UW Holds Largest Graduate Student Research Conference in Canada

by NationTalk on April 16, 20071001 Views

WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, April 16, 2007) — The largest graduate student research conference in Canada takes places next week at the University of Waterloo, with the public welcome to learn about the latest discoveries hatched by the university’s young minds.

The seventh annual Sharing Discovery conference, from April 23 to 26, unveils research accomplishments by more than 200 Waterloo master’s and doctoral students. The presenters will give poster or oral presentations covering the areas of health, life and environment, humanities and social sciences, along with physical science, math and technology.

All sessions, open to the public, will be held in the William G. Davis Computer Research Centre, rooms 1301, 1302 and 1304, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a program schedule, visit link.”The conference showcases both the quality and vast diversity of graduate student research at the University of Waterloo,” said Bill Power, a professor of chemistry and associate dean of graduate studies at UW.

“It’s fitting that in this anniversary year, where we look back at the achievements of the first 50 years of the University of Waterloo, that we take this opportunity to look ahead at the breakthroughs that will shape the next 50 years, currently emerging from these new scholars, educated through graduate studies at Waterloo.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Roberta Jamieson, First Nations leader and conflict resolution expert. Jamieson has collaborated with political and legal experts in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America to advance democracy through institutional change. Her talk, entitled Globalization: What it Means to Real People, will take place next Monday in the theatre of the arts in the modern languages building, beginning at 8 p.m.

A total of 212 master’s and doctoral students from UW’s six faculties — applied health sciences, arts, engineering, environmental studies, mathematics and science — will participate in the four days of oral and poster presentations highlighting their scholarship. This year, students of the certificate in university teaching program will also present their work.

Poster presentations describing research projects will be on display throughout the week in the Davis Centre. The diverse research topics include:

* The Politics of Climate Change: Factors Driving Municipal Decision Making by Devin Causley, local economic development/tourism program in the faculty of environmental studies.

* Consistencies and Differences in Family Conflict by Marcia Gordeyko, department of psychology in the faculty of arts.

* The Effects of Water-Based Exercise on Physical and Psychological Well Being in Parkinson’s Disease Patients by Alex Crizzle, department of health studies and gerontology in the faculty of applied health sciences.

* Vulnerability Assessment of Water Resources Systems in the Eastern Nile Basin by Mohamed Hamouda, department of civil and environmental engineering in the faculty of engineering.

* Chromium Dioxide as a Candidate for Spintronic (spin-based electronics) Applications by Helia Jalili, department of physics and astronomy in the faculty of science.

* Message Authentication in Ad Hoc Networks Using Two-Channel Cryptography by Atefeh Mashatan, department of combinatorics and optimization in the faculty of mathematics.

The conference, organized through the office of the dean of graduate studies, has received support from the president’s office, Graduate Student Association, graduate studies endowment fund, retail services (CampusTech Shop), deans of the six faculties and the Graduate House.


Bill Power, conference chair and associate dean of graduate studies, 519-888-4567 ext. 35991 or wppower at uwaterloo.ca

Carrie Nickerson, conference assistant, 519-888-4567 ext. 37082 or canicker at uwaterloo.ca

John Morris, UW media relations, 519-888-4435 or jmorris at uwaterloo.ca

UW news release no. 34

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