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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • St. Jerome's appoints new president
  • Faculty association board announced
  • President in Riyadh for education conference
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  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

St. Jerome's appoints new president

with material from a St. Jerome's University media release

Doctor Katherine M. Bergman.Dr. Katherine M. Bergman (right) has been announced as St. Jerome's University's 7th President and Vice-Chancellor, with a start date of August 1, 2012.

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Dr. Bergman grew up in Waterloo Region, attending St. Anne and St. Agnes elementary schools, St. David's Junior High School, and St. Mary's High School before pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Waterloo. She completed her Masters and PhD in geology at McMaster University and began her academic career as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster.

In 1992, Dr. Bergman joined the Faculty of Science at the University of Regina, serving as Associate Dean of Science from 1998 to 200, and Dean of Science from 2000 to 2009. She also held the role of Special Advisor to the President of the University of Regina for the development of a nursing program in partnership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). In 2010, she joined Nipissing University as Vice-President, Academic and Research.

Her most recent research interest focused on the subsurface Devonian Elk Point Basin of southern Saskatchewan, examining the Winnipegosis and Prairie Evaporite formations, which record the transition of the Devonian Elk Point Basin from fully marine to desiccation.

She has served on a number of national boards including the Canadian Light Source, the National Round Table on Economy and Environment, the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Finance Committee), and the Canadian Council of Deans of Science (president and past president). She is actively engaged in her community as a Rotarian and through her involvement with Big Sisters.

Dr. Bergman’s contributions have been recognized through the awarding of several NSERC grants and prestigious awards including the 1997 Regina YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Science and Technology.

"Katherine brings over 20 years of experience in university administration, teaching and research," writes Maureen O’Donoghue Rich, chair of St. Jerome's board of governors. "We look forward to welcoming her to St. Jerome's University."

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Faculty association board announced

The 2012-2013 Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo's Board of Directors was announced at the association's Spring General Meeting on Tuesday, April 3. As of July 1, 2012, the board members are:

President - David Porreca, Classical Studies
Past President - George Freeman, Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Roydon Fraser, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
  • Steve Furino, Dean of Mathematics Office
  • Shelley Hulan, English Language and Literature
  • Greta Kroeker, History
  • Eva Lau, Economics
  • Aimée Morrison, English Language and Literature
  • Metin Renksizbulut, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
  • Trefford Simpson, Optometry and Vision Science

The Board will bid a fond farewell in June to its departing board members: Kathryn Plaisance, Michael Boehringer, Doris Jakobsh, who is completing her fifth consecutive year as a director, and David DeVidi, who has served on the Board since 2004 in the capacities of Director, Treasurer, President, and Past President.

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President in Riyadh for education conference

The University of Waterloo is well-represented at the 3rd International Exhibition and Conference for Higher Education (IECHE) 2012, taking place this week at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The IECHE is a large recruitment exhibition and education conference, with more than 475 exhibitors from over 40 countries in attendance. Last year, over 250,000 visitors attended the recruitment fair and conference. This year's conference theme is "World Class Teaching Universities."

President Feridun Hamdullahpur will be delivering an address on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:15 p.m. entitled "Structuring Universities for Effective Teaching and Learning," in which he will be speaking about Canadian universities in general and the University of Waterloo in particular. The president will explain how Waterloo’s reputation for delivering results has made the university a top choice among national and international high school graduates, among businesses, academia, and community groups seeking collaborative research partnerships, and among world-class employers competing for the most qualified talent.

Hamdullahpur is speaking alongside Philip Altbach, the director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, and Gudrun Paulsdottir, president of the European Association of International Education.

In addition to his remarks at the conference, the president will be meeting with administrators from Saudi universities and Waterloo alumni in the region.

Also representing the University of Waterloo are Jeanette Nugent, Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Studies Office Aden Valerie Herteis, Senior International Communications Associate, Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment. They will be promoting the university's undergraduate, graduate, and ESL programs at the invitation of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Higher Education, and will be engaging with Waterloo alumni, giving presentations to potential students, and participating in networking events with the Ministry of Higher Education and the Embassy of Canada.

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3rd annual Discovery Day today

More than 250 high school students from Waterloo Region and the surrounding area will spend a day sampling career options at the TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences event organized by the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

David Hammond, associate professor at the School of Public Health and Health Systems will kick things off with a keynote address entitled "Warning: advertising causes cancer! The Marlboro Man and the rise and fall of tobacco use in the 20th century."

Following the keynote, students will choose to attend two workshops out of a total of 16, visiting research labs and teaching facilities on campus, followed by a career panel discussion.

More information about the event and its schedule is available online.

Link of the day

Canada Act signed into law, 30 years ago today

When and where

On-campus examinations April 9 - 21.

TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences, Tuesday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Details.

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

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. Details.

Grades due April 16 to May 1.

UW Biomedical Discussion Group Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Richard Epand, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, "Phosphatidylinositol Cycling and Acyl Chain Specificity." Wednesday April 18, 2:30 p.m., PHY-150.

Lunch & Learn: Apple 101 for uWaterloo Faculty & Staff, Thursday, April 19, 12:00 p.m., Laurel Room, SCH. Online registration required. Lunch will be provided.

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

International Potluck Lunch, Thursday, April 19, 12:45 p.m., Columbia Lake Village community centre. Details.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series, featuring Prof. Paschalis Alexandridis, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, "Nanostructured Polymers and Solvents: Opportunities in Health, Environment, and Energy Applications," Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m., C2-361.

On-campus examinations end April 21.

International spouses meet-up event "Movie & Coffee", Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m., Breakfast at Tiffany's, tickets $5, meet at Galaxy Cinema on King Street North, Waterloo. Details.

Graduate Student Research Conference, Monday, April 23 to Thursday, April 26. Details.

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.

Co-operative work term ends April 27.

PhD Oral Defences

Chemistry. Shaohua Chen, "Quantitative Characterization of Pyrene-Labeled Macromolecules in Solution by Global Analysis of Fluorescence Decays." Supervisor, Jean Duhamel. On deposit in the Faculty of Science Graduate Office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m., C2 361.

Mechanical and mechatronics Engineering. Rajnish Bassi, "Automated Design and Tool-Path Generation of Mold Cavity Subsystem Components." Supervisor, Sanjeev Bedi. On deposit at the Engineering Graduate Office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m., E5 3052.


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