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Friday, January 25, 2013



  • Gazing into the Career View Mirror
  • Making February sweet with Treat-A-Grams
  • Propel releases report on tobacco use trends
  • Friday and beyond at a glance


  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


A screenshot of the Career View mirror application, showing a digital cork board and buttons.
Gazing into the Career View Mirror

by Kerry Mahoney, Director, Centre for Career Action

The Centre for Career Action is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new web-based career exploration tool, the Career View Mirror, developed collaboratively with the

Faculty of Science. The tool launches Friday, February 1.

The Career View Mirror is designed to enable current science students to benefit from the advice and experience of Waterloo science alumni. Using the tool, students will be able to better explore their career options and gain valuable insight into a wide range of occupations.

The Career View Mirror is also an interactive tool that allows students to engage with the information they find on each alumni profile by rating the "career fit", saving information to a summary page, and adding their own notes and observations.

If you're not a science student, don't despair - when the science edition of the Career View Mirror is a proven success (and we expect it will be), development of the tool for other faculties will be the next step.

Special thanks are due to the following staff for their enthusiasm and dedication to this project: Carey Bissonnette, Janice Bruin, Alex Chung, Bonnie Fretz, Jayne Hayden, Ahad Ismail, Shabnam Ivkovic, Barb Moffatt, Alberto Pagano, Jenine Paul, Joe Radman, and Katie Schafer.


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The "Make February Sweet" Keystone Campaign Treat-A-Gram poster.
Making February sweet with Treat-A-Grams

by Carrie Gabla, Senior Communications Officer, Office of Advancement

President Feridun Hamdullahpur assembles Treat-A-Grams last year.With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to order your Keystone Campaign Treat-a-Grams for friends and colleagues at Waterloo.  For just $3.00 each, Treat-a-Grams are a fun way to say “thank you” to a friend or to recognize the hard work of a colleague.

Between now and February 8th (the deadline for orders) choose from a delicious red velvet cupcake, a slice of carrot cake, or our vegan/ gluten-free brownie.  The online order form makes ordering your treats easy (and saves paper!).  For printable order forms, or for more information, visit the Treat-a-Gram webpage.  And don’t forget, when you send a Treat-a-Gram, your recipient may be the lucky winner of a ‘golden ticket’ redeemable for a special prize! 

President Feridun Hamdullahpur (pictured above) got in on the Treat-a-Gram fun last year, assembling treats with Keystone special event volunteers.

Treat-a-Grams will be delivered on Thursday, February 14 between 1 and 4 p.m. to uWaterloo offices, residences, federated university and affiliated colleges, the Centre for Extended Learning, the Stratford campus, and the Schools of Pharmacy and Architecture.

This year, all proceeds and additional donations to the Treat-a-Gram program will support the Healthy Campus, Healthy Community campaign for the expansion of Health Services.     

Treat-a-Grams are brought to you by Keystone Campaign special event volunteers.  The Keystone Campaign brings together Waterloo faculty, staff, and retirees who give of their time and financial resources to support campus-wide initiatives such as scholarships and special projects that enhance the student experience.


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Propel releases tobacco use trends report

a message from the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact

On Monday, January 21, the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact released the 2013 edition of Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends. Released as National Non-Smoking week is observed, the fourth edition of the report is designed to help inform those involved in tobacco control policies, programs, advocacy and research. Patterns and Trends uses the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey annual 2011 dataset, and the Youth Smoking Survey 2010- 11 to highlight the use of tobacco products in our country.

Report authors Jessica Reid and David Hammond have, again, included a policy supplement to provide an overview of tobacco control policies that have been implemented in Canada at both the federal and provincial levels. A webinar will follow at a later date, to provide an orientation to the report and demonstrate possible uses of data.

"The report reminds us of the ongoing impact that tobacco use has on Canadians," says Barb Riley, Propel's Executive Director. "After years of declining tobacco use prevalence, rates have stalled. More than 37,000 Canadians will die prematurely in 2013 due to tobacco use. The release of Patterns and Trends reminds us that though much progress has been made in the tobacco control field, we still have a long, long way to go."

The 2013 Patterns and Trends report and all supplementary materials can be found online and can be freely downloaded.

For more information about the report, please contact Heather McGrath, Knowledge Translation Officer at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.


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Friday and beyond at a glance

VeloCity is hosting Mike McCauley, co-founder of BufferBox, the student start-up that was recently acquired by Google, for a talk today entitled "How to go from a 4th year design project (4YDP) to Google in 18 months" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall. Free pizza will be served to the first 100 attendees.

The next Noon Hour Concert at Conrad Grebel University College is entitled "Winter Vibes" and features Michael Wood on jazz vibraphone, Richard Burrows on percussion, and Greg Prior on bass. The Noon Hour Concerts are free and are held in the Conrad Grebel Chapel. The concert starts at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30.

If your department or unit orders paper from Spicers, it may interest you to know that the Kitchener location has gone and changed its number to 519-340-1450 recently, after upgrading their phone system. I have it on good authority that they do not have a forward set up from their old number (519-748-5111), so customers may be a bit confused if they call the number they have in their records. Sounds like it would make a good plotline for a television show about the misadventures of a paper company, if such a show existed.


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Town Hall Meeting coming in February

A Town Hall meeting with President & Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur and interim Vice-President, Academic & Provost Geoff McBoyle has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre.

Links of the days

Dydd Santes Dwynwen

Sunday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

When and where

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

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Michael Wolf, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, "Photofunctional Conjugated Materials," Friday, January 25, 10:30 a.m., C2-361.

VeloCity presents Mike McCauley of BufferBox, "How to Go From 4th Year Design Project to Google in 18 Months," Friday, January 25, 12:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. First 100 people get a free lunch.

Knowledge Integration seminar featuring Elissa Cressman, St. Jerome’s University, “Make the World Your Classroom with Beyond Borders”, Friday January 25, 2:30 p.m., Environment 3 room 1408. Details.

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

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Gabriella Coleman, McGill University, "Weapons of the Geek," Monday, January 28, 4:30 p.m., DC 1302.

The Department of Housing and Residences is hosting a Housing Fair, Wednesday, January 30, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

CIGI Collaborative Research Awards (CRA) information session, Wednesday, January 30, 2:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs room 1-23. Details.

Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Renée Miller, University of Toronto, "Big Data Curation," Wednesday, January 30, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

History Speaker Series event featuring Devon Elliott, PhD Candidate, University of Western Ontario, “The 3D Historian : Technologies for Experimenting with Form, Matter, and Interaction,” Thursday, January 31, 11:30 a.m., HH 117.

Organizational and Human Development presents "Navigating Through the University Registration Process", Thursday, January 31, 12:00 p.m., TC 2218 a/b.

Arriscraft Lecture featuring Jennifer Keesmaat, "Practices in City Building," Thursday, January 31, 6:45 p.m. Details.

Science and Technology in Society Collaboration and the Philosophy Department present Dr. Nancy Tuana, "Coupled Ethical-Epistemic Issues in the Climate Sciences," Friday, February 1, 3:30 p.m., HH 334. Details.

The KW Linux User Group presents "A grassRoots History of the Early Hi-tech Community in KW", Monday, February 4, St. John's Kitchen, 97 Victoria St. North, Kitchener. Details.

Kitchener Public Library Ideas and Issues Lecture Series featuring Professor Gary Bruce, Department of History, "Displaying animals…and humans: The Berlin Zoo in German History," Wednesday, February 6, 12:00 p.m., Forest Heights Community Library, Kitchener.

Job Fair, Wednesday, February 6, RIM Park. Details.

Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, February 12, 3:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.


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