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Monday, April 4, 2005

  • Accelerator centre seeks image
  • PhD theses ready for defence
  • Cabbages, kings, and the rest
Chris Redmond

Daffodil Month

[Three storeys of steel]

Scheduled to open a year from now, the "gateway structure" to the north campus Research and Technology Park is moving full speed ahead. Photo by Carol Stewart, the park's business development manager.

Accelerator centre seeks image

As the "Accelerator Centre" takes shape on UW's north campus, as a key part of the Research and Technology Park, a contest is under way for "a distinctive and creative new logo" to represent a distinctive new activity.

"Everyone is eligible to participate, and collaboration is allowed," says an announcement of the contest. "The winning logo will be included in all publications and advertisements of the Research Park, but not limited to, both electronic and print media. The prize for the winning logo is $500, with recognition for two honourable mentions."

A few creative notes are available on the Park web site, which also provides the competition rules as well as the requirements for the submission. Submissions of the creative work are accepted by either mail or e-mail, with a deadline of April 25. The winner will be announced on April 28.

"Entries from those with some acquaintance to the Research Park, including faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged," the announcement says. "The designs will be judged by a committee of community representatives with an interest in the Accelerator Centre and its mission."

And it explains: "The Accelerator Centre is a key feature of the UW Research + Technology Park. It will encourage the growth of high-tech firms and act as a catalyst for the creation of new products and services by providing a broad range of services including IP management consultation, mentoring, access to professional service providers, community networking events and investor matchmaking with innovators.

"Common services, including office and meeting space, administrative services, etc., will be available to clients who will be encouraged to commercialize their ideas and ultimately lease space in other areas of the Research Park."

The park itself, where Sybase Inc. already has a building and Open Text Corp. is building one, exists "to foster radical innovation", and is developed through a partnership among UW, the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the Region of Waterloo, the City of Waterloo, Communitech, and Canada's Technology Triangle.

Stephen Lewis speaks at grad conference

This year's Graduate Student Research Conference gets under way this morning (mostly in Davis Centre room 1302) and runs through Friday, showing off the work of more than 200 UW grad students.

Keynote speaker for the conference is Stephen Lewis, former political leader, ambassador and international development expert. He'll be heard today at 2 p.m. in Davis room 1350, on the topic "Academic Research: Impact in the Global Community".

[Cheques and smiles]

Tsunami relief through the Canadian Red Cross is $5,134 better off thanks to members of UW's Optometric Student Society, who held a fund-raising dance and silent auction in early February, with more than 40 prizes sponsored by optical companies and Waterloo businesses. Entertainment was provided by the optometry faculty band, "The Lost Faculties". Fayaz Ravji (left), president of the OSS, and treasurer Natasha Sookermany (right) present the gift to Kristen Eva of the Red Cross.

PhD theses ready for defence

Here's a further list of graduate students who are about to defend their theses in time to receive PhDs at spring convocation.

Chemistry. Kevin Wade Kells, "Asymmetric Synthesis and Synthetic Applications of alpha-Aminoorganostannanes." Supervisor, J. M. Chong. On deposit in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Wednesday, April 20, 2:30 p.m., Biology I room 266.

Chemistry. Zhenhua He, "Thermal and Low-energy Ion-mediated Surface Chemistry of Halocarbons on Si(111)7x7 and SiO2." Supervisor, K. T. Leung. On deposit in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Friday April 22, 10 a.m., CEIT room 2053.

Statistics. Stella Wanjugu Karuri, "Integration in Computer Experiments and Bayesian Analysis." Supervisors, W. J. Welch and D. L. McLeish. On display in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Monday, April 25, 9:30 a.m., Math and Computer room 5136.

Mechanical engineering. Yu Shen, "Vehicle Suspension Vibration Control with MR Dampers." Supervisors, F. Golnaraghi and G. Heppler. On display in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Monday, April 25, 1:30 p.m., Engineering III room 4117.

Statistics. Yang Zhao, "Design and Efficient Estimation in Regression Analysis with Missing Data in Two Phase Studies." Supervisors, J.F. Lawless and D. L. McLeish. On deposit in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Tuesday, April 26, 1:30 p.m., Math and Computer room 6007.

Chemical engineering. Rapeepong Suwanwarangkul, "Model Development and Validation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Using h2-H2O-CO-CO2 Mixtures: From Button Cell Experiments to Tubular and Planar Cells." Supervisors, E. Croiset, P. Douglas, M. Fowler. On deposit in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Friday, April 29, 9:30 a.m., Doug Wright Engineering room 2534.

Statistics. Jianmin Pan, "Information Criteria and Change Point Problems." Supervisor, J. Chen. On deposit in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Monday, May 2, 2 p.m., Math and Computer room 6007.

Actuarial science. Diego Hernández Rangel, "Pricing and Hedging in Incomplete Markets: Applications to Insurance Contracts." Supervisors, W. A. Kolkiewicz and M. R. Hardy. On deposit in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m., Math and Computer room 6007.

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    Touring Players children's performance, 10:00, 11:45 and 1:30, Humanities Theatre.

    Instrumental chamber ensembles spring concert 7 p.m., great hall, Conrad Grebel University College.

    'Into the Midnight Sun' film about rafting the Mackenzie River, 8:00, Humanities Theatre, free.

    Health informatics seminar: David Booth, Hewlett-Packard, "From Web Services to the Semantic Web: Global Data Reuse." Tuesday 12:30, Math and Computer room 5158.

    UW board of governors Tuesday, April 5, 2:30, Needles Hall room 3001.

    Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Jennifer Welsh, University of Oxford, "Reality and Canadian Foreign Policy: A Reply to Allan Gotlieb", Tuesday 7 p.m., 57 Erb Street West, free tickets by e-mail to rsvp@cigionline.ca.

    Faculty association annual general meeting Wednesday 3:00, Arts Lecture Hall room 105.

    Perimeter Institute lecture: Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, "The Quest for Supersymmetry", Wednesday 7 p.m., Waterloo Collegiate Institute. Waiting list begins at 6 p.m.

    Cabbages, kings, and the rest

    UW's media relations office has announced a "celebration event" to be held at noon today (in the Tatham Centre) "to announce BMO Financial Group's major gift in support of university-wide student entrance scholarships, as well as funding for UW's School of Accountancy and School of Architecture. Among the guests attending is Karen Maidment, Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group."

    "On the last long weekend of Reading Week," says a note from pre-optometry student Steve Fryers, "the Campus Response Team travelled to Kingston for the 11th annual National Conference of Campus Emergency Responders. The conference consisted of four days of first aid seminars, competitions, and socializing with members of other first aid teams. Topics ranged from team building and morale to advanced first-aid skills and how to improve the standard of patient care offered. There were also demonstrations of advanced rescue tools and techniques by the Kingston Fire Department and Frontenac EMS. One of the highlights was the running of the annual first aid competition. UWCRT entered a team of three responders to compete against similar teams from other universities. Scenarios included handling an attempted suicide, tending to the victims of domestic violence, and co-ordination with other emergency services as part of a mass casualty incident. UWCRT's team put in a strong performance that included the fastest casualty evacuation in one scenario as well as the fastest defibrillation of a patient in cardiac arrest." He adds that UWCRT is always looking for new members, and recruitment for the spring term is about to begin. Information and applications are available at the group's office, Student Life Centre room 2141 -- phone ext. 3296.

    The UW Shop has announced the winner of of its recent photo contest, involving pictures of people in striking locations wearing UW-crested clothing. There were three finalists, and more than 700 people cast votes online, eventually choosing Geoff Spence's picture of a Whistler ski trip as top prize winner to take home an iPod Shuffle.

    The staff association sent a memo to its members last week announcing vacancies for staff representatives on a number of committees: the President's Advisory Committee on Traffic and Parking, the Joint Health and Safety Committee, the Staff Grievance Committee, the Staff Training and Development committee, and the association's own Finance Review Committee. Application deadline is April 15, and more information is available through the association's web site.

    Open enrolment for spring term undergraduate courses begins today on Quest. . . . The January-February issue of the UW-published Alternatives Journal has just arrived, with the theme of "better money", including "Canadian alternative currencies". . . . A few participants are wanted for usability testing of the present, and possible future, UW web home page, starting later this week -- information is available online. . . .


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