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									                                                                                         Wednesday, March 10, 2004                                                                                    Volume 44, Number 12

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After a long, cold winter, the campus is finally
slip-sliding into spring, with celebrations of
St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 and Noruz, the
Persian New Year, March 20, on the near
horizon. Also on the agenda as the vernal
equinox — a national holiday in Japan —
A chance to hear “an exceptionally
talented writer, at the very beginning of what
promises to be a very distinguished writing
career” is offered today as part of the
St. Jerome’s reading series. Karen Solie,
whose poetry collection, Short Haul Engine,
swept onto the literary scene in Canada
in 2001, will read this afternoon at 4 in
St. Jerome’s room 2009. One week later, on
March 17, same time and place, Newfoundland
novelist Donna Morrissey (Kit’s Law, Downhill
Chance) will read.
The Braunschweig exchange —
the longest-lasting engineering exchange
program at UW — will be the subject of a
presentation today at 4:30 p.m. in Davis
Centre room 1304. Information will be
available on the Technical University
Braunschweig, its program, and what it’s
like to live in the German city.
Alternatives Rocks — a benefit
concert for the UW-based environmental
magazine, Alternatives Journal — features
The Ludes, Jolly Llamas, and Masters and
Moderns tonight at 9 at the Starlight club,
47-A King Street in Waterloo. Tickets are
available at the Orange Money in Waterloo,
Encore Records in Kitchener, and Music in
Orbit in Guelph.
The annual conference of the
Philosophy Graduate Student Association will
be held on March 11 and 12 in Hagey Hall
room 334. Presentation topics include:
Epistemology, Philosophy of Language,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo: Barbara Elve
Logic, Aesthetics, Existentialism, and Moral
and Political Philosophy. The schedule
and abstracts are available online at
The focus will shift to the margins of
the queer community at the Rainbow Reels           A school with a view is taking shape on the Grand River in Cambridge, with new windows installed in what will become the UW
Queer Films Festival, March 11 to 14, with         school of architecture. The transformation of a former silk factory is proceeding with both interior and exterior renovations underway to prepare the
screenings at the Princess Cinema in               school for its September 2004 opening.
Waterloo, and on campus in Davis Centre room
1302. Co-sponsored by the Waterloo Public
Interest Research Group and the Federation of
Students, the festival will open on Thursday,
March 11, at 9:15 p.m. with the Canadian
production, Girl King, at the Princess. Details
can be found at
                                                   Engineering hiring instructors
Finalists will have their say
in the Sandford Fleming Foundation debate
competition on Friday, March 12, at noon
                                                   to develop work term courses
                                                 by Chris Redmond                                                         deliver the program.”                          proposal for the Professional Development
outside POETS in Carl Pollock Hall.

                                                          new unit of “nine or ten people,                                  Sedra, who arrived as engineering dean       for Engineering Students (PDEng) pro-
Students Hand-in-Hand is the title                        full-time” will be set up to operate                            last summer, has played a major role in        gram, include professional responsibility,
of the student-organized HIV-AIDS seminar                 the courses that engineering                                                           getting the program     communications, intellectual property,
on Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. students will soon be taking during their                                                          planned and             information literacy, risk assessment, team
in Arts Lecture Hall. The free event will bring co-op work terms.                                                                                approved. It got        leadership and project management.
together scholars and activists to discuss          The courses, dealing with such topics                                                        the final okay from       PDEng is “the glue that will join the work
the global HIV and AIDS crisis, as well as       as management, health and safety, and                                                           UW’s senate at the      experience to the academic program,”
efforts in Canada to better understand and       risk management, will make UW students                                                          February meeting.       says Sedra.
control the disease. To register, email          “even better,” says Adel Sedra, the dean                                                        Now, he doesn’t hide      He says it’s something that will give UW
                                                                                                    Photo: Barbara Elve                    of engineering.                                                                                 his excitement at       an edge in attracting top young people to
                                                    The first course will be ready in                                                            what’s coming.          study engineering here. “If you look at the
UW puts out the welcome mat                      January 2005, in time for next fall’s 1A                                                           “Waterloo, which     applications data,” the dean said, “the per-
for prospective students and their parents on    engineering students to take it on their                                                        pioneered co-opera-     centage of high school graduates in
Campus Day 2004, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on        first work term. Eventually, five courses                                                       tive education, is      Ontario who are electing to come to
Tuesday, March 16. This action-packed event      are planned.                                                             Adel Sedra             now taking this to a    Waterloo as their first choice is going
is planned to provide an opportunity to learn       “We are about to hire our first one                                   new level,” he says. “We have been the         down, and that has to be of concern. Our
more about academic programs, campus life,       or two instructors,” the dean said in an                                 best in technical education, and we will be    competition has been doing a very good
and student services. Special presentations      interview last week. “It’s a big operation….                             the best now in the softer skills that engi-   job of advertising themselves.” Now, he
include Financing, Co-op, Life of a UW student, We’re going to create an organizational                                   neers need to succeed.”                        intends to blow Waterloo’s horn, telling
                             continued on page 2 unit in the faculty that will develop and                                  Those “softer” skills, as set out in the                                 continued on page 11

            Inside: Robot steals the show at CEIT ◆ Fine arts scores a PREA ◆ UW drama goes downtown
2 UW Gazette March 10, 2004

UW meetings scheduled                                   Enrolment dates                                           University Policy 18 provides maximum opportunity for      ably in information management or computer science
The following meetings, scheduled in the                Spring 2004 undergraduate class enrol-                    promotion of regular, internal staff members. Those        with extensive university experience and broad
next few days, are open to any interested               ment appointments will occur March 8 to                   interested in applying for an available position are       knowledge of university policies. Proven ability to col-
member of the UW community:                             April 3. Open enrolment begins April 5.                   invited to call Human Resources at extension 2524, for     lect, store, analyze and report on data and trends as
• Senate finance committee, Friday, March                                                                         more information or are welcome to visit during regu-      well as experience developing policy alternatives,
12, at 10:30 a.m. in NH 3001.                           Fill out a form to graduate                               lar working hours to view a detailed job description.      statements, positions or responses to various issues
• Pension and benefits committee,                       All students expecting to graduate at                     Human Resources is located in the General Services         affecting the university, both internally and externally.
Thursday, March 18, at 8:30 a.m. in                     the Spring 2004 Convocation must                          Complex, Room 130. A current résumé is required            Demonstrated project management, strategic plan-
NH 2004.                                                submit an “Intention to Graduate”                         with your application. You may email résumés to:           ning, analytical, organizational and leadership skills.
• Senate graduate and research council,                 form. Forms are available by visiting            This list is also available for     Proven ability to communicate effectively (both oral
Monday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. in                                   view on the Human Resources web site at: http://           and written) with a wide range of individuals. Sound
NH 3001.                                                IntentionToGraduate.pdf for undergraduate                    judgment, tact, diplomacy and problem solving skills
• Senate, Monday, March 22, at 4:30 p.m. in             and                                                                                     are required as is an understanding of, and commit-
NH 3001.                                                Convocation/intenttograd.pdf for graduate.                Due to the number of applications received, we regret      ment to higher education’s mission. Demonstrated
                                                        Hard copy forms are available from the                    that we can not respond to external applicants who         ability to take initiative and work independently and
Health and safety meeting                               registrar’s office, the graduate studies                  apply to the vacancies listed below unless an inter-       as a team member in a fast paced, highly computer-
The joint health and safety committee will              office, or department offices.                            view is scheduled.                                         ized and challenging environment. Superior analytical
meet on Thursday, March 25, from 1:30 to                   Convocation information will be mailed                                                                            and research skills. Extensive experience in the
3 p.m. in NH 3004. Call Sheila Hurley,                  to the mailing address recorded in QUEST.                 (For non-union staff vacancies only, if there are no       design and development of relational databases
ext. 3587 to confirm attendance.                        This is also the address to which diplomas                qualified internal applications, a decision may be         (ORACLE, ACCESS) required. Excellent computing
                                                        will be mailed for students who do not                    made, no earlier than seven working days from the          skills including advanced level Microsoft Excel and
CECS dates for February 2004                            attend convocation ceremonies. Spring                     job posting, to seek external candidates. All applica-     Access experience.
Following are some important dates from                 2004 convocation dates are June 16, 2                     tions received after this decision will be treated on an
career services and cooperative services:               p.m., applied health sciences, environmen-                equal basis, without consideration of the internal sta-    Graduate Admissions Coordinator. Mechanical
March 10: Job posting no. 7 available                   tal studies, and independent studies; June                tus of the candidate).                                     Engineering. Grade USG 4. Several years office experi-
by noon                                                 17, 2 p.m. arts; June 18, 2 p.m. science;                                                                            ence in a university environment. Working knowledge
March 11: Job posting no. 7 expires at                  June 19, 10 a.m. mathematics and 2 p.m.                   This job list becomes effective Wednesday, March 10,       of university policies and procedures as they relate to
8 p.m.                                                  engineering.                                              2004 and should be removed on March 16, 2004.              graduate studies preferred. Excellent computing skills
March 15: Job posting no. 8 available                                                                                                                                                                          continued on page 15
by noon                                                 English proficiency exam                                  Administrative Assistant. Institutional Analysis and
March 16: Job posting no. 8 expires at                  The English Language Proficiency Exam                     Planning. Grade USG 5. Several years university expe-
8 p.m.                                                  (ELPE) will be held for all faculties, on                 rience with superior administrative and support skills
March 17: Job posting no. 9 available                   Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the PAC.                    including budget management. Superior interpersonal
by noon                                                                                                           and diplomatic skills with the ability to work in a
March 18: Job posting no. 9 expires at                  Career assistants needed                                  constantly changing and demanding environment.
8 p.m.                                                  Career services is looking for creative                   In-depth knowledge of the university environment,
April 20: Co-op status changed to “On                   students to fill a variety of volunteer                   people, policies, procedures and organizational struc-
Own-Self Imposed” if no Continuous                      positions. The positions are open to regu-                ture. Ability to exercise independent judgment and to      Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mostafa
Registration Form is handed in.                         lar and co-op students with strong inter-                 handle stressful situations. Strong attention to detail.   Marei, “Novel Control Algorithms for Inverter-Based
                                                        personal and communication skills.                        Understanding of university protocol and public rela-      Custom Power Conditioners.” Supervisors, Dr. M.
                                                        Volunteers will gain valuable job search,                 tions, particularly dealing with internal and external     Salama and Dr. E. El-Saadany. Thesis on deposit in
                                                        marketing, and/or career-related skills by                contacts. Excellent communication skills (both oral        the engineering graduate studies office, CPH 4367,
                                                        promoting events and services or by help-                 and written) with proven computing skills using            available for perusal and may be signed out overnight
                                                        ing other students with their career plan-                Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience in           until February 27; oral defence to be held Friday,
                                                        ning and job search. Applications are                     web site maintenance using html, Dreamweaver or            March 12 at 10 a.m. in CEIT 3142.
                                                        available in career services, TC 1214,                    Fireworks would be an asset.
                                                        or at the student career assistant program:                                                                          Kinesiology. Shelley Sandiford, “Acute Regulation of
  continued from page 1                                                 Institutional Analyst. Institutional Analysis and          Muscle NA+-K+-ATPase by Contractile Activity.”
  and a session for students who plan to apply in       The deadline is March 19.                                 Planning. Grade USG 11/12. Master’s degree, prefer-        Supervisor, Dr. Howie Green. Thesis on display in the
  2005 or later. Printed Campus Day guides that                                                                                                                              faculty of applied health sciences, BMH 3120, and
  detail the events will be available at the Visitors                                                                                                                        available for perusal until March 11; oral defence to
  Centre in South Camps Hall, the Student Life                                                                                                                               be held Friday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. in BMH 1035.
  Centre, and other locations on campus.                                                                          Florida vacation rental
  Conflict Management for Instructors                                                                             Looking for some R & R? Rent this beautiful single         Civil Engineering. Roberto Olivera Bonilla,
  is the title of a workshop offered by TRACE on                                                                  family home in Port Charlotte, located between             “Numerical Simulations of Undrained Granular
  Tuesday, March 16, at noon in Math and                                                                          Sarasota and Fort Myers on southwest Florida’s sunny       Media.” Supervisor, Dr. L. Rothenburg. Thesis on
  Computer room 5158. Open to all grad students         Unclassified ads cost $3 for 25 words, cash in            Gulf coast. Fully furnished, all amenities, three bed-     deposit in the engineering graduate studies office,
  and instructors at UW, the session will discuss       advance. Ads must be submitted to the Gazette office,     rooms, two bathrooms, large screened-in lanai/patio        CPH 4367, available for perusal and may be signed
  dealing with “disruptive or manipulative              NH 3041, by noon on Monday. No ads by telephone,          and swimming pool. No large pets. Please check out         out overnight until March 19; oral defence to be held
  students” and offer strategies to avoid               please. No refunds.                                       our web site:             Friday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. in E2 3324.
  conflicts by establishing credibility and                                                                       and/or call 747-1662. Photos available.
  developing rapport with students. Register by         English editing/proofreading                                                                                         Mechanical Engineering. Majid Bahrami,
  Friday, March 12 at           Let me correct the grammar, spelling and style of your    Transcription services                                     “Modeling of Thermal Joint Resistance for Sphere-
  workhp.html.                                          manuscript, document, technical report or thesis.         Transcription of audio tapes/digital files provided        Flat Contacts in a Vacuum.” Supervisor, Dr. J.R.
                                                        Satisfaction guaranteed. Email         by former UW employee (nine years) with a                  Culham and Dr. G.E. Schneider. Thesis on deposit in
  Cock-a-leekie soup sets the stage for                 or phone (905) 525-9140 ext. 23438.                       B.Sc. (biology/psychology). Contact Julie Shikaze,         the engineering graduate studies office, CPH 4367,
  the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Wednesday,                                                                    886-2800,,                    available for perusal and may be signed out overnight
  March 17, from 11:30 to 2 p.m. at the University      Reflexotherapy and laser therapy                                                until March 23; oral defence to be announced.
  Club. Entrees — English cut roast striploin with      Featuring ancient and modern ways of
  horseradish and Guinness jus, and baked               treatments. 10-101 Westheights Clinic. Details:           Condo for rent                                             Systems Design Engineering. Henry Venema,
  Atlantic salmon with lemon-scented shamrock           (519) 897-3888.                                           Excellent large two bedroom condo, close to UW,            “An Ecosystem Approach to Climate Policy: The Role
  and caper butter — are topped off with Bailey’s                                                                 available for rent immediately; $900 plus utilities.       of Rural Renewable Energy Design.” Supervisor,
  Irish Cream cheesecake. Wear green and                Home maintenance, repairs and                             Call ext. 3248 or (905) 826-2093 evenings.                 Dr. P. Calamai. Thesis on deposit in the engineering
  reserve a place at ext. 3801.                         renovations                                                                                                          graduate studies office, CPH 4367, available for
  What Should an Educated Person Complete home maintenance and repair service. Get                                Bessie’s Dressmakers                                       perusal and may be signed out overnight until
  Know about Computers? Brian Kernighan of              your list of small jobs ready and hire me by the hour.    Provides alterations for women and men, 22 King St.        March 26; oral defence to be announced.
  Princeton University will pose that question —        I also do larger jobs, including renovations and decks.   S., Waterloo between O.W. Sports and Home
  and offer some responses — at the computer            Call Paul Grieve at 725-1479.                             Hardware. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mechanical Engineering. Chad Young, “Algorithm
  science lecture on Thursday, March 18, at                                                                       and Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 747-3565.                   Enhancements for PIV.” Supervisors, Dr. E.J.
  4:30 p.m. in Rod Coutts Hall room 101.                House for rent                                                                                                       Weckman and Dr. A.B. Strong. Thesis on deposit in
                                                        Suitable for sabbatical family, Old Lakeshore, near       Host families needed                                       the engineering graduate studies office, CPH 4367,
  Stereotypes get smashed                               Tollgate Rd. Spacious, fully furnished home with          Friendly, hospitable families to host youth from France    available for persual and may be signed out overnight
  as composers, rappers, blues and jazz artists,        three large bedrooms, one full and two half baths,        and Spain visiting KW to participate in culture and lan-   until March 29; oral defence to be announced.
  Inuit throat singers, Aboriginal dancers and          eat-in kitchen, family room with fireplace, dining        guage programs that run in July and August. Families are
  filmmakers meet to share ideas “In the Spirit of      and living room, piano, indoor garage. Available          invited to host for one or both. Students attend classes   Chemical Engineering. Jun Yan, “Water Transport
  Understanding,” an evening of live music              May 1 – December 12, 2004. No smoking, no pets.           and activities full time, Monday to Friday, and need fami- Across Oil Membranes and Related Phenomena.”
  performances on Friday, March 19, starting at         Rent, $1,500/mo. includes utilities. Car rental (1992     lies to provide a welcoming home environment, and an       Supervisor, Dr. R. Pal. Thesis on deposit in the engi-
  6:30 p.m. at the Wilfrid Laurier University Theatre   Mazda 323, hatchback, stick-shift, sport) negotia-        introduction to Canadian life and culture. Families are    neering graduate studies office, CPH 4367, available
  Auditorium. Tickets are available in advance          ble. Lease and references required. Contact owner         paid $130 per week. For information in Cambridge call      for perusal and may be signed out overnight until
  from NUMUS, (519) 896-3662, or at the door.           at 747-2290 after 7 p.m. evenings.                        Karen, Canada Linc Programs, 621-0065; in Kitchener-       March 29; oral defence to be held Monday, March 29
  Campaign Waterloo: Building a                                                                                   Waterloo call Jan, Canada Linc programs, 884-1103.         at 8:30 a.m. in DWE 2534.
  Talent Trust will officially be launched on           House for sale in Laurelwood
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                                                                                                                                                                           March 10, 2004 UW Gazette 3

New $36.5 million centre aids collaboration
between environmental and IT researchers
from UW media relations                          Funding of $27.5 million was allocated            Canada’s competitive position in the global         exhibit with geologically significant miner-

        W’s new Centre for Environmental       for CEIT through the Ontario government’s           marketplace and contribute to the contin-           als and gems.
        and Information Technology (EIT),      SuperBuild and Access to Opportunities              ued health and well-being of its citizens.             The museum is located in the March
        bringing together researchers to       programs. An additional $9 million in pri-             Environmental responsibility has been            Networks Exhibit Atrium along with a 9.14-
solve complex environmental problems           vate sector funds is being raised.                  built into the design of the centre, includ-        metre (30-foot) monolith rock installed in
and expand the frontiers of information          Inter-disciplinary research teams at the          ing a heat recovery system, improved insu-          the foundation as a centrepiece. The slab of
technology, officially opened last month.      centre work to find innovative solutions to         lation levels and window glass that                 vertical metamorphic rock called gneiss
   The $36.5-million centre is one of four     complex research problems and build on              reduces heat gain from the sun.                     rises from the basement to the second floor.
building projects with a total cost of $61.1   Waterloo’s strong record of technology                 Relocated to the centre is the Earth                The atrium is named to honor a dona-
million at UW that have been funded under      transfer to the private sector through the          Sciences Museum, with its two famous                tion to CEIT by Terry Matthews, chairman
the Ontario government’s SuperBuild pro-       creation of spin-off companies. The trans-          dinosaur replicas — Albertosaurus and               and chief executive officer, March
gram. Provincial support was matched by        fer of innovative technologies will increase        Parasaurolophus — and the Great Lakes               Networks of Ottawa.
contributions from the university, students
and private donations.
   The 15,800-square-metre (170,000-
square-foot), five-storey centre combines
teams of experts from the faculties of engi-
neering, environmental studies, mathemat-
ics and science. It houses a 150-seat lec-
ture theatre and 19 specialized
laboratories for teaching and research.
   The centre is also home to the Waterloo
Institute for Groundwater Research — a
leading research priority of the university.
   “This project addresses a huge need
here as Waterloo has the biggest source of
information technology and environmental
science graduates in Canada,” said UW
president David Johnston.
   “The new centre provides urgently
needed space for many kinds of environ-
mental and information-technology teach-
ing and research, and encourages inter-
disciplinary interaction among faculty,
students and staff,” he added. “It rein-
forces some of Waterloo’s strengths and
concentrates more expertise in these
areas of study than anywhere else in the
   David Caplan, Ontario’s minister of pub-
lic infrastructure renewal, said this is an
example of the province’s major invest-
ment to strengthen universities.
   “This commitment is a key component
of the Ontario government’s comprehen-
sive plan to prepare and expand post-sec-
ondary institutions so that we meet

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: Barbara Elve
today’s needs and build for tomorrow.”

 Students vote                                 In the best tradition of R2D2, SCORBOT-ER 111 — a.k.a. Robot Scissorshand — stole the show last month by deftly cutting a ribbon to officially open the new
                                               Centre for Environmental and Information Technology. The ceremonies attracted a host of VIPs, who beamed as the little robot, on loan from the electrical
 this week                                     and computer engineering department, performed the ritual snip. From left: Bob Harding, chair, UW board of governors and Campaign Waterloo; Ted Arnott,
                                               MPP Waterloo-Wellington; John Milloy, MPP Kitchener Centre; Elizabeth Witmer, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo; UW president David Johnston; and David
 on national                                   Caplan, Ontario minister of public infrastructure renewal. Also in the line-up, but not quite in the photo was dean of engineering Adel Sedra.

 organization                                                              UW outreach activity will develop programming skills

         ndergraduate students vote
         today and tomorrow on whether
         to maintain their membership in       Microsoft agreement funds online course
 the Canadian Alliance of Student
 Associations — one of two rival
 national groups.
                                               aimed at secondary school students
    The UW Federation of Students has                  “partnership” with Microsoft Corp.            “The first contract provides funding to            well as interact with simulations of the test
 been a member of CASA since it was                    is working well, says a memo from           support online learning development                  equipment in operation. Seven other
 created in 1995, largely by groups dis-               the electrical and computer engi-           through the revision of existing laboratory          courses will be enhanced over the next
 satisfied with the existing Canadian          neering department, where the joint work            studies and courseware in a total of 10              two years. It is estimated that a total of
 Federation of Students. Since then,           on online learning is based.                        courses. The courses covered by the                  approximately 10,000 students will benefit
 CASA has had a reputation as less con-           E&CE has announced that a web site is            terms of the first contract range from               from Microsoft Canada’s support of the
 frontational than CFS, more inclined to       now available with updates on what’s                second-year courses on electronics to                online learning initiatives.
 promote students’ interests through           being done. “Thanks to the UW Microsoft             advanced fourth-year courses in wireless                “The high school outreach course, referred
 conventional lobbying on Parliament           Online Learning Initiatives (MOLI) in elec-         communication theory.                                to as ECE 050, will be the first of its kind in
 Hill. The organization takes some of the      trical and computer engineering,” the                 “The second contract provides funding to           Canada. The course has been designed to
 credit for increased federal support for      memo says, “undergraduate students will             support the development of a new high                provide high-school students with an under-
 education and improved tax credits for        continue to have access to world-class              school outreach course designed to instruct          standing of the fundamentals of computing
 students in recent federal budgets.           laboratory studies and courseware.”                 prospective students in the use of comput-           and computer programming. Students will be
    Critics respond that CASA has                 The $2 million arrangement with                  ers and programming languages. This                  taught a variety of computer languages
 achieved little, and at a high cost. The      Microsoft was originally announced in the           course, when launched in the fall of 2004,           including C#, C++, and Visual Basic using a
 Federation spends about $35,000 a year        summer of 2002, and quickly led to charges          will provide secondary school students with          combination of lecture notes, animations,
 on CASA fees and travel to CASA               that the big software company was “buying”          access to state-of-the-art software develop-         and videos delivered electronically.
 events. Pros and cons were raised at a        its way into UW classrooms with the part of         ment tools and online courseware.                       “In the fall of 2004, it is expected that
 series of open meetings in the Student        the funding that would support the use of             “Five co-operative education students              participation in the course will be limited.
 Life Centre over the past week.               Microsoft’s C# programming language in              have been employed to develop the online             However, this course will eventually be
    The vote today is a yes-or-no choice       E&CE courses. (The rest of the agreement            laboratory studies and courseware under              available to a wide audience of high school
 on whether the UW Federation should           involved research projects and didn’t come          the terms of the contracts. So far, enhance-         students across Canada. It is expected that
 continue as a member of CASA.                 in for the same kind of criticism.)                 ments have been made to three existing               this course will also serve as a learning
    Online polls ( are open           Things were smoothed out by June 2003,           courses. Among the highlights, a com-                tool for students entering first-year pro-
 from 8 a.m. today to 8 p.m. tomorrow.         when a more detailed agreement was                  pletely new virtual laboratory study has             grams who wish to acquire a solid founda-
 Electronic polling stations will be open      reached, the department’s memo says.                been created to assist students with pre-            tion in computer programming.
 from 9 to 4 today and tomorrow in Arts        “Over the past nine months, substantial             paring to use advanced test equipment in             Development of the course is currently in
 Lecture, Carl Pollock Hall, Math and          progress has been made towards meeting              second-year and third-year electronics lab-          progress with completion of the first draft
 Computer, Davis Centre, Environmental         the ambitious goals of this partnership….           oratories. Students can learn more about             of the course materials expected some-
 Studies I and the Student Life Centre.        Two contracts have been signed.                     the test equipment used in the course as             time in August.”
4 UW Gazette March 10, 2004

‘A disgrace in the classroom’? No way,
says prof’s book on psychology teaching
by Barbara Elve                                                                                                                                                             What he found: “The excellence of the

        here are times — “briefly anguishing                                                                                                                             teaching was most striking. The critics were
        periods at the end of a course” —                                                                                                                                just flat wrong. It wasn’t true. I left classes
        when Doug Crowne wonders if he’s                                                                                                                                 walking on air, feeling all was right with the
doing a good job as a teacher.                                                                                                                                           world. I came out with a whole bunch of
   The fact that he retired 11 years ago                                                                                                                                 ideas that I then incorporated here.”
doesn’t keep him from still pondering that                                                                                                                                  Crowne observed classes taught by
question. A Distinguished Professor                                                                                                                                      “very senior distinguished professors to
Emeritus, he’s currently teaching a third-year                                                                                                                           grad TAs,” as well as “different ways of
personality theory course for the psychology                                                                                                                             solving the numbers problem.” There were
department “because I enjoy it. I certainly                                                                                                                              big classes with small discussion sections
don’t do it for the money,” he laughs.                                                                                                                                   taught by TAs, and small sections taught
   Aside from “the gnaw of self-scrutiny,”                                                                                                                               by grad students.
Crowne is aware of the scrutiny his profes-                                                                                                                                 And teaching has benefited from technol-
sion has been under “for the past 15 years,                                                                                                                              ogy, he discovered. “A good PowerPoint
both in this country and in the U.S.”                                                                                                                                    presentation can be wonderfully engaging.”
   Among the charges: “We’re a disgrace in                                                                                                                                  Crowne wrote the book not for the
the classroom, we get away with bloody                                                                                                                                   critics — “they won’t be the slightest bit
murder in sloughing off most of our teach-                                                                                                                               impressed” — but for “the people who
ing onto teaching assistants who are even                                                                                                                                would have read the critics, who have
more incompetent than we are, and we                                                                                                                                     sons and daughters in university and
spend our time dithering over trivial                                                                                                                                    wonder if they’re getting value for their
research and conning granting agencies to                                                                                                                                money,” as well as for his colleagues.
give us the money to do it.                                                                                                                                                 “It’s about teaching, and what is taught:
   Initially, said Crowne, “I was really kind                                                                                                                            the intellectual qualifications of my disci-
of offended by this stuff.” Then he won-                                                                                                                                 pline.” The odyssey takes readers on an
dered, “Can it really be true?”                                                                                                                                          entertaining review of PSYCH 101 in which
   He decided to use a sabbatical to find                                                                                                                                Crowne not only critiques the form, but the
out if the accusations laid in the “tar-and-                                                                                                                             substance of the lectures, fleshing them out
feather literature” had any validity. His                                                                                                                                with his own asides and adding insights to
method: to sit in on introductory psychol-                                                                                                                               presentations he deems too cursory.
ogy courses taught at a cross-section of                                                                                                                                    He sets the stage for each visit with a
major U.S. universities.                                                                                                                                                 description of the architecture of the cam-
   PSYCH 101 was a familiar course.                                                                                                                                      pus (enhanced with sketches by his wife,
Crowne had taught it ever since he arrived                                                                                                                               Sandy), and even tosses in the odd restau-
at UW in 1971. An elective open to stu-                                                                                                                                  rant review.
dents across campus, the classes are large                                                                                                                                  In the end, he assigns letter grades to
— traditionally about 300, a figure that                                                                                                                                 each school, with only one failing to make
more than doubled “with the Harris cuts.”                                                                                                                                the grade. His standards are demanding.
                                                 Photo: Barbara Elve

   With such immense classes, “it’s a                                                                                                                                    Of one professor, he notes: “He did an
challenge to engage students who have                                                                                                                                    intellectually solid job with it, but there
no initial interest in the subject. You have                                                                                                                             was a definite austerity, an uncompromis-
to find ways to capture their imagination.”                                                                                                                              ing straight-and-narrow sticking to the
In addition, those who teach the course                                                                                                                                  facts without much illustration, anecdote,
“need to master the whole of psychology                                Doug Crowne                                                                                       or intensity of feeling in its shaping.
to be able to lecture accurately and con-                                                                                                                                   “You don’t woo a lover or an intro class
vincingly about it.”                                                   ductory psychology as one would hear it at         the university’s window to see the room        austerely, and it takes some experience
   Crowne’s quest to discover how the                                  Berkeley on a Wednesday in October,                within, the intellectual life of beginning     with lovers and intro classes to figure that
teaching of that course fares is chronicled                            Stanford the next Tuesday, Michigan and            students. I take the reader on a personal      out. I chalked up the formality to newness
in In Search of Psyche (Philadelphia:                                  Ohio State in the same week in February,           adventure to give an unmatched portrait        at the game, a remediable deficiency.”
Xlibris), published last fall.                                         Harvard and Yale in the early spring.              of the daily happenings in university class-      Crowne — who himself is not above
   “The reader,” he says, “encounters intro-                             “Sitting in on classes is a way to peer in       room, the substance and the style….”                                        continued on page 10

English professor finds 19th century literature
holds clues to 21st century environmental issues
by Bob Whitton                                                         with the natural world in their part of New

       nglish professor Andrew McMurry is                              England (including the disappearance of
       turning to systems theory to explore                            the forested areas around Concord,
       the writings of two 19th-century                                Massachusetts). This was a region that
Americans — and shed new light on today’s                              was clearly beginning to feel the impact of
environmental and ecological issues.                                   growing ruralization and urbanization in
   The writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson                                 the United States in the period from 1800
and Henry Thoreau show they, too, were                                 to 1850 and beyond.
concerned with matters that worry many                                    Thoreau is renowned for having spent
of today’s environmental scholars, he said.                            the winters of 1845 and 1846 in a famous
   McMurry’s academic interests are in                                 experiment — living in a hut he built at
rhetoric and professional writing, and 19th                            Walden Pond. This resulted in his book,
century American literature. He has                                    Walden. Emerson also had a deep love of
written a book on the latter subject,                                  nature. After a brief period as a minister in
Environmental Renaissance: Emerson,                                    Boston, he withdrew and travelled widely
Thoreau and the Systems of Nature, which                               as a lecturer, itinerate preacher and essay-
was published last November. His goal is                               ist — known as the “Sage of Concord.”
to understand why human societies make                                    His writings, after a number of European
waste of their environments and are seem-                              tours, continued to deal not only with the
ingly unable to do otherwise.                                          Parthenon, the Sphinx, Etna and Vesuvius,
   “Why are we so good at preserving a                                 but also with the pickerel weed in bloom,
relationship with the environment that                                 wild geese honking in the sky, Monadnock
may well be suicidal?” he asks.                                        and Katahdin, Wall Street, cotton mills and
“Sustainability, conservation, renewability,                           Quincy granite.
cleanup — these words might prompt one
to suppose that a renaissance of environ-                              ‘More of us are pessimistic’
mental health actually exists or is on the                             “There is increasing recognition that the
horizon. But nothing is truly being sus-                               arrangement we’ve made with the natural
tained, conserved, renewed or cleaned up.                              environment and the ecosystem is fatally
We are rapidly outstripping the planet’s                               flawed, and more and more of us are pessi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: Barbara Elve

capacity to support us.”                                               mistic about the future of humankind, soci-
   He refers to the literary apprehensions                             ety, the whole world-system,” McMurry said.
of Thoreau and Emerson concerning the                                     “We realize that our way of being pres-
precariousness of the natural world and its                            ents a danger to our children’s and grand-
uncertain future over the last century and                             children’s futures. We are aware that
a half. They often dealt in their writings                                                          continued on page 6   Andrew McMurry
                                                                                                                                                                            March 10, 2004 UW Gazette 5

Nine more young researchers receive
$150,000 ‘excellence’ awards from province
from UW media relations                            and combinatorics and optimization.                ranging from simple signal-processing fil-            “The Premier’s Research Excellence

        ine UW faculty members are recipi-            The new PREA awardees and their                 ters to high-performance microprocessors.          Award will allow me to expand vital areas
        ents of the Premier’s Research             projects are:                                      • Otman Basir, systems design engineer-            of my current research program in Impact
        Excellence Awards (PREA) that aim          • Mark Aagaard, electrical and computer            ing, “Biologically Inspired Sensory                Biomechanics and significantly advance an
to encourage innovation among Ontario’s            engineering, “Verified Design Patterns for         Modules for Intelligent Vehicles.”                 emerging area of research in numerical
best and brightest young researchers               Pipelined Circuits.”                                  The award will enable Basir to investi-         modelling of trauma to the human body,”
within 10 years of receiving their PhDs.              “In the design of digital hardware sys-         gate and develop innovative biologically           Cronin says. “The techniques and knowl-
   The researchers will each get $150,000          tems, such as microprocessors, design              inspired sensors and sensing techniques            edge developed in this area will lead
over the next five years, with $100,000 in         engineers usually choose evolutionary              with emphasis on intelligent transporta-           towards the development of a ‘virtual
provincial money and $50,000 from univer-          solutions over radical innovations,”               tion systems in the car industry.                  human’ for use in assessing and improving
sity or corporate co-sponsors. The funding         Aagaard explains. “Even if the radical inno-          The research should result in significant       automotive vehicle crashworthiness.”
supports graduate students, post-doctoral          vations would provide significant benefits         publication activity in the field of intelli-      • Krzysztof Czarnecki, electrical and com-
fellows and other young researchers work-          in performance, area or power, engineers           gent transportation systems design tech-           puter engineering, “Generative Domain
ing with the PREA recipients.                      are hesitant to explore new regions of the         nologies that can be commercialized.               Modelling for Rapid Software Application
   The latest UW PREA recipients come              design space for fear of introducing bugs          It will also result in the training of high-       Development.”
from across campus, including the depart-          into their hardware.”                              calibre researchers and graduate students             The award will help Czarnecki launch
ments of fine arts, psychology, civil engi-           The PREA funding will enable Aagaard to         in this emerging research area.                    a research program aimed at improving
neering, electrical and computer engineer-         recruit a post-doctoral fellow to develop          • Duane Cronin, mechanical engineering,            productivity and quality in software
ing, mechanical engineering, systems               verified design patterns for pipe-lined            “Advanced Numerical Modeling of Trauma             development through generative
design engineering, applied mathematics,           circuits, used in digital-hardware systems         to the Human Body.”                                                          continued on page 11

First PREA in fine arts awarded to UW
for research by artists, art historians
by Barbara Elve

         he dictum that those who do not learn
         from history are doomed to repeat it
         speaks not only to those in the politi-
cal realm, but also to those attempting to
carve a creative niche in the art world.
   “An artist who wants to innovate must
have an acute historical knowledge,”
explains fine arts professor Robert Linsley.
“You can’t create unless you know what’s
already been done.”
   It’s a concept he attempts to convey to
his students — and the basis for Linsley’s
current study, “Painting as a Paradigm for
Conceptual, Sculptural and Installation
Practices Since the Late 1960s.” The
research is the first fine arts project in the
province to receive an Ontario Premier’s
Research Excellence Award.
   Linsley’s $150,000 PREA award will fund
an investigation into “a period of art in
the late 1960s when many artists gave
up painting and began to work with sculp-

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo: Barbara Elve
ture — but sculpture that was informed by
the fundamental properties of abstract
   The phenomenon, he adds, was “very
specific to their times.” It was expressed
by such American artists as Robert                 Investigating the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art since the late 1960s, are, from left, principal researcher Robert
Smithson and Eva Hesse, who, influenced            Linsley, with winter term co-researchers, artist Mike Murphy and art historian Shep Steiner.
by the paintings of Jackson Pollock, cre-
ated three-dimensional works using such            post-doctoral fellows and other young              employs will include art history research-         tribute substantially to the development of
media as fiberglass, wire, rope (Hesse) and        researchers to assist with the research.           ers, as well as artists “making original           contemporary art in Ontario. For too long,
tons of earth and rock arranged by bull-              He believes Canadians are in a unique           work dealing with the same ideas.                  art in the province has been oblivious to
dozer (Smithson).                                  position — “we’re not as chauvinistic as             “They will present their work in semi-           theoretical concerns current in the inter-
   Linsley, who describes himself as “a rare       Americans” — to bring together perspec-            nars, lectures and exhibitions, both in            national art world.” As well, he believes it
bird” in being both a published scholar and        tives from both continents.                        Waterloo and abroad. At least once each            will complement the university’s strengths
a practicing artist, will lead the investigation      The two-pronged project will break new          year, our department will sponsor a con-           in “computer graphics and other visual
into abstract painting and sculpture of the        ground, he adds, in employing both                 ference combined with an exhibition that           technologies… (marking) the beginning of
period from 1967 to 1972 in both the U.S.          research and creative streams. The doc-            will present research results.”                    a new cycle in the relationship between
and France, employing graduate students,           toral and post-doctoral students Linsley             Linsley predicts the program “will con-          technology and art.”

  Psychology professor is mourned                                                                        St. Jerome’s professor remembered

  Z                                                                                                      G
        iva Kunda, a faculty member in UW’s psychology department since 1992,                                    erard T. (Gerry) Campbell, a faculty member in philosophy at St. Jerome’s
        died February 24.                                                                                        University since 1967, died February 29 “after an extended battle with
           Kunda was on sabbatical leave this term, and had been fighting cancer for                             cancer,” the college announced. He had been on long-term disability leave
  some time. She is survived by her husband, Paul Thagard of UW’s department of                          for the past year. He was 61.
                       philosophy, and their two sons. A memorial service was held at                       A graduate of Western and Laval, Campbell taught in a range of philosophical
                       Conrad Grebel University College.                                                 fields: ethics, logic and metaphysics. He had a strong interest in Roman Catholic
                          A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she did                                             education, wrote on the subject and served for six years (1991-
                       her graduate work at the University of Michigan and came to                                              97) as a trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
                       UW from the faculty at Princeton.                                                                           In 1980 he received one of UW’s Distinguished Teacher
                          Praised as a star researcher in her field of social psychology,                                       Awards. “He taught me in the classroom,” one former student
                       and someone who succeeded in balancing work with personal                                                said at that time, “but I am even more grateful for the hours he
                       life, she was author of the 1999 book Social Cognition: Making                                           spent with me and others over coffee and at his home, answer-
                       Sense of People. Last year she received a major grant from the                                           ing our questions and, what is more, not afraid to talk of things
                       Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for work on                                              that concerned our vocations in life.” Another student com-
  “Understanding and overcoming cultural divides.”                                                                              pared him to Socrates, “leading his students through the maze
    In 2001 her work on “stereotyping” was described at length in a UW news                                                     of implications involved in their convictions and assisting them
  release. “In one of our studies,” she said then, “we found that UW students apply                                             in putting order in their thoughts and belief.”
  negative female stereotypes to a female professor if they get a bad grade from her.”                      He is survived by his wife, Martha, their nine children, and nine grandchildren.
  She also looked at racial stereotypes, professional stereotypes, and the different                        A funeral service was held at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. Memorial
  expectations faced by introverts and extroverts.                                                       donations to the St. Thomas Aquinas Philosophy Bursary Fund at St. Jerome’s
    Donations in her memory can be made the Grand River Foundation Cancer Centre.                        are suggested.
6 UW Gazette March 10, 2004

UW engineering students raised more than $1,400 for the Super Cities Walk for MS last weekend with 20 participants pulling a Grand River Transit bus in the 28th annual Bus Push.
Organizers termed the effort “a resounding success showing the community that the students enrolled in this program are interested in giving back to Kitchener-Waterloo.”

English professor finds 19th century literature
holds clues to 21st century environmental issues
continued from page 4                          emerge out of communication itself, and         Science (along with the technological fixes     At present there is much hand wringing,
environmental degradation is occurring,        those, such as nature, that don’t. Thus,        science seeks to environmental troubles),       but no sense of a clear path to follow. One
and that it may have already reached a         McMurry is “always interested in those          he says, is itself both the solution and part   common suggestion is to make use of new
point that will overwhelm civilization as      who try to change the world solely with         of the problem.                                 technologies to solve the problems tech-
we know it. There is a new skepticism          their words” because “nature doesn’t tell          “We know that 500 years ago, Europe          nology itself has already created.
emerging that questions what science can       us what it wants; only humans can speak         was still heavily forested, but it was gradu-      “But that may not work,” McMurry cau-
do to help with the problem.”                  for nature.”                                    ally denuded as the technologies of agri-       tions. “It may be too late already. Or, the
   He adds: “Some of the problems of the          So the question is: How does one com-        culture improved. This led to a series of       solutions (from remedial technologies) may
past we no longer have to face, of course.     municate one’s concerns about nature to         environmental disasters that had their          be worse than the problems we are trying to
For instance, there was a time when, here      others, such as what one has witnessed in       own social and political repercussions.         cure. We will have to figure out new answers
in North America, vast forests were            the decline of animals and plants? Since        Elsewhere, over-irrigation, in support of       to some very tough problems using guide-
denuded to help keep pioneers warm in          nature provides none of its own testimony,      farm crops, led inevitably to a buildup of      lines that may not predict very accurately
winter and to clear the land for crops….       we’re left to examine what we ourselves         salts in the soil, notably in Mesopotamia.      how the solutions will play out. One thing is
But today we can see that, in New England      say on nature’s behalf.                         Know-how rarely stops to anticipate the         clear: A new global politics must emerge —
for example, many of those formerly defor-        “You can only motivate concern for           dangers that know-how creates. Much of          and very quickly — that is capable of man-
ested areas have returned, and may now         nature in human language; and in the end,       what passes as the history of civilization      aging anxiety, risk, scarcity, and crisis so
even exceed in coverage what Emerson           the degradation of nature is really just a      ought to be rewritten as the history of         that the earth does not become a vast life-
and Thoreau would have noticed. The            failure of human communication. If we           civilization plus environment.”                 boat, with North America and Europe occu-
trees are back.                                cannot address this failure to speak for           When it came to the Europeanization of       pying all the seats while the rest of the
   “But this is little comfort, for on the     the ultimate Other…then that in itself says     the New World, the immigrants from              world clings to the gunwales.”
other hand, we have new worries…about          a lot about us, about a certain human           France, England, Spain and other lands
the disappearance of the ozone layer,          incapacity to push past reckless self-          brought with them exotic species includ-        Hope ‘a prerequisite for survival’
climate change, the greenhouse effect, the     absorption. If such self-absorption is          ing horses that killed off or participated in   Though McMurry is not very sanguine
melting of polar ice caps…problems which       inherent and irremediable, well, at least       the killing off both of people and other ani-   about earth’s chances, what might save
Thoreau and Emerson could never have           we know what we’re up against even if it is     mals (e.g., the bison). These were essen-       much of the world population and some of
imagined. These problems signify the           not obvious what to do about it.”               tially impacts of European civilization.        the planet’s living creatures may have to
almost geologic magnitude of the human            Confronting just that sort of self-absorp-   (The story was later repeated in both           do with the fact that humans can be very
presence on earth. Thoreau once said of        tion, Thoreau said he wished to “speak a        Australia and New Zealand.)                     creative when pressed, and also that they
the enemies of nature, ‘Thank God they         word for nature” — as an intermediary or           In the 1700s, people began to be inter-      have a pervading sense of hope, which is
cannot fly and lay waste the skies.’ Well,     advocate, not a self-interested party.          ested in the impact they were having on         itself a prerequisite for survival. How can
now we and our effluents do fly, and the       McMurry says Thoreau was seeking an             the New World. In the 1800s, Darwin’s           the study of classic literary figures help?
sky itself is in jeopardy.”                    “ecocentric” position, putting Emerson’s        writings made possible a new ecological         “Great writers always seem to be in ahead
   Despite their ignorance of these kinds of   epistemological concerns under the same         awareness: that is, people started to           of their time — and even ours. That is
perils, McMurry thinks the kind of environ-    rubric, even though the latter held a more      understand better how bad things can get        because they have already generalized the
mental awareness espoused by Thoreau           “anthropocentric” view about what nature        when even a single species is removed           problems of human frailty that are at the
and Emerson may yet serve us as a “tool        meant for humankind.                            from the web of existence. Today the            root of what we are now facing.”
box” that we can use to rebuild our envi-                                                      entire planet is undergoing changes of             Thus Emerson and Thoreau still can
ronmental epistemology — the framework         Science is ‘part of the problem’                such magnitude that we cannot begin to          articulate for us not the answers to our
we use for creating environmental knowl-       Growing up in Waterloo Region and having        appreciate what the long-range conse-           environmental problems but the basic
edge, its presuppositions and foundations,     a father, grandfather and great-grandfather     quences will be. We know the risks; but         human contradictions that led to them in
and its extent and validity.                   who were geography professors interested        how do we convert worry about them into         the first place. They tell us, in effect, that
                                               in resources conservation inspired              effective action? The problems seem so          the problems we face are never solved by
‘Humans can speak for nature’                  McMurry to take his undergraduate degree        big and their socio-economic causes so          looking for answers outside ourselves.
According to the new “systems theory,”         in biology. But he began to find himself        unalterable that the frequent result of         What appear to be environmental prob-
the concern is to try to understand how        increasingly interested in studying conser-     anxiety is simply more anxiety.                 lems are in fact problems of the human
communication bridges the gap between          vation issues from the perspective of the          The question, he feels, is: How might we     system. “In this respect, they still speak to
people and systems, such as society, that      humanities rather than the sciences.            best channel our anxiety and our concern?       us today,” McMurry concludes.
                                                                                                                                                                      March 10, 2004 UW Gazette 7

Geography grad student seeks input
in Waterloo land development study
       and development issues typically          development at the edges of cities. Phase        • To provide greater accessibility to plan-       providing criteria relevant to assessing
       arouse a great deal of debate among       two of the project, to be implemented after      ning decision processes by supplementing          such development proposals.
       groups of people with opposing            phase one is completed, will use a subset        (but not replacing) community planning              This study has been reviewed and
interests. The potential for this contro-        of these criteria to allow participants to       workshops.                                        received ethics clearance through the
versy is present in all communities, and         assess the various 3D scenarios (generated       • To provide decision makers with a               office of research ethics. Anyone with com-
one of the major challenges faced by plan-       with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)        means of balancing the needs of all partici-      ments or concerns resulting from partici-
ners is the need to provide everyone a fair      technology) using techniques developed in        pants in planning processes through the           pation in this study is invited to contact
opportunity to participate in land develop-      the field of multi-criteria analysis. Together   use of multi-criteria analysis.                   Susan Sykes, director, office of research
ment debates and then to incorporate all         the visionPlan tool comprises a planning           Students, staff, and faculty at UW are          ethics, at ext. 6005 or by email at
perspectives in a final decision process.        decision support system.                         welcome to participate in the first phase of
   Philip Lam, a graduate student in the            The goals of the project are:                 the visionPlan project by visiting the              The results of this academic study will
department of geography, is currently con-       • To provide members of the community            visionPlan web site, registering on-line,         only be used to fulfill the requirements for
ducting a study to assess public participa-      with a means of visualising potential land       reading background documentation on the           Lam’s Master’s thesis and will not, under
tion in evaluating land development              developments and other physical changes          proposed developments in question, view-          any circumstance, be used for any other
options using the Internet and 3D visualisa-     before they happen.                              ing the sites as they currently are, and          purpose.
tion of a set of potential development sce-
narios prior to development approval. The
development in question is currently under
review by the City of Waterloo and involves
three sites adjacent to one another on the
northwest side of the city (adjacent to the
                                                 UW engineering students
Wilmot Line off Erb Street West).
   The two-phase study will be conducted
using an on-line tool named visionPlan
                                                 excel in national competition
(                  W engineering students competed            proven.                                           alert message to facilitate the prompt
designed by Lam and his advisor Brent                  successfully in the annual Canadian           A first-place prize was awarded to Hsiao-      delivery of medical assistance to the user.
Hall. In phase one, visionPlan seeks to elicit         Engineering Competition (CEC) last         Chien Lin (computer engineering) in the             A second-place prize went to Elliot
from participants, after they have viewed      weekend at McMaster University in                  Editorial Communications category. He             Smith and Jay Detsky (systems design
the sites on-line and read documentation       Hamilton, bringing home two first places,          provided an editorial from a personal             engineering) for their Corporate Design
concerning the developments, criteria that     one second place, and a fourth place.              viewpoint, “Tactical Nuclear Weapons: The         entry, “Adaptive Delay System (ADS) for
they feel are important in assessing land         “UW students generally excel at the pro-        Right Direction For Nuclear Technology?”          Sound Reinforcement.” The ADS is a new
                                               vincial level, but this is the first year in       Hsiao presented his view that the current         method for synchronizing sound through-
                                               recent memory where we have had such               initiative to produce sub-kiloton nuclear         out an audience during a concert, in order
                                               strong success against the rest of the coun-       weapons has inherent dangers that pose a          to compensate for electrical impulses that
Couple’s gift                                  try at the national competition,” said sys-
                                               tems design engineering professor David
                                                                                                  tremendous threat to the world.
                                                                                                     Another first-place prize was captured
                                                                                                                                                    travel faster to the speakers than the
                                                                                                                                                    sound that travels from the stage. Their

helps revamp                                   Clausi, who acted as the UW coordinator
                                               for the event. “All of our provincial UW win-
                                                                                                  by the team of Robyn Paul, Matthew
                                                                                                  Cheung, Ksenia Golod, and Jordanna Kwok
                                                                                                                                                    project was supervised by systems design
                                                                                                                                                    engineering professor Stephen Birkett and
                                               ners succeeded at this national competi-           (computer engineering) in the                     was sponsored by Straight Street Services
library space                                  tion and deserve special recognition.”
                                                  The CEC only accepts entries based on
                                                                                                  Entrepreneurial Design category. Their M-
                                                                                                  CED–Mobile Cardiac Emergency Medical
                                                                                                                                                    (an audio technical service company
                                                                                                                                                    based in Kitchener).

       half-million-dollar gift to UW is going the top two competitors from each provin-          Services (EMS) Dispatcher is a system               In the Parliamentary Debate category, a
       to make a big difference on the third cial engineering championship, he added,             designed to collect and analyze real-time         fourth-place prize was earned by the team
       floor of the Dana Porter Library,       creating a very competitive atmosphere,            cardiac data for a user. When detecting a         of Adam Kaufman and Melanie Blass (sys-
says an announcement in the UW library’s since all of entrants are accomplished and               heart attack, the system sends a wireless         tems design engineering).
on-line newsletter:
  “The Library recently celebrated a lead-
ership gift from Peter and Betty Sims. The
$500,000 gift to Campaign Waterloo will be
used to renovate the third floor of the
Dana Porter Library. The renovation plans
                                                 Parents’ gifts support faculties
include building an enclosed reading room              he annual “Parents in Partnership”         in the field I will be working in. This will      course, will support those that gave them
that will also house current periodicals,              appeal went into the mail a few days       increase the quality of my education and          a good start in their professional careers.
enhancing individual and group study                   ago — cards inviting the parents of        will help to ensure that I can apply the skills   I am proud to be asked to support UW.”
spaces, and updating furnishings and           UW students, and recent alumni, to make a          I am learning at UW in the workforce.”            And another: “I enjoy giving to Waterloo
study carrels.                                 contribution to the university’s annual fund.         Finally, there are testimonials from par-      because I know I’m helping my daughter
  “Peter and Betty Sims are respected             “This year,” says Shelley Rudd of the UW        ents. Says one of them: “I hope our chil-         to receive a quality education, and to
leaders in the K-W community who have          development office, “we created three simi-        dren will be good ambassadors for their           build on the foundation of values I’ve
demonstrated a passion and commitment          lar postcards to target parents of first-year      respective alma maters and in due                 already taught her.”
to education. Peter’s father, Kenneth, was     students, parents of second- to fourth-year
on the founding board of UW. Peter joined      students, and parents of alumni.”
the university’s board of governors in 1986       The program has been going on since
and served as the chair from 1994-1997.        1992, as a way of attracting financial sup-
  “During the same time (and a first in the port for enrichment of UW’s activities.
                                                                                                  Campus Response Team shows skills
history of Canadian higher education),         Parents mostly give to academic depart-            from math student Nathan Douglas                  tions to test the skills that the team is learn-

Betty also served as the chair of the board ments, according to the Parents in                           ast month, the University of Waterloo      ing, situations ranging from drug overdoses,
of Wilfrid Laurier University. Their enlight- Partnership web site, although there are                   Campus Response Team (UWCRT)               to bar fights, to electrocutions.
ened public service has also benefited         also some gifts for libraries, scholarships,              headed to Peterborough for the                This year’s Operation Campus Wide will
numerous causes, local hospitals, and ser- co-op and athletics.                                   national conference of Campus Emergency           be happening on Saturday, March 13, from
vice organizations.                               “Established in 1992,” says the web site,       Responders. The four-day conference               noon to 5 p.m. Participation will be open to
  “The gift from Peter and Betty will create “the Parents in Partnership program                  included seminars with topics ranging from        all of the university community. CRT is look-
an innovative learning and research space encourages parents of UW students to take               providing first aid to people with disabili-      ing for volunteers to act as casualties in
for our students and faculty now and in        an active role in supporting excellence in         ties, to working with advanced equipment          mock scenarios. It’s guaranteed to be a
the future.”                                   education by making financial contribu-            used by the fire and ambulance services.          unique experience; food and fun times will
                                               tions to unique projects across campus.               Following three days of seminars, meet-        be provided. Only a few hours of your time
                                               Last year, the Parents in Partnership pro-         ings, and plain fun, a team of three UWCRT        are required. Anyone interested can send an
                                               gram raised almost $300,000….                      members competed against the other uni-           email to
                                                  “All donations to the Parents in                versity first aid response teams. Mock sce-       to find out more.
                                               Partnership program count towards the              narios were set up to evaluate the teams’            As well, on Monday, March 15, from
                                               University’s broader Campaign Waterloo:            skills; some situations included a motor          11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., CRT will be hosting
                                               Building a Talent Trust, an initiative to          vehicle accident, a house party gone              a nutrition seminar in the SLC great hall. All
                                               culminate in 2007.”                                wrong, and a disaster in a chemistry lab.         members of the university community are
                                                  On the web site, each faculty has a brief          After an exciting time in Peterborough,        welcome to come out and enjoy a session
                                               pitch for its priorities. From engineering,        the UWCRT decided that they would dem-            about healthy eating and weight loss.
                                               for example: “Your gift helps provide              onstrate the capabilities of their team in           And as a final note, CRT is holding
                                               important teaching support in the form of          the Great Hall of the SLC. Many people            recruitment for the summer and fall terms.
                                               endowed funds for equipment, scholar-              came out and watched as our members               If you are interested in getting involved,
                                               ships, computer resources, and research            conducted triage, and treated life-threaten-      learning more first aid, and helping your
                                               support. Please contribute towards the             ing injuries. You see them at the bars            fellow students, then pick up an applica-
                                               excellence fund for the engineering depart-        every week — the team felt that it was            tion in the CRT office (SLC room 2141) or
                                               ment of your choice.”                              time to show all of the university commu-         check out the team online and fill out an
                                                  The site also quotes a number of stu-           nity exactly what the CRT can do.                 electronic application. In order to qualify
                                               dents, such as Jackie Lee of third-year sci-          CRT runs large mock first aid scenarios        for the team you must be currently certi-
                                               ence: “The support of parents to the               regularly in order to train its members.          fied in Standard First Aid and CPR level C.
                                               University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science        Every term the team runs a day of scenarios,         Any questions or comments about the
                                               Equipment Fund (WATSEF) keeps university           dubbed Operation Campus Wide (OCW).               team can be sent to
Peter and Betty Sims                           equipment up-to-date with equipment used           OCW allows the team trainer to devise situa-      or call the office at ext. 3296.
8 UW Gazette March 10, 2004

All students now eligible for Enterprise Services
from Olaf Naese, co-operative education and career   • Provides pre-launch venture assessment        may also match an undergraduate’s own                      Services will continue to provide an array of
services                                             and mentoring                                   investments up to $6,000. This award is                    on-campus services designed to “nurture the

       nterprise Co-op, a business advisory          • Has access to business planning resources     only available for undergraduates planning                 university’s well-known enterprise culture.”
       and mentoring service for UW co-op            • Gives referrals to lawyers, accountants       to return to UW and run a venture full-time                  Students interested in discussing an
       students, has expanded its services           and other relevant professionals                during a work or summer term.                              entrepreneurial venture should call Ana or
to reach out to enterprising students in             • Offers work term and post-launch men-           Over the past three years, the Enterprise                Renee at ext. 6065 to book a confidential
the regular stream. The service has been             toring and evaluation for up to one year        Co-op initiative has offered business                      appointment, or email
renamed UW Enterprise Services to reflect            • Makes referrals to investor or funding        advice to more than 300 students, and has                    UW Enterprise Services is led by John
its expansion to assist all enterprising UW          sources, where appropriate                      approved 40 enterprising ventures. Of                      Cullen Consulting, and assisted by local
undergraduates.                                      • Gives advice on how to become an              these ventures, 15 received some funding                   entrepreneurs and business advisors.
   The expanded UW Enterprise Services:              Intrapreneur or even a Social Entrepreneur.     to match their own investment.                             Enterprise Services is funded by The John
• Answers business start-up questions                  In addition to these advisory and men-          Working closely with other business ser-                 Dobson Foundation, UW Microsoft Alumni,
from students                                        toring services, UW Enterprise Services         vices, such as UW Innovate, UW Enterprise                  and UW itself.

UW library works on easier access to theses
         W library staff are taking part in a        Theses Canada advisory committee and its        pletion by the end of 2004, will support      vices as Dissertation Express and the full
         pilot project meant to increase             technical sub-committee. Partners in the        new optional procedures for Canadian uni-     text index Digital Dissertations.
         access to the life-work of Canadian         project, besides UW, are Library and            versities to submit electronic theses            Several Canadian universities have active
graduate students, says the library’s elec-          Archives Canada and Université Laval.           directly to Theses Canada.”                   electronic thesis submission programs. At
tronic newsletter.                                      Says the newsletter: “The pilot project is     Currently, through a contract between       universities where students submit elec-
   “The Project’s purpose,” says the newsletter,     the second phase in the development of the      the National Library and the American com-    tronic theses to their graduate studies
“is to provide a model for Canadian universities     Theses Canada Portal, a portal that pro-        pany UMI (formerly University Microfilms      office, the electronic version is forwarded to
to submit electronic theses directly to Theses       vides access to bibliographic records in the    International), Canadian universities submit  UMI. Electronic submission has been an
Canada as well as provide a metadata structure       LAC collection, with some abstracts, and        PhD theses for microfilming. The filmed       option at UW since 1999. Theses can be sub-
that Theses Canada can recommend.”                   also includes free access to full-text elec-    version is then included in the National      mitted in PDF or converted to PDF in the
   Christine Jewell, acting head of the              tronic versions of theses processed by LAC      Library’s microfiche archive. Since 1998,     graduate studies office. The library main-
library’s interlibrary loan and document             from 1998 to 2002 (about 45,000 theses).        UMI has digitized these theses to make        tains a database of electronically submitted
delivery section, is a member of the                    “The pilot project, scheduled for com-       them available for sale through such ser-     theses, which will now be made available
                                                                                                                                                   through the Theses Canada portal as well.
                                                                                                                                                      The newsletter continues: “Access to
                                                                                                                                                   the theses in the UW Electronic Thesis
Optometrists battle dry, itchy eyes                                                                                                                Database depends upon the metadata sub-
                                                                                                                                                   mitted by the student. The metadata con-

at contact lens research centre                                                                                                                    sist of author identification and thesis
                                                                                                                                                   identification, including keywords and an
                                                                                                                                                   abstract. The library, under the direction

    f contact lenses make your eyes dry and          healthier, more convenient, and more            all aspects of contact lens wear.             of Bill Oldfield, has developed a program
    itchy, the world experts on what to do           comfortable lenses on the market in                Says Sivak: “We reimburse participants at that harvests these records.
    about it are nearby, at UW’s centre for          recent years.                                   rate of approximately $15 per hour (with         “With this program, we have made our
contact lens research.                                  “The contact lens industry has made          total commitment based on the time com-       theses available to searchers of the union
   The centre, part of the school of optom-          some progress in recent years by improv-        mitment required by a study), and contact     catalogue of the Networked Digital Library
etry, was recently approved by UW’s sen-             ing the effectiveness of rewetting drops        lenses and solutions are provided for the     of Theses and Dissertations…an interna-
ate to operate for another five years. “Our          and developing lens materials that retain       duration of the study.” Anyone who might      tional movement to increase access to
five-year report will be available online            moisture more effectively, but a number of      be interested in being a research subject can ETDs (electronic theses and dissertations)
shortly,” writes Alisa Sivak, communica-             mysteries remain to be answered.”               call 888-4539, email rexton@sciborg, or check and support efforts of institutions around
tions coordinator for the centre.                       That’s the role of the UW centre, “the       the centre’s web site for more details.       the world to build ETD programs.”
   She describes the dry-eye problem that            largest facility of its kind in North America
some of the centre’s research is seeking to          and the second largest in the world. It has
solve: “Approximately one in two                     developed an international reputation for
Canadians who wear contact lenses com-
plain that their eyes feel dry, itchy or irri-
tated when wearing their lenses. Typically,
                                                     expertise in research geared towards
                                                     answering questions fundamental to the
                                                     search for effective solutions to dry eye
                                                                                                     Magazine writing contest
they find themselves reducing their wear-
ing time or, in many cases, ceasing contact
                                                     symptoms and other contact lens related
                                                                                                     conjures up summer days
lens wear altogether. These so-called con-              Researchers at the centre — headed by               he groundhog saw his shadow.                        car trips and the summer polio closed all
tact lens ‘dropouts’ number almost two               faculty members Desmond Fonn, Lyndon                   The birds are still in Florida. Even                the pools are also most welcome.”
million people annually in North America.            Jones, and Trefford Simpson — are carry-               the skunks are still asleep. But The                   Entries to the contest must be post-
   “A thin layer of lubricating tears is             ing out studies investigating why eyes feel     New Quarterly wants you to shake off the                   marked by March 31. An entry fee of $25
spread over the surface of a healthy eye             dry, whether different people experience        snow and think about The Summer Place.                     comes with a one-year subscription to
with every blink of the eyelid. Contact              different dry eye symptoms, the best way           The Summer Place is the sultry theme                    The New Quarterly. One-year (four-issue)
lenses can disrupt this fragile layer so that        to measure discomfort and what makes            for the Waterloo literary magazine’s writ-                 subscriptions are normally $36. Writers
the tears evaporate more rapidly, and they           natural tears so effective at keeping the       ing contest, with $1,500 worth of prizes.                  can include one story, or one article, or up
may also interfere with the production of            eye moist and healthy.                          There are $300 first prizes and $200 sec-                  to five poems per entry. Writers wishing to
natural oils that maximize the tears’ time              Sivak says the CCLR has worked in part-      ond prizes in each of three categories:                    submit an additional piece may include an
on the eye’s surface. As a result, with each         nership with the contact lens industry          Story, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction.                   extra reading fee of $10 per story, article,
blink the eyelid rubs over a dry lens sur-           since 1988, providing research support in       First-place winners will be published in                   or group of poems (without subscription)
face, creating the sensation of dryness.             the development of materials and products       The New Quarterly.                                         or $25 entry fee (with a gift subscription).
   “Most people attracted to the conve-              and developing state-of-the-art technology         What does The New Quarterly mean by                        Entries should include a cover letter with
nience of contact lenses have been able to           and techniques. And, she says, researchers      The Summer Place? “There’s something                       the writer’s name, contact information, and
take advantage of significant advances in            are always looking for people to partici-       about summertime,” says editor Kim                         the titles of the pieces submitted. The name
contact lens technology that have put                pate in clinical research studies relating to   Jernigan. “It’s about being young, being in                of the writer should not appear on the piece
                                                                                                     love, being out under the sky. The Summer                  itself. Manuscripts will not be returned, but
                                                                                                     Place is that place in your memory — that                  writers may include a self-addressed stamped
                                                                                                     warm place in your heart where you’re still                envelope for notification of contest results.
                                                                                                     young, where nothing has been decided.”                       Send entries to: The New Quarterly Contest,
                                                                                                     That said, she adds: “We don’t want to                     St. Jerome’s University, 200 University Avenue
                                                                                                     limit the writer’s imagination. God-awful                  West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G3.

                                                                                                     GG award winner talks writing
                                                                                                     in Waterloo’s literary magazine
                                                                                                               hen Canadian novelist Douglas      Course in The New Quarterly will instruct
                                                                                                               Glover won the most                          readers on the fine art of break-
                                                                                                               recent Governor                              ing text into globs (Glover’s own
                                                                                                     General’s Award for his novel Elle,                    coinage); the six ways to keep
                                                                                                     the editors at The New Quarterly                       your dialogue from turning into a
                                                                                                     celebrated. The Waterloo-based                         ping-pong match; and the virtues
                                                                                                                                        Photo: Laura von Rosk

                                                                                                     literary magazine had just pub-                        of the word “passion.” And, of
                                                                                                     lished Glover’s A Short Course                         course, much more.
                                                                                                     in Narrative Structure: a pair of                         The issue which contains
                                                                                                     sharp, sassy, and eminently                            Glover’s articles, no. 87, is still on
                                                                                                     useful articles on writing fiction.                    newsstands, or can be ordered
                                                                                                     One article was on short stories, Douglas Glover       from The New Quarterly. It also
                                                                                                     the other on novels.                                  features And Let the River Answer,
                                                                                                        While no substitute for sitting in on one a multi-media documentary about the
                                                                                                     of Glover’s writing classes, the Short       Walkerton Water Stories Project.
March 10, 2004 UW Gazette 9
10 UW Gazette March 10, 2004

UW Magazine explores connections
between UW and Stratford Festival
          W’s many links with the Stratford      that talk about Juliet, particularly focusing    Elizabethan Theatre, which has been held at      actors and experts.
          Shakespearean Festival, a half-hour    on the issue of Juliet as the embodiment of      UW repeatedly and involved scholarly discus-     • Waterloo graduates, in drama and other
          drive away, are described in a         beauty. ‘Romeo says, “I never saw true           sions at Waterloo and excursions to Stratford.   fields, who are now part of the Stratford
detailed article that was published in the       beauty until this night.” That’s typical of      • UW faculty members’ work for Stratford         company, including Alec Cooper, master
most recent issue of the UW Magazine and         romantic love, which reduces various             publications and special events, and visits      electrician at Stratford, whose UW degree
has been made available on the web.              forms of beauty to one, singular object of a     to the UW drama department by Stratford          is in biology.
   Writes Kelley Teahen, the Festival’s media    man’s gaze. Juliet’s beauty is a special kind;
manager and author of the Magazine article:      given the imagery of the play, we associate
“Since 1957, when the University of Waterloo
was founded and the Stratford Festival opened
its first permanent theatre, ideas, expertise,
                                                 Juliet with youthfulness, delicacy and
                                                 light.’ He notes that the actresses playing
                                                 Juliet, when interviewed, expressed fear
                                                                                                  Psych snoop reaffirms faith
and even people have flowed both ways.”
   Prominent in the article is Ted McGee, an
                                                 they were not young enough for the role
                                                 (Juliet is a few weeks shy of 14) and several
                                                                                                  in university teaching quality
English professor at St. Jerome’s University     spoke of not being beautiful enough….            continued from page 4                            and made a second one. His leg lifted and
who has served on the Festival’s board of           “McGee is working on a conference             donning a “fright wig” or resorting to magic     completed the third step. For an instant,
governors. “His scholarship is also inspired     paper about his research, which will             tricks to make a point — contrasts that          not one of us could have doubted that
by the Festival,” Teahen writes, “particu-       include other interesting connections,           example with one by another prof, who            what we saw was one side of the ambula-
larly his latest research on the ideals of       from the politics of Quebec actress Louise       attempts to illustrate how each leg of a cock-   tory repertoire of a monstrous insect.”
beauty as portrayed by Juliet.”                  Marleau’s appearance as Juliet in 1968 to        roach is “driven by a neural metronome.”            Crown concludes: “What I saw as an
   Stratford has produced Romeo and Juliet       how costume establishes the characteriza-           By way of illustration, “he gave a demon-     academic peeping Tom affirmed my faith
eight times, and McGee has taken detailed        tion of Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet.”          stration of front-to-back, lagged cockroach      in the discipline I have given my career
looks at actual costumes — many of them             Other Waterloo-Stratford connections          leg movement, an absolutely incredible           to,” but insists that psychology profs don’t
still exist in the Festival’s warehouses —       that are discussed in Teahen’s article:          metamorphosis before our very eyes of            hold the patent on good teaching. “The
and production documents such as cos-            • The design of the Theatre of the Arts,         professor into a cockroach. Lifting his          story I have told would not have been
tume drawings and fabric swatches.               built for UW in 1961 and modelled on             right arm to shoulder height, he made a          different for any of the other principal
   Says the article: “In addition, he has        Stratford’s then-daring Festival Theatre.        swimming motion and then, in rapid suc-          disciplines had I come from one of them.
researched reviews and feature articles          • The International Conference on                cession, tucked his elbow tight to his side      The university can be proud of that.”

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                                                                                                                                                            March 10, 2004 UW Gazette 11

Nine young profs receive research excellence awards
continued from page 5                         broad range of nano-researchers through         success and an enhanced quality of life in     Public-Key Cryptosystems.”
technologies. The project will lead to        the relevant national and international net-    Ontario and Canada. The award will enable         “I anticipate exciting joint work on
tool prototypes and case studies.             works.                                          work to develop scientific protocols for       current and new public-key crypto-
• Derek Koehler, psychology, “Individual        “Since nano-science is an extremely           inspection, assessment and refurbishment       graphic schemes, both in terms of theo-
Retirement Savings and Credit Card            rapidly developing area, it is imperative to    of power transmission systems.                 retical investigations and practical
Debt: Good Intentions, Optimistic             stay alert of the ongoing research activity,”      “The research results of the program are    implementations,” Teske says.
Predictions and Costly Decisions.”            he says.                                        expected to reduce the operating costs,           “Disseminating our results in print
   “Much of my research concerns how          • Mahesh Pandey, civil engineering,             improve the efficiency and prolong the         and presentations will result in
people make predictions and plans,”           “Risk Assessment and Cost Effective             service life of critical engineering systems   increased confidence in currently
Koehler says, adding that the award will      Management of Energy Systems and                in power generation and transmission           deployed cryptographic tools and will
allow him to extend his research to the       Infrastructure.”                                facilities,” Pandey says.                      provide guidance for future applications
topic of financial planning and decision-       Improvement in power generation and           • Edlyn Teske, combinatorics and opti-         in sectors such as electronic commerce
making.                                       transmission capacity is key to economic        mization, “Number-Theoretic Security of        or homeland security.”
   Koehler will probe the role of overly
optimistic predictions regarding future
financial expenditures in the tendency of
many individuals to accumulate credit
card debt and save insufficiently for
retirement.                                   Engineering faculty hiring instructors
   By investigating how people predict
their future spending and saving, the
research will help to provide a founda-
                                              to develop co-op work term courses
tion for development of tools that            continued from page 1                           for Learning and Teaching Through              students, although PDEng is an addition
Canadians can use to more realistically       the world that UW engineering graduates         Technology, the dean said.                     to their total workload. “We don’t want
evaluate their financial future and take      “will be that much better” because of what         Sedra pointed to a traditional weak-        them to spend a lot more time,” he
the steps necessary to make it brighter.      they’ll get from PDEng.                         ness in “soft skills” courses for engi-        insisted. “We think it can be done with
• Robert Linsley, fine arts, “Painting as a     Sedra said employers’ comments about          neers: “That stuff becomes very boring         something like one evening a week” for
Paradigm for Conceptual, Sculptural and       young engineers always touch on the need        if you don’t do it in context.” But he         about three months of a work term.
Installation Practices Since the Late         for communications, teamwork, leader-           thinks PDEng has solved the problem:             Keeping the workload to a reasonable
1960s.”                                       ship, and ethical responsibility. “Almost all   “They’ll be able to use the workplace          level is one reason the PDEng courses
   Linsley will supervise historical          engineering disciplines involve interacting     experience as the lab component.”              will be graded on a “credit, no credit”
research on abstract painting and sculp-      with people — your boss, your customers            For example, a student will read some       basis rather than given marks, which
ture of the period from 1967 to 1972 and      — and ability to communicate, ability to        theoretical material about leadership          might encourage students to spend
original creative work by young artists.      lead…. Of course our graduates acquire          styles one evening during a work term,         hours grubbing for extra points.
The aim of the research is to explore         that stuff on the job, but we’ll now be able    then go to the job the next day and see          He said he doesn’t know the total cost
why abstract painting became the              to accelerate it quite a bit.”                  real-life managers at work. A few days         of the program — “we’re just working
source for new directions in sculpture          The idea is for students to take one of       later, the student can write an assignment     out the business plan.” Students won’t
and installation, and how an understand-      the PDEng courses on each of five work          about leadership using on-the-job observa-     pay any extra fee for PDEng, the pro-
ing of that history can enable new            terms. Background material will be deliv-       tions as the basis for drawing conclusions.    posal that went to senate made clear.
departures in contemporary art.               ered electronically in most cases — he’s           “They’re seeing it in context,” he            “The best thing about the University
• Zoran Miskovic, applied math,               looking at a format like the UW one system      emphasized. “This material is not kind         of Waterloo,” Sedra concluded, “is the
“Interactions of Nano-Particles with          now used to deliver some credit courses         of abstract stuff that they’re reading —       undergraduate engineering students.
Matter.”                                      through distance education and also on          they go to work and observe what               They’re a cut above, with how articulate
   Besides forming a research group in the    campus.                                         they’re learning in action.”                   they are, a certain degree of maturity.
area of interactions of nano-particles, the     To develop the courses, engineering is           Sedra said the engineering faculty is       We want to make them even better, and
award will help Miskovic’s group establish    drawing on expertise from UW’s dis-             determined that the new courses will           take greater advantage of the co-op
contacts and initiate collaborations with a   tance education office and the Centre           take “not a great deal of effort” from the     experience.”
                      12 UW Gazette March 10, 2004

                      Audience will don costumes, play a role
                      in site-specific drama staged in Kitchener
                                                                      says Houston, with the loading dock as            “trying to facilitate the vision of these         “an inert leftover of a dream about prog-
                                                                      intake cavity, the freight elevator as esoph-     young artists, creating a weave of their          ress, modernity.”
                                                                      agus. The audience will also visit the            work, trying to develop their work as per-           Two tours will be conducted each eve-
                                                                      heart, the brain and the groin.                   formers…as ‘theatre artists,’ who think           ning, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m.
                                                                        As for the set, he explains, “we try to let     about their relationship to the larger com-       Tickets —$12, $10 for students and seniors
                                                                      the environment speak for itself, using           munity, about language, identity, imagery.        — are available at the UW box office, ext.
                                                                      found objects — objects with imbedded                “I’m trying to help them see they can          4908, or at the door of the Lang Building,
                                                                      memory — as much as possible.”                    create theatre from almost anything,” even        184 Joseph Street, Kitchener. Tickets are
                                                                        Houston sees his role as director as            from the hulking remains of a building —          limited to 50 people per tour.
Photo: Barbara Elve

                      Andrew Houston

                      by Barbara Elve

                              he audience will be asked to play an
                              unfamiliar role when the UW drama
                              department takes its production of
                      Mimetic Flesh to the site of the former Lang
                      Tannery in downtown Kitchener.
                         Site-specific theatre — written for and
                      performed in a particular space — repre-
                      sents a “movement away from a perfor-
                      mance space where the living, breathing
                      audience is denied,” explains drama
                      professor Andy Houston, director of the
                      production. Traditionally, audiences are
                      instructed to refrain from speaking, cough-
                      ing, rattling candy wrappers, eating, drink-
                      ing, moving — and reminded to turn off
                      their cell phones. It’s not unusual to find
                      people falling asleep in such environ-
                      ments; Houston admits he has.
                         Instead, the audience at UW’s first site-
                      specific production will be asked to wear
                      comfortable shoes and sign a waiver as
                      “a way of preparing them for an experi-
                      ence where they will have to be careful,”
                      says Houston. “It’s a potentially dangerous
                         Those who pass that hurdle will be out-
                      fitted with Tyvek suits, “a kind of mem-
                      brane or skin” uniform that defines their
                      role as something like “work-study stu-
                      dents.” The audience will experience the
                      performance as a tour of the site, being
                      asked “to trust that we’ll guide you
                      through this.”
                         What will transpire may be estranging,
                      even “transformational…activating sen-
                      sual qualities of live experience closer to a
                      rave than anything you’d find in local live
                      theatre,” he laughs.
                         Houston’s students have been “devising
                      the performance,” creating characters
                      along the way that “in some way go
                      through a process of self-discovery
                      through their body.”
                         Drawing on their own experience, as
                      well as on research in the special collec-
                      tions sections of the Dana Porter and
                      Kitchener Public Libraries, old newspa-
                      pers, and conversations with locals who
                      are familiar with the history of the build-
                      ing, students have fleshed out such char-
                      acters as a factory foreman and another
                      based loosely on a descendent of the              Fine arts professor Doug Kirton offers a critique of work by Caroline Larsen in preparation for the annual exhibition highlighting
                      Langs. A number of “decidedly immigrant           works by fourth-year honours fine arts students. The graduation show for students with a studio specialization features painters, draughtsmen,
                      characters” explore political and cultural        sculptors, and work in mixed media. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through April 4 in
                      tensions in the factory.                          the East Campus Hall galleries. Photo: Peter Hussell
                         The building itself is conceived as body,
                                                                                                                                                                      March 10, 2004 UW Gazette 13

                                                                                                                                                         Matt Mains, swimming
                                                                                                                                                         A fourth-year math student, Mains
                                                                                                                                                         won three bronze medals at this
                                                                                                                                                         weekend’s CIS Championships

Warriors take provincial gold                                                                                                                            hosted by the University of Toronto.
                                                                                                                                                         He finished third in the 100m and
                                                                                                                                                         200m breaststroke and the 200m IM,

as indoor hockey season ends                                                                                                                             in which he had a life-time personal
                                                                                                                                                         best. He will now set his focus on
                                                                                                                                                         Olympic trials taking place this

        he Warriors claimed gold at the                as the Warriors blanked the always                  Beth Nordemann added the insurance            summer.
        weekend’s OUA Indoor Hockey                    tough Varsity Blues 2-0.                            marker in the second half as Waterloo
        Championships, which took place                  In the Gold Medal match, Waterloo’s               shut-out the York Lions 2-0 to win the        Beth Nordemann, indoor hockey
in Waterloo at the Physical Activities                 Janelle Witzel scored in the first half and         2004 Championship.                            Nordemann, a fifth-year recreation
Complex. The York Lions finished sec-                                                                                                                    and business student, led the Warriors
ond while the Toronto Blues claimed the                                                                                                                  to the OUA Gold Medal this past week-
   In the Warriors’ semi-final match
                                                       Swimmers score personal bests,                                                                    end at the OUA Indoor Hockey
                                                                                                                                                         Championships. She scored the
against Toronto, Jenny Crawford and
Meagan Wilson scored for Waterloo
                                                       bring home medals from nationals                                                                  Warriors’ second goal in the finals
                                                                                                                                                         to secure the victory
while netminder Katie McNeil was solid                 Meanwhile, over the weekend the                     finals. This was to be the same fate for
                                                       national swim championships were                    the other events in which she competed
                                                       hosted by the University of Toronto.                despite posting a lifetime best of 2:45.58
                                                       Representing Waterloo were Jen Sweny,               in the 200 breast on the second day for
                                                       Matt Mains and Danny Parsons.                       23rd place and 36.13 for the 50 breast for
                                                         On day one, all three team members                25th place.
                                                       swam the 100 breast and Parsons added                  Mains continued to medal on each day,
                                                       the 400 IM. Mains finished third with a             but the colour this year was all bronze as
 Track and field                                       time of 1:02.03 and Parsons was 14th                he was third in the 200 breast (2:13.01)
 March 11-13, CIS Championships at University          (1:04.91 heat time, which was a personal            and 200 IM (2:04.52). All of his times were
 of Windsor                                            best). Sweny had a solid heat swim of               faster than at the OUA championships
                                                       1:17.30 but didn’t qualify for the evening          but just not fast enough this year to gar-
                                                                                                           ner a gold or silver. Parsons also contin-
                                                                                                           ued to qualify for the evening consola-
                                                                                                           tion finals in the 200 and 50 breaststroke.
                                                                       OUA West Semi-Final Playoffs        In the 200 he posted a 2:25.33 both dur-
                                                                       Brock 66, Warriors 49               ing the heats and finals for 16th place
                                                                                                           overall, while in the 50 he had a 30.03 in
                                                                       Men’s hockey                        the morning and a 30.20 in the afternoon
                                                                       OUA Far-West Semi-Finals Playoffs   for an 11th place finish.
 Indoor hockey                       Swimming                          Lakehead 5, Warriors 1                 This ends the 2003-2004 swim season
 Warriors 3, Lefties (local club     Final Standings, Men              Lakehead 12, Warriors 1             for the Warriors, but the team will still
 team) 0                             1. UBC, 521.5                                                         be making practices for the remainder
 Warriors 1, Carleton 0              2. Calgary, 479                   Track and field                     of the term. For Mains it will be a con-
 Queen’s 5, Warriors 2               3. Univ. de Montreal, 322         OUA championships,                  tinuation of the progression towards the
 U of T 4, Warriors 3                15. Warriors, 73                  Final Team Standings                Olympic trials, while for most of the rest
 Guelph 4, Warriors 2                                                  Women:                              of the team it is preparation for next
 U of T 5, Warriors 2                Men’s basketball                  1. Toronto (163)                    year’s swim season. There are a number
 Queen’s Alumni 6, Warriors 3        OUA West Quarter-Final Playoffs   2. Windsor (141)                    of swimmers who also compete in tri-
 Warriors 4, York 3                  Warriors 66, Laurier 63           3. Western (95.5)                   athlons throughout the summer months
 OUA Championships at Waterloo:      OUA West Semi-Final Playoffs      9. Warriors (8)                     to ensure that they will be fit for next
 Semi-Final: York 5, Guelph 1        McMaster 83, Warriors 60          Men:                                season.
 Semi-Final: Warriors 2, Toronto 0                                     1. Windsor (172)
 Bronze Medal: Toronto 3, Guelph 2   Women’s basketball                2. Western (89.5)
 Gold Medal: Warriors 2, York 0      OUA West Quarter-Final Playoffs   3. Queen’s (83)
                                     Warriors 56, Guelph 37            7. Warriors (38)
14 UW Gazette March 10, 2004

                               conducted by Jan Narveson                     misguided) style — with many apings          Gilbert and Sullivan program, with the
                               February 28                                   from the Mozart Serenade K. 360, as I        help of Brian Jackson, conductor, and
                               The Philharmonic Choir with the K-W           realized.                                    Alex Mustakas who wasn’t there but
                               Symphony, Marcel Beaulieu, bass, Howard                                                    who got up a fine cast of stars from the
                               Dyck conducting, performed Bruckner’s         March 1                                      Drayton Festival, etc.
                               Psalm 150, Leonard Enns’ the Silver Cord,     We said it would be “one of the events of       A variety of items in the first half
                               and Boito’s Prologue to Mefistofele.          the season.” Perhaps better to say that it   included unusual selections such as from
                                 This Bruckner item is a masterpiece         was THE event of the season: The             Princess Ia and much of Pineapple Poll,
                               as well as a work of exaltation that’s nice   Lafayette String Quartet, their violinists   introducing singers Rebecca Poff (bril-
                               to listen to on top of it. The Enns was       newly equipped with lovely old Italian       liant) and Eddie Glen (excellent). But top
                               the great interest of this evening. It’s      instruments since their great Beethoven              of the evening was a frothy, sizzling
                               incredibly dour for the most part —           series here back In April 2000.                        performance of Trial by Jury
                               lyrics from Ecclesiastes, and the music          In Mozart’s Quartet                                      (concert version). Ried
                               tells it like Ecc. thought it was. We espe-   in F, K. 421, the                                             Spencer as the Usher was
                               cially liked the orchestral parts, such as    Lafayette specialized                                             outstanding, indeed per-
                               the thrilling opening bars. Solo lines are    in exquisite: exqui-                                               fect; all the principals
                               a problem in this sort of work, not           site everything —                                                  were excellent — hats
                               entirely solved, we thought. At the end,      sound, execution, turns                                           off to the lot. Because of
                               there’s just a touch of light. Maybe not      of phrase, balance.                                               Trial, this was one of
                               enough? It’s a tough listen, then, but a      We’ve heard more dra-                                           the best Pops events ever.
                               worthwhile one.                               matic accounts, but
                                 As to the Boito, it is a gas, and Marcel    none with such taste and                                         March 7
                               Beaulieu with his rich resonant voice         refinement. The Shostakovich                                 At the KWCMS Music
                               was in his element; the kiddie choir was      no. 3 is a powerful work, and we                        Room, two math profs who are
                               pretty good, the Phil choir was great,        aren’t persuaded that it would                       top-class musicians: Catherine
                               and the K-W Symphony very good but            be possible to perform it more beauti-           Sulem of U of T, violin, and Sydney
                               not at its best. But what an interesting      fully than this. As to Beethoven’s op. 59    Bulman-Fleming of WLU, piano, per-
                               evening!                                      no. 1 in F major, we had not supposed        formed Mozart, K. 454 in Bb; Prokofiev,
                                                                             we’d live to see it better done than on      Five Melodies; and Faure, Sonata no. 1,
                               February 29                                   their previous outing, but we have to        op. 13.
                               Wellington Winds presented Bach to the        admit they were even finer this time.           There was a nice musicality about all
                               Organ, with Jan Overduin, organist.              The old story about some famous pia-      this, and Sulem has excellent intonation
                               Apparently there is doubt that Bach’s         nist, saying to another, “Well, you do it    and ample technical command. Her tone
                               Toccata and Fugue in Dis by Bach —            your way, and I’ll do it Beethoven’s!”       is not so glossy as some, but it is warm
                               incredible thought for the day! Anyway,       kept coming to mind — it was, simply,        and pleasant, and she understands the
                               it is indeed for organ, and the arrange-      definitive. Fortunately a packed Music       music, as does her gifted pianist, who
                               ment for winds is plausible but it would      Room was there to witness these glories      played with his usual accuracy and
                               be more effective if it were spiffier.        — and despite the enormous length of         authority. The musical selections were
                                  Other reasonably nice things went on       this concert, to hear also an encore, the    top-class and despite some unpleasant-
                               too, but the hit of the afternoon was         finale to Haydn’s op. 76 no. 4, that was,    ness from the weather gods, this event
                               PDQ Bach’s really funny Serenade for an       again, the last word in refinement, vivac-   was reasonably attended. Pretty impres-
                               Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion,            ity and sheer beauty of sound. An eve-       sive from two people who devote their
                               which is a caricaturistic piece in high(ly    ning, as one present put it, to die for.     working days to something very differ-
                                                                                                                          ent from music!
                                                                             March 2
                                                                             The New Berlin Chamber Ensemble in a
                                                                             program entirely devoted to its old
                                                                             favorites — Blue Rondo à la Turk, selec-
                                                                             tions from Carmen, various other things,     Reminder: All events at start at 8 p.m. unless
                                                                             all very well done with each players uti-    otherwise noted.
                                                                             lizing two or three or four instruments
                                                                             as the hour went by. Outstanding:            March 10
                                                                             Aubade, from Prokofiev’s Romeo and           At 12:30 p.m. in the Conrad Grebel College Chapel:
                                                                             Juliet — brilliant arrangement, and          Veronika Cherniak, violin, and Elene Klyucharova,
                                                                             expertly played. But then, it pretty much    piano. Classics for violin/piano by a remarkable
                                                                             all was.                                     young Russian violin prodigy with an outstanding
                                                                                                                          Ukrainian/Canadian pianist. Free.
                                                                             March 3
                                                                             WLU student composers performed              March 10
                                                                             their work at the WLU Recital Hall. In the   At the KWCMS Music Room, one of Canada’s most
                                                                             past some of these events have been          famous duos, prize-winners and veterans of multi-
                                                                             outstanding. This, alas, was mostly not,     continent performances: Elizabeth Dolin, cello, and
                                                                             but there was one notable exception:         Bernadene Blaha, piano. Beethoven, Variations on
                                                                             Ronnie Moos’ “A Dreadful Cold” which         Handel; Sonata no. 3 op 69; Samuel Dolin,
                                                                             was both brilliantly organized, inge-        Variables; Mendelssohn, Sonata in D. Tickets [A]
                                                                             nious, and hilarious at once.                are $20 (students $10, seniors $15) from the UW
                                                                                                                          box office; Words Worth Books and Twelfth Night
                                                                             March 5                                      Music in downtown Waterloo. Reserve, 886-1673
                                                                             At Centre in the Square, the K-W             or
                                                                             Symphony Pops concert featured a                                              continued on page 15
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                                                         March 19
                                                         At WLU Theatre Auditorium, a Music Festival
                                                         co-sponsored by NuMus and SunDance, featuring
                                                         Aboriginal music and dance, etc.

                                                         March 21
continued from page 14                                   At 3 p.m., the WLU Jazz Ensemble, at the Recital Hall;
March 12/13                                              $10/$5 at the door.                                       continued from page 2                                       Proven aptitude for detail and accuracy with an ability
Mahler’s mighty Symphony no. 3 featuring the                                                                       using WordPerfect, Word, Excel and WINQ. Excellent          to handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.
London and K-W orchestras combined, under the            March 21                                                  communication (oral and written), interpersonal, ana-       Special event co-ordination experience. Strong com-
direction of Orchestra London’s Timothy Vernon, a        At 8 p.m. at the KWCMS Music Room, Kontraste Köln         lytical, and organizational skills. Demonstrated prob-      puting skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and
veteran Mahlerian; plus soloists and women’s and         (Sylvie Kraus, violin; Christian Goosses, viola; Werner   lem-solving skills required to deal with student inqui-     email. Knowledge of university policies, procedures
children’s choirs. The longest of Mahler’s sympho-       Matzke, cello), and Ludwig Semerjian, fortepiano.         ries. Proven aptitude for attention to detail and ability   and structure as well as financial systems would be an
nies (and that’s saying a lot!), its first movement is   Three top-notch German classical string players, from     to manage multiple demands. Demonstrated ability to         asset. Willingness to work in a Mac environment and
about the length of, say, Beethoven’s Seventh            the famed Concerto Köln orchestra; plus brilliant         work independently and as part of a team in a busy          occasionally work outside normal working hours.
Symphony. It is an invocation and evocation of           Canadian fortepianist, veteran of extensive European      environment. Knowledge of Dreamweaver MX an
Nature, with various depictions, and it culminates       and American concertizing (including two for us)          asset. Some post-secondary education an asset.              The university welcomes and encourages applications
in a huge adagio finale that is one of the wonders       perform Mozart: both of the famed Piano Quartets,                                                                     from the designated employment equity groups: vis-
in the whole realm of music. In short — you have         K. 478 in G; and K. 493 in Eb; and Alexander Pössinger Administrative Secretary. Institute for Quantum                ible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and
to go! Phone 578-1570 for tickets.                       (1767-1827) Triosatzt, op. 36. Tickets [A+] $25/$20/    Computing. Grade USG 4. Extensive administrative              aboriginal people. For more information call University
                                                         $15.                                                    experience preferably in an academic and research             of Waterloo 885-1211 ext. 2524.
March 13                                                                                                         intense environment. Proven ability to handle confi-
The DaCapo Chamber Choir, directed by Leonard            March 24                                                dential information and interact in a professional man-
Enns, presents “Equinox — equality between day           The Canadian Chamber Ensemble at First United           ner with visitors, faculty, staff and students. Excellent       Post your event
and night” at St. John the Evangelist Anglican           Church, Waterloo, features Leslie De’Ath, piano and     organizational ability required to work in a fast-paced         To list an event in the on-line UWevents calendar,
Church, Kitchener (corner of Duke and Water). The        harpsichord: Gesualdo, Brass Quintet; Albinoni, Oboe environment with multiple tasks and demands.                       log on to After
evening will also feature a number of selections by      concerto in D; Vivaldi, Violin Concerto (La Tempesta),  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.               approval, the event should appear within 24 hours.
local composers, Barrie Cabena, Tim Corlis, Jeff         Concerto for flute, oboe and bassoon; Scarlatti,
Enns and Leonard Enns. Tickets are available in          Sonata, arranged for brass quintet; Brahms, Trio in
advance from choir members: $15, students/               A op 114.
seniors $10, eyeGO $5.
                                                         Advance note:
March 14                                                 March 27, the Borealis Quartet from Vancouver per-
At 3 p.m., the WLU Baroque Ensemble at the               forms at the KWCMS Music Room. Rocketed to prom-
Recital Hall; $10/$5 at the door. Michael Purves-        inence in the past couple of years, this is the first
Smith directs.                                           local concert by this newly eminent group: Beethoven
                                                         no. 2 in G; Kelly-Marie Murphy, Another Little Piece of
March 16                                                 My Heart (1999); Schubert, Qt. no14 (“Death and the
At noon in the WLU Recital Hall: Music At Noon           Maiden”). Tickets, prices, as on March 10.
features Joseph Petric, accordion; Norman Forget,
oboe, and Boyd Mcdonald, piano.

March 17                                                  Get the word out
At 12:30 p.m. in the Conrad Grebel College Chapel:        The Gazette is read by faculty,
Without Words Jazz Trio, with Tara Davidson, Laila
Biali and Karine Chapdelaine.
                                                          staff, and students across campus.
                                                          For information on advertising in
March 17                                                  the Gazette call Janet Rohrbach at
At the KWCMS Music Room, Flavio Varani, piano,
a brilliant Brazilian, world-travelled, famed for pas-
                                                          888-4567, ext. 3605.
sion and virtuosity. On the program: Bach, Italian
Concerto; Chopin, Ballade in Ab, Scherzo in Bb;
Almeida Prado, Toccata dos Bentevis; Ravel, Jeux
d’eau, Alborada del grazioso; Debussy, Preludes;
Liszt, Mephisto Waltz. Same prices, availability as
on March 10.

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                                                                                                     graduate students will be invited to com-           instructors face at least occasional con-
                                                                                                     plete the web-based survey over a                   flicts,” say the two leaders for the work-
                                                                                                     two-week period beginning February 25.              shop, Geneviéve Desmarais and Kate Hoye,
                                                                                                     The results will help us understand the             “with graduate teaching assistants being
                                                                                                     future of paper and electronic reserves.”           primary targets. Such challenges can be
                                                                                                                                                         unpleasant and disturbing, but you can
                                                                                                     Concrete sled slides in second                      help to minimize their frequency and
Correction about Mennonite artist                  enrichment for various parts of the univer-       Return of the Sledi — civil engineering’s           impact.” A “tip sheet” on the subject is
A correction to an article in the “Stage and       sity, in spite of a general budget cut. He said   entry in the 2004 Great Northern Concrete           available on the teaching resources web
Studio” section of the last Gazette: It turns      18 of the positions have been parcelled out       Toboggan Race — slid to a second-place fin-         site (
out that all four members of the Mennonite         among the faculties, and the other seven will     ish among 19 teams, with top braking hon-
Artists Collective, who currently have a           be the subject of negotiation and sharing         ours to boot. The University of Calgary took        Hockey school in August
show in the East Campus Hall gallery, are          arrangements. For example: a position in          first place in the competition hosted by            A brochure has just gone out inviting boys
UW alumni. The gallery’s publicity had said        “green business” is being created, to be          Carleton University, with the University of         and girls, aged six to 14, to spend a week at
that three of the four were UW grads, the          shared half-and-half by the faculty of envi-      Toronto finishing in third.                         UW “shooting to score.” It says: “This unique
fourth being Paul Janzen. Janzen is, like the      ronmental studies and the Centre for                                                                  camp will provide each participant the
others, an alumnus — but while they’re all         Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology.        Earth sciences curls for cancer                     opportunity to develop individual hockey
fine arts graduates, his degree is in math.                                                          The fourth annual Hopespring Cancer                 skills in a challenging, fun environment. Each
                                                   Undergraduate calendar is out                     Support Centre Curling Fundraiser, orga-            participant will receive over 14 hours of on-
Senate briefed on pharmacy plans                   The science complex figures on the cover          nized by the Earth Sciences Alumni                  ice instruction during 11 sessions.”
UW officials are talking to their counterparts     of the brand-new 2004-05 undergraduate            Corporate Challenge group — a small group           Youngsters will spend about four hours a
at the University of Toronto about a possible      calendar in its printed version. It appeared      of earth sciences alumni, largely from local        day at the Columbia Icefield — starting time
school of pharmacy at Waterloo, the univer-        just in time for “Pick Your Plan Week”            environmental companies was held Sunday             depends on age — and instructors will
sity senate was told at its late February meet-    March 1-5, for students who need to change        at the Westmount Golf and Country Club.             include Warrior head coach Karl Taylor, his
ing. Toronto is currently the only Ontario uni-    their major, minor or option. Single copies       The event, which last year raised $9,600 for        assistant coaches and some team members.
versity that trains pharmacists, but a UW          of the calendar are available to registered       Hopespring , is run in memory of Gail               More information: phone ext. 2635.
pharmacy school has been suggested as part         students at the registrar’s office in Needles     Bendig of the earth sciences department,
of plans for a “health sciences campus” in         Hall, at no charge. Extra copies are for sale     who died in 1997. Two teams from within             Remembering Nelson Dunsmoor
downtown Kitchener. Provost Amit Chakma            ($10) at the UW bookstore in South Campus         the earth sciences department were among            A former member of UW’s staff, Nelson
told the senate meeting that things are at a       Hall. In a sign of the times, there’s a new       the 16 entries in the bonspiel.                     Dunsmoor, died January 26, the human
“very early stage,” and that much depends on       sentence in the calendar this year, right up                                                          resources department reports. He was build-
all the approvals that must fall into place,       front on page 2: “The on-line Calendar is the     Faculty concern about PeopleSoft                    ing supervisor in the Married Student
including Kitchener city council, which has        official up-to-date record of courses.”           The president of the faculty association,           Apartments — the complex that’s now UW
given preliminary support for the downtown                                                           Catherine Schryer, writes in the latest issue       Place — from 1970 until his retirement in 1985.
development. He said UW and U of T are             Staff retirement is noted                         of the association’s Forum that the faculty
working towards a “non-binding memo of             Waltraud Hermann retired from UW’s staff          relations committee has been, as it said it         Award for Waterloo chemist
understanding” on the pharmacy issue. A sat-       on February 1, the human resources                would do, discussing the PeopleSoft com-            A recently-appointed UW faculty member
ellite campus of the U of T school has been        department notes. A housekeeper in Ron            puter system. “Our position,” says Schryer,         has received the Medal for Excellence
discussed, with possible joint degrees, but        Eydt Villege, she had been working at UW          “is that academic concerns must predomi-            awarded by the International Academy of
again it’s just a preliminary idea, he stressed.   since 1987.                                       nate and that a software system cannot              Quantum Molecular Sciences. The award-
                                                                                                     overrule such concerns. We have secured             winner is “our newly appointed theoretical
Fine arts prof remembered                          Graphics asks for customer ratings                ongoing updates on the system and prom-             chemistry faculty member, Marcel Nooijen,”
An exhibition opened on the weekend at             Here’s a note from Susan Schaefer in UW           ises that all academic units will be con-           writes George Dixon, the dean of science.
Kitchener’s Joseph Schneider Haus                  Graphics: “Graphics has sent out a survey         sulted on the implementation.”                      The medal is for “a young member of the
museum in memory of Michael Bird,                  in the mail to our on-campus customers ask-                                                           scientific community who has distinguished
Renison College professor of religious stud-       ing them to rate our services — are we mak-       Planning prof receives award                        himself by pioneering an important contri-
ies and fine arts who died last fall. Bird was     ing the grade? If anyone did not receive a        Planning professor Laura Johnson has                bution” before the age of 40.
a collector of folk art himself, as well as a      survey, but would like to respond, an elec-       received the 2004 National Women in
consultant to the Haus on dozens of exhibi-        tronic version is available. We are interested    Planning Award from the American                    Budget draft due Friday
tions over the past thirty years. “He revived      in all comments and encourage anyone on           Planning Association. The award reads:              The UW senate’s finance committee will be
and kept alive the work of many fine artists       campus to let us know how we are doing.”          “Johnson has devoted her career to explor-          meeting Friday (10:30 a.m. in Needles Hall
from this region,” says a news release                                                               ing community supports for employed                 room 3001) and will see a draft budget for
announcing the current show, which                 Remembering Paul Morrison                         women and their families. Johnson’s stud-           the university for the coming year. Agenda
includes items from a large collection he          A long-time member of UW’s biology                ies of child care services, alternative work        material from the office of provost Amit
donated to the Haus several years ago.             department, who retired in 1993, died on          environments, and family-friendly work-             Chakma is showing a sketched-out budget
“Bird’s Favourites: A Folk Art Tribute”            February 3. He was 77. Paul Elmor Morrison        places and communities have provided crit-          based on zero tuition fee increases (in
continues through April 18.                        was a faculty member for more than 30             ical resources for advocates on behalf of           accordance with the Liberal government’s
                                                   years. After retirement he lived for some         women. Her 2003 book, The Co-Workplace,             campaign promise) but a five per cent
‘Beyond the double cohort’                         time in British Columbia, and more recently       is a fascinating account of the historical          increase in the co-op fee. There is, however,
The city of Waterloo held a symposium last         returned to Waterloo. He is survived by his       perspective on how home-based work is               a hypothetical “tuition offset grant,” one
week on “student-community relations               wife, Ethel, as well as children, grandchil-      beginning to change policies on parental            estimate of how much extra funding the
beyond the double cohort,” which got under         dren and great-grandchildren. Memorial            leave and the availability of alternative           government might provide because of the
way with a panel discussion featuring              donations to the Heart and Stroke                 work environments in Canada and beyond.”            fee freeze: about $3 million. The budget calls
Waterloo mayor Herb Epp and his counter-           Foundation or to Benton Street Baptist                                                                for a general two per cent cut in departmen-
part from the nearby city of Brantford. “The       Church were suggested.                            Conflict management for instructors                 tal spending, with sizeable increases in
purpose of the conference is to share the best                                                       A workshop on that topic is being held              “strategic” areas. Altogether spending
practices on how university students and           Feminist philosopher is coming                    today (and repeated next Tuesday), orga-            would be up about six per cent from the
towns relate,” said city planner Dan Currie.       A memo is at hand announcing this year’s          nized by the teaching resource office. “Most        current fiscal year, which ends April 30.
Brantford’s mayor told the panel audience          holder of the Humphrey Professorship in
how municipal spending to attract a Wilfrid        Feminist Philosophy — or, as she is to be
Laurier University campus to Brantford was         called hereafter, “Humphrey Professor of
thoroughly worth while. And Waterloo Epp           Feminist Philosophy II.” She is Marilyn
said there’s no alternative to solving the         Frye of Michigan State University, who will
remaining housing problems in Kitchener-           be here for the spring term, teaching a
Waterloo: “A community that cannot meet its        senior and graduate course on “Modern
housing needs is an incomplete community.”         Feminism” and a reading course, and giving
Epp also warned that “the issue has the            two public lectures. The professorship was
potential to overwhelm the many positive           established by Anne (Humphrey) Minas, a
contributions of the two universities.”            retired UW faculty member, in memory of
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