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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

University of Waterloo names international business adviser, Dominic Barton, as 11th Chancellor

The University of Waterloo is appointing Dominic Barton, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company as the institution’s 11th chancellor.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Expert Advisory - Gaming Disorder

The World Health Organization (WHO) is moving to categorize the compulsively playing of video games as a new mental health condition. 

The U.N. health agency said classifying Gaming Disorder as a separate condition will serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue.

The University of Waterloo has experts available to speak on this topic. 

Neil Randall - Executive Director of the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute

Monday, June 18, 2018

Study finds a pesticide-free way to combat mosquitoes and West Nile

Researchers at the University of Waterloo may have discovered a new, pesticide-free way to limit mosquito populations in some area and reduce the spread of the West Nile virus.

The study by Waterloo researcher Brad Fedy discovered that introducing hungry minnows into bodies of water where mosquitoes breed results in the minnows feeding on mosquito larvae, which dramatically decreases the number of adult mosquitoes capable of carrying the disease.  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

University of Waterloo holds 116th convocation

More than 6,100 students received degrees as part of the University of Waterloo's spring convocation. There were more than 5,000 undergraduate degrees and 1,000 graduate degrees handed out at a record 12 ceremonies.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Novel therapy offers new hope for social anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder benefit greatly from group therapy that targets the negative mental images they have of themselves and others, according to a study at the University of Waterloo. 

Called “imagery-enhanced” cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the new group treatment helps relieve symptoms including social performance and interaction anxiety, depression and stress. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The perfect picture now a reality

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a faster and more accurate way to take and merge photos. The result is the ability to take sections of each photo to create a single picture where all elements are in focus.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Climate change accelerating rising sea levels

A new study from the University of Waterloo discovered that rising sea levels could be accelerated by vulnerable ice shelves in the Antarctic.

The study, by an international team of polar scientists led by Canada Research Chair Christine Dow of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment, discovered that the process of warmer ocean water destabilizing ice shelves from below is also cracking them apart from above, increasing the chance they’ll break off.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Expert Advisory – Water security

Water covers the majority of the Earth's surface and is essential to the survival of all life on the planet, nevertheless, 700 million people in 43 countries currently suffer from water scarcity. 

Water use has been increasing globally at more than twice the rate of the population growth in the last century, and a rising number of regions are reaching the limit at which water services can be sustainably delivered.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Chronic stress and lost time from work – report shows basement flooding is worse than thought

A new study has calculated the lost time from work and the mental health impacts resulting from basement flooding.

Of all extreme weather events in Canada, flooding is currently the costliest, causing millions of dollars in property damage. Nonetheless, the impact of basement flooding on time off work and the mental health of impacted homeowners has barely been explored, until now.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Key difference between humans and other mammals is skin deep, says study

While humans and other species share some of the same genetic information, new research found that humans are unique among mammals when it comes to the types and diversity of microorganisms on our skin. This difference could have implications for our health and immune systems.

“We were quite surprised when we saw just how distinct we humans are from almost all other mammals, at least in terms of the skin microbes that we can collect with a swab,” said Josh Neufeld, a professor of biology at the University of Waterloo and senior author of the study.

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