Friday, September 20, 2019

HealthTech, 'urban-air commuting' startups among big winners at Velocity pitch competition

Startups in the fields of biotechnology, energy and urban-air commuting were among the winners of the Velocity Fund Pitch Competition, as the University of Waterloo’s flagship entrepreneurship program brought its marquee event to downtown Toronto for the first time in its history.

The four winners, who each received direct equity investments worth $50,000, were chosen from a slate of 10 finalists who made their pitches in front of a soldout crowd at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday night.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Virtual assistants with personality can help with mental illness

Computer scientists have pioneered a new method that could be used to develop more “natural” automated virtual assistants to help people suffering from mental illness. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

University of Waterloo unveils new Field House

The University of Waterloo has officially opened its new $16.5 million, 65,000 square foot Field House.

Known as the Columbia Icefield Field House, the new facility includes a large, multi-activity turf area, which can be divided into three to accommodate multiple activities simultaneously.

Monday, September 16, 2019

New imaging technology could ‘revolutionize’ cancer surgery

Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by an invention at the University of Waterloo to precisely locate the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.

The new imaging technology uses the way light from lasers interacts with cancerous and healthy tissues to distinguish between them in real-time and with no physical contact, an advancement with the potential to eliminate the need for secondary surgeries to get missed malignant tissue.

Friday, September 13, 2019

University of Waterloo team to pitch for $1 million at United Nations

A team of recent University of Waterloo alumni is in the running for $1 million and business mentorship at the United Nations with a brand new startup it pivoted to in an English castle business accelerator last month.   

Thursday, September 12, 2019

University of Waterloo's flagship startup program brings pitch competition to Toronto

The University of Waterloo’s flagship startup entrepreneurship program, Velocity, is bringing its pitch competition to Toronto.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

What multilingual nuns can tell us about dementia

A strong ability in languages may help reduce the risk of developing dementia, says a new University of Waterloo study.

The research, led by Suzanne Tyas, a public health professor at Waterloo, examined the health outcomes of 325 Roman Catholic nuns who were members of the Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States. The data was drawn from a larger, internationally recognized study examining the Sisters, known as the Nun Study. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Expert advisory: Federal election

The University of Waterloo has experts available for interviews on a wide range of election-related issues.

For experts or issues not on this list, please see our media relations contact information below.


Kathleen Rybczynski
Labour economics; health economics; economics 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

New research alerts governments to problem with groundwater monitoring

Bad wells tend to get excluded from studies on groundwater levels, a problem that could skew results everywhere monitoring is used to decide government policies and spending.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo uncovered the problem while examining a discrepancy between scientific data and anecdotal evidence in southern India.

Reports on thousands of wells and satellite images taken between 1996 and 2016 suggested groundwater levels were rising, good news in an area where it is vitally important for agriculture.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New mathematical model can improve radiation therapy of brain tumours

Researchers have developed a new model to optimize radiation therapy and significantly increase the number of tumour cells killed during treatment.

The new mathematical model, outlined in a recent study led by a University of Waterloo student, can use information about where the majority of the cells in a tumour are located allowing for radiation treatment to be administered to the densest area. 

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