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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Anne Innis Dagg to receive honorary Doctor of Science

Anne Dagg

University of Waterloo alumnus Anne Innis Dagg (PhD ’67) will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo at the Fall 2019 Convocation.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Rising emissions are turning arctic permafrost into carbon source

Arctic Permafrost

Arctic regions have captured and stored carbon for tens of thousands of years, but a new study shows winter carbon emissions from the Arctic may now be putting more carbon into the atmosphere than is taken up by plants each year.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New Global Experience Course Pairs Science and Entrepreneurship in Israeli Setting

SCI 230 class in Israel

Walking the streets of Jerusalem, swimming in the Dead Sea, and visiting the Holocaust memorial museum Yad Vashem are not the typical types of experiences that come to mind when imagining an undergraduate business class. Yet these are some of the highlights of the new SCI 230 class offered through the Faculty of Science.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Let’s get Astrophysical

Meteorite in atmosphere

New Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics looks to the cosmos to solve the greatest mysteries of the Universe

By Sam Toman

University Relations

Astrophysicists can mostly agree that something called dark energy is expanding our Universe at an accelerating rate. That discovery was groundbreaking, but that’s only half the puzzle. Two of the top astrophysicists in the game, Waterloo researchers Will Percival and Mike Hudson, have been chipping away at the question of just how fast it’s accelerating for much of their careers.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Waterloo targets dark matter, dark energy and black holes with new astrophysics centre

The University of Waterloo officially launched its astrophysics centre today.

The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) is being launched to build on the University’s record of success in astrophysics, which includes the creation of the theories tested by the first-ever image of a black hole to be taken. The centre also aims to advance human understanding of phenomena such as dark energy, dark matter and the nature of supermassive black holes.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Taking Big Steps: A Planet-Friendly Move to the University of Waterloo

Andre's Trailer

By Katrina Steckle

This September, Honours Science student Andre Wiederkehr moved into the Conrad Grebel University College residence at the University of Waterloo in a unique way—he biked. The second year student and his brother Theo biked the 90 kilometres from their home in near Mildmay, Ontario to Grebel in Waterloo, a trip that took them nearly eight hours. As for how he transported everything that he would need to live at Grebel, Andre gave a simple explanation: “I towed my belongings in a homemade bike trailer.”

Thursday, September 12, 2019

New research alerts governments to problem with groundwater monitoring

Bad wells tend to get excluded from studies on groundwater levels, a problem that could skew results everywhere monitoring is used to decide government policies and spending.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo uncovered the problem while examining a discrepancy between scientific data and anecdotal evidence in southern India.

Reports on thousands of wells and satellite images taken between 1996 and 2016 suggested groundwater levels were rising, good news in an area where it is vitally important for agriculture.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Waterloo researchers named Royal Society of Canada fellows and members

Eight University of Waterloo researchers have been named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

They are among 93 new fellows elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement and 46 new members of the College across Canada announced today.

Waterloo’s new RSC fellows and members are:

Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada