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Friday, May 30, 1997

Convocation highlights

Friday: At convocation for graduates in science, honorary degrees will be presented to Nobel prize winners Glenn Seaborg, known for his synthesis of chemical elements, and Michael Smith, University of British Columbia biochemist. Smith will give the convocation address.

John Smith, physics department, will receive a distinguished teacher award, and Honorary Member of the University status will be conferred on George Atkinson (retired chemistry professor and long-time senate member), Phil Eastman (retired physics professor and contest organizer), and Ron Eydt (retired biology professor and warden of residences). Roger Downer (biology and vice-president, university relations) will be named Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Dean of Science awards for graduate students will go to Kenneth E. Wilson and Li Wang (biology), Qing Ye (chemistry), Karlton Rumpf (earth sciences), Bradford Gover (physics); and W.B. Pearson Medals for graduate students to Paul Welsh (biology), Henry Duewel (chemistry), Steven Young and Masaki Hayashi (earth sciences), Austin Roorda (optometry), and Catalina Alvarez and Jolien Creighton (physics). The alumni gold medal winner is Andrew Wachner (physics).

Saturday morning: At convocation for mathematics graduates, honorary degrees will be awarded to statistical researcher Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao, of the Pennsylvania State University, and to Ralph Stanton, first chair of mathematics and first dean of graduate studies at UW, before moving to the University of Manitoba. Stanton will give the convocation address.

A distinguished teacher award will be presented to Conrad Hewitt, faculty of mathematics, and new Honorary Members of the University will be Ron Dunkley (retired instructor in the dean's office and organizer of student math competitions) and Art Headlam (retired UW comptroller and director of research services). Jiri Cizek (applied mathematics and chemistry) and David Sprott (statistics and actuarial science, and first dean of mathematics) will be designated Distinguished Professors Emeritus.

The J. W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation will be given to Jim Mitchell (BSc in mathematics, 1966, and one of the students who wrote the original Watfor compiler), Sun Fellow and vice-president of JavaSoft, a branch of Sun Microsystems. Kevin Cheung (combinatorics and optimization and computer science) will receive the alumni gold medal.

Saturday afternoon:At convocation for engineering graduates, honorary degrees will be presented to Douglas Barber, president of high-tech company Gennum Corp., and John Bergsma, president of Union Gas and former chair of UW's board of governors. Bergsma will give the convocation address.

Joan Wiley, retired manager of telephone services, will be named an Honorary Member of the University, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus status will be bestowed on Ian Blake (electrical and computer engineering), Hugh Kerr (mechanical engineering), Koncay Huseyin (systems design engineering), and George Raithby (mechanical engineering).

Adina Kaufman, systems design engineering, will be presented with the alumni gold medal.

Electronic thesis event Monday

Issues related to the move from paper to electronic theses will be explored by Ed Fox, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University computer science professor, on Monday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at Davis Centre room 1568.

Fox has co-authored a paper, "Electronic Theses and Dissertations in the Humanities", which will be presented at an international conference at Queen's University next week.

Sponsored by the UW Electronic Thesis Project Team, the presentation is aimed at librarians, graduate school officers, information technology professionals, computer science students and graduate students, with information on the collaborative Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, the Virginia Tech Electronic and Dissertation (ETD) initiative, and digital libraries.

Virginia Tech requires graduate students to submit theses and dissertations electronically, but provides options which allow limited distribution of the work if students wish.

For libraries, there are numerous advantages to adoption of e-theses, including the need for less storage space, easier access by users and reduced costs to process.

The UW Electronic Theses Project team (Christine Jewell and Bill Oldfield, library; Paul Beam English faculty; graduate students Martin Bunch and Ed Dengler; Lynn Judge, graduate studies office, and Bruce Uttley, information systems and technology office) have circulated a questionnaire to other universities, the results of which clearly show a move toward adoption of e-theses. This summer, the UW team will participate in a collaborative project with the University of Toronto and York University to gather additional information on submission, storage and access issues.

Learned societies meet at Memorial

Communications is the theme of this year's Congress of Learned Societies from May 31 to June 14 at Memorial University of Newfoundland. North America's largest gathering of academics in the humanities and social sciences will host keynote speakers E. Annie Proulx, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for her novel The Shipping News; CBC TV commentator Rex Murphy; and Innu activist Katie Rich, former chief of the Mushuau Band Council.

The event coincides with the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's arrival in 1497 on the shores of Bonavista, Newfoundland. Some 400,000 visitors are expected to converge on the island for the hoopla this summer which will include a visit by the Queen to greet the arrival of a replica of Cabot's ship, an academic symposium on the legacy of Cabot, a national youth conference, a choral festival, and numerous homecomings and cultural events.

Briefly noted

Nobel Prize winner Michael Smith, University of British Columbia professor and recipient of an honorary degree from UW today, will speak at 10:30 this morning on "Synthetic DNA and Biology" at a seminar in Davis Centre room 1351.

Jim Mitchell, who will be awarded the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation on Saturday, will present a lecture on "Java: Where You Want to Be Tomorrow" today at 2:30 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1350. Sponsored by the mathematics faculty and the Infranet project, the presentation will include a brief history and overview of Java, as well as a demonstration of some of the future capabilities of the software. Everyone is invited to attend, and all will receive a personal copy of Java.

For those still pondering what to do at the polls on Monday, the UW Faculty Association, having circulated a questionnaire to the candidates in Kitchener-Waterloo, has posted the results of its survey on the Web.

UW folks Poor Charlie and Beverlie Robertson invite their friends to join them for a blues night at the Grad House tonight at 9:30. Next Friday, June 6, they'll be at the Raintree Cafe in Waterloo.

Mobile Police Patlabor, Kimagure Orange Road, Urusei Yatsura, Spirit of Wonder and Key=the Metal Idol will be screened today from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Engineering Lecture Hall room 201. The event (free and open to the public) marks the first Japanese animation show of the term presented by CTRL-A, the Club That Really Likes Anime.

Also on campus this weekend at the Ron Eydt Conference Centre is TV Ontario Rap on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and performances of Dimensions in Dance at the Humanities Theatre on Saturday at 1:30 and 7 p.m.

Barbara Elve

May 30, 1970: "Science and technology are no longer neutral," says Doug Wright, former dean of engineering, as he addresses a UW convocation and draws attention to the new public demand for environmental protection.

May 31, 1980: A lab refrigerator explodes on the third floor of Engineering I; it is a Saturday morning and no one is injured.

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