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Thursday, March 4, 1999

  • Nortel funds IT Institute at UW
  • Board seat open to staff
  • Stress, spectroscopy, skeptics, etc.
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Nortel funds IT Institute at UW

Nortel Networks will announce the establishment of the $10.3-million Nortel Networks Institute for Advanced Information Technology at UW in a press conference on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Davis Centre foyer. UW computer science and electrical and computer engineering graduate and undergraduate students have been invited to the event.

Keith Powell, senior vice-president, information services, and chief information officer, Nortel Networks, will announce funding for the Institute, student scholarships and faculty research chairs. The investment over a 10-year period will include:

UW president James Downey called the announcement "a dynamic strategic partnership between two of Canada's most successful learning organizations. The creation of the Nortel Networks Institute for Advanced Information Technology at the University of Waterloo plays to the strengths of each organization," he added. "Nortel Networks and Waterloo are both world leaders in the formulation of ideas and the deployment of tools that make information technology such a transformational force in the contemporary world."

Downey predicts the support of Nortel Networks "will materially assist Waterloo to become an even stronger magnet for Canada's brightest and best students and faculty."

Nortel Networks will provide $20-million in support for high-tech education at several universities under the Ontario government's Access to Opportunities Program (ATOP) -- "part of the company's long-term commitment to supporting post-secondary education, training, research and development."

Dave Johnson, Ontario minister of education and training, will outline at Friday's annnouncement the Ontario government's support through matching funds under ATOP. A $150-million Ontario government initiative, ATOP is designed to dramatically increase enrolment in advanced technology disciplines through the collaboration of business, education and government.

For UW, participation in ATOP will mean an increase of about 1,360 undergraduate places (68 per cent) over 1995-96 levels. To achieve that target, Waterloo will increase next year's first-year enrolment in computer science to 600, up from the target of 435 this year. First-year enrolment in electrical and computer engineering will rise to 355, up from 255 over the last several years.

Board seat open to staff

Nominations are requested from full-time staff to fill one seat on the board of governors for a three-year term running from May 1 to April 30, 2002. Full-time staff members who are Canadian citizens are eligible for nomination. Each nomination must be signed by five full-time staff members.

Nomination forms are available from the secretariat, and must be returned to the chief returning officer at the secretariat, Needles Hall room 3060, no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17. An election will follow if necessary.

Stress, spectroscopy, skeptics, etc.

In the co-op department, posting #1 (continuous phase) will be available by noon today. Students should apply if they had no interviews or were not ranked.

Before the stress gets overwhelming, students can still sign up for the Exam Stress Workshop which starts today and runs for three weeks. Offered by counselling services, the sessions are held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and deal with managing the physical aspects of anxiety, reducing and controlling disruptive thoughts, enhancing positive thoughts, and inducing and maintaining a relaxed state under stress. Phone ext. 2655 for more information.

Civil engineering professor Don Burn will speak at 11:30 a.m. on the Red River Flood of 1997, from his perspective as a member of the Manitoba Water Commission which spent a year investigating the disaster. The civil and environmental engineering talk takes place in Carl Pollock Hall room 3374.

The Native Students Association is holding an organizational meeting today at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Life Centre room 2134.

Lev T. Perelman of the Laser Biomedical Research Centre at MIT, and a candidate for a biophysics faculty position, will speak today at 3:30 p.m. on Light Scattering Spectroscopy for Early Cancer Detection. The lecture will be held in Physics room P308.

"A Comparative Study of Titanium-Containing Aluminophosphate Molecular Sieves Tapo-5, -11, -31 and -36" is the topic of a seminar conducted by Serge Kaliaguine of the department of genie chimique, Universite Laval, and recipient of the 1998 Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award. Sponsored by the Canadian Catalysis Foundation, the seminar will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Douglas Wright Engineering room 2517.

At 4 p.m. today, anthropology and classical studies professor Maria Liston will speak on Osteology of a late prehistoric site near Peterborough, Ontario. Everyone is welcome to attend the talk held in Chemistry 2 room 170 and sponsored by the UW Quaternary Sciences Institute.

Parts of a World, an exhibition of works by David Urban, opens today at 5 p.m. in ArtSpace, East Campus Hall. The exhibit continues through April 4. The artist will be present at the opening and will speak on March 11 at 1:30 p.m. in East Campus Hall room 1219.

The Arriscraft lecture series continues with a talk by Rick Hopkins, Toronto, on Obsession and Means at 7 p.m. in the Green Room of Environmental Studies 2.

Computer science professor Jeffrey Shallit will present a Freethought Waterloo talk, A Skeptic Looks at Christian Science, at 7 p.m. in the Student Life Centre multipurpose room.

An alert for people with allergies: plant operations will be painting in the grad office in Needles Hall, rooms 3021 and 3026, sometime today. The painting has been cleared through the safety office.

Just in time for March break vacations, the Graphics Pixel Pub. is offering a special on passport photos. Until March 17, the photos are $8 per set, $2 off the regular price.

Barbara Elve
bmelve@uwaterloo.ca


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