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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

  • Grants to boost technology transfer
  • Focus on early architecture grads
  • Alternate fuels event tomorrow
  • Glances around a busy campus
Chris Redmond

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

  • Janitor, engineering machine shop, USG 2
  • Computing systems and applications support specialist, chemistry, USG 10
  • Mechanic I (plumber), plant operations
  • Alumni officer, e-services administration, development and alumni affairs, USG 7
  • Ombudsperson, human resources and student services, USG 8
  • Laboratory technician, chemistry, USG 6
  • Non-OSS admissions specialist, registrar's office, USG 8

    Longer descriptions are available on the HR web site.

  • Grants to boost technology transfer -- from the UW media relations office

    Federal grants totalling $2.1 million were announced yesterday to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and new technology being developed in Canadian universities, including Waterloo. The funding, announced by federal industry minister David Emerson and health minister Ujjal Dosanjh, is among 22 grants worth $17.1 million over three years for initiatives at universities, hospitals and colleges.

    The grants are intended to strengthen interactions among publicly funded research institutions through the support of regionally based networks and to expand the training of technology transfer experts required to increase the benefits of public investments in research.

    One such network involves the so-called C-4 universities -- Waterloo, Guelph, McMaster, Western Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier and Windsor. The C-4 joint initiative refers to coordination, co-operation, collaboration and commercialization and is intended to move the respective technology transfer operations forward. In addition, an internship program is also being established to include Brock University.

    The regional funding, from the federal Intellectual Property Mobilization Program, was announced by Tony Valeri, MP for Hamilton-Stoney Creek and Leader of the House of Commons, at an event at the McMaster Innovation Park. The grants support the development and commercialization of research.

    [Guild] "The University of Waterloo is a leader in transferring new technologies arising from scientific research for the benefit of society while advancing Canada's leading role in innovation," says Paul Guild, UW's vice-president (university research) (left). "This initiative by the federal government will help allow promising technologies to move from invention to commercially implemented innovation in a collaborative way in association with our partner universities."

    The IPM initiative is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The grants "will further strengthen the ability of institutions to manage their intellectual property, attract potential users and promote the professional development of intellectual property personnel through a network approach," a statement explained.

    Janet Walden, NSERC vice-president for Research Partnerships, said C-4 is a perfect example of what the federal granting agencies want to achieve from this program. "This concerted effort among academic institutions in Southwestern Ontario will increase the commercialization of research in the region through effective sharing of resources to manage and protect intellectual property, to encourage entrepreneurship and make industry more aware of the knowledge and technology resources at their disposal."

    Some 40 per cent of the sponsored research in Canada comes from Ontario's 19 universities, and the C-4 makes up 35 per cent of Ontario's research dollars.

    Focus on early architecture grads

    Work by "the Phillip Street generation" of UW-trained architects will be shown off in an exhibition that opens tomorrow at the architecture school's much more recent home on Melville Street in Cambridge.

    [Dark red brick]

    419 Phillip Street, which once housed the school of architecture, is now home to the high-tech firm Handshake VR.

    The show recalls the brief era when the school -- squeezed out of the Isaiah Bowman Building for the Environmental Studies on UW's main campus -- made its home in rented space at 419 Phillip Street. "The Phillip Street studio," exhibition publicity recalls, "was notorious for its spirit of innovation and rebellion, rockin' music and great parties. But between 1978 and 1982, it also graduated some of the most accomplished and best-known architects working in Canada today. John Shnier and Martin Kohn, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, Stephen Teeple, Tim Scott and Nolan Natale, Peter Clewes and Rudy Wallman and Viktors Jaunkalns all hail from this extraordinary first generation of Waterloo architecture grads.

    "Now and Then: The Phillip Street Generation takes a look at the projects for which these architects have become known, and examines how their formative years influenced this work. Each architect is represented by one early project, created when they founded their own practices, and by later or recently completed projects that represent the present design direction of their firm. And yeah, you'll see some pretty groovy hairstyles!"

    Featured firms include architectsAlliance, Kohn Shnier Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Natale and Scott Architects, Shim Sutcliffe Architects and Teeple Architects Inc.

    The show -- curated by Beth Kapusta with Scott Barker and Sascha Hastings -- is housed in the "Design at Riverside" space in the Architecture building, operated by Cambridge Galleries. It runs through November 6. An opening reception starts at 6:00 tomorrow night, and there's an exhibition tour on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Exhibit admission is free.

    The show is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, with the opening reception sponsored by the Melville Café, the restaurant that's also in the Architecture building. Exhibit organizers offer "special thanks" to Rick Haldenby and John McMinn of the architecture school.

    Career workshop: "Letter Writing" 11:30, "Introduction to Career Services Online Modules" 3:30, Tatham Centre room 2218, details online.

    Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Jean Chamberlain of Save the Mothers, "Motherhood Around the World: The Tolerated Tragedy", 11:45, 57 Erb Street West, e-mail reservations rsvp@cigionline.org.

    'Small Group Personal Training on Campus', talk by Lori Kraemer, fitness consultant, sponsored by Employee Assistance Program, 12 noon, Davis Centre room 1302.

    Café-rencontre du département d'études françaises: Marie-Christine Gomez-Géraud, Université de Picardie, "Le récit de voyage aux frontières de l'indicible (XVIe siècle)", 14h30, Humanities salle 373.

    Accounting Students Endowment Contribution presents Dennis Kavelman, chief financial officer of Research In Motion, 4 p.m., Humanities

    Mathematics Society presents Cove Night (gaming in the Student Life Centre): free for mathies from 7 to midnight, $5 for non-mathies.

    Jewish studies program presents the second annual Allan Kerbel Lecture: Stephen Berk, Union College, "Great Trials in Jewish History", in France, Russia and the United States, 7:30, Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University, admission free, reception follows.

    Mathematics Society Clubs Day Thursday 10 to 2, "comfy lounge", third floor, Math and Computer.

    Bicycle auction sponsored by UW Bike Centre, Thursday 12 noon, Student Life Centre courtyard.

    Mathematics lecture: Bill Pulleyblank, IBM Center for Business Optimization, "BlueGene, Cyberscience and Business Optimization", Thursday 4:00, Math and Computer room 2065.

    Faculty of Mathematics Banquet to welcome new faculty, honour those retiring, and present alumni medals, Thursday evening, South Campus Hall.

    Teaching workshop: "Polishing Your Presentation Skills", Tuesday 12 noon, registration online.

    University-College Career Fair sponsored by UW and other institutions, September 28, RIM Park, Waterloo, details online.

    Environmental Studies Lecture: Trudi Bunting, geography, "Learning from the Local", September 29, 7:30, Theatre of the Arts.

    Alternate fuels event tomorrow -- from the UW media relations office

    With gasoline prices topping $1 a litre and the ministry of the environment issuing more smog alerts this year than ever before, a team of researchers and students at UW is involved in a project to develop a cleaner automobile. And tomorrow the group -- the Alternate Fuels Team -- will hold a media event to mark their success in the first year as part of Challenge X, a three-year competition with headline sponsors General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

    The event, starting at 2 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1301, will also mark the arrival of the vehicle fuel cell and completion of the initial design, team spokesman Matthew Stevens said.

    Seventeen universities from across North America are competing in Challenge X, with Waterloo being the only one from Canada. They all have the common goal of re-engineering a compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) to run on a cleaner, renewable fuel.

    "UW's team has shown well in the first year of competition, winning eight first-place awards and two third-place ones -- including first overall," Stevens said. The team's design incorporates a hybrid fuel cell powertrain, with the key component being a 65kw fuel cell power module from Mississauga-based Hydrogenics Corp.

    Along with a 30-minute media presentation at tomorrow's event, there will be an opportunity to drive a simulator that run a real-time vehicle model allowing a "virtual drive" of the team's design, Stevens said. The presentation will also include speeches from UW president David Johnston and key sponsors such as General Motors, Natural Resources Canada, Hydrogenics and Research In Motion.

    Glances around a busy campus

    A correction first: bioinformatics student Ginny Li had her name misspelt ("Lee") in yesterday's Daily Bulletin. . . . A hungry group from the UW Recreation Committee has eaten its way through the alphabet as far as K, and will gather at the Kam Yin restaurant on Erb Street West tonight at 5:30. . . . The men's rugby Warriors, hoping to forget about a 54-0 loss to McMaster on the weekend, will play at Guelph tonight at 7:00. . . .

    At noontime today, the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce presents its "View From the Top" Luncheon, with guest speaker Jake Thiessen, who is "Hallman Director" of UW's soon-to-open School of Pharmacy. Topic: "An Integrated World of Care." Thiessen, known for his research in pharmacokinetics, will open the doors in 2007 to Ontario's second pharmacy school, to be housed in the Health Sciences Campus to be erected at the corner of King Street and Victoria Street in Kitchener. It will eventually accommodate more than 600 students, faculty and staff. Today's luncheon starts with an 11:45 "networking" session and is held at the Waterloo Inn.

    A "fair" to show off international programs for students will be held tomorrow in the Student Life Centre -- hosted by the International Programs Office in association with the Work Study Abroad Network (WSANet) in Ontario. The Fair provides a forum for international development agencies, educational institutions and NGOs to display information for students interested in a wide range of international study abroad, education, teaching and volunteer opportunities. Drew Knight of the international programs office says 25 to 30 organizations will be taking part, from the French consulate to the Australian North American Centre, Study Abroad Travel CUTS, and the Mennonite Central Committee. Some representatives of UW's own student exchange programs will also be there. The event runs from 11 to 3 tomorrow in the SLC's great hall.

    Wanda Speek writes from the human resources department: "The Bridging the Gap Program will be offering a six-week retirement planning series entitled 'Why Plan for Retirement', beginning October 18. This program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and supported by the City of Kitchener. These weekly sessions will be held at the Rockway Centre, 1405 King Street East in Kitchener, from 7 to 9 p.m. The dates are October 18 through November 22, and April 11 through May 16, 2006. The cost is $45 per person or $75 per couple. If you are interested in registering, please contact Wendy Fifield, Peer Helper Co-ordinator at the Rockway Centre, 741-2576."

    As the on-campus volunteer orchestra, Orchestra@UWaterloo, starts rehearsing toward its fall term concert -- to be given Thursday, December 1, in the Humanities Theatre -- it's also looking ahead to a concert in March, with something special on the program. "This year," writes Anna Lubiw of the computer science school, who is chair of the orchestra's council, "the orchestra will be having a concerto competition for UW students and recent graduates. The winner will be featured as a soloist with the orchestra in the March concert. Applications are due October 14, and the competition will take place in January. We welcome singers as well as instrumentalists." There's more information on the orchestra's web site.


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