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Community Stories

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the UWindsor community with unprecedented challenges as we continue to work, learn and communicate under circumstances we have never experienced before. Students, staff and faculty continue to support one another and the Windsor-Essex community by preparing for a safe return to campus, performing innovative research as well as exploring new ways to teach, learn, operate and collaborate.  

The Community Stories page is an opportunity to share stories and highlight how you, a colleague or classmate, department, student, faculty or staff member are contributing to a safe and gradual resumption of on-campus activities. If there is a department or individual you would like to shine a spotlight on for their contributions to a safe return to campus, please email returntocampus@uwindsor.ca.

March 23, 2021

Provincial funding boosts research tracking COVID-19 through sewage

Researchers at the University of Windsor using sewage as an early warning system for COVID-19 outbreaks are receiving $540,000 in funding as part of a new provincial wastewater surveillance system co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks.

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March 22, 2021

Students and partners honoured for excellence in experiential learning

After a year when a global pandemic forced organizations to make hard decisions about hiring and bringing students on board, the offices of Co-op & Workplace Partnerships and Career Development & Experiential Learning are honouring participants who overcame these challenges.

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March 22, 2021

UWindsor facility repurposed as downtown vaccination clinic

The vaccination clinic at the University’s downtown Windsor Hall is set to administer the first of thousands of doses today. After months of planning, the facility will join other community mass vaccination sites in order to inoculate large numbers of the population in the fight against COVID-19.

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March 17, 2021

App provides guide to COVID-19 vaccine pharmacies

Leddy Library’s geospatial data analyst, Carina Luo, is helping the Windsor-Essex residents identify vaccine pharmacies in their community. Windsor-Essex is one of three regions in the province where people aged 60 to 64 can book an appointment with participating pharmacies to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

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March 15, 2021

Researchers set to screen for COVID-19 on campus

UWindsor researchers launched a pilot project to screen 60 campus volunteers for COVID-19. Participants in the COVID Surveillance Platform study will have their saliva tested weekly, and will get results via a cellphone app called MyCap.

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March 15, 2021

Database collects news relating to people with disabilities and COVID-19

The Law, Disability & Social Change Project has compiled an online database of more than 1,200 news stories relating to people with disabilities and COVID-19.

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March 11, 2021

Professor working to redefine lab experiences

Kinesiology professor Adriana Duquette alternates through one of three lab-based courses each semester: Laboratory Experiences in Biomechanics and Ergonomics, Human and Exercise Physiology, and Motor Learning and the Psychology of Physical Activity.

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February 4, 2021

University providing hospital with downtown space for vaccinations

Windsor Regional Hospital is partnering with the University of Windsor to establish space in downtown Windsor for a future vaccination site.

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February 4, 2021

Students hoping to address vaccine hesitancy

A group of UWindsor students are planning an online panel discussion to address public concerns about receiving inoculation against COVID-19.

In partnership with WE-Spark Health Institute, the students will host a live streamed discussion on Friday, Feb. 19.

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January 27, 2021

Law students examining impact of COVID-19 on UWindsor experience

Master of Law students are conducting research to assess how COVID-19 has impacted UWindsor students.

The pandemic is one of the most significant events of our time, and its changing situations, containment protocols, and medical advances are experienced differently by different members of society.

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January 14, 2021

Federal grants to support legal research projects

Two UWindsor law professors have won support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for research collaborations exploring issues of public concern.

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January 4, 2021

Co-op students work with COVID-tracing technology start-up

Four UWindsor students — three majoring in computer science and one in business — had an opportunity to make a direct impact on the spread of COVID-19, securing co-operative education placements with a company developing products to help manage testing for the disease.

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December 18, 2020

UWindsor researchers helping to develop COVID19 immunity test

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you will want to know if you have gained immunity to the very contagious and potentially life-threatening virus. UWindsor professor John Trant is working with a biomedical industry partner to develop a simple antibody test that will quickly tell if the vaccine has boosted your immune system enough to create antibodies that will fight off the coronavirus.

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November 9, 2020

UWindsor COVID research gets $300,000 funding boost

A team of UWindsor scientists testing sewage as an early warning system for the community spread of COVID-19 has received a huge federal funding boost.

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November 6, 2020

Record attendance marks success of cancer research conference

The culmination of months of planning, the fifth Biennial International Cancer Research Conference, Nov. 19 to 21, had everything, organizers say.

A record 270 registrants attended the conference, hosted virtually from Windsor by the Windsor Cancer Research Group, WE-Spark Health Institute’s flagship program.

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November 2, 2020

Research team to explore dynamics of cancer-causing proteins

A team of UWindsor scientists will use a multifaceted approach to explain the basic behaviours of disease-causing proteins, in an effort to advance the understanding of why a Canadian biopharma company's cancer-fighting drug is proving successful in clinical trials.

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October 26, 2020

Study of COVID-19’s psychological impact on local healthcare workers enters second phase

The second part of a study launched in June will ask Windsor-Essex healthcare workers to complete a short survey indicating how the pandemic is affecting their mental health.

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October 21, 2020

Breast cancer social scholar published in the Conversation Canada

The University of Windsor’s Jane McArthur, a PhD candidate in sociology/social justice, has recently had an article published in the Conversation Canada on what she says sheds lights on issues not addressed in current breast cancer awareness initiatives.

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October 19, 2020

Unique Paediatric Oncology Handbook Created for Local Charity

Newly graduated University of Windsor student Kaila Wilson has created a one-of-a-kind tool for local organization Fight Like Mason Foundation to help families with children going through cancer treatment.

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October 6, 2020

UWindsor prof to address cross-border medical mixer

A virtual meeting Oct. 8 will bring together healthcare organizations, innovators, research institutions and investors from across Southeast Michigan and Southwestern Ontario in an effort to inspire partnerships supporting healthcare innovation.

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September 22, 2020

UWindsor vaping research grabs international attention

Research by UWindsor’s Drew Marquardt into how vaping injures the lungs has captured the attention of the chemistry world. 

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September 8, 2020

Student designing toolkit for communicating health research

A UWindsor student is designing a toolkit to help health researchers disseminate information about their work.

Ryan Palazzolo is working on knowledge translation, creating messaging that simplifies information to match the expertise of its target audience. His project will help researchers apply for grants, communicate with other experts, or explain their work to the general public.

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September 3, 2020

Healthcare researchers and executives to engage in conversations on COVID-19

WE-Spark Health Institute is hosting a series of conversations during the month of September pairing healthcare executives with award-winning researchers, each bringing their unique perspectives and updates on local research.

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September 2, 2020

Prof developing low-cost ventilator design

A UWindsor researcher is developing a low-cost ventilator that can be assembled from off-the-shelf components and has almost no moving parts.

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August 7, 2020

Study seeking to identify barriers to health research

A local medical student is leading a study to identify barriers to involvement in conducting health research and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Justin Senecal, a student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry – Windsor Campus and a member of the WE-Spark Health Institute, is recruiting clinicians and researchers from throughout Windsor-Essex county to complete a brief questionnaire.

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June 4, 2020

UWindsor research team designing new testing device for COVID-19

UWindsor researchers are trying to revolutionize the testing process for COVID-19 by developing a portable device that is quicker, cheaper, and more accurate than current laboratory tests.

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