News archive - 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Professor finds shortest route to visit nearly 50,000 historic places in the U.S.

You might call it the ultimate road trip. Professor William Cook, of the University of Waterloo, led an international team that has found the shortest-possible route to visit 49,603 of the sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the U.S.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

High school students get hands-on lessons in science of human movement

More than 1,700 students in grades 11 and 12 from across Ontario will participate in the University of Waterloo’s annual Kinesiology Lab Days running from December 7 to 16.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Past misdeeds haunt relationships when they feel recent, study finds

If a partner’s past transgression feels like it happened yesterday, even if it didn’t, you are more likely to remember it during new, unrelated arguments, according to a new study.

A researcher at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Psychology co-authored the work with a colleague at Wilfrid Laurier University. The researchers found that even if no one mentions the transgressions during arguments, just thinking about them could be enough to have a detrimental effect on the relationship.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Researchers may have found first polluted river from before Bronze Age

Industrial pollution may seem like a modern phenomenon, but in fact, an international team of researchers may have discovered what could be the world’s first polluted river, contaminated approximately 7,000 years ago. 

In this now-dry riverbed in the Wadi Faynan region of southern Jordan, Professor Russell Adams, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Waterloo, and his colleagues found evidence of early pollution caused by the combustion of copper. Neolithic humans here may have been in the early stages of developing metallurgy by learning how to smelt.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Waterloo celebrates $11 million in awards from NSERC and CRC

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has awarded more than $11 million to the University of Waterloo.

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