News archive - 2020

Saturday, June 6, 2020

University response to change.org petition on racism

We have restored this statement to our website in an effort to ensure that all actions taken by the University of Waterloo are transparent and easily accessible.

The University of Waterloo made this statement without consulting Black faculty members and then we removed it from the archives on June 16 when we issued a new statement. We apologize unreservedly because we recognize that this statement, and its removal, are mistakes that did harm to Black faculty members who research and teach about blackness.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Increasing support for students during COVID-19: $1M gift adds wellness counsellors to co-operative education program

New student counsellor positions and a digital virtual care tool will be created to expand the wellness service offerings for co-operative education students at the University of Waterloo. The new services come at a time of heightened uncertainty for students, as rapid changes in response to COVID-19 compound the stresses associated with co-op terms.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: Social Media and COVID-19

The world has moved online, seemingly overnight. Are we using social media more, and what does that mean?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Waterloo launches new online tool for kids to learn math and computer science at home

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) launched a new resource this week called “CEMC at Home”.

The goal of the online tool is to provide a wide variety of fun and educational ways to do math and computer science with kids while they’re at home practicing physical distancing. The resource include games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Waterloo professor using UV light to help solve a shortage of masks for front-line healthcare workers in the COVID-19 crisis

A professor at the University of Waterloo is drawing on two decades of research into disinfection using ultraviolet (UV) light to help solve a shortage of masks for front-line healthcare workers in the COVID-19 crisis.

Bill Anderson, a professor of chemical engineering, has consulted with officials at several hospitals in southern Ontario as they explore ways to reuse N95 respirators instead of throwing them out after each use.

“At this point, in Canada at least, people are looking at it as a Plan B in case they run out of masks,” he said.

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