- Staff association offers student awards
- Exhibition puts names to numbers
- Long notes for a short week
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Smiling for the camera: Dan Riskin (right), co-host of the Discover Channel's Daily Planet science show, interviews Josh Neufeld (left), associate professor in Biology, for a piece that airs tonight about the hundreds, if not thousands, of types of microorganisms that thrive on the human body. "Our healthy microbial inhabitants," Neufeld calls them. "We cultured microbes from our skin for this episode."
Staff association offers student awards
The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) is offering three student awards, each valued at $500. Two are aimed at undergraduate students, and one is being offered to graduate students.
One of the undergraduate awards is proudly sponsored and funded by the Education Credit Union.
Eligibility requirements are straightforward - the recipient must be a full or part-time student in a degree program at the University of Waterloo and must be either a member of the UWSA, or the spouse, child, grandchild, or dependent of a UWSA member.
More details about the awards are available on the UWSA website. The application deadline for the Fall Term is Monday, October 15.
Exhibition puts names to numbers
The Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) is hosting the international travelling exhibition Names instead of Numbers, which contains twenty-two biographies from the Dachau Remembrance Book, a collection of personal stories from former prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany.
The idea of the collection, according to Klaus Schultz, deacon in the Protestant Church of Reconciliation, which is set on the grounds of the concentration camp memorial site, "is to make the names behind the numbers visible; to set a prisoner apart from the anonymous other ones and give him back his individuality."
The biographies were written entirely by project volunteers and include pictures and primary documents. The selection of stories offers viewers a glimpse into the lives of people with different nationalities, political, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
The exhibition has been installed on the second floor of the Modern Languages Building in the space occupied by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and is on display until Thursday, October 18. Names instead of Numbers can be viewed during the normal opening hours of the building.
Names instead of Numbers has been financed by the Bavarian State Office for Political Education, Bavarian State Chancellery, Bavarian Teachers' Association, Archdiocese of Cologne and of Munich and Freising, and the City of Dachau.
Long notes for a short week
The School of Accounting and Finance’s (SAF) undergraduate Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program has received partnership status from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), providing students with advanced preparation toward the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.
IIA is an organization which oversees the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP), as part of its Internal Audit Foundation Program in the education of Certified Internal Auditors in Canada. Students from the SAF’s AFM undergraduate program will now be able to take specified accredited courses to receive advanced preparation for the CIA designation exam. Along with their co-op work experience, these students would be well positioned to complete the final designation exam by the time they graduate. This accreditation will provide SAF students with broader opportunities for co-op experiences and career paths across the country; and will allow them to count time spent working in internal audit functions towards their CIA designation requirements.
Amid the rain of this past weekend, it's worth remembering that the summer as a whole was very hot and somewhat dry, according to the University of Waterloo Weather Station. "For the third summer in a row it was over a degree and a half warmer than average," writes weather station co-ordinator Frank Seglenieks. "That heat was also very consistent with only 3 days that were more than 5 degrees cooler that average." The maximum temperature reached in Waterloo Region this summer was 34 degrees, with an average daily high of 26.2 degrees. "In the UW weather station poll it was the least popular summer since I started doing the poll back in 2008," Seglenieks continues. "Typically, around 75 % of respondents would say the summer was either great or good, but this year only 42% voted for these categories."
But where are we now? September was another warm, but also a wet, month, with temperatures that were about 0.7 degrees higher than average. But the amount of rain Waterloo Region received on September 4, just under 40mm, was more than the entire month of July. Total precipitation for the month was 120.5mm, well over the long-term average of 87.5mm. "The last time we had this much precipitation in a single month was back in October of 2011 (141.9mm)" writes Seglenieks.
"The University of Waterloo has made the decision to close the Columbia Lake Health Club because of the need for space to accommodate academic programs," reads an official statement posted Friday. "As the university grows both in global reputation and in enrolment, availability of space to accommodate students, faculty and staff must be a priority." Arrangements have been made to leverage alternate opportunities for health club staff, and with other fitness club facilities in the area to present club members with new membership options.
The closure is effective December 21. More information is available on the health club's website. The TechTown Café is also closing, effective immediately. The TechTown building was donated to the University of Waterloo in August of this year.
And finally, the electronic poll for the Fall 2012 UWSA Board of Directors election opened at 7:00 a.m. this morning and will remain open until 5 p.m. on October 18.
The poll is online and voters will need their WatIAM user id and password to submit their vote.
Current UWSA president (and chief returning officer) Trevor Grove reports that there were no nominations for the President position and eight candidates for the five available Director positions. Biographical statements by the candidates are available online.
Link of the day
When and where
Senate Undergraduate Council meeting, Tuesday October 9, 12:00 p.m., NH 3004.
WatRISQ seminar featuring Prof. Jian Yang, Associate Professor of Finance, The Business School, University of Colorado, “Credit Risk Spillovers among Financial Institutions around the Global Credit Crisis: Firm-Level Evidence,” Tuesday, October 9, 4:00 p.m., DC 1304.
Noon Hour Concert, "Duo Antik," featuring Justyna Szajna, piano, and Lance Ouellette, violin, Wednesday, October 10, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel. Details.
CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy and Sociology and Legal Studies presents Dr. Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa, "Repo Men Are Coming: Body EULAs, Privacy and Security of the Person," Wednesday, October 10, 1:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.
English Language and Literature Departmental Lecture Series: "Affective Environments” featuring Ato Quayson, University of Toronto, "Self-Writing and Alienation in the Postcolonial Novel," Wednesday, October 10, 4:00 p.m., RCH 305.
CTE687 Active Learning in a Really Large Classroom, Session 0001: Thursday October 11, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EV1 324A.
Faculty of Environment Friends & Alumni celebration, Thursday, October 11, 5:00 p.m., One King West Hotel, Toronto. Details.
Tourism and Development lecture series featuring Geoffrey Wall, "Cultural tourism, sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods - International perspectives," Friday, October 12, 1:30 p.m., AL 113.
School of Public Health and Health Systems retirement reception for Roy Cameron and Nancy Poole, Friday, October 12, 3:30 p.m., Lyle Hallman South Fireplace Lounge.
Terry Fox Run in NYC, Saturday, October 13, 8:00 a.m. Details.
Calgary Alumni Chapter Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14, Austrian-Canadian Cultural Centre, Calgary. Details.
Go Eng Girl event, Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m., Davis Centre. Details.
CTE presents Focus on Teaching Week, October 15 to October 19. Registration Details.
University Senate meeting, Monday, October 15, 3:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001.
Waterloo Stratford Campus ribbon cutting, Tuesday, October 16, 11:00 a.m., 125 St. Patrick St., Stratford.
Waterloo Stratford Campus public open house, Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.., 125 St. Patrick St., Stratford. Details.
Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Donald Schmitt, Diamond Schmitt Architects, "Just-In-Time Design," Thursday, October 18, 6:45 p.m., School of Architecture.
Ambassador Lecture Series featuring H.E. Ambassador Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada, "Brazil and Its Prospects for the Future", Thursday, October 18,7:00 p.m., CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West. RSVP details.
Public lecture by Stanford University President John Hennessy, Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m., Humanities Theatre.
Fall 2012 Convocation, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.
Open Access Week, October 22 to October 28. Details.