Police issue alert after student assaulted
- St. Paul's announces INDEV grants
- Waterloo Co-op by the numbers
- Building for the future: IQC
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Police issue alert after student assaulted (updated)
University of Waterloo Police Services has reported that a female student was sexually assaulted by two males as she was walking through the west cul de sac between Village 1 and Mackenzie King Village on Monday night between 10:00 and 10:30 p.m.
Waterloo Regional Police issued the following descriptions of the suspects:
- Suspect #1 Male, white, 19 years, 5'6", heavy build, wearing a red hat.
- Suspect #2 Male, non- white, 19 years, 6', black hair, slender build.
The two attackers then fled in an unknown direction.
“Police have increased patrols in the area of the residences,” reads the statement by the university police, which has been posted online. “We remind students to be aware of their personal safety and when possible walk with others.”
“The ongoing investigation is being led by Waterloo Regional Police supported by the University of Waterloo Police,” the statement continues. “We will keep the campus apprised as additional information becomes available. Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterloo Regional Police at 519-650-8500 extension 3310, University Campus Police at extension 22222 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.”
For personal safety tips, visit the safety guide on the UW Police website.
"The safety of our students and all members of our campus community is of paramount concern at the University of Waterloo," reads an updated statement published today and circulated via email to students, faculty, and staff. "As a result of this incident, campus police have increased patrols in the area of the student residences. Students, faculty, staff and other members of our community are encouraged to be alert to danger and report any suspicious activity to campus police."
- Follow a major road at night, or a well-lit path
- Walk at a steady pace and with confidence near the curb
- Avoid dark entrances and shrubs
- Do not walk home alone at night — make arrangements with a friend to meet and walk home together, call for a ride, or use one of the resources offered by the university.
Further information about campus safety resources, including our shuttle service, can be found online. The shuttle service is available from the first day of registration to the last day of exams. It leaves regularly from the Student Life Centre at about 7:00 p.m. in the winter, at 9:00 p.m. in the summer and runs until 2:00 a.m. Women have first priority for rides. Emergency intercoms, with flashing blue lights, are located throughout the campus.
St. Paul's announces INDEV grants
St. Paul’s University College is pleased to announce that fourteen International Development (INDEV) students who are not eligible to receive funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will each receive $1,500 through the St. Paul’s Student Awards Fund.
The Faculty of Environment, in partnership with St. Paul's, offers the first-year entry undergraduate degree program in International Development. In their 4B term INDEV students begin eight-month field placements in one of seven developing countries – Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Nepal, Peru and Vietnam. The first INDEV cohort completed their placements and graduated in June 2012.
St. Paul’s is providing the awards to 4th year INDEV students leaving this September to complete eight month field placements in Botswana, Burkina Faso, and Nepal. The $1,500 award matches the amount that seventeen other students heading to CIDA eligible countries – Malawi, Ghana, Vietnam and Peru – will receive through CIDA’s Students for Development grant.
The eight-month, for-credit field placement in a developing country arranged through the World University Service of Canada is a critical and required experiential learning component of the Bachelor of Environmental Studies in International Development program.
St. Paul’s also supports the INDEV program by awarding a Fellowship to each admitted student that includes a term in residence and partial meal plan tenable in their 4A term prior to the 4B and 4C field work terms. The fellowship is valued at $3,000.
Waterloo Co-op by the numbers
What’s to know about co-op at uWaterloo? Take this self-quiz and maybe even learn something new…
- Waterloo students rock. How many organizations hire our co-ops each year? a. 762 b. 4,500 c. 9,200
- Think jobs are in Canada only? Think again. Students work in 63 countries every year. True or false?
- Do you use Skype? We do. Last year CECA facilitated 899 Skype interviews. True or false?
- How many interviews occur in the TC every year? a. 54,786 b. 30, 918 c. 18,523
- Guess how many job apps co-op students submit every year. Hint: It’s lucky we don’t use paper résumés anymore! a. 325,000 b. 53,000 c. 219,000
For answers to the quiz and more astonishing facts and figures, check out this info graph. Co-op at uWaterloo is hardly a trivial matter. And while you’re at it, why not check out our new website.
Building for the future: IQC
Launched a decade ago in just two small offices at the university, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) has grown into the world's largest concentration of quantum information researchers who will have little trouble filling their new digs in the 285,000 square foot Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.
With 17 faculty, 5 research assistant professors, 40 postdoctoral fellows, and 96 students, the institute has built a reputation as a magnet for the world's top minds in quantum information science, including one of only 19 Canada Excellence Research Chairs and a Nobel Prize winner. In addition, the institute's students and postdoctoral fellows are drawn to Waterloo from all over the world.
Research at the institute is focused on quantum computation, communication, and sensors. IQC seeks to harness the properties of particles in the quantum realm, such as photons and electrons, to improve communications, develop sensors of unprecedented precision and build ultra-powerful computers.
IQC researchers were part of an international team that recently achieved a milestone in quantum teleportation, successfully teleporting photons over a distance of 143 kilometres. The project, led by researchers from Vienna's Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information relied on algorithms and equipment developed in Waterloo. The results of the experiment were published in Nature in early September. IQC faculty member Thomas Jennewein developed an algorithm that synchronized and measured the transfer of photons between two sites in the Canary Islands, and research assistant professor Vadim Makarov designed highly sensitive photon detectors, which allowed the teleportation to occur with high precision. Makarov was on hand in the Canary Islands for the experiment.
"The new centre represents the next big milestone in the evolution of this research at the University of Waterloo," says Raymond Laflamme, the institute's executive director. "It's incredibly exciting to think about the research and innovation that will happen here."
The opening of the centre on Friday will enhance Waterloo's growing reputation as the world's "Quantum Valley."
Link of the day
When and where
2012 International Plowing Match, Tuesday, September 18 to Saturday, September 22, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Details.
Centre for Career Action Volunteer Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.
Postdoc orientation and welcome event, Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., DC 1301. Details.
UWRC Book Club, "Lakeland" by Allan Casey (Region of Waterloo One Book, One Community selection), Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.
The Library: What's in it for Me? Wednesday, September 19, 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Flex Lab, 3rd Floor.
Waterloo Lecture featuring Douglas Cowan, "Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television," Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m., Stratford Public Library, 19 St. Andrew St., Stratford. Hosted by the Waterloo Stratford Campus.
UW Farmer's Market, Thursday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Water Institute seminar featuring Dr. Eran Feitelson, Professor, Department of Geography, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Water: the real conflict in the Middle East?" Thursday, September 20, 11:30 a.m., DC 1302.
Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Warren Chan, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, "The Complexities of Nanoparticle Tumor Targeting on Thursday, September 20, 2:30 p.m., C2-361. Note: this event has been cancelled.
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre ribbon cutting, Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.
Annual Cheriton Research Symposium Friday, September 21, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., DC 1302.
Knowledge Integration Seminar featuring Kevin Thomason, "We All Want to Save the Planet...Don't We?" Friday, September 21, 2:30 p.m., Environment 3, room 1408.
Mind, Violence and Freedom seminar featuring Hamid Tizhoosh, Systems Design Engineering, "Time & Evolution: Have we evolved?" Friday, September 21, 5:00 p.m., E5 6004.
School of Planning Induction Ceremony, Saturday, September 22, reception at 9:30 a.m. in the Environment 3 atrium, ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.
Water Institute Symposium: "Resolving Science-Policy Gaps in Transboundary Governance," Monday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., E5 2004.
Ottawa Alumni Networking event, Tuesday, September 25, 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Details.
Career Fair, Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 a.m., Bingeman's, Kitchener. Details.
Pension Lunch and Learn Session, Wednesday, September 26, 12:00 p.m., DC 1302. Details.
Rotary Scholarship Dinner for UW Stratford Campus, Wednesday, September 26, 6:15 p.m., Rotary Club of Stratford. Details.
Water Institute Seminar featuring Prof. Ray Ison, Open University and Monash University, "Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin: A systemic governance approach," Friday, September 27, 1:30 PM, EV2 2006.
TD Walter Bean Lecture in the Environment, Thursday, September 27, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Details.
Geography lecture series featuring Peter Johnson, University of Waterloo, "Visioning Local Futures: Agent-based Modelling as a Tourism Planning Support System," Friday, September 28, 1:30 p.m., AL 113.
Knowledge Integration Seminar: "Copenhagen field trip reflections," Friday, September 28, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., St. Paul's room 105.
Science and Technology in Society Collaboration event featuring Kieran O’Doherty, University of Guelph, "Public Deliberation on Science & Technology: Reconfiguring Expertise," Friday, September 28, 3:30 p.m., Hagey Hall, Room 373.
St. Jerome's Alumni Golf Classic, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m., Grey Silo Golf Club. Contact Kelly Macnab at kmacnab @uwaterloo.ca for details.
Reunion 2012, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., various locations on campus.
St. Paul's University College Pow Wow, Saturday, September 29, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., St. Paul's University College.
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre public open house, Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. Details.
Remembering Allison Kitson
The following is a message from Food Services:
"Please join us as we celebrate Allison, Thursday, September 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University Club."
Light refreshments will be served.
On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:
• ITC Finance & Grant Administrator – Psychology, USG 6
• Associate Director, Corporate Relations & Sponsorship – ODAA – Development Program, USG 12-13
• Storekeeper – Chemistry, USG 5
• Workshop Coordinator – Map Analysis & Design, USG 7-9