- SEED ranked second in sustainability
- Building for the future: WIN
- Date set for Nutbrown memorial
- On donuts, days, and daycare spaces
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
SEED ranked second in sustainability
For the past nine years, Corporate Knights magazine has been ranking the nation’s business graduate schools on their focus on environmental sustainability. Previously coming in at #15, the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) shot up in this year’s rankings to #2 in the report published 17 September 2012.
According to an editorial published by Corporate Knights managing editor Jeremy Runnalls, the jump was surprising; but well-deserved.
“The Master of Environment and Business (MEB) program at the University of Waterloo placed second. We continue to rank the program, despite it not representing a traditional MBA, as it presents the comprehensive fusion of business and environment we wish to encourage.”
Amelia Clarke, Director of the Master of Environment and Business (MEB) program is thrilled by the new ranking. “We purposely designed the degree to train sustainability professionals, and thus integrate sustainability and business content in each course,” says Clarke. “As an online, part-time program, we are able to offer working professionals anywhere the chance to enhance their knowledge, skills and credentials.”
Building for the future: WIN
The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), approved by the university's senate in June 2008, has its roots in the undergraduate nanotechnology engineering program conceived in 2000 and approved in 2003. The first undergraduate students began their degrees in 2005. A graduate program soon followed. The program is a joint effort between the faculties of Engineering and Science.
The institute's research is about science and engineering at the atomic scale, where dimensions are measured in the billionths of a meter. It is home to 68 researchers, 250 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and 480 undergraduate students.
With the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre set to open tomorrow, WIN's Executive Director Arthur Carty is excited about the promise and potential of the new facility.
“The Quantum Nano Building will be the home base for everything that is Nanotechnology at Waterloo," he says. "It will provide laboratory space for many of our nanotechnology researchers and 200 graduate and post-doctoral students. State of the art clean room and metrology suites will house an arsenal of tools to see and manipulate matter at the nanoscale, enabling researchers to compete at the cutting edge of nanotechnology."
Pictured above are the forms on top of which the concrete was poured to make the floor of the fabrication and metrology facilities. The forms were pulled out from the bottom, leaving behind a "waffle slab", a thick concrete floor resistant to vibrations but relatively light thanks to the air pockets created by the forms.
WIN has been spending years strengthening its own foundation through a number of successful international partnerships in the nanotechnology community.
An agreement with China's Soochow University Nanotechnology (SUN) is the latest example of WIN's collaborative efforts, following a successful workshop with Soochow researchers in 2011. The agreement establishes a Joint Research Institute for Nanotechnology with a 2+2 arrangement where top doctoral students can earn PhD degrees awarded by both institutions, and a 3+1+1 program that will see undergraduates complete a Chinese bachelor's degree and then go on to complete a Master's degree at Waterloo.
WIN has also forged strong links in India, with five joint research projects currently underway at three institutions. Through numerous delegations, workshops, and invited speakers over the past four years, WIN has built a network of collaboration with both educational institutes and industry in India.
As evidence of the strong commitment of WIN's partners, many of them are travelling from around the world, including France, China, Japan and Taiwan, to take part in the grand opening ceremony.
"In this building we will harness the power of nanotechnology to fabricate stronger, lighter, smarter materials; to build the next generation of quantum devices; to attack diseases such as cancer via targeted drug delivery; and to develop new technologies for energy storage and conversion," continues Carty. "And it will be home for Canada’s largest Nanotechnology Engineering Program where the future leaders of nanotechnology will be trained."
"But perhaps most important of all, it will be a meeting place, crucible where researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students involved in nanotechnology can meet, mingle, and be stimulated by an environment conducive to interdisciplinary exchange, breakthrough research and close collaboration.”
Date set for Nutbrown memorial
Members and friends of the University of Waterloo community are cordially invited to join the Department of Political Science for a Memorial Celebration in honour of Professor Richard Nutbrown’s scholarly, teaching and administrative contributions and achievements.
The event will take place on Thursday, October 4, in the Humanities Theatre, with the formal program beginning at 7:00 p.m. and a reception from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by September 27. Parking will be available in H Lot.
To celebrate his life, contribution and achievements, the Richard Nutbrown Fund has been established at the University of Waterloo. Donations will be accepted at the memorial service. Those unable to attend but wishing to donate can do so online:
- Under “Where would you like to designate your gift?” choose ‘Select Other Projects’ from the drop down menu.
- Under “Area of Giving”, choose “Faculty of Arts” from the drop down menu.
- Under “Project (fund)”, choose “Other” from the drop down menu, and type in “The Richard Nutbrown Fund
Or donate by:
- Sending in a cheque to the University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, with a notation on the cheque that says “The Richard Nutbrown Fund”.
- Calling the University of Waterloo Development Office at 519-888-4567 x32038 or 1-800-408-8715 to make a donation (using a credit card) once again, giving the name of the “The Richard Nutbrown Fund”
To share memories and stories and for more information, please visit www.richardnutbrown.ca
On donuts, days, and daycare spaces
Warrior donuts have reappeared at Tim Hortons locations on campus. That is all.
The Federation of Students is holding Clubs and Societies Days on September 20 and 21 in the Student Life Centre's Great Hall. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both days, students will be able to speak with members from a variety of clubs and societies including Campus Crusade for Cheese, Muslim Students’ Association, Aboriginal Student Association, UW Toastmasters, and much more. Writes Feds Communications Coordinator Jacqueline Martinz, "Clubs offer students the opportunity to meet people with similar interests, and have more fun on campus!"
The Paintin' Place Daycare reports that it still has some open spaces for 1.5 to 3 year-olds on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, as well as a couple of full-time spaces for 1.5 to 2 year-olds.
Photograph by Pamela Smyth.
Assault Update (updated)
Waterloo Regional Police on Thursday announced that a sexual assault alleged to have happened on the University of Waterloo campus on Monday, Sept. 17, did not occur.
The statement from Waterloo Regional Police reads in part:
“As a result of investigation by Major Case Branch investigators, it has been determined that the female’s initial allegations to police were not true. The sexual assault previously described at the University of Waterloo campus on September 17, 2012, did not occur. Investigators are appreciative of public assistance received during the investigation.”
No charges have been laid.
The University of Waterloo remains committed to ensuring the safety of all members of our campus community. Safety tips and a full outline of our campus safety services and procedures is available online.
Sexual assault is treated very seriously at the University of Waterloo. A guide to campus and community resources can be found online.
The university appreciates the efforts of Waterloo Regional Police and the University of Waterloo Police Service in this investigation.
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.
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.
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.
Making Peace with Personal Violence: The Use of Assertive Force in Active Nonviolence, Friday, September 21, 8:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.
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.
emPower Bullying Prevention Workshop: Training Youth to Transform Conflict and Violence, Saturday, September 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall. Registration required.
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.
PhD Oral Defences
Electrical and Computer Engineering. Hossein Najafi, "Applications of Lattices over Wireless Channels." Supervisor, Mohamed Damen. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Monday, September 24, 10:00 a.m., E5 4106-4128.
Physics. Iman Marvian Mashhad, "Symmetry, Asymmetry and Quantum Information." Supervisors, Michele Mosca, Robert Spekkens. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m., MC 2009.
Civil and Environmental Engineering. Aaron Roffel, "Condition Assessment of In-Service Pendulum Tuned Mass Dampers." Supervisors, Sriram Narasimhan, Mahesh Pandey. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Tuesday, September 26, 1:30 p.m., E2 1307G.
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. Sasan Asiaei, "Microfluidic-Based In-Situ Functionalization for Detection of Proteins in Heterogeneous Immunoassays." Supervisor, Patricia Nieva. Oral defence Friday, September 28, 1:30 p.m., E3 4117.