News archive - March 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022

Finetuning chemistry by quantum interference

Atoms and molecules are the building blocks of chemistry and are important to our understanding of the world. By cooling atoms and molecules to ultracold temperatures it opens up a new understanding of quantum chemistry. Working with nanokelvin temperatures, one billion times colder than Antarctica during winter, researchers can observe and control particles in ways not possible at room temperature. When really cold, particles behave in strange and exciting ways. Researchers are discovering unexpected results by looking at particles from a quantum perspective.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Human actions accelerate climate-driven floods and droughts

Stream flowing through rocks in a forest

A study of more than 2,000 streams around North America found that those altered by human activity are at greater risk of flooding.

The study from the University of Waterloo analyzed the seasonal flow patterns of 2,272 streams in Canada and the U.S. and found that human-managed streams – those impacted by developments like dams, canals, or heavy urbanization – had significantly different flow patterns compared to streams in natural watersheds.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Breaking the Bias and shattering the stigma for individuals living with HIV

Nasra Smith

International Women’s Day is a time for celebrating the social, cultural and economic inroads women have made towards gender equality. This year’s theme, Break the Bias, has resonated with many women who have navigated long-standing barriers, glass ceilings and oppressive stigmas that continue to exist both at the workplace and in the greater community.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Linda Nazar recognized with the 2022 E.W.R. Steacie Award

Linda Nazar

Congratulations to Professor Linda Nazar , who was awarded the 2022 E.W.R. Steacie Award by the Chemical Institute of Canada. The award is presented to “a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada."