Friday, October 13, 2023

University launches speaker series on antagonism and intimidation in academia

The Faculty of Arts and the Office of Research are organizing a new speaker series entitled “Antagonism and Intimidation in Academia” that will run from the October 2023 to March 2024.

Special Advisor on Interdisciplinary Research Suzan  Ilcan (Professor in Sociology and Legal Studies and University Research Chair) will lead the speaker series.   

"The speaker series involve talks by members of the University of Waterloo academic community on the broad subject of antagonistic and intimidating responses to academic research and pedagogy," says a statement by organizers. "Scholars in many fields have experienced hostile responses to their work, such as those whose emphasis is on social justice scholarship that focuses on discrimination based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and religion; science and technology research; health and vaccine research; and environment, sustainability, and climate change research. Aggressors aim to silence the individual researcher and attack those advocating certain scholarly ideas through various hostile actions, including cyberbullying, disruption of public presentations, personal threats, and in the worst-case scenario, physical violence."

The inaugural panel discussion of this series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 and is entitled Antagonistic Responses Based on Gender and Race in the Academy. 

Panel participants include:

Chairing the event will be Suzan Ilcan, Professor and University Research Chair, Sociology and Legal Studies, and the panel discussion will be moderated by Seçil Dağtaş, Associate Professor of Anthropology.  

The event takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in QNC 0101 and will be livestreamed. Register today.

A toast to the new school year

The Toasty mascot with a group of United College students and staff.

By Rebecca Wagner.

What do you remember most about your time at St. Paul’s United College/St. Paul’s University College/United College?  Whether alumni graduated in 1963 or 2023, the hands down, most frequently cited response, is “toast time.”    

The Toasty mascot.Toast time is a treasured, decades old, United College tradition that saw a trolley full of bread, toasters, and all the toppings (e.g. jam, Nutella, random inventions!), rolled out in the cafeteria every night. Dozens of students from all United College residence wings would gather around at the end of a long day to relax and connect with friends from all corners of the college campus.       

Toast time is United College lore, commemorated in “The Toast Chronicles,” the annual college yearbooks from the 1990s.     

Legend has it that back in 2010, the City of Waterloo fire department was on hand at United College more than ten times during one academic year, forcing everyone to evacuate at night. All breadcrumbs always led back to the toaster and its unfortunate proximity to the fire alarm.      

The beloved tradition of toast time continues to this day, a full 60 years after United College first opened its doors. It is one of the ties that bind the generations of United College friends and family.        

To help officially welcome its 60th cohort of students and usher in a new school year at the inaugural Principal’s Welcome (on October 5), the college unveiled its brand-new, and very first, mascot, Toasty, a throw-back to this long-standing tradition.     

Toasty made its grand entrance to cheers from dozens of students who offered a toast to the start of a new school year, full of adventure, promise, and butter days ahead.

Ontario Universities Fair coming up next weekend

The University of Waterloo's booth at the OUF fair, surrounded by crowds.

A message from Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment.

The Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) is fast approaching, and will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on October 21 and 22. This event is part of a series of Ontario universities’ events, which provide opportunities for students and their supporters from across the province to connect with representatives from Ontario’s universities in person and virtually.

Last year, approximately 400 Waterloo staff, students, and faculty representing all areas of the university connected with tens of thousands of event attendees. Over 37,000 Waterloo brochures were distributed, with more than 11,000 prospective students and supporters sharing their information with Waterloo to stay in touch.

Next weekend’s anticipated attendance is 80,000+, and this event would not be possible without the contributions of the hundreds of Waterloo staff, students, and faculty who make it a success each year.

Mike Becks named Acting Director, Special Constable Service

"Please be advised that Mike Becks has been appointed Acting Director, Special Constable Service effective immediately," wrote Vice-President, Administration and Finance Jacinda Reitsma in a memo sent to Executive Council in late September. "In addition to his current duties, Mike will be responsible for communications, administration, and management of the Special Constable Service (SCS)."  

Becks has been a police officer with the Waterloo Region Police Service (WRPS) since 1999. In January 2023, he was seconded from the WRPS to the Special Constable Service to become the Operations Manager.   

"The Special Constable Service is an integral part of our campus operations," writes Reitsma. "I am grateful that Mike is willing to provide leadership during this time. As always, the SCS is committed to ensuring safety remains a priority across our campuses."

Special Constable Service Director Alan Binns is currently on leave.

Ian MacNaughton's planning footprint spans Ontario

Ian MacNaughton

This is an excerpt of an article originally published on Waterloo News.

The University of Waterloo is remembering Ian MacNaughton (BA ‘68, MA ‘71), a remarkable force in Ontario’s urban planning sector, after his death on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

To honour his rich legacy UWaterloo, which awarded MacNaughton its 50th Anniversary Alumni Award in 2007, is inaugurating an award in his name, the Ian MacNaughton Memorial Award, and naming a space in his honor. With this award and space naming, MacNaughton will continue the impact he made in life by inspiring and supporting future environment students.

A lot of people dream of making the world around them a better place. MacNaughton is a rare individual who managed to make that dream happen.  In fact, it was from an early age, exactly what he’d planned.

In the four-plus decades after he became one of the first three students to graduate from the University of Waterloo’s nascent school of urban and regional planning, he proved it time and again. Thanks to MacNaughton’s professional and voluntary work, communities across southern Ontario work better, the province’s natural environment is better guarded and economic growth is more sustainable today.

The tiny company he started with a handful of staff was a seed that blossomed into one of Ontario’s most successful private planning firms, MHBC Planning. Today, MHBC employs 130 people in Kitchener, Toronto, Burlington, Barrie and London. MacNaughton and his company helped manage decades of unprecedented growth in Ontario by promoting responsible development that aimed to reconcile economic, environmental and social needs.

“He was a star in our planning community,” said Ken Seiling, Waterloo Region’s regional chair from 1985 to 2018. “During all my years in municipal government, Ian stood out as a forceful yet fair, balanced and ethical planner. He was part of the community and wanted good things for this region, which was evident in many of the things he did.”

As proud as he is of his life’s work, MacNaughton admitted it couldn’t have happened without his years at Waterloo. He arrived in 1964 on a campus less than a decade old to study geography because he was “lousy at math and sciences.” A self-confessed late-bloomer who flunked grade 13, MacNaughton also chose Waterloo to play football. He also built a silo-building enterprise as a summer job to pay his bills.  The lessons in teamwork, drive and perseverance he picked up as a student lasted throughout his impressive career.

“I was the first up the silo and the last down,” he recalled, explaining the work kept him fit for football while honing his leadership skills.

Read the rest of the story on Waterloo News.

Beyond the Bulletin Episode 162

Beyond the Bulletin banner featuring two vintage microphones.

The latest issue of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is now liveEngineering graduate student Jake Chateauneuf tells us about a system he’s co-created to prevent whales from getting entangled in fishing gear. Health Services is offering the flu vaccine to students, their families, employees, alumni and retirees. Training is available for staff and faculty to help them intervene when they see harmful or potentially harmful behaviour. And the University homepage has a new look.

Upcoming office closures

The Finance (including Student Financial Services (SFS) front counter in East Campus 5, 4th floor, will be closed for planned construction all day on Friday, October 13 and for a half day on Tuesday, October 17. The front counter will re-open for normal operations at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17. Please note: on Monday, October 16, Finance will have normal front counter operations from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During Finance's front counter closure, student inquiries should be directed to The Centre or the SFS JIRA portal. For Faculty or Staff related enquiries, please contact Finance via the Finance Jira Portal.

All Campus Wellness locations will be closed the morning of Tuesday, October 17 due to an all-staff meeting. Campus Wellness will resume regular business at 11:30 a.m.

Complete the Employee Equity Census

This year’s Employee Equity Census (previously known as the Equity Survey) has launched in Workday. Learn more about the Employee Equity Census on the Equity Data Strategy website. Watch this short video on how to access the Employee Equity Census in Workday.

Check the link that was sent to you in the UWaterloo’s Employee Equity Census email or click this link to complete the survey.

The Employee Equity Census will take only a few minutes to complete. Data collection for this year's annual report will close on October 31, 2023. 

Link of the day

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

When and Where 

Warriors Game Day Tickets: Season Passes, Black and Gold Alumni Passes and Single Game Tickets now available for the 2023-24 varsity season. Purchase your tickets today!

The Student health Pharmacy (located in the lower level of SLC ) will be offering Covid Booster shots and Flu shots to all students and staff. Students can register at the pharmacy with their name and student number and will be called for their appointment. Shots offered on a first come, first served basis.

Reading Week, Saturday, October 7 to Sunday, October 15.

McCrae Naismith Basketball Classic, Thursday, October 12 to Saturday, October 14, Carl Totzke Court, PAC. Free tickets for UW Students. Purchase tickets and tournament passes.

Community Gardening as Climate Action (2nd event), Friday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Columbia Greenhouses, North Campus.

Warriors Men’s Football vs. Carleton, Saturday, October 14, 1:00 p.m., Warrior Field. Senior Day, Think Pink. Free tickets for UW students. Purchase tickets.

Centre for Teaching Excellence presents Instructional Innovations Week, Monday, October 16 to Thursday, October 19. Register on GoSignMeUp.

United Way Campaign Soup Day, Monday, October 16. Order online.

UW Staff Board Foundations Workshop, Monday, October 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Menstruation and mental health, Monday, October 16, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., online.

Chemistry Seminar: Chinese herbs-derived phytochemicals and musculoskeletal health featuring Man-Sau Wong, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Director, Research Center for Chinese Medicine Innovation, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Tuesday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. C2-361 (Reading Room).

Bystander Intervention Training for Staff and Faculty (In-Person), Tuesday, October 17, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., STC 0050.

DAAD, Horizon Europe and Euraxes Research Funding Information Session, Tuesday, October 17, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. University of Waterloo faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students are welcome to attend. Registration is required to receive a link for the event.

Chemistry Seminar: Engaging esters, aldehydes, and alcohols in cross-coupling reactions: A high throughput approach to discovery featuring Stephen Newman, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa, Tuesday, October 17, 2:30 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

Indigenous Speakers Series presents Niigaan Sinclair, Tuesday, October 17, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

Bystander Intervention Training for Staff and Faculty (virtual), Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., online.

NEW - Pathways to Addressing (with Care) Disclosures of Racism | Faculty and Staff, Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., online.

Fall 2023 2SLGBTQIA+ faculty and staff social, Wednesday, October 18, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., LHI 1689. Register in advance.

Speak Like a Scholar, Thursday, October 19 to November 9.

QPR mental health training for faculty and staff, Thursday, October 19, 1:30 p.m., NH 2447. Register on Portal.

2023 Farvolden Lecture, featuring Dr. Masaki Hayashi, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, “The role of Canadian research in advancing groundwater hydrology: historical sketches from the past 75 years,” Thursday, October 19, 2:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Dr. Marina Blanton, University at Buffalo, “A Bigger Picture of Secure Multi-Party Computation,” Thursday, October 19, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302 and Zoom.

Reeling over menstrual inequity: An interactive film screening of ‘Carrie’, Thursday, October 19, 6:00 p.m., Princess Twin Cinema.

Fall 2023 Convocation ceremonies, Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, Physical Activities Complex.

Rock Your Thesis 2: Starting to write, Friday, October 20, 2023. Registration required.

The Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering presents a Distinguished Speaker Seminar featuring Dr. Gregory Stephanopoulos, W.H Dow Professor, MIT, “Can biotechnology deliver cost-effective liquid fuels from renewable feedstocks?” Friday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., QNC 0101 and Microsoft Teams.

Addressing Climate Complexity with Two-Row Learning: Indigenous & Western Knowledges, Friday, October 20, 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., location TBA.

Home Routes Folk Concert - Mirja Klippel and Alex Jønsson, Friday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., Brubacher House, North Campus.

NEW - Senate meeting, Monday, October 23, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407 and Zoom.

NEW - Hospitality: Refugee Integration through Languages, Spirituality, and Arts, Monday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., CIGI auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

NEW - Dissertation Boot Camp, Tuesday, October 24 to Friday, October 27.

NEW - Connector Event for Collaborative Partnerships in Sustainability, Tuesday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Engineering 7 7303. Faculty members are invited to register for this in-person event by October 13; space is limited.

When and Where to get support 

Check out the support listings for faculty, staff and students.