Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.
In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of artificial intelligence and a mathematical model. The resulting data enabled them to analyze public perceptions on the value of getting vaccinated and determine when a population was getting close to a tipping point.
Jun Liu and Karen Yeats recognized for research excellence
Faculty members Jun Liu and Karen Yeats have been named Canada Research Chairs, as part of the Government of Canada’s - Canada Research Chairs Program. Jun is chairholder for his work in Hybrid Systems and Control, and Karen is chairholder for her work in Combinatorics of Quantum Field Theory.
The Velocity Fund is a non-equity grant program for startups. Each year Velocity produces three pitch competition events where the Velocity Fund awards at least $115,000 in money to winners. To read more about the Velocity Fund Finals, please visit their website.
At the Velocity Fund Finals, Spring 2015, the following students from the Math faculty pitched their ideas:
The Waterloo International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team, composed of students from the Faculties of Mathematics, Engineering, Science, and Applied Health Sciences, won a gold medal for designing Staphylocide. Staphylocide is a synthetic bacterium that is designed to turn off the antibiotic-resistance gene in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), making it responsive to treatment again.
Congratulations to Professors Penny Haxell and Javid Ali, winners of the 2014 Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching!
Professor Haxell has received consistent applause from her peers and students for not only being an effective instructor with high standards but, for being a teacher that inspires enthusiasm for the material she teaches. Her lighthearted nature and logical, straightforward manner have made her a favourite among students.