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Monday May 28, 2012
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Ted Talks

Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human

The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robots.

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Economic Development

New Online Traffic Data Collection Solution to Streamline Data for Traffic Improvements


Kitchener – Miovision Technologies introduced Traffic Data On Demand, an online traffic data collection solution for coordinating and managing the data required to measure and correct urban traffic problems, last week.

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Job Growth

Tourism satellite accounts

Statscan - The number of jobs in tourism industries, including both employee jobs and jobs from self-employment, rose 1.9% to 1.7 million in 2011. These jobs represented 9.4% of the 17.6 million jobs in Canada.

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Retail

Quebec Remparts’ Vincent Barnard wins Home Hardware Humanitarian Award at 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup

Sept Iles native recognized for his commitment to community

St. Jacobs, ON & Shawinigan, QC - Quebec Remparts defenseman, Vincent Barnard, was recognized for his efforts off the ice today in receiving the Home Hardware Humanitarian Award. The award was presented during the 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup ceremony in Shawinigan and celebrates one Canadian Hockey League (CHL) player each year that has gone above and beyond to serve his community.

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Golf Classic

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic - Tournament Week Schedule and Trophy Announcement

Waterloo - Stacy Lewis, currently the sixth-ranked LPGA player in the world, is in Waterloo today, May 28th, generating excitement surrounding the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic tournament. Ms. Lewis will visit and tour the Regional Cardiac Care Centre at St. Mary’s Hospital and will be featured at a press conference at Grey Silo Golf Course at 1:30 p.m.

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Population Growth

First global target on non-communicable diseases demands a reduction in preventable deaths by 25% by 2025

NGOs applaud government leadership on non-communicable disease death reduction

Geneva - After an intense week of lobbying by NGOs during the 65th World Health Assembly, governments are poised to agree to a historic target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs - including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases) by 25% by 2025. The target is expected to be endorsed by all 194 of the World Health Organization’s Member States on Saturday, 26 May.

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Health Care

Western’s medical students gain first-hand experience in rural medicine

London –Over the next two weeks, first year medical students from Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will get a taste of what it’s like to work and live in rural and mid-sized communities throughout southwestern Ontario.

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Congress 2012

Canada’s largest academic conference descends on Waterloo Region

This year’s Congress includes more than 7,000 delegates from across Canada

Waterloo – On Friday the kick-off of the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences occurred in Waterloo and Kitchener. This year’s Congress, hosted jointly by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, includes more than 7,000 delegates from nearly 70 associations in Canada’s largest and most significant interdisciplinary academic gathering.

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Air Show

Look up next weekend as the Waterloo Air Show fills the skies with dazzle and thunder!

Breslau – Next weekend the Waterloo Air Show soars into town with a great line-up of military and civilian acts that will entertain the whole family.

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Energy

Ontario Power Generation reports 2012 first quarter financial results

TORONTO - Ontario Power Generation Inc. reported its financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $154 million compared to $153 million for same quarter in 2011.

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Society Changing

Waterloo researcher receives grant worth more than $2.5 million for work on effects of gaming

WATERLOO - The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded a University of Waterloo researcher a grant of more than $2.5 million for his work into the effects of digital games.

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Recognition

Laurier wins top awards in international marketing competition

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University won 11 top awards for its centennial and other marketing initiatives in a prestigious international competition.

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Collaboration

Laurier researchers receive funding from Canadian research council to develop partnerships

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University researchers Ginette Lafrenière and Alison Blay-Palmer received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for community partnership projects. Canadian Minister of State for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear, announced the Partnership Development Grant recipients at the opening of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, hosted by Laurier and the University of Waterloo. The announcement took place at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener May 25.

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Congress 2012

Laurier and Waterloo researchers at Congress 2012, May 28

WATERLOO – In addition to hosting Congress 2012, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are showcasing researchers from their institutions who will present their work at Congress.

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Collaboration

SSHRC Announces Partnership Development Grants for Carleton Researchers

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has announced Partnership Grants for several Carleton University researchers. The funding amounts to nearly $1 million and will be distributed over three years.

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Global Economy

Prime Minister of Thailand to Inaugurate World Economic Forum on East Asia

Theme of this year’s meeting: Shaping the Region’s Future through Connectivity

Bangkok, Thailand – Over 630 participants from 50 countries will meet at the World Economic Forum on East Asia taking place for the first time in Thailand. The meeting in Bangkok will welcome over 50 public figures representing 20 countries, including the heads of state or government of Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

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