Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world
Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works and asks us to let go of our fear of the “dark unknown.” Daniel Kish expands the perceptual toolbox of both blind and sighted humans by teaching echolocation the ability to observe our surroundings via sound.
3D Video with Robots
Robot maker uses state-of-the-art projection mapping technology to create unique gaming experience
Kitchener - Clearpath Robotics combined resources with Christie to create a three-dimensional video game using robots. "The pairing of Clearpath and Christie bridges two technologies, from unrelated fields, to create an interactive experience in a way that has never been done before" is the way a unkonwn writer described the collaboration.
A campaign to move beyond autism awareness to understanding, inclusion and belonging.
April 2 marks the 8th World Autism Awareness Day, established in 2008 by the United Nations to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder.
Waterloo Region - Autism Services Waterloo Region (ASWR) launched "Welcome to the Spectrum", a community engagement campaign aimed at growing the understanding of autism within the Waterloo Region by exploring and celebrating our diversity. Wanting to move beyond autism awareness to understanding, inclusion, and belonging, the campaign aims to make Waterloo Region a better place for people living with autism. "It is not just about recognizing that autism exists. It is about embracing it and celebrating it. Autism makes our world a better place," said Jessica Hutchison, Program Manager, ASWR.
Grand River Hospital begins changes to maintain services while balancing budget for 2015/2016
Kitchener - Grand River Hospital is planning to put in place changes to support care for patients and families while continuing to operate within a balanced budget for the 2015/2016 fiscal year. “We have worked hard to maintain our service volumes,” said Malcolm Maxwell, GRH’s president and CEO. “We are also preparing new services to better support the needs of our community, such as improved medical imaging care through our MRI for children as well as a specific unit to support care of the elderly. We will provide these services with existing funds."
Dutch Defence Pipeline Organisation (DPO) Digitizes With OpenText
Waterloo - OpenText announced that the Defence Pipeline Organisation (DPO), part of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, has chosen OpenText to digitize its active and archived documents. Using OpenText's Extended Enterprise Content Management for SAP, the DPO is now able to make all documents and archives digitally available.
New Western University study reveals exercise further combats cigarette cravings
London - Tobacco use kills more than five million people per year and smoking is the world's single most preventable cause of death. As a result, researchers at Western University are now actively combating cigarette cravings through exercise and a new study has delivered promising results.
Neuroscientists call for immediate action to determine the dangers and benefits of cognitive-enhancing drug use in healthy people
Cambridge, UK - The government, pharmaceutical industry, and national medical organisations need to work together to look at the harms and benefits of long-term use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by healthy individuals, say neuroscientists Professor Barbara Sahakian and Dr Sharon Morein-Zamir from the University of Cambridge in the UK, writing in a Personal View in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.
Women & Tech
41% of women leave IT after 10 years
Promising careers are pushed out due to a hostile workplace that is not conducive to female employees
Sexism, lack of equal pay and limited upward mobility force 41% of women to leave the tech industry after 10 years of work experience. Women in tech peaked in 1989 and has been steadily declining ever since. There is room for women to succeed: CIO of Global Risk Technologies and COO of its U.S. subsidiary Chargebacks911, Monica Eaton-Cardone represents the 11% of female CIOs in the U.S.
Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board Meeting Highlights from March 26th
Kitchener The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s (WWLHIN) Board of Directors held their regular meeting on March 26, 2015. Following are highlights from the meeting.
Alberta's economy: What's next?
ATB Financial releases latest Alberta Economic Outlook (Q2 2015)
Calgary - We're starting to see and feel the effects of the low price of oil. Our economy has slowed and various industries are tightening their belts. Many Albertans and others across the country are asking what will happen next. ATB Financial's Chief Economist Todd Hirsch is addressing that question with findings from the latest Alberta Economic Outlook. Released today, it summarizes research on Alberta's most important sectors, analyzes the province's economic happenings and outlines what may occur over the next three months (April-June 2015).
Arts & Culture
City of Waterloo launches its first artist in residence program
Waterloo - The City of Waterloo invites local artists to apply for this unique community building opportunity. “One of the recommendations to come out of our culture plan consultation was the need for an artist in residence program,” said Justin McFadden, executive director of economic development for the City of Waterloo. “Creating this program will help us showcase a broad range of local arts, and connect artistic activity with community building.”
Researchers identify gatekeeper neurons that control pain and itch
by Mo Costandi, theguardian:uk edition
New research provides direct evidence for an influential model of pain first proposed in 1965. Spinal cord
During the 1960s, neuroscientists Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall proposed an influential new theory of pain. At the time, researchers were struggling to explain the phenomenon. Some believed that specific nerve fibres carry pain signals up into the brain, while others argued that the pain signals are transmitted by intense firing of non-specific fibres.
First Meeting for Ontario’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women
Province implementing $41 Million Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment
Queens Park - Ontario’s new permanent Roundtable on Violence Against Women will hold its inaugural meeting today at the Ontario Legislature. The roundtable is one of 13 key initiatives from It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, which was launched earlier this month.
“It’s About Time”
Hunters, anglers and trappers are the first and best conservationists.
Ottawa - The Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development continued its study of licenced hunting and trapping in Canada, hearing evidence from Dr. Mark Boyce, Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Rob Olson, Managing Director of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, and Jonathan Scarth, Senior Vice-President of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. In thanking the Committee, Scarth said simply “It’s about time.” He then went on to explain “Hunters, anglers and trappers are the first and best conservationists.”
Family Business - Seminar
Protecting Your Business Family from Family Law Claims
London - Family law issues have special importance for the owners of family businesses, as business interests are 'property' under Ontario family law. Proactive planning prior to marriage, turning one's mind to family law issues as business interests grow and change during marriage, and careful management of issues surrounding the business upon separation are critical to protecting business interests from potential family law claims. With family businesses in particular, where there can be generations of investment and careful planning for the future, ensuring that family law issues are sensitively and effectively anticipated and managed is vital.
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