University of Waterloo
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We begin 2022 as we left 2021 with uncertainty about the course forward amidst the pandemic. Before we proceed, let us pause to remember our beloved colleague and friend, Firas Mansour, who passed away over the Christmas holiday. His passing is a shock to the entire Waterloo community, particularly those who experienced his enormous energy and love for physics. Firas was a marvelous colleague and friend whose dedication to teaching inspired us all. I will update you about a formal remembrance of Firas later in January.
With the the January 4 shutdown announcement from the province, Physics & Astronomy will move forward with remote lectures and some in-person laboratory instruction as planned through January 27.
I wish you a healthy and productive 2022.
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy
The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment.
Firas Kamal Mansour, 50, passed away on 29 December 2021. An exceptional teacher and colleague, Firas dedicated his professional life to physics education and to the well-being of his students. With a larger than life personality replete with wit and charm, Firas had a passion for physics and physics education.
Congratulations to Professor Richard Epp for being awarded the 2021 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics, and to Professor Roger Melko for being awarded the 2021 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal.
Nine University of Waterloo professors are in the top one per cent of citations for their field of study and publication based on Clarivate Analytics’ 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.