Robert Jan van Pelt, a Waterloo School of Architecture professor, was honoured as a finalist in the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards for editing At the Edge of the Abyss: A Concentration Camp Diary, 1943-1944", written by Dutch student David Koker during his imprisonment in the Vught concentration camp. van Pelt, a leading Holocaust expert, also wrote the book's introduction, with Michiel Horn and John Irons translating Koker's diary for its first English printing. [awards website]
Research into green transportation in Ontario received a boost, thanks to a new partnership that lets researchers and drivers see how well electric vehicles perform. The new collaboration, called Drive4Data, is the first of its kind in Canada and involves the University of Waterloo's Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and FleetWise EV300, an initiative of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
A research facility that will one day develop the technology that enables hybrid vehicles to feed energy into the power grid is among the innovative research initiatives at the University of Waterloo that will receive major funding. The Canada Foundation for Innovation announced January 15 that it is awarding more than $4.7 million to four research projects at Waterloo, including over $2.1 million for the Green and Intelligent Automotive Research Facility being established at the university.