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Friday, June 23, 2017

Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies

Selfless heroism isn’t the best strategy in life-and-death disaster situations involving groups of people, a new study from the University of Waterloo suggests.

The study, which used computer modeling of a flooded subway station, found overall survival rates were substantially higher when strong people in a 30-member group reached safety themselves before trying to help weaker people.

Monday, June 19, 2017

University of Waterloo holds 114th convocation

More than 5,700 students received degrees as part of the University of Waterloo's 114th convocation. There were 4,818 undergraduate degrees and 966 graduate degrees handed out at ceremonies taking place over five days.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Researchers find way to reduce environmental impact of idling buses and delivery trucks

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a system for service vehicles that could reduce emissions and save companies and governments millions of dollars per year in fuel costs.

In a study recently published in Energy, Waterloo engineers found a way to capture waste energy from service vehicles, such as buses or refrigerated food delivery trucks, as they are slowing down.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Research finds link between spacing out and giving up

People whose minds tend to wander are less likely to stick to their long-term goals, according to new research led by the University of Waterloo.

The research found that those who could sustain focus in day-to-day life were more likely to report maintaining perseverance and passion in their long-term objectives.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ontarians still skeptical of flu shot

Half of all people who avoid the flu shot do so because they question its importance and effectiveness, a new study from the University of Waterloo reports.

The study reviewed Ontario health data from 2013/14, where only 34 per cent of people went to get the seasonal flu shot despite universal coverage in the province.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Researchers will transform health-care services for persons living with frailty

Researchers at the University of Waterloo will work to strengthen health care for older Canadians living with frailty with a new $2.6-million grant from the Canadian Frailty Network.

The money will fund a project that will give primary health-care providers in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta access to efficient screening tools to quickly identify patients who may be at risk for frailty. It will also give health-care providers access to an online platform to initiate referrals and co-ordinate care with other providers.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Unprofitable subsidiaries becoming new tax haven for multinational corporations

Multinational corporations are moving income from their profitable, high-tax subsidiaries into unprofitable ones to save money on taxes, a University of Waterloo study has found.

The study’s findings shed light on a tax planning strategy that is not currently focused on by governments, which tend to focus their efforts on firms who move their money from countries with higher taxes to lower tax-rate countries to save.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Artificial intelligence-driven imaging research makes diagnosing disease easier

A recent advancement in microscope imaging technology at the University of Waterloo could soon make diagnosing disease more accessible and affordable.

The advancement, developed by Waterloo researchers Farnoud Kazemzadeh and Alexander Wong, has led to a new form of spectral light-fusion microscope for capturing lightfield images in full-colour. Full-colour images are required in pathology as it enables the microscope user to analyze the behaviour and interactions of different organisms at a scale that much larger than traditional microscopes.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Silicon Valley leader committed to seeding globally impactful change among recipients of Waterloo honorary doctorates

Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator —considered the world’s most powerful startup incubator — will be among the distinguished recipients of honorary doctorates at the University of Waterloo's spring convocation ceremonies later this month. Y Combinator (YC) has had a role in the growth of many billion-dollar companies. A number of companies that went through the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program have also gone through YC, including Thalmic Labs, Vidyard, Pebble, and Bufferbox.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Death toll among smokers in China will surge if government doesn’t take action, study shows

Despite signing a World Health Organization treaty on tobacco control over a decade ago, China is experiencing one million deaths per year from smoking, and more than half of the country’s 316 million smokers say they have no intention of quitting.

Details of China’s tobacco epidemic were presented in a report released today by the University of Waterloo’s International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a World No Tobacco Day event in Shanghai.

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