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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Hiring begins for overseas co-op opportunities
  • Provost names performance award recipients
  • Keystone celebration today
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Venus in transit: A live video, like the one from which this photo was snapped, was probably the safest way to view yesterday's transit of the planet Venus across the Sun, especially since special viewing glasses were required if one chose to look at the sky as opposed to a screen. Hundreds of onlookers ended up doing both as they flocked to the BMH green to take in the spectacle. It's a good thing the weather co-operated, because by the time this celestial event happens again, the University of Waterloo will be celebrating its 160th anniversary.

Photograph by Ellen Réthoré.

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Hiring begins for overseas co-op opportunities

Intermediate and senior Engineering undergraduate students who are studying on campus in Fall 2012 and have a work term beginning January 2013 are invited to apply to the CANEU CO-OP exchange program, a hybrid exchange offering seven paid co-op opportunities as well as assistance in arranging accommodation and work permits for Germany.

The Canadian-European Union Consortium for Strengthening Transatlantic Student Mobility in Co-operative Education (CANEU CO-OP) involves industrial partners that include TAKATA-Petri AG Ulm, Eurocopter, Robert Bosche Ansbach, and SICK Group.

The program pairs students with a European "twin" who will study at the University of Waterloo in the Fall of 2012 alongside the Waterloo student, who is expected to help them adapt to Waterloo and Canada, and then return the favour when that Waterloo student goes on their work term in Germany.

CANEU CO-OP jobs will be posted on JobMine as of June 4, under term 1131. Twins will be hosted from September to December 2012, and the overseas work term will run from January to April 2013.

Anyone with questions can contact Lisa ter Woort, CANEU Co-op Co-ordinator, at terwoort@

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Provost names performance award recipients

"Effective May 1, 2005, in accordance with the 2003 Faculty Salary Settlement, the the University of Waterloo established an Outstanding Performance Fund to reward faculty members for outstanding contribution in teaching and scholarship," reads a memo by Vice-President Academic and Provost Sallie Ann Keller. "I am very pleased to announce the award recipients for 2012, and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them for their outstanding contributions to the University of Waterloo."

The 2012 winners are:

  • Applied Health Sciences: Jack Callaghan, Lora Giangregorio, David Hammond, and Steven Mock.
  • Arts: Lois Andison, Tara Collington, Lorne Dawson, Michael Dixon, Jonathan Fugelsang, Daniel Gorman, Shelley Hulan, Khim Kelly, Timothy Kenyon, Kenneth Klassen, Greta Kroeker, Maria Liston, David Moscovitch, Mikko Packalen, Guy Poirer, Winfried Siemerling, Mikal Skuterud, John Turri, Erik Woody, and Tony Wirjanto.
  • Engineering: Dayan Ban, Teresa Boake, Donald Burn, Claudio Canizares, Duane Cronin, Samir Elhedhli, Ali Eklamel, Ehab El-Saadany, Karim Karim, Robert McKillop, William Melek, Christine Moresoli, William Owen, Simarjeet Saini, Magdy Salami, Lola Shepherd, Joao Soares, Steven Waslander, Alexander Wong,  and Serhiy Yarusevych.
  • Environment: Jeffrey Casello, Alastair Craik, Robert Gorbet, Richard Kelly, Merrin Macrae, Larry Swatuk, and Maren Olbermann.
  • Mathematics: Mark Giesbrecht, Ian Goldberg, Jochen Koenemann, George Labahn, Johnny Li, Ming Li, Yu-Ru Liu, Anna Libuw, Michele Mosca, Kenneth Salem, Marek Stastna, Stefan Steiner, David Taylor, and Ian VanderBurgh.
  • Science: Monica Barra, David Blowes, Niels Bols, Trevor Charles, David Edwards, Roland Hall, Tammy Labreche, Firas Mansour, Elizabeth Meiering, Roger Melko, Barbara Moffatt, Trefford Simpson, and Scott Taylor

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Keystone celebration today

The annual Keystone Campaign June event will be taking place on the B.C. Matthews Green today at 11:30 a.m., running to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Waterloo World”, aimed at highlighting the university’s focus on internationalism and the cultural diversity of our campuses.

All of the campus community is invited to attend and experience different cultures of the world. They are even welcome to come dressed in a traditional outfit.

Guests are also encouraged to bring a water bottle or cup as a water station will be available.

A corresponding celebration will be held for evening staff on Friday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bombshelter Pub in the SLC.

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Link of the day

The Last Beothuk

When and where

Waterloo Region Commuter Challenge, June 3 to 9. Details.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy presents Dr. Carlo Adamo, Chair of Theoretical Chemistry
Senior Member of Institute Universitaire de France (IUF), "Computational Chemistry and the Design of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells," Wednesday, June 6, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304.

Keystone Picnic "Waterloo World," Wednesday, June 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Burt Matthews Hall green, lunch served at 11:45 to 1:00 p.m.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) lecture series featuring Dr. S. Murthy Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 6, 5:00 p.m., CPH 4333. Refreshments served.

Master of Digital Experience Innovation brown bag lunch, Wednesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m., Communitech Hub Kitchener, P2P Meeting Room. Register today.

uW Chanchlani India Policy Centre presents Dr. Sucha Singh Gill, Director of the Centre for Rural and Industrial Development in Chandigarh, India, "Functioning of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) in India: A Case Study of Punjab," Thursday, June 7, 2:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs room 143.

Chemical Engineering seminar featuring Laura A. Palomares, Insituto de Biotecnologia, Unversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), “Viral Structural Proteins: From Vaccines to Nanotechnology,” Thursday, June 7, 3:30 p.m., E6-4022.

Keystone picnic event for evening staff, Friday, June 8, 6:00 p.m., Bombshelter Pub, Student Life Centre.

22nd Annual Matthews Golf Classic, Monday, June 11, 2012, Grand Valley Golf Course, Cambridge
Volunteers needed for this sold out event. Contact Sheila Hurley at Ext. 33587 for further information.

Science awards luncheon, Tuesday, June 12, 12:00 p.m., University Club.

Master of Digital Experience Innovation student showcase, Tuesday, June 12, 5:00 p.m., Waterloo Stratford Campus. Register today.

2012 J.W. Graham Lecture, featuring Stephen M. Watt, Distinguished University Professor, University of Western Ontario / Lead Director, Descartes Systems Group, "Leading Flying Objects," Thursday, June 14, 1:30 p.m., DC 1302. Reception to follow in DC 1304.

Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Zvi Galil, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Real-Time Streaming String-Matching," Thursday, June 14, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Chemical Engineering seminar featuring Xingcheng Xiao, Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Laboratory
General Motors Global R&D Center, Warren, MI, “Advanced Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries,” Thursday, June 14, 3:30 p.m., E6-4022. Coffee and donuts will be served at 3:20 p.m.

The Institute for Computer Research presents Professor Amir Khandani, RIM-NSERC Industrial Research Chair, Canada Research Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo, “Shaping the Future of Wireless: Two-way Connectivity,” Friday, June 15, Monday, June 18, 2:00 p.m. DC 1302.

Positions available

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

• Administrative Assistant – Geriatric Health Systems Group(GHS) – School of Public and Health Systems, USG 6
• ITC Administrative Manager – Psychology-International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation, USG 9
• Psychophysiology and Event Related Potential(ERP) Lab Technician - Psychology, USG 6
• CTE liaison – Faculty of AHS – Centre for Teaching Excellence, USG 8-11
• Associate Director, Finance – Institute for Quantum Computing, USG 11
• Associate Director, Annual Giving – ODAA, USG 12-13
• Manager, Centre for Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR)Program Marketing – Stratford Campus, USG 10

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