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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Daily Bulletin – The Iron Warrior

Brandon Sweet
University Communications
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A message from the Faculty of Arts.
Our insatiable appetite for energy is one of the most pressing and contentious challenges facing humanity today. With technological, environmental, medical, economic, and political factors, societies everywhere have difficult choices to make in the pursuit of creative solutions. 
This winter term, Waterloo students will tackle this challenge in the annual Global Engagement Seminar, a course for undergraduates from all Waterloo faculties to explore the problem and possible solutions through an interdisciplinary lens. With the 2023 course theme, Energy at a Crossroads: Society, Technology, Environment, Health, co-instructors Dr. Angela Carter from Political Science and Dr. Magdy Salama from Electrical and Computer Engineering will encourage students to take creative risks beyond their disciplinary comfort zone. The emphasis is on innovative and collaborative problem-solving and will culminate in a Summit in early April where students share their ideas and projects with the university community and the wider public.   
With course instructors specifically selected from different yet complementary disciplines, the seminar emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to real world challenges. Carter specializes in environmental policies and politics surrounding Canadian fossil fuel development and on new international approaches to climate policy, and she serves as a member of the Net-Zero Advisory Council, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Salama is a registered professional engineer whose research expertise includes distribution system planning and performance analysis, smart grid analysis, and renewable energy analysis. He developed the Power Quality, Electric Vehicle Power Electronics, Ultrasound Imaging, and the Sleep Staging lab at UWaterloo. 
Six experts will join the course as guest lecturers and mentors to the students. Named after the seminar’s founding donor, the Jarislowsky Fellows contribute expertise from diverse areas that span academia, government, energy, healthcare, social justice, and climate activism. This winter term’s fellows include Dr. Tarek Abdel-Galil, an electrical engineer with extensive experience in renewable energy and power system planning; Dr. Courtney Howard, an emergency physician in Yellowknife and a globally-recognized expert on the impacts of climate change on health; and Melina Laboucan-Massimo, an expert in climate justice, Indigenous sovereignty, and women’s rights, founder of Sacred Earth Solar, and co-founder and director at Indigenous Climate Action.
Students can register for ARTS 450 Energy at the Crossroads via Quest. Learn more about the 2023 Global Engagement Seminar.  
 Kate Dal Castel (University of Waterloo), Mirella Palermo (City of Brampton)
Front from left: Jessica Nigh and Rosanna LePiane (Bousfields Inc.), Karen Vandenberg (University of Waterloo), Diane Schunk (University of Waterloo), Michaela Abatecola, Brent Orwein (WSP), Guest and Jimmy Petrie (City of Brampton). Back from left: Kate Dal Castel (University of Waterloo), Mirella Palermo (City of Brampton).
A message from Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE).
Last week, Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) participated in the University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto (UWPAT) 30th anniversary dinner. The event, held on World Town Planning Day, took place in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. 
As a ‘Friends of Alumni’ sponsor, CEE hosted valued employer guests at the networking event.  Waterloo’s School of Planning subsidized the cost for current planning students and CEE covered the balance for a table of students. The students who attended had the opportunity to build their network with Ontario’s planning, legal and land development professionals.  
Harshminder Sidhu is a third-year Planning student, and a communications and engagement associate in CEE, who attended the event.   
“The event was great for connecting with other students, recent graduates and professors,” says Sidhu. “It was an opportunity to speak and learn more from planning firms and individuals in the industry.”  
Dr. Samir K. Sinha, a clinician and one of Canada’s foremost health policy specialists, delivered the keynote speech at the dinner. Dr. Sinha shared important lessons from his most recent research including the intersection of the health outcomes of aging and the planning of communities in a post-pandemic society. 
Human Resources has announced the names of those employees who retired in August and September 2022.
Congratulations on your retirement, everyone.
Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) is excited to announce that the 11th round of the Quantum Quest Seed Fund (QQSF) is now open,” says a message from TQT. “This fund is intended to develop new ideas and applications for quantum devices. This opportunity is open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty at the University of Waterloo. Proposals are encouraged that articulate the use of quantum properties in existing systems including superposition, tunneling, entanglement in applications, and the development of new systems that display quantum properties.”
The application deadline is Monday, December 5 at 5 pm ET.
For more information, please visit Quantum Quest Seed Fund. For any questions regarding the fund, please contact tqt@uwaterloo.ca.
Map the System 2023 banner image.
The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is hosting an information session about the Map the System competition on Thursday, November 17. “If you’re interested in Map the System competition in Winter 2023, this is a great opportunity to meet our campus lead Elham and ask questions,” says a note from the Centre for Peace Advancement. Attendees will learn about what Map the System is all about, have an opportunity to hear from past competition participants, and get more information about the 2023 competition.
The event will be a hybrid online and in-person session with a light lunch provided at 11:45 a.m. The event runs from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at Conrad Grebel University College.
“Come out in person if you can, especially if you’re on the look out for a topic or team mates,” says the Centre for Peace Advancement. “We will meet in the Community Education Room across from the Grebel Reception.”
Registration is required for either the zoom link or sandwiches at the in-person event. Register here for this free event.
International Day for Tolerance
Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, immigration consulting, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.
Instructors looking for targeted support for developing online components for blended learning courses, transitioning remote to fully online courses, revising current online courses, and more please visit Agile Development | Centre for Extended Learning | University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca).
Faculty, staff, post-doc and graduate student instructors can find upcoming teaching and learning workshops, self-directed modules and recordings of previous events on Centre for Teaching Excellence Workshops and Events page.
Instructors can access the EdTech Hub to find support on Waterloo’s centrally supported EdTech tools. The Hub is supported by members of IST’s Instructional Technologies and Media ServicesCentre for Teaching ExcellenceCentre for Extended Learning and subject matter experts from other campus areas.
Supports are available for employees returning to campus. Visit IST’s Hybrid Work and Technology guidelines and workplace protocols to assist with the transition.
Students with permanent, temporary and suspected disabilities and disabling conditions (medical conditions, injuries, or trauma from discrimination, violence, or oppression) can register with AccessAbility Services for academic accommodations (classroom accommodations, testing accommodations, milestone accommodations).
Instructors can visit AccessAbility Services' Faculty and Staff web page for information about the Instructor/Faculty role in the accommodation process. Instructors/Faculty members are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities. AccessAbility Services (AAS) is here to help you understand your obligations, and to offer services and resources to help you facilitate accommodations.
The Writing and Communication Centre has in-person and virtual services to support grad and undergrad students, postdocs and faculty with any writing or communication project. Services include one-to-one appointmentsdrop-ins at Dana Porter Libraryonline workshopswriting groupsEnglish conversation practice, and custom in-class workshops.  
Research Ethics: Find yourself with an ethical question, unsure if your work requires an ethics review, or need advice about putting together a research ethics application? Reach out to one of our friendly staff by booking a consultation or email us with your questions.
Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.
The Centre for Career Action (CCA) has services and programs to support undergrads, grad students, postdocs, alumni, and employees in figuring out what they value, what they’re good at, and how to access meaningful work, co-op, volunteer, or graduate/professional school opportunities. Questions about CCA's services? Live chat, call 519-888-4047, or stop by our front desk in the Tatham Centre 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Drop-in to in-person Warrior Study Halls on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DC and DP. Join a Peer Success Coach to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.
Renison's English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.
If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.
The Library is here to help, both in person and online. Our spaces are open for access to book stacks, study space, computers and printers, and the IST Help Desk. For in-depth support, meet one-to-one with Librarians, Special Collections & Archives and Geospatial Centre staff. Access our resources online for anywhere, anytime learning and research. Full details on current services and hours are available on the Library’s COVID-19 Update webpage.
The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.
The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.
The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. For support, email: svpro@uwaterloo.ca or visit the SVPRO website.
The Office of Indigenous Relations is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the University's Indigenization strategy.
The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at United College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.
WUSA supports for students:
Peer support – MATESGlow CentreRAISEWomen’s Centre – Click on one of the links to book an appointment either in person or online for the term.
Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk 24/7 in the Student Life Centre. Drop-off locations are also open again in SLC, DC, DP, SCH, and all residences.
Co-op Connection all available online. 
Centre for Academic Policy Support – CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at caps@wusa.ca.
WUSA Student Legal Protection Program – Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571
Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.
GSA-UW supports for graduate students: 
The Graduate Student Association (GSA-UW) supports students’ academic and social experience and promotes their well-being.
Advising and Support – The GSA advises graduate students experiencing challenges and can help with navigating university policies & filing a grievance, appeal, or petition.
Mental Health covered by the Health Plan – The GSA Health Plan now has an 80 per cent coverage rate (up to $800/year) for Mental Health Practitioners. Your plan includes coverage for psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and clinical counselors.
Dental Care – The GSA Dental Plan covers 60 to 70 per cent of your dental costs and by visiting dental professionals who are members of the Studentcare Networks, you can receive an additional 20 to 30 per cent coverage.
Student Legal Protection Program – Your GSA fees give you access to unlimited legal advice, accessible via a toll-free helpline: +1-833-202-4571. This advice covers topics including housing disputes, employment disputes, and disputes with an academic institution.
The Graduate House: Open Monday to Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We’re open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Graduate House is a community space run by the GSA-UW. We’re adding new items to the menu. Graduate students who paid their fees can get discounts and free coffee.
Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join our “Waterloo Warriors” team on the Blood.ca website or app. #ItsInYouToGive
Warriors Game Day Tickets and Season Passes, on sale now. Cheer on your Warriors W/M Basketball, Football W/M Hockey and W/M Volleyball teams at home during the 2022-23 season. Purchase today.
Free Staff Workouts, Tuesdays and Thursdays until December 22, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Bootcamp-style classes in the CIF Field House and PAC. Open to all staff and supported by the Staff Excellence Fund. Find out more/register now.
Flu shots available at Student Health Pharmacy, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., dial ext. 33784 for info.
Friesen Lecture with Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, “Contributions to Viral Hepatitis: Vaccine Task Force and COVID-19,” Thursday, November 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, registration is required to attend in person or virtually.
C–H Functionalization and Catalytic Cascade Reactions in the Synthesis of Heterocycles featuring Dr. Huck Grover, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University, Thursday, November 17, 2:30 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).
NEW – Warriors Volleyball Home Opener vs. Brock, Friday, November 18, (W) 6:00 p.m., (M) 8:00 p.m., Carl Totzke Court, PAC. Warriors (Youth) Day (First 10 local league teams to rsvp WarriorsTickets@uwaterloo.ca will receive free admission), Residence Day. Purchase Tickets. 
NEW – Institutional Research Data Management (RDM) Strategy town hall, Monday, November 21, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., please register to attend in person (Enterprise Theatre – Room 1111 in EC5) or virtually (MS Teams Live).
NEW – WaterTalk: Does the framing matter? On dissent, consensus, and scientific controversies in policy-relevant research, presented by Gunilla Öberg. Monday, November 21, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., DC 1302. Reception to follow.
NEW – Senate meeting, Monday, November 21, 3:30 p.m., NH3407.
NEW – “We Remember: A Candlelight Vigil to Remember Lost Loved Ones”, Monday, November 21, 7:00 p.m., St. Jerome’ s University Chapel (SJ1).
On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):
Secondments/Internal temporary opportunities
Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities

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The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.