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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Big Data article published in National Post

Professor Anindya Sen had an article published in the National Post about how The Arts is filling gaps in data science. Professor Sen discusses how the social sciences and humanities not only provide perspective in behavioural theories and trends but also aids in spearheading ethics and governance in the data science world.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Economics PhD students win third place in Datafest competition

Four students sitting next to each other on chairs

Congratulations to our PhD student team of Andres Arcila Vasquez, Iuliia Nesterova, John Baker, and Zehua Pan (pictured below), who received third place in the inaugaral Datafest organized by Professor Anindya Sen, Director of the Master of Public Service program on Friday, March 4, 2019. Economics had two MA teams as well - Team 1 - Hongcan Zhang, Keyi Zhang, Sophie Yin, Haochang Li, and Team 2Siwei Shen, Wenzuo Xu, Tong Zhou, Yongyun Zhou.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge 2018

Congratulations to our Economics team who participated in the Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Challenge.  In November 2018, the team presented their recommendations for Canadian monetary policy to a panel of judges. Coached by Professor Jean Paul Lam, the team did a great job of summarizing current key issues in monetary policy. We are proud of our team! Team members from left to right are Austin Coles, Alexander Colenutt, Tijil Dewan, Kamilah Ebrahim, Sin Yeung, and Isil Dogan.

Friday, December 14, 2018

PhD Student Andres Arcila Vasquez wins prestigious scholarships

We are so proud of Andres Arcila Vasquez, a PhD student in our department, who has won the OGS for International Students, as well as the President's Graduate Scholarship that goes with it. This is a highly competitive scholarship as only 2 to 4 candidates from the faculty of Arts are put forward for the OGS competition. It speaks highly of Andres accomplishments as an economics student that he is able to get these scholarships. Congratulations, Andres! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Economics Grad Receives 2018 Arts Young Alumni Award

The Arts Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their professional field, in the community, and in public service within 10 years of graduation. This year, the recipient of this award is Mandy Tao, a graduate of the UW Economics program (2011).

This Arts Young Alumni Award is another proud achievement Mandy can add to her already impressive resume. Currently serving as the Director of Strategy at Merck, Mandy has also been busy co-founding "Education Togo Switzerland", learning new languages and climbing volcanoes.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Keeping the human in AI

Professor Joel Blit participated in a panel for the Waterloo Arts "Keeping the Human in AI" presentation that occurred at the Kitchener Public Library last week. Check out the full story on the Waterloo Arts webpage. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Professor Roy Brouwer joins new international scientific advisory committee on China’s environment

Congratulations to Professor Roy Brouwer who was named to the new international scientific advisory committee on China’s environment. Check out the Water Institute's post on the subject

Monday, December 3, 2018

What does Artificial Intelligence and Hollywood have in common? Alumnus Jack Zhang has an answer

Jack Zhang, Mathematical Economics alumni ('14), and his company Greenlight Essentials use artificial intelligence to write scripts for Hollywood productions. 

"Today you need to compete with video games, you need to compete with Netflix," said Zhang. "We find plot elements that can go up to a 80-90 per cent success rate when we look at the entire data set."

Thursday, November 22, 2018

MA students selected to participate in National Policy Challenge

We are happy to announce that an economics team, composed by MA students Ramsha Jaweed and David Kim, has been selected to participate in the National Policy Challenge organized by CRDCN (the research data centre network created by the government to facilitate access to confidential government data). The teams submitted a proposal to analyze a policy problem of their own choosing with confidential microdata.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

ECON 484/673 students visit Wastewater Treatment Plant

From the Water Insitute's page: