-up services and IST Help Desk support. Librarian consultations, Special Collections & Archives and the Geospatial Centre are available by appointment. 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 Office of Indigenous Relations is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the University's 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.

GSA-UW supports for graduate students: 

The Graduate Student Association (GSA-UW) supports students’ academic and social experience and promotes their well-being.

Advising and Support - The GSA advises graduate students experiencing challenges and can help with navigating university policies & filing a grievance, appeal, or petition.

Mental Health covered by the Health Plan - The GSA Health Plan now has an 80 per cent coverage rate (up to $800/year) for Mental Health Practitioners. Your plan includes coverage for psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and clinical counselors.

Dental Care - The GSA Dental Plan covers 60 to 70 per cent of your dental costs and by visiting dental professionals who are members of the Studentcare Networks, you can receive an additional 20 to 30 per cent coverage.

Student Legal Protection Program - Your GSA fees give you access to unlimited legal advice, accessible via a toll-free helpline: +1-833-202-4571. This advice covers topics including housing disputes, employment disputes, and disputes with an academic institution.

The Graduate House: Open Monday to Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We’re open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Graduate House is a community space run by the GSA-UW. We’re adding new items to the menu. Graduate students who paid their fees can get discounts and free coffee.

When and Where (but mostly when)

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join our “Waterloo Warriors” team on the website or app. #ItsInYouToGive

Equity and inclusion in industry sponsored contract research and commercialization consultations for researchers, Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 27. Sign up for an interview timeslot.

Physics at the End of the Universe” public lecture by Dr. Katie Mack, hosted by Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics, Followed by Q&A and book signing. In-person or online, registration required. Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m., QNC 1011 or Zoom.

President's Forum on PART report, Thursday, May 19, 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Teams.

Discovery lab and world café, “The Future of Sustainable Transportation”, Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., STP 201 (Alumni Hall).

Master of Taxation, Virtual Information Session, full-time virtual info session, Tuesday May 24, 3:00 p.m., part-time virtual info session, Tuesday, May 24, 4:00 p.m.

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2022-8475 - Communications Operator - Special Constable Service, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2022-8435 - Account Manager - Central West - CEE - Co-operative Education , USG 10 – 11
  • Job ID# 2022-8438 - Supervisor, Technology Integrated Services – IST, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2022-8447 - Administrative Coordinator - CEE - Work-Integrated Learning Programs, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2022-8458 - Account Manager (GTA East) - CEE - Co-operative Education, USG 10 – 11
  • Job ID# 2022-8468 - Lab Technician, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – Chemistry, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-8487 - Information Systems Specialist (Project Manager) – IST, USG 10 – 13
  • Job ID# 2022-8422 - Director of Technical Theatre - Communication Arts, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2022-8463 - Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies - Sociology and Legal Studies, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2022-7974 - Senior Manager, Animal Research and Teaching Facilities - Office of Research Ethics, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2022-8269 - Information Technology Support Specialist - Systems Design Engineering, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-8472 - Financial Coordinator - Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2022-8441 - Manager, Operations - Food Services, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-8465 – Supervisor - Food Services, USG 7

Secondments/Internal temporary opportunities

  • Job ID# 2022-8478 - Financial Assistant - Human Resources, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2022-8416 - Special Events Coordinator - Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2022-8451 - Coordinator, Global Learning Programs - Student Success Office, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2022-8453 - Recruitment Coordinator - 2950 - Cheriton School of Computer Science, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-8457 - Information Systems Analyst - Campus Housing, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2022-8439 - Network Technician – IST, USG 6 – 8
  • Job ID# 2022-8466 - Faculty Relations Manager - CEE - Co-operative Education, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2022-8477 - Project Manager - Centre for Extended Learning, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2022-8484 - Online Learning Consultant - Centre for Extended Learning, USG 10 – 11
  • Job ID# 2022-8054 - Information Technology Specialist (Web Developer) - Engineering Computing, USG 9 – 13
  • Job ID# 2022-8356 - Departmental Technician - Systems Design Engineering, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2022-8454 - Undergraduate Administrative Coordinator - Systems Design Engineering, USG 6

Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities