News for Alumni

Friday, April 9, 2021

The origin of water on planets in our universe

Star Forming region NGC_7129, a cloud of pink and green gas with balls of bright light inside. Stars around the outside

Water is essential for life as we know it – water makes up around 70% of the human body, covers about 70% of the planet Earth, has been found in the far reaches of our universe, and is at the centre of our search for habitable planets around other stars.

Monday, April 5, 2021

HackRx with us: students across Canada invited to pharmacy and technology hackathon

Smiling students on a Zoom call

University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and University of Toronto pharmacy students are partnering to deliver one of Canada’s first pharmacy and technology focused hackathons.

Health and technology are destined to work together. The pandemic has only accelerated the speed of this collaboration, with many health-care workers turning to technology-enabled means of delivering services.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Professor Mark Servos receives grant to track anti-depressants in wild fish

Professor Servos and a student electrofishing in the Grand River

On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced funding for almost $3M to study the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems across Canada.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Black hole breakthrough: New images show magnetic fields around M87*

M87* image, showing lines of bright light spiralling around the black hole

The black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy is like a giant fire-breathing dragon that spews enormous jets of energetic particles at near light speeds across some 5,000 light years of space.

A new view of this black hole in polarized light, released today by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, will help astrophysicists understand just how those jets are launched by this monstrous black hole.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Two Science graduate students awarded 2021 Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student

The Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student recognize up to four students from across the University of Waterloo for excellence in teaching of all kinds (e.g., teaching assistant, laboratory demonstrator, sessional lecturer) by registered students.

This year, two of the four winners were from the Faculty of Science.

Melanie Mungalsingh, School of Optometry and Vision Science