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Monday, January 26, 1998

University of Waterloo • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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The last week of January

Nota bene: late fees are really piling up, and this Friday will be the last day you can register, at any price, for winter term courses. Students who haven't registered (paid their fees) by January 30 can't write exams or receive credit for courses this term.

And as the days tick away, job posting #5 goes up today in the co-op department. Interviews for spring term jobs start next week.

Governor General hands out awards

[GG symbol] Two graduating UW students received Governor General's awards in Ottawa Friday to further their studies in the environmental sciences and engineering. Jennifer Adams, an earth sciences student from Toronto, was awarded a 1997-98 Governor General's Canada Scholarship in Environmental Sciences, while Janeen Tang, a systems design engineering student from Willowdale, received a 1997-98 Governor General's Canada Scholarship in Environmental Engineering.

A total of 30 students from universities across Canada were presented with the scholarships by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall. The scholarships were established in 1991 and 1992 to foster a higher awareness in environmental engineering and sciences, as well as encouraging some of Canada's brightest future scientists to pursue studies and careers in those fields.

The awards, each worth $1,500, were established under the Canada Scholarships program of Industry Canada and are sponsored by DuPont Canada.

Award-winning author reads

Canadian author Nino Ricci will read in the Common Room at St. Jerome's College at 3:30 this afternoon.

Ricci is the author of a sensational trilogy: Lives of the Saints (1990), In a Glass House (1993), and Where She Has Gone (1997). Published in nine countries and translated into seven languages, Lives of the Saints won the Governor General's Award, the F. G. Bressani Prize, and the Smithbooks-Books First Novel Award in Canada. In England, Ricci's work was also awarded the Betty Trask Award and the Winifred Holtby Prize. Reviewing Where She Has Gone in Quill & Quire, Stephen Smith describes the work as "a magnificent novel in its own right, beautifully balanced, expertly paced, and executed in a prose that's so sure, so smooth in its operations, so expressive, that it might be said to hum with a natural life."

Ricci's reading is sponsored by the St. Jerome's English Department and the Canada Council.

Award for a web site

[StudyWeb] The web site of the Waterloo Fractal Compression Project has been listed as "one of the best educational resources on the Web" by StudyWeb, which lists "over 43,000 Research Quality URLs" for use by students and teachers.

The director of the fractals project, Ed Vrscay of the applied math department, says he is both pleased and embarrassed about the listing. Only a few days ago, he says, he and his colleagues were lamenting about how badly the page needed cleaning and updating.

In addition to featuring the research at Waterloo on fractal and wavelet approximation methods, the WFCP website includes a "Bragzone", in which fractal researchers around the world have been comparing various fractal compression algorithms, and a "Fractals Repository" of current research papers from sites worldwide. These facilities were created by John Kominek, a former graduate student in computer science who also worked as a researcher in the fractals project.

Among the other UW-based web pages listed by StudyWeb are these:

And StudyWeb points to UW's Electronic Library as well as two of its specialized pages, on style manuals and Canadian municipal government information.

Two other notes today

The Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE Laurier/Waterloo) is preparing for its international conference at the end of February, and organizers say they're looking for new members to represent UW. "Any students who are considering a career path in entrepreneurship or who would like to gain valuable business and communication skills" should contact Sandy Clipsham, e-mail ajclipsh@sciborg, or come out to a meeting tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. at Wilfrid Laurier University, Peters Building room 2067.

The career development seminar series continues: tomorrow at 10:30, it's "Interview Skills: Selling Your Skills", to be held in Needles Hall room 1020. The career resource centre on the first floor of NH has more information about the seminars as well as other career development resources.


Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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