Monday, July 15, 2024

New Research Data Management Guide launched to support researchers and students

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A message from the Library.

The Library and the Research Data Management Working Group are excited to announce the launch of a Research Data Management (RDM) Guide. This guide supports researchers and students at any stage of the research project lifecycle, offering guidance and additional resources on best practices for organizing, storing, and sharing research data.  

Key features of the guide include detailed guidance on creating data management plans including a data management plan template, RDM basics and best practices, and a curated list of additional valuable resources for all RDM activities.  

The guide will be updated regularly to include the most up-to-date information about RDM policies (including from the Tri-Agencies) and best practices, ensuring that University of Waterloo researchers and students have easy access to this information. The guide editors warmly welcome suggestions from the community for information and resources that would be helpful to include. Suggestions can be submitted through the guide.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Library RDM team

Online Teaching Award nominations are open

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A message from the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic.

Please help us recognize the great work Waterloo’s instructors are doing in the digital classroom.

The Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and the Centre for Extended Learning would like your help to identify these remarkable people by nominating an instructor or an online course author.

Online Teaching Award

Were you a student in a fully online course this term? If you had an exceptional experience in your course and your instructor helped you succeed, stay motivated and encouraged participation, consider nominating them for the Online Teaching Award.

Online Course Design Award

Students, teaching assistants, instructors, chairs, directors and deans are encouraged submit nominations for the Online Course Design Award for courses that are well organized, contribute to students learning and are highly engaging.

The University of Waterloo’s Online Teaching Awards recognize teaching and course design excellence in fully online undergraduate or graduate-level courses.

Four professors elected as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

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This article was originally published on the Faculty of Engineering website.

This May four Waterloo Engineering professors were elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) as Fellows. New Fellows are selected for their outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada and around the world and for their service as role models in their fields and to their communities.

The CAE is the national institution through which individuals, who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada, provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance. Fellows are committed to ensuring that Canada’s engineering expertise and experience are applied to the benefit of all Canadians.

The following faculty members were elected as CAE Fellows in 2024:

  • Dr. Ladan Tahvildari is a global expert in software quality addressing challenging problems related to the architecture, security, and testing of dependable systems. She is Chair of the IEEE CS Technical Community on Software Engineering – the world's largest professional organization devoted to computer science.
  • Dr. Ehsan Toyserkani has made pioneering contributions to the modeling, simulation, in-situ monitoring, and quality assurance of metal Additive Manufacturing. He is Canada Research Chair in Additive Manufacturing.
  • Dr. Costas Tzoganakis’ work on rubber devulcanization has resulted in the commercialization of a technology which offers a sustainable, financially viable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible solution to the end-of-life tires problem.
  • Dr. Alfred Yu is a pioneer of high-frame-rate ultrasound imaging technology that has transformed clinical ultrasound scanners and cardiovascular diagnostics. His discoveries in therapeutic ultrasound have established the mechanistic basis of ultrasound-mediated drug delivery.

Green Labs celebrates Water Month with free faucet aerators and other notes

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"To celebrate Water Month, Waterloo's Green Labs program is offering free installs of faucet aerators to labs on a first-come, first-served basis," says a note from Green Labs. "To participate, please fill out the form on the Green Labs website, open at 12 noon on Friday, July 19 until 12 noon on July 29, 2024."

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The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) is hosting a public lecture by Dr. Agusti Egea Alvarez from the University of Strathclyde entitled “Keep decarbonising and carry on: what are the GB network stability challenges on our way to net zero?” on Wednesday, July 17.

"The Great British electricity sector is rapidly evolving to meet net zero requirements," says the talk's abstract. "In 2023, Wind power contributed 29.4 per cent of the UK’s total electricity generation, and a peak of 87.6 per cent of the electricity was generated using carbon-free resources. The transition is not free from challenges, especially regarding stability. The severity of these challenges was illustrated on the 9th of August in 2019 when areas of England suffered a blackout partially due to the incorrect setting of power electronics converters in an offshore wind farm. The presentation will explore some of the recent stability events in GB, the research involved in understanding them better, and the solutions that have been adopted."

Dr. Agustí Egea-Alvarez is Associate Professor in the Electronic & Electrical Engineering department at the University of Strathclyde. 

The public lecture takes place on Wednesday, July 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in DC 1302. The event is in-person but will also be streamed on ZoomRegister today.

Link of the day

He made sweating look fun: Richard Simmons, 1948-2024

When and Where

The Student Health Pharmacy (located in the lower level of the Student Life Centre) is offering flu shots with no appointments needed daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 519-746-4500 or extension 33784 for more info. COVID shots will be available on appointment basis only. You can register online at

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

Food Truck Wednesday, Wednesday, May 8 to Wednesday, July 24, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Arts Quad.

WatITis 2024 call for proposals, Saturday, June 15 to Friday, August 30.

Green Labs Water Month, Monday, July 1 to Wednesday, July 31.

Gaining Insight into SSHRC merit review: a Q&A panel with SSHRC Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant Committee Members, Tuesday, July 16, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., virtual. Please register by July 9.

Free Public Astronomy Lecture, “The Gravity of Tinkering with Einstein” featuring Dr. Cliff Burgess, Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fed Hall. Register today.

Tim Hortons Camp Day, Wednesday, July 17.

Student Life tours, Wednesday, July 17, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., SLC Multipurpose room.

Exploring CIHR Project Grant Committee Culture: A Q&A panel with Reviewer Committee Members, Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Microsoft Teams. Email the UW CIHR team to register for the session.

WISE Public Lecture,Keep decarbonising and carry on: what are the GB network stability challenges on our way to net zero?” by Agustí Egea-Alvarez, Associate Professor, Electronic & Electrical Engineering department, University of Strathclyde, Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., W.G. Davis Computer Research Centre (DC), Room DC 1302., In-person and on Zoom. Register today.

University of Waterloo Knowledge Mobilization Community of Practice, “Municipal NetZero Action Research Partnership (N-ZAP),” with Dr. Amelia Clarke, Thursday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact Nadine Quehl to request a Teams invitation or for more information.

Invasive Species Pull, Thursday, July 18, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., DWE parking lot.

Community Corner for Staff and Faculty from Racialized Communities, Thursday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Climate Action Event – Food as Climate Action Social with GreenHouse and Waterloo Climate Institute, Thursday, July 18, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., United College UTC-164. Register today!

Shad Design Project Conference, Friday, July 19, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Great Hall, Conrad Grebel University College.

Wild Forces: University of Waterloo Choir, Saturday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 22 Water Street, Kitchener. $5 students/$10 general
tickets available at the door.

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble concert, Sunday, July 21, 7:30 p.m., Chapel at Conrad Grebel University College. Free admission.

Student Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) Instructor Workshop: Introduction to the SLICC Framework (CTE7030), Tuesday, July 23, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MC 2036. 

Biomedical Engineering and Technology Research Day, Wednesday, July 24, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, poster showcase from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register on the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology website by July 10 to reserve a poster space.

Afternoon Art Social for Students, Thursday, July 25, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Wicked Problem of Precarity Symposium, Thursday, July 25, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., SLC Black & Gold Room. Event details - Ticketfi.

WICI World Café and Social: Intro to Complex Systems, Thursday, July 25, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MC 4042 (Optional social from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Grad House).

Shad Waterloo 2024 Open Day Exhibits, Thursday, July 25, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall. 

NeuroMinds Collective for Students, Thursday, July 25, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To learn more and/or to register, please contact Chris Martin.

Sweet Dreams: UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble, Sunday, July 28, 2:00 p.m., Great Hall (room 1111) at Conrad Grebel University College. Free admission.

Serenades, Ships, and Tombs: Orchestra@UWaterloo, Sunday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. West Waterloo. Free admission.

Last day of lectures and classes, Tuesday, July 30.

Pre-examination study days, Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1.

NEW - WICI Workshop: People Need People – A Warm Data Lab Approach, Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, online via Zoom.

Knowledge Gathering and Sharing Consultation Sessions: 2STNBGNC+ allies who are employees (staff and faculty), Tuesday, August 6, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., virtual. Register.

Knowledge Gathering and Sharing Consultation Sessions: 2STNBGNC+ allies who are employees (staff and faculty), Wednesday, August 7,11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in person. Register.

Safeguarding Science: Raising awareness of security risks and mitigation tools in the research ecosystem, Wednesday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, Sunday, August 11 to Friday, August 23. 

WICI Speaker Series: Embracing Complexity in Sustainability Transitions with Dr. Enayat Moallemi, Monday, August 1910:00. a.m. to 11:30 a.m., DC 1302.

Upcoming service interruptions

Stay up to date on service interruptions, campus construction, and other operational changes on the Plant Operations website. Upcoming service interruptions include:

  • MC to QNC Pedestrian Bridge temporary closure, Monday, June 17 to Friday, September 27, no access to bridge between QNC to MC due to construction.
  • UW Place sidewalk construction, Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 26, roadside parking lots, local community roads and sidewalks will be strategically closed for a temporary period, vehicles and pedestrians will be directed to alternative routes.
  • Douglas Wright Engineering, Rod Coutts Hall, South Campus Hall, Carl Pollock Hall, Graduate House fire alarm testing, Monday, July 15, 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., fire alarm will sound, building evacuation not required.
  • Central Services Building, General Services Complex, Commissary fire alarm testing, Monday, July 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., fire alarm will sound, building evacuation not required.
  • Bright Starts Daycare fire alarm testing, Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., fire alarm will sound, building evacuation not required.
  • School of Optometry, Columbia Icefield fire alarm testing, Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., fire alarm will sound, building evacuation not required.
  • UWP-Eby Hall, UWP-Wellesley Court, UWP-Wilmot Court, Claudette Millar Hall fire alarm testing, Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., fire alarm will sound, building evacuation not required.
  • Physics, Earth Science and Chemistry, Chemistry 2, Centre for Environment & Information Technology fire alarm testing, Friday, July 19, 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., fire alarm will sound, building evacuation not required.
  • Village 1 fire alarm testing, Friday, July 19, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., fire alarm will sound, building evacuation not required.
  • Biology 1 Greenhouse main path crane operation, Saturday, July 20, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., main path will be temporarily closed for the crane operation, signage will be placed to direct people to alternate routes.
  • EV1 1st floor power interruption, Monday, July 22, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., most lights and receptacles will be without power for approximately 2 hours.

  • ESC building electrical shutdown, August 24, 6:00 a.m. for 14 hours, building will be closed, all power to ESC will be shut down, elevators will not be functional.