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Monday, January 14, 2013



  • Stay cool, everyone: it's Frost Week
  • Timing is everything for Three Minute Thesis
  • Six projects win LITE Grant funding


  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


Feridun Hamdullahpur, Ken Seiling, Patrick Deane, Carl Zehr, and John Milloy look at specimens offered by Bruce Wainman in an anatomy lab.

Choice cuts: President & Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Patrick Deane, president & vice-chancellor of McMaster University, Carl Zehr, mayor, City of Kitchener, and John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities take a look at specimens offered by Bruce Wainman, director of anatomy for McMaster University at last Tuesday's event celebrating the opening of a new anatomy lab to be shared by students of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy at the downtown Kitchener Health Sciences Campus.

Photograph by Mike Lalich.


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Stay cool, everyone: it's Frost Week

The weather may have taken a turn for the warm, but this week promises to be cold as ice as Frost Week, organized by the Federation of Students, gets underway today with an action-packed schedule of events.

Today, for example, there will be a free breakfast at The Bombshelter Pub for the first 150 people to arrive at 9:00 a.m., and tonight, starting at 8:00 p.m., Sex Toy Bingo, also in the Bombshelter. You don't want to mix those two up, people.

Tuesday features the The Feds' Get Involved Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre's Great Hall. At the Fair, students will be able to meet volunteers from Feds services including the Campus Response Team, The Women’s Centre, and more to ask questions and get involved. "Volunteering for a Feds service is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and make a difference on campus," writes the Federation's Jacqueline Martinz.

Tomorrow night is the main event - a concert at Fed Hall featuring Dragonette, the best Canadian band ever helmed by the daughter of a former provincial finance minister (I'm willing to be proven wrong on that one). Doors open at 9:00 p.m., with the show starting at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for purchase online.

On Wednesday, there will be a Lunch with the President and Senior Leadership event held at noon in the Student Life Centre's Great Hall, and a Winter Carnival that runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. also in the Great Hall, with free activities and free loose leaf tea from Campus Bubble. Later that evening it's Legendary Wednesday at the Bombshelter Pub.

Thursday will feature Clubs and Societies' Day in the SLC Great Hall, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mega Trivia Night at the Bombshelter Pub starting at 8:00 p.m., and Free Comedy Night at Fed Hall, with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. and the show getting underway at 9:00 p.m.

On Friday, Clubs and Societies' Day continues in the Great Hall, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The full Frost Week schedule is available online.


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Timing is everything for Three Minute Thesis

by Marta Bailey, Graduate Studies Office

Three-Minute Thesis Project logo.1 slide.  3 Minutes.  Outstanding ideas!

The inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is taking place at University of Waterloo this winter term. The 3MT is a university-wide competition for research-based masters and doctoral students, where competitors have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience. 

This competition will foster effective communication and presentation skills of graduate students, and is part of a world-wide initiative.  There are also cash prizes for top winners! 

For more information, visit the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition website or contact Marta Bailey.


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Six projects win LITE Grant funding

a message from the Centre for Teaching Excellence

In collaboration with the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives, the Centre for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce that six exciting projects have been funded through the new Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Grants initiative.

The purpose of the LITE grants is to provide support for experimenting with and investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching that aim to foster deep student learning at the University of Waterloo.  In 2012, 12 new projects were funded.

Two kinds of grants are available: LITE Seed Grants for projects up to $5,000, and LITE Full Grants for projects up to $30,000. Both grant formats emphasize the contribution of the project to the University of Waterloo learning community.

  *Denotes Graduate Student

**Denotes Undergraduate Student

LITE Seed Grants


Project Title Name(s) of Applicants(s) Faculty, Department, or Unit of Applicant(s)
Community Service Learning: Testing the Indirect Effects on an Undergraduate Social Determinants of Health Class Kelly Anthony AHS, School of Public Health and Health Systems
  Jenna van Draaenen St. Michael's Hospital
  Thivaher Paramsothy** AHS, School of Public Health and Health Systems
Identifying and Decoding Bottlenecks in Tax James Barnett Arts, School of Accounting and Finance
  Julie Timmermans Centre for Teaching Excellence
Mapping Treaties: An Interactive Visual Tool for Teaching Aboriginal Treaty and Indian Reserve Histories for University Classes and First Nations Communities Susan Roy Arts, History
  Meaghan Fowler* Arts. History


LITE Full Grants


Project Title Name(s) of Applicant(s) Faculty, Department or Unit of Applicant(s)
Building Capacity for Case-Based Learning at uWaterloo Scott Anderson Centre for Teaching Excellence
  Chad E. Gooyers*

AHS, Kinesiology

  Diana E. De Carvalho* AHS, Kinesiology
  Jack P. Callaghan AHS, Kinesiology
  Kelly Anthony AHS, School of Public Health and Health Systems
  Jennifer Lynes ENV, School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development
  Patricia Hrynchak SCI, School of Optometry and Vision Science
  James Barnett Arts, School of Accounting and Finance
  Nancy Vanden Bosch Arts, School of Accounting and Finance
  Greg Berberich Arts, School of Accounting and Finance
Life-Long Science Literacy Across the Disciplines Carla Fehr Arts, Philosophy
A Simulated Environment for Real Learning: Redesigning a Problematic Business Writing Course Dorothy Hadfield Arts, English Language and Literature
  Jay Dolmage Arts, English Language and Literature

For Seed Grants, the three annual application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1. The one annual deadline for LITE Full Grants is October 1. More information about the grants is available online.

To register for an upcoming LITE Grant Information or Working Session, please visit the Centre for Teaching Excellence web site. If you are considering applying for a grant and would like to discuss your project, please contact Julie Timmermans at the Centre for Teaching Excellence by email or at x32940.


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Utility shutdowns to affect water, computers

Domestic hot and cold water will be in short supply tomorrow morning as renovations to Room 2017 in EIT get underway. The taps are expected to be dry between 7:30 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, January 15.

Later this month, the electricity in Engineering 2 and Engineering 3 will be out from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22 as electrical power work to tie in a new breaker is performed.

Computer equipment, particularly UNIX systems, should be shut down in an orderly fashion the night before (Monday, January 21). Anyone who needs assistance in doing so should contact the Computing Help & Information Place (CHIP) at extension 84357.

Link of the day

Feast of the Ass

When and where

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

Senate Graduate & Research Council meeting, Monday, January 14, 10:30 a.m., NH 3001.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Simon Blakey, Department of Chemistry, Emory University, "The Development of Versatile Iminium Ion Initiated Cascade Annulation Reactions: Application Towards the Synthesis of the Malagashanine Alkaloids – a Structurally Unique Family with the Potential to Impact both Malaria and Cancer Chemotherapy," Monday, January 14, 2:30 p.m., room C2-361.

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.

Student Consultation Group - SSO and Writing Centre websites, Tuesday, January 15, 5:30 p.m., SCH multipurpose room (second floor). Details.

Lunch with the President and Senior Leadership event, Wednesday, January 16, 12:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Education Credit Union Lunch ‘n Learn event featuring guest speaker Jennifer Cheung, Certified Retirement Specialist, Wednesday, January 16, 12:05 p.m., DC room 1302. RSVP to Nancy Hogan via phone (519-742-3500) or email. Sandwiches and beverages will be provided by the Education Credit Union.

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.

Faculty of Mathematics graduate studies information session, Thursday, January 17, 4:30 p.m., MC2066. Details.

Observations and Free Inquiries seminar featuring Hamid Tizhoosh, Systems Design Engineering, "Why opinions and ideas are worthless" Thursday, January 17, 5:30 p.m., E5 6004. Details.

Arriscraft Lecture featuring Peter Clewes, "Toronto Intensification: Policy, Politics, and Design," Thursday, January 17, 6:45 p.m., Cummings Lecture Hall, University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Federation of Students Clubs and Societies' Days, Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, SLC Great Hall.

Open class enrolment ends, Friday, January 18.

Pension & Benefits Committee meeting, Friday, January 18, 8:30 a.m., NH 3004.

Leadership Starts Here conference, Saturday, January 19, 8:30 a.m., J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall. Details.

Alzheimer's Awareness Month Public Lecture and Exhibition, Monday, January 21, 10:00 a.m., DC 1302. Details.

Student Services Fair, Tuesday, January 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

OHD "Retirement 101" workshop, Wednesday, January 23 and three consecutive Wednesdays after, 7:00 p.m. Details.

CECA Volunteer and Internship Fair, Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

Research Matters - Life in 2030, Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Tannery. Details.

Arriscraft Lecture featuring John van Nostrand, "Settlement/ reSettlement," Thursday, January 24, 6:45 p.m., University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Details.

Drop, no penalty period ends, Friday, January 25.

14th annual Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retiree Day, Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex. Details.


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