News archive - January 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Science is borne out of curiosity

Donna Strickland

The combination of curiosity and rigorous inquiry will lead to our next great invention.

Guest editorial: Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2018

When the news broke that I was sharing the Nobel Prize for the development of Chirped Pulse Amplification - or CPA - journalists and others asked me about its practical applications. It is understandable that they would want to know how it affects people or the planet, or where they might have seen it before. But in my mind, the fundamental science is at least as important. Certain innovations might not exist without first understanding the physics behind them.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pharmacists could dramatically reduce ER visits

Stock photo of a hospital hallway with an empty bed on the left side.

Incorporating pharmacists with an expanded scope into the community or hospital emergency departments (ED) could significantly reduce ED crowdedness, according to a new Waterloo study.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Identifying the missing element in hospital fall prevention

Dr. Narayan and Dr. Leat give a eye test to an elderly man in a wheelchair.

“Did you get your eyes checked?” an elderly gentleman asks a fellow patient in a hospital lunch room. When the other patient nods, he smiles.

These are two of the nearly 100 patients who are participating in a collaborative research project conducted by the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS) and Grand River Hospital (GRH), in Kitchener, Ontario. By agreeing to have their vision assessed, these patients are helping to shed light on a serious threat to seniors’ health  ̶  falls.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Chemistry graduate students awarded Koppel scholarships for academic excellence

Ryan Moreira and Jacob Soley, two doctoral students with Chemistry professor Scott Taylor, were awarded the 2018 Dr. J. Leopold Koppel Graduate Scholarship for scholastic excellence in biochemistry and/or molecular biology.