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Monday, March 1, 1999

  • Bronfmans establish Swann scholarship
  • Engineers/lifeguards clean up
  • Math faculty launches WebNotice
  • March comes in like a lamb
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Bronfmans establish Swann scholarship --from the UW News Bureau

A $10,000 gift from Charles and Andrea Bronfman of New York City will establish the Peter Swann Memorial Scholarship in East Asian studies at Renison College. Their gift is an expression of respect for the late Peter Swann, who founded the East Asian studies program and designed the former Seagram Museum in Waterloo.

"Peter's love of Chinese art and culture manifested itself at the age of 15 when he acquired two exquisite Chinese Imperial tea bowls from a London antique dealer," said Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Renison principal.

This early interest shaped Swann's personal and professional life. He graduated in 1949 from Oxford University in classical Chinese and was appointed manager of the Ashmolian Museum, department of Oriental art, Oxford University in 1950. In 1965, he designed and installed the Eastern Art Galleries, Princeton University. In 1989, he joined the faculty at Renison College, as a professor and founding director of the East Asian studies program.

This year the program celebrated its 10th anniversary. In 1989, Renison College offered a single course in East Asian culture and two sections of Japanese language. Thirty-five students enrolled. Today there are 15 sections of Japanese, 10 sections of Chinese, three sections of Korean and two sections of East Asian culture. Last year, there were about 600 enrolments.

The program complements UW's academic and technical exchanges with Tottori and Kyoto Universities in Japan and the Pohang Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea which are available to engineering students. The East Asian studies program is of interest to business people with trade links in the Pacific Rim and professionals who want to develop their careers there; new teachers seeking teaching experience; and people pursuing international employment or volunteer opportunities.

As well, the program attracts students interested in international exchanges; retirees and others who enjoy travelling; and students of Chinese ancestry who want to learn Mandarin and explore their heritage.

Engineers/lifeguards clean up

"Teams from UW have...once again captured most of the top prizes and prestigious awards" in the 20th anniversary Ontario Engineering Competition held this weekend in Windsor, reports systems design professor Fakhri Karray, team advisor. The Waterloo team faced its stiffest competition ever, with 162 students from 14 universities competing. Bringing home the prizes: Winners of the top two places in each category will advance next weekend to the national competition in Montreal.

Months of practice paid off for the UW lifeguards who hosted the 1999 Ontario Lifeguard Championships this weekend. Two Waterloo teams, Go Again and Club Meds, placed first and second overall in the event. A third UW team, Batmen and Robyn, came in 11th among a total of 15 teams from Brock, Laurentian, McMaster, Guelph, Western and Toronto universities. Brock placed third overall, and Laurentian teams came in fourth and fifth.

Math faculty launches WebNotice

WebNotice, a new web page, has been launched by the math faculty to distribute information about seminars, colloquia and other events across campus. Through the web, this information is also available to anyone on the Internet, around the world.

The software was developed by the University of Toronto's Information Commons at the request of the Mathematical Sciences Task Force, and has been translated to Perl5 for use at UW by Kim Martin (MFCF) and Dawn Whiteside (IST).

March comes in like a lamb (with an attitude)

Conrad Grebel College music professor Carol Ann Weaver will discuss African music at the Ideas and Issues noon hour lecture today at the Kitchener Public Library main branch on Queen Street.

Ways to make math more interesting for students in Grade 6 through secondary school will be explored today at 2:30 p.m. by Kamran Sedighian of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre in New York. The talk, "Issues in designing interactive multimedia mathematics learning environments", will be held in Math and Computer room 5158. Pre-register by sending an email to Jennifer Fritz at trace@watserv 1. Questions can be directed to ext. 3132.

Protein Folding: A Physicist's Approach is the subject of a seminar at 3 p.m. in Physics room P308. The speaker will be Hao Li of the Centre for Studies in Physics and Biology at Rockefeller University, a candidate for a UW physics faculty position.

The senate executive committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room 3004.

Pre-registration for Fall 99 and Winter 2000 terms begins today and continues through Friday. Copies of the new undergraduate calendar are available in the registrar's office and in mature student services during regular office hours "with appropriate UW ID." Today is also the last day to file intent to graduate forms for the spring convocation, and the deadline for distance education spring term registration for returning students.

The K-W Arthritis Society is holding a Two for Blue Day on Friday. People are invited to wear something blue and donate a twoonie in support of juvenile arthritis research. Any departments interested in participating can contact Michelle Banic at ext. 5042 or mbanic@iapinfo.uwaterloo.ca.

Barbara Elve

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