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Thursday, February 15, 2018

University of Waterloo part of two winning innovation supercluster initiatives

The University of Waterloo will be a key partner with leading Canadian companies and sectors chosen to help grow our country’s global competitiveness through significant investments in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced manufacturing.
As part of the Government of Canada’s $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative, Waterloo will take a leading research role in two of the five winning bids announced today.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Expert Advisory - Secondary suites new option for affordable housing

Experts from the University of Waterloo are available to share their expertise regarding the planned move by the City of Cambridge to retrofit homes to include a legal secondary suite.

Brian Doucet – School of Planning

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Eye exams linked to kids’ reading levels

Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

The study showed that children with reading challenges may have lower than expected binocular vision test results, something a standard eye exam may overlook.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We stand with Indigenous people

Over the past few days, we have heard from many in the campus community on how our nation is doing in terms of building positive and supportive relationships with Indigenous people.

It is important to acknowledge these voices as well as the perspectives contained in an open letter to Canadian university presidents from Indigenous faculty members and others across the country. The letter calls on all post-secondary institutions to review their current approaches to working with Indigenous people and communities.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Overhaul of environmental assessment process

An expert from the University of Waterloo is available to discuss the federal government’s plans to streamline the approval process for major natural resource projects and other major changes to environment and energy policies.

Robert Gibson – School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Friday, February 9, 2018

Expert Advisory - Black History Month

Experts from the University of Waterloo are available to share their expertise regarding the successes and hurdles African Americans face in Canadian society today, in recognition of Black History Month this February.

Naila Keleta-Mae - Department of Drama and Speech Communication

Friday, February 9, 2018

University of Waterloo creates Canada’s first problem lab

The University of Waterloo is launching a new program to help students with the first step of entrepreneurial innovation — the identification and definition of an important consumer, industrial, economic or technical problem.

The Problem Lab will be spearheaded by Waterloo economics professor Larry Smith, and is made possible by $300,000 in seed funding from Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, principals of Quantum Valley Investments® and founders of Blackberry.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mass production of new class of semiconductors closer to reality

Two Waterloo chemists have made it easier for manufacturers to produce a new class of faster and cheaper semiconductors.

The chemists have found a way to simultaneously control the orientation and select the size of single-walled carbon nanotubes deposited on a surface. That means the developers of semiconductors can use carbon as opposed to silicon, which will reduce the size and increase the speed of the devices while improving their battery life.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Drug testing athletes now easier

It will now be easier, faster and cheaper to catch athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs.

A new way of testing blood and urine developed by University of Waterloo researchers cuts down the time required to analyze samples from 30 minutes to 55 seconds. They're working to reduce it even further to 10 seconds per sample by using a fully automated workflow.

"That's fast enough to screen every Olympic athlete every day," said Dr. Germán Augusto Gómez-Ríos, a postdoctoral fellow with Waterloo's Pawliszyn Research Group.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The University of Waterloo appoints new Vice-President Academic & Provost

The University of Waterloo has appointed Professor James Rush as its next vice-president, academic & provost.

Rush currently serves as the dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) at Waterloo. He previously held a number of other posts at Waterloo, including associate dean of graduate studies and research, associate chair of graduate studies, and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at AHS.

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