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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

  • Continuing education courses listed
  • Sabbaticals beginning January 1
  • Pixels in the big picture
Chris Redmond

Birthday of Canada's first prime minister

[Carts loaded with boxes of food]

By the ton: Warrior athletes Colin Dooley, Kate McCrae and Justin Fluit help mascot King Warrior deliver some of the supplies they collected for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region during a one-day food drive at Conestoga Mall shortly before Christmas. "The cold temperatures certainly had an effect, but we were extremely pleased with the response," says Fluit, reporting that the Warriors brought in 2,099 pounds of food (952 kg). The photo is by Fred Lehmann of the Food Bank.

Continuing education courses listed

Face-to-face courses on a range of business skills -- including "The Art of Influencing Difficult People" -- are outnumbered by online courses about everything from event planning to CGI programming in the newest catalogue from UW's distance and continuing education office.

Distributed this week, it includes courses starting early this winter and running well into the summer. Online courses begin every few weeks, with the first launch date being January 19.

Although some of the courses draw on UW expertise, they're not offered for university credit. The continuing education slogan gives a strong hint of the business audience at whom many of the courses are aimed: "Education @ the speed of life!"

"Each course will provide practical skills you can apply in your own work environment almost immediately," promises the catalogue, which is available from the continuing ed office at 888-4002, e-mail conted@uwaterloo.ca.

The classroom courses (with titles such as "Coaching for Project Managers" and "Effective Recruitment and Selection Techniques") typically run for a day, two days or as long as four days. Several are offered more than once over the next few months. Fees range from $275 to $975, with discounts for UW faculty and staff members.

Online courses include "Creating User Requirements Documents", "Introduction to Java 2 Programming" and "Speed Spanish", and mostly cost $155 to $165.

Symposium today on informatics

The future of health informatics technologies will be discussed at a symposium to be held at UW today, sponsored by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics and Agfa Inc. It seeks to explore potential opportunities for new health informatics solutions enabled by emerging technologies and methods, organizers say. The symposium, expected to draw 100 participants, runs all day in the Davis Centre.

Participants will also attempt to foresee emerging health system requirements and define the types of solutions required to address them. Its objective is to begin to discern opportunities that are at least three to five years in the future.

Topics include diagnostic imaging and cardiology systems, electronic patient/health records, future approaches to care, the impact of bioinformatics, home care, consumer health, decision support, possible convergences, and new concepts and methods that will enable departure from the current constraints on the health system.

Speaking at the event are internationally known experts from as far afield as the Mayo Clinic and the University of California at San Diego.

Sabbaticals beginning January 1

Here's another list of faculty members who are on sabbatical leave -- this time, several whose leaves started January 1 -- and their plans as reported to the UW board of governors.

Colin Ellard of the psychology department is taking a full year's sabbatical: "During my sabbatical in 1998, I developed new interests in the area of human navigation. These interests focused my research program considerably and have helped me to develop new collaborative relationships. I plan to spend some time deepening my involvement in this area, and I also plan to continue work on a book."

Michael Howard of economics is on sabbatical for six months, "to finish one book by August 2005 and to continue work on another, which will be completed in December 2006."

Jan Uhde of fine arts also has a six-month sabbatical: "I plan to continue my research on Singapore cinema. The aim of my research work is the publication of a revised and updated edition of the book Latent Images: Film in Singapore (Oxford University Press, 2000). The proposed publication will incorporate my research conducted between 2001-2003 which resulted in the publication of the digital update of Latent Images: Film in Singapore CD-ROM in 2003. Both publications mentioned above are at present the only comprehensive research and information source on Singapore cinema."

Sarah Michaels of the school of planning has a six-month sabbatical with "a twofold purpose. The first is to analyze and write up findings from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project on the capacity of conservation authorities to create organizational knowledge. Building on this, the second purpose is to write a grant proposal on comparing creation of organizational knowledge at conservation authorities and at selected US counterpart agencies."

Catherine Burns of systems design engineering is beginning a full-year sabbatical: "Research will be conducted at the HAMMLAB facility in Halden, Norway on different ways of improving the performance of nuclear power plant operators through computer displays. The Halden facility is unique in that it has 4 full-scope plant simulators and a mandated supply of nuclear power plant operators as part of the OECD Halden Reactor Project. This sabbatical takes advantage of a chance to conduct research at the HAMMLAB facility, a facility that is not typically available to Canadian researchers as Canada does not participate in the OECD research program."

Bruce Dixon of biology is beginning a six-month sabbatical "to learn new techniques needed to expand research program that will primarily be spent in Waterloo."

Grand River Transit bus passes for sale today and Thursday, 10 to 2, Federation of Students office, Student Life Centre.

Blood donor clinic January 13 and 17-21, Student Life Centre, sign-up and information booth in the SLC today 11:30 to 2:00.

Let's Make a Deal contest (quit smoking or "continue to be completely smoke-free"), registration continues through Friday, 10:30 to 2:30, Student Life Centre.

Arts faculty council 3:30, Humanities room 373.

Work reports from fall term jobs (most faculties) due 4 p.m.

JobMine online system for co-op student jobs, technical help tutorial 4:30, Arts Lecture Hall room 113.

Engineering alumni in Washington: reception 5:30, Omni Shoreham Hotel, during annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, information online.

Volunteer fair Wednesday 11:00 to 2:00, SLC.

Credit union seminar: "Is Your RRSP Ready for the Next Growth Stage?" Kevin Dopko, Waterloo County Education Credit Union, Wednesday 12:15, Davis Centre room 1302, RSVP ext. 3574.

Vocal and jazz piano concert, Mark Eisenman and Bonnie Brett, Wednesday 12:30, Conrad Grebel University College chapel.

Open Text Corp. CEO Tom Jenkins speaks: "Managing Change in High Growth Situations", Thursday 5 p.m., Davis Centre room 1350, sponsored by Entrepreneurs Association and Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology. Networking and reception will follow.

Pixels in the big picture

[Orange ribbon] The sale of orange ribbons, a fund-raiser and consciousness-raiser in the wake of the December 26 tsunami in south Asia, is continuing across campus. "Booths are set up to collect donations until Thursday," says Dave McDougall of the Federation of Students, listing a dozen locations, including most of the residences and colleges, the Davis Centre, Carl Pollock Hall, Arts Lecture, Math and Computer, Matthews Hall and others.

The first of this term's workshops from the career services department is scheduled for tomorrow, and events continue through the end of March. Topics include the basics of finding a job, such as "Letter Writing" (tomorrow at 4:30) and "Resumé Writing" (tomorrow at 5:30), and continue though some specialized issues such as "Teaching English Abroad" and "Law School Bound". They're all held in meeting rooms in the Tatham Centre. A pamphlet with the schedule of workshops is available across campus, the full list can be found on the career services web site, and individual sessions are often listed in this Daily Bulletin. Participants are supposed to sign up ahead of time, through the web site.

Speaking of career services, there's a notice of interest in the new issue of the UW Recruiter, a newsletter aimed at employers. It reports that there are plans for "the creation of a number of online career development workshops. Concepts will be linked to activities to help the student master each topic. As an employer, here's where you come in. While we have a number of video clips of employers speaking on a variety of topics, we would like to have more. Based on your experience with UW students and alumni, what would you suggest? This is your chance to coach individuals to be even better applicants and employees. We are looking for 'sound bites' here -- something meaningful that you could communicate in under 2 minutes. And if you're camera shy, we may be able to incorporate your text message instead. In either case, we'd like to compile this advice during the winter 2005 term. If this project interests you, please email Kerry Mahoney, our CECS Assistant Director in charge of Career Development."

The library's user services department sends a reminder that books that were borrowed before the beginning of December, by faculty, staff and graduate students, will be due tomorrow (January 12). Borrowers should "return or renew their books if they haven't already done so", a memo says. Renewal can be done online.

A retirement reception is scheduled for January 27 to say farewell to Lorraine Beattie, who is leaving a long UW career, mostly in the administration of the library, where her title is director of library resources management. The event will run from 3:30 to 5:30 that day, a Thursday, at the University Club. Anyone planning to attend can send an RSVP to Annette Dandyk at ext. 2661, e-mail ajdandyk@library.


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