News archive - October 2021

Friday, October 22, 2021

There’s something in the water in Waterloo … and beyond

Tim Shardlow

This fall’s Convocation isn’t the first for Tim Shardlow who is graduating from a master's in biology (microbiology specialization). With a little luck and a lot of hard work, it won’t be his last either. The Erin, Ontario native has already started his PhD at the University of Waterloo in the same field of microbiology with an environmental focus, and is well on his way to unlocking hidden secrets of what’s in the water.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Some of the world’s oldest rubies linked to early life

Close up of the ruby

Carbon residue that was once ancient life found encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby

While analyzing some of the world’s oldest coloured gemstones, researchers from the University of Waterloo discovered carbon residue that was once ancient life, encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Celebrating Waterloo’s finest doctorates

Cheryl Sturm

Each convocation, the University of Waterloo recognizes and profiles an outstanding PhD student from each Faculty across campus to showcase a glimpse into the hard work, dedication and success of every graduate. This convocation, the Faculty of Science will welcome 31 new graduates from Science PhD programs, including Cheryl Sturm from the Department of Chemistry.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Bringing eye health to the global scale

An ophthalmologist imaging the back of a patient's eye

Vision is one of our most dominant senses, and our world is often built around our ability to see. Despite this, the World Health Organization reports that more than one third of people around the world suffer from some form of vision impairment or blindness. Of these estimated 2.2 billion people, at least one billion of these cases could have been prevented or have not been addressed yet.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Exploring new ways to test blood sugar levels for diabetes patients

Wenyu Gao with a prototype saliva sensor

Despite breakthrough diabetes research over the past century, people with diabetes still need to rely on obtaining blood samples to monitor their sugar levels. Daily glucose monitoring by tracking blood sugar levels is essential for managing both types 1 and 2 diabetes, however the current method – finger pricking – is invasive and can become burdensome with how often it needs to be done.