News archive - March 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Distinguished Waterloo hydrogeologist John Cherry awarded prestigious Stockholm Water Prize

Prof. John Cherry working in a lab.

John Cherry, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his work on groundwater contamination. He's an internationally recognized and sought-after advocate for the monitoring, management and protection of groundwater resources. The announcement was made by the Stockholm International Water Institute yesterday on the United Nations World Water Day. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Researchers can now investigate the deep ocean without damaging fragile ecosystems

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found an environmentally friendly way to explore life in the depths of the ocean.

Using a new application of a sampling technique called solid phase microextraction (SPME), researchers collected samples from deep sea vent ecosystems to study the biological and ecological processes that occur there, without damaging the surrounding organisms.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ontario government awards $3.4 million to Waterloo researchers for infrastructure

Twenty-nine University of Waterloo researchers, including 4 science recipients, will receive $3.4 million from the provincial government to further research innovation in Ontario. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

New software combines quantum and classical machine learning

Five University of Waterloo students, including Antonio Martinez - a PhD candidate in Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, have teamed up with Google to develop software to accelerate machine learning using quantum science.

The collaborative effort resulted in the creation of an open-source hybrid quantum-classical machine learning software platform, called TensorFlow Quantum. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Science 3MT Winners

Science 3MT winners with the judges

Yesterday afternoon, 17 graduate students presented their research in just three minutes, using one static slide in the Science Faculty 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. While this task may sound daunting, the competitors were well suited for the task, delivering interesting and captivating research presentations on a variety of topics, from microbes to black holes, and everything in between!