News for Biology

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Beyond the Bulletin interviews microbiologist Trevor Charles about COVID-19 on surfaces

Beyond the Bulletin with 2 vintage microphones on a yellow background.

Trevor Charles, a professor from the Department of Biology and Director of the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research, visited the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast to talk about COVID-19’s potential to persist on surfaces, ways to mitigate the risk and testing that could help officials monitor the level of infection in communities (9:22 to 27:47). 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Q and A with the experts: explaining the surface transmission of COVID-19

Trevor Charles

Many COVID-19 cases have been reported through community transmission, with 81 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Canada likely spreading this way.

What can be done to track the spread of COVID-19 on surfaces in our community?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Waterloo recognizes 2019 Co-op Student of the Year and Problem Award recipients

Headshots of all six 2019 Co-op Student of the Year recipients

Every year, one student from each faculty is presented with a Co-op Student of the Year Award for exceptional contributions to one or more of their work term employers. The 2019 Faculty of Science Co-Op Student of the Year is Lydia Vermeer (Biochemistry). These awards take place toward the end of the winter term and celebrate student achievements from the winter, spring and fall terms of the previous calendar year.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Water Institute seed grant recipients announced

Text: Water Institute seed grants on image of seedlings

Last week, the Water Institute announced the results of their seed grant program. Prof. Sherry Schiff from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is leading one of the projects which will build a network to examine methane emissions. Several scientists from the Departments of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences are part of the other funded interdisciplinary projects focused on forest ecosystems and managing watersheds.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Life outside the lab: Science graduate student adjusts to life in isolation

grad student working at home office

Sarah Al-Ajeel is a master’s student in biology and is mid-way through her degree.

Accustomed to working in Waterloo’s Neufeld lab, Al-Ajeel, like many other science students, have pivoted their studies and research to adjust to this new work-from-home culture.