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Tuesday, June 16, 1998

  • City-wide survey planned in fall
  • Hockey coach leaves for England
  • Three prizes in architecture
  • Here and there on the campus
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City-wide survey planned in fall

A sample survey of the Kitchener-Waterloo area is planned for this fall, says John Goyder of UW's sociology department, one of the researchers who are getting the Survey Research Network under way.

He's now looking for researchers with questions that might become part of the survey. "This is an ideal, minimal cost, opportunity for UW researchers interested in obtaining survey data on a local issue," says Goyder. "Equally, it will be useful for those who wish to conduct an advanced pretest of questions that might subsequently be used in larger scale, perhaps national level, research. It gives students a chance to include primary data in their theses, and the participating students would gain some training benefits from their involvement.

"This venture is the prototype for what might become a continuing omnibus survey designed to serve the research needs of UW, WLU and local community researchers."

The project will be funded in part, he says, by providing space to any faculty or students who wish to "buy in". The rate is $100 per inch of space. "A simple question would thus cost around $200. Subscribers would have access to an extensive set of social background questions included in the study. . . . Graduate students and fourth year honours thesis students are very welcome to buy in on a labour-for-space basis. They will be credited for work on the data collection at a rate of $15 per hour. For example, an inch and a half of space could be obtained by contributing ten hours work. There is no budget for labour on a paid basis."

Says Goyder: "Although conducted on a shoestring budget, this will be a high quality mailed questionnaire survey with several follow-ups and an incentive scheme. I anticipate a response rate in the 60- 70% range, giving at least 350 cases."

Anybody interested can get in touch with him at ext. 2643, e-mail jgoyder@watarts.

Hockey coach leaves for England

After 13 consecutive winning seasons as head coach for the hockey Warriors, Don McKee is leaving to take a one-year position as coach of the Sheffield Steelers of the British Super Hockey League. McKee, 55, will retire at the end of June from his full-time job as principal of Westheights Middle School in Kitchener and make the move to England.

According to a story in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record's sports pages, McKee "has not ruled out a return to the University of Waterloo and he may negotiate a leave of absence". In the meantime, "his most likely replacement behind the Warriors' bench is the team's long-time associate coach Dave Cressman, a special education teacher at Kitchener's Grand River Collegiate."

UW athletics and recreational services director Judy McCrae is out of town this week and could not be reached for comment.

Last month, McKee was presented with the Gordon Juckes Award by the Canadian Hockey Association for his contribution to the development of Canadian amateur hockey at the national level. He is chair of the CHA coaching committee, a national coaching certification program master course conductor, and program director of the Kitchener Community Hockey School. He was last year's winner of the 3M Coaching Award.

Three prizes in architecture

UW architecture students and graduates have won top prizes at several major competitions, the UW news bureau reports.

In Ireland, senior UW architecture students, joining forces with two civil engineering students, won first and second place at the 1998 International Interact Student Design Competition held in May, which was open to student teams from around the world. The UW students competed against the best teams from England and Ireland. Each team was required to submit a detailed design, including structure and a full-cost estimate, for a mixed-use development on a vacant site in the historic centre of Dublin.

"Both Waterloo teams surprised the European panel of judges with their ability to engage the context of the site through their designs without ever having set foot in Ireland," said Eric Haldenby, director of the architecture school. The first-place UW team -- architecture students Jennifer Archer and Jason-Emery Groen, along with civil engineering student Trevor Quayle -- impressed the jurors with a low-impact sustainable project that "de-constructed typical Georgian quay-front buildings and reinterpreted them in a contemporary way." The prize was worth the equivalent of $3,600.

The second-place team -- architecture students Ella Dinoi and Jeffrey Pidsadny, together with civil engineering student Derek Van Ee -- achieved a design that incorporated places for gathering and Irish storytelling at the scale of the building, block and city. The prize was valued at the equivalent of $1,680.

In another competition, held by the Ontario Association of Architects, UW architecture graduate Trevor Grams took top prize in the "Renderings and Perspectives" category for a computer generated image from his 1997 thesis "Exoskeleton: Mechanisms for the Corporeal Landscape." He shared another award with classmate Glen Edwards. Grams also won top prize in "Theoretical Rendering" at the 1998 "Art of CAD" (Computer-Aided Design), sponsored by Canadian Architect magazine. Classmate Michael Isner was first in the "Theoretical Dynamic" category.

Here and there on the campus

The Canadian Association of Physicists annual congress, hosted by UW this year, is well under way. Tonight: the CAP banquet, at Federation Hall.

Micheline Bouchard, president of Motorola Canada, will visit campus today. Tim Tribe, development officer in the engineering faculty, says she will have lunch with some of the VIPs and tour a number of labs in electrical and computer engineering, as well as visiting Bob Gillham's lab in earth sciences to see about his work on groundwater remediation.

The Computer Science Graduate Students Association offers a presentation this afternoon about the computer graphics lab -- the first in a series of events about various branches of CS. In today's event, set for 2:30 in Davis Centre room 1304, Bill Cowan, Richard Bartels and Michael McCool will talk about their work -- touching on colour perception, surface modeling, animation, image synthesis and other exciting stuff.

The last Employee Assistance Program session of the season is set for tomorrow: a brown-bag presentation (by Judith Van Evra of St. Jerome's University) on "The Impact of Television on Children". It starts at 12 noon tomorrow, and the location has been moved to Math and Computer room 2035 from what was previously announced.

The Bike Centre holds an auction tomorrow at 12:30 in the Student Life Centre atrium. "A variety of mountain and road bikes will be available," lost, reclaimed and repaired. Cash and cheque only, organizers say.

The trend toward universities signing "Coke deals", exclusive arrangements with one supplier of drinks, is suddenly big news. A talk on the subject given to the annual conference of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, which is meeting at Wilfrid Laurier University this week, was on the front page of the Record last night and even made the front page of the Globe this morning. Right behind the drink manufacturers are other industries, especially banks, Vancouver marketer Dale Boniface told the CCAE conference. (At Waterloo, officials said some weeks ago that this university isn't planning any Coke deals because they're not likely in the best interest of students.)

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