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News archive - April 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Code is not the only king in open source projects

Alex Yun, Jesse Hoey and Meiyappan Nagappan

In open source software repositories such as GitHub — an online platform for software development where developers store their projects and collaborate with other developers — the quality of a coder’s technical contributions is undoubtedly important. Such communities have long seen themselves as meritocracies where code is king and decisions are based solely on technical excellence.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Q and A with the experts: collecting race-based and socio-economic data during COVID-19

Every day we learn about the number of new positive cases, the number of deaths and the number of resolved cases of COVID-19. But is there more information we should be collecting about who the virus is infecting?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Continuing social distancing in Ontario and Quebec could save tens of thousands of lives

Man looking though a window at COVID-19 molecules

Canadian provinces such as Ontario and Quebec should wait several more months before lifting social distancing restrictions, according to the findings of a new mathematical model developed by University of Waterloo researchers.

The new model, called Distancing-SEIRD, indicates that continuing social distancing at the current levels in Ontario and Quebec for six months (until mid-September), could save close to 100,000 lives. 

The machine learning-enabled model was recently the subject of a study that is pending peer review. 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Top graduating doctoral students awarded Faculty of Mathematics Doctoral Prize

Tom Kelly and Priyank Jaini

Recent PhD graduates, Tom Kelly (Combinatorics and Optimization) and Priyank Jaini (Computer Science), have been awarded the Faculty of Mathematics Doctoral Prize. Now in its second year, these prizes are awarded annually to recognize the achievements of top graduating doctoral students in the Faculty of Mathematics.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

See a problem? Consider Enterprise Co-op

Jackson Mills

Jackson Mills saw a problem with student feedback. Originally, he thought that students were falling behind in some classes because of a translation error due to the use of jargon. He and another classmate thought that if they translated lectures into more visual metaphors it would eliminate the use of jargon. Although that’s no longer the problem he’s working on, he’s had the chance to explore what it’s like to be an entrepreneur during his Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term.

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