News for Faculty

Friday, August 7, 2020

The tell-tale sign of antibodies: Determining COVID-19 immunity with blood testing

Brian Dixon Headshot

When the University’s research labs shut down for quarantine, biology professor Brian Dixon pivoted some of his research away from blood testing in fish, into looking at blood testing in humans. Instead of sitting around and waiting for his labs to open again, Dixon wanted to use his time and knowledge of biology and immunology to contribute to the global need for understanding and overcoming COVID-19.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Three Waterloo Science Graduate Students win prestigious Vanier Scholarship

Science Vanier Winners 2020

Last week, this year's Vanier Scholarship award winners were announced. Among the prestigious group were Finnian Gray, Christian Ieritano, and Spencer Weinstein, three Faculty of Science graduate students.

Friday, June 12, 2020

In pursuit of a vaccine: The global race to produce a vaccine that will protect us from COVID-19

Stock image of coronovirus

While we continue to see the number of positive and recovered cases change across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to everyone’s health and well-being. There’s a global race to produce a vaccine that will be effective in protecting us from the virus and perhaps be our best hope for ending the pandemic.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

How atomic physics is central to the new definition of the kilogram

Alan Jamison

Standard measurement units like the meter and the kilogram used to be defined by physical objects, such as a prototype bar and a platinum cylinder. As of May 2019, all measurement units are now defined by the cesium atom and the fundamental constants of the universe.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sustainably exploring life in the deep ocean through chemistry

Crabs at the Alba hydrothermal vent

Three thousand meters below sea level, hydrothermal vents spew black smoke into the dark ocean. No light ever reaches these depths, yet surprisingly, these areas are rich with life. Crabs, shrimp, and other small organisms and bacteria call this strange habitat home.