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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

  • Math and physics prize comes to Waterloo
  • Four enter athletics hall of fame
  • Warm weather, used books and more
Chris Redmond

Oklahoma City bombing, 1995

What's shut off this Sunday

A major utilities shutdown on Sunday, April 24, is expected to affect the following:

  • Hydro power, heating, ventilation on the northern half of campus (including Matthews Hall, Student Life Centre, Chemistry II, Math and Computer, Davis Centre, Optometry) 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Steam and hot water for the entire campus, 8 to 2.

  • Campus computer network, external connections and central computing services, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Telephone system is not affected.

  • Library electronic resources and Trellis, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Davis Centre Library closed all day. Dana Porter Library will be open noon to 6 p.m. (Details.)
  • Math and physics prize comes to Waterloo

    A physics professor who divides his time between UW and the nearby Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is this year's winner of the Canadian Association of Physicists and Centre de Recherches Mathématiques Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.


    Myers in a formal moment during Perimeter's grand opening last fall

    He is Robert Myers, who came to Waterloo four years ago from McGill University to be a faculty member in the UW physics department as well as what Perimeter calls a "long-term researcher".

    An announcement from Perimeter, boasting of Myers's award, calls him "a math expert whose numbers help describe all of space, time and matter". Here's more of what Perimeter has to say:

    "Rob receives this top Canadian honour for his many ground-breaking contributions to string theory -- a branch of physics, expressed in mathematical equations, used to describe an infinitesimally small and mysterious world of 'vibrations' that some experts hope will help lead to a 'theory of everything.'

    "Professor Myers is a master at the chalkboard and an outstanding scientist on the world stage. He has played a pivotal role in the development of string theory -- including 'The Myers Effect.' Among his most recent contributions is the discovery that string theory may predict the presence of extremely long 'cosmic strings' of a novel type which can stretch across the entire visible universe and have consequences for cosmological observations. Such objects, if found, could provide the long-sought smoking gun confirmation of string theory. . . .

    "He received his PhD at Princeton University in 1986, after which he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He moved to McGill University in 1989. Dr. Myers has won many other prestigious research awards including the CAP's Herzberg medal (1999) and top prizes in the annual Gravity Research Foundation Prize Essay Competition. This is the same competition that famed scientist Stephen Hawking once won. Rob has since taken top spot on two separate occasions!

    "This latest award comes during the 'World Year of Physics' -- when we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Einstein's contributions to science. The medal and cash prize will be formally awarded at the Canadian Association of Physics convention in Vancouver in early June. Dr. Myers is also a key organizer of the global 'Strings05' convention being held later this summer in Canada."

  • UW philosophy professor speaks at Oklahoma State
  • Two federal 'initiatives' to aid international students | Student group approves
  • 'Why we need post-secondary French education'
  • Memorial U opens Petro-Canada Hall
  • Unesco statement on academic freedom and 'higher education personnel' (1997)
  • Dictionary of French-language computing terminology
  • Young US students 'on a spiritual quest'
  • Foundation promotes study of 'difficult issues'
  • Draft framework for 'big science' projects
  • US teens face new Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • Higher education accessibility in 15 countries
  • Public meeting May 7 on new Waterloo Region official plan
  • OntarioGasPrices.com
  • New Brunswick promises cashback to university grads
  • Four enter athletics hall of fame

    Four new members will join the University of Waterloo Athletics Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony -- the 22nd annual event -- on Saturday night. The evening includes dinner in the Festival Room of South Campus Hall.

    The hall of fame is literally a hall, as pictures of its members hang in a corridor in the Physical Activities Complex. These are the new members to be inducted for 2005, with citations provided by the department of athletics and recreational services:

    Doug Peacock: "Doug was a two-sport star with the football and hockey Warriors from 1962-1966. He also played one year of varsity volleyball in 1963. In 1965 he received an Honour Plaque in recognition of an Outstanding Athletic Career Award (the highest possible award the Athletic Department could honour at that time). Doug graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ('65) and Bachelor of Physical Education ('66). Upon graduation, Doug spent 35 years as a high school football coach in the Scarborough area (Ajax HS, W.A. Porter CI, Stephen Leacock CI, Woburn CI, Winston Churchill CI), leading his teams to city championships in 1974 and 1982. Doug is currently living in Peterborough, Ontario."

    Wayne 'Tex' Houston: "Wayne played on six varsity teams while attending UW from 1961-1966. He was an all-star on the football team for five seasons before being drafted by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League in 1965. Wayne also played on the Warriors Basketball, Rugby, Track and Field, Wrestling and Volleyball teams during his university career. Wayne also received an Honour Plaque in recognition of an Outstanding Athletic Career Award in 1965 and accumulated a total of seven Honours Letters and six Warrior crests. Wayne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography ('65). Post Waterloo, Wayne worked for the York Board of Education and in 1994 was appointed director of education for the Lambton-Kent District Board of Education, in Wallaceburg, Ontario. Wayne retired in 1999 and currently resides in Chatham."

    Judy Rash: "Judy was a defensive specialist for the Volleyball Athenas from 1973-1977. In 1975 Judy led the UW club team to the Ontario Senior Ladies Championship and placed fourth at the Canadian Senior Ladies Championship. She graduated from UW with a degree in Kinesiology in 1977. She went on to play for the Scarborough SOL Ladies OVA team. During her time with Scarborough, she won five Ontario Provincial Championships and one Canadian Championship (1986). Judy was named an Eastern Canadian all-star during the 1986 championship run. Outside of playing, Judy coached at the University of Guelph for two seasons leading the women's team to the OWIAA playoffs. She has been a program coordinator for the Ontario Volleyball Association, Executive Director of the Ontario Basketball Association, and became a sports consultant for the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation. Judy currently lives in Ottawa."

    Brian Gastaldi: "Brian was the Therapist for the Athletic Department from 1972-1979. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1971 prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 1982. Brian's resume and work experiences include the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital (1982-83), University of Victoria (1983-1984), J.C. Kennedy Athletic Injuries Clinic and Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario (1984-2000). He has been to five Olympic Games (Head Therapist in 1984 and 2004), two Commonwealth Games (1990, 1994), the 1979 Pan-Am Games, the 1999 World Student Games, and the 2001 Canada Summer Games. Brian is presently residing in London, Ontario."

    Mathematics contests sponsored by Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing: Euclid Contest for grade 12 today, three contests tomorrow: Hypatia (grade 11), Galois (grade 10), Hypatia (grade 9).

    UW Shop sidewalk sale continues today to 4 p.m., South Campus Hall concourse.

    'Tips on Purchasing and Financing a Vehicle', credit union seminar, 12:15, Davis Centre room 1302, reservations ext. 3574.

    University of Wales information session on study and research at Bangor, 2:30, Needles Hall room 1043, information phone ext. 2288.

    School of architecture student projects exhibition continues through May 8; opening reception 6:30, Design at Riverside, Architecture building.

    Presidents' Colloquium on Teaching and Learning: Keith Trigwell, University of Oxford, "How Does Great Teaching Relate to Student Learning?" Wednesday 3:45, Humanities Theatre; reception follows.

    Employee Wellness Fair April 25-27, details online.

    Warm weather, used books and more

    The temperature hit 20 Celsius yesterday, and that's the magic number, as Frank Seglenieks of the UW weather station reports: "After flirting with 20 degrees this past weekend, the temperature finally hit 20.0 at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Thus we now have a winner for the 8th Anniversary Waterloo Weather Station Contest! This year's winner was Shane Roberts, whose guess of 2:00 was the closest to the actual time. Patti Cook was second with her guess of 3:00. They will both be receiving weather related books as their prizes. It happened on the same date as last year, although this year's time was a few hours earlier than last year. Both last year and this year are the latest date for the 20 degree day since the weather station was established in 1998. At 632 entries it was also the highest number of people to enter the contest. We look forward to holding the contest again next year and hope for a much earlier winning date."

    The lower level of the Student Life Centre won't be filled with used books today. John Jongerius, manager of the Federation of Students used book store, explains why: "For the last ten years, management at the store has co-coordinated the pick-up of books left over from the Canadian Federation of University Women annual used book sale. The entire lower foyer was filled with over 10,000 books for sale at 23 cents each. In the past we were involved with Kiwanis Club of Elmira, who sent a container full of books to help set up public libraries in Jamaica. This year we have been involved with a group needing books for the university and regular libraries in Guyana. All the books leftover from the sale -- and hundreds of like new textbooks from the Used Bookstore -- have been donated to Chris Edey and the Guyana Flood Relief Committee. Textbooks will be going to the university library and the rest of the books spread around to various libraries in the city of Georgetown."

    The library has announced that the third floor of the Dana Porter Library will be closed to the public during the spring term for major renovations. That affects access to the periodical collections on that floor: "During the closure, journal articles located in Porter can be requested from Trellis and picked up at the Porter Circulation Desk by 5 p.m. the next business day. Articles will be shipped on campus within 3 business days. To view an entire issue or volume, place your request with the Circulation Desk." The closing is effective May 2.

    Here's a notice from engineering computing: "Professional soot removal, part of the continuing clean-up after the fire in Carl Pollock Hall, will take some popular computing services offline briefly during the day Saturday. Starting at 8:30 a.m., myWaterloo, engmail and most engineering Nexus N drives will be directly affected, while other services may experience slow-downs. We expect the interruptions to be short, and apologize in advance for any inconvenience."

    Today's the deadline for nominations to the staff association executive for 2005-06. . . . Water will be shut off tomorrow from 8:00 to 3:30 in the Lyle Hallman Institute wing of Matthews Hall, in connection with the construction project that's almost finished there. . . . April winners of prizes in the Keystone Campaign donor draw are now listed on the Keystone web site. . . .


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