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Urban imagineering brings public spaces to life

Colourful piano in street.When vacant public spaces across the region turn into vibrant hubs of activity this summer, a new website built at Waterloo is ready to track all the action.

Waterloo leisure studies ranks among top in world

QS World university rankings by subject.Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings evaluate subject areas across 945 universities world-wide.

Can two countries host the Olympics Games together?

Rio's Olympic stadium.New regulations will allow multiple cities to share a single bid, but Waterloo research suggests cities will have to find new ways to rally support.

New anonymous online survey aims to protect athletes from doping

Various drugs.

Assessment tool will help coaches and administrators identify gaps in understanding of policies on everything from hazing to harassment and doping.

National Coming Out Day: Being out affects LGBT retirement plans

Rainbow flag.​LGBT adults who are out to family and friends are less uncertain about their retirement years.

Try the Track project brings cycling to recreational athletes

Luke Potwarka at velodrome cycling track.Milton's new velodrome could be a boon to track cycling long after the Pan Am Games are over, says Waterloo researcher.

New play challenges dementia stereotypes

An original oil painting by Cracked researcher Gail Mitchell portrays lyrics from Leonard’s Cohen’s song, Anthem.Theatre group works with Waterloo researcher to change the way families and health care practitioners think about dementia.

Curling helps fight seasonal depression for rural women

Female curler releases rock down the ice.Research shows curling clubs enhance women’s physical, mental and emotional health during long Canadian winters.

Crunched for time? Commuting linked to lower life satisfaction

Margo HilbrechtNew study examines connection between commute time and well-being.

Sacred waters run deep

Thelon River winds through green banks covered in evergreens.Researchers are collaborating with Aboriginal communities to cultivate enhanced understanding of relationships to one of Canada's longest rivers.

50 Shades of Grey is not a black and white issue for women

Women looking at laptops near a poolE-readers have liberated women who enjoy erotica but Waterloo researchers are asking: Why are e-heroes still domineering men?

Sports increase well-being of gay and lesbian athletes

person holding rainbow flagRecreation and Leisure Studies research finds sport groups for LGBT athletes help heal the negative effects of discrimination.

More than s'mores

Troy GloverSummer camp is about more than s’mores and sing-alongs. A camp counselor in his youth, professor Troy Glover always suspected that camp changes youth for the better— but now he has the data to prove it.

Social networking redefining motherhood

portrait of Diana ParryMore than ever women are turning to online social networking sites as a substitute for the support and friendship they used to find in neighbours. Diana Parry investigates the impact of social networking sites on modern-day motherhood.

Research helps boomers plan for retirement

Roger Mannell, director of the RBC Retirement Research Centre at the University of WaterlooThe first baby boomers hit retirement age — 65 — in 2011. Research from an innovative partnership between University of Waterloo and RBC shows retirees need to manage potential risks to health and wealth for a satisfying retirement.

New website assists those with dementia and their families

Butterly.Researchers at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University are leading a project that has resulted in the creation of a new web-based resource that provides valuable information that will help navigate the journey of living with dementia.

Decentring Work

Decentring work book.Decentring Work, a new book edited by recreation and leisure studies professors Heather Mair and Susan Arai with Donald Reid of the University of Guelph, questions how and why we have come to value paid employment as the marker of social success and individual self-worth, and investigates the role that leisure might play in its stead.

Rethinking retirement

portrait of Steven MockThe days of collecting your gold watch and retiring to cottage country are over, says assistant professor Steven Mock. What retirement looks like is not going to be the same as a one-time transition out of paid work. It’s going to be more complex.

Changing the culture in long-term care

Sherry DupuisAs the Canadian population continues to age, more and more people will be diagnosed with an illness causing dementia. Sherry Dupuis is committed to changing the culture of long-term care to ensure that all persons in the care context, especially those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, are supported.

Building the Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Hon. Ray Romanow and Bryan SmaleStep aside, GDP. An innovative initiative is underway at Waterloo to demonstrate that measuring well-being is as important as measuring money. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing Network, directed by recreation and leisure studies professor Bryan Smale, has developed a composite index to benchmark the nation's state of well-being.

Women struggle with stigma of prison

Susan AraiUncertain Futures: Women Leaving Prison and Re-entering Community, a report co-authored by Susan Arai, explores the “importance of building relationships to bridge the chasm between women and their community” after they are released from Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener.