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June

John Barrett, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) (left) presents Igor Pioro, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, with the CNA’s 2017 Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award.

Leading nuclear engineering researcher wins national award

For his longstanding contributions to the development of nuclear energy in Canada, Dr. Igor Pioro is the 2017 winner of the Canadian Nuclear Society/Canadian Nuclear Association (CNS/CNA) Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award.

From left: Roger Anderson, Chair and CEO, Region of Durham; Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; Tim McTiernan, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Don Lovisa, President, Durham College.

Roger Anderson Charity Classic celebrates a successful 20th anniversary year

One of Durham Region’s most popular and well-established fundraising events, 220 golfers took to the Deer Creek golf course on June 8, raising $403,000 to support students in financial need at Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, as well as child and youth programs at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

University President and Vice-Chancellor Tim McTiernan speaks at launch of the City of Oshawa's Teaching City Initiative (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, June 5, 2017).

City of Oshawa, educational partners launch ‘Teaching City’ Initiative

The City of Oshawa, along with local and regional partners, will develop the City as a ‘living laboratory’ to address and study complex urban issues and identify opportunities. As a nimble mid-sized municipality that is part of one of North America’s largest urban areas, Oshawa is uniquely positioned to take on this role.

From left: Hossam Kishawy, PhD, Interim Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS); Tim McTiernan, PhD, UOIT President and Vice-Chancellor; Mel Hyatt, President-Elect, PWU; Adele Imrie, Chair, UOIT Board of Governors; Mohammed Yasin Ali, Electrical Engineering master’s degree student (FEAS); Vijay Sood, PhD, Associate Professor, FEAS.

Power Workers’ Union fuels university research

The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) is helping to energize smart grid and electric vehicle research at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Their recent donation will help to support the construction of the university’s new Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) and reward Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) students for academic excellence.


May

Photo of woman getting vaccinated

Vacation time means vaccination time

If you plan to travel out of the country this summer, or even if you opt to stay close to home, University of Ontario Institute of Technology researcher Emma Bartfay, PhD advises you to ensure your vaccines are up to date.

From left: 2017 Durham Regional Science Fair grand prize winners Ayanna Jeyakanthan (Grade 7, Roland Michener P.S., Ajax) and Ayeman Faridi (Grade 11, J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, Ajax) both won special awards at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 15 to 20.

Durham Regional Science Fair winners capture national awards

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Science, which hosted the Durham Regional Science Fair (DRSF) in April, congratulates its two grand prize winners for capturing national awards at the 56th Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Best Second-Year game: Dodge Bomb (Bird Brain Games). From left: Robbie Savaglio, Graham Watson, James Swain and Rebecca Joly (team members not in photo: Campbell Hamilton and Jack Hamilton).

Student-created video games invade university campus

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) immerses Game Development and Entrepreneurship (GDE) students in the game design and development process from day one in their first year. They also have many opportunities to showcase their creations at events like FBIT’s annual GAMESCON.

Members of the Ridgebacks women's soccer team celebrate being named OUA Team of the Year at the OUA Honour Awards Banquet in Huntsville, Ontario.

Historic season earns Ridgebacks women’s soccer OUA Team of the Year

To cap off a season that saw the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Ridgebacks women’s soccer team win the university’s first-ever provincial team sport championship, on May 10 the program was named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Team of the Year.

Peyvand Mossavat (right), Head Coach, UOIT Ridgebacks women's soccer team was named OUA Male Coach of the Year at the OUA Honours and Awards Banquet in Huntsville, Ontario. Right: Scott Barker, Athletics Director, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Ridgebacks women’s soccer coach wins OUA Male Coach of the Year

Peyvand Mossavat, Head Coach of the Ontario champion University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Ridgebacks women’s soccer team capped an incredible year of success May 10 when he was named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Male Coach of the Year.

First place Automotive, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering award winners with their Electric 8x8 Combat Vehicle at the FEAS Capstone Exhibition and Competition.

Innovative engineering projects highlight 2017 Capstone event

In the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS), fourth-year students work in teams on a ‘Capstone’ project: an eight-month effort to devise innovative solutions to real-world problems. At the end of second semester, students showcase their research and discoveries at the annual FEAS Capstone Exhibition and Competition.

From left: Dr. Adam Fleming, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology-Oncology, McMaster University; UOIT Faculty of Science Life Sciences students Tejus Tuppal, Shreya Jain, Mahmud Ali and Melanny Barrios (who won the Students Advancing Brain Cancer Research Undergraduate Research Competition at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario); and Dr. Joseph Megyesi, Neurosurgeon, Joseph Megyesi Clinic in London, Ontario. Inset image: Dr. George Stamatiou, Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Co-ordinator, Faculty of Science (students' supervisor).

Life Sciences students shed new light on brain tumours, win research competition

As science continues to unlock new answers on brain tumour treatments, tomorrow’s research leaders hope they can contribute new ideas to the discussion. With that goal in mind, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Life Sciences students–Mahmud Ali, Melanny Barrios, Shreya Jain, and Tejus Tuppal–entered the Students Advancing Brain Cancer Research (SABCR) Undergraduate Research Competition, held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Science Rendezvous promotes science awareness for all ages.

Free all-day family fun at Science Rendezvous May 13

Science Rendezvous, the all-day festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the streets, will be held on Saturday, May 13 at the shared campus location of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College.

The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth (second from right) chats with Sheraz Tariq, Researcher, Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (right) about testing the performance of far field voice interactive technologies inside ACE's hemi-anechoic (low vibration) chamber. Observing is John Komar, Director, Engineering and Operations, ACE (March 15, 2017).

University makes strong impression on provincial minister during campus tour

The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, visited UOIT on March 15 to explore some of the exciting research and development underway at the university and get a glimpse of the role it will play to anchor a research cluster, and innovation and technology park in the eastern Greater Toronto Area.

The university is helping Ontario shine green for mental health.

University goes green to #GETLOUD about mental health

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will join forces with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Children’s Mental Health Ontario to promote mental health awareness through the Shine Green for Mental Health campaign.


April

Dr. Samantha Nutt spoke to students at the university about the challenges women face all around the world, and how to advance women’s equality.

Dr. Samantha Nutt: Why every day should be International Women’s Day

On March 30, leading women’s rights advocate Dr. Samantha Nutt encouraged students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to engage with and examine the challenges women face all around the world. In her talk entitled When Women Lead, the Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada discussed how to help women realize their potential, and how to help change men’s views to advance women’s equality further.

Douglas Holdway, PhD, Interim Vice-President, Research, Innovation and International (second from right) and Michael Owen, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Education (right), sign Memorandum of Understanding with officials of Nanjing Xiaozhuang University in Nanjing, China (March 15, 2017).

University forges newest international ties in China

The university’s newest international agreement was signed in March with Nanjing Xiaozhuang University (NXZU), a comprehensive, undergraduate university in Jiangsu Province (Ontario’s sister province in China).

Collections at the Education Building will be moved the 61 Charles Street building in mid-May.

Education Library collections to move to 61 Charles Building in May

In preparation for the consolidation of the Education and Social Science Libraries into one location at the 61 Charles Street Building, the Education Library at 11 Simcoe Street (Education Building) will close on Monday, May 1. Staff will remain on site until the official moving date later in the month.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz, whose decision-making and policies highly influence Canadian financial markets, spoke at the university on March 28.

Top Canadian banker shares economic insights with students

What can post-secondary students learn from Canada’s economic history? What does the country’s financial landscape look like moving forward? Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz explored these issues with University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) students and alumni during a recent visit to campus.

Close to 100 students, faculty, staff and community members took part in the 2017 Campus Charity Walk and Run for the Boys and Girls Club of Durham.

Campus community hits the pavement for a good cause

Running and walking are usually rewarding activities in their own right–but the ninth-annual Campus Charity Walk and Run for the Boys and Girls Club of Durham (BGCD) made lacing up shoes even more fulfilling.

Campers show off their math and art skills at the 2017 March Break Maker Camp.

Investigating, making and sharing at March Break Maker Camp

The Faculty of Education has hosted the Maker Camp at its STEAM 3D Maker Lab since 2014. This year, 27 students between the ages of seven and 12 used a variety of technological tools to create and design their own stories or projects.


March

TELE graphic

Phase 2 of the Bring-Your-Own-Device model

Last September, the university successfully introduced BYOD TELE to Faculty of Education and Faculty of Social Science and Humanities students. In continuation of this transition, effective September 2017, all undergraduate students in three additional faculties will embrace the BYOD TELE model.

Polonksy Commons, University of Ontario Institute of Technology north Oshawa location.

President’s statement on university values

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is built on a promise to develop strength and capacity through research, innovation and partnerships. This promise is also supported by four core values expressed in our Strategic Plan.

Polonksy Commons, University of Ontario Institute of Technology north Oshawa location.

There’s a lot of talk: Upcoming speakers and panels at the university

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology generates exceptional student outcomes in a dynamic learning environment. As a regional hub for innovation and impactful research, the university regularly attracts community leaders, subject matter experts and high-profile personalities to campus.

Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate Dr. George Elliott Clarke spoke at the Regent Theatre on February 27.

Faculties team up to host Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Figuratively and literally, a Poet Laureate has a way with words. On February 27, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’ discovered this in real life as Dr. George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate shared a selection of his works at a Black History Month celebration.


February

Councillor Nancy Diamond was a longtime friend and supporter of the university and our campus partner, Durham College.

University mourns passing of Nancy Diamond

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Durham Regional Councillor and Oshawa City Councillor Nancy Diamond.

Tim McTiernan, PhD, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

President McTiernan extending term until December

The Board of Governors of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology announces Tim McTiernan, PhD, has accepted its request to remain President and Vice-Chancellor through December 31, 2017.

On Wednesday, March 1 David Lepofsky will speak on campus about Ontario’s vibrant grassroots disability movement.

Disability rights advocate speaking at UOIT on March 1

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) will welcome David Lepofsky to campus on Wednesday, March 1 as guest speaker in the Legal Studies program’s Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series.

Katherine Koehler-Grassau of the UOIT Ridgebacks women's soccer team leads an attack during a 2016 home game at Vaso's Field.

Balancing goals: Ridgebacks soccer star finding a way to do the math

She’s already earned a major place in the history of varsity sports at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. But third-year student Katherine Koehler-Grassau is also proving how someone can be star athlete and simultaneously be a high-performing student in a challenging academic program.

During a practical aerodynamic workshop, students position a race car in front of the nozzle of the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel.

Welcome to the world’s most extreme classroom

Dynamic workshops in ACE’s additional climatic chambers offer students the chance to gain practical skills that will help them become immediate contributors to Canadian businesses and organizations. ACE’s wide variety of workshops are available not only to the university’s students, but also to students from other Ontario post-secondary institutions, as well as professionals and members of the community.


January

There are a number of ways you can help end stigma and support those who struggle with mental health conditions.

New research partnership to address student mental health challenges

In a search for answers and to develop new approaches to addressing the serious challenges of student mental health issues, the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Durham on a new research project that will survey hundreds of undergraduate students.

Xiaodong Lin, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

IT security researcher receives rare international distinction

The world’s largest technical professional society has bestowed one of its most prestigious honours on a University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) researcher for his contributions to the field of security and privacy in vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

Volunteers packed and delivered hampers on December 18.

2016 Holiday Food Drive a success

The co-chairs of the annual Holiday Food Drive would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s drive. A longstanding campus tradition, the campaign provides hampers and financial assistance to student families at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College.

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