News archive - June 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Virtual Convocation celebrates the Faculty of Science Class of 2020 graduates

Convocation June 18 Faculty of Science with image of Waterloo ceremonial mace

Today, the Faculty of Science celebrated its first virtual convocation. More than 980 graduands will receive recognition for their undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The Faculty of Science will welcome 875 undergraduate students, 65 Master's and 41 PhD candidates into the Science alumni family.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Two Faculty of Science lecturers receive 2020 Distinguished Teacher Awards

Rick Marta and Cynthia Richard were both recognized for their excellence in teaching with a 2020 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Centre of Teaching Excellence. Cynthia is the first recipient from the School of Pharmacy to receive the honour.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Machine learning speeds quantum simulation

table with optics

Waterloo physicists Rajibul Islam and Canada Research Chair Roger Melko have demonstrated that a trained neural network can quickly determine the right setup to run a given quantum simulation - an important step toward classical-quantum hybrid computers that will tackle the hardest problems of physics and materials science.

Friday, June 12, 2020

In pursuit of a vaccine: The global race to produce a vaccine that will protect us from COVID-19

Stock image of coronovirus

While we continue to see the number of positive and recovered cases change across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to everyone’s health and well-being. There’s a global race to produce a vaccine that will be effective in protecting us from the virus and perhaps be our best hope for ending the pandemic.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Changing the future, together

The death of George Floyd from police brutality has put an international spotlight on the sustained injustice faced by Black people. We recognize that the University of Waterloo and Faculty of Science are not immune to racism. This is our time to reflect, stand together and build a more inclusive community for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).