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Wednesday, March 5, 1997

Science ethics and expectations

Three speakers are on the program for this afternoon's "Ethics Forum", sponsored by the faculty of science foundation. All students, staff and faculty in science are invited (and tempted with "free lasagna and beverages"). The event starts at 5 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1302.

The speakers are Lucie Lapointe of the National Research Council, on "Ethical Considerations in an Entrepreneurial Government Organization"; Ralph Nicholls of the York University centre for research in earth and space science, on "The Canadian Research and Development Enterprise, and Rapidly Changing Public Expectations"; and Martin Sumner-Smith of the biotechnology firm Allelix, on "Walking the Tightrope: Ethical Considerations in Pharmaceutical Development".

New manager of utilities

Rick Zalagenas, in recent years the manager of UW's central plant, has been promoted to the new position of "manager of utilities" in the plant operations department. Says David Churchill, to whom he reports: "In this position Rick will take on the additional responsibilities of the Electrical and Control sections which includes the campus electrical distribution and the building environmental controls. As Chief Operating Engineer he has been responsible for the Powerhouse and Mechanical Section including the mechanical utilities such as natural gas, steam, air, and chilled water."

Talks, panels, deadlines

The annual Spinoza-Meir Lecture, on an aspect of Jewish and Holocaust studies, will be given at UW this evening. The speaker is Erna Paris, author of a book on Jewish life in Spain before the notorious "expulsion" of 1492, and she will base her lecture on that topic. Everyone is welcome to the lecture, which begins at 8 p.m. in Needles Hall room 3001.

As Native Peoples Awareness Week continues, there will be a panel discussion this afternoon on "teaching and learning in Native studies" -- 1:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001.

For International Women's Week, today brings a visit by representatives of Anti-Racist Action, from 4:30 to 6:30 in the multi-purpose room of the Student Life Centre, and a 7 p.m. event (same room) involving issues of women and prisons. A special emphasis, of course, will be discussions of the just-opened Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener.

Fountain Ministries presents "Christ in Nigeria" this evening -- a talk by Lois Fuller, from Waterloo Region, who has spent 18 years as a missionary in that country. The talk starts at 7:30 in Davis Centre room 1304.

Co-op students who weren't ranked for spring term jobs, in the ranking forms made available yesterday, should be checking the bulletin boards again, as "continuous phase job posting #1" goes up at 10:00 this morning.

About jobs for arts grads

Arts students and alumni will have a chance to pick up a few job searching tips at a special all-day conference Saturday. In its second year, Transitions '97 is a job search strategies conference, sponsored by the Faculty of Arts Alumni Group and the Arts Student Union.

"Finding that first job after graduation is a daunting task," says Jayne Hayden, arts alumni liaison coordinator. "Arts alumni who have successfully met this challenge will share their personal experiences and advice." She also said that while the event is of immediate interest to graduating students, all students can benefit. "In fact, most experts agree that in order to maximize success, the job search process should begin in first year."

Conference sessions will explore the transition from university to work, the Dos and Don'ts of the job search, and the experiences of alumni in finding their first job. A workshop on power interviewing will feature staff from UW's co-operative education and career services department.

The nine alumni participating in the day's event are working in a variety of areas, including financial services, health care, marketing and communications, and the food industry. Registration is $20 (including lunch) and can be filed at Hayden's office, Humanities room 145. Information: phone ext. 2005.

Simon says . . .

The Daily Bulletin has been authorized to announce that Simon the Troll, whose reminiscences of UW history are appearing week by week in the Gazette, can now be reached by electronic mail at simon@uwaterloo.ca. His Web page, which includes texts of previous weeks' ramblings, is at http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/simon.

The talk of the campus

Health services sends word that the clinic will be closing at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) for a staff meeting. . . .

Here's a reminder that ballots are due next Wednesday, March 15, in the election of a staff member to the UW board of governors. Ballots (and candidates' statements) were distributed by campus mail last week. There are four candidates for the seat, which comes vacant May 1: Peter McCarthy of food services; Barry Scott of the research office (the incumbent, seeking another term); John Sellens of information systems and technology (data processing); and Joe Szalai of the library's user services department. . . .

The human resources department sends word of an error in the Positions Available provided for today's Gazette. The clerk-cashier job in the parking office should have been listed as a USG 4 position, not USG 3. . . .

UW is adjusting this week to life without Liz Leedham, administrator of the Eco-Research Project. The project is winding up, and Friday was her last day working at UW. Leedham writes that she'd like "to thank the staff of Needles Hall and the faculty and students involved in the Eco-Research Project for their cooperation and hospitality during her secondment to the University of Waterloo". She returns to the Grand River Conservation Authority with "fond memories" of the three and a half years she spent in the office of research. . . .


March 5, 1970: The north quadrant council in Village I sponsors Discotheque Pubnite in the Village great hall -- admission, 25 cents.

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