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Monday, January 18, 2021

PhD student uses DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria

Ellen Cameron

 Cyanobacteria blooms are a major environmental issue worldwide. They can have direct impacts on the safety of drinking water supplies by producing a variety of toxins which also impose health risks for swimmers and boaters. Although many may associate cyanobacteria with bright green algae seen on the surface of lakes, Ellen Cameron, PhD Candidate in Waterloo’s Biology Department, is using DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria communities in low-nutrient, clear lakes in Northern Ontario.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Biology Chair, Assistant Vice President of GSPA, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Science Named

We are pleased to share some upcoming organizational changes with some leadership positions held by Science faculty members.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Q and A with the experts: Busting common myths about mRNA vaccines

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have fueled both hope and falsehood. Here, Professor Kelly Grindrod debunks the most common myths she and her colleagues have heard about the new COVID-19 protection.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Event Horizon Telescope team recognized for outstanding group achievement

Professor Avery Broderick standing in front of a poster of the image of black hole M87*

Congratulations to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team, including Professor Avery Broderick, for being honoured with the Royal Astronomical Society’s Group Award today! This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a large consortium within astronomy.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Q and A with the experts: Pfizer and Moderna vaccine FAQs

Vials of the COVID-19 vaccine lined up in a row

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being administered across Canada to priority groups.

We spoke to pharmacist and drug expert Professor Kelly Grindrod to answer some commonly asked questions about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Monday, January 4, 2021

New Hallman Director begins term at Waterloo School of Pharmacy

Andrea Edginton

This month, Andrea Edginton (BSc and PhD, University of Guelph) begins her term as Hallman Director of the School of Pharmacy

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Linda Nazar awarded the 2020 MRS Medal

Linda Nazar

The Materials Research Society (MRS) presented Waterloo chemist Linda Nazar with the 2020 MRS Medal for “outstanding contributions to advanced materials design, synthesis and characterization for energy storage, particularly Li battery technologies.” 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Restoring wetlands near farms would dramatically reduce water pollution

Targeted wetland restoration in heavily farmed areas would dramatically reduce the amount of nitrogen polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) examined detailed data on wetland locations and nitrogen loads from fertilizer on farm fields throughout the United States.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Professor Crystal Senko awarded Canada Research Chair in Trapped Ion Quantum Computing

Professor Crystal Senko looking at her experimental set up

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Professor Crystal Senko from the Faculty of Science for being named a Canada Research Chair (CRC)!

Senko joins 15 other University of Waterloo Science Professors in this distinguished program, and is one of nine professors across Waterloo appointed in 2020.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Blockchain systems offer solution to healthcare record management

The implementation of a blockchain-based system may resolve many of the challenges facing current electronic medical records for British Columbia patients. 

By integrating a blockchain encryption method that works with the current electronic medical record options already being used, patient information could be securely and efficiently passed between healthcare providers, without the need for paper records or faxes, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo.