News archive - December 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

Optometry staffer Marilyn Thom fights Sjögren syndrome, one fundraiser at a time

Marilyn stands beside a Sjogren's Syndrome Walk-a-thon sign.

Several years ago, Marilyn Thom started running for her health. Now she runs for a group of people who can’t. A longtime employee of the School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS), Thom is also a dedicated volunteer with the Sjögren’s Society of Canada. She recently ran a 7K race to raise funds for the organization. But that’s only one of the ways she’s helping to fight a condition that too often goes unrecognized and untreated.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Waterloo’s Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity chapter completes its first clinic trip abroad

Byline: Morgan Jackson, Optometry student Team Leader

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) has played an important role with students at the School of Optometry and Vision Science over the years. Many of us have traveled abroad with the student division (sVOSH) to provide optometric services in remote regions of the world where there is little or no access to eye care.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Pharmacy Professor Mike Beazely receives 2018 President's Community Impact Award

Group photo of President Hamdullahpur and the 4 community impact award winners.

The recipients of this year's President's Community Impact Award (PCIA) were revealed last week at the President's Holiday Dinner. School of Pharmacy Professor Mike Beazely received the community leaders award for his work on drug prevention.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Beyond reality – true-to-life AR experiences

Vikas Gupta next to Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino, in augmented reality.

Waterloo alumni Council member and alumnus Vikas Gupta (BSc ’91) is the co-founder and CEO of AVARA, a company creating innovative technology to enable compelling and immersive virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences that transport people to unique places, moments, and interactions around the world that are far beyond their imagination.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pharmacy student co-ops at Tanzanian hospital

Jung In Kim sitting on mountain top with 3 local children

Haydom Lutheran Hospital is a series of squat brick buildings with metal roofs, nestled in the heart of a rural town called Haydom. It’s in northern Tanzania, a country on the east coast of Africa. The hospital is 300 kilometres from the nearest major city and serves an area that’s home to nearly 1 million people.  It’s also where Jung In Kim, a third-year Waterloo School of Pharmacy student, spent a co-op work term.