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Monday, January 26, 2015

  • Government confirms support for IQC
  • Panel discusses living with dementia
  • Fantastic Alumni Day approaches
  • Profs talk about new books and other notes

MP Harold Albrecht, Raymond Laflamme, Feridun Hamdullahpur, The Honourable Ed Holder, MP, Vice-President, University Research George Dixon, Peter Braid MP, and Marian Meinen.
Government confirms support for IQC

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo announced renewed support for the Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo last Thursday.

The Economic Action Plan 2014 included an allotment of $15 million to IQC over three years.


"Today’s announcement strengthens Canada’s economy and increases our innovative capacity," said Feridun Hamdullahpur. "This investment creates the conditions for Canada to continue to lead the world in quantum information research."


Pictured above are MP Harold Albrecht, Raymond Laflamme, Feridun Hamdullahpur, The Honourable Ed Holder, MP, Vice-President, University Research George Dixon, Peter Braid MP, and Marian Meinen.

“Through our updated science, technology and innovation strategy, our government is making the necessary investments to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity, and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology). “This funding will help the Institute for Quantum Computing to continue attracting world-leading research talent and to increasingly translate new knowledge into innovative quantum-based technologies for the benefit of Canadians.”

A multidisciplinary research institute with researchers from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, IQC's goal is to be the world leader in the field of quantum information science and to develop the technologies that will fundamentally impact the ways in which we work, communicate and live.

“Quantum computing has the potential to launch transformative technologies that will create new industries and generate a wave of leading-edge jobs in Waterloo Region’s ‘Quantum Valley,’” said Peter Braid.

Advances in quantum information research are beginning to transform not only computing, but information security and sensing technologies. This rapidly emerging industry – quantum information technology – will lead to continued success for Canada with the renewed support for IQC.

“We are pleased that Minister Holder and MP Peter Braid are here to share the news of how they are helping the Institute for Quantum Computing, and really Waterloo Region, to take advantage of the full spectrum of opportunity quantum technologies present, ” said Professor Raymond Laflamme, executive director, Institute for Quantum Computing at Waterloo. “IQC research doesn’t end in the laboratory. IQC is doing research that will make a difference in the way Canadians live their lives.”

In 2009, the Government of Canada first partnered with IQC with an investment of $50 million. That funding matched Ontario’s investment of $50 million, along with $100 million from Mike Lazaridis. With these investments, IQC has attracted international research talent, made significant discoveries and built a world-class centre for research in quantum technologies and its applications.


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Panel discusses living with dementia

Logo.In recognition of Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) has organized a panel presentation and discussion entitled "My Life, My Dementia: Stories of Self-Management."

The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Luther Village on the Park in Waterloo.


"Self-management has been defined by people living with dementia as “taking control of our lives and taking action to live well.” Assumptions are often made about the abilities of people living with dementia to self-manage," says a note on the event website. "Through stories, research, and advocacy, people living with dementia are challenging these assumptions, and researchers are finding ways to document these stories. This presentation will showcase the stories of individuals living with dementia and how these stories have impacted research and practice."


The event's guest speaker is Professor Elaine Wiersma of Lakehead University, whose talk is entitled "Weaving Together the Elements of Stories, Research, and Practice." Following Professor's Wiersma's remarks, a panel presentation and facilitated discussion will take place featuring Brenda Hounam, Al Stager, Penny Stager,and Thayna Walter, the first link coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington.


During the panel, Brenda Hounam and and Al Stager, people living with dementia and members of the Self-Management Advisory Hub in Kitchener, will talk about their experience being a part of the self-management project and how they self-manage day to day. Penny Stager, Al's sister-in-law and also a member of the Self-Management Advisory Hub in Kitchener, will talk about her experience being part of the self-management project and why it is important to include the voices of people living with dementia in research and practice. Thayna Walter will then speak about some of the community supports and services in the Region of Waterloo that can help those living with dementia to self-manage.


A facilitated discussion will follow the presentation. Following the panel discussion is an awards and recognition reception, in which the Kenneth Murray Partnership in Dementia Award will be presented to Ron and Anne Hopewell and Harold Gutoskie and special recognition will be made of MAREP founder Kenneth Murray's 90th birthday.


Event sponsors include the Ontario Brain Institute and the Network for Aging Research at the University of Waterloo.


For more information, please contact Giselli Panuelos or call 519-888-4567, ext. 36880.

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Fantastic Alumni Day approaches

The 16th Annual Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Day is set for Saturday, February 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The men's and women's Warriors basketball teams will be taking on the Western Mustangs in two games that will feature half-time shenanigans including the annual Alumni vs. Staff Monster Hoops Showdown where three staff members will battle three alumni for the 2015 Monster Hoops Championship title, and the ever-popular (paper) Airplane Toss.


One free airplane will be given to each registered guest and extra airplanes can be purchased for $2 each or 3 for $5.

All proceeds from the plane sales will go to KidSport KW to provide grants for children and youth facing financial barriers so they can participate in community sport and dance programs.

Gates open at 12:00 p.m., with the women's game starting at 1:00 p.m. and the men's game at 3:00 p.m.


More details are on the Athletics website.


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Profs talk about new books and other notes

Bookstore event poster.The Waterloo Bookstore will be featuring authors Jennifer Simpson and Vershawn Young on Tuesday, January 27, where they will be speaking about their books. Simpson, who is acting associate dean and associate professor in the Department of Drama Speech Communication, will be introducing her book "Longing for justice: Higher Education and Democracy’s Agenda." Professor Simpson's book focuses on higher education and its responsibilities to the community, including questions such as: what is the connection between what students learn and what they will do when they graduate?


Joining Simpson is Vershawn Young, an Associate Professor in the Drama and Speech Communication Department. His book, "From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspective of White-Authored Narratives of Black Life," boldly examines the racial appropriation of African-American life by white authors.


The event takes place in the Bookstore in South Campus Hall at 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Tomorrow is the date for the Entrepreneurship Society's Startup Showcase, where students and startups will have the opportunity to mix and mingle from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall.


The showcase will feature more than 30 startups and other entrepreneurial organizations including Velocity, the Accelerator Centre, and Kik. The event is free and registration details are available on the EntSoc website.


The Entrepreneurship Society (EntSoc) was founded in 2011 by mechanical engineering students and holds events every term that focus on networking and skills development for student entrepreneurs of all stripes.


Larry smith holding a globe.Also tomorrow, St. Paul's GreenHouse will be hosting Professor Larry Smith for a talk entitled "Change your Mind and Change the World: A call to rebels and risk-taking innovators." In his talk, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Room 105 at St. Paul's, Smith will challenge the untested assumptions that limit social progress and outline how people need to think more analytically and aggressively about the world’s major problems.


A pizza reception will follow in Alumni Hall.


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Link of the day

140 years ago: the electrical dental drill patented

When and where

Student consultation on student communications, Monday, January 26, 12:00 p.m., Student Success Office, SCH. Details.


Entrepreneurship Society Startup Showcase, Tuesday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.


My Life, My Dementia: Stories of Self-Management, Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m., Luther Village on the Park Great Hall. Details.


WICI talk featuring Dr. Hans der Sterck, "Mathematical modelling of social spreading processes," Tuesday, January 27, 2:00 p.m., M3 2134. Details.


Bookstore Author Event featuring Jennifer Simpson and Vershawn Young, Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m., Bookstore, SCH. Details.


St. Paul's GreenHouse presents Larry Smith, "Change your Mind and Change the World: A call to rebels and risk-taking innovators," Tuesday, January 27, 5:30 p.m., St. Paul's Room 105. Details.


Third Annual Housing Fair, Wednesday, January 28, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.


Student consultation on student communications, Wednesday, January 28, 12:00 p.m., Student Success Office, SCH. Details.

Noon Hour Concert, Duo Concertante featuring Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano, Wednesday, January 28, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. Free admission.

Retirement Open House for Professor Metin Renksizbulut, Wednesday, January 28, 3:30 p.m. to 5;00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Christina Lashbrook.


Fine Arts Life Drawing session, Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m., East Campus Hall.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Jung Kwon (John) Oh, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University, “Multi-location Stimuli-Responsive Degradation Strategy for Accelerated Drug Release”, Thursday, January 29, 10:30 a.m., C2-361. Details.


Student consultation on student communications, Thursday, January 29, 12:00 p.m., Student Success Office, SCH. Details.


Housing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Next Generation, Thursday, January 29, 1:00 p.m., EV3 Third Floor. Details.


PhD Seminar, Donald Rayome (ERS), Thursday, January 29, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., EV1-221.


Water Institute Lecture, “Future of Groundwater Management in California” featuring Thomas Harter, University of California, Davis. Thursday, January 29, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.


Registration closes for 3MT competition, Friday, January 30.


Philosophy Colloquium and Sharma Lecture featuring Tania Lombrozo, University of California, Berkeley, "Explanation: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful," Friday, January 30, 3:30 p.m. HH 1106. Details.


Course Design Fundamentals, Monday, February 2, 9:30 a.m., EV1 241. Details.


World Wetlands Day Symposium: Wetlands for our Future, Monday, February 2, 1:00 p.m., DC 1302. Please register by Wednesday, January 28. Details.


Citing Properly with RefWorks, Monday, February 2, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329. Details.


EnRICHed Start Launch, Monday, February 2, 3:30 p.m., Modern Languages. Details.


World Wetlands Day Public Lecture: "Phosphorus and nitrogen and carbon, oh my!," Monday, February 2, 7:00 p.m., DC 1350. Details.


Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, February 3, 1:45 p.m., NH 3001.


Student consultation - Academic Skills Support, Wednesday, February 4, 12:00 p.m., Student Success Office, SCH. Details.


LIB 002: Searching: The Library Catalogue, Wednesday, February 4, 1:30 p.m., DC 1568. Details.


Accessing Government Information, Wednesday, February 4, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329. Details.


Noon Hour Concert, Renaissance England to Baroque Italy featuring Stephanie Kramer, Jennifer Enns Modolo, Magdalena Tomsinska, Wednesday, February 4, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. Free Admission.


Fine Arts Life Drawing session, Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 p.m., East Campus Hall.


FASS Fables: Tales from Mother Geese, Thursday, February 5 to Saturday, February 7, Humanities Theatre. Tickets available at the Theatre Box Office. Details.


Making Sure People Can Find Your Research, Thursday, February 5, 1:00 p.m., LIB 329. Details.


Sawatsky Lecture: 'If you have Eyes to See...': God's 'Presence’ at the Movies, Thursday, February 5, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Room 2202. Details.


Mitacs Step Workshop: Foundations of Project Management I, Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6, TC2218. Details.


Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Leslie Pack Kaelbling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Making Robots Behave," Thursday, February 5, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.


Distinguished Teacher Awards nominations due, Friday, February 6. Details.


Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer, Saturday, February 7.


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