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Wednesday, June 19, 1996

Computing conference begins

The 8th International Conference on Computing and Information brings about 120 delegates to UW today through Saturday for "an international forum for presentation of new results in research, development, and applications in computing and information".

There are six "streams" on the program, ranging from "data theory and logic" to "environmental applications of computer science". (In that last category, one of the papers is from Waterloo: "A Design Exercise for a World Wide Web Based Graduate Course in Environmental Information Systems", by Don Cowan of the computer science department and Colin Mayfield of biology.

There are other UW people involved in the event as well -- not least Frank Tompa of the CS department, as general chair, and Farhad Mavaddat of the same department as local arrangements chair. Participants will party tonight and hear papers Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning; there's a banquet scheduled for Friday evening. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Rob Veitch of the Waterloo-based firm Sybase Inc. His topic: "Application Development in the Internet Era".

The contact point for information about ICCI '96: Wendy Rush in the CS department, phone ext. 3688.

Positions available this week

Since there's no Gazette this Wednesday, here's a brief list of the staff positions available as listed by the human resources department: The full descriptions of those jobs are available on UWinfo under human resources. More information: ext. 2524.

Everything on two wheels

The UW Bike Centre (in the Student Life Centre) is having its "spring Bike ID and auction" tomorrow, Thursday. Says Ted Harms of the library, who's also coordinator of the bicycle centre:
The I.D. event will take place in the Bike Centre (SLC 101A) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. I.D.ing involves engraving your drivers license on the bike frame. This is a standard method for identifying bikes that have been found or reclaimed and is recognized by police across Canada. If you don't have a driver's license, we have numbers given to us by the Regional Police which will be registered with them.

The Bike Auction will begin at 7 p.m. in the SLC Atrium. All sales are cash and all purchasers require I.D. The bikes that are up for auction have been found by the UW Police and have been repaired by Bike Centre Volunteers. Though these bikes are not in great shape, they are all rideable and ready to go. The bikes are available for preview starting at 11 a.m. in the Atrium. This event is held in conjunction with the UW Police Force.

Depending on the age and quality of the bike, prices are expected to range from a few bucks up to $100.

Of note as the waters rise

The food services department invites family and friends of eight retirees to a reception in the Festival Room, South Campus Hall, from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Guests of honour are Louise Willms, Helen Tilley, Doris Rettinger, Jean McKinnon, Nada Kovac, Shirley Dorsch, Norma Chippier and Inge Butter.

The psychology department has a reception at 4:30, followed by a dinner at 6:30, to honour nine people retiring there. The event takes place in the University Club. Guests of honour are Robin Banks, Jim Cornell, Don Meichenbaum, Bob Seim, Ken Bowers, Herb Lefcourt, Ernie MacKinnon, Ed Ware and Muriel Vogel-Sprott.

There will be a lunchtime chamber music recital today at 12:30 in the chapel of Conrad Grebel College. Admission is free. The recital will feature Lydia Bateman, soprano, a recent graduate, in music by Handel, Chausson, Britten and Schubert. This recital is in memory of Simon A. Gibson, a former UW student.

It's the last day of interviews in the regular round of co-op student placement for the fall work term. (Originally, interviews were to finish yesterday, but the co-op department says one more day had to be squeezed in.) Students who have gone through interviews should get their ranking forms tomorrow -- they'll be available at 10 a.m. -- and return them by 4 p.m.

The talk of the campus

The library staff picnic yesterday afternoon was indeed cancelled; they'll try again Tuesday, June 25. . . .

It's Mexican Night in the Village I cafeteria (although "perogies with sour cream" are on the menu and don't sound all that Mexican to me). . . .

Wilfrid Laurier University is advertising on local radio, inviting business contributions to Campaign Laurier, which a commercial says has collected $10 million towards its $15 million goal. . . .

The car with the licence plate reading ETHICS was being driven, I've learned, by a visitor from the University of Guelph whose spouse is a medical ethicist. One student who dropped me a note said he'd seen ETHICS before, and "I've also seen PROZAC around campus."

Chris Redmond -- credmond@watserv1.uwaterloo.ca
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004

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