Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014 — 12:00 to 13:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
What are the community issues and social causes that matter to students?  What types of volunteer experiences are students looking to have in their community?  How can the University mobilize our student body in new ways to give back through charities?  How do we make sure that students are better connected to activities and events off campus? 

The University is developing a Community Relations framework to guide the way that we connect our campus to the broader community around us.

Friday, February 7, 2014 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Near-Living Architecture

In November Rob travelled to Seoul and spent 12 days installing a new commission in the South Korean National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, for the inaugural exhibition in its new Seoul location. In this talk, he will spend some time describing (and showing beauty shots of) that installation.

Rob will also highlight several of the research streams that emanate from and support this ongoing endeavour that is Near-Living Architecture.

Friday, February 7, 2014 — 3:30 PM EST

Abstract

Forest-grassland mosaic ecosystems can exhibit alternative stables states, whereby under the same environmental conditions, the ecosystem could equally well reside either in one state or another, depending on the initial conditions. We develop a mathematical model that couples a simplified forest-grassland mosaic model to a dynamic model of opinions about conservation priorities in a population, based on perceptions of ecosystem rarity. Weak human influence increases the region of parameter space where alternative stable states are possible. However, strong human influence precludes bistability, such that forest and grassland either co-exist at a single, stable equilibrium, or their relative abundance oscillates.

Moreover, a perturbation can shift the system from a stable state to an oscillatory state. We conclude that human-environment interactions can qualitatively alter the composition of forest-grassland mosaic ecosystems. The human role in such systems should be viewed as dynamic, responsive element rather than as a fixed, unchanging entity.

Friday, February 7, 2014 — 7:00 PM EST

The Upstart Festival is a bi-annual one act play festival run by uWaterloo Drama students presenting original and innovative works of theatre. This year all 8 shows have been produced, directed and acted by uWaterloo students with seven out of the eight plays being original works. Upstart 14 features a wide range of performance styles including comedy, drama, movement-based theatre and commedia dell'arte.

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