Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    Brandon Sweet
    University Communications

    Research Horizons: a new speaker series for Waterloo faculty and graduate students

    Research Horizons graphic showing a person holding a glass sphere up to a lake.

    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

    Logan MacDonald

    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.

    Learn more about the Longhouse Labs.

    See It Like A Student this fall

    A Student Success Office employee assists a student

    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

    Dean of Engineering Mary Wells speaks to the attendees of the Celebration of Life event in Engineering 7.

    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.

    A strings trio featuring students Frank Wang, Shayan Saebnoori and Robert Cho perform on stage.

    The event also included a musical performance by students Frank Wang, Shayan Saebnoori and Robert Cho.

    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."

    Health Tech Talk banner image featuring Moazam Khan.

    "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.

    The General Services Complex smokestack."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 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.

    Link of the day

    World Rabies 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 KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB) offers workshops, webinars and events.

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

    Students with permanent, temporary and suspected disabilities and disabling conditions (medical conditions, injuries, or trauma from discrimination, violence, or oppression) can register with AccessAbility Services for academic accommodations (classroom accommodations, testing accommodations, milestone accommodations).

    Instructors can visit AccessAbility Services' Faculty and Staff web page for information about the Instructor/Faculty role in the accommodation process. Instructors/ Faculty members are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities. AccessAbility Services (AAS) is here to help you understand your obligations, and to offer services and resources to help you facilitate accommodations.

    The Writing and Communication Centre has in-person and virtual services to support grad and undergrad students, postdocs and faculty with any writing or communication project. Services include one-to-one appointmentsdrop-ins at Dana Porter Libraryonline workshopswriting groupsEnglish conversation practice, and custom in-class workshops.  

    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 in-person Warrior Study Halls on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DC and DP. Join a Peer Success Coach 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 here to help, both in person and online. Our spaces are open for access to book stacks, study space, computers and printers, and the IST Help Desk. For in-depth support, meet one-to-one with Librarians, Special Collections & Archives and Geospatial Centre staff. Access our resources online for anywhere, anytime learning and research. 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 United 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 - MATESGlow CentreRAISEWomen’s Centre - Click on one of the links to book an appointment either in person or online for the 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. 

    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

    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

    Warriors Game Day Tickets and Season Passes, on sale now. Cheer on your Warriors W/M Basketball, Football W/M Hockey and W/M Volleyball teams at home during the 2022-23 season. Purchase today.

    Water Institute Research Conference 2022Water as a foundation for healthy communities and sustainable livelihoods, Monday,  September 26 to Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m., online.

    Blackness in Academia from Multiple Perspectives (Waterloo Womxn + Nonbinary Wednesdays), Wednesday, September 28, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., Microsoft Teams.

    Noon Hour Concert: To our Great Joy, Wednesday, September 28, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel

    Waterloo at 100 student consultation, Thursday September 29, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., virtual meeting (registration required)

    Farm Market, Thursday, September 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Lower Atrium.

    Velocity presents HealthTech Talk, Thursday, September 29, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. SCH Cafeteria.

    What's Your Problem with Larry Smith, Thursday, September 29, 5:00 p.m., SCH Cafeteria.

    University of Graz x University of Waterloo Erasmus+ Staff Mobilities 2022 application deadline, Friday, September 30.

    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Friday, September 30.

    President’s Forum: Waterloo at 100, Monday October 3, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in-person and online.

    NEW - Research Horizons: Dialogue with Leaders, Wednesday, October 5, 12 oon to 1:00 p.m., please register to attend in person (Enterprise Theatre in EC5) or virtually.

    Games Institute Open House, Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

    Farm Market, Thursday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Lower Atrium SLC.

    Positions available

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

    • Job ID # 2022-9257 - Senior Construction Coordinator, Major Projects - Plant Operations, USG 9 – 10
    • Job ID# 2022-9269 - Manager, Undergraduate and Scheduling - School of Accounting and Finance, USG 8
    • Job ID# 2022-9267 - Senior Manager, Operations - School of Accounting and Finance, USG 11
    • Job ID# 2022-9230 - CNC Machinist Technician - Engineering Machine Shop, USG 8
    • Job ID# 2022-9118 - Department Coordinator - Chemical Engineering, USG 5

    Secondments/Internal temporary opportunities

    • Job ID# 2022-9264 - Financial Coordinator - Data Systems Group - Cheriton School of Computer Science, USG 7
    • Job ID# 2022-9254 - Undergraduate Coordinator - Math Undergraduate Officer, USG 5 – 6
    • Job ID# 2022-9263 - Dual Degree Admissions Specialist - Office of the Registrar, USG 8
    • Job ID# 2022-9241 - Manager, Communications - Cybersecurity & Privacy Institute, USG 10
    • Job ID# 2022-9264 - Financial Coordinator - Data Systems Group - Cheriton School of Computer Science, USG 7
    • Job ID# 2022-9273 - Administrative Co-ordinator - Office of the Registrar, USG 5 - 6

    Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities