News archive - July 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020

Astrophysicists release largest 3D map of the universe ever created

Headshot of Will Percival against a blackboard with equations.

Astrophysicists have filled in 11 billion years in our picture of the universe with the release of a comprehensive analysis of the largest three-dimensional cosmic map ever created.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

New research aims to create a surface coating that will kill COVID-19 on contact

Female working in at a lab bench with male at fume hood in background

New research is underway to develop a coating that will kill the COVID-19 virus immediately upon contact with any surface. The antiviral coating could be applied to all personal protective equipment and high-touch surfaces, greatly reducing the risk of community transmission of the virus.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Chris Yakymchuk wins the 2020 Mineralogical Association of Canada Young Scientist Award

Headshot of Chris Yakymchuk

Chris Yakymchuk, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has won the 2020 Young Scientist Award for his holistic approach to geology that spans the micro- to macro- to tectonic-scales. He's the first University of Waterloo researcher to win the award.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Vision science grad student Yara Mohiar places second at Waterloo 3MT competition

Group photo of all 2020 Waterloo 3MT competitors.

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs hosted the first ever virtual University of Waterloo Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Biologist Isabel Hilgendag and vision scientist Yara Mohiar both represented the Faculty of Science. Mohiar won second place, making her the fourth student from the School of Optometry and Vision Science to place/win at the university level competition.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Inoculating against misinformation

Ridhi Patel sits next to laptop with covid trivia game on the screen.

COVID-19 overwhelmed healthcare systems around the world and left a devastating death toll in its path. The pandemic struck fear and panic in everyone. Knowing very little about the new virus and with no cure, COVID-19 encouraged the rapid spread of misinformation. Undergraduate Science student, Ridhi Patel, developed a game to fight COVID-19 misinformation.