News archive - March 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Experts available to provide analysis on Ontario budget

The University of Waterloo has experts available to speak to the media about the 2018 Ontario provincial budget. Charles Sousa, minister of finance, will deliver it at 4:00 p.m. on March 28.

Anna Esselment — Political Science

Anna Esselment is a professor of Political Science at Waterloo, with a specialization in provincial politics.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Startups compete for $130,000 in funding at the Velocity Fund Finals

The University of Waterloo hosts the Velocity Fund Finals this week, where 20 teams of UWaterloo students and alumni will pitch their innovative startups for the chance to share in $130,000 in funding.

Teams have three minutes to propose their solution to a problem and demonstrate the market opportunity and the team’s ability to succeed. Ten companies will compete for four prizes of $25,000. Judges will present one winner with an additional $10,000 for the top hardware pitch. Another 10 early-stage startups will compete for one of four awards of $5,000.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Many environmental protection programs around the world poorly designed, ineffective

Incentive programs to encourage farmers and other landowners to protect the environment are key to conservation, but new research shows issues such as lack of enforcement undermine their effectiveness on a global scale.

These programs, called Payments for Environmental Services (PES), are a way to improve environmental management and livelihoods by attaching a dollar value to the benefits nature provides, such as clean water and air. They have been in place for two decades, but their design and cost-effectiveness are a concern for experts.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gulf of Mexico dead zone not expected to shrink anytime soon

Achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades, according to findings by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New valve technology promises cheaper, greener engines

Technology developed at the University of Waterloo reliably and affordably increases the efficiency of internal combustion engines by more than 10 percent.

The product of a decade of research, this patented system for opening and closing valves could significantly reduce fuel consumption in everything from ocean-going ships to compact cars.

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