Nobel prize winner Bob Richardson of Cornell University will speak on his work in superfluidity, joining an international who's who list of 17 academics in NMR slated to attend. Among the researchers from across Canada, the United States, Poland, Belgium and Slovenia is Charles Slichter, from the University of Illinois, who did his PhD work at UW.
Some 45 graduate students from Canada and the US are expected at the school, which, according to UW physics professor Mik Pintar, coordinator of the program, allows students to explore areas of NMR theory and application which would normally not be available in their home universities because the number of students is too small.
While students pay for registration, and room and board at the conference centre from June 15 to 21, the speakers also pay their own way to attend. In the past, said Pintar, the program was supported by UW and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. As a result of cutbacks, a small contribution from the dean of science and the department of physics currently funds the school, allowing only room and board to be provided for the speakers.
Despite financial constraints, the school has managed to survive and to continue to attract top people in the field. The reason: "It's a good summer school," said Pintar. "The talks are good; even the speakers like to come to listen to the talks." And there are other highlights -- a trip to the Stratford Festival, and canoeing on the Saugeen River, an outing that has become a tradition at the school.
Organizers promise "a mix of critical papers and readings, as well as informal occasions for conversation". There's a $75 registration fee ($35 for students) for the weekend as a whole, with "lively critical papers and readings by new and established voices, as well as informal occasions for conversation". The UW-based New Quarterly will publish a special Kroetsch issue next spring, featuring many of the readings and papers from this week's event.
But three major readings are free to all comers. Tonight's reading is by Kroetsch himself (8 p.m., Siegfried Hall). Friday at 2:00 it's George Bowering, Dennis Cooley, Aritha van Herk and Brian Stanko; Saturday at 2:00 it's Rosemary Nixon, Gerry Hill and Rudy Wiebe. Then Saturday night brings a banquet and then a birthday party with "an impressive list of short readings . . . tickets available at the door".
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Ontario education minister John Snobelen is on the way out, the Toronto Star said yesterday. Tipped to replace him, according to Star education reporter Warren Gerard, is Elizabeth Witmer, the MPP for Waterloo, and currently minister of labour. Witmer has described herself as "a very strong supporter of post-secondary education", which is a major industry in her riding. . . .
The plaque honouring UW's founding board of governors members, unveiled at the Founders celebration late in May, will eventually be installed near the main campus entrance at South Campus Hall. Until then, those who want to see it can drop by its temporary home in the rare books room on the first floor of the Dana Porter Library. . . .
Electrical power, heating (sure, they're gonna be needing that), cooling and ventilation will be turned off in the Modern Languages building tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 for maintenance on the electrical substation, the plant operations department advises. "Some emergency power will be available. Computer equipment should be shut down in an orderly manner."
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