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Friday, December 20, 2013

University of Waterloo buys five BlackBerry buildings

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The University of Waterloo has acquired five buildings and land from BlackBerry in a deal worth $41 million.

The deal, which is set to complete on February 14, 2014, will see the University occupy three of the office buildings on the northeast corner of its main campus while BlackBerry remains tenants of two others for up to five years.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Announcing funding for a suicide prevention program for university and college students in Waterloo Wellington

The Hon. John Milloy, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) and the University of Waterloo invite you to an announcement on Thursday, December 19 about the Skills for Safer Living Program, a suicide prevention program being extended to university and college students in Waterloo Wellington.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Shortage of geriatricians in Canada creating perfect storm

There aren't enough geriatricians in Canada to cope with the number of older adults, reports a new paper from the University of Waterloo and published in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal.

The paper by researchers at Waterloo, the University of Ottawa and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging reports that the country’s rapidly aging population and stagnant rate of practicing geriatricians is creating a perfect storm for the health-care system.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New energy harvesting technology set to reduce number of open-heart surgeries

Professor Armaghan Salehian

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new technology that could dramatically reduce the number of open-heart surgeries for people with pacemakers.

Professor Armaghan Salehian’s research group has developed wideband hybrid energy harvesters that use different types of smart materials to convert ambient vibrations into electricity. Used in pacemakers, the technology could mean that batteries last longer and patients will have to endure fewer open-heart surgeries.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Canadian youth choosing transit-rich urban cores over suburbs, new study finds

Young adults want to live close to transit, high-density housing, and urban amenities, says research out of the University of Waterloo appearing in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Geographer.

Contrary to traditional ideas of neighbourhood gentrification defined along class lines, this research examines a new division of space, in urban core areas increasingly populated by young adults who have delayed child-bearing and increased educational attainment with a decline in economic prospects and the extension of a youthful phase.

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