News archive - 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Linda Nazar awarded the 2020 MRS Medal

Linda Nazar

The Materials Research Society (MRS) presented Waterloo chemist Linda Nazar with the 2020 MRS Medal for “outstanding contributions to advanced materials design, synthesis and characterization for energy storage, particularly Li battery technologies.” 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Restoring wetlands near farms would dramatically reduce water pollution

Targeted wetland restoration in heavily farmed areas would dramatically reduce the amount of nitrogen polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) examined detailed data on wetland locations and nitrogen loads from fertilizer on farm fields throughout the United States.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Professor Crystal Senko awarded Canada Research Chair in Trapped Ion Quantum Computing

Professor Crystal Senko looking at her experimental set up

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Professor Crystal Senko from the Faculty of Science for being named a Canada Research Chair (CRC)!

Senko joins 15 other University of Waterloo Science Professors in this distinguished program, and is one of nine professors across Waterloo appointed in 2020.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Blockchain systems offer solution to healthcare record management

The implementation of a blockchain-based system may resolve many of the challenges facing current electronic medical records for British Columbia patients. 

By integrating a blockchain encryption method that works with the current electronic medical record options already being used, patient information could be securely and efficiently passed between healthcare providers, without the need for paper records or faxes, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo. 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

My Zoom Call with Santa - Alumni Profile, Alan Viau (PhD ‘84)

Santa standing in front of a decorated Christmas tree and fireplace, waving at the camera

We can all agree that 2020 has been the most unusual year as we struggle to cope with a global pandemic that has uprooted nearly every aspect of how we live and work. A year ago, terms like ‘social distancing’, and ‘you’re on mute’ meant nothing to me. In 2019, I weaved through grand crowds at the local farmer’s market without a mask, not thinking twice about the proximity of my fellow shoppers.