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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waterloo marks progress on gender equality efforts at UN

Waterloo President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur joined delegates from around the world at the HeForShe IMPACT Event to recognize advancements in gender equality.

The event was hosted by UN Women in New York City, and was attended by heads of state, global CEOs and university presidents who committed their organizations to tangible gender equality goals in 2015 as part of the HeForShe IMPACT10x10x10 initiative.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

University of Waterloo medical technology startup named to Canadian innovation list

A medical artificial intelligence (AI) startup was named one of 2017’s 20 most innovative technology companies by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) earlier this month.

Elucid Labs, a startup founded by three University of Waterloo researchers, uses AI technology in a small imaging device for the early detection of skin cancer. The technology helps dermatologists make better, faster decisions and reduces the number of unnecessary biopsies.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

University of Waterloo entrepreneurs participate in largest social enterprise competition

Four University of Waterloo student entrepreneurs beat out nearly 50,000 competitors from hundreds of universities to make it to the final round of the world’s largest student competition for social enterprises.

Representing Waterloo start-up EPOCH, students Jade Choy, Keith Choy, Lisa Tran, and Kaivalya Gandhi ranked among the top six teams in the $1 million Hult Prize Challenge at the United Nations in New York. The Challenge asked participants to find a sustainable, scalable social enterprise that could restore the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vaping doubles risk of smoking cigarettes for teens

Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study.

The study — from the University of Waterloo and the Wake Forest School of Medicine — found that students in grades seven to 12 who had tried an e-cigarette are 2.16 times more likely to be susceptible to cigarette smoking.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New research chair in quantum error correction demonstrates continued leadership by IQC and Waterloo in the pursuit of a quantum computer and in the development of other quantum technologies

The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, has launched a new $8-million research chair to further solidify Waterloo’s leadership in quantum information research.

Raymond Laflamme becomes the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis “John von Neumann” Chair in Quantum Information at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waterloo Innovation Summit to hear from leaders in disruptive technology

Hundreds of business, government and academic leaders from around the world will descend on Canada’s leading technology ecosystem this week to explore the trends that are driving global innovation.

The fifth annual Waterloo Innovation Summit—Hacking the Future— takes place September 14 and 15 and is being hosted by the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Researchers discover new, abundant enzyme that helps bacteria infect animals

Researchers have discovered a new class of enzymes in hundreds of bacterial species, including some that cause disease in humans and animals. The discovery provides new insights into how bacteria invade their hosts. The research appears this week in Nature Communications.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Beverage industry capitalizing on countries with fewer health regulations

Considerable exposure to sugary drinks combined with a lack of water fountains in high schools are likely important contributors to increased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, a new study from the University of Waterloo has found.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Expert view on Ontario's plan to sell cannabis

A Waterloo expert is available to speak about Ontario's plan to sell cannabis at government-run stores

Scott Leatherdale - Applied Health Sciences

Scott Leatherdale is an associate professor in Waterloo's School of Public Health and Health Systems. He is CIHR-PHAC Applied Public Health Research Chair in Youth Health and principal investigator and the scientific lead for the COMPASS system (the world’s largest learning system focused on evidence-based programs and policies focused on youth health behaviour). 

Friday, September 8, 2017

New software can detect when people text and drive

Computer algorithms developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities.

The system uses cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect hand movements that deviate from normal driving behaviour and grades or classifies them in terms of possible safety threats.

Fakhri Karray, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Waterloo, said that information could be used to improve road safety by warning or alerting drivers when they are dangerously distracted.

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