Monday, January 30, 2023

Tackling a global vision crisis

Ben Thompson holding a black apparatus to participants head.

The World Health Organization estimates that 2.2 billion people globally have a vision impairment. Dr. Stan Woo, director of the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, views this statistic as a call to action, one he and his colleagues are working to fix. New investments and innovations are creating better access to care.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Moths are the new tool to protect Canada’s wetlands

Phragmites in a wetland.

Waterloo biologists, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Toronto, are working on a North American pilot program that uses moths as a management tool to control the invasive plant threatening Canadian wetlands.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Meet the Science 2023 GRADflix finalists

Gradflix with director clapperboard

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs has announced the 25 finalists for the 2022-2023 GRADflix competition year, which includes seven finalists from the Faculty of Science.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Optometry robotics research wins Graham Seed Fund

graphics with robotic parts overlay

An interdisciplinary team from the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and the University of Waterloo Optometry Clinic has been awarded $25,000 from the Graham Seed Fund for their vision robotics research.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Building a stronger health-care system

Pharmacists interacting with people from behind the counter

As of January 1, 2023, the pharmacists’ scope of practice has expanded across Ontario with the ability for pharmacists to assess and autonomously prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments. Waterloo School of Pharmacy professor Dr. Nardine Nakhla launches new digital health tool to help.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Waterloo marks 15 straight years as top research university

Sign from University of Waterloo campus entrance

The University of Waterloo has been designated Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities by Research Infosource Inc. for the 15th consecutive year. 

Friday, January 20, 2023

MPP Mike Schreiner meets with Rooney lab to discuss Bill 23 and wetland conservation

Mike Schreiner at table with graduate students.

This week, Mr. Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, visited the Waterloo Wetland lab to discuss Bill 23 and the importance of wetlands in Ontario. 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Dean of Science writes three-part series in support of basic research

Liquid crystal

Dr. Bob Lemieux, our Dean of Science, has written a three-part series to demonstrate why conducting basic research is critical to our ongoing quest to innovate. The first article was published today on LinkedIn.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Dr. Raymond Laflamme to lead Quantum Advisory Council under new National Quantum Strategy

Portrait of Ray Laflamme

Dr. Raymond Laflamme, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and founding director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), has been named co-chair of the National Quantum Strategy’s (NQS) Advisory Council. The NQS will amplify Canada's strength in quantum research; grow its quantum technologies and cement our global leadership in quantum science and its commercialization.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month - learn about the leading cause of irreversible vision loss

Cross section of the eye highlighting the changes from glaucoma.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma consists of a group of eye diseases that leads to irreversible vision loss from damage to the optic nerve. With a lack of symptoms showing and no cure for glaucoma, it is vital to get early intervention to prevent blindness.