News archive - January 2022

Monday, January 31, 2022

AI tech could help reduce malnutrition in LTC homes

New technology could help reduce malnutrition and improve overall health in long-term care (LTC) homes by automatically recording and tracking how much food residents consume.

The smart system, developed by engineering and health researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the University Health Network (UHN), uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to analyze photos of plates of food after residents have eaten.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Scotiabank donates $1M to increase STEM diversity

One of the largest financial institutions in Canada is contributing more than $1 million to help increase diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields at the University of Waterloo.

Scotiabank is using the money to create a variety of scholarships to support students from underrepresented groups as they pursue STEM studies.

Also included in the Scotiabank Future of Talent and Innovation Initiative is support for engineering outreach to racialized students in Grades 1 to 12, as well as the existing Women in Engineering program.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Dean Wells remembers student Apostolos Marinakos

Dear Colleagues,

It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news of the untimely passing of Apostolos Marinakos, a University of Waterloo third-year mechanical engineering student, on Tuesday, January 25.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

'Throw away idea' inspiration for unique synagogue

A suggestion by a Waterloo School of Architecture professor to build a synagogue at the site of the largest single massacre of Jews during the Holocaust has developed into a unique liturgical and reflection space visited by people of all faiths.

Seven months after Robert Jan van Pelt mentioned the idea, an outdoor synagogue opened in Babyn Yar, a ravine in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev where more than 33,000 Jewish men, women and children were murdered on a single day in 1941.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Provincial honours for exceptional contributions

An engineering master’s student and a staff member have received provincial awards of excellence for exceptional contributions on campus, across the community and beyond.

Waterloo mechanical engineering master’s student Lucas Wen Tang (BASc ’21, mechanical engineering) was recognized in the Minister’s Awards of Excellence Rising Star category.

Tang co-founded Lumos, a company that looks to improve human well-being through sleep technology and neuroscience. 

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