News archive - November 2021

Friday, November 26, 2021

Championing the advancement of eye and vision research

Dr. Ben Thompson working with a participant in a research study.

The University of Waterloo’s global hub for eye and vision research is taking on some of vision science’s most pressing challenges through five strategic research programs aimed to generate technologies to prevent vision loss and preserve healthy vision.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Right Honourable David Johnston announced as Honorary Chair for the Waterloo Eye Institute

The Right Honourable David Johnston stands in front of a banner for the Waterloo Eye Institute.

The University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science (UWOVS) is announcing that The Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor General of Canada and former UWaterloo president, will serve as Honorary Chair for the School’s $35-million cam

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Join us November 30 for Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday banner

This year for Giving Tuesday, UWOVS is back with another exciting donor challenge! 

When $10,000 in gifts have been made to the Waterloo Eye Institute Fund, an extra $5,000 will be unlocked, thanks to the generosity of our challenge champions Dan Langlois and Tracey Webb. Join us on Tuesday, November 30 to #helppeoplesee.

Friday, November 19, 2021

UWOVS ranked 5th in the world

Optometrists performs an examination on a patient

The University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science is amongst the top optometry schools in the world, according to one of the field’s top scientific journals.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Going above and beyond at the Witer Learning Resource Centre

Photo of the Witer Learning Resource Centre entrance

In a pre-pandemic world, the School of Optometry & Vision Science’s Witer Learning Resource Centre (WLRC) was open for students whenever they needed it. Students regularly would come and go – freely using the carols for quiet study time, checking out publications, or gathering for study groups to prep for their exams.

But when COVID-19 hit, there was a sudden need for additional layers of safety pre-cautions that would change how freely students would be able to interact with the WLRC.

Pivoting quickly, the WLRC team (Mirka Freemantle, Peter Stirling, Janine Solis Solis and Brie McConnell) worked together to ensure access could continue for Optometry students - including implementing an electronic sign-up system to manage capacity requirements in all spaces, digitizing the library's collection, executing regular sanitation protocols and coordinating resource requests.

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