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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Student election campaigns underway
  • Sunnybrook report lauds co-op students
  • Panel examines the future of housing
  • Wednesday's notes

Student election campaigns underway

Campaigning has begun for the 2015-2016 Federation of Students elections and undergraduate student senator elections.

The campaign period runs from January 27 to February 9. Candidates for the four Federation of Students executive positions, Students' Council seats, and undergraduate student senate positions will be making their case to the undergraduate electorate.


A number of campaign-related events are scheduled, including:


  • Services Debate: January 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, SLC Great Hall
  • Executive Debate: February 2, 2015 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am, SLC Great Hall
  • Imprint Debate: February 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, SLC Great Hall


The nominees are:


Federation of Students Executive


  • Baiju Patel
  • Chris Lolas
  • Paula Colaso


Vice-President, Education


  • David Fin Birnbaum
  • Stephane Hamade (incumbent)


Vice-President, Internal


  • Jessica Dineen
  • Maaz Yasin (incumbent)
  • Matt McLean
  • Mike Cimetta


Vice-President, Operations & Finance


  • Ben Balfour (incumbent)
  • Carly McCready


Students' Council


There were a number of acclamations to Students' Council.



The following candidates were acclaimed to the 5 available Arts seats:


  • Amy Zhou
  • Dayna Nelson
  • Doug Turner
  • Hannah Beckett
  • Natasha Crasto




The following candidate were acclaimed to the five available Engineering seats:


  • Chanakya Ramdev
  • Julian Wang
  • Kush Thaker
  • Rhea Philip
  • Amy Yang



Candidates Nicole Yang and Shalaka Jadhav were acclaimed to the two available Environment seats.




Candidate Tristan Potter was acclaimed to one of the six available Mathematics seats.



Candidate Hayley Hopkins was acclaimed.



The following candidates were acclaimed to the four available Science seats.


  • Emily Ha
  • Nirupama Gidla
  • Tenzing Kuyee
  • Kianna Wan


Stratford - GBDA

Candidate Guile Domingo was acclaimed to the Stratford seat.


At the close of the nomination period, there were no nominees for the two Applied Health Sciences seats, the School of Architecture seat, the School of Pharmacy seat, the St. Jerome's seat.


Undergraduate Student seats on Senate for 2015-2017


There will be elections in three constituencies.


Applied Health Science

  • James Koo
  • Nickta Jowhari


Engineering (1)


  • Pallavi Hukerikar
  • Houze Wang



Candidate Tristan Potter was acclaimed.



  • Allyson Francis
  • Guile Domingo
  • Andrew Clubine


The polling period runs from February 10 at 10:00 a.m. to February 12 at 10:00 p.m. Voting will take place online, and polling stations will be set up across the University's main campus and its satellite campuses, with locations and times to be confirmed prior to the opening of polls.


The results will be announced on Friday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre's Great Hall.


Please direct any questions and comments to Elections Officer Anne Marie Hayman.


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Pictured are (front row) Stacy Yuen, Dr. Chow, Rachel McDonald, Philiz Goh, and Dr. Cyril Danjoux, and (back row) Dr. Elizabeth Barnes and Lori Holden.
Sunnybrook report lauds co-op students

by Julie Funk.

Rachel MacDonald, 2B Health Studies, is the first author of “Student Accomplishments in the Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program: A Ten Year Review.”  This research paper is a survey-based analysis of the successes achieved by Sunnybrook Health Centre’s co-op students since 2004 and has been published in the Journal of Cancer Education.


MacDonald presented the research seminar on December 9 to Waterloo’s Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.


While WatCACE was not a collaborator on the project, the critical comparison of co-op to non-co-op student achievement reflects the work and research conducted by the Centre. Sunnybrook’s research on the “co-op advantage” strongly complements WatCACE’s research-based understanding of UWaterloo’s best practices as a world leader in co-operative education.

Since 2004, under the guidance of Dr. Edward Chow MBBS, the Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program (RRRP) has hired a total of 54 post-secondary students, with 54% (29) of those co-ops from the University of Waterloo, to help run the program and conduct critical research.


Together, these co-op students published 69 first-authored papers found on Pubmed, and 29 first-authored book chapters. Of the 99 awards given to Sunnybrook student employees and volunteers, 97 were earned by Waterloo co-op students.


Pictured above are (front row) Stacy Yuen, Dr. Chow, Rachel McDonald, Philiz Goh, and Dr. Cyril Danjoux, and (back row) Dr. Elizabeth Barnes and Lori Holden.

Philiz Goh, a kinesiology alumna from the University of Waterloo, and a self-proclaimed loyal “minion” of Dr. Chow, returned to Sunnybrook as a registered nurse working in the Breast Cancer Research Centre. Goh and Dr. Chow give high praise to UWaterloo’s co-op program, preferring to hire first and second work term students (61% of total hires).  These students often return for a second work term with more research-based responsibilities, and mentor younger students in the clinical responsibilities of the RRRP.


Dr. Chow attests to the competitive advantage of a work term at Sunnybrook when pursuing further education in medical school. Research found that RRRP co-op students often go on to pursue post-graduate programs in a related field: 17 of Sunnybrook’s past student employees are currently in, or have graduated from, medical school; six pursued masters programs; and one achieved a PhD.


MacDonald and the Sunnybrook research team witnessed great accomplishments in their co-op students working in the RRRP. They conclude that “co-operative education allows students to develop professional skills beyond those learned during academic semesters.  It also provides invaluable résumé building and networking opportunities that students may otherwise not experience.”

Dr. Chow and his team hope to further their investigation of co-operative education in the future with more in-depth analyses, including comprehensive in-person interviews.


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A city skyline at night.
Panel examines the future of housing

To help kick off the launch of School of Planning researcher Markus Moos' Generationed City project, the School of Planning has organized a free expert panel discussion entitled Housing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Next Generation.


The discussion will feature a panel of urban development scholars and will be moderated by CTV Kitchener's Abigail Bimman. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., students and young people are being encouraged to participate in a digital 'photo booth’ where they can share housing challenges they are encountering.


Panelists include:



Generationed City aims to be a conduit for urban generational research. Much of Moos' recent work focuses on young adults and Millennials.


The event takes place on Thursday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third floor of Environment 3 in the School of Planning corridor. Refreshments will be provided.


Space is limited, so please register here.


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Wednesday's notes

The Mathematics Faculty Awards ceremony and dinner is set to take place on Thursday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m. At the ceremony, the Mathematics Faculty will "honour students who have established outstanding academic records in a number of areas." Awards being handed out include:

  • First-year entrance award winners;
  • Upper-year Senate Scholarship winners;
  • Students who have done well in university competitions; and
  • Recipients of numerous one-time awards.


A brief reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m.


Today is Bell Let's Talk Day, a program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. The program enhances awareness, understanding, and treatment of mental illness and promotes access to care and research across the country. Today, 5 cents from every text message sent, long distance call made, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and facebook share of the Bell Let's Talk image will be donated to mental health initiatives across Canada.


Raising awareness helps to decrease the stigma associated with mental health. The University of Waterloo provides support and treatment services and has many resources available to members of the University community.


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Link of the day

All together now: We Are The World at 30

When and where

Third Annual Housing Fair, Wednesday, January 28, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.


Student consultation on student communications, Wednesday, January 28, 12:00 p.m., Student Success Office, SCH. Details.


Healthy Workplace Committee Yoga session, Wednesday, January 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., PAC Small Gymnasium (PAC 1106). Register via email.


Noon Hour Concert, Duo Concertante featuring Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano, Wednesday, January 28, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. Free admission.


Retirement Open House for Professor Metin Renksizbulut, Wednesday, January 28, 3:30 p.m. to 5;00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Christina Lashbrook.


Fine Arts Life Drawing session, Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m., East Campus Hall.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Jung Kwon (John) Oh, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University, “Multi-location Stimuli-Responsive Degradation Strategy for Accelerated Drug Release”, Thursday, January 29, 10:30 a.m., C2-361. Details.


Student consultation on student communications, Thursday, January 29, 12:00 p.m., Student Success Office, SCH. Details.


Housing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Next Generation, Thursday, January 29, 1:00 p.m., EV3 Third Floor. Details.


PhD Seminar, Donald Rayome (ERS), Thursday, January 29, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., EV1-221.


Water Institute Lecture, “Future of Groundwater Management in California” featuring Thomas Harter, University of California, Davis. Thursday, January 29, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.


Mathematics Faculty Awards Ceremony and Dinner, Thursday, January 29, 5:30 p.m., Details.


Winter 2015 Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring David Benjamin, The Living, New York, Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m., Lawrence Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.


Registration closes for 3MT competition, Friday, January 30.


Knowledge Integration seminar: “My Greatest Connections Assignment Yet! Discovering Alternative Support Methods for Students”, featuring Bess Mitchell, Friday, January 30, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408. Details.


Philosophy Colloquium and Sharma Lecture featuring Tania Lombrozo, University of California, Berkeley, "Explanation: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful," Friday, January 30, 3:30 p.m. HH 1106. Details.


Further Education Bootcamp, Saturday, January 31, 10:00 a.m., Tatham Centre. Details.


Course Design Fundamentals, Monday, February 2, 9:30 a.m., EV1 241. Details.


World Wetlands Day Symposium: Wetlands for our Future, Monday, February 2, 1:00 p.m., DC 1302. Please register by Wednesday, January 28. Details.


Citing Properly with RefWorks, Monday, February 2, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329. Details.


EnRICHed Start Launch, Monday, February 2, 3:30 p.m., Modern Languages. Details.


Study in China Summer Program info session, Spend six weeks in China, earn a Waterloo credit, and take $1,000 spending money, Monday, February 2, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., REN 2103. Details.


World Wetlands Day Public Lecture: "Phosphorus and nitrogen and carbon, oh my!," Monday, February 2, 7:00 p.m., DC 1350. Details.


Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, February 3, 1:45 p.m., NH 3001.


Student consultation - Academic Skills Support, Wednesday, February 4, 12:00 p.m., Student Success Office, SCH. Details.


LIB 002: Searching: The Library Catalogue, Wednesday, February 4, 1:30 p.m., DC 1568. Details.


Accessing Government Information, Wednesday, February 4, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329. Details.


Noon Hour Concert, Renaissance England to Baroque Italy featuring Stephanie Kramer, Jennifer Enns Modolo, Magdalena Tomsinska, Wednesday, February 4, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. Free Admission.


Fine Arts Life Drawing session, Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 p.m., East Campus Hall.


FASS Fables: Tales from Mother Geese, Thursday, February 5 to Saturday, February 7, Humanities Theatre. Tickets available at the Theatre Box Office. Details.


Making Sure People Can Find Your Research, Thursday, February 5, 1:00 p.m., LIB 329. Details.


Sawatsky Lecture: 'If you have Eyes to See...': God's 'Presence’ at the Movies, Thursday, February 5, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Room 2202. Details.


Mitacs Step Workshop: Foundations of Project Management I, Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6, TC2218. Details.


Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Leslie Pack Kaelbling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Making Robots Behave," Thursday, February 5, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.


Distinguished Teacher Awards nominations due, Friday, February 6. Details.


Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer, Saturday, February 7.


Treat-A-Gram, Thursday, February 12. Order yours today!

Co-op Employer Info Sessions

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include: SMART Technologies, Vena Solutions, BlueDot, National Instruments, Wattpad, Influitive Corporation, Indeed, Sofina Foods Inc., RBC Capital Markets Technology, Bloomberg LP, MediaMath & Two Sigma. Visit the info sessions calendar for more information.


Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:

• Job ID# 2720 – Senior Manager – Propel, USG 11
• Job ID# 2722 – Records Assistant – Registrar’s Office, USG 5-7
• Job ID# 2724 – Manager, Graduate Studies – Electrical & Computer Engineering, USG 7
• Job ID# 2728 – Information Systems Specialist – Information System & Technology, USG 9-12
• Job ID# 2726 – Administrative Coordinator & Advisor, Undergraduate Studies, Drama & Speech Communications
• Job ID# 2729 – Coordinator, Institutional Research – Office of Research, USG 8


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