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Friday, April 9, 2021

The origin of water on planets in our universe

Star Forming region NGC_7129, a cloud of pink and green gas with balls of bright light inside. Stars around the outside

Water is essential for life as we know it – water makes up around 70% of the human body, covers about 70% of the planet Earth, has been found in the far reaches of our universe, and is at the centre of our search for habitable planets around other stars.

Monday, April 5, 2021

HackRx with us: students across Canada invited to pharmacy and technology hackathon

Smiling students on a Zoom call

University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and University of Toronto pharmacy students are partnering to deliver one of Canada’s first pharmacy and technology focused hackathons.

Health and technology are destined to work together. The pandemic has only accelerated the speed of this collaboration, with many health-care workers turning to technology-enabled means of delivering services.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Professor Mark Servos receives grant to track anti-depressants in wild fish

Professor Servos and a student electrofishing in the Grand River

On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced funding for almost $3M to study the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems across Canada.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Black hole breakthrough: New images show magnetic fields around M87*

M87* image, showing lines of bright light spiralling around the black hole

The black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy is like a giant fire-breathing dragon that spews enormous jets of energetic particles at near light speeds across some 5,000 light years of space.

A new view of this black hole in polarized light, released today by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, will help astrophysicists understand just how those jets are launched by this monstrous black hole.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Two Science graduate students awarded 2021 Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student

The Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student recognize up to four students from across the University of Waterloo for excellence in teaching of all kinds (e.g., teaching assistant, laboratory demonstrator, sessional lecturer) by registered students.

This year, two of the four winners were from the Faculty of Science.

Melanie Mungalsingh, School of Optometry and Vision Science

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Suzanne Kearns named one of Waterloo's 2021 distinguished teachers

Suzanne Kearns

At yesterday’s meeting of the University's Senate. Associate Vice-President, Academic David DeVidi made the announcement of the Distinguised Teacher Awards for 2021. Among the four awardees was Professor Suzanne Kearns, from the Aviation program joint with the Fauclty of Environment.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Mark Servos awarded over $1 million for testing COVID-19 in wastewater

Mark Servos

Since the early days of the pandemic, Professor Mark Servos and his team have been applying their knowledge of measuring water contamination to help public health officials understand the movement of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – within municipal wastewater.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Coop Student of the Year Awards Announced

Omar Hajjaj

Congratulations to Omar Hajjaj, a Biology student at the University of Waterloo, who has been awarded the Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning Ontario (EWO) Coop Student of the Year award! Omar has also won the Waterloo's Faculty of Science Coop Student of the Year Award, as well as named one of four University of Waterloo Co-op Problem Award winners for 2020!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The world’s oldest crater from a meteorite isn’t an impact crater after all

A snow covered mountain in Greenland

Several years after scientists discovered what was considered the oldest crater a meteorite made on the planet, another team found it’s actually the result of normal geological processes. 

During fieldwork at the Archean Maniitsoq structure in Greenland, an international team of scientists led by the University of Waterloo’s Chris Yakymchuk found the features of this region are inconsistent with an impact crater. In 2012, a different team identified it as the remnant of a three-billion-year-old meteorite crater.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Clothing for a cause

Therese Hayes BSc ’89

Therese Hayes (BSc ’89)
Chief Sustainability and  Business Development Officer
The House of LR&C, PBC