News archive - March 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

GEOG 181 Wins 2018 Award for Excellence in Online Course Design

The Centre for Extended Learning announced that the online course GEOG 181 – Designing Effective Maps – has won the 2018 Award for Excellence In Online Course Design.The centre noted that the course “is a great example of how straightforward, but solid, course design can result in a positive online learning experience for students.” Students who have taken the course noted its well-organized structure, and the “relevant, interesting assignments that connected directly back to course

Friday, March 8, 2019

Faculty of Environment student team wins NASA’s global 2018 International Space Apps Challenge for “Most Inspirational” project

Team Salinity, a group of students and recent graduates from the Faculty of Environment, developed SongSAT as a tool to express the beauty of satellite imagery through sound. Beyond the remarkable audio experience of the music that this creates, the software provides an opportunity for the beauty of satellite imagery to communicate to an audience with visual impairments, providing them with an opportunity to appreciate the wonders of the world from above.

The team produced an algorithm that converts four distinct geographical areas (grassland, forest, coastal/water, and mountainous areas) into songs with distinct musical patterns. These patterns are converted into playable sheet music, which is then brought into MuseScore notation software that can play the music back.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Women In Aviation: Geography & Aviation grads featured by Sunwing Airlines

Sunwing Airlines recently featured 3 UWaterloo Geography & Aviation graduates in a promotional video, celebrating women in aviation. The video was featured on their Youtube.

Congratulations to our female first officers at Sunwing!

Friday, March 1, 2019

GEM graduate student wins Kimberley Foundation experiential learning fellowship

We would like to congratulate Vicky Vanthof, a Doctoral candidate in Geography and Environmental Management, who has won the 2019 Hugh C.

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