Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | Daily Bulletin


Voice talent: The Spring issue of Waterloo Magazine is now live

A message from University Relations.

A new edition of Waterloo Magazine is online now with stories about the many ways our faculty, students and alumni are reinventing the future of work and talent. This special talent issue covers a range of topics including a story about Tre Ford (BA ’22), the first black quarterback to win the Hec Crighton Trophy as Canada’s most outstanding varsity football player. You can also learn how the Mancini couple have been serving the unemployed and homeless in this region for over 40 years.

Learn more about how the new Zero programs are training Waterloo students and alumni to become innovators—while keeping their jobs. In a story about how Waterloo produces so many founders, we learn that the vast majority of founders in North America have college degrees.

There’s a story about how collaborative students are advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Gen Z: making impact one collaborative semester at a time. We also learn how alumni use their co-op experiences to shape how they mentor young talent.

Please share this and other magazine stories with #WaterlooMagazine and #UWaterlooAlumni.

Waterloo research goes to warp speed

An illustration of a ship going to warp speed.

This article was originally published in Waterloo News.

A major hurdle to working at the forefront of fundamental physics is the inability to test cutting-edge theories in a laboratory setting. But a recent discovery opens the door for scientists to put into practice ideas that were previously only understood in theory or depicted in science fiction.

One such theory relates to the Unruh effect. When astronauts experience super-strong acceleration in a spacecraft and see starlight streaming past, the Unruh effect is an additional warm glow over the streaming light. This effect, first predicted by Canadian physicist Bill Unruh, is closely related to the black hole glow predicted by Stephen Hawking. Because black holes accelerate everything towards them.

“Black holes are believed to be not entirely black,” says Barbara Šoda, a PhD student in physics at the University of Waterloo. “Instead, as Stephen Hawking found, black holes should emit radiation. That’s because nothing else can escape a black hole, but quantum fluctuations in radiation can.”

Much like the Hawking effect requires a black hole, the Unruh effect requires tremendous accelerations to produce any significant glow. The unruh effect was therefore considered to be so weak that it could not be measured with the experimentally achievable accelerations using today’s technology.

The research team found an innovative way to experiment with the Unruh effect using a novel use of high-intensity lasers. They discovered that shining a high-intensity laser at an accelerated particle can amplify the Unruh effect so much that it actually becomes measurable.

In an unexpected twist, the team also discovered that by finely balancing acceleration and deceleration, one should even be able to make accelerated matter transparent.

The opportunity to experiment with the Unruh effect, as well as the new phenomenon of acceleration-induced transparency, gives a major boost to physicists who have long been looking for ways to unify Einstein’s general theory of relativity with quantum mechanics.

“The general theory of relativity and the theory of quantum mechanics are still a bit apart at the moment, but there must be a unified theory that describes how things work in the universe,” says co-author Achim Kempf, Professor of Applied Mathematics and member of the Institute for Quantum Computing at Waterloo. “We have been looking for a way to unify these two major theories, and this work helps bring us closer together by opening up opportunities to test new theories through experimentation.”

The team is now preparing to carry out further laboratory experiments. They are also excited about the research‘s impact on some of the fundamental questions of physics and the nature of the universe.

“For over 40 years, experiments have been hampered by the inability to explore the interface of quantum mechanics and gravity,” says co-author Vivishek Sudhir, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and partner at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). “We have here a viable way to study this interface in a laboratory setting. If we can solve some of these big questions, it could change everything.”

Šoda, Sudhir and Kempf’s new work, Acceleration-induced effects in stimulated light-matter interactions, has been published in the latest issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.

EDI consultation talks extended to June 3rd

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A message from the Research Office.

One-on-one meetings with Canadian Equality Consulting (CEC) have been extended through June 3.

As with a previous one Daily Bulletin Story, the Office of Research has commissioned the services of the CEC to develop an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)-focused strategy for researcher engagement in the university’s research commercialization and industry-sponsored contract research activities.

CEC is currently conducting 30-minute confidential consultations in the form of one-to-one interviews with researchers (faculty, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and research associates) who identify and have participated as members of a well-funded group, currently involved in industry-sponsored contract research and commercialization activities or are interested in it.

In particular, CEC aims to identify barriers and challenges faced by women, people beyond binary genders, 2SLGBTQ+, indigenous peoples, people from racist communities and people with disabilities. The interview is an opportunity for each participant to share thoughts, ideas and experiences in a confidential, supportive and safe space. (No one from the university will be present and the interview will not be recorded.)

If you would like to attend a consultation, please register for an interview time slot.

TD Walter Bean Professor visits campus for a meet and greet

TD Walter Bean Visiting Professor banner featuring Professor Amber Wutich.

A communication from the Faculty of Environment.

This year’s TD Walter Bean visiting professor, Dr. Amber Wutich will attend the University of Waterloo Monday June 6th to Friday June 10th.

In addition to dr. Wutich’s public lecture has environmental faculty coordinated meetings (lunch and coffee sessions) for graduate students and faculty members to engage with Dr. excited to meet.

Reminder: Campus Wellness has a new number and other notable clues

The building of the health service.

You might have missed this announcement in the hustle and bustle of preparing for a long weekend, so here it is again. Booking appointments for campus wellness offers is becoming easier, because from Friday, April 20. Campus Wellness will only have one phone number: 519-888-4096.

“In the past, Campus Wellness had separate phone numbers for health services and counseling services,” said a Campus Wellness note. “Students have shared that navigating multiple numbers and lists of services creates unnecessary complications when seeking help and can sometimes delay their access to the services they really need. With the move to one number, Campus Wellness will have new options direct callers to health services, counseling services, specialty care, occupational medicine, as well as referrals, our cashier and appointment cancellations. This change aims to provide a one-stop shop for students to better serve them. Now students will only need to call one phone number for timely and accurate help.”

Master of Taxation info session banner.

Virtual information events on the Master of Taxation are taking place today. That The full-time virtual info session is at 3:00 p.m., while the part-time virtual info session is scheduled for 4:00 p.m

A person's hands on a computer keyboard.

That Center for Extended Learning (CEL) hosts an online certificate course titled Prepare to enable online courses: TA Training – Spring 2022which runs from Monday, May 30th to June 24th.

This 4-week online certificate course is suitable for any current or prospective Teaching Assistant (TA) who is looking to build skills and knowledge of best practices for delivering full online courses,” the course description reads. “While this course is specifically designed for a TA or teacher, the insight into facilitating online courses and the skills developed will enhance skills at all levels, right down to the role of teacher. You will discover how to successfully facilitate the facilitation of an online course, drive student engagement, support student outcomes, and build a sense of community through various forms of interaction. Participants will also learn how to use LEARN LMS tools to establish presence and connection, assess student learning and work effectively in their TA/teacher role.”

Sign up on GoSignMeUp. Course registration ends on Friday, May 27th.

The Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business hosts online webinars entitled Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Information Sessions on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:00 am for the full-time program and at 5:00 pm for the part-time program.

“The Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) is a graduate master’s degree in entrepreneurship that combines interdisciplinary courses with hands-on experience in business creation and commercialization,” Conrad said in a statement. “At MBET, students learn inside and outside of the classroom. Networking, hands-on experience and hands-on learning with like-minded peers in the Waterloo entrepreneurial community complement core Masters-level courses in the classroom.”


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