- Recapping Reunion 2012
- Waterloo joins drug prevention partnership
- Google Search Appliance is now live
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Recapping Reunion 2012
With events happening on all corners of campus and a record number of attendees, Reunion 2012 lived up to its reputation as one of the most exciting days of the year at Waterloo.
The day got off to a running start with the 27th annual AHS Fun Run as competitors raced around Ring Road dressed in costume. Pictured above are two costumed contestants.
At 10:00 a.m. the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre opened its doors and began welcoming the first of what would be more than 3,000 visitors over the course of the day.
Up at Warrior Field, hundreds fans came out to watch Waterloo take on the Toronto Varsity Blues, and despite a 40-26 loss, support for the team remained strong throughout the game.
Among the many private events, over 200 dons and tutors from the Ron Eydt era, 1966-1996, gathered at the University Club to celebrate Dr. Ron Eydt’s 80th birthday and remember their time working in residence.
This year also marked the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class from the Faculty of Engineering. Celebratory events included a special iron ring ceremony and a class reunion.
“There was really something for everyone,” said Jennifer Bentley, Alumni Officer, Reunion and Events.
“We would like to thank the dedicated team of volunteers for their help. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”
Waterloo joins drug prevention partnership
Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is pleased to announce its collaboration with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Waterloo Regional Police Service to introduce a school-based appearance- and performance-enhancing drug prevention pilot program.
The project is aimed at creating and disseminating effective education and information tools for children and youth, parents, educators and coaches in the Region of Waterloo with the goal of reducing the use of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs by children and youth.
“The use of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs in sport continues to be one of the greatest threats to true sport in our communities,” said Paul Melia, president and CEO of the CCES. “With societal pressures to look a certain way and the availability of these drugs over the internet and in local gyms, it is not an issue limited to athletes alone, nor is it a concern restricted to a specific gender.”
While appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs have traditionally been linked to males for their muscle building properties, they are not the only ones gambling with these harmful substances in hopes of achieving the perfect physique. Young girls are among the fastest growing group of anabolic steroid users. An alarming number of teen girls are ignoring serious health risks from steroid use in an ill-advised effort to reduce body fat.
This prevention program aims to intervene with children and youth before the use of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs becomes an issue by dispelling myths and misunderstandings through a peer-mentor strategy.
Student-athletes from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will be trained to deliver the prevention program in schools for students from Grade 7 to 12.
While many parents may discuss street drugs with their children, it is not the norm to talk about steroids and other appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. The program will also target parents, educators and coaches to provide them with accurate information and support in having this conversation with children and youth.
“This is a great example of our community showing leadership and collaborating on an important public health issue that deserves more attention,” said Bob Copeland, University of Waterloo Athletic Director. “We hope that through this pilot project, other communities will benefit from what is learned in Waterloo.”
“We are pleased to bring awareness to this important issue by harnessing the strong partnerships we have with our local schools,” added Chief Matt Torigian of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. “Through the assistance of the CCES, the OTF and our community partners, we expect to deliver prevention strategies that will improve the health and quality of life of youth throughout Waterloo Region.”
The CCES works hard to discourage athletes and the general public from succumbing to the pressure to take appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. While a limited budget for testing university sport has forced some cut-backs in doping control initiatives, education for athletes and prevention programs delivered to youth and children are designed to deter the attraction to these harmful substances.
“There is no stronger deterrent to doping than a solid foundation developed at a young age,” said Melia. “We hope the values that children and youth learn from this program will provide them with the knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions throughout their lives.”
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization that is committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.
Google Search Appliance is now live
"Today, when you use the campus web search, you may notice a different appearance to your search results," writes Pat Lafranier of Information Systems and Technology (IST). "You may also notice there are results!"
That's because the Google Search Appliance has gone live today.
The search appliance, a hardware/software package offered by Google, is located on campus and indexes the uWaterloo web space by crawling public facing pages.
Some of the features of the new search tool include:
- Guaranteed search results, including ‘People’ results;
- faster response time (my first search took 0.07 seconds!);
- integration with Google Analytics;
- the ability to search content or metadata of specific document types (e.g. PDF);
- the ability to define synonyms for keywords/search terms; and
- the ability to exclude results.
And an important clarification needs to be made to some comments I made yesterday about private web content. Pages will not be indexed if they are password protected or have a suitable robots.txt file. Please note, however, that a robots.txt file does not prevent data from being accessed, merely from being indexed by well-behaved search engines. Only password protection can fully protect a pages's content.
For more information about privacy and the new search tool, check the search appliance page.
Call for Senate nominations
Nominations are requested for the following faculty seats on Senate:
• One faculty member of the university to be elected by/from the members of faculty of the Faculty of Engineering, term January 1, 2013 - April 30, 2013 (replacing Rick Culham, mechanical & mechatronics engineering)
• One faculty member of the university to be elected by/from the members of faculty of the Faculty of Science, term to April 30, 2014 (replacing Tadeusz Górecki, chemistry)
Nomination forms are available from the Secretariat (x36125) and from the Secretariat web page.
At least five nominators are required in each case. Nominations should be sent to the Secretariat, Needles Hall, Room 3060, no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 12.
By-elections will follow if necessary.
Link of the day
When and where
Imaginus Poster Sale, October 1-5, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall and multipurpose room.
CECA workshop: Interview Skills: Selling Your Skills, Tuesday, October 2, 3:30 p.m. TC 2218.Details.
CECA workshop: Work Search Strategies for International Students, Tuesday, October 2, 4:30 p.m., TC 1208.Details.
CECA workshop: Interview Skills: Preparing for Questions, Wednesday, October 3 10:30 a.m., TC 1208. Details.
Water Institute Seminar featuring Prof. Maurice Dusseault, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, "Water demands for hydraulic fracturing and shale gas development," Wednesday, October 3, 12:30 PM, DC 1302.
Conservation Research Summer Programs info session, Operation Wallacea, Wednesday, October 3, 12:30 p.m., Waterloo International, NH 1101.
Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Michael Serpe, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta. "Fun with Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) Microgel-Based Etalons," Wednesday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.
Are You LinkedIn? Learning the Basics (presented by a LinkedIn recruiter), Wednesday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., TC 2218. Details.
Are You LinkedIn? Beyond the Basics (presented by a LinkedIn recruiter), Wednesday, October 3, 5:00 p.m., TC 2218.Details.
Grad Studies Info Reception – Engineering, Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m., E5 Student Design Centre. Details.
Stand Up to Stigma Event featuring speakers Arthur Gallant and UW Alumni Alicia Raimundo, Thursday, October 4, 11:30 a.m., BMH 1621.
VeloCity Venture Fund event, Thursday, October 4, 2:00 p.m., DC Foyer.
WISE Lecture Series featuring Heather Andreas, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, "Solving Energy Loss in Supercapacitive Energy Storage," Thursday, October 4, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304. Details.
Centre for Career Action presents Hot Tips from the Pros! Thursday, October 4, 4:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218. Details.
UK Homecoming Autumn Drinks and Networking event, Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m. Details.
Richard Nutbrown Memorial, Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Details.
Pension & Benefits Committee meeting, Friday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., NH 3004.
Mind, Violence and Freedom seminar featuring Hamid Tizhoosh, Systems Design Engineering, "Perception: Can we see? Can we listen?" Friday, October 5, 5:00 p.m., E5 6004.
St. Jerome's University Lectures in Catholic Experience Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall. Details.
WatRISQ seminar featuring Prof. Jian Yang, Associate Professor of Finance, The Business School, University of Colorado, “Credit Risk Spillovers among Financial Institutions around the Global Credit Crisis: Firm-Level Evidence,” Tuesday, October 9, 4:00 p.m., DC 1304.
CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy and Sociology and Legal Studies presents Dr. Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa, "Repo Men Are Coming: Body EULAs, Privacy and Security of the Person," Wednesday, October 10, 1:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.
School of Public Health and Health Systems retirement reception for Roy Cameron and Nancy Poole, Friday, October 12, 3:30 p.m., Lyle Hallman South Fireplace Lounge.