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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Waterloo researchers to be awarded prestigious Royal Society of Canada medals

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is awarding prestigious medals to two University of Waterloo researchers.

They are among 12 Canadian scholars and researchers recognized by RSC for outstanding achievements in research and scholarship. At Waterloo, medals will be awarded to:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

University of Waterloo medical technology startup named to Canadian innovation list

A medical artificial intelligence (AI) startup was named one of 2017’s 20 most innovative technology companies by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) earlier this month.

Elucid Labs, a startup founded by three University of Waterloo researchers, uses AI technology in a small imaging device for the early detection of skin cancer. The technology helps dermatologists make better, faster decisions and reduces the number of unnecessary biopsies.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vaping doubles risk of smoking cigarettes for teens

Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study.

The study — from the University of Waterloo and the Wake Forest School of Medicine — found that students in grades seven to 12 who had tried an e-cigarette are 2.16 times more likely to be susceptible to cigarette smoking.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New research chair in quantum error correction demonstrates continued leadership by IQC and Waterloo in the pursuit of a quantum computer and in the development of other quantum technologies

The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, has launched a new $8-million research chair to further solidify Waterloo’s leadership in quantum information research.

Raymond Laflamme becomes the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis “John von Neumann” Chair in Quantum Information at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Researchers discover new, abundant enzyme that helps bacteria infect animals

Researchers have discovered a new class of enzymes in hundreds of bacterial species, including some that cause disease in humans and animals. The discovery provides new insights into how bacteria invade their hosts. The research appears this week in Nature Communications.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Beverage industry capitalizing on countries with fewer health regulations

Considerable exposure to sugary drinks combined with a lack of water fountains in high schools are likely important contributors to increased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, a new study from the University of Waterloo has found.

Friday, September 8, 2017

New software can detect when people text and drive

Computer algorithms developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities.

The system uses cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect hand movements that deviate from normal driving behaviour and grades or classifies them in terms of possible safety threats.

Friday, September 8, 2017

$26 million awarded to Waterloo research

A dozen Waterloo researchers will receive supplemental funding to support their research identified by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as on the verge of a breakthrough.

The recipients of Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) are among more than 150 researchers who will receive over $26 million to further their groundbreaking research. The awards announced today also include funding for Discovery and equipment grants.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Three Waterloo researchers named Royal Society of Canada fellows

Three researchers from the University of Waterloo are among the new fellows of The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced today.

The RSC fellows were recognized by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement. This year, 89 new fellows were elected by RSC.

The University of Waterloo's new RSC fellows are:

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