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Wednesday April 11, 2012

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Ted Talks

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians.

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Entrepreneurism

Communitech to launch $30 million program for early stage tech startups

Waterloo - On April 17, Canada's entrepreneurial technology hub will launch Communitech HYPERDRIVE, a $30-million-plus program to build early-stage tech startups into "Series A" VC funded companies.

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Fun and Fittness

New Hamburg Classic Races return

New Hamburg - On Saturday, May 12, 2012, join in the 33rd Annual New Hamburg Classic Races at the Wilmot Recreation Complex for a morning of fitness, fun and fundraising.

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Water and Infrastructure

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Sign Landmark Green City, Clean Waters Partnership Agreement

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz and city and federal officials, signed an agreement that represents a $2 billion investment in Philadelphia green infrastructure during an event at the Fairmount Water Works.

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R&D

Gender Plays a Role in Auctions, Study Shows

Guelph - Imagine bidding on a jar of coins at an auction without knowing the number of coins or their total value. You can guess how many coins the jar contains but you will know the jar’s real worth only after you win.

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Consumer Spending

Quarterly Retail Commodity Survey, fourth quarter 2011

Statscan - Retail sales rose 3.8% from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011. Higher sales were reported in 9 of the 10 major commodity groups.

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Recognition

Laurier Parkinson’s researcher named North American Early Career Distinguished Scholar

WATERLOO – Quincy Almeida, director of Laurier’s Sun Life Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC), has been chosen as the 2012 Early Career Distinguished Scholar by the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). The annual award recognizes the outstanding achievement of researchers who are still in the early stages of their scientific careers. The awards committee noted that Almeida’s productivity, the quality of his work, the quality of the journals in which he has published were factors in its decision. “This award is fitting recognition of Quincy’s achievements in the area of Parkinson’s disease research,” said Dean of Science Paul Jessop. “Under his leadership, the MDRC has developed an international reputation for excellence.”

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New Backbone

Governments of Canada and Ontario team with IBM, U of T, Western University in research initiative that will help solve pressing challenges in cities, water, energy, and healthcare.

TORONTO - The Governments of Canada and Ontario, with IBM and a consortium of seven universities led by the University of Toronto and Western University yesterday announced they are collaborating to establish a new Ontario-based $210 million dollar research and development initiative that will create 145 new highly skilled jobs in Ontario and a new economic cornerstone for the country.

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New Backbone

Western on cloud nine with IBM, government partnership

London - Western University announced the formation of a new Ontario-based multi-million dollar research and development computing network today with its partners, the Governments of Canada and Ontario, IBM and the University of Toronto.

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New Backbone

Ontario Attracts Cutting-Edge Research & Development Centre New Partnership Fostering Innovation and Creating Jobs

Waterloo/Ontario - Ontario and IBM Canada are partnering with several leading Ontario universities to create a world-class virtual Research and Development Centre in Ontario. The project will create 145 new, highly skilled R&D jobs and help secure thousands of existing jobs at IBM in Ontario while supporting cutting-edge innovation.

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China's Science and Technology

Chongqing University president to speak about education in China

WATERLOO – Yan Xinping, president of Chongqing University of Science and Technology in Chongqing, China, will present an overview of post-secondary education in China and Chongqing to the Wilfrid Laurier University community April 12.

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Outlook Series Expands

Harvard professor to speak at Laurier’s Economic Outlook in Calgary

WATERLOO — Laurier’s School of Business & Economics is heading to Calgary with its successful Economic Outlook series taking place Tuesday, April 17.

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Health School

Former WHO leader to launch health school
by UW Daily Bulletin

Waterloo - Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland.Former World Health Organization Director-General and Prime Minister of Norway Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland (right) will be on campus next Thursday, April 19, to help launch the University of Waterloo's new School of Public Health and Health Systems.

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Guest Column

Boomers Stand to Inherit Trillions

Expert Says Closed-End Funds a Good Investment Option

Baby boomers stand to inherit $10 trillion in the next few years and women will get the bulk of it, according to a Cornell University study, because they outlive men an average of seven years.

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Philanthropy/Voulunteerism

Spuddy and Friends Surpass 2012 Potato Blitz Goal

KITCHENER WATERLOO – The first quarter of this year has been the busiest on record for House of Friendship’s Emergency Food Hamper program, which provides food hampers to individuals and families in need of emergency food assistance. A record 3,491 hampers were distributed in January alone.


 
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