News archive - June 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CBC Ideas: Just War Theory

Tomorrow evening (Friday, June 27, 2014) a documentary will be airing on CBC IDEAS about World War One at 9:05 p.m. Philosophy professor, Brian Orend, will be speaking on 'Just War Theory: So What?'

Podcast will become available online soon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Radio Canada International (RCI): Decline in science becoming ‘disastrous,’profs say

Government action has severely degraded science in Canada and the role it should play in devising public policy, and that is bad for democracy, say three professors at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario.

Government scientists are no longer allowed to speak freely to the press or to the public and funding for scientific research has been drastically cut, write the three in an editorial in the Globe and Mail newspaper.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Globe and Mail: Fix the Link where Science and Policy meet

Thomas Homer-Dixon, Heather Douglas (Waterloo Chair in Science & Society) and Lucie Edwards contribute to The Globe and Mail's 'Letters to the Editor' section.

The connection between science and public policy within the federal government is broken, and the consequences for Canada are becoming disastrous. We propose four ways to fix this problem.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Record: University “brain camp” showcases robots

Summer camp: it's not just for school-aged kids. A group of researchers, psychologists and computer scientists from around the world flocked to the University of Waterloo to attend a summer camp where they learned how to build brains.

Chris Eliasmith, director of the university's Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, affectionately calls it "brain camp."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Building Better Brains at Neuroscience Event

Tomorrow, participants in a University of Waterloo-hosted workshop will be demonstrating large-scale brain models they have built over the last two weeks, running on laptops, robots, and specialized brain-like computers as they simulate neural functions.