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Waterloo targets dark matter, dark energy and black holes with new astrophysics centre
Researchers at Western University have developed a new way to deliver the DNA-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 into microorganisms in the lab, providing a way to efficiently launch a targeted attack on specific bacteria. Published in Nature Communications, this study (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12448-3) opens up the possibility of using CRISPR to alter the makeup of the human microbiome in a way that could be personalized and specific from person to person. It also presents a potential alternative to traditional antibiotics to kill bacteria like Staphyloccous aureus (Staph A) or Escherichia coli (E. coli).
Wilfrid Laurier University, along with community and academic partners, will celebrate the opening of a research and service centre dedicated to bilingualism and language learning during a launch event Friday, Oct. 11 at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Bilingualism Matters @ Laurier is the first Canadian partner in a worldwide network of research and outreach sites located at 26 universities in 14 countries. Bilingualism Matters was founded at the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and is the largest research network in the world focused on language learning and multilingualism.
Anticipating your own performance at work or school may hinder your ability to remember what happened before your presentation, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. The study’s findings also suggest that the presence of an audience may be an important factor that contributes to this pre-performance memory deficit. “Performance anticipation could weaken memory because people tend to focus on the details of their upcoming presentation instead of paying attention to information that occurs before their performance,” says lead author Noah Forrin, a postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at Waterloo. “People who experience performance anxiety may be particularly likely to experience this phenomenon.”
Klugman has held the CEO position since 2004. He announced he will step down at the end of January 2021, when his current contract expires. "We have a super strong team, and a great organization is more than one person," Klugman told the Waterloo Region Record. Communitech's Tech Roundup reported that Klugman "has not yet decided what his next project will be, but plans to spend a good portion of the next year helping establish a major new Communitech initiative called Outposts, which was announced at the organization’s annual general meeting in late September".
This year’s Hall of Fame will honour the following inductees o n November 21 st : Carinne Chambers - Saini and Francine Chambers, Founders of Diva International, who developed The DivaCup to offer women worldwide a reliable and more eco - friendly approach to feminine hygiene. Paul Maxwell, President & CEO of Maxwell’s Concerts & Events, who turned his passion for music and business education into a vibrant place where acts big and small gather to share their music with our community. John Stix and Jody Schnarr, Co-Founders of Fibernetics, which provides voice and data telecommuni cation solutions and has a corporate emphasis on giving back to the community. Kurtis McBride, CEO and Co - Founder of Miovision, a company started by three University of Waterloo friends in a basement that has evolved into the leading authority on traffic data.
For the fourth year in a row, Wilfrid Laurier University has been ranked No. 1 in the country in its category for student satisfaction in the annual Maclean’s Rankings of Canadian Universities. Laurier is also ranked No. 1 in five out of 10 student-satisfaction categories, including No. 1 for Course Instructors, Student Life Staff, Extracurricular Activities, Residence Living, and Administrative Staff. Laurier ranked in the top five in the remaining five categories, including No. 2 for Experiential Learning and Academic Advising Staff. In the overall rankings, Laurier held onto the No. 6 spot nationally among the 15 Canadian universities in the “comprehensive” university category. Laurier also ranked No. 3 in its category nationally for Student Services and in the top five for Faculty Awards and Social Sciences/Humanities Grants.
Fast following their launch in Canada last week, Nextdoor, the world’s largest private network for neighbours, is excited to be heading to Waterloo in search of the brightest minds in the technology industry to staff their first ever international engineering office in Canada. They've located to recruit Canada’s top engineering talent from the University of Waterloo. Prakash Janakiraman, Nextdoor Co-Founder and Chief Architect, Christopher Doyle, Canada’s Country Manager, and Nextdoor’s University of Waterloo alumni association held a fireside chat at the University on yesteday. The chat was about the power of local and using technology to build a stronger sense of community in the real world. Nextdoor has employed many Waterloo students in the past so we are thrilled to meet with more engineering students who could potentially join our innovative and diverse team, and help us empower neighbours around the world from our Canadian Headquarters.
Workforce Planning Board Labour Market Report for September 2019
Perimeter researchers share in the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded to the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, while Kendrick Smith and Pedro Vieira each win New Horizons in Physics Prizes. In April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon, a breakthrough that made headlines around the world and today earned the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, one of the field’s most prestigious prizes.
Council Receives new State of the Infrastructure Report; Council received the new, annual State of the Infrastructure Report. On demand multi-language interpretation services; Lastnight, Council approved a proposal for on demand multi-language interpretation services. City of Kitchener Long-term Financial Plan endorsed; Kitchener councilors voted to on the City’s draft Long-Term financial plan, Our City, Our Plan, Our Future.
In a recent study, Waterloo researchers found that the elderly, people with impaired kidney function and those taking a combination of certain drugs need to be extra mindful of their water intake. “People who have high blood pressure are typically given a water pill, so they pee a lot to lower their blood volume and in so doing lower their blood pressure,” said Anita Layton, professor of Applied Mathematics, Pharmacy and Biology at Waterloo. “These patients are frequently also given another drug that targets a hormonal system which will affect the kidney as well.
ISARA Corporation, the world's leading provider of quantum-safe and crypto-agile security, last week opened a European office to collaborate with partners and customers modernizing cryptographic defenses to become more flexible and resistant to emerging threats. Based in London, Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Asia Sinisha Patkovic will work with a range of European manufacturers – from automakers to chipset vendors – and governments preparing for the advent of practical quantum computers. Quantum computers operate differently than classical computers, with vastly more processing power to solve difficult problems – including traditionally secure encryption algorithms.
OTEC announced that the Board of Directors has selected the next President and CEO – Adam Morrison (right) – effective January 1, 2020. He will replace Victoria Behune who has been the leader of OTEC for 14 years and is retiring after a remarkable four-decade career. The appointment will allow Morrison, who has served as OTEC’s Vice President, Projects and Partnerships, to focus on the overall long-term direction in workforce development strategy and build on OTEC’s extensive track record in enabling organizations and destinations to improve their performance and competitiveness. Morrison is well-equipped to guide the company’s strategic vision, operations and team. His leadership brings an intensified focus on evidence based strategic planning and execution, deep knowledge of workforce innovation and strong relationships with OTEC stakeholders and government.
The gender gap in consumer insolvency filings is narrowing and is now almost 50/50 according to a study conducted by Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc. "In 2012, 42% of insolvencies were filed by women," says Ted Michalos. "Today, that percentage has increased to 49%. What we see are women filing insolvency in increasing numbers, with less debt than men." The average female debtor files insolvency on $43,414 in unsecured debt, 21% less than male debtors. Women file insolvency with an unsecured debt-to-income ratio of 147%, much lower than the 177% for male debtors in our study. "Women face specific financial challenges that increase their reliance on debt yet make that same debt harder to manage" adds Doug Hoyes. "When reviewing the risk profile of our average client, we found that women are more likely to be single parents, more likely to carry student debt, more likely to be divorced or separated and more likely to be widowed seniors than males filing insolvency."
One has only to listen to today’s national news to understand the role that whistleblowing can play at the political level. To be sure, the act of whistleblowing can offer positive consequences, including peace of mind to the whistleblower, empowerment of fellow employees towards honesty and integrity, and in some cases, considerable financial remuneration. However, the act of whistleblowing can also have negative consequences at the corporate level, and the whistleblower may find that their morally and ethically appropriate act can negatively impact both their current and future employment.
POI Business Interiors, Canada's largest workplace interior solutions provider, officially launched its new Kitchener office space in conjunction with partners, Steelcase and Microsoft. The new POI showroom is uniquely adapted to the needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo technology hub, which is experiencing one of the fastest growth rates in Canada. The launch celebration featured partner Steelcase expounding insights that are driving new behaviours in the workplace while showing how hyper collaboration and teamwork are rebooting office dynamics. Microsoft Canada punctuated the point by demonstrating how digital transformation and change are necessitating feature-rich multi-channel tools like their Teams platform. The POI showroom features the newly announced Surface Hub2S and its mobile Roam cart as well the new Steelcase Flex Collection, which provides teams with an ability to hack their space while ensuring they have the right tools and workspace flexibility to seamlessly adapt to their evolving requirements.
A high-level delegation from the United States Department of State has met with head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as the country moves closer to rejoining the United Nations specialized agency for tourism. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin Moley and Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh were welcomed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, following up on the announcement that the USA is exploring rejoining UNWTO, of which it is a founding member. The two parties enjoyed productive discussions as the terms of membership are being finalized.
The Accelerator Centre’s specialized cleantech programming has been nationally recognized, winning a Canada Clean50 Top Project Award today at the Clean50 Summit 9.0 in Toronto. The award recognizes the top 20 sustainability-orientated projects completed in Canada in the last two years. All project winners demonstrate outstanding contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.
New Delhi, India – The Government of Telangana has been exploring the use of drones to increase access to healthcare for communities across the state. Drones can dramatically cut transport times and increase supply chain efficiencies. Countries around the world have experimented with drones for last-mile delivery for the past five years, but the first big leap forward took place in Rwanda, where experiments, or pilot projects, matured into national-scale implementations. Through drones, Rwanda cut the delivery time of medical goods from four hours to fifteen minutes, in some cases, and saved thousands of lives in the process.
There is an opportunity for retailers in overseas markets to capitalize on increased consumer demand for Canadian brands and products and increase sales. While 71.5% of Canadian exports went to the United States in 2018, consumer demands are increasingly coming from elsewhere. In a report released today, PwC Canada conducted a survey of 3,521 consumers in seven key countries—Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom—on their perceptions of Canada and Canadian goods and brands.
Madrid - The EBRD and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development. Under an MoU, signed by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, the two institutions pledge to work together in promoting and fostering tourism for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The MoU is also aligned with the new property and tourism strategy the EBRD published last week.
The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries plans to host two All Candidate Meetings focusing on social issues facing our community. Candidates running in the upcoming federal election will be asked questions about social issues, such as healthcare and pharma care, housing, immigration, and climate change. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.
The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will host candidate debates from October 7th- 10th at the following times and locations. All forums are no admission charge and open to the public.
The Guelph Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Guelph & District Association of Realtors will host a candidates debate on October 9th. This debate will be moderated by Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Questions asked to the candidates will have come from members of the Guelph Chamber, Guelph & District Realtors Association and the general public.
Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – Get ready to dust off your dirndls and lederhosen and celebrate Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival at your favourite festhalle. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, a not-for-profit organization, has ticket for most accredited Festhallen. The Festhallen take pride in providing an authentic experience and hospitable atmosphere to over 700,000 fest-goers who visit the region annually during the nine-day festival. Festhallen tickets are limited and often sell out in advance of the festival, so buy your tickets early to experience the spirit of Gemütlichkeit.