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Wednesday, January 27, 1999

  • Titanic team advisor speaks at UW
  • Chemistry prof wins innovation award
  • Alumni invited to "Fantastic Night"
  • Critical incidents, curling and more
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Titanic team advisor speaks at UW --from the UW News Bureau

An adviser to the Titanic discovery team will give a public lecture today at UW as part of the Canada Trust/Walter Bean Visiting Professorship in the Environment.

Titanic: In a New Light is the topic for Joseph MacInnis, president of Undersea Research Ltd. of Toronto, who will discuss the dive, technologies and teamwork that inspired James Cameron's Hollywood movie on the famous shipwreck.

MacInnis, who played the role of adviser to the sunken ship's discovery team in the Atlantic Ocean and was the first Canadian to explore the vessel, will begin his lecture at 4:30 p.m. in Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall.

A medical doctor, MacInnis is also a noted deep-sea explorer, speaker and author whose work with decompression helped to make deep sea dives in cold oceans possible. His books include Saving the Oceans and Titanic: In a New Light. His most recent book is Fitzgerald's Storm, released by MacMillan in the fall of 1997.

Currently, MacInnis is working on multi-media projects aimed at restoring the health of the oceans and the Great Lakes. Since 1996, he has been the national chair of Canada Trust's Friends of the Environment Foundation.

The $1-million visiting professorship -- funded by Canada Trust and its majority shareholder, Imasco Limited in 1992 -- attracts top international research professors on the environment to UW.

The professorship is named after the late Walter Bean who was president of Waterloo Trust until its merger with Canada Trust in 1968. When the professorship was launched, it was called a "fitting testament" to his legacy of community involvement and commitment to youth, education and community.

Previous speakers were Ursula Franklin and David Schindler. Franklin, a retired professor of metallurgy and materials science at the University of Toronto, is a renowned expert on the social impact of science and technology. Schindler, the Killham Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, is one of Canada's leading researchers in freshwater environmental science.

The address by MacInnis is open to the public at no charge but seating is limited. To reserve a ticket, call (519) 888-4973. A reception and book signing (for Fitzgerald's Storm) will follow in the Humanities Theatre foyer.

Chemistry prof wins innovation award --from the UW News Bureau

A UW chemistry faculty member is one of the winners of a research innovation award from Research Corp., based in Tucson, Arizona.

Garry Hanan received $50,000 for his work on the metal-directed assembly of coordination polymers for the reversible sorption of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). His search is motivated by the need to remove hazardous VOCs from the environment.

"Recent international accords have set out to limit VOCs in the environment and our aim is to develop new compounds capable of detecting and removing VOCs from our immediate surroundings," Hanan said.

"When limits are set and thresholds are lowered, new approaches are sometimes needed to meet these goals." The work has commercial potential, he added, as separation science is highly important to the chemical industry.

The innovation award is given to "encourage research that transcends the ordinary and offers promise for significant discovery" by scientists early in their academic careers. A foundation for the advancement of science, Research Corp. funds innovative projects proposed by U.S. and Canadian scientists in astronomy, chemistry and physics.

Hanan's research covers different areas of supramolecular chemistry and materials, such as organic and inorganic synthesis, inclusion phenomena and catalysis, and inorganic photochemistry.

Alumni invited to "Fantastic Night"

UW alumni and their families are special guests tonight at the "first annual Fantastic Alumni Night" featuring Warrior basketball at the Physical Activities Complex. Women hoopsters meet their University of Guelph opponents at 6 p.m. and the men play Guelph at 8.

Tickets to the free games must be reserved in advance by phoning the department of athletics at ext. 5694. Co-sponsored by athletics and the office of development and alumni affairs, the event promises "lots of fun and great giveaways". Among the prizes, a $250 VIA Rail travel voucher plus $300 towards accommodation. The first 200 fans get free Warriors key chains and "megaphones", plus "lots of other great prizes."

Critical incidents, curling and more

Co-op job posting number six will be available by noon today, and expire tomorrow at 8 p.m. New co-op students can catch seminars on "Critical Incidents in the Workplace and Workplace Safety" today from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in EL 101 as part of the Co-op 101 program. Graduating computer, systems design, electrical and mechanical engineering students are invited to attend the Research in Motion, Ltd. employer information session today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Davis Centre rooms 1301 and 1302. Deloitte and Touche Consulting are also on campus today from 7 to 9 p.m. in Ground Zero. Engineering, science and mathematics students are welcome.

Due to "a severe backlog in the workload" the student awards office will be closed today and next Wednesday, February 3.

Stories from Swaziland is the topic of a peace and conflict studies talk today at 12:15 p.m. in the Blue Room of Conrad Grebel College cafeteria. Teena Wagner, a graduate of UW's physiotherapy program, will show slides and tell stories about her work at a Swaziland health clinic as part of the Serving and Learning Together internship program.

Students Advising Co-op meets today at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Life Centre multipurpose room. "Come one, come all," says SAC co-chair Paul Schreiber. On the agenda: a co-op roundtable, an open forum on the co-op handbook, and a report on the future SAC/CSS (co-op students society), plus pop and doughnuts.

Jonathan Vance, University of Western Ontario history professor and author, will speak this evening on his book, Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War. The talk, sponsored by the UW department of history, the Laurier centre for military, strategic and disarmament studies, and the Highland Fusiliers, will be held at 7 p.m. in Engineering Lecture Hall room 103. Admission is free. For more information, contact Geoff Hayes at ext. 5138 or ghayes@watarts.uwaterloo.ca.

I am Scheherazade, a play written and directed by Linda Carson and featuring Darlene Spencer, will be performed tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Wilfrid Laurier University theatre auditorium. Both women are UW graduates.

Registrations are now being accepted for the 29th Hagey Funspiel, happening March 20. The UW faculty/staff/retirees curling bonspiel takes place at the Ayr Curling Club. Phone Pat Cunningham at development and alumni affairs, ext. 5413 for more details.

Dave Wood has been named administrative director, research and international development in the environmental studies faculty. He replaces Drew Knight, recently appointed director of international programs in the office of research.

Barbara Elve

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