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Thursday, March 2, 2006

  • Fourth "international week' to begin
  • Chemistry prof wins 2-year fellowship
  • Expert discusses drinking water safety
  • No smoking, no lecture, and more
Editor:
Chris Redmond
credmond@uwaterloo.ca

Epilepsy Awareness Month


[In front of flagpoles at main entrance]

UW staff most involved with international affairs include Tracey Cote (graduate studies office); Judi Jewinski (Renison College English-as-a-second-language program); Jeanette Nugent (graduate studies); Maria Ibarra (international student office); Barbara Robbins (Columbia Lake Village); Darlene Ryan (ISO); Drew Knight (office of research international programs); Gail Cuthbert Brandt (associate vice-president, academic).

Fourth 'international week' to begin -- from Virginia McLellan of the marketing and undergraduate recruitment office

UW will host its fourth annual International Celebration Week from Friday, March 3, to Friday, March 10. Organized by a committee of UW staff and students, International Celebration Week was developed to help build awareness of the variety of cultures in the UW community. The week will provide an informative, educational, and entertaining look into unique aspects of many different nationalities, as well as promote internationalization at UW. The goal of the week is to provide an opportunity for students from all countries to learn more about and interact with the many different cultures on campus.

Starting off the week will be the International Development Student Conference held at the Davis Centre. The theme of this year's conference is "Effective Development through Foreign Aid." On Friday evening the keynote speaker is Dr. Naresh Singh, the Director-General for Governance and Social Development at the Canadian International Development Agency.

Also starting on Friday will be UW's Warrior Weekend with an international spin to the events. Some of the international events at Warrior Weekends will include salsa dance lessons, henna tattoos, origami making, and multicultural cuisine for students to try international dishes like spanakapita, spring rolls, and samosas. There will also be entertainment provided by the Aboriginal Student Society who will be bringing in women drummers from Mino Ode Kwewak Ngamowak.

The Federation of Students and UW Clubs' annual Cultural Caravan will also be a part of the week's festivities. As in previous years, the Cultural Caravan will include performances, cultural displays, and various types of food.

An event always popular with the students is the 2005 World's Best Commercials that will be presented by the Princess Cinema in the Humanities Theatre at 8 p.m. on March. And this year, as part of the Diversity Campaign, the documentary film titled "Scared Sacred" will play at the Humanities Theatre on March 8.

For some of the practical elements of International Celebration Week, Career Services will present two sessions: "Work Search Strategies for International Students" and "Working Effectively In Another Culture." The first session will help international students learn effective approaches to search for work in Canada after graduation. The second session will be helpful to anyone planning to work in another culture and will explore the impact of culture and intercultural communication on the work environment and help students learn strategies for success in a different work culture.

A complete list of scheduled activities and events, and their location on campus, is on the International Celebration Week website.

[Oakley]

Chemistry prof wins 2-year fellowship -- from the UW media relations office

A Waterloo chemistry professor, Richard Oakley (left), is among 21 Canadian researchers awarded Killam Research Fellowships this year from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Oakley, whose laboratory is called the Waterloo Institute for Radical Science, was given the fellowship for his work on Molecular Radicals as Functional Conducting Materials. He was one of 10 new Killam Research Fellows selected for 2006, along with 11 scholars whose fellowships were renewed for a second year.

Among Canada's most distinguished research awards, the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellowships are made possible by a bequest of Dorothy J. Killam and a gift she made before her death in 1965. The awards support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields.

Oakley received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1976. From 1980 to 1983, he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary. In 1983, he became an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Guelph, where he stayed until 1998 when he joined UW.

His current research interests focus on the design and synthesis of conductive materials composed of molecular radicals -- small, nanometre scale building blocks whose unique properties facilitate the transport of an electrical current. The ability to integrate structure, property and stability into molecular radicals is the hallmark of research in the Oakley group. The Killam fellowship will support efforts to develop new generations of these novel materials. In these carefully sculpted systems the unpaired electrons associated with the radicals will serve as charge carriers, affording crystalline, processable materials exhibiting semiconductive, metallic, perhaps even superconducting properties.

Killam Research Fellowships enable Canada's best scientists and scholars to devote two years to full-time research and writing. The recipients are chosen by the Killam selection committee, which comprises 15 eminent scientists and scholars representing a broad range of disciplines. The 21 researchers have been awarded a total of more than $1.5 million in the 39th annual competition. This year's winners were chosen from among 82 applicants.

Expert discusses drinking water safety

A leading expert on environmental health risks will give a public talk today exploring the safety of drinking water in Canada. Steve Hrudey, UW's 2006 TD Canada Trust/Walter Bean Visiting Professor in the Environment, will deliver a lecture titled "150 Years and Counting: Drinking Water Safety Lessons are Learned Slowly." The event, open to the public, starts at 3:30 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre. Admission is free.

Hrudey will examine drinking water safety in Canada, ranging from the Walkerton disaster to the recent Kashechewan reservation evacuation. Despite advances in technology and painful lessons, he says, Canadian governments seem slow to understand how to assure water safety.

The TD Canada Trust/Walter Bean Visiting Professorship in the Environment provides students with an opportunity to study with ranking experts active in the fields in which they plan to work. During his stay at UW, Hrudey will be based in the civil engineering department and will give a graduate course in environmental health risk assessment and management, along with several seminars.

Hrudey is a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Alberta. He is an expert in environmental contaminant exposure assessment, approaches for health risk assessment, risk management and risk communication, and decision-making based on environmental evidence. Besides his position at U of A, Hrudey is chair and chief executive officer of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board. He served on the Research Advisory Panel to the Walkerton inquiry and is a member of the Science Advisory Council to the National Collaborating Centres of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

A founding leader of the Protecting Public Health program for the Canadian Water Network, Hrudey was an architect of the catchment-to-consumer risk management approach for the 2004 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The UW visiting professorship was founded in 1992 by the late Walter Bean, who was president of Waterloo Trust until its merger with Canada Trust in 1968 (today it is TD Canada Trust). The professorship seeks to promote a legacy of community involvement and commitment to youth, education and community, and involves UW's faculties of environmental studies, engineering and science.

WHEN AND WHERE
'E-Merging Learning Workshop' by Mark Morton, Centre for Learning and Teaching Through Technology, 11:30, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library, details online.

Japan video monthly showing at Renison College, this month including "a look at the changing lifestyles of Japanese women", 12:10 p.m.

Career workshops: "Law School Bound" 1:30, Tatham Centre room 2218. "Teaching English Abroad", 3:30, TC 2218. "Interview Skills: Preparing for Questions", 4:30, TC room 1208. Registration online.

Forum for Independent Thought discussion group turns to "Torture" (postponed from February 16), 6:00, Student Life Centre room 2134.

Financial Econometrics Conference (eighth annual), sponsored by Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance and Institute for Quantitative Finance and Insurance, Friday, Davis Centre room 1302, details online.

Information systems and technology professional development seminar: "Next-Generation Network Deployment Plans", Friday 8:45, IST seminar room.

'Lessons from Iraq:' Hans-C. Graf von Sponeck, former head of United Nations "Oil for Food" program, speaks at St. Jerome's University, Friday 7:30, Siegfried Hall.

30th annual Engineering Bus Push fund-raiser for Heart and Stroke Foundation, Saturday 9 a.m. Meet in Carl Pollock Hall foyer; bus travels to Kitchener city hall.

DaCapo Chamber Choir, based at Conrad Grebel University College, concert Saturday 8 p.m., St. John's Anglican Church, Kitchener, with cellist Ben Bolt Martin, tickets $15, students $10.

Campus Day open house for future students and family members, Tuesday, March 14, details online.

No smoking, no lecture, and more

Today, by request, is Smoke-Free Day at UW. Rosanna Morales, graduate student in health studies and organizer of the local Leave the Pack Behind program, writes: "All UW students will be asked to demonstrate their support for SFD by not smoking on campus and participating in fun activities throughout the day, including a free pancake breakfast (for the first 300 students), an information fair, games, entertainment and a guest speaker. The LTPB team will offer students information about our event and they are free to choose to whether or not to support our efforts. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held in the Student Life Centre. A highlight of our event will be a keynote speaker at 12:10: Scott Leatherdale, behavioural scientist with Cancer Care Ontario (also UW alumni), to give a talk about tobacco control and what communities can do to create environments that are supportive of healthy lifestyle choices, given that the majority of current smokers want to quit."

Morales adds that this year's "Let's Make a Deal" stop-smoking contest is now officially at an end, and participants are invited to send e-mail (hsltp@admmail.uwaterloo.ca) or drop by the LTPB booth in the Student Life Centre to share their contest stories. "Over the next week, LTPB staff members will be contacting potential winners for their final carbon monoxide and cotinine tests (Quit for Good only) and to bring in their Buddy Testimonials. The final prize draw will take place live during our Wrap-up party at the Bomber on March 23."

In other matters . . . if you were planning to head to the Architecture building in Cambridge tonight to hear the Arriscraft Lecture mentioned in yesterday's Daily Bulletin, change your plans. The lecture was rescheduled, unbeknownst to me, and actually took place on Tuesday.

But the teaching resource office's workshop on "Critical Thinking", which was cancelled by the storm day closing on February 16, will be held today. It runs from 12:00 to 1:30 in CEIT room 1015, and registration is at the door.

Back on the main campus, in the Modern Languages building, the exhibition "Eden: The Marshlands of Iraq" continues. "This colour photography exhibition," a memo from the UW art gallery says, "presents a cross-section of the people, village life, wildlife and ecosystems of Iraqi marshes as they look today. The photographs were taken by an Iraqi ecologist and amateur ornithologist. The southern marshlands of Iraq are regarded as the biblical Garden of Eden. Under Saddam Hussein's regime, almost 90% of these globally important wetlands were destroyed and several hundred thousand people were displaced. Since the fall of that government in 2003, these marshlands have been the focus of a major international program to restore their ecological and social-cultural heritage. One element of the restoration effort is the Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative, which is a cooperative venture between the Canadian and Iraqi government, non-government and university partners, like the University of Waterloo." UW's involvement in CIMI is headed by Barry Warner of the department of geography, who helped to put the present exhibition together. It continues through March 23.

For a young university, Waterloo definitely has some traditions, one of which is the Blackforest Coffeehouse at St. Paul's College. This is the weekend for the 34th annual event, and Rodney Milligan, computer science student and the "talent coordinator" for Blackforest, says organizers are "excited" at the prospect. "Blackforest runs on March 3 and 4 from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a completely different line-up of talent each night. When students step inside MacKirdy Hall at St. Paul's, they can sit down on one of our plush couches and enjoy live music in an intimate setting. Featured acts on Friday night include the 14-member jazz act Royal City Big Band, pop/rock/acoustic folk band Uncle Seth, local band Do What Now?, and popular Waterloo-based emo/rock/hardcore band intransit. Among the performers on Saturday are singer-songwriter Chris Bray, award-winning local Catholic rock band Critical Mass, and software engineer-turned-magician Dave Held. In addition, many UW students will be performing solos, duets, or in bands. We even have a comic pianist on both nights. Tickets are $5 for one night or $8 for both. Refreshments such as coffee, tea, popcorn, and (of course) black forest cake are available for purchase. Many of the bands will also be selling CDs or T-shirts. A portion of the proceeds will go towards ROOF (Reaching Our Outdoor Friends), which recently lost their building to a fire. This year marks the third anniversary of the Blackforest Art Show, which features the artwork of artists from across campus. Admission to the art show is included in the ticket price." There's further information online.

A booth in the Student Life Centre today will offer information about study opportunities at Australia's University of Queensland. . . . It's the last day of the UW bookstore's current sale in the concourse of South Campus Hall. . . . February winners in the monthly Keystone Campaign donor draw, for prizes such as gift certificates, are now posted on the Keystone web site. . . .

CAR


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