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Friday, September 21, 2012



  • Quantum-Nano Centre opens today
  • Honorary degrees for convocation announced
  • Photo contest will capture a day in campus life



Quantum-Nano Centre opens today

The science of the incredibly small is about to take a giant leap at the University of Waterloo.

The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre opens today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by more than 620 guests from the federal and provincial governments, the university and the research community.

Shared by the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), the 285,000 square-foot facility will give researchers the cutting-edge tools and collaborative opportunities they need to investigate and build technologies unimaginable even a decade ago.

The research conducted at the centre is expected to produce transformative quantum information technologies, such as quantum cryptography, quantum sensors and quantum computers, and nanotechnologies with a broad range of important applications.

Much emphasis is being placed on the building's collaborative potential. Researchers need not only state of the art experimental tools, but also a place where they have the intellectual freedom and collaborative opportunities to explore revolutionary new ideas.

The quantum-nano centre, designed by KPMB Architects, gives the building's occupants the best of both worlds. "The Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) at the University of Waterloo was conceived to generate synergies between the fields of quantum computing and nanotechnology in order to facilitate groundbreaking research that will lead to innovative solutions and commercialization," reads the building's architectural description. "The QNC is the first research facility of its kind in the world to bring together the two disciplines into one building."

The KPMB project team included Partner-in-charge Marianne McKenna, Principal-in-Charge and Design Architect Mitchell Hall, Glenn Macmullin and Lucy Timbers as project architects, and Job Captain Nic Green. Engineers included Halsall Associates Ltd. (structural), H.H. Angus & Associates Ltd. (mechanical and electrical), and Conestoga Rovers and Associates (civil). Consultants on the project included HDR Architecture Inc. (laboratory), Chung & Vander Doelen Engineering Ltd. (geotechnical engineers), NAK Design Group (landscape architects), Martin Conboy Lighting Design (lighting), Leber/Rubes Inc. (fire and life safety), Aercoustics Engineering Ltd. (acoustical), Colin Gordon & Associates (vibration), RWDI Inc. (microclimate), Vitatech Engineering (EMI/RFI), Engineering Harmonics (audio visual), and Curran McCabe Ravindran Ross Inc. (cost/quantity surveyor). The general contractor was Aecon Buildings.

Concludes the architectural description, "ultimately the design manifests simple founding principle, namely 'to attract the brightest minds in the world, provide them with an inspiring and state-of-the-art environment in which to work and collaborate, and breakthroughs will happen.'"

The ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

On Saturday, September 29, the centre will host a public open house filled with lectures, special events and tours, and a quantum-themed concert by science popularizer Jay Ingram (longtime host of Discovery Channel's Daily Planet) and his rock band, Jay Ingram & The Qubits.

Photograph by Tom Arban.


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Honorary degrees for convocation announced

A news release from the media relations office.

The president of Stanford University, whose groundbreaking work has had a considerable impact on modern computer architecture, is among the four recipients of honorary doctorates to be presented at the University of Waterloo's fall convocation ceremonies October 19 and 20.

Professor John L. Hennessy will receive the doctor of mathematics degree at the ceremony for the faculties of Environment and Mathematics on Friday, October 19 at 2:30 p.m. Hennessy will also address convocation at that time, and will deliver a public lecture earlier that day.

He joined Stanford University in 1977 as an associate professor of electrical engineering. Hennessy is considered a pioneer in his field and a leader in the development of Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC), which has had an undeniable effect on the design of computer processors. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

Other honorary doctorates, along with awards for retired faculty and staff members, will be given at the following ceremonies:

Applied Health Sciences and Science – Friday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Professor John Smol will receive an honorary doctor of science and address convocation.

Smol is a professor at Queen's University and the Canada Research Chair in environmental change. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. A professor in the Department of Biology, with a cross-appointment to the School of Environmental Studies, Smol is widely considered the world leader in the development of biological indicators for the study of environmental change over the long term. His research has influenced policy in several areas including water pollution and the protection of the Arctic. He has received several teaching awards.

Arts – Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Professor Claire Kramsch will receive an honorary doctor of literature and address convocation.

Kramsch is a professor of German and foreign language acquisition at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an expert scholar in the relationship between culture and language acquisition. Kramsch was the founding director of the Berkeley Language Center, where she oversaw one of the most important language research units in the Americas. She has written numerous books and received several awards, including the Goethe medal, the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, and the MLA Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize for outstanding research in the study of foreign languages and literatures.

Engineering – Saturday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Professor Hira Ahuja will receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree and address convocation.

Ahuja has devoted his life to continuing education for engineers and underserviced immigrant populations. He became a full professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975. In partnership with the University of Toronto, he founded the Educational Program Innovations Centre (EPIC) in 1992. It includes a program to help immigrant engineers prepare for technical licensure exams. Ahuja is a generous donor to graduate and undergraduate scholarships in engineering faculties at four Canadian universities, including Waterloo.

During convocation ceremonies, Waterloo will present distinguished professor emeritus titles to retired professors Susan Shaw, Alan George and William Cunningham.

The university will also award the title Honorary Member of the University to Gail Cuthbert Brandt, former principal of Renison University College, the former Associate Vice-President, International at the University of Waterloo, and the former chair of the Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute, and Chris Redmond, longtime editor of the university's Gazette and founding editor of the Daily Bulletin who retired as director of internal communications in February of this year.


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Photo contest will capture a day in campus life

A message from the Student Success Office.

From 12:01 am to 11:59 p.m. on September 26, the Student Success Office wants you to take photos throughout your day, doing what you do at Waterloo. We want to see everything from what you eat for breakfast, your trek to campus, classes you go to, meetings you attend or the lineup up for Bomber Wednesday. We’ll include all of the photos you take in a timeline using Flickr to share a day in the life at Waterloo campuses (from Dubai to Stratford and everything in between). We want to see photos from students, faculty and staff and sending in a picture could earn you a chance to win a $500 Retail Services gift card (sorry-just for students!)

You can submit your photos on the 26 through any of these channels:

So before the day gets here, help us spread the word and think about the must-have photos you think you should be included in the timeline. This is a chance for you to connect with other students, staff and faculty and showcase a meeting or event you’re holding that day.

UWaterloo Life on Twitter and Facebook is a place for students to ask questions and get information about what’s happening on campus. The posts are curated by the Student Success Office but the aim is to collaborate with campus partners to help provide students with relevant and timely information.

If you have any questions please email Kirsty Budd, Community Manager.


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Link of the day

Chuck Jones' 100th birth anniversary

When and where

2012 International Plowing Match, Tuesday, September 18 to Saturday, September 22, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Details.

Feds Clubs and Societies Day, Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Great Hall, Student Life Centre.

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre ribbon cutting, Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.

Annual Cheriton Research Symposium Friday, September 21, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Knowledge Integration Seminar featuring Kevin Thomason, "We All Want to Save the Planet...Don't We?" Friday, September 21, 2:30 p.m., Environment 3, room 1408.

Mind, Violence and Freedom seminar featuring Hamid Tizhoosh, Systems Design Engineering, "Time & Evolution: Have we evolved?" Friday, September 21, 5:00 p.m., E5 6004.

Making Peace with Personal Violence: The Use of Assertive Force in Active Nonviolence, Friday, September 21, 8:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

School of Planning Induction Ceremony, Saturday, September 22, reception at 9:30 a.m. in the Environment 3 atrium, ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

emPower Bullying Prevention Workshop: Training Youth to Transform Conflict and Violence, Saturday, September 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall. Registration required.

UWSA Brown Bag Information Session, Monday, September 24, 12:00 p.m., HH 373. Details.

Water Institute Symposium: "Resolving Science-Policy Gaps in Transboundary Governance," Monday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., E5 2004.

Ottawa Alumni Networking event, Tuesday, September 25, 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Details.

Career Fair, Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 a.m., Bingeman's, Kitchener. Details.

Pension Lunch and Learn Session, Wednesday, September 26, 12:00 p.m., DC 1302. Details.

Employee Assistance Program Brown Bag Lunch presents "Commit to a Successful Fitness Routine," Wednesday, September 26, 12:00 p.m., Tatham Centre, room 2218.

The Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (I.B.M.B.) Seminar Series featuring Prof. Zoya Leonenko, Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Biology, University of Waterloo, "Scanning Probe Microscopy to study lipid-protein macromolecular assemblies," Tuesday, September 26, 3:30 p.m., room C2-361.

Waterloo Women's Wednesday (W3), Wednesday September 26, 4:00 p.m., Grad House. Details.

Rotary Scholarship Dinner for UW Stratford Campus, Wednesday, September 26, 6:15 p.m., Rotary Club of Stratford. Details.

Tailgate BBQ, Thursday, September 27, 11:30 a.m., David Johnston Research + Technology Park. $5 per person, all proceeds to R+T Park Tenant Fund, KW Community Foundation.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Prof. Ray Ison, Open University and Monash University,  "Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin: A systemic governance approach," Thursday, September 27, 1:30 PM, EV2 2006.

TD Walter Bean Lecture in the Environment, Thursday, September 27, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Details.

Geography lecture series featuring Peter Johnson, University of Waterloo, "Visioning Local Futures: Agent-based Modelling as a Tourism Planning Support System," Friday, September 28, 1:30 p.m., AL 113.

Knowledge Integration Seminar: "Copenhagen field trip reflections," Friday, September 28, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., St. Paul's room 105.

Science and Technology in Society Collaboration event featuring Kieran O’Doherty, University of Guelph, "Public Deliberation on Science & Technology: Reconfiguring Expertise," Friday, September 28, 3:30 p.m., Hagey Hall, Room 373.

St. Jerome's Alumni Golf Classic, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m., Grey Silo Golf Club. Contact Kelly Macnab at kmacnab for details.

Reunion 2012, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., various locations on campus.

St. Paul's University College Pow Wow, Saturday, September 29, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., St. Paul's University College.

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre public open house, Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. Details.

WISE Lecture Series featuring Xavier Vallvé, International Consultant and Partner, Trama TecnoAmbiental, Barcelona, "Hybrid Photovoltaic Power Systems and Rural Micro Grids: Lessons Learned and Case Studies in Developing Countries," Monday, October 1, 5:00 p.m., DC 1304. Details.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Prof. Maurice Dusseault, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, "Water demands for hydraulic fracturing and shale gas development," Wednesday, October 3, 12:30 PM, DC 1302.

Grad Studies Info Reception – Engineering, Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m., E5 Student Design Centre. Details.

WISE Lecture Series featuring Heather Andreas, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, "Solving Energy Loss in Supercapacitive Energy Storage," Thursday, October 4, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304. Details.

Richard Nutbrown Memorial, Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Details.


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