Thursday, February 2, 2023

Wetlands under threat

Wetland in winter.

Thursday, February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day, an international government agreement acknowledging the importance of wetlands and their ecological role in conserving our ecosystems. Waterloo's Dr. Rebecca Rooney discusses the value of wetlands and the risk they face in Ontario.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Small isolated wetlands are pollution-catching powerhouses


Small isolated wetlands that are full for only part of the year are often the first to be removed for development or agriculture, but a new study shows that they can be twice as effective in protecting downstream lake or river ecosystems than if they were connected to them.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Celebrating the Science Alumni Achievement Award recipients

headshot of all three 2022 alumni award recipients

Tomorrow, the Faculty of Science will be presenting its annual Science Alumni Achievement Awards to recognize several exceptional alumni during a special ceremony that celebrates recipients from 2019-2022. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Waterloo receives Quantum Horizon funding award to understand and mitigate quantum information loss

Adrian Lupascu standing in lab.

The Quantum Horizons: Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research and Innovation for Nuclear Science Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Physics has enabled a new collaboration between researchers who develop technologies for nuclear physics, quantum information science and high-energy physics. 

Monday, January 30, 2023

Tackling a global vision crisis

Ben Thompson holding a black apparatus to participants head.

The World Health Organization estimates that 2.2 billion people globally have a vision impairment. Dr. Stan Woo, director of the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, views this statistic as a call to action, one he and his colleagues are working to fix. New investments and innovations are creating better access to care.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Moths are the new tool to protect Canada’s wetlands

Phragmites in a wetland.

Waterloo biologists, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Toronto, are working on a North American pilot program that uses moths as a management tool to control the invasive plant threatening Canadian wetlands.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Meet the Science 2023 GRADflix finalists

Gradflix with director clapperboard

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs has announced the 25 finalists for the 2022-2023 GRADflix competition year, which includes seven finalists from the Faculty of Science.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Optometry robotics research wins Graham Seed Fund

graphics with robotic parts overlay

An interdisciplinary team from the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and the University of Waterloo Optometry Clinic has been awarded $25,000 from the Graham Seed Fund for their vision robotics research.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Building a stronger health-care system

Pharmacists interacting with people from behind the counter

As of January 1, 2023, the pharmacists’ scope of practice has expanded across Ontario with the ability for pharmacists to assess and autonomously prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments. Waterloo School of Pharmacy professor Dr. Nardine Nakhla launches new digital health tool to help.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Waterloo marks 15 straight years as top research university

Sign from University of Waterloo campus entrance

The University of Waterloo has been designated Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities by Research Infosource Inc. for the 15th consecutive year.