The holiday break is almost upon us, and for many, it will mean a welcome pause in our routines and a time to recharge. But before we break, I thought I would let you know that come the new year, we can look forward to seeing the dean's search committee put forward a recommended candidate.
I have greatly valued the opportunity to serve as interim dean, and while I certainly considered putting my name in, I decided not to do so for a variety of personal and professional reasons. Nonetheless, until the new dean takes office, I will continue to serve the Faculty as best I can.
In the meantime, no matter what your holiday break looks like, or what traditions you look forward to, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy, restful, peaceful time.
Paul Stolee, PhD
Professor and Interim Dean
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Highly cited researchers at AHS
David Hammond and Sharon Kirkpatrick are two of the five UWaterloo professors who were recognized for being in the top 1 percent of citations in their fields in Clarivate Analytics’ 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list. According to Clarivate, the list "recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and year in Web of Science." Read more on the Office of Research page.
Holiday closure: December 21-January 2
All buildings will be locked during the holiday break, starting at 4:30 p.m. on December 21, and will reopen by 7 a.m. on January 2. If you need access to your office during that time, please arrange with your department administrator to be placed on the list of authorized personnel who can sign out building access keys with UW Police. Only people on this list may sign out keys. Also, please do not leave valuables unsecured. UW Police offers the use of their safe for the storage of money and small valuable items.
Career Night Speed Networking: January 23
This event is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to connect with our alumni about their careers and career paths. New this year: Undergrads will also have the opportunity to speak with current graduate students about their experiences. Please see the Career Night Speed Networking event page for details.
Bell Let's Talk: January 30
The Faculty will once again be participating in this awareness and fundraising campaign for mental health initiatives this year. Stay tuned for details.
Hallman Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The Hallman Undergraduate Research Fellowship is open to AHS faculty members and provides funding for projects that focus on health promotion and education, while offering experiences to steward undergraduate students toward graduate studies. Awards for up to $10,000 per student are available for the term, with $40,000 available. Faculty members may access the Hallman Research Fellowship application here until Friday, January 11. Please contact Ryan McGuinness with any questions.
Mitacs Research Award opportunity
The Mitacs Globalink Research Award is open to senior undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to apply for a $6,000 grant to perform research work abroad in Mitacs selected countries. See the Mitacs website for information and deadlines, or contact Regan Child, coordinator of International Research and Partnerships here at the University.
New HeForShe Faculty advocate(s) sought
Corey Johnson, the current HeForShe Faculty advocate for AHS, will be taking leave in the new year, which means we are looking for a new advocate (or advocates). Please contact Corey with any questions you may have about the role, or visit the University's HeForShe website.
University employees and our dependent family members can get support on a variety of issues, including bereavement and loss, marital and couple problems, emotional or individual issues, and others through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). EFAP offers access to confidential counselling and a broad range of health and wellness services, including e-courses, provided by Homewood Health. The EFAP is a complement to the current benefits program, at no additional cost to employees.
Do you have a wellness tip (or a news item) to share? Please email it to Eugenia Xenos Anderson.