News archive - December 2022

Friday, December 16, 2022

Janusz Pawliszyn is awarded Chemical Institute of Canada Medal

Janusz Pawliszyn

Congratulations to Water Institute member Janusz Pawliszyn, Professor, Department of Chemistry, who is the 2023 winner of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Medal – the CIC’s top award!

Professor Pawliszyn, Canada Research Chair and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies, was awarded this medal for his outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry in Canada.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Blackbird flies to higher altitudes with Up Start funding


The novel software and mapping method will yield both real-time and two-dimensional flood models

By Naomi Grosman, Velocity

As an environmental engineering undergraduate nearly a decade ago, Robert Chlumsky, now a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Engineering, forged a professional relationship with his professors, Dr. James Craig and Dr. Bryan Tolson.

It was fostering that relationship and the research it produced that resulted in the trio receiving funding for Blackbird, a software and a new method for floodplain mapping that could potentially impact flood mitigation and response.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

John Cherry to deliver opening lecture of the 2023 WaterTalks series

John Cherry

The Water Institute is excited to announce that John Cherry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Leader of the Groundwater Project, Recipient of the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize and Lee Kwan Yew Water Prize 2016, will be presenting the opening lecture of the 2023 WaterTalks series.

He will present “Groundwater is the Key to a Sustainable Earth” on January 18th in person at the University of Waterloo Theatre of the Arts in the Modern Languages Building with a reception to follow.

Monday, December 12, 2022

forWater members showcase new research at fall conferences


Republished with permission from the forWater Network.

With the reopening of in-person conferences, this fall saw many forWater network members showcasing their research across North America. Over 15 presentations of critical research touching on many different aspects of source water protection were shared across four major international conferences. ​Researchers presented at National Water and Wastewater Conference (NWWC) in Halifax and American Water Works Association's Water Quality Technology Conference (WQTC) in Cincinnati as well as the Western Water Conference in Calgary. Several researchers will be participating in the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) fall meeting in Chicago on December 12-16.

Friday, December 9, 2022

Collaborative Water Program student awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Nathanael Bergbusch

Originally published by the Faculty of Environment.

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) have become one of the most important tools government and industry use to understand environmental risks associated with new development projects. But the environment is more than water and soil. And as practiced today, EIAs have many blind spots, often failing to include people and nature in meaningful ways.

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