Cheriton School of Computer Science, BSc, MSc, PhD, (Toronto)
Office: Davis Centre 1308
Chrysanne DiMarco has been a member of the Artificial Intelligence Group in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1990.
Her research interests include: computational models of natural language pragmatics, computational linguistics, health informatics, and biomedical information extraction. Professor DiMarco is the project leader of the HealthDoc Project (1994-present), which has been developing web-based natural language generation systems for producing health information tailored to the medical condition and personal characteristics of an individual. Professor DiMarco is also the President of Inkpot Software Inc., the spin-off company from the HealthDoc Project.
Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture
National Diploma in Design (High Wycombe) Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Mike was a full-time faculty member in University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture, teaching in the Studio Design theme area. He joined University of Waterloo in 1971 following a distinguished career as a designer in the United Kingdom. Mike's work there has been well documented in design journals and includes concepts for the automobile, shipping, and aircraft industry, as well as producing furniture for exhibit. Since coming to Canada, Mike's work includes architectural concepts, furniture, exhibition, graphic and small boat design. He has curated the work of other notable artists and designers and continues to exhibit his own work. Mike maintains a broad interest in all matters concerning both art and architecture, and the arts in general.
and Academic Dean
St. Jerome's University
IS Academic Advisor 200X-2006
BSc (University of Waterloo)
MSc (University of Waterloo)
PhD (University of Southern California)
Drama & Speech Communication
Modern Languages (ML) 254A
519-888-4567, ext. 38364
Dr. Simpson is an interdisciplinary scholar with a focus in communication. In collaboration with Leda Cooks, she is the co-editor of Whiteness, Pedagogy, Performance: Dis/placing Race (Lexington Books, 2007). She is also the author of I Have Been Waiting: Race and U.S. Higher Education (University of Toronto Press, 2003). This book won the 2003 Outstanding Book Award from the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association. She has published articles in The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; Journal of Intercultural Communication Research; Journal of International and Intercultural Communication; and The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.
Dr. Simpson does research in the areas of higher education, race, whiteness, critical pedagogy, intercultural communication, and democracy and justice. The courses she teaches include intercultural communication; persuasion; interpersonal communication; gender and communication; public communication; and communication, democracy, and justice. She is currently working on a book on higher education and democracy for the University of Toronto Press. She is committed to teaching and learning that encourage critical thinking, ethical analysis, and changed practice.
William R. (Bill) Abbott
Office hours by appointment: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
East Campus Hall Room 1107
519-888-4567, ext. 36147
Former Independent Studies (IS) Interim Director and IS Board member, former Director of Management Studies, Adjunct Associate Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, BA (Kenyon College), PhD (The Ohio State University)
Bill's areas of expertise include Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy of Education, Decision Theory, and the modern philosophers, Descartes through to Kant. Bill has special interests in architecture and Latin.
Interim IS Director 2001 to 2003 (with Sally Lerner)
Dr. Francis is a distinguished Professor Emeritus in Environment and Resource Studies. He was informally involved with the Independent Studies program for a number of years, serving at various times as a member of a Senate review committee for Independent Studies, member of the Academic Board, an Academic Advisor, and, as of July 1, 2001, the Interim Director of Independent Studies for that current academic year.
His original academic degrees were in biology (ecology), political economy, and resource management. His long time academic interest is in the implications for governance and management that arise from adopting "an ecosystem" approach to regional environmental and resource management issues; these situations pose even greater challenges in light of recent theorizing in both ecology and the social sciences about the dynamics of complex open systems.
George has written extensively on these and other topics; served on various governmental committees dealing with conservation and resource management issues at the international, national provincial and local levels; and served on the boards of several non-governmental organizations.
Richard H. Holmes
Office: Hagey Hall (HH) 359
Associate Professor Philosophy, BA, MA (Montana), PhD (Washington University at St. Louis), Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award
Associate Professor, English Language & Literature
Research: information and fabrication technologies as they collide with the older discourses of nature and ecology; most recent publications related to this project found at the online journal Electronic Book Review where Andrew served for a time as the editor of its Critical Ecologies stream.
Graduate supervison areas include:
- environmental rhetoric and/or literature
- genres of professional writing
- new media theory and design
- nineteenth century American literature
- semiotics and discourse analysis
Director & Advisor, 2007-2011
Associate Professor Emeritus, Environment & Resource Studies
Award of Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision 2012
Research: development of sustainable communities in Canada and overseas, and gender and equity issues.
William R. Abbott
Board Member, 2002-2004
Dr. Donald Burn, P.Eng., received a BASc (1981), MASc (1982), and PhD (1985) from University of Waterloo.
He joined the University of Manitoba in 1985 as an Assistant Professor. On July 1, 1998, he joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo as a professor.
He teaches courses in hydrology and environmental systems modelling at the undergraduate level and courses related to statistical hydrology and water management at the graduate level. Dr. Burn conducts research dealing with statistical aspects of hydrology. The primary foci of this work are in regional flood frequency analysis and approaches for the characterizing drought probabilities in large drainage basins. Dr. Burn also conducts research investigating the hydrological implications of climatic change.
Chair and Board Member, XXXX-2003
Office: EV2 2042
Sally Lerner, PhD, taught in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies. Her major research interests have been the globalizing economy, particularly the social, political, environmental, and economic issues involved. Sally has been the co-coordinator of the Futurework Lists and the Acting Director of the Centre for Society, Technology and Values. Sally's professional involvements have included being a member of the Board of Directors of Great Lakes United, serving on the Outside Jury for the Seaton Design Competition, as Canadian Co-Chair, Board of Technical Experts, Social Science Task Group, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, and as a member of the International Joint Commission's Task Force on the Virtual Elimination of Persistent Toxic Substances from the Great Lakes. Additionally, Sally has been the coordinator of Basic Income Canada.
BIS '87, MASc, PhD University of Waterloo
He holds the J.W. Graham Research Chair in Health Information Systems at the University of Waterloo, where he is jointly appointed to the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology as Associate Professor.
Ian helps champion the University of Waterloo's emerging thrust into the field of health informatics, and is one of the co-founders of ideas FOR HEALTH — a research and education group at Waterloo focusing on innovations in data, evidence and application systems in healthcare.
Ian's research focuses how information technology can be used to address the decision-making needs of clinical providers and policy makers in the health sector. He has a particular interest in developing information management strategies able to support the provision of quality care in e-enabled clinical settings by addressing issues related to security, privacy and data integrity.
Since 1997, he has been part of the team that leads one of the largest, publicly-available hospital performance enhancement systems in the world. Ideas For Health at University of Waterloo has taken an active role in this project, and over 150 hospitals in Ontario currently rely on University of Waterloo's expertise to support their decision-making processes.
Ian sits on national and provincial committees with mandates related to information systems and funding in Canada's health system and is actively involved in international initiatives. His work has contributed to a number of commissions and government inquiries. Dr McKillop is affiliated with both the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science (ICES) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is actively engaged in a number of international activities.
Dr. McKillop was recognized in 2008 by the Annual Arts in Academics.
Chair and Board Member