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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Waterloo professor using UV light to help solve a shortage of masks for front-line healthcare workers in the COVID-19 crisis

A professor at the University of Waterloo is drawing on two decades of research into disinfection using ultraviolet (UV) light to help solve a shortage of masks for front-line healthcare workers in the COVID-19 crisis.

Bill Anderson, a professor of chemical engineering, has consulted with officials at several hospitals in southern Ontario as they explore ways to reuse N95 respirators instead of throwing them out after each use.

“At this point, in Canada at least, people are looking at it as a Plan B in case they run out of masks,” he said.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: The Emergencies Act

Physical distancing is a key practice in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but some people are still not taking this recommendation from Public Health officials seriously. Is it time to force the issue?

Professor Philip Boyle, an expert in public safety and urban governance at the University of Waterloo, discusses the Emergencies Act and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Monday, March 30, 2020

University of Waterloo uses 3D printing to help protect front-line medical workers

Two University of Waterloo facilities have shifted their production focus to 3D-printed parts for face shields used by health-care workers battling COVID-19.

3D printers in the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory and in the Print and Retail Solutions Department at the University are being used to build certified pieces of the protective equipment from a special material currently in short supply throughout the local medical community.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: Physical Distancing

Public health officials are asking Canadians to practice physical (social) distancing as a key tool in the containment of COVID-19. Why is this and what are the implications? 

Professor Shannon Majowicz of the School of Public Health and Health Systems explains why and how this method is effective.

What happens if we don’t practice physical distancing?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Researchers use open-source software to improve COVID-19 screening with AI

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have partnered with an artificial intelligence (AI) startup on a project that aims to use AI to improve COVID-19 screening.

The Waterloo research team publicly released AI software that can better detect infections from chest x-rays and is looking to enlist expertise from around the world to aid in the project.

Monday, March 23, 2020

UWaterloo Spring academic term proceeds with alternative online delivery

The University of Waterloo will deliver a Spring Academic Term that will be conducted online. 

“We have made the decision to continue with an alternative delivery system for Spring Term, meaning that regrettably we are not going to deliver in-person course activity," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “While there is nothing like learning in person, this allows us to make sure that we can continue to deliver a great academic experience for our students during this extraordinary time. 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Personality plays key role in whether developers can contribute to open source projects

Your personality could significantly impact your ability to contribute to open source projects, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Researchers can now investigate the deep ocean without damaging fragile ecosystems

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found an environmentally friendly way to explore life in the depths of the ocean.

Friday, March 13, 2020

University of Waterloo appoints new Dean of Engineering

The University of Waterloo has named a respected university administrator and academic as its next Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

AI taps human wisdom for faster, better cancer diagnosis

A new system combining artificial intelligence (AI) with human knowledge promises faster and more accurate cancer diagnosis.

The powerful technology, developed by a team led by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo, uses digital images of tissue samples to match new cases of suspected cancer with previously diagnosed cases in a database.

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