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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Social media trends can predict tipping points in vaccine scares

Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of artificial intelligence and a mathematical model. The resulting data enabled them to analyze public perceptions on the value of getting vaccinated and determine when a population was getting close to a tipping point.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles

New research at the University of Waterloo could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles.

The breakthrough involves the use of negative electrodes made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically increase battery storage capacity.

“This will mean cheap, safe, long-lasting batteries that give people much more range in their electric vehicles,” said Quanquan Pang, who led the research while he was a PhD candidate in chemistry at Waterloo.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Women are naturally more fit than men

Women can process oxygen more quickly than men when they start to exercise, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

Quick oxygen uptake places less strain on the body’s cells and is considered an important measure of aerobic fitness.

“The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” said Thomas Beltrame, lead author on the study.                          

Friday, December 1, 2017

Nanotech startup wins $35K at the Velocity Fund Finals

NanoCnet, a science company developing key technology used in consumer electronics, was among the big winners at the Velocity Fund Finals at the University of Waterloo. Velocity is an entrepreneurship program at Waterloo that provides the knowledge, workspace, community and funding that startups need to succeed.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Study finds reading information aloud to yourself improves memory

You are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

A recent Waterloo study found that speaking text aloud helps to get words into long-term memory. Dubbed the “production effect,” the study determined that it is the dual action of speaking and hearing oneself that has the most beneficial impact on memory.

Monday, November 27, 2017

University of Waterloo expands research and education partnerships in Hong Kong

Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, signed three agreements last week expanding the institution’s teaching and research partnerships with two universities in Hong Kong.

Two of the agreements are with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and include a strategic partnership agreement as well as a memorandum of understanding to increase collaboration.

Waterloo also signed an agreement with Hong Kong’s Lingnan University, where the two institutions have agreed to start an undergraduate exchange program.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Federal government to apologize for discrimination

A UWaterloo expert is available to speak to the media about the historic apology that the prime minister is expected to issue for the number of people fired from government jobs, pressured to quit jobs in public service or charged because of their sexual orientation. Justin Trudeau is anticipated to make the apology in the House of Commons on November 28.

Corey Johnson — Applied Health Sciences

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Expert Advisory - National housing strategy

The following expert is available to speak about the content and implications of the recently announced National Housing Strategy.

Brian Doucet - Faculty of Environment

Brian Doucet is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. He researches gentrification, neighborhood change, urban inequalities and flagship developments. He also looks at grassroots movements and urban resistance in North America and Europe.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Campus mourns loss of student

It is with the deepest sadness that I inform our campus about the death of Jonathan Campbell Bennett, fourth year Architecture student at the University of Waterloo. Jonathan was fatally hit by a car while riding his bicycle. He died in Rome on November 21.

Our hearts go out to Jonathan’s family, and the University is doing everything it can to support them at this time. Students, staff and faculty in Architecture have all been informed of Jonathan’s untimely passing.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

World leaders discuss implementation of climate change agreement

Experts from the University of Waterloo are available to speak about COP23, the United Nations climate change conference, where leaders from around the world are meeting to discuss ways to implement the Paris Agreement. The summit is taking place this week in Bonn.

Sarah Burch — Department of Geography and Environmental Management

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