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Tuesday, January 8, 2013



  • Students play with building blocks of success
  • Research misconduct allegation resolved


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  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


Students ask questions of AHS alumna Dr. Michelle Cali.

21 Applied Health Sciences alumni are returning to campus Thursday, January 10 to share their experiences, offer some career insight, and introduce current students to the many career options they have upon graduation.  The AHS Career Night l Speed Networking event is run for undergraduate Applied Health Sciences students where students can connect with a diverse group of alumni including; Public Health experts, Recreation & Leisure Specialists and professionals in the field of Kinesiology.  Pictured above, Health grad Dr. Michelle Cali (BSc ‘06) answers questions about naturopathic medicine at last year's event.

Please contact Alumni Advancement Officer Mari-Beth Davis to register for the event or if you have any questions.


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Students play with building blocks of success

The University of Waterloo will be playing host to more than 400 students aged 9 to 14 who have qualified for the FIRST LEGO League's West Ontario Provincial competition on Sunday, January 13. 40 student teams, including 12 from Waterloo Region, will be competing in the Physical Activities Complex. This is the first year that the University of Waterloo is hosting such a regional tournament, and is also the first year for the "West Ontario" competition.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) is an international program that aims to stimulate and foster an interest in science and engineering in young people in arguably the best way possible, by encouraging them to build robots. Using LEGO Mindstorms technologies and other educational materials from the LEGO Group, kids work alongside adult coaches and mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots. Each year, a challenge is issued to the teams, which contains several missions that teams try to have their robots complete.

This year's challenge is "Senior Solutions", asking students to investigate new ways to help seniors stay independent, engaged, and connected.

"FLL is based on a set of core values that teaches children to respect each other in the best spirit of teamwork, to honour the spirit of friendly sportsmanship, act with integrity and to demonstrate gracious professionalism," says the league's promotional materials.

The student teams that qualified for Sunday's provincial showdown have competed in regional tournaments held in November and December 2012. A similar provincial final for the "East Ontario" division is being held at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and the winners of both tournaments will compete in the World Championships, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, or one of the International Open Championships, which are being held in Germany, Florida, and California.

The event organizers are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles throughout the day. Those who are interested in volunteering can sign up using this online form. Volunteers will need to be on-site from about 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Lunch will be provided to volunteers, who will also receive a t-shirt.

Event sponsors include the Faculty of Engineering, the Province of Ontario, and the Yves Landry Foundation, among others.


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Research misconduct allegation resolved

An investigation into allegations of research misconduct involving Dongqing Li, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering has been concluded, and President Feridun Hamdullahpur has posted a statement on the University of Waterloo's website to that effect.

"Academic integrity is a core value of the University of Waterloo, reflecting our commitment to honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility," writes Hamdullahpur. "When integrity is compromised, it casts a shadow on the exemplary international reputation of this institution, along with the hard work of all our students, faculty, and staff."

The investigation found Li guilty of misconduct in research "owing to negligence in professorial duties." As a result of this finding, Li will be suspended without pay for four months, beginning April 1. "While free to visit the campus, Li will be relieved of all university duties and privileges, and will not be able to use university resources for the duration of the suspension."

"As president and vice-chancellor, I am deeply troubled by any allegation of academic misconduct involving our students, faculty or staff," writes Hamdullahpur. "Academic integrity is expected from all members of our campus community. It is a core value encouraged through education and by example, which we are proud to see upheld by the vast majority of our students, faculty, staff and alumni."

The full statement can be found in the news section of the University of Waterloo's news page.


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Link of the day

20,000 points, 20 years ago

When and where

Senate Undergraduate Council meeting, Tuesday, January 8, 12:00 p.m., NH 3001.

Interstate Relations in Antiquity Study Day, Tuesday, January 8, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., ML 245. Details.

University of Waterloo and McMaster University Collaboration Event, Tuesday, January 8, 4:00 p.m., Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Downtown Kitchener Health Sciences Campus.

Athletics Open House, Wednesday January 9, 10:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

FASS auditions, Wednesday, January 9 to Friday, January 11. Details.

Building & Properties Committee meeting, Thursday, January 10, 3:00 p.m., NH 3004.

Nethermind Art Exhibition, Thursday, January 10 to Wednesday, March 13, University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Details.

Open online class enrolment ends, Friday, January 11.

Knowledge Integration seminar: KI students share their international experiences, Friday January 11, 2:30pm, Environment 3 (EV3), room 1408. Details.

Philosophy Colloquium featuring Anita Superson, University of Kentucky, visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, "Moral Bindingness," Friday, January 11, 3:30 p.m., HH334. Co-hosted by Women's Studies. Details.

Facebook Hackathon, Friday, January 11, 4:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.

FIRST LEGO League West Ontario Provincial finals event, Sunday, January 13, 10:45 a.m., Physical Activities Complex. Details.

Frost Week 2013, Monday, January 14 to Friday, January 18. Details.

The Library presents "New Faculty and Grad Students: Research Tools and Library Services," Tuesday, January 15, 10:00 a.m., DC 1658. Details.

The Centre for Career Action presents "Success on the Job," Tuesday, January 15, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208. Details.

Feds Get Involved Fair, Tuesday, January 15, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

Leadership Lunch event, Wednesday, January 16, Student Life Centre Great Hall.

The Library presents "New Faculty and Grad Students: Research Tools and Library Services," Wednesday, January 16, 1:30 p.m., FLEX Lab. Details.

Grade 10 Family Night, Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts. Details.

The Water Institute presents Rick Everdell of OPG, "The Niagara Tunnel Project: Planning, design and construction," Thursday, January 17, 11:30 a.m., DC 1302. Details.

Retirement reception for Dawn McCutcheon, celebrating 27 years of service, Thursday, January 17, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Burt Matthews Hall Fireplace Lounge. RSVP to Christina Yee.


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