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News archive - April 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A crash course in startup management

Ray Li with the WATonomous vehicle

“Looking around the table at WATonomous, it’s amazing to see people come together to create something extraordinary.”

Monday, April 27, 2020

New method could identify COVID-19-like viruses within minutes

Medical watch

Researchers have developed a method that can identify future COVID-19-like viruses within minutes, which could allow for quicker development and deployment of vaccines and treatments. 

In a new study, researchers at the University of Waterloo used a machine learning-based alignment-free approach to accurately and rapidly identify and classify COVID-19 virus genome’s relationship with other viruses.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Genetics and statistics intersect for two Waterloo graduate students

Qihuang Zhang and Ce Yang

For two graduate students at Waterloo, unraveling the mysteries of the human genome requires more than just science. These two students, both given a departmental research presentation award by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, are passionate about bringing their skills to the field of biostatistics.

Learn more about the research of Qihuang Zhang and Ce Yang.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Freedom to explore

Joy poses with the WATonomous vehicle

“Waterloo is a place where students have the opportunity to try so many different things.”

Many students feel pressured to decide on a defined career path early on in their undergraduate career. Joy Zhang isn’t one of them. The second-year Financial Analysis & Risk Management (FARM) student is embracing the opportunity to explore her options in her time at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Why is it so hard to pay attention in videoconferences?

A desk with various electronic devices

As global COVID-19 lockdowns have us sitting through days of videoconferences, it becomes clear that paying attention online is hard work.

In two new papers, researchers from the University of Waterloo and Microsoft Research explore people’s attentiveness in videoconferences to understand how to make the online meetings more comfortable and effective.

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