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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Annual e-waste collection campaign begins
  • New Record Manager starts this week
  • Student team off to evaluation contest finals
  • Goose on the loose and other notes
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Annual e-waste collection campaign begins

"Central Stores will be offering a 10-day departmental e-waste pickup initiative starting Monday April 2 and ending Friday April 13," writes Joel Norris of Central Stores. "Departments with university owned e-waste should call Central Stores at x32821, as soon as possible, to be placed on a pickup list." This is the third year that the e-waste initiative has been in operation.

Departments will be asked for approximate item quantities for pickup scheduling purposes and to allocate the appropriate moving equipment. A Central Stores staff member, based on faculty and/or departmental response, will contact the department to set up the specific pickup date, time and location.

This 10-day initiative will allow your department the opportunity to clear out, “for disposal”, e-waste and to do so without the normal paperwork requirements. Any items deemed to be of high value will be separated and a request for an “Asset Disposal Form” will be issued.

"Central Stores has allocated staff specifically to handle this 10-day event, which starts Monday April 2," writes Norris. "So, please take advantage of this E-Waste poster.annual event and seize the opportunity to rid your department of space consuming electronic waste."

Items accepted for e-waste pickup include CRT/LCD monitors, scanners, computers and computer peripherals (including keyboards and mice), VCRs, copiers, TVs and DVD players, laptops, stereos and speakers, cell phones, printers and their cartridges, and microwave ovens.

Norris also notes that there will be a “General Public” E-waste Green Day drop off being held on Saturday April 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Central Stores on 263 Phillip Street.

"This single day event is also available to all University of Waterloo employees who may have personal electronic waste items at their home residences," writes Norris. "We encourage all staff to promote the single day event throughout their neighbourhood and community. Central Stores has posters and flyers available."

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New Records Manager

an announcement from the Vice-President Administration and Finance

The university welcomes Chris Halonen as the new Records Manager starting April 2. Chris was formerly the University Records Archivist in the library and has wide experience with archival work and records management which will contribute to the ongoing development of the records management initiative at Waterloo.

Chris succeeds Carolyn Dirks who retired from the position last year. In addition to continuing work on WatCLASS, the university’s records retention schedules, Chris will provide guidance on good records management practice to the university community. Questions should be directed to: chalonen or ext. 38284.

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Student team off to evaluation contest finals

A team of four students from the University of Waterloo are off to the final round of the national case competition of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) on May 14 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The team formed by Anum Khan, Mary Jean Costello, Renata Valaitis, and Sarah Sousa from the School of Public Health and Health Systems is one of three selected from across Canada for this annual event. Their competitors will be from the University of Ottawa and Université Laval. The competition will be held as part of the national conference of the CES.

The competition helps students build their skills in evaluating public policies and programs. Using real life examples of public sector or community-based programs, the finalists will develop recommendations for how to best go about evaluating whether the programs are “doing the right things right and making a difference” - all within the pressure of a team effort in a five hour window. Teams are judged by a panel of experienced evaluators.

“We’re very excited for the opportunity to participate in this competition and represent UW on a national level. The support from our peers, coaches and faculty has really helped us to prepare for this final round,” says team member Sarah Sousa. Dr. Anita Myers and Dr. Mark Seasons have coached teams for several years and have a strong track record in the competition.

Given the increasing emphasis on results and accountability in public policy and programs, the case competition is an important contribution by the Canadian Evaluation Society to the broader community.

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A goose stands watch in A Lot.
Goose on the loose and other notes

The geese may have been forced out of the Davis Centre, but their occupation of Parking Lot A continues. Reports of a particularly grizzled goose directing traffic at the lot's entrance have been coming in (perhaps we can get a reflective vest in his size). Karen Richardson snapped the shot above of the goose on the lookout for targets (Is that the same unlucky car from this March photo?). Use caution when approaching, and review this handy leaflet before attempting to breach the perimeter.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are investigating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, and are seeking participants for a new study.

There is growing research evidence to suggest that children with ADHD experience social difficulties, but the reasons are unknown. Researchers at the University of Waterloo’s Cognitive Development Lab are investigating the communicative and interpersonal challenges associated with ADHD. In particular, researchers are exploring how children with ADHD interact with their mothers, as well as how aware they are of their own behaviour during these activities.

Interested mothers and their children between the ages of eight and 12 years old are invited to take part in the study. Participation in the study involves a visit the University of Waterloo campus for 1.5 hours. The mothers will complete several questionnaires about their children’s ADHD and social interactions. The children will complete structured games with a researcher. Mother and child will also play an interactive game together.

To apply to the study, please contact the university's Cognitive Development Lab at 519.888.4567 ext. 38542 (confidential voicemail), or childresearch

And just a quick final note to report that yesterday's piece on the Engineering Day for Girl Guides was written by Lauren King for the Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) blog.

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Link of the day

Tomb-Sweeping Day

When and where

Staff conference April 3-4, Humanities Theatre and other rooms in Hagey Hall, details online.

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience presents the 6th annual Waterloo Brain Day, Wednesday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., PAS 2083. Details.

Designing the Future, Faculty of Engineering reception, Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 p.m., Student Design Centre, Engineering 5. Details.

English Language Proficiency Exam in the Physical Activities Complex, Thursday, April 5.

Good Friday holiday April 6, university closed.

Drop, Penalty 2 Period ends Friday, April 6.

On-campus examinations begin Monday April 9.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series, Prof. Gregory Lopinski, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, NRC, "Molecular sensing on chemically modified silicon surfaces - from gas phase to solution," Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 p.m., C2-361.

Periodic Table Project installation event, Tuesday, April 10, 3:00 p.m., EIT building. Details.

The Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (I.B.M.B.) Seminar Series, Dr. Richard Hill, Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, "Influence of the tumour microenvironment and tumour growth and metastases," Tuesday, April 10, 3:30 p.m., C2-361.

BlackBerry 101, Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 p.m., Waterloo Stratford Campus.

Yinxing Hong, Chancellor, Nanjing University, "Study on the Drivers for China's Sustainable Development," Thursday, April 12, 10:30 a.m., RCH 307.

Nanjing University presents "Study at Nanjing University Program," Thursday, April 12, 3:45 p.m., DC 1301. Co-hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Sino-Canadian College.

Centre for Career Action workshop, "I'd do what I love...but what is it?" Friday, April 13, 9:30 a.m., TC 1112. Details.

Online Class examination days Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14.

Waterloo Lecture: the Representation of Apes in Medieval Art, Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., Stratford Public Library.

Surplus sale of furniture and equipment, Thursday, April 19, 12:30 to 2:00, East Campus Hall.

University senate Monday, April 16, 3:30, Needles Hall room 3001.

Official launch of the School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Thursday, April 19, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Grades due April 16 to May 1.

On-campus examinations end April 21.

Graduate Student Research Conference, Monday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest April 23, standings and official grades available May 22.

Spring 2012 promissory notes and payments due April 24.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:

• 1. Office Administrator – Engineering Machine Shop, USG 6
• Phytoremediation Technician – Biology, USG 6
• General Merchandise Co-ordinator – Retail Services – Waterloo Store & Write Stuff, USG 6
• Building Service Person I – Mason – Plant Operations
5. Manager, Institutional Research – Office of Research, USG 10
• International Relations Specialist – Waterloo International, USG 9
• U/G Awards Programs Assistant – Registrar’s Office, USG 6
• Marketing & Recruitment Specialist – Registrar’s Office, USG 9

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