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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Panel will examine impacts of Trump presidency

In light of the new government in the United States and recent events involving that administration, the University of Waterloo will present a panel discussion this week on the social, cultural and economic consequences of politics.

Total Impacts: Political, Economic and Social Effects of the U.S. Administration will take place at the University of Waterloo and will feature a panel of experts.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wise deliberation sustains cooperation

Giving people time to think about cooperating on a task can have a positive effect if they are big-picture thinkers, but if they tend to focus on their own, immediate experience, the time to think may make them less cooperative, University of Waterloo research has found.

A series of three experiments, conducted by University of Waterloo researchers Igor Grossmann, Justin Brienza and Romana Bobocel, also found that wise, or big-picture, thinkers were able to sustain their cooperation with others when given time to deliberate.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Amazon backs Waterloo student program to advance operational AI

Engineering students at the University of Waterloo will apply classroom lessons in artificial intelligence (AI) to help develop new uses for a voice-activated virtual assistant system in a program funded by Amazon.

Waterloo is one of just four North American universities initially selected to participate in the Alexa Fund Fellowship, which comes with funding for instruction and supervision of student design projects in the burgeoning field of AI and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Waterloo professors awarded $1.4 million for infrastructure

Nineteen researchers at the University of Waterloo will receive a total of $1.4 million for infrastructure to support research.

The funds are awarded through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and will provide researchers with the foundational research infrastructure necessary to lead in their field. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the funding announcement in Fredericton today.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Study says drugs could be developed cheaper and faster

Chemists at the University of Waterloo, SCIEX and Pfizer have discovered a new way to help the pharmaceutical industry identify and test new drugs, which could revolutionize drug development, and substantially reduce the cost and time drugs need to reach their market.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Information night features tips on planning for university

The University of Waterloo will host an information session on planning for a university education for students in Grades 9 to 11 and their parents.

Grade 10 Family Night will take place next week, and will help students learn what they can do now to prepare for applying to any of Ontario's universities.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UWaterloo researchers awarded $3 million for strategic research partnerships

Five researchers from the University of Waterloo who are collaborating with industry and other organizations on strategic research projects received more than $3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced the Strategic Partnership Grants today. They help bring together expertise from academia, Canadian-based companies and government organizations, and international institutes to collaborate on innovative research with commercialization potential.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Study says Parkinson’s patients are over-prescribed antipsychotics

Older adults in long-term care homes who have Parkinson’s disease (PD) are frequently prescribed antipsychotic medications without clear justification, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Waterloo presents renowned historian on Holocaust lessons for the 21st century

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies will host a free public lecture by bestselling author and historian Timothy Snyder on how we have misunderstood the Holocaust and the essential lessons it should have taught us. 

In his talk, The Holocaust as History and Warning, Snyder will explain how the world today echoes sensibilities of the early 20th century more than we may realize.

Date: Monday, February 6, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 3, 2017

FIRST® LEGO® League championship this weekend

Forty teams of students from Grades four to eight will compete with LEGO® Mindstorms® robots they created for the FIRST® LEGO® League West Ontario Championships at the University of Waterloo this weekend.

This year’s FIRST® LEGO® League Project explores what is possible if people and animals learn to help each other. The ANIMAL ALLIES® teams will identify problems that arise when animals and humans interact, create innovative solutions to improve interactions between animals and people, and share their solutions with others.

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