News archive - 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Q and A with the experts: COVID-19 variants

Omicron is the latest COVID-19 variant of concern, and it is expected to change the course of the pandemic. But how are variants formed, and what’s the threat level for people who are fully vaccinated? Kelly Grindrod, a pharmacist and professor, and Trevor Charles, a professor in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Biology, provide answers to these questions.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Two Waterloo Physicists win awards from the Canadian Association of Physicists

Richard Epp and Roger Melko

Congratulations to Professor Richard Epp for being awarded the 2021 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics, and to Professor Roger Melko for being awarded the 2021 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Coffee time: Caffeine improves reaction to moving targets

Pouring a cup of coffee

That morning coffee might be even more helpful than you think.

In the first study of its kind to explore caffeine’s effects on dynamic visual skills, researchers concluded that caffeine increases alertness and detection accuracy for moving targets. Caffeine also improved participants’ reaction times.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Michael Houston: Growing up Waterloo

Michael Houston

For Michael Houston, PhD ’93, BSc ’87, the University of Waterloo is more than his alma mater. For a good chunk of his youth, the campus is where he called home.  

Monday, November 29, 2021

High water loss during hibernation may leave bats vulnerable to population declines

A bat hanging from a tree branch

When it comes to hibernation, conserving resources is key for an animal’s survival. For bats of Western North America, water may be the key to assessing a bat species’ ability to thrive during hibernation.

New research that comes as part of a larger project to understand the potential impact of white-nose syndrome in the West found that bats are adept at finding similar hibernation conditions across their large geographic ranges, despite a variety of climates in these areas.