- IQC will grow quantum materials in new lab
- Conrad expert to lead business panel
- Snow trouble at all for closing guidelines
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Season's greetings (and a holiday earworm) from Applied Health Sciences: Not to be outdone by the Faculty of Environment's recent holiday video, the folks from Applied Health Sciences have put together this festive year-in-review that features The Water Boys, a giant novelty flying disc (fine, call it a Frisbee if you must), and at least one kangaroo.
The video debuted yesterday afternoon on YouTube and has nearly a thousand views as of this morning.
IQC will grow quantum materials in new lab
Researchers will create quantum materials that could lead to the development of the first quantum computer in a new laboratory at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC.)
The lab houses a unique deposition tool to grow materials that could form the building blocks of quantum technologies. Deposition systems ‘deposit’ layers of materials that can be a nanometer to several micrometers thick to create materials for use in a wide range of technologies.
Quantum materials hold the promise of bringing quantum devices out of the lab and bringing the possibility of a quantum computer and other quantum devices one step closer.
The innovative $5 million deposition tool, built by Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience, features an Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) multi-chamber design to grow high-quality thin films and layered structures. Thin film structures are at the heart of today’s electronics, from computer chips to micro sensors.
The unique aspect of the new tool is the range of materials that can be grown within it—from oxides and metals to superconductors and topological insulators—a novel type of material exhibiting unique quantum behaviour. Unlike typical deposition systems, this lab will have the ability to grow magnetic materials, superconductors and topological insulators within the same system without breaking vacuum.
“New materials are not conventional, so we need to take an unconventional approach to this research,” said Professor David Cory, Canada Excellence Research Chair and deputy director, research at IQC. “The Institute for Quantum Computing has made a significant investment in quantum materials research and the most promising direction for building quantum devices is quantum materials.”
The new tool features a combination of molecular beam epitaxy and sputtering, two well-developed deposition techniques, to grow these materials. Researchers hope this innovative regime will provide a new direction for the development of quantum materials.
This new lab further extends Cory’s research program, which now totals over $40 million, and is an essential tool for fellow IQC Professor Guo-Xing Miao's research on quantum materials and spintronics – a new generation of electronics that also harnesses the spin, the intrinsic magnetic moment, of an electron to carry information.
“The Institute for Quantum Computing is proud to be the home of this world-leading research,” said Professor Raymond Laflamme, Executive Director of IQC. “David Cory’s work in quantum materials, and the research of his colleagues here at IQC, are accelerating the pace of advancement in the quantum revolution.”
The Government of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, industry partners and others helped fund the new lab.
Conrad expert to lead business panel
Professor Margaret Dalziel (right) has been appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Finance as Chair of the Expert Panel Examining Business Support Programs.
Dalziel is Associate Professor at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
She is co-founder and Vice- President, Research of The Evidence Network, a company that provides assessments of the effectiveness of organizations that support business, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
The Ministry has announced that the expert panel will review and evaluate the province’s business support programs and provide recommendations that the province will use to ensure the growth of Ontario companies is supported effectively.
Dalziel and panelists Dr. David A. Wolfe and Dr. Douglas Cumming will develop their recommendations using the evaluation criteria (innovation, exports, and productivity) put forward by the Jobs and Prosperity Council, which recommended the creation of the expert panel.
“This review will ensure that our business support programs, which help businesses create jobs and increase our productivity, are able to better attract strategic new investments to Ontario” says Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance.
Dalziel joined the University of Waterloo in 2013 from the University of Ottawa, where she was Associate Professor at the Telfer School of Management.
The expert panel will report back to the province by the end of February 2014 with recommendations on all forms of business support including tax credits, grants, and other direct support programs.
The panel’s report will inform the 2014 Ontario Budget.
Snow trouble at all for closing guidelines
As the snow continues to fall (or squall, if I can use squall as a verb), here is a reminder that the university's Weather/Emergency Closing Guidelines, which have been recently updated, have got you covered in the face of severe weather conditions.
As you'll recall, in October 2009 the university ended its practice of following the lead of the local public school board in determining whether or not to open for business in the face of severe weather conditions.
The decision is now made by the Vice-President Academic & Provost after consultation with the Director of Police and Parking Services, the Vice-President Administration and Finance, and the Director of Custodial and Grounds Services.
When a decision about the university's opening or closing in the face of severe weather conditions is made, a notice will be posted to the university's homepage and audience pathway pages by 6:00 a.m., and a message will be sent out through the university's Twitter accounts. The university's info line (1-866-470-0910) will be updated to announce the closure. A storm closing call list exists to inform the members of the university's Executive Council, faculty and staff association presidents, federated and affiliated college administrators, and satellite campus contacts of the decision in the early morning. The Daily Bulletin will also be updated.
Such closures will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. or later the following day.
The storm guidelines provide for a complete closing of the university “when normal operation would pose a significant danger to students, staff and faculty, or would prevent large numbers of them from coming to campus”.
But they also say: “When UW does not close in inclement weather, faculty, staff and students are reminded that they are responsible for determining when weather conditions make their travel unsafe and should consider public transportation because it may well be the safest option and cleared parking spaces may be in short supply.”
Think Pink Campaign exceeds goal
The Department of Athletics has announced that the sixth annual Think Pink campaign has raised over $37,000 and counting for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – Ontario Chapter.
"Thanks to the dedicated students, athletes, and promotional staff the amount raised has well exceed the goal of $30,000," says the message from Athletics. "The total amount is expected to increase as online donations are accepted until the end of 2013."
Over a span of five years the Warriors will have donated over $120,000 ($4,137.39 in 2008, $8,745.33 in 2009, $22,376.13 in 2010, $25,053.14 in 2011, $30,291.90 in 2012) to the CBCF – Ontario Chapter.
Throughout November, the Athletics marketing team put on a number of events to attract students and fans to varsity games and campus recreation programming to help raise both money and awareness.
St. Paul’s University College led the way in funds raised with over $7,000 in donations. St. Paul’s was also awarded the “Think Pink” banner for having the highest percentage of students in attendance at the men’s basketball game.
The highlight of the 2013 campaign came during halftime of the men’s basketball game, when over 20 brave Warriors cut or shaved their head.
The hair was donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, Locks of Love or Little Princess Trust, programs that encourage women and men to grow, cut, and donate their hair to make real hair wigs.
Link of the day
Searching for a $500 gift card? The Feds Scavenger Hunt can help you with that
The Federation of Students’ Scavenger Hunt Contest ends on Friday, December 13 at noon.
Enter today for your chance to win a $500 gift card for Conestoga Mall.
Information about what you need to do to enter is available online.
When and where
Kinesiology Lab Days, Wednesday, December 4 to Friday, December 13. Details.
Examination period, Thursday, December 5 to Friday, December 20.
Winter 2014 term "Fees Arranged" deadline, Thursday, December 12. Details.
Water Institute Seminar Series featuring Dr. Mike Paterson, Senior Fellow and Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development, “Towards a New Vision for the Experimental Lakes Area”, Thursday December 12, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302. Details.
UWSA Special General Meeting, Monday, December 16, 9:00 a.m., DC 1302. Coffee and treats at 8:45 a.m.
UWRC presents Scottish Country Dance Demonstration, Monday, December 16, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm, EV1350. Email to register.
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology seminar featuring Dr. Sinjin Dixon-Warren, Chipworks, "Physical and Electrical Performance Comparison of Identical 28 nm Qualcomm Telecommunication Die produced by Samsung and TSMC," Monday, December 16, 1:00 p.m., QNC 1501. Details.
UWRC Book Club, Andrew Hunt, "City of Saints: A Mystery," Tuesday, December 17, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407. Note the new date.
Wednesday Night Discussion Group, Wednesday, December 18, 7:15 p.m., MC 5136. Details.
Getting Started with LEARN, Thursday, December 19, 10:00 a.m., EV1 241. Details.
Examination period ends, Friday, December 20.
Suggested end date for Fall 2013 work term, Friday, December 20.
Christmas holidays, Tuesday, December 24 to Wednesday, January 1, 2014. most university buildings and services closed.
Lectures begin, Monday, January 6, 2014.
Co-operative work term begins, Monday, January 6, 2014.
Ken Lavigne retirement party, Thursday, January 9, 2014, 3:30 p.m., University Club.
Add period for online courses ends, Friday, January 10, 2014.
Grade 10 Family Night, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Modern Languages. Details.
Course add period ends, Friday, January 17, 2014.
Gabe Foreman reads at St. Jerome's University, Friday, January 24, 2014, 8:00 p.m. Details.
Leadership Starts Here 2014, Saturday, January 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m., Student Success Office. Details.
PhD Oral Defences
Chemical Engineering. Hui Liu, "CFD Modeling of Biomass Gasification Using a Circulating Fluidized Bed Reactor." Supervisors, Ali Elkamel, Ali Lohi, Mazda Biglari. On deposit in the Faculty of Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 4:30 p.m., E6 2022.
School of Public Health and Health Systems. Sospeter Gatobu, "Examining Determinants of Health Numeracy and Processing of Numeric Health Information by English-as-a-second-language Immigrants to Canada." Supervisors, Jose Arocha, Laurie Hoffman-Goetz. On display in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, BMH 3110. Oral defence Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m., BMH 3119.
Physics & Astronomy. Paul McGrath, "Rigid Quasilocal Frames." Supervisor, Robert Mann. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, PHY 2008. Oral defence Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
Psychology. Albuena Shaqiri, "Statistical Learning in Brain Damaged Patients: A Multimodal Impairment." Supervisor, Britt Anderson. On deposit in the Faculty of Arts graduate office, PAS 2434. Oral defence Friday, January 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m., PAS 3026.