Monday, July 13, 2020

In the media: Scientists surprised at Fort McMurray fire's long-term impact on rivers

Water Institute member Monica Emelko, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, comments on her research on Fort McMurray's water supply in an article written by Bob Weber for CBC News. 

In May 2016, the Fort McMurray wildfire swept through nearly 6,000 square kilometres of boreal forest in northern Alberta. Fort McMurray lost 2,400 buildings, and 88,000 people were forced from their homes.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Mary Wells welcomed as new Dean of Engineering

Mary Wells

After three years as the University of Guelph’s Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mary Wells has returned to the University of Waterloo to serve as the new Dean of Engineering.

Starting July 1st, she began her five-year appointment and will be Waterloo Engineering's ninth dean, the second woman to hold the post succeeding Pearl Sullivan, and interim dean Rick Culham.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Postdoc award will help advance water treatment work

Daniel Grégoire, a Waterloo chemical engineering researcher, has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue his research on the effects of pollutants in aquatic ecosystems.

The fellowship will provide Grégoire $70,000 annually for two years.

“Ultimately, I want to use my expertise to develop sustainable water treatment strategies that limit the environmental impacts of industrial activity,” he says on his LinkedIn page.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Environmental organizations should engage with kids where they are: online

Children on beach

A University of Waterloo press release.

The emotional connection to nature that kids feel is declining with each generation thanks in large part to their increasing use of digital media. Instead of trying to fight this trend, known as Videophilia, researchers say it’s time to use it to help kids find their way back to nature.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The powerful impact of transdisciplinary research – forWater Network shares Year 3 results

ForWater Listing Image by George Roman

In mid-March when COVID-19 caused many to work remotely, the forWater Network was well underway planning their Annual General Meeting to be held in Victoria, British Columbia. While the in-person portion of this annual event was ultimately cancelled, in its place arose a creative virtual alternative that highlighted this year’s research findings.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Managing natural disasters during COVID-19

University of Waterloo Press Release

Thursday, June 25, 2020

University of Waterloo pledges more responsible investments to address climate change

members in the media

The University of Waterloo has signed the Responsible Investment Charter for Canadian Universities, pledging more responsible investment decisions with its $400-million endowment fund to help address the threat of climate change.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

How investing in green infrastructure can jump-start the post-coronavirus economy


A new article entitled “How investing in green infrastructure can jump-start the post-coronavirus economy” has been published in The Conversation Canada, an online independent source of news from the academic and research community.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship winners announced

Vanier banner

Congratulations to three University of Waterloo water students who have been named Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars in the annual competition announced June 19 by the Government of Canada.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Water Institute Statement on Anti-Racism

At the Water Institute, we strive to be a global leader in all things water: research, education, innovation and collaboration. While we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, recent events have made it clear that this is not enough and that we must and can do more.  

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