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Thursday, December 8, 2016

University of Waterloo appoints vice-president, university research

The University of Waterloo has announced the appointment of Charmaine B. Dean as vice-president, university research beginning a five-year term on July 1, 2017. The appointment was approved by the Board of Governors following approval by and on the recommendation of Senate.

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.

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.

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