- Feedback sought on draft staff policy
- Finding Franklin with Bob Park
- Tuesday: this, that, and the other thing
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Feridun Hamdullahpur serves up a burger and a smile at yesterday's Welcome Week lunch outside the Student Life Centre. The president and other senior leaders had their hands full as students crowded into the courtyard for the free meal.
The SLC was definitely the place to be for free food offerings yesterday. Early birds were treated to a flipped flapjack and syrup Monday morning at a pancake breakfast, also in the courtyard.
More Feds Welcome Week 2012 details follow below.
Photograph by Jonathan Bielaski, Light Imaging.
Feedback sought on draft staff policy
"The Staff Relations Committee invites your feedback on significant draft revisions to the staff employment policy," reads an email from the Secretariat distributed to university support staff yesterday.
The revised Policy 18 is available in two parts on a Sharepoint site established for the review, which has been ongoing since February 2012. The first document contains the proposed policy itself, including rights, responsibilities and principles, and the second document outlines operating procedures and other "how-to" instructions.
A review subcommittee has been looking at Policy 18 for several months now, evaluating the degree to which the current policy does or does not address the changes that have occurred in the relationship between the university and its staff due to demographics, expectations, and the work environment. "The proposed policy is intended to provide greater mobility and flexibility for Staff, and at the same time improve flexibility and responsiveness for the University," reads a note from the subcommittee introducing the draft policy.
Feedback can be sent directly to Karen Jack, Secretariat, Needles Hall, or by email by noon on Monday, October 1.
A question and answer session is being scheduled for later this month and details about the time and location of that session will be published soon.
Finding Franklin with Bob Park
Robert Park of the Department of Anthropology is participating in a Government of Nunavut archaeological research project into the Franklin expedition, assisting Nunavut's Director of Heritage, Dr. Douglas Stenton. They have been looking for new archaeological sites that may have been occupied by Inuit soon after the Franklin tragedy, and also re-investigating archaeological sites created by the Franklin expedition.
Last week, CBC's Peter Mansbridge flew to Nunavut, and King William Island in particular, where he joined Bob and Dr. Stenton at work excavating a site known to hold remains and artifacts from the Franklin victims. And exciting discoveries were (and are being) made, including buttons, wooden debris, an 1840s toothbrush, a tooth and other small items.
CBC coverage of this search is extensive online, on radio, and on television, including a two-part feature on The National scheduled to air September 10 and 11. Tune-in and catch up with the discoveries.
Tuesday: this, that, and the other thing
Feds Welcome Week 2012 continues today with "Cooking with Brian McCourt, The Bauer Kitchen's Chef de Cuisine" at 12:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre, and an evening with Cash Cab host Adam Growe at Fed Hall. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and The Adam Growe Quizze and Comedy Showe gets underway at 9:00 p.m.
The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) is hosting its annual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) alumni exhibition (above) from Thursday, September 13 to October 27. Each year, the MFA program hosts the Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship Award, a program that supports the study and apprenticeship of graduate candidates working with an established artist of their choice, either in Canada or abroad between the first and second year of their graduate program. Since its inception in 1996, over sixty MFA candidates have participated in this unique internship program.
The exhibition, which celebrates the memory of Win Shantz, focuses on recent work by eleven MFA Alumni, each of whom has established a significant professional practice as a visual artist since graduation.
Orchestra@uwaterloo's first open rehearsal of the Fall term is scheduled for this Thursday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Ron Eydt Village's Great Hall. Register online.
And as much as we'd like to think that love weathers all hardship, the weather interfered with Saturday's campus group hug, which has been postponed. I have been informed that plans are in the works for a re-do on Saturday, September 29 (a day filled with many other warm fuzzies) with the first-year class, Orientation leaders, and anyone else who wishes to participate in a mass embrace encircling the Ring Road. More details to follow.
Link of the day
When and where
Feds Welcome Week 2012, September 10 to 14.
Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) Group Seminar featuring Patrick Ball, Benetech, "Human rights, data analysis, and the truth: technical and epistemological reflections from twenty years building software and doing analysis to study mass atrocities," Tuesday, September 11, 1:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.
Student Life Centre Open House, Wednesday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WatCACE Research Seminar featuring Alex Usher, president, Higher Education Strategy Associates, "The co-op advantage: insights from a national panel of Canadian students," Wednesday, September 12, 11:30 a.m., TC 2218.
UW Farmer's Market, Thursday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Senate Long Range Planning Committee meeting, Thursday, September 13, 10:00 a.m., NH 3004.
Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Patrick Charbonneau, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, "Protein Crystallization: Can Spherical Cows Help?" Thursday, September 13, 10:30 a.m., C2-361.
Graduate scholarship information session - Engineering, Thursday, September 13, 10:30 a.m., DC 1302. Details.
Graduate scholarship information session - Arts, Thursday, September 13, 2:30 p.m., RCH 105. Details.
Information Session on Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Mathematics, Thursday, September 13, 4:30 p.m., MC 2066.
New International Student reception, Thursday, September 13, 5:00 p.m., Festival Room, South Campus Hall.
Graduate scholarship information session - Environment, Friday, September 14, 11:45 a.m., EV3 4412. Details.
Faculty of Mathematics NSERC and OGS scholarship information meeting, Friday, September 14, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.
Waterloo Programming Contest, Sunday, September 16, 2012, 10:00 a.m., MC 3003. Details.
Graduate scholarship information session - Science, Monday, September 17, 10:00 a.m., DC 1304.Details.
Graduate Studies Fair, Tuesday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Gregory Welch, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, "Molecular Materials for Solution Processed Organic Solar Cells," Tuesday, September 18, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.
Centre for Career Action Volunteer Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.
UWRC Book Club, "Lakeland" by Allan Casey (Region of Waterloo One Book, One Community selection), Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.
PhD Oral Defences
Biology. Seyed Eram, "Investigation of Enzymes Catalyzing the Producting of Acetaldehyde from Pyruvate in Hyperthermophiles." Supervisor, Kesen Ma. On deposit in the Faculty of Science Graduate Office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Wednesday, September 12, 10:00 a.m., B1 266.
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. Saher Al Shakhshir, "Surface Wettability Impact on Water Management in PEM Fuel Cell." Supervisor, Xianguo Li. On deposit in the Engineering Graduate Office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Thursday, September 13, 8:00 a.m., E5 3052.
Combinatorics and Optimization. Mathieu Guay-Paquet, "Algebraic Methods and Monotone Hurwitz Numbers." Supervisor, Ian Goulden. On display in the Mathematics Graduate Office, MC 5090. Oral defence Thursday, September 13, 1:30 p.m., M3 3103.
Systems Design Engineering. Md Abul Bashar, "Fuzzy Preferences in the Graph Model for Conflict Resolution," Supervisors, Keith Hipel, Marc Kilgour. On deposit in the Engineering Graduate Office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Friday, September 14, 9:30 a.m., E5 6111.
Chemistry. Jonathan Martens, "Infrared Spectroscopic and Theoretical Characterization of a Selection of Biologically Relevant Gaseous Ionic Complexes." Supervisor, Terrance B. McMahon. On deposit in the Faculty of Science Graduate Office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Friday, September 14, 11:00 a.m., C2 361.