News for Biology

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Meet Science's 2020 Valedictorian, Megan Thomas

Megan Thomas in a graduation rob and science hood

Megan Thomas (BSc ’20) has always been very interested in biology and the flexibility of Biomedical Science at Waterloo was attractive. Her decision was finalized when she visited the campus in her final year of high school and instantly felt a sense of community. She knew she’d be able to call this place home. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Alumni Gold Medal Award Winner: Matthew James Schmitz BSc ’20 Biomedical Sciences

Matthew Schmitz in his convocation robe and hood

When asked about the Toronto Raptor’s 2nd round exit from the NBA finals last month, Matthew Schmitz sighs and his disappointment is tangible “I was worried about them playing the Celtics,” he admits, “I thought maybe it might be different playing in the bubble, but in the end they were just too tough. But they gave it a good shot.”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Waterloo ranked among top ten biology programs in Canada

Waterloo Biology is one of the top ten biology programs in Canada for 2021, according to the influential annual Maclean’s magazine ranking program.

In results released last week, Waterloo’s Biology program was placed 10th for 2021, rising in the rankings from 13th in 2020 and 15th in 2019.

Friday, October 16, 2020

10 Calls to Action to natural scientists to enable reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

In 2015, after documenting testimonies from Indigenous survivors of the residential school system in Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action to enable reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Without personal connections to Indigenous communities, many Canadians fail to grasp the depth of intergenerational impacts of residential schools and associated systemic racism. Consequently, reconciliation remains an elusive concept.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Nandita Basu joins Rebecca Rooney on the IJC Great Lakes Science Advisory Board

Professor Nandita Basu from Waterloo's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, joins fellow Science Faculty member Professor Rebecca Rooney from Waterloo's Department of Biology, as a member of the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission, representing Canada. Both Basu and Rooney are also members of the University's Water Institute.