News archive - March 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Professor Mark Servos receives grant to track anti-depressants in wild fish

Professor Servos and a student electrofishing in the Grand River

On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced funding for almost $3M to study the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems across Canada.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Black hole breakthrough: New images show magnetic fields around M87*

M87* image, showing lines of bright light spiralling around the black hole

The black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy is like a giant fire-breathing dragon that spews enormous jets of energetic particles at near light speeds across some 5,000 light years of space.

A new view of this black hole in polarized light, released today by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, will help astrophysicists understand just how those jets are launched by this monstrous black hole.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Two Science graduate students awarded 2021 Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student

The Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student recognize up to four students from across the University of Waterloo for excellence in teaching of all kinds (e.g., teaching assistant, laboratory demonstrator, sessional lecturer) by registered students.

This year, two of the four winners were from the Faculty of Science.

Melanie Mungalsingh, School of Optometry and Vision Science

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Suzanne Kearns named one of Waterloo's 2021 distinguished teachers

Suzanne Kearns

At yesterday’s meeting of the University's Senate. Associate Vice-President, Academic David DeVidi made the announcement of the Distinguised Teacher Awards for 2021. Among the four awardees was Professor Suzanne Kearns, from the Aviation program joint with the Fauclty of Environment.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Mark Servos awarded over $1 million for testing COVID-19 in wastewater

Mark Servos

Since the early days of the pandemic, Professor Mark Servos and his team have been applying their knowledge of measuring water contamination to help public health officials understand the movement of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – within municipal wastewater.