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Tuesday, May 20, 1997
Computerized room opens today
An opening ceremony will be held this morning for an innovative
"computer-assisted lecture room" in Engineering I.
A donation from Shell Canada Ltd.
paid for computer equipment for the
classroom, used by mechanical engineering students.
Roy Pick, chair of the mechanical engineering department, said
42 computers will be shared by 84 students using the classroom.
The event, to be attended by Shell Canada and UW officials, begins at
11:30 a.m. in E1 room 2536.
Board executive will meet
UW's 1997-98 operating budget is the big item on the agenda as the
board of governors executive committee meets this afternoon to get
business ready for the board's June meeting. Today's session starts
at 2:30 in Needles Hall room 3004.
Among other matters on the agenda:
In confidential session, the agenda papers show, the committee will
talk about "board self-assessment", a "building & properties matter",
and the "president's performance/achievements".
- A constitution for the Waterloo Environmental Studies Endowment
Foundation -- something that's been pending literally for years, as
negotiations and tinkering have continued over the exact relationship
between the student-funded Foundation and the university itself.
- Adjustments to the fees paid by students for the Federation of
Students, Federation Hall, and the "student coordinated plan" (including
the Student Life Centre).
- Promotions, administrative appointments and sabbatical leaves.
Then tonight, the senate
The university senate will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room
3001, also to talk about
the 1997-98 budget. Among other things to
be dealt with: approval of hundreds of names of students who will receive
their degrees at
ceremonies next week.
The routine reports from faculties include, as usual, potted
biographies of new professors who are coming on strength at Waterloo.
Listed this month:
- Michael J. Dixon, psychology, "conducting cutting-edge,
award-winning research in the area of cognitive neuropsychology",
most recently at McGill University.
- Xianguo Li, mechanical engineering, arriving with tenure from the
University of Victoria: "area of expertise is in modelling and
experiments on liquid atomization and spray characteristics applied
to open and enclosed fires".
- Laura Johnson, urban and regional planning: "her field of interest
is the nexus between social needs and the physical design of buildings
and communities"; she has worked at the University of Toronto, York
University, the Centre for Urban and Community Studies, and other
- Mary Hardy, statistics and actuarial science, "continuing her
research in models for the life insurance industry".
Now that Victoria Day is past
The co-op department reminds students that the sign-up form
for the May 27 "interview skills" workshop is being posted today on
the Needles Hall bulletin boards, and that posting #2 for fall
work term jobs will be up at noon today.
Teaching assistants are invited to a brown-bag workshop on
Friday (12 noon) on "Facilitating Effective Discussions". The
teaching resource office (ext. 3132) is accepting registrations.
And . . . Engineering Week begins today, I learn from
reading the fine print in the EngiNewsletter. The
editor has kindly agreed to send over each week's issue, and
in the latest one I find -- besides quite a lot of bad jokes -- a few
Deep Blue, the computer that recently beat chess champion
Gary Kasparov. Title of the ENL's article: "Cool Thing Designed by
Engineers of the Week".
ENL also warns that the next Scunt (that's "scavenger hunt" to most of
us non-initiates) is set for this Friday. And in the fine print, the
editor's desperately trying to give away a $20 gift certificate from HMV.
What about your newsletter? Please make sure that my office is
on your mailing list for any newsletter published at UW; not only will
it provide possible filler for the Daily Bulletin and news ideas for
the Gazette, but it'll end up in a folder that we will some day
send to the university archives to be preserved for posterity.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
May 18, 1993: The manager of telephone services announces that UW
is acquiring a voice-mail system.
May 19, 1984: Ken Fryer, an associate dean of mathematics and
one of the most popular professors since UW's earliest days, dies at 59.
He would receive a Distinguished Teacher Award posthumously the following week.
May 20, 1993: A reception is held in Federation Hall to honour
Alan George as he ends his term as vice-president (academic) and provost.
Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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