Globe and Mail: Ottawa names winners of $950-million ‘supercluster’ funding
February 15, 2018
The federal government on Thursday announced that five industry consortia will receive $950-million under its flagship innovation funding initiative to create "superclusters" to drive economic growth in high-potential sectors.
The winners are:An “AI-powered supply chain” supercluster led by Quebec City’s Optel Group and backed by such Quebec Inc. mainstays as BCE Inc, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Montreal’s Institute for Data Valorization and dozens of other companies and research organizations including the University of Waterloo. The bid was one of two from Quebec; another that drew together players from the province’s aerospace industry did not make the cut. An “advanced manufacturing” supercluster, a bid drawing together key players from the Toronto-Hamilton-Waterloo corridor and led by innovation hub organizations Communitech of Waterloo and MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, that aims to help improve manufacturing efficiencies through the use of new technologies. Other backers include auto parts maker Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Waterloo smart city technologies starup Miovision Technologies Inc., smart clothing maker Myant inc. and University of Toronto Read the full article here.
The Conversation: STEAM not STEM – Why scientists need arts training
January 24, 2018In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups — scientists and the literary world. Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics. Those divisions within the university seem now more deeply entrenched than ever before. And those working within the arts and the sciences face a third antagonist in society: Populism, with its attendant and increasing distrust of intellectuals. Read the full article here.
Ottawa Citizen: Science of winter – How being cold keeps you warm
January 4, 2018When François Haman ran into some Algonquin College students from Senegal, they were piling on as many layers as they could to keep out the cold. Don’t do that, he advised them. Haman studies cold at the University of Ottawa, more specifically how the human body reacts to cold and what we can do about it. This is not just theory for him. He also spends a lot of time in Northern Ontario, he travels with hunters there, and he skis. “This is one thing that was very difficult for them,” he said about the Senegalese students. “I tried to explain to them it’s OK to be cold in the winter. They were actually terrified. They were going: ‘I am not going out. There’s no way.’ They were worried their skin was going to freeze. So I said, Make sure you cover it but don’t cover it too much.” Read the full article here.
Brighter World: McMaster research tops global list of buzzworthy findings
December 20, 2017An academic article debunking the myths of low-fat diets led by McMaster University researchers has been ranked first in 2017 by an international ranking system of scholarly publications. The annual U.K.-based Altmetric Top 100 highlights published research papers in 2017 that have generated significant international online attention and discussion from mainstream news media, blogs, Wikipedia, social media platforms, including Twitter, Reddit and Facebook, and in scholarly spaces such as post-publication peer-review forums and patient advocacy groups. McMaster researchers led three of the top 100 papers, and contributed to an additional one. Read the full article here.
Laurier News: Laurier researchers talk toys, play and parenting
December 20, 2017‘Tis the season for giving – and some inevitable stressing. Parents and grandparents often struggle to find the perfect holiday gifts for the children in their lives. But, according to Wilfrid Laurier University experts on child development, play happens for children with or without that perfect toy. “Children will play with anything and their state of being is quite playful in the world,” says Sue Ferguson, a professor in Laurier's Youth and Children’s Studies program who studies childhood and capitalism. If that's the case, why is it that our society is so consumed with consuming toys? Read the full article here.
The Hamilton Spectator: Navigating the holiday season when living with anxiety
December 20, 2017The holiday season is filled with events that some people may find stressful. Social gatherings, travel arrangements, meal preparation and gift giving are just a few aspects of the busy time of year that can put extra pressure on mental health. People living with an anxiety disorder can find these extra activities more taxing, says Stephanie Waechter, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "Some people may experience an increase in anxiety, including both mental and physical symptoms, in the winter and especially around the holidays," says Waechter, who is also a psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. "Anxiety disorder" is an umbrella term that covers different types of anxiety. Among the signs of anxiety are irrational and excessive fear, tense feelings and difficulty managing daily tasks and/or stress related to those tasks. Read the full article here.