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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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Middle school girls explore physics at UWaterloo

One hundred and twenty-five girls in grades seven and eight are expected to visit the University of Waterloo on Saturday to explore what a future in physics can hold for them.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Science startups dominate at Velocity Fund Finals

A company recently named one of the top female-founded tech startups is among the big winners at the Velocity Fund Finals held today at the University of Waterloo. Velocity is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Student entrepreneurs pitch startup ideas at the Velocity Fund Finals

The University of Waterloo will host the Velocity Fund Finals this week, where 20 teams of Waterloo students and recent alumni will pitch their innovative startups for the chance to win seed money and space at Velocity Garage. Velocity is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo, and Velocity Garage is the largest free startup incubator in the world.

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 three awards of $5,000.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Waterloo researchers get green light to test self-driving car on Ontario roads

Researchers at the University of Waterloo will help move fully autonomous vehicles much closer to reality now that they are the first to receive approval to test their innovations on all public roads in Ontario.

In a first for Canada, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Steven Del Duca, announced today that the province approved Waterloo’s three-year autonomous vehicle research program, under its AV pilot program. The Waterloo team is using a Lincoln MKZ hybrid sedan nicknamed Autonomoose.

Friday, November 25, 2016

University of Waterloo scores top marks for graduate employability

The University of Waterloo ranked 22nd in the world for graduate employability and first for employer partnerships as part of an international ranking that evaluates employability in universities from UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

The ranking scores universities in five categories: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers, employers’ presence on campus and graduate employment rate.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Student teams pitch startup ideas for a social venture and chance to win $1 million USD

Ten student teams from the University of Waterloo will pitch their startup ideas today for a chance to compete for the Hult Prize, worth $1 million USD.

The Hult Prize is a global challenge where some of the world’s brightest business minds compete to solve the planet’s greatest social problems through the development of innovative, sustainable startups. This year’s competitors will present their ideas to build a sustainable, scalable startup enterprise that restores the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canadians’ wellbeing lagging far behind economic recovery, new report shows


Although Canada’s economy has recovered from the 2008 recession, our wellbeing has not, according to a new report from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), based at the University of Waterloo.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Waterloo hosts public lecture on the impact of digital dependencies

The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts will host a free public lecture and panel discussion, entitled Digital Dependencies: How we upload and offload ourselves on Monday, November 21.

The lecture explores the impacts and implications of social media, fitness apps and smartphone reliance on our everyday lives. Three experts along with Douglas Peers, Dean of Arts at Waterloo, will share insights and research on the perks and pitfalls of uploading and offloading ourselves.

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