News archive - May 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

How Science instructors pivot to remote teaching

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every sector of society, including education: remote teaching has become, at least for now, the new norm. At the University of Waterloo, instructors have met the challenge of remote teaching by developing alternative ways of presenting course content, by recasting learning activities, and by adjusting how students are assessed. Creativity and flexibility have informed all these modifications. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New research shows that diabetes medications could treat COVID-19 in diabetes patients

Stock image of diabetes medications and blood sugar testing machines.

Medications used to treat type-2 diabetes could be effective in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus in people with diabetes – a population with a much higher risk of infection and a much higher probability of complications from the virus.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Life of a pharmacist on the front lines

Sadaf Faisal, shown in her her pharmacy.

Being a grad student is tough – there’s course work, comprehensive exams and research to balance on top of managing personal commitments and teaching duties. When you add working at a pharmacy during a global pandemic into the mix, the days only get busier.

But that’s precisely what Sadaf Faisal (pictured above), Waterloo PhD student and pharmacy owner, has been doing.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Alumnus and would-be Boston Marathon runner goes the distance locally

Collage of selfies with supporters along the run.

Like many people in April, Vision Science Alumnus Hendrik Walther had to cancel travel plans. But this wasn’t going to be an ordinary trip. The clinical scientist in Waterloo’s Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) and co-founder/CEO of OcuBlink Inc. was to join more than 30,000 others in fulfilling a runner’s dream of participating in the Boston Marathon.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Q and A with the experts: explaining the surface transmission of COVID-19

Trevor Charles

Many COVID-19 cases have been reported through community transmission, with 81 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Canada likely spreading this way.

What can be done to track the spread of COVID-19 on surfaces in our community?