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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Kids show adult-like intuition about ownership

Children as young as age three are able to make judgements about who owns an object based on its location, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. 

The findings also show that children can sense an item’s ownership without seeing someone interact with it. They intuitively know who owns an item, even if their parents have not pointed that out to them. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Climate change broadens threat of emerald ash borer

More Canadian cities will experience damage from the emerald ash borer than previously thought. As a result of climate change and fewer days of extreme cold, the beetle may eat its way further north than originally estimated.

Kim Cuddington, a professor of biology at the University of Waterloo, led the team that produced a probability map for North America showing where the emerald ash borer is likely to kill trees.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Expert Advisory – Plain packaging for cigarettes/regulating vaping

The government has passed changes to the country's tobacco laws that will give Health Canada the power to mandate plain packaging for cigarettes. Legislation has also been passed that will formally legalize, and heavily regulate vaping. 

The University of Waterloo has experts available to speak on plain packaging for cigarettes and vaping. 

David Hammond – Public health and health systems 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Expert Advisory – Water scarcity/ São Paulo’s “Day Zero” scare

São Paulo, Brazil is on the verge of facing a similar crisis to what was experienced in Cape Town, South Africa – “Day Zero.” The Water Institute at the University of Waterloo is working together with the Secretariat for the Environment of the State of Sao Paulo to put a comprehensive work plan to investigate the key water supply risks and water management opportunities available to the state of Sao Paulo.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems

A team of Waterloo researchers found that applying artificial intelligence to the right combination of data retrieved from wearable technology may detect whether your health is failing.

The study, which involved researchers from Waterloo’s Faculties of Applied Health Sciences and Engineering, found that the data from wearable sensors and artificial intelligence that assesses changes in aerobic responses could one day predict whether a person is experiencing the onset of a respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Waterloo chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information

University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed. 

In a recently released study, the chemists discovered that light can induce magnetization in certain semiconductors – the standard class of materials at the heart of all computing devices today. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

University of Waterloo to host UN sustainability efforts

The University of Waterloo launched the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada today. 

The organization brings together Canadian post-secondary institutions, civil society members and others to mobilize around the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

As part of the launch, Waterloo is hosting a free public lecture today, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, with a keynote address by acclaimed development economist Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Understanding fear of guilt key in better treating OCD

Advances in our understanding of the development and persistence of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) have the potential to improve treatment according to a new study by the University of Waterloo. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Friendship groups can influence strategic voting and electoral outcomes

According to a study from the University of Waterloo the more diverse your friendship group the more likely you are to engage in strategic voting, which can lead to better electoral outcomes for the entire population.

The study further found that the more closely we associate with friends and colleagues who share a similar ideology, the more likely our view of the world is reinforced. This well-known property of social networks is known as homophily (often called the echo chamber effect) and is perhaps what’s behind the adage that birds of a feather flock together.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Expert Advisory – World Press Freedom Day

Thursday, May 3 will mark the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. The theme chosen for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.

The University of Waterloo has an expert available to speak on World Press Freedom Day.

Emmett Macfarlane – Professor, Political Science

Emmett Macfarlane is an expert on Canadian politics and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

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