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Friday, January 19, 1996

Gossip on a Friday morning

David Dietrich of the human resources department (one of the people chiefly responsible for making the early retirement program run smoothly) marks his 25th anniversary at UW today. -- Did you see the wedding episode of "Friends" last night? -- With Valentine's Day approaching, food services is having a contest in the Villages ("tell us your most romantic menu ideas"). -- Birthday greetings today to Shonn Martin of the applied math department.

Top awards for two from UW

Computer science professor Ming Li and recent UW graduate John Corrigan are among the winners of prominent research awards announced yesterday by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Li is among four Canadian professors who will receive the 1996 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships. He has carried out important work in the theory of computation and Kolmogorov complexity (theory of randomness) and in the application of his ideas to fields such as computational biology. The other winners are from McMaster University, the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto.

"These individuals are creating international recognition for Canada in some of the most exciting fields of science and engineering," said a statement from NSERC president Tom Brzustowski. "They underline the extraordinarily high calibre of research and training in Canadian universities."

The other UW winner is John Corrigan, who received his PhD in chemistry last year and is now at Germany's University of Karlsruhe. He is among the four winners of the national doctoral prize competition, and is cited for a "masterful" study that has given important new insights into transition metal clusters and the poorly understood chemistry of small molecule activation.

Those selected are judged to have completed the most outstanding doctoral research in Canada last year. Winners each receive $5,000 and a silver medal.

Hockey Warriors on a streak

It's now seven wins in a row for the UW hockey team, who lassoed the Western Mustangs 5-3 in London on Wednesday night and are now tied for first place in the OUAA west division and second place in the whole league. Action was lively on Wednesday night, and the score was tied 2-2 at the end of the second period. "Goalie Joe Harris stood on his head throughout the third period to assist with the win," says Jennifer McCormick of the UW athletics department -- I hope she's not speaking literally.

The Warriors hit the road this weekend, facing Windsor on Saturday; they'll play Laurier on Thursday and be back on home ice January 28.

Also this weekend in sports:

A few events today

The career services department presents a series of seminars on the export business, and career opportunities there, this afternoon and tomorrow. Information: ext. 4047.

Conrad Brunk, of the peace and conflict studies program, speaks at 12:30 today on "The Breast Implant Controversy: Did Dow Corning Meet Its Ethical Responsibility to Women?" His talk will be given at a forum in the Conrad Grebel College board room.

Necessary Fiction, a new literary magazine based at Renison College, holds a Reading Night this evening -- a party, with readings by local authors. Judith Miller of Renison's English department leads off, followed by an open reading. Everybody's welcome; admission is $5; the event starts at 7:00 at the Button Factory, 25 Regina Street South.

Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004

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