Monday, February 26, 2024

What Were You Wearing? art installation runs Tuesday and Wednesday

The "What Were You Wearing" exhibit featuring poster boards upon which are pinned articles of clothing.

A message from the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO).

the poster for the what were you wearing exhibit featuring articles of clothing.The Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO), in partnership with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC) is once again bringing the What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Installation to UWaterloo. The exhibit is based on student-survivor descriptions of the clothing they were wearing when they experienced sexual violence.

We have been asked, “Do we still need this exhibit at UWaterloo? Do people still victim blame?”

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Survivors are often asked, “what were you wearing?”, implying that what someone is wearing is the cause of their experience of sexual violence.

This myth, along with many others about sexual violence, are used to blame survivors and justify the actions of those who cause harm. Survivors are never to blame. The intent of this exhibit is to bring awareness and attention to the pervasiveness of sexual violence and victim blaming, debunk harmful myths and provide education about preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors.

The “What Were You Wearing?” Art Exhibit was inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, What I was Wearing, and was created at the University of Arkansas in 2013 by Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert.

Please visit our UWaterloo rendition of What Were You Wearing? and join us in building consent culture on our campus. You will find us in the SLC multi-purpose room on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome! Engage with the exhibit at your own pace.

Questions can be directed to Stacey Jacobs.

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Researchers are using RNA in a new approach to fight HIV

An artist's impression of a micro-drug attacking a virus.

Society learned about the value of mRNA during the COVID-19 pandemic when we saw scientists and medical professionals harness its power to deliver a vaccine for the virus within a year.

Now, University of Waterloo pharmacy associate professor Emmanuel Ho has developed a novel nanomedicine loaded with genetic material called small interfering RNAs (siRNA) to fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) using gene therapy. These siRNAs regulate which genes or proteins are turned on or off in our cells and showed a 73 per cent reduction in HIV replication.

“This opens the door for new therapeutics in the fight against HIV,” said Dr. Ho, who is among Waterloo’s researchers and entrepreneurs leading health innovation in Canada.

Autophagy, also known as the body’s recycling process, plays an important role in our body to eliminate microbes such as viruses and bacteria inside cells. HIV is quite smart and produces a protein, Nef, that prevents cells from activating autophagy.

This is the first research to develop a combination nanomedicine that can reactivate autophagy and prevent HIV entry into cells, allowing our body to re-initiate its defence system.

Additionally, HIV has a gene, CCR5, that allows the virus to enter a cell. The siRNAs target both Nef and CCR5 to reduce HIV infection.

This nanomedicine is intended to be applied vaginally to protect against sexual transmission of HIV. As a result, the nanomedicine is designed to be stable without leakage of siRNAs in the acidic vaginal environment but release the siRNA once inside cells.

“Viruses are smart. They produce Nef proteins to prevent autophagy from occurring,” Ho said. “Our process allows our body to fight the viral infection without needing additional drugs,”

Ho confirms that the next steps include further optimizing the process and improving our understanding of how autophagy plays a role in how our cells protect us from viruses.

“We also hope this will shed some light to develop more alternative approaches to effectively reduce antimicrobial resistance,” Ho said.

The study, pH-sensitive dual-preventive siRNA-based nanomicrobicide reactivates autophagy and inhibits HIV infection in vaginal CD4+ cells, was recently published in the Journal of Controlled Release.

Open Education Week coming up and other notes

"The Library is hosting a day of learning in celebration of Open Education Week from March 4 to 8," says a note from the Library. "If you have an interest in open education resources (OER) and what resources and supports are available at Waterloo and beyond, join us at Davis Centre Library on Thursday March 7."

A full list of events and registration can be found on the Library’s event page.

The Centre for Career Development is hosting a Graduate Student Lunch and Learn Ask Me Anything (LLAMA) on Thursday, February 29 in Tatham Centre 2218 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All Master’s and PhD students are welcome to the drop-in style event and are encouraged to bring their lunches and their curiosity about résumés, job searching, interviews or anything career-related for an afternoon with the CCD's graduate Career Advisors. Find out more.

Go Warriors Go graphic featuring hockey players.

OUA playoff season continues with two upcoming games for the Warriors women's hockey team:

  • Warriors Women’s Hockey vs. York – Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m., CIF Arena. OUA Semifinals Game 1. Buy your tickets today! 
  • Warriors Women’s Hockey vs. York – Sunday, March 3, 4:00 p.m., CIF Arena. OUA Semifinals Game 3 (if necessary). Buy your tickets today! 

Register for "Antagonistic Responses to Health Research in the Academy"

Registration for the next event in the Antagonism and Intimidation in Academia Speaker Series is now open. Antagonistic Responses to Health Research in the Academy will take place on Tuesday, February 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre (Hagey Hall 159). This event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Link of the day

35 years ago: Three Feet High and Rising

When and Where

Waterloo Warriors Youth Camps. Winter, March Break and PD Day camps available for boys and girls ages 5-18. Baseball, Basketball, Football and Multi-Sport and Games camps available. Register today!

Warriors Youth Summer Camps. Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Multi-Sport and Volleyball. Register today!

Velocity Presents - Startup 101: Grants & Non-dilutive Funding, Monday, February 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., EIT 1015.

What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Installation, Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

Antagonism and Intimidation in Academia Speaker Series event, "Antagonistic Responses to Health Research in the Academy," Tuesday, February 27, 3:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Inclusive Research Tools: Identifying Barriers webinarTuesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Chapters of Change: Anti-racism & Conversations, Wednesday, February 28, 1:00 p.m., SLC Black & Gold Room.

Repair Workshop with 4RepairKW, Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., E7-1401.

NEW - Warriors Women’s Hockey vs. York, Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m., CIF Arena. OUA Semifinals Game 1. Buy your tickets today! 

Horizon Europe information session for Waterloo faculty and staff, Thursday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (in person) or 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (online via Teams). Please register to reserve a seat or a link to participate.

Graduate Student Lunch and Learn Ask Me Anything (LLAMA) with Centre for Career Development, Thursday, February 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tatham Centre 2218. All Master’s and PhD students welcome. Find out more!

February Anti-Racism Reads, Thursday, February 29, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., LIB 323.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Wellbeing Community of Practice (CoP) Session: UDL as a Framework to Amplify Instructor Wellbeing, Thursday, February 29, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MS Teams.

Designing Exergames for Patients with Osteoporosis, Thursday, February 29, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., EC1 1323.

Understanding Allyship, Solidarity and Advocacy, Thursday, February 29, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Is Reconciliation Possible? Public Lecture with Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred, Thursday, February 29, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall.

Lectures in Catholic Experience presents Dr. Jonathan Malesic, Thursday, February 29, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Notre Dame Chapel, St. Jerome's University.

Design Thinking for Climate Action: Innovation Skills Workshop, Friday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., United College – GreenHouse, UTD-164. Registration required, pizza lunch provided. Co-hosted by Waterloo Climate Institute and GreenHouse.

Peace and Conflict Studies by donation film screening, "Peace by Chocolate," Friday, March 1, 7:00 p.m., CGR 1111.

Master of Taxation Virtual Information session, Saturday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.

NEW - Warriors Women’s Hockey vs. York, Sunday, March 3, 4:00 p.m., CIF Arena. OUA Semifinals Game 3 (if necessary). Buy your tickets today!  

Quantum for Environment Design Challenge application deadline, Monday, March 4. 

Accessibility Workshop: Communications, Marketing and Events, Monday, March 4, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Federation Hall.

Equitable Recruitment and Selection, Monday, March 4, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., online.   

RLS Professional Community Networking Fair, Monday, March 4, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., HLTH EXP 2691 (second floor foyer at top of stairs).

You Don't Know What You Don't Know Part 3, Monday, March 4, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., online.

Velocity Presents - Startup 101: Incorporation & Cap Tables, Monday, March 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., EIT 1015.

Keeping Well at Work winter warm-up, Tuesday, March 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., online.

2024 TD Walter Bean Public Lecture featuring Dr. Denis Aheto, “Africa’s Plastic Revolution: Advancing Global Solutions for Healthy Oceans,” Tuesday, March 5, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Community-Based Research Canada: University of Waterloo Information SessionWednesday, March 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WaterTalk: Déjà vu or Jamais vu? Using a 20-y record to discern how coastal wetlands of eastern and northern Georgian Bay responds to climate-induced water-level disturbances, Thursday, March 7, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, DC 1302.

Employer Impact Conference - Talent for a Better Future, Thursday, March 7, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Early stage company building: Demystifying the 0 to 1 with BoxGroup, Thursday, March 7, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., SCH 228.

Women in Innovation Mixer, Friday, March 8, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., MC 2037.

International Women's Day Breakfast, Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Federation Hall. This event is currently SOLD OUT. To add your name to the waitlist, please visit the event page.

Research Impact Canada Quarterly Touchpoint: New Members, Wednesday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact Nadine Quehl at if interested in joining this online meeting.