Friday, July 30, 2010

  • bohmLAB event offers sensory experience
  • So you want to be a Rhodes Scholar?
  • Notes on the brink of a long weekend
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

bohmLAB event offers sensory experience

Touchscreen project at bohmLAB, architecture, Cambridge
bohmLAB holds its first workshop open house today, 1 – 6 p.m., in the Grand Studios, 7-112 Grand Avenue, Cambridge. The entrance is on Melville Street, across the street from the School of Architecture.

bohmLAB describes itself as “a collaborative experimental research group at Waterloo Architecture Cambridge . . . [that is] a catalyst and model for collaborative culture in the graduate program at WAC, strengthening the development and dissemination of original knowledge within the school community. Our process focuses on individual projects developed in a group space where students share resources and learning, while providing critical thought and feedback.  

"The lab also provides agency to the graduate students at WAC, offering an organization through which collaborations with other research groups and individuals can be formally developed."

Current projects, many of which can be seen here, include “Touch Screen (pictured above): An interface designed to bring the hands and screen into direct and playful contact. The viewer is invited to manipulate an elastic fabric canvas with their hands; the interaction between blank canvas and beams of rear-projected light cultivate creative interaction and the experience of ‘drawing with light.’” The lead in this project is Abe Galway.

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So you want to be a Rhodes Scholar?

from the Graduate Studies Office

Oxford skyline
The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship supporting exceptional students at the University of Oxford in England. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program in the world.

Applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship are assessed for their intellectual distinction, physical vigour, character, commitment to service, and leadership. Proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full.

Candidates must be Canadian citizens or persons domiciled in Canada and have been born between October 2, 1986 and October 1, 1992. Candidates may apply either in the province in which they are ordinarily resident (some exceptions apply) or in the province in which they have attended university.

Applications and reference letters must be filed online through the website for the Rhodes Trust in Oxford no later than October 15th, 2010 (the University of Waterloo authorization code is “ON12”). University of Waterloo official transcripts may be ordered by contacting Heidi Mussar at

All candidates currently attending the University of Waterloo must participate in an internal screening process and earn the endorsement of the university president. Therefore, uWaterloo candidates must submit a hardcopy of their application to the Graduate Studies Office no later than September 10th, 2010.

Candidates must ask their referees to submit a copy of their reference letter to the attention of Elaine Garner in the Graduate Studies Office, Needles Hall, Room 2201 (electronic copies may be emailed to

It is strongly advised that uWaterloo candidates do not actually submit their online application to Rhodes until they have been contacted by the Graduate Studies Office and have undergone the university interview process.

Applicants selected for the uWaterloo interview will be contacted by email by Wednesday, September 15th. The University Scholarship Selection Committee will then determine which applicants will be endorsed by the university and will organize a supporting letter to be signed by the president of the University of Waterloo.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to familiarize themselves with the complete scholarship criteria and apply using the online application found at

Should you have any questions please contact Elaine Garner at or by phone at 519-888-4567 ext. 32841.

Graduate Studies Office deadline:  September 10, 2010

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Notes on the brink of a long weekend

Damage to a fibre optic cable at the EV3 construction site caused phones to go dead in Renison University College and Conrad Grebel University College yesterday, reports Bruce Campbell, IST’s director, network services. Student residence networks in Renison, Grebel, and St. Paul’s University College were also disrupted. Workers began replacing the damaged cable from EV2 to the nearby bridge over Laurel Creek today. “We are sorry for this loss of service and major inconvenience to the users,” Campbell says. The latest word is that service will be restored “by Monday, at worst, but it should be late Friday if all goes well.”

Monday, August 2, is the Civic Holiday. University offices and most services will be closed, including retail services stores, athletics and recreation facilities (PAC and CIF), and most food services outlets. What will be open:

  • Davis Centre library on exam-time schedule, open 24 hours;
  • Dana Porter library open, noon to 6 p.m.;
  • Mudie’s eatery, in Village 1, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
  • Student Life Centre and Turnkey Desk open 24 hours; and
  • UW Police (dial 519-888-4911 off campus, 22222 on campus).

poster for Caribana paradeIf you are planning to visit Toronto this weekend for Caribana, an extra GO train will be available to bring you at least part of the way home on Sunday evening. “For passengers travelling westbound,” ie, leaving Toronto, “the 8:10 p.m. Niagara Falls train out of Union Station will make additional stops at Mimico, Long Branch, Clarkson, Bronte, Appleby, and Aldershot.” The extra train will also run Monday. For specific schedule information, visit the schedules section at

About the new options for engineering students, described in yesterday’s Daily Bulletin: the article fails to mention that these options will be available in September 2011. We regret any disappointment this may have caused.

CPA staff

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Civic Holiday weekend

When and where

Class enrolment on Quest for fall term courses: open enrolment begins July 26.

Library hours for spring exam period, July 25 to August 14. Davis Centre open 24 hours a day, except closed Sundays 2 - 8 a.m. for system maintenance. (Dana Porter open regular hours: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.)

CIBC ABM in the Student Life Centre, main level, will be removed July 27- August 3 because of renovations. ABM on lower level outside CIBC branch operates as usual.

Intercountry Adoption Summit hosted by the arts faculty: September 23-26, Stratford. Early bird registration rate up to August 1. Details.

Spring term examinations August 3-14 (online courses, August 6-7). Unofficial marks begin appearing on Quest, August 16. Marks become official September 20.

Employer interviews for co-op programs, main group, August 3 - 6.

Co-op job postings, main group, for fall 2010 work terms, on JobMine August 3 – 9; daily postings thereafter.

In Chemistry 2 various air, water, and gas services will be shut down on Wednesday, August 4, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., while lab benches are replaced.

Centre for Teaching Excellence workshop: “Course Design”, Thursday, August 5, 9:30, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

Feds Used Books opens Saturday, August 7, in addition to regular weekdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Road just north of MC building and building's loading dock will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians, except emergency vehicles, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily starting August 9, for about two weeks, to install steel structure for new math bridge.

Selected Areas in Cryptography Conference, August 12-13, Centre for Environmental and Information Technology room 1015. Registration/reception August 11. Details.

Star gazing party Thursday, August 12: join faculty members and enthusiasts to watch Perseid meteor showers, north campus soccer pitch near Columbia Icefield, after nightfall (weather permitting).

UWRC Book Club discusses The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, Wednesday, August 18, 12:00, Dana Porter Library room 407.

St. Paul’s University College Masters Golf Tournament, Friday, August 27, Glen Eagle Golf Club, Caledon. Details.

Fall term fees due Monday, August 30 (fee arrangements), September 8 (bank payment). Details.

WatCACE financial support for research on co-op: proposals deadline September 1. Guidelines.

PhD oral defence

Geography and environmental management. David N. Morris, “The Role of Native Plant and Seed Collectors and Growers in Protecting Floral Diversity.” Supervisor, Stephen Murphy. On display in the Faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Wednesday, August 18, 10 a.m., Environment 2 room 1001.

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