News archive - 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Natural causes are the key driver of change in Athabasca Delta flood patterns, research shows

Athabasca Delta aerial view

Natural environmental processes—not upstream energy projects—are the primary cause of changing flood patterns in Alberta’s Athabasca Delta, new research shows.

The research also shows there is no evidence to support the perception that energy projects have increased the amount of metal pollutants in the delta ecosystem.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Waterloo’s synthetic biology iGEM team awarded silver standing at annual international competition

iGEM lab team in lab coats

Each year since 2005, a group of students from the University of Waterloo has been embracing the challenging, but rewarding world of synthetic biology, problem solving and researching for the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition. This competition brings together teams from countries around the world to showcase projects, and learn from each other at an annual conference.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

PhD candidate blends engineering and biology in award-winning research project

Yannick, PhD candidate in Prof. Emmanuel Ho's lab.

When he was a young boy growing up in Burkina Faso, Yannick Traore’s dad didn’t like to buy him toys. Yannick had a habit of taking things apart just to figure out how to put them back together. Even as a child, he needed to understand how things worked.

Today, Yannick’s putting that curiosity to good use as a PhD candidate in Prof. Emmanuel Ho’s lab.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Brent Plumley, BSc ‘08 | Founder, co owner of SlacklifeBC

Brent Plumely on a highline rope

A woman’s scream pierces through the rolling hum of cheers from the sidelines, and Brent Plumley, BSc ‘08 is all nervous smiles.  Bound tightly with a canvas cocoon to a zip line, 350 meters long and 70 meters above a pit of bright blue water of an abandoned copper mine, she clutches a yellow ball.  Her scream culminates into a loud whoop of victory as her ball plops just inside the boundaries of a red target below, ensuring her team’s success.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Biology Professor Kirsten Müller embarking on leadership voyage to Antarctica

Leaving family, friends and Wi-Fi might not be most people’s idea of a dream experience. However, for biology Professor Kirsten Müller, these things are necessary for her upcoming once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica. In this trip, she will travel alongside 99 other women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) fields as the fourth cohort of Homeward Bound.