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Saturday, February 1, 2020 — 9:00 AM EST
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“Food & Faith: Mennonites Farming Locally and Globally”


Mennonite sociologist Winfield Fretz called farming the ‘sacred vocation.’ Even though fewer and fewer Mennonites are involved in it, we are all dependent on, if not blessed by it. We used to talk together about farming and faith a lot more when more of us were farmers. Maybe it’s time to talk again.

Monday, February 3, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM EST
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A public event and panel discussion examining smart infrastructure and sustainability featuring:

Kathy Bardswick (Canadian Institute for Climate Choices): Planning and financing smart and sustainable cities

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 — 11:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Akindi 101: Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

This session will be hosted online. Join the Zoom meeting and learn from your home or office.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 — 11:30 to 13:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Come out to the QNC atrium hallway and have a quick chat with some of our Concept Coaches (former or current KW startup founders) about all things entrepreneurship! Whether you have an idea, are interested in the startup world, or just curious about entrepreneurship they will be able to help guide you and provide insight.

This event will be all on a drop in basis and coaches will be offering quick, “speed coaching” sessions. If you are interested in a longer session, book with our coaches here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Research Ethics will be offering drop-in sessions throughout February, March and April to answer questions related to the ethics process, including submitting, renewing, and amending an application. Come prepared with your questions and a laptop.

These sessions are for faculty and students and will take place in the Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday until April 29, 2020.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EST
Shhh Ensemble

Spirits is piano/percussion duo SHHH!! Ensemble’s most ambitious project to date. Diversely inspired by composers reflections on the beyond, the nature of creativity, whiskey, and more, Spirits features two newly commissioned works from Canadian composers John Gordon Armstrong and Jocelyn Morlock. The programme is augmented by existing pieces by Andy Akiho, Micheline Roi, and John Beckwith.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST
Clinical Trials Ontario Information Session

The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology and the University of Waterloo Office of Research Ethics are pleased to host an information session with Clinical Trials Ontario.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
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Entrepreneurship at Environment invites you to the World's Challenge Challenge Ideation Workshop!

This workshop precedes the World’s Challenge Challenge Pitch Competition and is designed to provide you with the tools necessary to ideate effectively, perform critical analysis of your ideas and be able to pitch or communicate them to others.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 6:30 PM EST
Concept & UWaterloo logos

So you’re interested in building a startup…but should you? Before working through how to start a startup, it’s important to first consider *why* you want to build a startup. In this session, you’ll learn about some of the top reasons why you should and should not start a startup and get an opportunity to hear directly from founders about the tough realities of startups, what they’ve learned, and why they chose this path.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

See URL below

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — 10:30 to 11:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

In this session, participants will be introduced to copyright, and the rights and responsibilities they have when publishing their research. This session includes an introduction to:

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — 2:30 PM EST
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Join WICI and the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research in welcoming Kate Admala on Thursday, February 6th in DC 1302.

Reception with light refreshment at 2:30 p.m.; talk to commence at 3 p.m.

Full abstract and speaker bio are viewable on our event webpage.

Guests are asked to please register for this free event on Eventbrite.

Anyone wishing to meet with Kate in person before or after her talk, or join her for lunch or dinner during her visit, is asked to contact brenda.panasiak@uwaterloo.ca with your availability.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — 8:00 PM EST
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FASS (UW's Faculty, Alumni, Staff, and Students) theatre company has been putting on shows since 1962!

Come see our latest production, Nothing Beats Rock! It's a musical comedy which follows the rise and fall of a civilization from the stone age to the space age.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — 10:30 PM to 11:30 PM EST
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The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is happy to welcome Professor Mahla Poudineh to the WIN family! Professor Poudineh will deliver a seminar on "Next-Generation Enabling Technologies for Diagnosing Disease and Monitoring Therapy" in order to introduce herself and her research to our community. Please join us in giving her a warm welcome. See the event website for the seminar abstract.

Friday, February 7, 2020 — 11:00 to 13:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST

Are you looking for a unique, and exciting co-op experience that will build your resume and stand out from the crowd? Consider joining the ever-changing world of startups and scale ups! As a member of a growing company you will be exposed to a wide variety of opportunities to grow and develop your skills and see how companies really operate.

Friday, February 7, 2020 — 11:00 to 13:30 AM to 1:30 PM EST
Concept & UWaterloo logos

Are you looking for a unique, and exciting co-op experience that will build your resume and stand out from the crowd? Consider joining the ever-changing world of startups and scale ups! As a member of a growing company you will be exposed to a wide variety of opportunities to grow and develop your skills and see how companies really operate.

Friday, February 7, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Join Val Walker as she discusses her work as CEO of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 — 11:00 to 11:00 AM EST
Alumni, Faculty and Staff Warriors Event

Mark your calendars for the ever-popular Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retiree Day! Bring your family and friends to campus to cheer on the Waterloo Warriors men's and women's basketball teams to victory as they compete against the Brock Badgers.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Those interested in an application to the New Frontiers in Research (NFRF) Transformation competition are invited to a panel presentation. The panel will feature researchers and staff who have experience successfully leading large team grants and can provide insights on both applying for and leading large team grants.

Following the panel presentation, there will be an open question and answer period. 

Please register as seating is limited.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST
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A project always has some uncertainty that can impact a project’s objectives and outcomes, should problems occur. At the University of Waterloo, we have a University Risk Management program (URM) which has some key University risks identified and some good resources that you can use for managing the uncertainty. The presenters will make the case for project risk management, discuss where URM fits in, illustrate with some project examples from across the University and share resources.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Research Ethics will be offering drop-in sessions throughout February, March and April to answer questions related to the ethics process, including submitting, renewing, and amending an application. Come prepared with your questions and a laptop.

These sessions are for faculty and students and will take place in the Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday until April 29, 2020.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 10:30 to 11:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST
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The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is comprised of many talented faculty members, students and researchers from various backgrounds of study. WIN wants to showcase their incredible work through a Member Seminar Series! Each month this Winter term a professor and 2 of their researchers will present to our community. This series is an opportunity for the UWaterloo community to come together, learn about ongoing research and potentially foster new partnerships between students, faculty and labs.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 12:00 to 12:00 PM EST
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If entrepreneurship is in your future, let us help you get there.

Join us in-person at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business for an information session and Q&A with current MBET students and alumni. Learn more about the MBET program, have lunch, and get to know us.

In these sessions we will:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EST
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The Happenstancers is the shared vision of co-directors Brad Cherwin and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh. Described as “Toronto’s best young chamber musicians” (Bachtrack) and recipients of the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble in an Opera, Cherwin and Hardy-Kavanagh helm a rotating cast of innovative voices on Toronto’s classical scene. Their daring concert program PHASES leaps between centuries and styles, moods and colours, as works by Augusta Reed Thomas, Bram Van Camp, Mozart, and Beethoven conjure vibrant and varied personalities. Learn more at thehappenstancers.com.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 — 7:00 PM EST
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Advocating for Peace: Stories from the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee, 1975-2008
Join us on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a program with the book author William Janzen, including selected readings and a Q&A. Hosted by the Institute of Anabaptist Mennonite Studies.

About the Author

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
W5: Waterloo Women Writing With Women

W5: Waterloo Women Writing With Women is a free, day-long writing retreat that will provide attendees with helpful advice, affirmation of writing goals, friendship, and the opportunity for writing accountability. Open to UWaterloo women and non-binary staff, faculty, grad students, and post-docs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Hands typing on a computer

Research Ethics will be offering drop-in sessions throughout February, March and April to answer questions related to the ethics process, including submitting, renewing, and amending an application. Come prepared with your questions and a laptop.

These sessions are for faculty and students and will take place in the Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday until April 29, 2020.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EAT
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As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series Jill S. Baron will present: Addressing excess reactive nitrogen issues across international boundaries and across the globe: The International Nitrogen Management System.

More information

Thursday, February 20, 2020 — 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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If you're in Grade 10 and planning to attend university, you and your parents are invited to learn what you can do now to prepare.

Learn about:
- studying what you love at university
- university admissions
- financing your education
- the student experience (from current Waterloo students)

Thursday, February 20, 2020 — 7:30 PM EST
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Conrad Grebel University College presents Nunsense, an off-Broadway hit musical comedy (Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin), running February 20-23, 2020. Nunsense follows the misadventures of a group of nuns as they work together to fundraise for the burial of their fellow sisters following a tragic cooking accident. It is fitting then, that this comical tale is presented as a fundraising effort for the Fill the Table campaign at Grebel.

Friday, February 21, 2020 — 9:00 PM to 9:45 PM EST
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Vu's seminar is a brief introduction to Docker-based technologies and a guide on how to port legacy applications into Docker-based infrastructure and the benefits of using Docker. Docker is a software tool that allows application and their dependencies to be bundled into a virtual container that can run on any Linux server. A Windows version of Docker is also available. Using Docker provides flexibility and portability by enabling the application to be run in various locations, whether on-premises, in a cloud service.

Speaker Bio:

Monday, February 24, 2020 — 12:00 to 13:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

The Faculty Association of University of Waterloo (FAUW), the University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA), the Renison Association of Academic Staff (RAAS), and the St. Jerome's University Academic Staff Association (SJU-ASA) invite Indigenous employees of University of Waterloo and the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo to lunch on us Monday, February 24, at noon in Hagey Hall 373. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 — 1:30 AM to 2:30 PM EST
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Akindi 101: Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

This session will be hosted online. Join the Zoom meeting and learn from your home or office.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 — 12:00 to 14:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

The Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change are pleased to present our inaugural documentary screening of the film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Speaker: Prof. Mohamed Bakr

Invited By: Omar Ramahi

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM EST
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Invited teams of Engineering students will be competing:

- for surprise Challenge Game theme when they arrive at E7-2317 (Conrad Hub)
- for half-hour to earn House (Engineering Departments) points,
- for the Winter 2020 season (there are three games scheduled over lunch hour this Fall season).

Lunch will be provided to FANS and TEAMS! But you must pre-register to attend.

You get to support, cheer and receive FAN points for prizes at the end of the season!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Hands typing on a computer

Research Ethics will be offering drop-in sessions throughout February, March and April to answer questions related to the ethics process, including submitting, renewing, and amending an application. Come prepared with your questions and a laptop.

These sessions are for faculty and students and will take place in the Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday until April 29, 2020.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 10:30 to 11:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST
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Professor Waldeck will describe recent studies that investigate the effects of electron spin in electron transfer and electron initiated chemical reactions of supramolecular assemblies and at electrodes. Charge polarization and charge transfer in chiral molecules and assemblies is accompanied by spin polarization and spin transfer, because of the chiral induced spin selectivity (CISS) effect. In the first part of the talk, he will describe the discovery of CISS 1999 and trace our understanding of its basic features through an exposition of key experiments.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EST
Mary Catherine Pazzano

Featuring singer Mary-Catherine Pazzano and pianist Paul Stouffer, the program will be a jazzy exploration of Bernstein's iconic West Side Story, while also delving into his various musicals (On the Town, Wonderful Town), and classical works as well such as MASS, Peter Pan, and Candide.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 6:30 PM EST
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Learn about the different key components of a pitch and have the opportunity to see winning pitches live! Learn from our experienced Concept Coach, and a previous competition winner, on how to best pitch your idea.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

See URL below

Thursday, February 27, 2020 — 7:00 PM EST
Jane Philpott.

Using her experience as medical doctor and special advisor on health for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Jane Philpott will examine causes and consequences of the main health issues in Indigenous communities.

Friday, February 28, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST
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Yoga for many of us involves mats and a change of clothing; and a location other than where we are now. Margaret Hull, a teacher of Yoga at Queen Street Yoga, will show us that Yoga can be anytime and anywhere. Taking the time to stretch, move and pause can help releases stress, and enhance our focus. Seated and standing, we will explore awareness and presence in the body, the power of the breath, and some basic poses, with some time for a short Q and A.

Speaker Bio

Friday, February 28, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Join Gizem Ozdemir, senior manager of finance and business planning for PetSmart Canada, as she discusses how how the skills KI students have gained can set them apart from everyone else in the corporate world.

Friday, February 28, 2020 — 5:00 PM to Sunday, March 1, 2020 — 5:30 PM EST to Sun, 03/01/2020 - 17:30
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Have you ever wanted to join a hackathon, but thought it was only for coders? Well, Hack the Plastics wants you! Hack the Plastics is a broad skilled hackathon that does not require a coding based final product and will happen from 28th Feb – 1st March, 2020 at the University of Waterloo. You will be tackling ways to fight single use plastic pollution using microbes and producing a technical solution, business plan, and pitch.

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