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Thursday, April 24, 2003

  • Convocation honours are announced
  • Four Warriors picked for spring game
  • A few other notes in the sunshine
Chris Redmond

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Convocation honours are announced

Two people will be named "Honorary Member of the University" at June convocation ceremonies, the UW media relations office has announced after convocation honours were approved by UW's senate.

One of the new "honorary members" will be Pat Rowe, who retired last fall after 37 years as a faculty member in psychology. She became the first woman dean in UW's history when she served as acting dean of arts in 1973-74, and later was dean of graduate studies 1991-99.

The other is Jim Leslie, long-time professor of physics, who created UW's "correspondence" (now distance education) program in the 1960s as a way of providing courses for high school science teachers. He was administrative head of the correspondence program until 1980.

A "Distinguished Professor Emeritus" title will be awarded to Anthony Anderson, recently retired from the department of physics, and similar status will be awarded posthumously to Mik Pintar, also of physics, who died in February a few months after his retirement.

And during convocation ceremonies, June 11 through 14, there will be seven honorary degrees:

Joy Kogawa, prominent Japanese-Canadian writer. As the UW news release notes, "Kogawa's work is widely used in literature departments on university campuses and her major book, Obasan, is still in print -- a rarity for a 20-year-old Canadian novel."

Frank Iacobucci, justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, former law professor and provost at the University of Toronto and a leader in the National Congress of Italian Canadians.

Chaviva Hosek, president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, former professor of English at Toronto and former Ontario minister of housing.

Margaret Wright, chair of the computer science department at New York University, an expert in numerical optimization.

David Brillinger, statistical theorist at the University of California at Berkeley who has been cited for "international leadership and continuing impact through his vision and effectiveness as an applied statistician".

Lotfi Zadeh, "the father of fuzzy logic", a faculty member in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley.

Harmon Ray, a UW chemical engineering graduate who has published more than 200 research papers in various fields of engineering, particularly polymer materials. He's now based at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Also at spring convocation, Mike Lazaridis, chief executive of Research In Motion, will be installed as UW's chancellor, and the retiring chancellor, Val O'Donovan, will be named chancellor emeritus.

Four Warriors picked for spring game

Four Warriors will be among the players in the first annual East-West Bowl football game, to be held next month at University Stadium at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The game, sponsored by Canadian Interuniversity Sport "in partnership with the NFL and CFL", will bring together 84 of the top university football players in the country for a week of practices and evaluation, culminating in the bowl game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

A national committee of CIS head coaches selected the players, who were first nominated by their respective teams, says a CIS news release. "The East-West Bowl is designed as a showcase for athletes entering their CFL draft-year in 2004, but the rosters will be complemented with players entering into their second, third and fifth years who have not yet been drafted."

The Waterloo representatives will be playing for the "West" team, representing 13 Canadian universities west of Toronto that play football. That team will be coached by Brian Towriss of the Saskatchewan Huskies. The "East" team, drawn from 13 universities in Toronto and points east, will be coached by Blake Nill of the Vanier Cup champion Saint Mary's University Huskies.

[Bosa in uniform] "This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent we have in Canadian university football to both CFL and NFL coaches and scouts" said event director Greg Marshall, the head coach of the McMaster University Marauders. "It is also an opportunity for the Canadian football coaching fraternity to share ideas and develop stronger professional working relationships."

As part of the East-West Bowl week activities there will also be a coaches' clinic at WLU May 9 and 10. Coaches from the NFL, CFL and CIS will join the honorary coaches in conducting seminars and demonstrations for minor and high school coaches over the two-day period, including a banquet on Friday evening where Green will be the keynote speaker.

These are the four Warriors chosen for the game:

Meanwhile, spring football will be succeeded by autumn football soon enough, and a harbinger of that is the Warriors' spring camp, now under way (through April 29) and based in Ron Eydt Village.


A funeral service will be held today for Joan Molloy (formerly O'Connell), who was secretary to four presidents during a 33-year career at UW, 1960-93. She died Sunday. The service begins at 2 p.m. at First United Church, King and William Streets.

The LT3 technology centre holds a session today on SynchronEyes, new computer lab instruction software available in the Flex lab in the Dana Porter Library. It starts at 11 a.m.; people wanting to attend should call Koorus Bookan at ext. 6749.

The Interdisciplinary Coffee Talk Society will hold its monthly session tonight, this time to hear computer science graduate student Jinbo Xu talk about his award-winning work on protein structures.


All retail services stores (the bookstore, the computer store, the UW Shop and Techworx) will be closed for inventory.

The annual Canadian Federation of University Women used book sale will be held at First United Church downtown, with new hours: Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Graduate students in the "Certificate in University Teaching" program will present their research paper work starting at 9:30 a.m. in Math and Computer room 5158.

The Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry will hold its annual meeting, seminar, graduate student poster session and awards presentations on the Guelph campus, starting with business at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker is Fred McCourt of UW's department of chemistry.

A few other notes in the sunshine

"Due to the growing health concerns in Toronto," writes Jude Doble of UW's alumni affairs office, "we have decided to postpone" two events that were scheduled in the big city. One is tomorrow's alumni lunch at the King Edward Hotel, with UW president David Johnston as speaker; a new date is pending. The other was to be "an exciting family-oriented event" on May 3-4 -- a sleepover at the Ontario Science Centre. Other organizations were also involved, and Doble notes that the Science Centre is still running the event, "and alumni can still attend, just not part of a UW group, or they can receive a full refund."

Among the things approved at this week's meeting of the UW senate was a change to the "residency requirement" for the faculty of arts. Residency in this context means the number of courses a student has to take from Waterloo, rather than transferring from some other institution as credit towards a Waterloo degree. The new rule, effective in September 2004, is that "students will be required to take at least 50% of the courses required for the current degree program, at the University of Waterloo and while registered in that degree program." Dean of arts Bob Kerton told senate it's possible to abuse the current rule (one-third rather than one-half) by taking the majority of courses somewhere that might have, frankly, lower standards than UW.

Noemia Fernandes writes from the retail services department to report that "We've updated the look of the bookstore's Staff Picks page on our web site. If you want a good book but don't know which one to get, check out what retail services staff are recommending."

And Elise Ho in the teaching resources and continuing education office sends a reminder about the "student speakers roster", which I described in the Daily Bulletin earlier this year. It's a list of students from other lands, or with overseas experience, who would be willing to talk about those countries in UW classes when that's relevant. "We are in the process of creating a permanent roster," says Ho, "and so volunteers need to fill out a new form." The roster, she explains, "provides volunteers with the opportunity to share their expertise, and to practice and polish presentation and communication skills. We are looking for interested and energetic students to sign up for the roster and to serve as guest speakers, language tutors, or classroom resources."

Here's a note from Mark Zanna in UW's psychology department: "Beth Lee, a graduate student in social psychology, has recently won the American Psychology Society's prestigious RiSE-UP (Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations) Award. In addition to receiving a $100 (US) prize, Beth will present her paper, 'Cultural Differences in Persuasion: Analysis of North American and Korean Print Ads', at the society's annual conference in May in Atlanta."


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