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Tuesday, February 9, 1999

  • Alzheimer program takes founder's name
  • Hip Society honours engineering prof
  • Feds elections today and Wednesday
  • Librarian trades stacks for classroom
  • As the campus thaws...
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Alzheimer program takes founder's name --from the UW News Bureau

The Alzheimer Research and Education Program based at UW has been renamed to acknowledge and honor its founder -- Kenneth G. Murray.

Now known as the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program, it is a major project of the Centre for Applied Health Research within UW's faculty of applied health sciences.

"By officially incorporating the name of Kenneth G. Murray into the name of the program, the dedication, commitment and vision that Mr. Murray brings to the program will be recognized," said AHS dean Mike Sharratt.

In 1992, Murray was making one of the most difficult decisions in his life -- that of placing his late wife Helen in a nursing home. She had been suffering with Alzheimer's disease for some time, and her condition had reached a point where care at home was no longer the best option. This experience sensitized Murray to the need of care-providers for current information and practical tools that would assist them in providing the best care possible for persons with a dementia.

He turned to the UW faculty and proposed a university-based program that would transfer the latest knowledge from research to practice. After discussions with key officials, the program was launched in May 1993.

"Ken Murray did far more, however, than simply present an idea," Sharratt said. "He sat on the steering committee and provided a generous donation to start the program. In addition, he made a commitment to raise further funds to ensure the program's viability. In the first three years of operation, Ken's efforts and personal commitment provided close to $400,000."

"In 1996, when the program moved into a new direction, Ken Murray once again played a prominent role," said Olga Malott, program director. The program was seeking innovation centres -- facilities where on-site research could occur and where models of care could be evaluated. He made site visits, spoke with administrators and reviewed submissions. He continues as an active and highly productive member of the program's management committee, she said.

Murray has also been an effective and dynamic spokesperson for the program. He has made presentations to the World Congress of Psychiatry, the Ontario Ministry of Health and to community groups about the program and its work. He continues to lobby the Ontario government for financial support for the program.

Hip Society honours engineering prof

UW mechanical engineering professor John Medley is among the researchers who have been honoured with the 1999 Otto Aufranc Hip Society Award for excellence in scientific research in the field of hip surgery for the paper, "Wear and Lubrication of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants".

Not "a society of jazz musicians from the 1950s," says Hepley, the Hip Society is, in fact, "an elite society of international renown that is dedicated to improving surgical treatment of disorder of the hip." Written with colleagues at McGill and the Montreal General Hospital, the paper will be presented by the lead author, Frank Chan, a PhD student at McGill at an upcoming meeting the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in California.

Feds elections today and Wednesday

Undergraduate students will elect their new Federation of Students representatives today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Besides voting on a slate of officers, senators and students' council representatives, two referendum questions will be posed.

The first question proposes a fee which would be used to make capital improvements to the Bombshelter pub; the second asks for approval of a fee to establish a capital improvements fund for Federation businesses. Improvements to the Bombshelter would mean a $4.25 increase to the Feds fee paid by undergraduate students for three terms, beginning this spring. The capital improvement fee would result in a $2.00 increase to the fee, indexed to inflation.

Students need their WATCARD to vote (with the W99 sticker), and they must vote in their home faculty, notes Feds chief returning officer Avvey Peters. Only full-time undergraduate students are eligible to vote.

Polling locations for faculties and colleges are:

Ballot counting begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and the results should be announced around 10:30 that night at the Bombshelter, says Peters.

Librarian trades stacks for classroom

St. Jerome's University librarian Gary Draper will be returning to the classroom in July, joining the English faculty at the school. After ten years as librarian, he'll become an associate professor of English, with assistant librarian Carolyn Dirks taking over as librarian.

In announcing the move, St. Jerome's president-elect Michael Higgins said, "The English Department is keen on developing courses in the area of Arts writing, and Gary Draper has a wealth of experience the Department can draw upon in fashioning such courses.

"He has a doctorate in nineteenth-century Canadian literature, has been a first novels columnist for Books in Canada,currently provides editorial expertise for Brick,serves as a member of the editorial board of The New Quarterly,and functions as a co-publisher and editor of Trout Lily Press. In addition, he has strong teaching interests in fantasy and science fiction."

Carolyn Dirks holds a Master's degree in Classics and a Master's in Library and Information Services, noted Higgins. "Upon graduating with her MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, she was awarded the gold medal for her class."

As the campus thaws...

Co-op employers are invited to a "Chew on This" session at noon today featuring UW history professor John English. He will speak on "Why Politics Matter and Why the Bank Mergers Failed" in Needles Hall room 3001. Co-op and career services is also sponsoring an interactive workshop, "Create Your Own Future: The Enterprising Edge", today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room 1020. Later this afternoon, CollegeHire.com is looking forward to meeting graduating students in engineering and mathematics at an employer information session from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ground Zero.

Senate undergraduate council will meet today at 1:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room 3004.

The Ring Road entrance to Needles Hall will be closed for a short time today after 5 p.m. to allow a contractor to remove graffiti from an exterior wall.

CUPE Local 793 is thinking ahead to the next round of negotiations, and asking members to submit proposals for consideration. Proposals should be sent in a sealed envelope to any negotiation committee member, steward or union executive, or mailed to: CUPE Office, Room 118, GSC. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26.

Barbara Elve

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
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