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Thursday, April 28, 2005

  • Green energy conference in June
  • Students can work with 'marginalized'
  • After the kayaking, the comfy chair
  • Architecture servers switch, and other notes
Chris Redmond

Stepping on the Coat

Green energy conference in June -- from the UW media relations office

More than 200 scientists and engineers, researchers and practitioners, policymakers and business people, educators and enthusiasts from across Canada and around the world will gather at UW for the first International Green Energy Conference.

The event, June 12 to 16, will feature more than 160 contributed presentations, seven invited keynote lectures, an expert panel session on fuel cells, workshops and tours.

The conference is being organized by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with the Association of Energy Engineers and the International Association for Hydrogen Energy.

"Green energy has been not only popular, but also mandated by legislation in many jurisdictions, from Ontario, Canada and far beyond," says mechanical engineering professor Xianguo Li, the conference chair and editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Green Energy, an official journal of the Association of Energy Engineers.

The theme of the conference is energy diversity, energy localization, sustainable development and energy security. It will cover broad topics, ranging from energy policy, energy resources, energy conversion technologies, energy management and conservation, to renewable energy such as solar energy, wind energy, wave energy, ocean tidal energy and biomass. Among the leading topics are hydrogen energy, fuel cells, environmental protection, emission reduction and abatement, global warming and green buildings.

Some 90 billion tons of fossil fuel pollutants -- that is carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, soot and ash -- "will be spewed out into the atmosphere each year. These are the main causes of the greenhouse effect, air pollution and acid rains," said T. Nejat Veziroglu, the honorary conference chair, who is also the president of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy. "The annual cost of damage to the people, to the crops, to all flora and fauna, to man-made structures, in general to all our environment on a world-wide basis, is around $5 trillion US, or $800 US a year for every person in the world," he added.

"If we use environmentally compatible energy sources and energy carriers, clearly we can do without this costly pollution and, at the same time, stop the degradation of the biosphere and have funds left over to improve the welfare of the people around the world," Veziroglu said.

Among the invited keynote speakers is Dennis Campbell, president and CEO of Ballard Power Systems Inc., a leader in the development of fuel cell technology for transportation, mobile and stationary applications.

Presentations on the Hydrogen Airport, Hydrogen Highway, Hydrogen Village and Hydrogen Corridor will provide the program overview and the progress made so far for these Canadian innovations. Other speakers will examine energy issues and technology development in Canada, the United States and throughout the world.

"The conference is the very first in a series that focuses on the development and promotion of green energy systems without negative environmental and societal impact. The response to the initial announcement of the conference is phenomenal," said Li, who spearheaded the green energy movement with the conference and the establishment of the research journal on green energy.

"Canada is an international leader in the development of fuel cells and other green energy technologies and we are delighted that this Canadian initiative on green energy conference has been well received by researchers worldwide," Li said.

On this week's list from the human resources department:

  • Communications operator, police & parking services, USG 4
  • Research technician, civil engineering (centre for pavement and transportation technology), USG 8
  • Distance education counsellor and coordinator, mature students, arts undergraduate office, USG 11
  • Employer assistant, co-operative education and career services, USG 4

    Longer descriptions are available on the HR web site.

  • Students can work with 'marginalized'

    St. Jerome's University has announced a new partnership with Intercordia Canada, an organization inspired by Jean Vanier to provide university students with an opportunity to build relationships with some of the world's marginalized populations.

    "Through an international network of partners ? including L'Arche, Canada World Youth, and other well-established non-governmental organizations ? Intercordia opens up a world of options to students seeking to put their faith and education into practice," a St. Jerome's announcement says.

    It call the partnership between Intercordia and the UW-federated Roman Catholic institution "unique" because it offers students at St. Jerome's a chance to receive three courses' worth of university credit for "an educational experience that promotes cross-cultural understanding and solidarity. Currently, Intercordia has placements available in Haiti, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Belize, and many other countries. Soon, students will have exciting new opportunities in the Ukraine and Bosnia."

    The announcement goes on: "Indeed, the partnership between Intercordia and St. Jerome's goes to the heart of our university's commitment to learning and academic excellence; the gospel values of love, truth and justice; and the formation of leaders for the service of the community and the Church. We are excited about the many possibilities that this new partnership will bring to the university community."

    Meetings for the first potential participants, in the fall term of this year, were held earlier this week. More information is available from Melinda Szilva or Scott Kline at St. Jerome's.

    [Ruttan, well padded]

    After the kayaking, the comfy chair

    "Picture lush foliage, warm lighting, and comfy chairs, and you've got the serene setting" in which Tom Ruttan works, says this month's donor profile on the Keystone Campaign web site. Its topic: the director of UW's counselling services, who works in that relaxed environment with students, staff, and faculty members.

    The profile says Ruttan (pictured away from campus and in kayaking mode) received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UW, and later came back in 2000 as a counsellor, moving to his current position as director in 2002. "He is proud to be working for an institution he respects a great deal. Tom leads a dynamic team which helps the campus community in three broad areas: Study Skills, Career Planning, and Personal Counselling. He also teaches a course in Developmental Psychology."

    What makes you proud to work at UW? "First and foremost, it's the fact that the University's staff and faculty, including its administration, are genuinely invested in students. The research produced here is a great source of pride for me -- from the collaboration it fosters with, for example, RIM and the Perimeter Institute, to the business relationships it cultivates in the community. And I also find it fulfilling to work for an institution that is so well respected -- a reputation not easily earned."

    'An opportunity to meet with a friendly and experienced counsellor can help you handle and manage your goals," says the counselling services web site. "You can find help with Study Skills, Career Planning and Personal Goals. For information about our services or to book an appointment, please call us at (519) 888-4567 ext. 2655."
    What motivates you personally to give to Waterloo? "Most importantly, I give to enhance the calibre and quality of the University experience for students."

    To what projects have you designated your gift? "I designate a portion of my gift to the Library because it is one of the University's foundational structures. An outstanding university hinges on a strong, technically sound library. I also allocate part of my gift to Counselling Services. We see approximately 2,500 students every year - that's 10 percent of the student population. So we really are in a unique position to see a need, and to fulfill it through our services."

    What do you do in your spare time? "Above all, I love to spend time with my wife, Kathy. I also enjoy the outdoors -- hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, scuba diving - you name it! One of my favourite things is to spend several days at a time hiking in solitude. It's a different experience and it gives me perspective. I always have several books on the go. Current selections include Global Climate Change by Spray and McGlothin, and Southern Exposure by Chris Duff. The latter is about a man who kayaked around the South Island of New Zealand -- a feat I can certainly appreciate!"


    Health Services closed today, reopens tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

    Nikki Fixx, '70s glam rock, in the Grad House tonight at 9 p.m.

    "WTO Dispute Settlement and Issues for Reform" by Chad P. Brown at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, tomorrow at noon. RSVP by emailing rsvp@cigionline.ca

    Bookstore, UWShop, and Techworxx closed for inventory-taking all day tomorrow. They will reopen Saturday at noon.

    "Adventures in BioChemistry: A Chemist's Exploration of Biological Systems," seminar by John Honek, Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry, tomorrow, 3 p.m., room 1200 Thornbrough Building, University of Guelph.

    Beckett's 'Catastrophe', videoconferenced production followed by cyber-cast party, 5 p.m. tomorrow, Theatre of the Arts

    DaCapo Chamber Choir Sunday, 2:30 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, Kitchener. See Open Ears website for ticket information.

    Waterloo on the World Stage: the Grand River Baroque Festival Chamber Ensemble, Monday, May 2, 7 p.m., Centre for International Governance Innovation, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo. Admission is free, but call 885-2444, ext. 226, or e-mail rsvp@cigionline.ca for tickets.

    Architecture servers switch, and other notes

    On Sunday, May 1, the school of architecture will officially become part of the faculty of engineering. Iris Strickler, computing administrative assistant for architecture, reminds us that "this move will require the switching of computer servers from Environmental Studies to servers located at the School of Architecture. Over the next few weeks the computer support group at the school will coordinate with FES and Engineering IT to transfer all the files, portfolios and email. While we make this transition, services will not be reliable. Faculty, staff and students of architecture will have new email addresses with the format userid@architecture.uwaterloo.ca. As always, userid@uwaterloo.ca is a reliable alternative."

    Politicians, municipal staff, and cultural and community leaders from across southwestern Ontario will be attending a Municipal Cultural Planning Forum today at the school of architecture in Cambridge. The forum will discuss leading ideas and practices in municipal cultural planning. It's one of a series of five such forums being held in April by the ministries of culture, municipal affairs, and housing, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the UW Centre for Cultural Management, and several other provincial ministries and agencies. The Region of Waterloo and the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo are sponsoring today's forum, which is sold out.

    Need summer reading? The Mature Students Association used book sale offers novels, mysteries, romance, thrillers, and adventure, all at "ridiculously low prices." They also have used course texts for background reading in subjects such as anthropology, biology, chemistry, counselling, childhood development, English, psychology, sociology, social work, women’s studies, political science, and religion. "Painstakingly sorted into subject matter and individually priced, the books can be identified easily – no need to scrabble through box after box to see if the copy you want is there." Proceeds go to the Mature Students’ Endowment Fund for bursaries and scholarships. The sale is on Monday, May 2, starting at around 9:30 a.m., in the Modern Languages Building foyer.

    A Workshop on Automotive Crashworthiness and Safety will be held in the Davis Centre, room 1302, on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 starting at 8 a.m. "The workshop features industry speakers from the General Motors Technical Centre, Dofasco, and Multimatic. There will be presentations on industrially funded structural crashworthiness and occupant simulation research under way at the University of Waterloo," says organizer Michael Worswick, mechanical engineering. All are welcome, but numbers are limited. Registration is online.


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