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News archive - June 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Don’t be too quick to trust the information on social media accounts named after a crisis like COVID-19

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Researchers have found that people sometimes tend to rely on easily manipulated factors when evaluating whether to trust a social media account named after a crisis event.

A new study, led by University of Waterloo researcher Apoorva Chauhan, found that in evaluating the trustworthiness of social media accounts named after crisis events, people sometimes pay attention to the page’s profile picture, name, the number of followers it has, and spelling and grammatical errors.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Researchers receive Best Demo Award at 2020 ACM SIGMOD Conference

Brad Glasbergen, Michael Abebe, Khuzaima Daudjee, Daniel Vogel and Jian Zhao

Cheriton School of Computer Science PhD students Brad Glasbergen and Michael Abebe, along with Professors Khuzaima Daudjee, Daniel Vogel and Jian Zhao, have received the Best Demonstration Award at the 2020 ACM Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) Conference.

Monday, June 22, 2020

17 Math Faculty members received Outstanding Performance Award

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Congratulations to the 17 researchers in the Faculty of Mathematics who have been awarded a 2019 Outstanding Performance Award announced by Vice-President, Academic and Provost Jim Rush.

Applied Mathematics

  • David Harmsworth
  • Sivabal Sivaloganathan

Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing

  • Carrie Knoll

Combinatorics and Optimization

Friday, June 19, 2020

A day of pride looks different this year

June 19, 2020 Convocation Faculty of Mathematics

This year’s Convocation was one no one expected. The Class of 2020 graduated without an in-person ceremony, but not without celebration. The University handed out lawn signs for local graduating students, staff and faculty members, we designed downloadable signs in multiple languages for our diverse students and gifs for social media, and the entire University community shared congratulations messages.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Top undergraduate students awarded prestigious Faculty of Mathematics medals

Recent graduates, Jun Yan (Pure Mathematics and Combinatorics & Optimization) and Jameson Weng (Computer Science) have been awarded the Alumni Gold Medal and Governor General’s Silver Medal, respectively. 

The prestigious medals were awarded to the undergraduate students after they attained the highest academic standing during their degrees.

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