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Terrific TED Talks

TED Talks logo.

TED Conferences LLC was founded in 1984, but TED Talks entered my radar when I was in high school. Now, pretty much everyone I know has heard of TED Talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but TED Talks are given on all sorts of topics. Just go on the TED Talks website; it lists dozens for you! I love TED Talks because they make complicated topics accessible and interesting to almost anyone. They also inspire and leave you wanting to learn more. For that reason, I found six TED Talks that each fall under the umbrella of one of UWaterloo’s six faculties and connected them to UWaterloo courses. You can chase after more knowledge of the topics discussed in TED Talks right here on campus!

Glowing with Pride

Raised Pride flag at UWaterloo.

June may officially be Pride Month, but every month can be full of the beautiful colours of Pride! As such, I talked to the current Service Coordinators at the Federation of Students’ Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity at the University of Waterloo, Gabriella Verdone and Judy Liu, about what they do on campus year round. I hope this interview helps keep the conversation about LGBTQ+ Pride going!

Making campus a little brighter: A double feature

Lyle Kam Playing Guitar in the open space between DP and PHYS, a small crowd has gathered to watch

Today we’re bringing you something different; a double feature about two artistic students at opposite ends of their university careers, making campus a little brighter with what they bring to and leave behind with the University.

Our first story is about Lyle Kam, a hopeful first-year in love with music. You may have seen him between Dana Porter and the Physics building this past Valentine’s Day, or another day this term, busking.

Improving Computer Science in and outside of Waterloo

Fatema presents next ot a presentation slide that defines an algorithm

Last month the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) held the “Getting Organized: Tools for Resisting White Supremacy” conference, comprised of many workshops, talks and events, among them the “Manifestations of Racism in STEM” event. Fourth-year student Fatema Boxwala had the opportunity to speak as a panelist as part of this discussion. Today we’re interviewing her about her experiences as a Computer Science student working in the technology sector, and the activism she brings to it.

Passion, Design, Development

Selena presenting her design and development tech talk
Not everyone loves to speak in front of large audiences, especially if it’s about a topic they’re overtly passionate about.  There’s a lot of risk that comes with that. 

Portal's winning widgets

Hackfest kickoff presentation

Hackfest  – an annual hackathon hosted by Waterloo’s Portal team, which challenges students to create additional widgets that will enhance the Portal app experience.  Usually, this event starts and finishes in one day.  However, this year the hackathon went on for ten days straight!

ICSN: An international support system

ICSN at a Blue Jays game
Settling into a new place is generally a difficult adjustment.  Now, imagine moving to a new country, where everyone speaks a completely different language and you have little knowledge of its cultural history.  To top that off, you’re supposed to be starting a new semester at a brand new institution.  There’s the added pressure to get involved on campus, make friends and stay on top of your schoolwork. 
 

Shattering expectations with entrepreneurship and Cisco Canada

Joyce Yu

Joyce Yu, a Waterloo co-op student and a member of the Cisco Women’s Entrepreneurs’ Circle.

Leading through mentorship and nurturing an atmosphere of “anything is possible” is what Cisco Canada and the University of Waterloo have created with the Women’s Entrepreneurs’ Circle program. This program is striving to make gender equality in STEM fields a reality and is a part of the University’s IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. Joyce Yu, a member of the Circle, sees the mentorship as an opportunity to grow and gain experience in her field, while being bold and fearless in pursuing her goals.

Building community in STEM through the HeForShe IMPACT scholarship

Ankita Mishra

Ankita Mishra, one of the 6 winners of the HeForShe IMPACT scholarship (Photo courtesy of the University of Waterloo)

Curiosity and a thirst for knowledge is what caused first year student, Ankita Mishra, to pursue a Computer Science degree at the University of Waterloo. Ankita is one of the six recipients of the 2016 HeForShe IMPACT scholarship, which is a part of the University of Waterloo’s IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative to advance gender equality.

HeForShe IMPACT Scholarship recipient on her journey to STEM

Emily Carlson

Emily Carlson, one of the 6 winners of the HeForShe IMPACT scholarship (Photo courtesy of the University of Waterloo)

A desire to discover and learn was what led Emily Carlson, a first year Mathematical Physics student to the University of Waterloo.  Emily is one of the six recipients of the 2016 HeForShe IMPACT scholarship, which is a part of the University of Waterloo’s IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative to advance gender equality.

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