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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Physicist Benjamin Maclellan awarded Vanier Graduate Scholarship

Headshot of Benjamin Maclellan

The Faculty of Science is proud to congratulate Benjamin MacLellan, a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and IQC at the University of Waterloo, for being selected as a Vanier Scholar this year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Rebecca Rooney discusses wetlands and Bill 23 on Beyond the Bulletin

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The latest episode of Beyond the Bulletin features Dr. Rebecca Rooney, a wetland ecologist and professor in the Department of Biology. She discusses the value of wetlands, the actions she’s taking to help protect them and Bill 23.  

Monday, November 28, 2022

$15.8 million awarded to six Waterloo research projects aimed at tackling climate change

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The Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is allocating $15.8 million to six University of Waterloo research projects to identify solutions to environmental challenges. Two of the projects are led by Waterloo scientists - biologist Dr. Laura Hug and earth scientist Dr. Nandita Basu.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Waterloo Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland receives top honours from Canada and France

Donna Strickland wearing medal with the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

Waterloo's Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland received top honours from Canada and France last week in Ottawa for her contributions to science. She was appointed the Companion of the Order of Canada medal and named a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

New quantum tool developed in groundbreaking experimental achievement

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For the first time in experimental history, scientists have created a device that recreates the properties of light using neutrons. This breakthrough  provides a brand new avenue for researchers to study the development of next-generation quantum materials with applications ranging from quantum computing to identifying and solving new problems in fundamental physics.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Helping children see by working together

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Recent studies in Canada have suggested that approximately 20 per cent of children aged 3 to 6 years have visual problems, such as amblyopia or clinically significant refractive errors. To ensure children have optimal vision for learning, the School of Optometry & Vision Science is partnering with The Cowan Foundation and the Lions Club of Canada. Together, they will develop a coordinated vision plan for the Region of Waterloo Public Health to screen every child in senior kindergarten (SK).

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

New exotic two-dimensional magnet may hold promise for quantum computing

Portrait of Adam Wei Tsen

At the forefront of condensed matter physics, materials with novel quantum mechanical properties are being investigated for fundamental science and potential applications in quantum technology. Quantum chemist Dr. Adam Wei Tsen and his team are diving into this field with a particular focus on two-dimensional (2D) quantum materials. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

Science companies shine at social innovation showcase

Group photo of participants at the Social Impact Showcase.

Each term, GreenHouse hosts the Social Impact Showcase to celebrate the amazing work on students in our community. Last week, thirteen teams pitched their ideas of social and environmental change and eight were awarded funding, including Science-led MycoNutrients and HUBour.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Using disorder to find new magnetic transition pathways

Portrait of Melissa Henderson

A team of physicists have found a new tunable pathway to manipulate nanoscale magnetic structures known as skyrmions. Their results advance efforts to access different configurations of these structures and increase their stability for magnetic memory applications, such as using these structures as new types of bits in classical or quantum computers.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Nandita Basu named Canada Research Chair

Portrait of Nandita Basu in her office.

Four Waterloo researchers are among a group of Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) announced by the Government of Canada. Dr. Nandita Basu, jointly appointed to the Faculties of Engineering and Science, was named the Canada Research Chair in Global Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology.