Friday, June 12, 1998
Materials technology workshopOverlapping with the physics department's events -- in time and also in topic -- is the Waterloo Workshop on Materials Technology, to be held Saturday by the Waterloo Centre for Materials Technology. The first of a series, this event is to emphasize electronic materials, and participants will hear papers on such topics as silicon-germanium semiconductor manufacturing, materials technology in microsystems, and "isotopic effects and isotopic engineering in electronic materials".
Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu will give a free public lecture to open that event. Chu, who received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak about his research on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building. The Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University, Chu received the prize for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.
The CAP conference will have sessions on atmospheric and space physics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, industrial and applied physics, nuclear physics, optics and photonics, particle physics, physics education, plasma physics, surface science, and theoretical physics. It includes keynote speakers, contributed papers, a poster session, award lectures and exhibits. About 500 Canadian and international physicists are expected to attend.
There will also be a public session on entrepreneurship on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon (Davis Centre room 1302). "Continuing the congress tradition," organizers say, "there will be symposia organized by the Division of Condensed Matter Physics and the Division of Plasma Physics on Sunday, June 14. NSERC representatives will also be attending on Wednesday, June 17 to present NSERC's response to the recommendations from the Review of Canadian Academic Physics. . . . The Lumonics best student paper competition will take place as a speech from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, June 15, immediately preceding the beer and poster session." The CAP banquet will take place Tuesday evening at Federation Hall.
And after CAP, June 18 to 20, comes the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers. Theme for this year's conference" "Tools to Teach Physics". A series of invited talks and contributed papers is scheduled, to say nothing of a banquet at which Phil Eastman, recently retired from UW's physics department, will speak on "30 Years of SIN".
The fence is closing "an unofficial kind of path that's been worn into the berm" along the tracks, Galloway said. "I know there are people who are used to this route," he added. "It's going to add 15 or 20 seconds to their walk."
He said there are two reasons the route is being blocked:
"These guidelines are an explicit statement about our relationship with our donors and were developed to prevent any misinterpretations about that relationship or gift agreements that may result," says U of T provost Adel Sedra. "We want to avoid even the perception that gifts infringe on academic freedom. The guidelines function as a check list for all parties to an evolving agreement."
The guidelines state that the university "values and will protect its integrity, autonomy and academic freedom and does not accept gifts when a condition of such acceptance would compromise these fundamental principles."
Says Sedra: "Our experience suggests donors neither expect nor wish to exert disproportionate influence. In fact, donors are drawn to universities, in part because of the vitality that flows from the tradition of academic freedom and autonomy."
Corporate influence over the direction of research at U of T, and even students' work, has been getting out of hand, some critics have charged. A major article in the latest issue of Report on Business Magazine explored the issue in a critical tone, and in yesterday's Star, columnist Naomi Klein quoted one of Toronto's academic stars, Ursula Franklin: "She sees these deals transforming Canada's largest university into the outsourced research wing of some of the country's most profitable corporations. 'Nothing is wrong with generosity,' says Franklin, 'but there is something awfully wrong with directed charity.'"
The iron ring station at a reception hosted by UW president James Downey on Saturday afternoon is just one of the highlights of the weekend's festivities. "Come and renew old friendships and get caught up on all the news," reunion organizers have been urging alumni. "Find out about kids, cars, careers, loss of hair, grandchildren (?) etc. See how the campus and K-W have changed over the years."
Kicking off the event at noon on Saturday is a "Get Reacquainted Lunch" at the University Club, followed by a campus tour and a gala dinner. On Saturday afternoon, the classes of 1973 and 1978 can mingle at a Fed Hall beer garden with alumni attending the other engineering reunion this weekend for the classes of 1983, 1988 and 1993.
Classes marking their 15th, 10th and 5th reunions will converge Saturday at Fed Hall for a barbecue and beer fest starting at noon. A number of late afternoon and evening activities are scheduled for each class, with alumni from all classes coming together for a farewell brunch on Sunday.
An information systems and technology open house about the Year 2000 challenge begins at 10:00 this morning in Davis Centre room 1302.
A teaching assistants' workshop on "Visual Aids: Design and Use" starts at 12 noon today in Math and Computer room 5158.
The school of optometry holds a symposium today to mark the tenth anniversary of its Centre for Contact Lens Research. The school's yearly continuing education program for optometrists follows, through the weekend.
|TGIF, or POETS -- yes, but it's also midterm exam season. Best wishes to those facing the ordeals, such as the folks in Electrical and Computer Engineering 222, who write this afternoon at 4:30.|
Word comes from the Federation of Students that the safety van will run on a trial basis this Saturday and Sunday nights, from 9:15 to 1:30. "Summer is usually slow," says van coordinator Jonathan Waterhouse, "but we thought we would see if there is enough demand to run on weekends all summer."
The Ron Eydt Conference Centre hosts a "retreat" sponsored by the Women's Institutes this weekend, as well as delegates to the Canadian Association of Physicists annual congress. Oh, and the Village will also be the headquarters for today's Tri-University Purchasing Golf Invitational.
The local Volunteer Action Centre is currently looking for "patient, reliable volunteers to help with summer activities" -- swimming or gardening -- at the Sunnyside Home for seniors, and for people to "help with a survey, kidsfest, security, gating or at the information kiosk" at the city of Waterloo Sounds of Summer festival June 20-21. Interested? Call the VAC at 742-8610.
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