News for Parents

Friday, January 24, 2020

New vision test could help diagnose vision loss in toddlers

Small asian girl with pigtails looks into camera.

A simple new test being developed by University of Waterloo researchers could help detect vision impairment in very young children, allowing them to receive sight-saving treatment as soon as possible.

Existing eye tests rely on children’s ability to identify letters or match shapes, making it difficult to diagnose vision loss in children under the age of three.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Waterloo’s synthetic biology iGEM team awarded silver standing at annual international competition

iGEM lab team in lab coats

Each year since 2005, a group of students from the University of Waterloo has been embracing the challenging, but rewarding world of synthetic biology, problem solving and researching for the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition. This competition brings together teams from countries around the world to showcase projects, and learn from each other at an annual conference.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Brent Plumley, BSc ‘08 | Founder, co owner of SlacklifeBC

Brent Plumely on a highline rope

A woman’s scream pierces through the rolling hum of cheers from the sidelines, and Brent Plumley, BSc ‘08 is all nervous smiles.  Bound tightly with a canvas cocoon to a zip line, 350 meters long and 70 meters above a pit of bright blue water of an abandoned copper mine, she clutches a yellow ball.  Her scream culminates into a loud whoop of victory as her ball plops just inside the boundaries of a red target below, ensuring her team’s success.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Biology Professor Kirsten Müller embarking on leadership voyage to Antarctica

Leaving family, friends and Wi-Fi might not be most people’s idea of a dream experience. However, for biology Professor Kirsten Müller, these things are necessary for her upcoming once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica. In this trip, she will travel alongside 99 other women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) fields as the fourth cohort of Homeward Bound.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Science Faculty in its Element at Annual Science Open House

Child standing and looking at a mosaic of Dmitri Mendeleev.

This past Saturday, the University of Waterloo science buildings were filled with laughter, smiles, and exclamations of discovery, as families from the Kitchener-Waterloo community gathered for a day of curiosity-driven exploration and experimentation. The annual Science Open House and Gem and Mineral Show drew large crowds to UWaterloo.