Thursday, March 13, 2008

  • Two new brochures talk up the university
  • Leading expert explores climate change
  • Climate change tops for grad student, too
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Link of the day

World Kidney Day

When and where

National curling championships for Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Canadian Curling Association, hosted by UW at Guelph and Elora Curling Clubs, through to Sunday, details online.

Free tax clinic for students and lower-income families and individuals, organized by Accounting Students Education Contribution with support from Canada Revenue Agency, today and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Student Life Centre.

‘Tartuffe’ drama department major production, March 12-15 at 8:00, March 15 at 2:00, Theatre of the Arts, tickets $12 (students $10) 519-888-4908.

School of Architecture hosts colloquium “Living Large: Sustainable Design of Big Buildings”, today, 1:00 to 9:00, Architecture building, Cambridge.

Career workshop: "Exploring Your Personality, Part I," 2:30, Tatham Centre room 1112, details online.

Earth and environmental sciences GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecture: Larry McKay, University of Tennessee, “Germs and Geology: Emerging Issues in Waterborne Pathogen Research”, 3 p.m., Rod Coutts Hall room 211.

Hallman Visiting Professorship Lecture by Wendy Frisby on Mobilizing Communities to Promote the Health of Women and Youth Living in Poverty, 3:30, Lyle Hallman Institute room 1621. Free and open to all, but register at 519-888-4567, ext. 32010 or

Career workshop: "Successfully Negotiating Job Offers," 3:30, Tatham Centre room 1208, details online.

K-W Children’s Museum March Break Eco Show, featuring UW’s Faculty of Environment. Opens today at 4 p.m. See website for hours, fees, directions.

Discussions Without Borders: weekly group on international development topics, 5:30, Student Life Centre room 3103, sponsored by Engineers Without Borders.

Darfur documentary: CBC’s “On Our Watch” presented by Centre for International Governance Innovation and UW Genocide Action Group, plus two speakers on the Darfur issue, 6:00, 57 Erb Street West.

Genius Bowl trivia contest organized by Engineering Society, 6:00 to 8:00, Davis Centre room 1350.

Conrad Grebel musical, “Children of Eden,” Humanities Theatre: today 7 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.. Admission $12 (students/seniors $10).

Recycling Forum, 7 p.m., Student Life Centre.

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies: Alfred Neufeld, “The Mennonite Experience in Paraguay”, March 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall.

Free Green Week concert with Knock Knock Ginger, the Shady Js, Aberdeen and Light City/Mean Wires, starts 8:30 p.m., ES Coffee Shop, ES1

Pension and benefits committee Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Needles Hall room 3004.

Income tax information sessions for international students Friday, 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., Rod Coutts Hall room 302, information online.

GSA income tax aid seminar Friday, 3:00 to 4:00, Grad House board room. For an individual consultation, make an appointment. Details online.

Arts Gala 2008, French-inspired dinner and dancing sponsored by Arts Student Union, Friday from 7:00, Waterloo Inn, tickets $25 at ASU office, Arts Lecture Hall.

St. Jerome’s University presents 2007-08 Sweeney Lecture: Dawn Martin-Hill, “Indigenous Health Care and the Healing of a Nation”, Friday 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall.

PhD oral defences

Chemistry. Dominika K. Zgid, “Advances in the Density Matrix Renormalization Group Method for Use in Quantum Chemistry (spin adaptation, two-body density matrix evaluation, orbital optimization.” Supervisor, M. Nooijen. On display in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Wednesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m., Chemistry II room 361.

Electrical and computer engineering. Mahmoud Taherzadeh Boroujeni, “Lattice-based Precoding and Decoding in MIMO Fading Channels.” Supervisor, Amir K. Khandani. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Thursday, April 3, 10:00 a.m., CEIT room 3142.

Chemical engineering. Li Liu, “Gas Separation by Poly(ether block amide) Membranes.” Supervisors, Xianshe Feng and Amit Chakma. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Thursday, April 3, 1:00 p.m., Doug Wright Engineering room 2534.

Electrical and computer engineering. Alireza Bayesteh, “Scheduling in Large Scale MIMO Downlink Systems.” Supervisor, Amir K. Khandani. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Thursday, April 3, 2:30 p.m., CEIT room 3142.

Chemistry. Rocsana G. Pancescu, “Kinetics of Deiquescence of Ammonium Sulfate Aerosols.” Supervisor, J. J. Sloan. On display in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Friday, April 4, 11:30 a.m., Physics room 352.

Two new brochures talk up the university

by Kelley Teahen, associate director, marketing and communications, CPA

Two new publications created through Communications and Public Affairs are now available to promote and provide information about the University of Waterloo.

2008 UW facts brochureThe first is a new "facts and figures" brochure (right). It's small (9 cm x 21 cm) and unfolds to give a brief introduction to the university, a locator map, a page of figures on "student life by the numbers" and a flip-over page of figures related to "supporting teaching and research." There's also a list of Waterloo accomplishments called "they started here": everything from co-op post-secondary education in Canada to the Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology.

The facts brochures are available for university guests through the Visitors Centre; units on campus can request quantities for distribution from Karen Mason, CPA, at

Building the Future brochureThe facts brochure is a companion piece — in other words, they look like they were designed with each other in mind — to Building the Future (left). This is a 28-page, 21cm x 28 cm booklet that introduces readers to the university's history and gives a progress report on Waterloo's first steps toward meeting the goals of its Sixth Decade Plan.

Building the Future begins with articles on how Waterloo is building on its strengths through co-op, experiential learning and its historic relationship with the university colleges. Other stories explore Waterloo's connections to its community; opportunities being built through Campaign Waterloo; the continued growth of the Research and Technology Park; and innovative new academic programs such as the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration. A report on "building room for inspiration to grow" is a roundup of construction projects underway at UW.

There are also six research profiles, two reports on new graduate studies initiatives, and three stories on how UW is reaching out globally. Scattered throughout the publication are quotes from some of the 50 alumni who were chosen as UW 50th Anniversary Alumni Award winners, including Chancellor Mike Lazaridis.

The audience for Building the Future is external, such as dignitaries being met on international exchanges, potential donors, government officials, business and industrial partners, and even parents of potential students who want more information on the university than the small facts brochure will provide and who want an overview of the university's accomplishments, rather than the youth-and-student-focused information found in the university's recruitment view book.

Copies of Building the Future have already been distributed to key offices throughout the campus. If we have missed anyone, please contact Kelley Teahen of CPA, who was editor for both brochures, at

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Leading expert explores global climate change

from the UW media relations office

A leading environmental policy expert who has advised the Canadian and U.S. governments will give a public talk on the science and politics of global climate change next week at the University of Waterloo.

Edward (Ted) Parson, a professor at the University of Michigan (U-M), will deliver his speech on Wednesday, March 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Mathematics and Computer Building, room 2065 on the UW campus. The event is sponsored by UW's Faculty of Environment and the university bookstore.

"Dr. Parson will outline where science and policy collide and answer such questions as Is the climate changing? Are humans responsible? and What futures can we expect?" says Roger Suffling, professor of planning. "His book is a must for those who want to move beyond the rhetoric and understand climate science policy, as well as for those who seek an interdisciplinary outlook on the management of global environmental issues."

Parson holds a joint appointment in U-M's law school and school of natural resources and environment. His research examines international environmental policy, the role of science and technology in public policy and the political economy of regulation.

His latest book, The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change, was co-authored with University of Maryland professor Andrew Dessler. His earlier book, Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy, won the 2004 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the International Studies Association.

Parson's articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as Science, Climatic Change, Issues in Science and Technology, the Journal of Economic Literature and the Annual Review of Energy and the Environment.

As well, he has chaired and served on several senior advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Government Global Change Research Program.

He has worked and consulted for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, United Nations Environment Program, Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Parson received degrees in physics from the University of Toronto and in management science from the University of British Columbia, along with a doctorate in public policy from Harvard. He was formerly a professional classical musician and an organizer of grass-roots environmental groups.

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Climate change is top of mind for grad student

one of half a dozen features in UW’s new graduate student recruitment brochure

ES prof. Daniel Scott and grad student Jackie Dawson When she’s not publishing papers or giving presentations on the impact of global warming on tourism, you might find Jackie Dawson (above right) bumping over northern Manitoba’s vast ice fields on a tundra buggy searching for polar bears.

“They’re the icon of climate change,” she says simply.

As a growing heap of research shows, climate change, when you consider its multi-faceted derivations, outcomes and responses, is hardly a simple topic. And Dawson, a University of Waterloo PhD student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies’ Department of Geography, knows she’s incredibly fortunate to have the support — and ear — of her supervisor, Daniel Scott (above left), to help her wade through it all.

Right from the beginning, Dawson says, she’s always felt at ease discussing her PhD topic — climate change and the New England ski industry — with Scott, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Change and Tourism who is also the chair of the joint World Meteorological Organization and World Tourism Organization Expert Team on Climate and Tourism. He’s a dream of an advisor, providing funding, writing joint papers and showing enthusiasm for her ideas. But it wasn’t until last year that she realized how coveted his expertise and time really were. At conferences other PhD students told her they were jealous she was working with Scott. A student from Spain flew to Canada just to work with him for a week.

“That’s when I realized, ‘Gee, I’m lucky I can just walk down the hall and talk to him whenever I want,’” she says now.

For his part, Scott says he’s happy to pass the torch to the next generation of academics, just as University of Waterloo professors Geoff Wall and Geoff McBoyle, pioneers in climate change and tourism, did for him when he was a master’s student and post-doc at Waterloo.

“We have an international reputation for being leaders in this field and it’s great that we get to keep it going,” he says.

Dawson says Scott’s support of her work will leave its mark for years. “He is making me a better academic, a better writer, a better researcher and I will eventually be a better supervisor to my own students.”

CPA Staff

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