Tuesday May 28, 2024 | Daily Bulletin

Charmaine Dean appointed member of the French Order of Academic Palms

Dr.  Charmaine Dean, Vice President, Research and International, University of Waterloo Michel Miraillet, French Ambassador.

Dr. Charmaine Dean, Vice President, Research and International, University of Waterloo and Michel Miraillet, French Ambassador.

A message from the Office of the Vice President, Research and International.

Dr. Charmaine Dean, professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences in the Faculty of Mathematics, and vice-president, research and international at the University of Waterloo, was awarded the rank of Chevalier (Knight) in the prestigious Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms ) – The national order of France recognizing exemplary services in education and cultural heritage.

Originally established by Napoleon I in 1808, the civilian award is bequeathed to individuals for their exceptional academic contributions and is also awarded for contributions to promoting cooperation with France.

“I am humbled by this award and would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Ambassador and the French Government for bestowing this honor on me,” said Dr. Dean.

Dr. Dean has led a distinguished career in academia in statistics and data science for over thirty years, with applications including health and wildfire analytics. Much of this work has been carried out in collaboration with other disciplines and various organizations as partners.

Here at Waterloo, Dr. Dean has made her mark by providing strategic research leadership, including by strengthening research synergy across disciplines – and with academic and industry partners – and by strengthening government ties and efforts on Canadian research priorities, while promote equality and diversity. .

“On behalf of the University of Waterloo, I am extremely proud to welcome my esteemed colleague Dr. To congratulate Charmaine Dean on this well-deserved distinction in the Ordre des Palmes académiques. Waterloo is fortunate to have you as part of the senior leadership team,” said Vivek Goel, president and vice chancellor of the university.

Among other institutions in Ontario, Dr. Dean also worked to deepen connections between France and Ontario, and Canada in general.

“Your commitment and contribution to the development of scientific cooperation between Canada and France are invaluable. We would like to express our gratitude for your efforts to strengthen these ties. It is therefore with great pride that we appoint you, on behalf of the French Minister of National Education, as a Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms,” said the French Ambassador, Michel Miraillet.

Please congratulate Dr. Dean with this incredible award.

A mission to create a better future

Dr.  Jane Kuepfer smiles as she works with seniors.

This is an excerpt from an article published in the 2024 issue of Waterloo Magazine: Happiness.

Happiness is a basic human goal, but for many it is difficult to achieve. These world-class researchers are shaping new ways to promote happiness and personal well-being through social spaces, spiritual experiences, work-life balance and urban planning.

  • Dr. Troy Glover (PhD ’00) has dedicated his career to researching transformative placemaking, which he describes as the ambitious efforts to transform urban spaces into meaningful places. These initiatives are intended to encourage positive social interactions and improve the quality of community life.

  • Dr. Jane Kuepfer (BA ’92) explores what happens to our minds and how to support spiritual well-being as we age. Her work explores who supports people through changes and losses in later life, and the role spirituality plays as older adults seek love, hope, peace and joy.

  • Dr. Linda Duxbury (BSc ’75, MASc ’77, PhD ’83) has been researching work-family life balance in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for more than 30 years.

  • Dr. Bruce Frayne and Dr. Prateep Nayak focus their work on uncovering pathways to social-ecological well-being and future. They also use their knowledge to stimulate ‘happy classrooms’ and other initiatives within the Faculty of Environment.

Read more about how this work is shaping a happier, healthier world.

A message from the Disability Inclusion Team. National AccessAbility Week takes place from May 26 to June 1 and is just one opportunity to share initiatives that promote accessibility and disability inclusion. Share your initiative on Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Initiatives.

As groups on campus strive to promote disability accessibility and inclusion, listening to and amplifying the voices of disabled people is critical. In March and April 2024, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) took an important step toward inclusive and equitable representation by leading board consultations with students with disabilities. Led by Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations Manager Andrena Lockley-Brown, these consultations marked a vital step towards better understanding the experiences and barriers students with disabilities face in student government.

Recognizing the importance of representation of students with disabilities, both on the board and in electoral practices, WUSA launched the consultations as a “fact-finding mission” to delve into the experiences of students with disabilities on the board and leadership roles of students. “Starting somewhere is the key,” Andrena emphasizes, underscoring that promoting accessibility should be an iterative process. During the consultations, emerging themes guided each new conversation and provided insight into the barriers faced when running for and serving on boards. Students discussed the importance of embedding accessibility into all practices, not just elections, as well as a lack of understanding of what to expect from the board, including the election process and time commitment once on the board.

Andrena and the WUSA Advocacy team are excited about continued improvements and further community involvement to, as Andrena describes, “ensure that every student can see themselves represented in campus leadership.” If you missed the opportunity to participate, WUSA still wants to hear from students with disabilities. Contact Andrena Lockley-Brown at [email protected] for an interview.

Jewish Heritage Month reception, Velocity pitch competition deadline and other notes

In honor of Jewish Heritage Monththe Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life and the University of Waterloo are pleased to host a reception for students, faculty, staff and alumni of our UWaterloo campus,” said a release from Community Relations and Events.

The event will take place on Friday, May 31 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, with explanations from 4:30 PM, in the Black & Gold Room of the Student Life Center (SLC 2136). “Kosher refreshments will be served,” CRE continues.Share it with your friends and colleagues. All are welcome.”

Velocity Pitch Competition banner featuring a student making a pitch on stage.

The deadline for the Velocity Pitch Competition is fast approaching. “Held every semester, the Velocity pitch competition provides University of Waterloo student teams with innovative solutions and promising business ideas the opportunity to showcase their hard work and compete for their share of $20,000 in grant funding,” says Velocity. “Participants receive valuable feedback, pitching experience and idea validation from a network of experienced entrepreneurs and Velocity Coaches.”

View the link to apply and submit your application before June 2.

Kinesiology TRIM study banner with a man using dumbbells in a mirror.

Participants are being sought for a weight-loss study at the Kinesiology and Health Sciences department. Particularly overweight men between the ages of 18 and 45 years old,”for a study to determine whether the addition of two supplements to an exercise regimen can produce more beneficial effects on body composition, strength, aerobic fitness and insulin sensitivity.”

The study includes:

  • Training period of 12 weeks. 2x/week in person at the University of Waterloo and 1x/week virtually;
  • Consumption of supplements (protein powder, slimming pill or placebo);
  • Assessment of muscle strength, aerobic fitness, body composition and blood sampling before and after the training period.

“You will receive a gift card of up to $100 for completing the study,” says a note from Kinesiology.

For more information and to see if you qualify, please contact Gabriela Ocampo.

This study was reviewed and received ethical approval through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Board (Humans #43396).

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