Friday, May 21, 2004
"He's worked all over this campus -- knows a lot of people, and a heck of a nice guy," said Bill Carroll, his supervisor in plant ops. For the past four year Morawski had been part of the electrical controls group, responsible for the wiring of fire alarms and heating and cooling systems. Before that, since coming to the university 17 years ago, he'd been in the electrical distribution section.
"He's going to be significantly missed," said Carroll.
He said Morawski was a keen tennis player as well as a snorkeling enthusiast who was making his first visit to Cuba, along with his wife, Christine, who works as a "house mom" in Village I.
Details of the accident, and funeral arrangements, aren't yet available.
The 47th Annual Conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, from Monday through Friday (May 24 to 28), will attract hundreds of delegates from around the world. The theme of the meeting is "Great Lakes Need Great Watersheds."
The fountain sculpture in the atrium of the Centre for Environmental and Information Technology represents the five great lakes. It was filled with dry ice for the building's opening ceremonies in February.
More than 400 presentations will be made, primarily by American and Canadian researchers but with invited participants from Russia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya as well as European attendees.
The guest speaker will be Michael Donohue of the Great Lakes Commission, who will address the intersection of science, policy and management in the Great Lakes. Throughout four days of scientific sessions (Tuesday through Friday), a range of topics such as environmental contaminants, lake habitats, fisheries and water quality will be discussed.
Also at the conference centre
The annual conference is one of the major undertakings of the association, which began in 1967 as an international organization devoted to the advancement of research, management and policy development related to great lakes. It has nearly 1,000 members, with some two-thirds from the U.S., one-quarter from Canada and the rest throughout the world. It publishes the Journal of Great Lakes Research featuring international research.
With Saul as a European government bond trader in London, and John as a U.S. Treasury bond trader in New York, their jobs are fast-paced and performance driven. They needed to find people with exceptional technical abilities who could perform in a pinch, a requirement that made the UW co-op program their natural choice for recruitment.
Saul and his boss Domenico Crapanzano began hiring UW co-op students in January 2003 to work as trading assistants. In this position, students help senior traders during the daily trading mania and also work on long-term projects, such as developing trading models and analytics. It was Crapanzano who initially suggested hiring UW co-op students, an idea that Saul immediately supported. To date, they have hired nine students over five terms and the results have been rewarding. "In terms of the contributions the students have given, they've been able to add significantly to the systems we had in place before they were here," Saul said.
Jeff Saul, seated, with co-op students Dave Dymov and Jeff Alfonsi on the Barclays trading floor in London
On the New York trading floor, the presence of UW co-op students is a newer phenomenon. Owing to the success at the London office, Will John and his colleague Mike Bagguley have started hiring UW co-op students for their derivatives desk, recruiting five students in their first term. Like Saul, John looks for students with strong technical skills. "Our business is very, very quantitative, so it's great to have students around who have those skills and who can help us with projects that we can't do ourselves due to time constraints," he said. And when it comes to getting students with these skills, John had no qualms in admitting that, with the exception of MIT, UW is the only school his desk hires from.
In both offices, co-op students are looked upon as more than just interns, but also as potential future employees. "We like to hire young people who are very eager and hardworking and there's no better way to interview someone than to have them work for you for four months," said John. This is good news for aspiring traders like Louis Chong, a 4B computer engineering student who worked with Saul in London for one term and who will be returning full time after finishing school in April.
In yesterday's Daily Bulletin, mentioning a planned curriculum change in chemical engineering, I said that Bill Anderson was the department chair. "I am (thankfully) not," he writes. He's associate chair for undergraduate studies; the department chair is Tom Duever.
A reminder from the staff association: today is the deadline for members to vote in the election of two directors for the coming year. Ballots were distributed earlier in May. There are four candidates -- Bev Rodgers (management sciences), Sean Warren (distance education), Andy Newman (plant operations), and Keith Peck (library).
The University of Waterloo Magazine, edited for alumni and other friends of UW by Linda Kenyon of communications and public affairs, and designed by Monica Lynch and Christine Goucher of UW Graphics, has won a gold medal from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education. The magazine, which was redesigned in 2003, won in the "Best Magazine" category of CCAE's Prix d'Excellence competition. The judges said they were impressed with the overall success of the redesign, including the "use of restraint in typography" and the "accessibility of the articles", and also remarked that the "size added to its spacious feeling."
A symposium on "Cultural Biology: Evolution, Development, and Mind" runs today and tomorrow in the Humanities building (room 334), hosted by UW's department of philosophy. "This symposium," writes Chris Eliasmith from that department, "is the culmination of our Distinguished Speaker Series on Cultural Biology, a week of public lectures by Steve Quartz on topics covered in his recent book Liars, Lovers, and Heroes: What the New Brain Science Reveals About How We Become Who We Are. The study of cultural biology spans a wide variety of disciplines in examining the biological roots of culture. Cultural biologists integrate concepts from these disciplines to answer questions about, e.g., altruism, courage, lying, decision making, and preferred social structures." Participation in the symposium, other than tonight's banquet, is free; there's more information on the web.
And . . . the registrar's office notes that winter term marks become official as of May 24 and can be seen online through Quest.