News archive - April 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Water Institute seed grant recipients announced

Text: Water Institute seed grants on image of seedlings

Last week, the Water Institute announced the results of their seed grant program. Prof. Sherry Schiff from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is leading one of the projects which will build a network to examine methane emissions. Several scientists from the Departments of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences are part of the other funded interdisciplinary projects focused on forest ecosystems and managing watersheds.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Two Waterloo scientists elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society

Today, two prominent Waterloo scientists were among the 60 exceptional scientists selected to be Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences. 

Physicist Donna Strickland and Chemist Linda Nazar were both elected for their outstanding contributions to their field and scientific understanding.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Laura Deakin and Nardine Nakhla receive the 2020 Excellence in Science Teaching Award

Nanotechnology engineering instructor Laura Deakin and pharmacist Nardine Nakhla have been awarded the Faculty of Science's 2020 Excellence in Science Teaching Award for their innovative and engaging teaching methods.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Life outside the lab: Science graduate student adjusts to life in isolation

grad student working at home office

Sarah Al-Ajeel is a master’s student in biology and is mid-way through her degree.

Accustomed to working in Waterloo’s Neufeld lab, Al-Ajeel, like many other science students, have pivoted their studies and research to adjust to this new work-from-home culture.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sustainably exploring life in the deep ocean through chemistry

Crabs at the Alba hydrothermal vent

Three thousand meters below sea level, hydrothermal vents spew black smoke into the dark ocean. No light ever reaches these depths, yet surprisingly, these areas are rich with life. Crabs, shrimp, and other small organisms and bacteria call this strange habitat home.