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Career - 08.06.2023
Employers should think twice before implementing peer recognition programs
Public peer recognition may make some employees feel unfairly treated In fast-paced and often rapidly changing work environments, employers continue to seek new and improved ways to recognize employees in the workplace. However, new research from the University of Waterloo suggests that public peer recognition may backfire by enabling comparisons among employees, and these comparisons may make some employees feel unfairly treated.

Pharmacology - Health - 06.06.2023
Programmable 3D printed wound dressing could improve treatment for burn, cancer patients
Researchers have developed intelligent hydrogel materials for use as a reusable wound dressing One of the challenges in treating burn victims is the frequency of dressing changes, which can be extremely painful. To bring relief to this and other problems, University of Waterloo researchers have created a new type of wound dressing material using advanced polymers.

Social Sciences - 05.06.2023
Water Back: A defining movement
Foregrounding Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Water research Faculty of Environment and the Water Institute The Land Back movement has called for global solidarity to address the oppression and dispossession of Indigenous Peoples' lands and territories. The alienation of Indigenous Peoples from Water has largely been absent from this call to action.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.06.2023
Antipsychotic drug use increased in Canadian long-term care homes in first year of pandemic
Other aspects of treatment in long-term care homes generally remained the same a year into the pandemic While most aspects of care quality in long-term care homes did not differ in the first year of the pandemic from pre-pandemic levels, a new study shows that the use of antipsychotic drugs increased in all provinces.

Astronomy / Space - 01.06.2023
Reaching for the unknown dark universe
Waterloo Will Percival gives public talk on upcoming Euclid mission By Jon Parsons University Relations Dr. Will Percival is a primary science coordinator for the Euclid space mission, set to launch from Cape Canaveral this July. Percival is the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Distinguished Chair in Astrophysics, director of the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics and a full professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Environment - 31.05.2023
Four ways to advance equity and justice goals in climate action planning
May 31, 2023 New paper offers urban governance actors guidance to prioritize citizens that are most vulnerable to climate change  Municipal climate action plans often identify equity and justice as goals, but engagement with these concepts is mostly rhetorical. A new study from the University of Waterloo details how planners can bridge the gap and challenge the current state of climate change and social inequity.

Health - Environment - 17.05.2023
What’s a park worth to the economy?
May 17, 2023 First of its kind study quantifies mental and physical health value of urban parks A new framework developed by University of Waterloo researchers demonstrates the significant economic health savings and benefits from urban park investments. In the first case study of its kind in Canada, researchers looked at Peterborough's new Quaker Foods City Square park, which cost taxpayers $6.4 million, and have estimated the economic value of physical and mental health benefits that could come from it at more than $4 million per year.

Environment - Chemistry - 16.05.2023
Deep-sea impacts of climate interventions
Waterloo professor is part of an emerging field that calls for establishing a governance framework for ocean-based climate interventions Faculty of Environment From its current capacity as a carbon sink to its potential as a site for generating renewable energy, and managing solar radiation, the ocean is increasingly at the forefront of discussions around climate mitigation strategies. However, efforts to develop ocean-based climate interventions expose the ocean to various threats that harm biodiversity, pollute, and change its very chemistry.

Computer Science - Innovation - 15.05.2023
Can't find your phone? There's a robot for that
Can’t find your phone? There’s a robot for that
May 15, 2023 Robots can help find objects you've lost, thanks to new 'artificial memory' Engineers at the University of Waterloo have discovered a new way to program robots to help people with dementia locate medicine, glasses, phones and other objects they need but have lost. And while the initial focus is on assisting a specific group of people, the technology could someday be used by anyone who has searched high and low for something they've misplaced.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 09.05.2023
Understanding and changing how we see ourselves
May 9, 2023 New neurocognitive model for understanding - and changing - how we see ourselves and the world could improve therapies for treating mental health By Elizabeth Rogers and Zoe Tipper Faculty of Arts Throughout our lives, our experiences shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. These views, known in psychology as schemas, can negatively impact our mental health and be difficult to change.

Electroengineering - 08.05.2023
Canadian e-waste has tripled
The first comprehensive analysis of e-waste in Canada found electronic waste has tripled and is steadily growing New research finds that Canada's electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) has more than tripled in the last two decades, the equivalent of filling the CN tower 110 times and generating close to a million tons in 2020 alone.

Electroengineering - Materials Science - 03.05.2023
Engineers tap into good vibrations to power the Internet of Things
May 3, 2023 New material converts vibrations into electricity  In a world hungry for clean energy, engineers have created a new material that converts the simple mechanical vibrations all around us into electricity to power sensors in everything from pacemakers to spacecraft. The first of its kind and the product of a decade of work by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, the novel generating system is compact, reliable, low-cost and very, very green.

Health - 01.05.2023
Researchers explore why some people get motion sick playing VR games while others don’t
May 1, 2023 Study's findings could help designers of VR experiences create more comfortable and enjoyable environments for users  The way our senses adjust while playing high-intensity virtual reality games plays a critical role in understanding why some people experience severe cybersickness and others don't.

Environment - Life Sciences - 27.04.2023
Using microbes to get more out of mining waste
Using microbes to get more out of mining waste
April 27, 2023 Researchers develop a new mining technique to recover metals and store carbon in the waste produced by mining Researchers have developed a new mining technique which uses microbes to recover metals and store carbon in the waste produced by mining. Adopting this technique of reusing mining waste, called tailings, could transform the mining industry and create a greener and more sustainable future.

Materials Science - Microtechnics - 24.04.2023
New programmable smart fabric responds to temperature and electricity
April 24, 2023 Unique smart fabric is the first to change both colour and shape in response to two different stimuli A new smart material developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo is activated by both heat and electricity, making it the first ever to respond to two different stimuli. The unique design paves the way for a wide variety of potential applications, including clothing that warms up while you walk from the car to the office in winter and vehicle bumpers that return to their original shape after a collision.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 19.04.2023
Time of day and a patient’s sex may alter the effectiveness of blood pressure medication
April 19, 2023 University of Waterloo researchers use a mathematical model to understand diuretic effectiveness  New research from a team based at the University of Waterloo suggests that the time of day and a patient's sex may alter the effectiveness of certain blood pressure medications. Biological sex and the body's circadian clock are critical factors in managing blood pressure.

Computer Science - Mathematics - 13.04.2023
A trick of the hat
April 13, 2023 The story of how a Waterloo computer science professor helped find the elusive einstein tile By Joe Petrik Cheriton School of Computer Science A nearly 60-year-old mathematical problem has finally been solved. The story began last fall when David Smith, a retired print technician from Yorkshire, England, came upon a shape with a tantalizing property.

Economics - 06.04.2023
Higher employee performance with charitable donation rewards instead of cash rewards
April 6, 2023 Offering employees rewards that pay it forward can help motivate them to achieve more. By Kaitlin O'Brien School of Accounting and Finance As workplace practices continue to shift, organizations are finding inventive ways to keep their employees motivated and committed to reaching their goals.

Social Sciences - 05.04.2023
Math can help people identify the bonds of friendship
April 5, 2023 Research is the first to test how people predict social connections using only statistical information New research reveals that math can help people identify the bonds of friendship. The work from the University of Waterloo found that people use statistical information to determine bonds between people.

Health - Pharmacology - 28.03.2023
The importance of knowledge translation in health care
Waterloo Pharmacy professor and doctoral candidate invited to discuss recent research findings in Neurology By Milana Madzarac School of Pharmacy In an age of misinformation, knowledge translation (KT) is an increasingly important way to communicate research to the audiences who need it. Knowledge translation links the creation of knowledge from research areas to real-world situations.