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Health - Environment - 27.02.2024
Teens benefit from ’forest bathing’ - even in cities
First-of-its-kind study quantifies the impact urban and architectural design features have on adolescent mental health Youth mental health in urban environments is significantly better when more nature is incorporated into city design. A new study from University of Waterloo researchers suggests that forest bathing, the simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you while breathing deeply, can help youth de-stress and boost health and well-being.

Chemistry - Health - 22.02.2024
New technique can quickly detect fentanyl and other opioids
Testing method can analyze blood samples twice as quickly as other techniques University of Waterloo researchers have developed a new blood testing method that can detect potent opioids much faster than traditional approaches and potentially save lives. The method, the latest effort by Waterloo researchers and entrepreneurs to lead health innovation in Canada, can simultaneously analyze 96 blood samples that could contain opioids such as fentanyl in under three minutes - twice as quickly as other techniques.

Health - Life Sciences - 20.02.2024
Researchers are using RNA in a new approach to fight HIV
Society learned about the value of mRNA during the COVID-19 pandemic when we saw scientists and medical professionals harness its power to deliver a vaccine for the virus within a year. Now, University of Waterloo pharmacy associate professor Emmanuel Ho has developed a novel nanomedicine loaded with genetic material called small interfering RNAs (siRNA) to fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) using gene therapy.

Chemistry - Innovation - 15.02.2024
Building green tech one metallic layer at a time
Building green tech one metallic layer at a time
Researchers partner with industry to advance innovation in decarbonization By Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Engineering In the quest to reach zero emissions by 2050, Waterloo engineering researcher Dr. Xianguo Li and Dr. Samaneh Shahgaldi from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) are working with industry partners to develop more efficient, durable, cost-effective fuel cells.

Psychology - 15.02.2024
How parents can help prevent the development of ADHD symptoms
ADHD can be stemmed through specific parenting behaviours Parents of young children with an excitable or exuberant temperament could adapt their parenting style to help moderate their child's potential development of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a new study co-authored by a University of Waterloo researcher.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.02.2024
Can hydrogels help mend a broken heart?
Researchers design gel from wood pulp to heal damaged heart tissue and improve cancer treatments You can mend a broken heart this Valentine's Day now that researchers invented a new hydrogel that can be used to heal damaged heart tissue and improve cancer treatments. University of Waterloo chemical engineering researcher Dr. Elisabeth Prince teamed up with researchers from the University of Toronto and Duke University to design the synthetic material made using cellulose nanocrystals, which are derived from wood pulp.

Career - Pedagogy - 12.02.2024
An innovation engine: adapting a successful learning model
Applying the benefits from WE Accelerate work-integrated learning pilot for first-year co-op students to different learners By Matthew King Co-operative Education and Experiential Education In 2020, the negative impact of the global pandemic was particularly challenging for co-op students in their first work term.

Health - Innovation - 06.02.2024
Fitness tracker for the brain
Local company aims to improve people's cognitive wellness with smart glasses By Charlotte Danby Faculty of Engineering Waterloo-based deep tech startup AdHawk Microsystems recently launched MindLink Air (TM), everyday glasses that can read its wearer's eye health and cognitive state using research-grade, camera-free eye-tracking technology.

Health - Innovation - 29.01.2024
Better diagnosing diseases with the help of AI
Researchers improve the trustworthiness of medical imaging diagnoses with innovative three-stage system powered by AI An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Waterloo has developed a more trustworthy method to diagnose diseases such as COVID-19, pneumonia, and melanoma using artificial intelligence (AI) tools.

Environment - 25.01.2024
More reporting needed to show progress on Ontario municipal climate and sustainability plans
More reporting needed to show progress on Ontario municipal climate and sustainability plans
University of Waterloo researchers will help Canadian municipalities monitor, measure and achieve climate mitigation goals While sustainability reporting is a widespread practice in the private sector, new research shows that the same cannot be said for Ontario municipalities. Researchers at the University of Waterloo studied 38 municipalities in Ontario, representing more than two-thirds of the population, and discovered that almost all municipalities publish their sustainability and climate change goals, but under half are formally reporting on their progress.

Health - Computer Science - 24.01.2024
Using AI to empower art therapy patients
DeepThInk tool helps patients express themselves using "AI Brush" Researchers have created a new AI-assisted digital art tool designed to help art therapy patients better express themselves while maintaining the efficacy of the process. The tool, dubbed DeepThInk, was designed by computer science researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Southern University of Science and Technology in collaboration with art therapists.

Career - 22.01.2024
The growing influence of Gen Z in the workforce
Work-integrated learning programs prepare organizations on how to access the next generation of talent University Relations Dr. David Drewery is the associate director of the Work-Learn Institute - a research, education and consulting unit at the University of Waterloo that advances work-integrated learning programs for employers and higher education institutions.

Transport - Innovation - 15.01.2024
Using idle trucks to power the grid with clean energy
Waterloo researchers investigate how fuel cell powered vehicles can reenergize overworked electricity grids University of Waterloo researchers are tapping into idled electric vehicles to act as mobile generators and help power overworked and aging electricity grids. After analyzing energy demand on Alberta's power grid during rush hour, the research proposes an innovative way to replenish electrical grids with power generated from fuel cells in trucks.

Environment - Computer Science - 11.01.2024
Researchers’ tool to be part of European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative
New machine learning model predicts lake ice conditions with 94 per cent accuracy To advance climate change monitoring and public safety, researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed new tools that bring an unprecedented level of accuracy to identifying lake ice conditions. The researchers are the first to use machine learning models for processing satellite radar altimetry data that can identify between open water, thin ice, growing ice, or melting ice with 94 per cent accuracy.

Life Sciences - Environment - 09.01.2024
New dimension of the genome discovered
Distantly related organisms that live in extreme temperatures and pH conditions develop similar DNA It has long been thought that an organism's DNA provides clues only about its ancestry and how the various forms of life on Earth are related - the more similar their DNA, the more closely the species are related.

Linguistics / Literature - 20.12.2023
Large language models validate misinformation
Large language models validate misinformation
Systematic testing of OpenAI's GPT-3 reveals that question format can influence models to agree with misinformation New research into large language models shows that they repeat conspiracy theories, harmful stereotypes, and other forms of misinformation. In a recent study, researchers at the University of Waterloo systematically tested an early version of ChatGPT's understanding of statements in six categories: facts, conspiracies, controversies, misconceptions, stereotypes, and fiction.

Social Sciences - Computer Science - 07.12.2023
Is Alexa sexist? In short, yes
Is Alexa sexist? In short, yes
Popular virtual assistant technology reinforces stereotyped and sexist expectations of gendered labour, according to a new study University of Waterloo professor and Canada Research Chair in Technology and Social Change Dr. Lai-Tze Fan analyzed hundreds of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa's voice-driven skills.

Environment - Chemistry - 04.12.2023
Transforming CO2 into valuable products
Waterloo research team partners with BMO to turn pollution into renewable energy  By Nicola Kelly Faculty of Engineering An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Waterloo aims to tackle CO2 emissions in the value chain by transforming CO2 into valuable chemicals needed by industry. Supported by BMO, the research focuses on the use of green hydrogen to capture CO2 from power plants as well as the iron, steel, and cement industries, and convert it into useful gases via reverse water gas shift reaction.

Health - Computer Science - 28.11.2023
Unlocking the secrets of cells with AI
AI breakthrough may lead to highly personalized medicine in the treatment of serious diseases Machine learning is now helping researchers analyze the makeup of unfamiliar cells, which could lead to more personalized medicine in the treatment of cancer and other serious diseases. Researchers at the University of Waterloo developed GraphNovo, a new program that provides a more accurate understanding of the peptide sequences in cells.

Psychology - Economics - 24.11.2023
The Psychology of Success in Data Science Contest Design
Researcher from the School of Accounting and Finance explores how nonmonetary factors impact contestant behavior and effort levels By Kelsey Stoddart School of Accounting and Finance In today's data-driven world, holding data science competitions is a popular way to address real-world problems. Companies leverage these competitions to crowdsource solutions and strategically attract potential employees.
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