Research Horizons: a new speaker series for Waterloo faculty and graduate students
A message from the Office of Research.
The first session in a new speaker series to host dialogues with leaders from various agencies and organizations is planned for Wednesday, October 5.
The first three Research Horizons: Dialogue with Leaders sessions will be held in-person along with a virtual option for attendance and are open to all Waterloo faculty members, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. All three sessions will take place from Noon to 1:00 p.m. and will include a presentation and Q&A.
The sessions are planned for:
- October 5 – Kate Geddie, Senior Director, Research, CIFAR
- November 2 – Raed Kadri, Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Business Development for the Ontario Centre of Innovation and Head of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)
- December 8 – Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Please register for either the in-person or virtual option (space for the in-person option is limited).
The in-person session(s) will be held in the Enterprise Theatre in East Campus 5. Light refreshments will provided but attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.
Reconciliation through art
By Beth Bohnert, Office of Advancement
Across Waterloo Region, the archeological record shows traces of longhouses built by the Attawandaron (Neutral), Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. These longhouses were not only shelters but centres for learning, creativity and community.
The Longhouse Labs at the University of Waterloo will honour that rich history by celebrating the work of contemporary Indigenous artists. The project will provide makers and curators with access to the leadership opportunities and resources to support their creative scholarship. Waterloo students of all backgrounds and disciplines will have the opportunity to benefit from Indigenous leadership in the arts.
See It Like A Student this fall
A message from the Student Success Office (SSO).
What happens when you refer a student to the Student Success Office? What about The Centre, or other Waterloo services? See It Like a Student is your opportunity to find out.
Explore campus and visit the participating academic support units to learn how students experience these resources and make sure you're up to date on service offerings. You'll also have a chance to win one of two $100 W Store gift cards. See the list of participating units and register in Portal to See It Like A Student on Friday, October 14.
Waterloo remembered Doug Wright
On Friday, September 23, the University of Waterloo held a Celebration of Life of President Emeritus Douglas Wright. More than 80 attendees—members of the Wright family, University leaders, former colleagues, friends and students—met in Engineering 7's public event space to celebrate the life and legacy of the University of Waterloo's third president and vice-chancellor. The event was livestreamed on YouTube for the wider community:
Dean of Engineering Mary Wells hosted the event in Engineering 7, and other speakers included Cindy Forbes, Chair of the University's Board of Governors, and President and Vice-Chancellor Vivek Goel. Providing remarks and recollections via video were Chancellor Emeritus Tom Jenkins and former Director of the School of Architecture Rick Haldenby.
"In our 65th year, we do not take for granted Waterloo’s reputation as a global leader in co-operative education and entrepreneurship," said Cindy Forbes. "We have Doug Wright to thank for that."
Part of the event included a video tribute, which can be viewed below.
Speaking via video, Chancellor Emeritus Tom Jenkins spoke about the influence Wright had on him as a young entrepreneur. "He told me 'It’s best to be the second best in a deal because they’d always come back to do another deal with me.' Doug taught me that 40 years ago and I’ve lived my life that way."
“Doug was a polymath,” said Rick Haldenby, who was the former Director of the School of Architecture and founder of its Rome program, and noted that his tribute video was filmed in a Roman villa and was an example of the sort of ancient structural engineering that fascinated Doug Wright. “He was first and foremost and engineer, but the most important thing about him was that he did not believe in the differentialization between fields of knowledge. He believed knowledge was unified.”
“Waterloo would not be the institution it is today without him,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Vivek Goel. “This legacy has established the institution as a beacon for innovation, creativity and impact. The challenges we face today are different than those encountered by Dr. Wright and our institution's other founders. What is the same is that we find ourselves at similar crossroads of history. Like them we face a period of rapid global change and uncertainty. We can honour Dr. Wright’s legacy by continuing to be non-conventional. Following in the steps of President Wright and his peers, we can imagine a future that addresses humanity’s challenges, and stride into the future with the same approach he exemplified.” President Goel also read a tribute to Doug Wright from Mike Lazaridis, who recounted how Wright's experience, enthusiasm and wisdom made a lasting impression on him.
Speaking on behalf of the Wright Family was Anna Scott, daughter of Doug Wright. "Dad was a special man who had strengths and gifts, but his love of learning stood out to me. When it comes to knowledge, he was like a kid in a candy shop...He was not a know-it-all but had facts at his fingertips. Dad had a story for everything, and if you had a story you did not know, he would stop moving and give you his complete attention. This was even better. He was learning."
"My father was very proud of the work he did here and I know he would be appreciative of the honour bestowed upon him today. Thank you."
Back to in-person learning tips for instructors and other notes
"After years of remote learning, the transition back to in-person learning can be challenging for some students," says a message from the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL). "With this in mind, the Student Success Office, the Centre for Teaching Excellence, Agile Development (Centre for Extended Learning), and University of Waterloo co-op undergraduate students collaborated to create Back to In-Person Learning: Tips for Instructors (a 5-min video):
"In this video you’ll hear directly from students as they reflect on returning to in-person learning in fall 2022. We learn that students are excited to be back on campus but want their instructors to know a few things; students need to develop and/or strengthen key learning skills; and it is okay to ask for help. The video contains tips for instructors and key resources are located in the video description."
"Professors and students, inform your research and find out where medical innovation is heading in this highly anticipated Health Tech Talk," says a note from the Problem Lab. "Hear from Moazam Khan, the Medical Technology and Digital Health Business Advisor for Velocity and Founder of Curiato at this Health Tech Talk presented by The Problem Lab. Learn the lifecycle of a health tech company from ideation to series A and what you as a founder should be aware of during the early stages of development, and how you can best position your venture for the health industry of the future. Network and ask questions."
The event takes place in the SCH Cafeteria on the second floor (Room 228) from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. Pizza and water will be provided. Register today.
"With cooler temperatures predicted for the weeks ahead, Plant Operations will start turning on the heat," says a note from Plant Operations that will no doubt come as music to the ears of those of you wearing extra layers on campus lately. "Please remember this is a process and takes time," the message from Plant Ops continues. "This is the earliest that the heat has been turned on as the weather in the fall can fluctuate and once the heat is on, it remains on."
"With thanks for your patience as we make these adjustments."
The International Spouses group is hosting a Morning Chat in Waterloo Park on Thursday, September 29.
"If you're the spouse/partner of an international student, visiting professor, or postdoc, join other international spouses for a morning chat in the park," says a note from Nancy Matthews, the group's coordinator. "You, your spouse/partner, and your children are all welcome."
The event takes place in Waterloo Park on Thursday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. rain or shine. To RSVP, you can email Int'l Spouses coordinator Nancy Matthews at email@example.com and be sure to include your cell phone number. The specific location within Waterloo Park will be emailed to those who RSVP.
For general information about the Int'l Spouses group, check their website.
Employers hosting Virtual Employer Information Sessions (VEIS) this week include Citadel and Citadel Securities, Slate Asset Management, Restaurant Brands International, DHL Supply Chain, TribalScake, Cisco, Accuracy, Connor, Clark, and Lunn Investment Management, and LifeWorks.Make sure to register through WaterlooWorks and check the calendar for any updates.