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Monday, May 29, 2006

  • UW museum exhibits animal games
  • New Quarterly sponsors 'One Book' events
  • PhD theses to be defended
Chris Redmond

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[Ancient cardboard box]

Nineteenth-century board game in the museum's collection. ("Hare and Hounds" is now also available electronically.)

UW museum exhibits animal games

The Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games in UW's Matthews Hall has just opened a new exhibition for animal lovers who like to play games. Animal Games features card games, board games, puzzles and children's games -- all based on animal themes. Visitors can discover new games and gain hands-on experience with them.

"The public can see the type of animal games that people used to play 100 years ago and have fun trying out newer games that share the same theme," said Jinhee Chung, museum technician and a graduate student in recreation and leisure studies. "There is lots of fun for both children and adults alike."

She said visitors can also learn about the history of classic games, such as Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Rummy and Uncle Wiggily. The free exhibit is open to the public in the museum's public gallery for the rest of 2006. Admission is free, although cash donations are welcome. The gallery is on the main floor of Matthews Hall. Spring visiting hours (until June 15) are Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chung said museum staff can answer public questions about old games and noted that the museum welcomes donations of old games. "Help us to further the legacy of this unique institution for generations to come." The museum collection already includes more than 5,000 physical objects -- many of which have been exhibited in the public gallery over the 35 years the museum has been in operation. Private, public and corporate donations have supported the acquisition of artifacts from many parts of the world.

A few hundred of these objects are documented on the museum's website, which features photographs and documentary text about many individual items in the collection. Presented in the form of "Virtual Exhibits," each documentary web page includes one or more illustrations of collection objects. Continuing its primary research mandate, the museum answers email inquiries on an individual basis.

The museum is operated by the recreation and leisure studies department, staffed by graduate students and co-op students, and administered by the faculty of applied health sciences as part of the Waterloo Heritage Collections Association. Funding is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, and the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.

[Walking as crowd applauds]

Piazza San Cosimato in the Trastevere district of Rome has been rebuilt according to the design of Lorenzo Pignatti, UW architecture professor based at Waterloo's Rome studio, and colleague Federica Ottone. Pignatti (left) and Ottone (right) walk with mayor Walter Veltroni at the May 7 official dedication of the new piazza. The project -- the first modern redesign of a piazza in the historic area of Rome -- also involved two fourth-year architecture students, Elsa Lam and Esther Cheung. The triangular piazza now includes permanent and temporary stalls for the market, a children's play area, a mosaic fountain and space for outdoor cafés. "I did not expect so much public praise and congratulation," says Pignatti. "I'm not sure if I will have another similar moment in my professional career."

New Quarterly sponsors 'One Book' events -- from the UW media relations office

The New Quarterly, a national literary magazine, will once again sponsor themed events to support this year's One Book, One Community selection in Waterloo Region, Joseph Boyden's novel Three Day Road.

One thread of his story relates to Canadian aboriginal culture in the tumultuous years of the early 1900s. Another thread takes two Ojibwa friends -- who are highly accurate snipers -- to the killing fields of Ypres and the Somme in the First World War. The story is narrated in the aftermath of these events over the course of a three-day journey by canoe.

The "One Book, One Canoe" trip will be the first of two events sponsored by TNQ to explore themes presented in the book. The magazine is based at St. Jerome's University.

"One Book, One Canoe" will bring participants closer to the journey Xavier Bird makes with his shaman aunt Niska, after his return from the battlefield. They will travel by canoe from Glen Morris to Paris, Ontario, on the Grand River, a river with much heritage of its own to celebrate. There will be stops along the way for readings, discussion and lunch. The day will start at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday with a shuttle from Grand Experiences, outfitters in Paris, to canoes in Glen Morris. Participants should be back in Paris in late afternoon for a final reading and discussion, along with a beverage at a local pub.

The $60 price includes canoe rental, a box lunch (with vegetarian options) and four experienced Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association-licensed guides from Grand Experiences. A total of 40 tickets will be available.

Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers annual conference continues through Wednesday, Ron Eydt Village and other locations.

Touring Players children's performance: "Munschworx", today 10:00 and 1:30, Tuesday 10:00, 11:45 and 1:30, Humanities Theatre.

Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Virginia Haufler, University of Maryland at College Park, "Economies of Peace: Corporate Responsibility in Zones of Conflict", 7 p.m., 57 Erb Street West.

UW Stage Band rehearsals, Mondays 7 to 10 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College room 1111; more players needed immediately, especially tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, information 519-271-1488.

Sharcnet Phase II expansion of infrastructure and partnership, celebration Tuesday 1 p.m., Western Science Centre, University of Western Ontario.

International students' information session on applying for off-campus work permits, Wednesday 10 a.m., Davis Centre room 1302.

Staff association annual general meeting Thursday 9 a.m., Davis Centre room 1302, light breakfast 8:45.

School of architecture presents Steven Vogel, Duke University zoologist, speaking on "Natural Design", Thursday 7 p.m., Architecture lecture hall.

Carousel Dance Centre end-of-term performance, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", Saturday 1:00 and 6:30, Sunday 12:30 and 5 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

You @ Waterloo Day open house for students considering coming to UW this fall, Saturday 10:00 to 2:00.

Keystone Campaign annual celebration, "Camp Keystone", June 8, 11:30 to 1:30, Graduate House green.

"The Songs the River Sings", a celebratory house concert with singer/songwriter James Gordon on Sunday, June 11, will be the second event of the summer. It will begin at 5 p.m. with music and readings on the banks of the Nith River.

The Nith is considered a beautiful setting in which to hear excerpts from Boyden's poignant and magical novel, explore the role of aboriginals in what was to have been the war to end all wars and listen to Gordon's haunting "Songs the River Sings" from his latest CD, a tribute to Canadian Heritage Rivers.

The concert and readings will be followed by a light dinner. Tickets for the event must be reserved and a donation hat will be passed to cover the costs of the evening and raise funds for TNQ. A total of 50 tickets will be available. Tickets may be reserved through Words Worth Books at 519-884-2665 or TNQ at 519-884-8111 ext. 8290, or by emailing adverts@newquarterly.net.

PhD theses to be defended

Here's the latest list of graduate students who are about to defend their doctoral theses -- some of them in time to wear that coveted red-and-green PhD gown at June convocation ceremonies.

Electrical and computer engineering. Mehrdad Dianati, "Designing Efficient Data Link Layer Schemes over Wireless Fading Channels." Supervisors, X. S. Shen and K. S. Naik. On deposit in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Thursday, June 1, 2:30 p.m., CEIT room 3151.

Electrical and computer engineering. Christopher Snyder, "A Highly Integrated Multi-band Receiver Architecture Using Complex Mixing Signals." Supervisor, C. A. Cañizares. On deposit in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Thursday, June 8, 2:30 p.m., CEIT room 3151.

Chemistry. Agnes Obuchowska, "Electrochemical Quantitation of Bacteria by Probing Biomolecule Adsorption." Supervisor, S. R. Mikkelsen. On deposit in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Thursday, June 15, 2:30 p.m., Chemistry II room 361.

Physics and astronomy. Kourosh Afrouosheh, "Observation of Resonant Electric Dipole-Dipole Interactions Between Cold Rydberg Atoms Using Microwave Spectroscopy." Supervisor, J. D. D. Martin. On deposit in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Tuesday, June 27, 2 p.m., Physics room 308.

Planning. Yang Wang, "Rural Community Participation in Tourism Development: Cases of Hainan Province, China." Supervisor, Geoffrey Wall. On deposit in the faculty of environmental studies, ES 1-335. Oral defence Tuesday, July 4, 2:30 p.m., Environmental Studies I room 221.


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