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Thursday, June 22, 1995
Solar cars cross Illinois today
Midnight Sun III is halfway down the pack after two
days of the nine-day Sunrayce 95. As the cars rolled into Lewis and
Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, last night, the Waterloo
entry was running 21st among 38 solar-powered cars. Midnight Sun III
had travelled from Indianapolis at an average speed of 23.52 miles
per hour, well behind
CaPSET, the car from California Polytechnic
University at Pomona, which has been running at 37.80 mph.
Today the cars head west across Illinois and will end up in
Sunrayce '95 ends in Golden, Colorado, next Friday.
UW's solar car, boasting an aerodynamically efficient body
design with detachable parts made out of Kevlar, relies on 910
terrestrial grade solar cells. It weighs 680 pounds, including
300 pounds of batteries, with much of the weight equally
distributed over its three wheels.
Report on intellectual property
provost, Jim Kalbfleisch, told the university senate on Monday
that he has received a report from the
advisory committee he set up more than a year ago to study
"intellectual property" issues at UW.
Kalbfleisch was to meet yesterday with the members of the committee
to talk about their report, and said he would be making it public
on campus before long. The report is expected to discuss how UW's
policies and procedures handle such matters as copyright, the ownership
of inventions (patents), and authorship credits on research papers.
Talking about the health plan
The last in a series of information sessions about
proposed changes to the extended health plan for faculty and
staff members is being held today -- it started at 8:30. The pension
and benefits committee will explain what's proposed, answer questions
and hear comments. Then it goes off to make its recommendations final
and submit them to the board of governors for the October meeting.
Among the changes is a switch from a "deductible" system to a "co-insurance"
system for prescription drugs and paramedical services. Instead of
paying the first $43 (single) or $86 (family) of costs in a year, the
staff or faculty member will pay 20 per cent of such costs, up to a
"cap" of $100 (single) or $200 (family). One point about that cap was
made clear in last week's information meetings, but hasn't seen print yet.
David Dietrich of the human resources department explained that even
when someone has "family" coverage, a $100 limit will apply on the
employee's payments for drugs and medical services for any one person.
That's a protection in a family where one spouse has much higher
medical bills than the other, for example.
Taking the afternoon off
And they've got a pleasant day for it, too: the dozens of staff members
and faculty members, as well as retirees and other UW-related folks,
who will be playing around (sorry, playing a round) at the Elmira Golf
Course today. It's the sixth annual Matthews Golf Classic, organized in
honour of former UW president Burt Matthews and in honour of enjoying a
pleasant summer afternoon followed by dinner. The tournament runs in a
"scramble" format, with teams of four playing under rules such that just
about anybody's shot has a chance of counting. I'll hope somebody lets me
know the tournament results in time for tomorrow's or Monday's Bulletin.
Workplace safety is discussed
safety office reminds us thusly:
Government of Ontario legislation requires that all employees of the
University be made aware of current Health & Safety legislation
and the WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
program. To facilitate this, the Safety Office has prepared a video
decribing the WHMIS program and requirements of the Occupational
Health & Safety Act."
Showings will be tomorrow, June 23, at
9:30 a.m., and Tuesday, July 4, at 2 p.m., both in Davis Centre room
1304. Information: ext. 6359.
The presentation, including a brief quiz,
runs for approximately 1 hour.
Final notes on a summer day
- Birthday greetings to John Roorda of the
- Ray Hnatyshyn, former Governor-General of Canada, will be visiting
campus today to speak to a Political Science 260A class (11:30 a.m. in
Arts Lecture room 124).
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