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Monday March 18, 2013

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Ted Talks

Catarina Mota: Play with smart materials

Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.


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Education

Two University of Waterloo researchers named Canada Research Chairs

WATERLOO – Important research into global food security and nanoscale materials has earned national recognition for two University of Waterloo professors whose Canada Research Chair (CRC) grants were announced last Friday.

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Strategic Planning

Manufacturing Forum Today

Cambridge - We have all heard the stories about the demise of the Manufacturing sector. Recent research by the Workforce Planning Board has turned heads by showing that nothing could be further from the truth. The Manufacturing sector has undergone many changes over the past several years but has rebounded, is stronger now than it has been in a long time and is vibrant and in need of talent. Building on recent forward momentum, we believe that the time is right to take action to address the challenges and opportunities being faced by this major economic and employment sector.

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Pilot

Economical delivering on its commitment to push electronic documents to broker partners in CSIO XML format

WATERLOO — Beginning Monday, March 25, Economical Insurance will begin a pilot implementation of the CSIO eDoc XML standard with select brokers that use The Agency Manager, sigXP, PowerBroker or The Broker Workstation broker management systems (BMS).

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R&D in Theory

Neil Turok Appointed to Second Term as Perimeter’s Director and to Lazaridis-Bohr Chair

Waterloo - Dr. Neil Turok has been appointed to a second term as Director. He will also become the inaugural Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Niels Bohr Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute.

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Innovation

Engineering projects push the boundaries of innovation

WATERLOO – A new laparoscopic suturing tool and a system of artificial vision for the visually impaired are among the innovative projects that fourth-year engineering students will present at a public event at the University of Waterloo that started on Friday.

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Research Chair

Carleton Receives One New Canada Research Chair, Renews Another

Ottawa - A new Canada Research Chair was announced by the Hon. Gary Goodyear today for Carleton University, while another chair was renewed. Rowan Thomson is Canada Research Chair in Radiotherapy Physics, and Alex Ellery continues his Canada Research Chair in Space Robotics and Space Technology.

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Health Care

Canada's inflexible health care system costly to both patients and business
By Gwyn Morgan

The lengthy loss of employees caught in waiting lists creates a headwind for employers competing in the global productivity race

VICTORIA, BC - This story will sound all too familiar to many Canadians suffering from what our health care system labels “non-urgent” maladies. In March of last year, a family member was diagnosed with spinal ailments that have continuously worsened to the point where his mobility is severely impaired and he is in constant pain. The agricultural job he has held for almost 30 years has become impossible.

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Flu Debate

New research sees experts ask: should all Australian children aged under 5 years be vaccinated against seasonal flu?

London - New research presented at this week’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) in Canberra, Australia, illustrates the high burden of seasonal flu in Australian’s youngest children (aged 5 years and under), and has led to the experts behind this research calling on the Australian National Immunisation Programme (NIP) to consider funding seasonal flu vaccination in this vulnerable age group.

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Education

Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec Announces Top 10 Finalist Teams

TORONTO – On Friday, Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec (CNTAE) announced the top 10 finalist teams in the nationwide advertising and marketing case competition. More than 200 students started the competition, but only 10 teams are one step closer to claiming victory on March 26th when they will go head-to-head to impress a judging panel of marketing and advertising executives with their integrated marketing campaigns for the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox.

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