WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Keep your long-term goals in mind to
make your dream a reality, Professor Chris Hadfield told members of a
capacity—and captivated—crowd that came to hear his free public lecture
at the University of Waterloo today.
"You don't get lost in the hassles of the short term. It helps you keep
your decision-making headed in the right direction," said Professor
Hadfield, who dreamed of going to space before Canada had an astronaut
program. "Nothing in the future is guaranteed. But what is a guarantee
is if you don't turn yourself into the person you want to be, you zero
your own chances."
Professor Hadfield, who has been around the world 2,500 times, took the
audience on an astronaut's trip around the Earth, from launch to
re-entry. The lecture was his first appearance on campus since his
appointment as adjunct professor of aviation last October.
He is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Environment
and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and will assume some
teaching and advising responsibilities in aviation and related programs
at Waterloo in the fall of 2014. Waterloo's bachelor of science and
bachelor of environmental studies programs both offer coursework in
"It's astonishing to think that I once introduced Chris Hadfield to a
Waterloo audience as he orbited the Earth on the International Space
Station," said Feridun Hamdullaphur, president and vice-chancellor of
Waterloo. "I welcome him here today as a member of our faculty. This is
an exciting day as he gives his first lecture as professor."
During his five months in space, Professor Hadfield participated in two
ongoing research projects related to cardiovascular health with
Professor Richard Hughson, of the Department of Kinesiology. One study
is investigating why some astronauts are prone to fainting spells when
they return to Earth. The other is looking at why arteries undergo
aging-like changes during spaceflight, and whether the results have
direct application to the major health problems associated with stiffer
arteries as we age.
Professor Hadfield underwent the latest in a series of tests as part of
Professor Hughson's research to measure the thickness of the arteries
in his neck today. The experiments follow tests Hadfield last underwent
on the day he landed back on earth.
Waterloo's aviation program launched in 2007. It is the first to offer a
bachelor of science degree in Aviation with a specialization in physics
or earth sciences or non-specialized science with geomatics. It also
offers the first bachelor of environmental studies in geography with a
geomatics specialization that also allows students to graduate with a
commercial pilot license.
Specific details with respect to his courses, research and advising are
still being reviewed, but it is anticipated that Professor Hadfield
will give lectures in existing aviation courses ranging from flight
management to human factors in aviation.
"This university is absolutely world class," said Professor Hadfield.
"I'm really looking forward to coming back in the fall. That will be
when the circle comes around and I feel that my feet are back on the
Following his lecture, Professor Hamdullahpur presented Professor
Hadfield with a Waterloo Warriors hockey jersey that bears his name.
Then Professor Hadfield signed copies of his book, An Astronaut's Guide
to Life on Earth, for the more than 200 people who waited in line for a
chance to meet him.
Professor Hadfield's relationship with the University of Waterloo dates
back to 1982 when he undertook post-graduate research here. Professor
Hadfield, who made a space-to-campus downlink call to Waterloo students Feb. 15 this year — he was 370 kilometres over the Earth at the
time — gave the keynote address when the university launched its aviation program in 2007.
About the University of Waterloo
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of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's
largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its
connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in
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committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by
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Image with caption: "Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, gave his first public lecture at the University of Waterloo since being appointed a professor of aviation earlier this year. He is pictured with Waterloo's president and vice-chancellor, Feridun Hamdullahpur. (CNW Group/University of Waterloo)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131203_C7320_PHOTO_EN_34295.jpg
Image with caption: "Following his first public lecture after being appointed a professor at the University of Waterloo, Professor Chris Hadfield was presented with a Waterloo Warriors hockey jersey that bears his name. (CNW Group/University of Waterloo)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131203_C7320_PHOTO_EN_34294.jpg
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