Monday, January 23, 2023 | Day by day Bulletin

Monday, January 23, 2023 | Daily Bulletin

Arithmetic remembers Ken Seng Tan

A message from the School of Arithmetic.

We’re very vastly saddened to announce that our beloved pal and colleague, Professor Ken Seng Tan, handed away on January 1, 2023. 

Ken Seng Tan accomplished his BMath, MMath, and PhD in Actuarial Science on the College of Waterloo. His 1995 doctoral thesis gained an award for Oustanding Achievement in Graduate Research. It additionally marked the start of a lifelong friendship and collaboration along with his supervisor, Phelim Boyle. 

Ken Seng joined the Division of Statistics and Actuarial Science as college in 1998. He held a Canada Analysis Chair in Quantitative Danger Administration from 2005 to 2010, and a College Analysis Chair from 2010 to 2015. From 2006 to 2015 he was Affiliate Director of the Institute for Quantitative Finance and Insurance coverage and its successor, WatRISQ. Ken Seng additionally held a longterm visiting place on the Central College of Finance and Economics in Beijing, the place he was lively in supporting Chinese language actuarial training and analysis.

Ken Seng Tan speaks at a podium. 

Between 2015 and 2020, Ken Seng was the Chief Actuarial Advisor of the Danger Administration, Financial Sustainability, and Actuarial Science Growth in Indonesia (READI) venture. This was a serious enterprise, primarily based in Waterloo and largely funded by International Affairs Canada. The venture labored with universities, regulators, and insurers to develop actuarial science training, analysis, and observe all through Indonesia. The success of the READI venture was a direct results of Ken Seng’s tireless management. In 2017, Ken Seng was awarded the Solar Life Fellowship of Worldwide Actuarial Science, in recognition of his work in Indonesia and China. 

In 2019, Professor Tan joined the Nanyang Enterprise Faculty in Singapore as Professor and Director of the Insurance coverage Danger and Finance Analysis Centre. In 2021, he was awarded the President’s Chair in Actuarial Danger Administration at NTU. In his brief tenure at NTU, Ken Seng constructed a thriving centre of excellence in actuarial science and threat administration. 

Professor Ken Seng Tan speaks in front of a blue screen.

Ken Seng was a superb scholar. He printed over 140 analysis papers and guide chapters. He was lively on the editorial boards of a number of main journals. He was awarded each the Hachemeister and the Redington Prize by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), who additionally named him as one in all twenty-four inaugural Chartered Enterprise Danger Analysts for his thought management and pioneering achievements within the subject. 

Above all, Ken Seng was a compassionate human being, with a singular capability to kind lasting friendships with individuals from all walks of life all through the world. He was an inspiring mentor and position mannequin to lots of of scholars and colleagues. 

Ken Seng liked Waterloo and continued his connection after shifting to Singapore, as an adjunct professor and frequent customer. His spouse Jennifer, and his sister Yuki, are each UW alumni. A memorial occasion to have a good time his life will likely be introduced later. 

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A message from the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Workplace (SVPRO).

Consent Week is upon us, operating from January 23 – 27. It is a chance for the UWaterloo neighborhood to have interaction in conversations, actions, and occasions targeted on consent and constructing consent tradition.

Speaking about consent and constructing consent tradition is figure that’s performed all year long however consent week permits us to deliberately normalize dialogue about consent, improve nuanced understandings of consent, discover how one can interact in wholesome, supportive, respectful relationships with each other, embed consent in our each day practices and spotlight the help providers obtainable for college students, workers and school.

Consent tradition is a tradition constructed upon mutual respect, understanding and help. Consent tradition ensures nobody is pressured into something, respects bodily autonomy, and relies on the assumption that an individual is all the time the perfect choose of their very own wants and desires. After we create consent tradition, we respect the emotional, the private, and the bodily wants of others we work together with professionally, casually, intimately, and sexually.

The Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Workplace – SVPRO, is planning consent week workshops and occasions to proceed the constructing of consent tradition on campus, together with a consent slogan contest. SVPRO is reaching out to college students to resolve on a brand new consent slogan for use for the rest of 2023. The slogan could also be used for assets, promotion, social media, web sites and t-shirts.

For a full listing of consent week occasions and to enter the consent slogan contest comply with this hyperlink.

SVPRO helps all college students, workers and school on the UWaterloo campus who’ve skilled or been impacted by sexual violence.

You’ll be able to contact SVPRO by e-mail at

For extra data go to their web site.

Waterloo athlete represents Canada on nationwide sitting volleyball staff

Athletes sitting on a floor with a volleyball net between them as part of a sitting volleyball game.

By Jon Parsons. This text was initially printed on Waterloo Information.

A second-year undergraduate scholar within the Recreation and Sport Enterprise program is a rising star within the sport of worldwide sitting volleyball.

Nasif Chowdhury represents Canada and helped deliver the lads’s nationwide staff close to the head of the game in latest competitors.

“I used to be on the Paralympic qualifiers for Tokyo in 2019, and sadly we simply missed the qualification,” Chowdhury says. “In November 2022, we had been in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Sitting Volleyball World Championships.”

On the latest World Championships, Chowdhury and the Canadian staff ended up ending eleventh, after a hard-fought win over Poland.

A disability-specific sport

As a paralympic sport, worldwide sitting volleyball is for disabled individuals and has restrictions round which incapacity classes are eligible to play.

“My particular incapacity is a limb differential,” Chowdhury says. “I do have each my legs, however one is about eight inches shorter than the opposite. Due to that, I put on a prosthetic system that plenty of amputees put on.”

The game has many similarities to volleyball by way of the principles and gameplay. A few of the key variations are the scale of the courtroom, the peak of the online and naturally that the athletes are sitting on the bottom.

However the phrase “sitting” mustn’t convey the impression that the gamers are stationary. The athletes are by no means nonetheless, however as an alternative always and swiftly shifting alongside the ground to dig up the ball, set hits and look to dam.

Nasif Chowdhury putting in a serve at an exhibition event at the Waterloo Physical Activities Complex.

Nasif Chowdhury placing in a serve at an exhibition occasion on the Waterloo Bodily Actions Advanced. Dr. Christopher Taylor (AVP of EDI-R workplace) interviewed Nasif Chowdhury and Joyce Barlow on a latest version of The Curve podcast.

“One of many principal guidelines is that you need to preserve your butt on the bottom, however there’s some leniency,” Chowdhury explains. “There may be conditions the place your butt is likely to be off the bottom, however your complete decrease again is on the bottom. That’s completely wonderful. And you’ll transfer on the courtroom by getting up barely off the bottom.”

Sports activities tradition and camaraderie

As with many sports activities, sitting volleyball has a particular tradition and sense of neighborhood amongst athletes. As Chowdhury describes it, the Canadian males’s nationwide staff is a gaggle that welcomed him as household.

“All of us have disabilities, and all of us have amputations or prosthetics,” he says. “And we are able to all form of snicker about it and have some enjoyable with it. It’s one thing you do not essentially get with common sports activities, however everyone knows one another, we settle for it, and we’ll make jokes.”

Nasif Chowdhury (in red shirt) and other participants at an exhibition of sitting volleyball at the University of Waterloo.

Nasif Chowdhury (in pink shirt) and different individuals at an exhibition of sitting volleyball on the College of Waterloo.

Requested to elaborate, Chowdhury recounts one thing that he’d by no means heard earlier than getting concerned with the game however that now he’s heard numerous instances.

“Move me my leg,” he says with a smile. “Say your teammate is coming off the courtroom and hopping over to the bench, and he’s identical to, ‘go my leg.’ And also you seize his prosthetic for him and hand it over.”

Chowdhury and different members of the Canadian males’s sitting volleyball staff hosted an exhibition of the game on the College of Waterloo as a part of Worldwide Day for Individuals with Incapacity in early December 2022.

College students can let their voices be heard with Voices 2023 zine

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A message from the Waterloo Undergraduate Scholar Affiliation (WUSA).

Are you aware of Waterloo undergraduates who’re enthusiastic about images, poetry writing, drawing, or portray? The Ladies’s Centre is launching their Voices 2023 zine this March. It’s their annual publication that showcases scholar creations and permits readers to view the world by an intersectional lens. College students can submit artwork items, like poetry, images, work, drawings, and many others., to seize their creative expressions and scholar experiences.   

 Please share this chance with them. Submissions may be emailed to from now till Friday, February 10.  

Be taught extra about Voices at

Here is the primary of this week’s Consent Week Ideas of the Day, equipped by the Sexual Violence and Prevention Response Workplace (SVPRO).

When enthusiastic about consent it is very important replicate on the facility and privilege you maintain in varied areas. When somebody has extra energy and privilege than another person, it makes it troublesome for the individual with much less energy and privilege to say no.

Tip: Take into consideration the facility and privilege you maintain within the varied areas you inhabit (e.g. on campus, in your house, socially with your mates). For those who maintain energy suppose by how one can make these with much less energy really feel extra comfy and assured making the choices which are proper for them (e.g. inform them you gained’t be upset if they are saying no, set clear boundaries for your self and ask them what their boundaries are, respect their boundaries).

That is only a reminder that the College’s emergency communication system will likely be examined at present round 1:15 p.m. Emergency communication channels being examined embrace:

  • Tweets to @UWaterloo and @WatSAFEapp;
  • WatSAFE cellular app;
  • The ‘WatSAFE Desktop Notification’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops; and
  • Portal alerts and push notifications.

Extra information in regards to the take a look at is offered on the Watsafe web site.

Curlers holding trophies pose with President Gerald Hagey in this undated photo.

Talking of reminders: registration is now open for the 49th Annual UW Hagey BonspielThis occasion takes place on Saturday, February 25 on the Ayr Curling Membership.

“No expertise crucial! Enjoyable is necessary!” says a notice from organizers. “Classes and pairings with skilled curlers can be found.”

You’ll be able to register on-line as of now. The registration price is $45.00, which will get you two video games of curling, morning and afternoon snacks, a sit-down luncheon and prizes.

Fee is by e-transfer or cheque, made out to Hagey Funspiel, and may be posted dated to February 17, 2023.

You’ll be able to ask questions, drop off or ship cost to Jim Howard, Human Sources, East Campus 1, X36451,