News archive - June 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Don’t be too quick to trust information on social media accounts named after a crisis like COVID-19

photo of Apoorva Chauhan

A new study, led by Apoorva Chauhan, a postdoctoral researcher at the Cheriton School of Computer Science, found that in evaluating the trustworthiness of social media accounts named after crisis events, people sometimes pay attention to the page’s profile picture, name, the number of followers it has, and spelling and grammatical errors.

“Some of these things can be easily spoofed,” said Dr. Chauhan. “People need to think beyond things that can be easily manipulated and look at the authenticity of the source of information.”

Monday, June 22, 2020

Six Cheriton School of Computer Science faculty members receive Outstanding Performance Awards

Photo of Edward Lank, Kate Larson, Ondrej Lhoták, M. Tamer Özsu, Peter van Beek and Troy Vasiga

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors Edward Lank, Kate Larson, Ondřej Lhoták, M. Tamer Özsu, Peter van Beek and Troy Vasiga have each received a 2019 Outstanding Performance Award. Established in 2005, these awards recognize University of Waterloo faculty members for their outstanding contributions in teaching, scholarship and service.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Computer science student Jameson Weng awarded Governor General’s Silver Medal

photo of Jameson Weng

Computer science graduate Jameson Weng has been awarded a Governor General’s Silver Medal, a prestigious national recognition of undergraduate students who have attained the highest academic standing during their degrees.

In Jameson’s case, that distinction was an average of 97 percent across his undergraduate courses.

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