Events - February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014 — 5:00 PM to Sunday, March 2, 2014 — 5:00 PM EST

CODE is the first national Open Data hackathon in Canada – a 48 hour competition where participants compete to build the best app utilizing federal government data from the Canadian Open Data Portal (

Free busing (from Waterloo) and food will be provided throughout the competition to registered participants.

Register today! and select the University of Waterloo as your hub location.

Friday, February 28, 2014 — 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Speaker: Carrie Jenkins, U of British Columbia Title of talk: On Putting Knowledge 'First'

Friday, February 28, 2014 — 3:30 PM EST

Abstract: Automated microscopy combined with high-throughput genetics are yielding image datasets of unprecedented size and richness.  To address the data-analysis challenge, we are developing computational and statistical approaches to allow exploratory data analysis and quantitative comparison of biologically interpretable measurements from these images.  

Friday, February 28, 2014 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Knowledge Integration presents Kaitlyn Rathwell, an environmental change scholar and a practicing performance artist.

Friday, February 28, 2014 — 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Friday, February 28, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Join us for an inspiring look at how Big Data is being use to understand everything - from social media usage, consumer behaviour, social uprisings, virus outbreaks first hand from renowned Data Scientist Hilary Mason, former Chief Scientist at Bitly, and one of Fast Company's Top 100 Creative Minds in Business for 2013.

Friday, February 28, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Horizon 2020: The New EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Opportunities for Canadians

A Briefing by: Mr. Luigi Scarpa de Masellis, Advisor, Economic and Commercial Affairs Delegation of the European Union to Canada

All are welcome.

Friday, February 28, 2014 — 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EST

Master Class with renowned Data Scientist Hilary Mason, named one of Fast Company's Top 100 Creative Minds in Business for 2013, and former Chief Scientist at Bitly.

Register now for an inspiring look at how Big Data is being used to understand everything - from social media usage, consumer behavior, social uprising, virus outbreaks and much more.  

Only 50 seats available!

Register Now!

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Steafán Hanvey performs "Look Behind You!", highlighting a father and son's impression of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland through photography and song. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST

Drawing from his coveted experience as President Obama's personal aide, Reggie Love shares timeless, yet timely, lessons on crisis management, collaboration and leadership in the 21st Century. Humble, serious, and self-deprecating, he encourage audiences to realize their potential and become more politically active.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 5:30 PM EST

What is the purpose of education?

What is a good education?

Is education just acquiring knowledge to do a specific job?

Or should education prepare us for life in its entirety?

What is learning?

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM EST

Dr. Daiva Stasiulis, Professor of Sociology at Carleton University, will be visiting UW on Feb 27th to give a lecture entitled "Worrier Nation": Quebec's Value Codes for Immigrants. Reception to follow.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Institute for Computer Research and School of Computer Science Bioinformatics Group SEMINAR: "GlucoGuide: A Novel Diabetes Management System Using Data Mining."

By: Charles Ling, PhD, Professor Department of Computer Science, Western University

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

This session provides you with an overview of ODESI, the platform for searching and downloading Statistics Canada datasets made available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). Basic knowledge of data analysis is presumed.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

How can the Registrar's Office (RO) improve its communications with students? The RO wants to hear your opinions on the best way to get in touch with you, how often we should communicate with you, and whether or not RO emails, print pieces, and webpages meet your needs. Sign up to tell us you thoughts and we'll provide you with a free lunch and $10 on your WatCard.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Gain an overview of how to use social media to build connections. Discuss quick and effective social media branding tips and netiquette on popular platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Lisa Moore is a three-time Giller Prize nominee, for her novels Open, Alligator and Caught. Her novel February was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2013. Last Fall she received the Writers' Trust Findlay / Engel Prize. She has done animation work, written for television and radio, and has also written art criticism.

This year's Reading Series at St Jerome's is on the theme of Literartistry,
showcasing literature's dance with other artistic media.

All readings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM EST
The Wednesday Night Discussion Group (WNDG) has provided a safe and
confidential space for discussing sexual orientation and gender identity on
the University of Waterloo campus for four decades!
Need support? Have questions? Looking to socialize and meet new people? Come join members of the local rainbow community for an evening of engaging discussion.
Visit our webpage for location and other details on the evening's topic of
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Are you interested in becoming a Philosophy major?

Description: Drop by our information session on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. in HH 335.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Beth Esenbergs, Business Advisor with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, will explain best strategies and tips on how to successfully start your own business. Bring your great ideas and questions! This workshop is open only to Masters and PhD students and Post Docs.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

The People's Network: The Telephone and the Fight for "Net Neutrality" 100 Years Ago

As part of our 2013-2014 History Speaker Series, Professor Robert MacDougall of Western University will discuss his book new book.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 12:30 PM EST
Conrad Grebel Noon Hour Concert features Latin American music for flute and guitar, featuring Kelly Williamson and Mariette Stephenson.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Want to learn more about a being a History major?

Join us for a drop-in pizza party to chat with faculty and other History students. Find out more about career paths in History and why you should become part of our department!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Come out to our monthly pizza party!

Drop in to the Reading Room anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month to mingle with professors, meet other History students, and enjoy some free food!

We want to get to know our students and for our students to get to know us. Come early before the pizza is gone!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Hear briefly from the Office of Academic Integrity about why you need to reference your sources. Then learn how to manage your references, create bibliographies, and format your papers in a variety of citation styles from a liaison librarian using RefWorks, a web-based citation software freely available to all UWaterloo students, faculty, and staff.


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