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Monday, June 17, 1996
UW's senate meets tonight
The June meeting of the university senate begins at 7:30 tonight in
Needles Hall room 3001. Among the items on the agenda:
- A new "Degree Requirements and Examination Process" document
for graduate studies at UW.
- A proposed post-baccalaureate diploma program in accounting,
to provide extra courses for graduates of the BA and BMath accountancy
- A proposed new "fine and performing arts" option.
- A report that shows donations to the senate scholarship funds
continuing to fall, to $128,026 in 1995-96. Three years earlier,
the figure was $159,272.
- New "Guidelines for International Activity" approved by the
senate research council.
- In confidential session, a report from the
committee for a dean of environmental studies.
Biologists invite the public
The Canadian Federation of Biological Societies is meeting in
London this week and is inviting the public to two sessions in
Jeremy McNeil of Universite Laval will present the 1996
Gordon Kaplan Public Awareness of Science lecture on Wednesday at
6:00 at the London Convention Centre. Known as the
"Bug Man", McNeil will speak about "Comparing Human and Insect
Activities: An Education for Children of All
Ages." This free public lecture will be in
the convention centre's theatre and is meant for school children,
non-scientists and scientists alike.
Also on Wednesday, an open public forum from 2:00 to 5:30
will discuss whether governments should be involved in
scientific research in this age of downsizing and cost-cutting.
Organizers say they are interested in public opinions and have
invited anyone interested to join the scientists in
discussing "Scientific Research: Why/How Should Government Be
The forum will be led by a panel of experts, including
Bill Bridger, vice-president (research) at the University of Western
Questions being posed to the panel include these:
Is basic science really important, or are scientists just looking to
keep their jobs?
Why does the government say R&D is the basis of future
economic health, but cut Canada's research dollars?
How can universities respond to the increasing strain on their
budgets? Where does research fit into the picture?
Is the Canadian research enterprise at risk?
400 presentations and 10 special symposia are scheduled for the
39th annual meeting of the CFBS,
being held at the London Convention Centre.
More information: (519) 661-6330.
Some notes on what's happening:
And, the pension and benefits committee is meeting all morning in
Needles Hall room 3004. Among the agenda items: the latest figures
on the value of the UW pension fund, for which the committee is
responsible. "The market value for any particular month end goes
up and down like a yo-yo," David Dietrich of UW's human resources
department points out, and what matters is the long-term outlook,
as well as the year-end figures that have to be reported to
government. "Valuation of the plan smooths out the highs and
lows by using an average market value of the last three years, which
of course would be a lower and more cautious figure."
Just for the record, though, as of March 31 the fund
value was $517 million.
- There's a barbecue at 5:30 tonight -- sure hope the rain
holds off -- to honour four people who are retiring from the
school of optometry.
- A workshop at Conrad Grebel College begins today and runs
through Friday, under the title "How to Change the Church (Without
Being Overwhelmed by Conflict) -- A Systems Theory Approach".
- Graphic Express has reduced its operating hours for the summer;
from now until after Labour Day,
it'll be open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Saturday
- Perimeter heating and cooling will be shut off in the Earth
Sciences and Chemistry building tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon, to
allow maintenance work, the plant operations department advises.
Chris Redmond -- email@example.com
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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