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Monday, March 29, 1999

  • UW collaborates in energy program
  • FAUW holds elections
  • Library issues invite to authors
  • Beginning a four-day work week
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UW collaborates in energy program

UW's faculty of environmental studies and the Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence will receive $220,000 in federal funding to implement the Waterloo Region Residential Energy Efficiency Program.

The grant, from the Climate Change Action Fund, will be used to provide a comprehensive report of home energy efficiency. With this, evaluators and homeowners will be able to identify ways in which the level of energy efficiency in houses can be improved, thus lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is expected to complete 4,000 home energy audits in the region over the next two years, according to environment and resource studies professor Ian Rowlands. "This is an excellent example of a collaboration among government, university and a non-profit group that offers benefits to the individual homeowner, the community and the country as a whole."

The Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence, a partner in the project, is a registered charity dedicated to bringing innovative environmental solutions to communities in southern Ontario.

The community benefits from the program are expected to include:

Students interested in summer employment as a marketing assistant, a data analyst or junior energy auditors can submit their resumes to the Environmental Adaptation Research Group (EARG) Office, located in ES-1, Room 301. Further information about these summer positions is also posted outside the EARG Office.

The REEP project team will be organising a Residential Energy Efficiency Roundtable Discussion, to be held in early April. Those with related research interests are invited to contact Rowlands (ext. 2574, email: irowland@fes.uwaterloo.ca) for further details.

FAUW holds elections

Chemistry professor Fred McCourt has been acclaimed as president of the faculty association for a third term.

An election has been called to fill five vacancies on the FAUW board of directors. Five candidates have been nominated. The four receiving the largest number of votes will serve two-year terms, and the fifth will serve a one-year term to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of statistics and actuarial science professor Frank Reynolds, who had one year remaining in his term of office.

Board candidates are Anne Fullerton (library), Vera Golini (St. Jerome's University/women's studies, at-large candidate), Len Guelke (geography), Alicja Muszynski (sociology), and John Wilson (political science).

Mail-in ballots must reach the faculty association office by noon on Tueday, April 6. The results will be announced at the annual general meeting on April 7.

Library issues invite to authors

Authors, artists and musicians who have had work published or exhibited in 1998 are invited to celebrate their achievements at the annual spring Authors Event hosted by the Friends of the Library at noon on May 12 in the Theatre of the Arts.

Guest speaker for the occasion, Leonard Enns, composer and chair of UW's music department at Conrad Grebel College, will discuss "Dressing Old Words New: Exploring a Composer's Wardrobe".

Anyone who would like their books or art exhibited in this "celebration of creativity" is invited to contact Mary Stanley at mstanley@library or ext. 6019.

Beginning a four-day work week

For those who tested their mathematical mettle with the sample Putnam problem last week, statistics and actuarial science professor Christopher Small provides the solution. The question: Let N be the positive integer with 1998 decimal digits, all of them 1; that is, N=11111...11 (where there are 1998 ones). Find the thousandth digit after the decimal point of the square root of N. The answer: The thousandth digit after the decimal point is 1.

J. Erik Mogensen, a fourth year honours philosophy student, has been named the valedictorian for the faculty of arts convocation on June 17.

Potato People are appearing on campus today at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre. The mime production for children by Theatre Beyond Words features characters with large tuberous papier mache heads.

Kitchener Public Library will be rocking at noon with a talk on Volcanoes by UW earth sciences museum curator Peter Russell.

Also at noon today, job posting #8 (continuous phase) and job posting #4 (architecture students) will be available in the co-op department. Both expire tomorrow at 8 p.m.

A four-day blood donor clinic starts today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Life Centre. Appointments to donate can be made at the Turnkey desk.

Renovations are continuing in the reception area of Health Services this week, but hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) and services will be as usual.

Listen, I'm Only One Woman is the title of a one-woman show written and produced by UW drama department graduate Susan Tschirhart. Presented tonight at 8 in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages, the performance "involves a great deal of exaggerated story-telling, observational humour, and a small dose of satire." Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

The Canadian Federation of University Women K-W is looking for books for its 35th annual used book sale on April 9 and 10 at First United Church, King and Williams Streets in Waterloo. Donations of books will be accepted until April 8, with pick-up service available until April 1. To donate, phone 740-5249. Proceeds support scholarships and community projects.

Barbara Elve

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