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Tuesday April 3, 2012

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Ted Talks - cool

The secret life of plankton

Tierney Thys is a marine biologist and science educator. She studies the behavior of the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish -- and works with other scientists to make films that share the wonders they see.

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Community Health

GRH closes laboratory as a precaution following possible contamination from a specimen

Waterloo Region - Grand River Hospital closed its laboratory last night for cleaning as a precaution to manage a possible contamination from a laboratory specimen. A sealed specimen container broke during disposal. This may have led to the contaminant becoming airborne in the laboratory for two to three hours this morning.

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Recognition

WOW Awards honour uWaterloo women
UW Daily Bulletin with material from Karen Kawawada and Carol Truemner

Waterloo - Three members of the uWaterloo community were honoured last Wednesday night at the annual Women of Waterloo Region (WOW) awards event at the Waterloo Inn. The Women of Waterloo awards have six categories: Education, Entrepreneur, Creative Arts, Technology and Science, Community Engagement, and WOW Factor. The recognition event gives each award winner the opportunity to recognize someone who has inspired and mentored her in her career.

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Assisitve Technologies

University of Waterloo event showcases top engineering projects

WATERLOO - Senior engineering students at the University of Waterloo will demonstrate their inventive projects at Designing the Future event to be held at the Waterloo campus this week.

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Recognition

Carleton Music Professor Jesse Stewart Wins Juno for Instrumental Album of the Year

Ottawa - Carleton Professor Jesse Stewart has won a Juno for Instrumental Album of the Year. As one third of the group Stretch Orchestra, Stewart wears many hats — award-winning composer, percussionist, improviser, artist, instrument builder, educator, researcher and writer.

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Food Supply

New Chair to Support Pollinator Research

Guelph - The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is making a major contribution to support the future of the world’s food supply with the establishment of The Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation in the School of Environmental Sciences at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph.

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Discovery

Scientists find evidence that human ancestors used fire one million years ago - 300,000 years earlier than believed

Toronto - An international team led by the University of Toronto and Hebrew University has identified the earliest known evidence of the use of fire by human ancestors. Microscopic traces of wood ash, alongside animal bones and stone tools, were found in a layer dated to one million years ago at the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa.

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Looking for Ideas

President’s Innovation Seed Fund accepting proposals until May 31

Waterloo - The President’s Innovation Seed Fund (PISF) is accepting proposals for innovative programs that can help Laurier generate new revenue and/or reduce operating costs.

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Structural Ingenuity

Students receive top prize for Crowning Achievements

Kitchener - A group of Conestoga architecture students participating in an event to raise money and awareness for hunger in the community received an award for their efforts on Sunday, March 18.

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Discovery

Oxygen in tumours predicts prostate cancer recurrence

TORONTO — Low oxygen levels in tumors can be used to predict cancer recurrence in men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer even before they receive radiation therapy.

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Aging Healthy

A Fairer Drug System For Seniors

Queens Park - Ontario is asking the five per cent of seniors with the highest incomes to pay more of their own prescription drug costs — so the province can invest in more home care and supports for all seniors.

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Language

Is the bilingual brain superior? York U prof finds speaking more than one language benefits every life stage

TORONTO – A new paper by a York University professor finds speaking more than one language has wide-ranging cognitive health benefits for children, adults and seniors.

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Easter Weekend

Waterloo Railway to Operate Bunny Special

Waterloo - The Waterloo Central Railway is again operating its Annual Easter Bunny Special Trains on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from Uptown Waterloo to the Village of St. Jacobs where Mr. Bunny will be handing out Easter candy on each of the three round trips.

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Teaching Excellence

Laurier professor awarded the 2012 OUSA teaching award

WATERLOO – Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts, a professor and associate dean of students in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Languages and Literatures, is the recipient of a 2012 Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Community Health Care

WWLHIN BOARD HIGHLIGHTS – MARCH 29 MEETING

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Board of Directors met on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Following are highlights from the meeting.


 
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