Tuesday, April 1, 2008

  • Fee changes on board's agenda today
  • Authors honoured at library lecture
  • What 7 profs are doing on sabbatical
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs
  • bulletin@uwaterloo.ca

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The uncertain origins of a foolish day

Library hours extended

During the exam period, until April 24, Davis Centre Library will be open round the clock, only closing Sundays 2 to 8 a.m. Dana Porter Library will be open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. Circulation services will be available during the same hours.

When and where

African Awareness event with artwork, crafts, music and dance, noon to 4:00, Student Life Centre.

Media’s Portrayals of Women “event to address and discuss various topics surrounding body image”, sponsored by UW Women’s Centre, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Student Life Centre multipurpose room.

Victoria, BC, alumni networking reception 6:00 to 8:00, CFB Esquimalt wardroom, details online.

Laurel Centre for Social Entrepreneurship presents Dave Howlett, networking lecturer, “Knocking Down Silos”, 6:30 p.m., Wilfrid Laurier University Bricker Building room 201, details online.

UW Instrumental Chamber Ensembles concert 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall, admission free.

Iron Chef UW presented by International Student Connection: cooks from various lands present authentic cuisine, Wednesday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., Student Life Centre great hall, tickets $3.

Music student recitals, Conrad Grebel University College chapel, 12:30 Wednesday.

Intellectual Property “from Universities to New Businesses” (“how to find a technology partner”), Wednesday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Davis Centre room 1302, sponsored by UW research office, C4, and other groups, registration ext. 33300 or zadilsky@uwaterloo.ca.

German Cinema screening in English or with subtitles, free: “Germany in Autumn,” Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Rod Coutts Hall room 301.

'Effectively Using the Environmental Bill of Rights' by speaker Louisette Lanteigne, Wednesday 7:00 p.m., Rod Coutts Hall room 309.

Perimeter Institute presents Jeffrey Rosenthal, University of Toronto, “The Curious World of Probabilities”, Wednesday 7:00 p.m., Waterloo Collegiate Institute, ticket information 519-883-4480.

DaCapo Chamber Choir, based at Conrad Grebel University College, spring concert rescheduled from March 8, now to be held tomorrow, 8:00 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Kitchener, tickets $20 (students and seniors $15).

Artworx, East Campus Hall, last day for the season this Thursday, reopening in September.

UW Book Club meeting scheduled for Thursday noon hour has been cancelled, to be rescheduled.

International Spouses outing to St. Jacobs Mennonite Story Museum, Thursday. Meet promptly at 12:45 p.m. in CLV community centre parking lot. $3 per adult. Space limited: pre-register at lighthousenm@gmail.com. Children must have age-appropriate car seat.

School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series: David D. Clark, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "A Brief History of Predicting the Future of the Internet", Thursday 4:30, Davis Centre room 1350.

Orchestra@UWaterloo spring concert: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto, featuring concerto competition winner Taylor Wang, Thursday 8:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre, tickets free from Humanities box office.

WPIRG presents Jim Harding speaking on "Canada's Deadly Secret: Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System." Friday, 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Multi-purpose Room.

UW Choir spring concert, Sunday 3:00, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 22 Willow Street, admission $12 (students/seniors $10).

Last day of classes for winter term is Monday, April 7; examinations April 10-24.

‘Your Last Lecture’ for faculty of arts class of 2008, Monday 12:30, Humanities Theatre, celebration with UW president, dean of arts and others, register by e-mail: mobriens@watarts.uwaterloo.ca.

Water Environment Association of Ontario social evening (pizza dinner and Brick Brewery) to mark last day of classes, April 7 from 6:00 p.m., tickets $8 for student members.

“2 Days for You” staff conference April 8-9, most sessions in Rod Coutts Hall, register online.

Waterloo’s Engineering Jazz Band “With Respect to Time,” charity concert Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Proceeds to Waterloo Regional Food Bank and Engineers Without Borders. Tickets $10 at Humanities box office.

UW Chamber Choir spring concert, Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. (revised date and time), Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Road, admission $10 (students/seniors $8).

QPR suicide prevention training available April 11 (11:30), call ext. 33528 to register.

Mathematics contests for high school students: Euclid (grade 12), April 15; Fryer (grade 9), Galois (grade 10) and Hypatia (grade 11), April 16; Gauss (grades 7 and 8), May 14; details online.

UW Retirees Association spring luncheon Tuesday, April 15, at the great hall, Luther Village, details to be announced.

Staff salary system and settlement information sessions, Tuesday, April 15, 12:30 p.m., Arts Lecture Hall room 113, repeated April 23, same time and room.

Unofficial grades for winter term courses begin appearing on Quest April 25; grades become official May 26.


Fee changes on board's agenda today

Budgets, salaries and buildings will be on the agenda for today’s meeting of the UW board of governors — and so will the controversial removal of the fee that students have been paying for radio station CKMS.

Students voted in February, by a two-to-one margin, to drop the $5.50-a-term fee as of this September. Putting that decision into effect requires a vote of the board, which is responsible for UW’s financial affairs, including fees. Federation of Students officials have asked to have the CKMS fee on the agenda for today, and vice-president (administration and finance) Dennis Huber will bring it for approval along with other changes.

The board will also see a memo from Lois Claxton, secretary of the university, reporting that a law firm acting on behalf of the station has been in touch with the university. “The university has also,” she writes, “received six letters in support of CKMS from members of the UW community including alumni, a faculty member, and retirees; however, we have not received anything from a currently enrolled student.”

The bottom line on most students’ fee bills will be going down as the result of one other change that’s coming to the board for approval today. The “student services fee”, which pays for career, health and counselling services, as well as athletics, the writing clinic and some other supports for students, will fall from $127 a term for full-time undergraduates to $126, starting in the spring term. For full-time grad students it will drop from $105 to $102.

However, the co-op fee, paid each term by undergraduate students in co-operative programs, is to rise from the current $510 to $535, also effective in the spring. “The $25.00/term capita fee for the Tatham Centre continues,” a footnote reminds the board, “so that the fee appearing on the student fee statement is $560,” up from $535.

Tuition fee changes for 2008-09, effective May, were approved by the board at its last meeting in February.

The board of governors will be asked to give approval to the staff salary settlement for 2008-09 and 2009-10, which includes a complex calculation that should make the average individual increase somewhere above 3 per cent on May 1 this year and again next year. It will also vote on UW’s 2008-09 operating budget, the first budget in UW’s history to show total spending of more than $400 million.

And it will be presented with the revised Policies 70, 71 and 72 about student discipline, appeals and grievances, which were endorsed by the university’s senate in February.

For the first time in a long while, there are no building projects coming up for approval, but the board will be told about the campus master plan review that’s been launched by the building and properties committee, and briefed on a $3 million project for renovations to the Dana Porter Library, starting this month.

The board meeting will start at 1:00 today — not the usual 2:30 time — in Needles Hall room 3001.

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Authors honoured at library lecture

When John Manley gives his high-profile lecture in the Humanities Theatre this afternoon — "Afghanistan: Is There An Answer?" — he won't be the sole focus of attention. The talk is the annual "Friends of the Library" event, which each year recognizes not only a lecturer but a squadron of UW people who have written books or presented other creative achievements over the past twelve months.

The library office has provided this list of people whose books (and in a few cases art or other works) are being noted this year and will be on display.

  • Abler, Thomas (anthropology), Cornplanter: Chief Warrior of the Allegany Senecas
  • Acton, Carol (English), Grief in Wartime: Private Pain, Public Discourse
  • Bonner, Kieran (sociology and human sciences, St. Jerome’s), Urban Enigmas: Montreal, Toronto, and the Problem of Comparing Cities
  • Bow, Patricia (communications and public affairs), The Ruby Kingdom
  • Brown, Elaine (housing and residences), floral designs
  • Brown, Robert (actuarial science), Introduction to Ratemaking and Loss Reserving for Property and Casualty Insurance, Third Edition; Mathematics of Finance, Sixth Edition
  • Buyers, Jane (fine arts), art
  • Diamond, James A. (Jewish studies), Converts, Heretics, and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider
  • Drysdale, Maureen (psychology, St. Jerome’s), Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Adolescence
  • Eagles, Paul (recreation and leisure studies and planning), Tourism and Protected Areas: Benefits Beyond Boundaries
  • Jewinski, Judi (Renison College), Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing
  • Johnston, David (president), Halsbury's Laws of Canada: Communications 2007
  • Kenyon, Tim (philosophy), Clear Thinking in a Blurry World
  • Lackenbauer, Whitney (history), Battle Grounds: The Canadian Military and Aboriginal Lands; Aboriginal Peoples and Military Participation: Canadian and International Perspectives; Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Military: Historical Perspectives; Kurt Meyer on Trial: A Documentary Record
  • McLaughlin, Kenneth (history), Waterloo: An Illustrated History 1857-2007; Unbundling Computing at Waterloo: 1957-2007
  • McWebb, Christine (French studies), Debating the Roman de la Rose: A Critical Anthology
  • Mosca, Michele (combinatorics and optimization, St. Jerome’s), An Introduction to Quantum Computing
  • Murty, Uppaluri (combinatorics and optimization), Graduate Texts in Mathematics: Graph Theory
  • Pare, François (French studies), Le fantasme d'Escanaba
  • Perrin, David (president of St. Jerome’s), Studying Christian Spirituality
  • Poirier, Guy (French studies), Culture et littérature francophones de la Colombie-Britannique: Du rève á la réalité
  • Ponnambalam, Kumaraswamy (systems design engineering), Tsunami Travel Time Atlas for the Atlantic Ocean
  • Rye, B.J. (psychology, St. Jerome’s), Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Adolescence
  • Ryman, Rhonda (recreation and leisure studies), The Royal Academy of Dancing Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terminology
  • Sims, Diane (BA 1983), "Rider Of The Clouds"
  • Socken, Paul (French studies): Yves Theriault
  • Taylor, Bruce (fine arts), Studio Ceramics in Canada; International Olympic Ceramic Sculpture Museum
  • Thagard, Paul (philosophy), Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science
  • Wall, Geoff (geography), Approaching Tourism: Change, Impacts and Opportunities
  • Zanna, Mark (psychology), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology

The Manley lecture starts at 4:00. Admission is free, and although reservations have been coming in briskly, there might be some room for last-minute additions to the crowd.

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What 7 profs are doing on sabbatical

Dozens of UW faculty members are on sabbatical leave this season, and here’s another list of some of them, with summaries of their sabbatical plans as submitted to the university’s board of governors. All the sabbaticals in this list are for six months that began January 1, 2008.

Doris Jakobsh, religious studies: “I have two contracts with book publishers, University of Hawaii Press and YODA Press; both contracts are due in 2008. I will also be doing language study (Punjabi/Gurmukhi script) for one month.”

Cora Cluett, fine arts: “I plan to spend a sustained period of time engaged in the development and production associated with practice-based research toward two exhibitions — a solo exhibition (painting) at Wynick Tuck Gallery in Toronto (Fall 2008) and a two-person exhibition (photographs) at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Summer 2008). I am applying for external funding (SSHRC Research and Creation, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council) to continue in the development of documenting the remnants of and sites of W.W.II pillboxes which once lined the coasts of Scotland and Nova Scotia.”

Peter Carrington, sociology: “I will visit the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge to complete a book which I am writing on the delinquent careers of Canadian youth. This research is an original contribution to knowledge in this area, and will contribute to more effective crime prevention and rehabilitation programs.”

Kenneth Graham, English: “I will work on a book about the relationship between poetry and the history of church discipline from the English Reformation to the Restoration.”

Sherry Schiff, earth and environmental sciences: “My research program concerns the environmental geochemistry of forested and agriculturally impacted watersheds. In recent years, we have had a particular focus on the Grand River Watershed including a small research site, Strawberry Creek within the Grand River Watershed. This research is the basis of three NSERC Strategic Projects and forms a portion of two additional NSERC Strategic Projects.”

Leonardo Simon, chemical engineering: “During the sabbatical leave I will dedicate my time to work on research in the areas of nanocomposites and bioproducts. Time will be spent on experimental and theoretical aspects of the research, the supervision of graduate students, networking with research laboratories in Canada and abroad, and interactions with the industrial sector. The sabbatical leave will enhance the quality of my research program at UW.”

Nico Spronk, pure mathematics: “I plan to continue, and deepen, my research in abstract harmonic analysis. I have applied, through the Math Department in Leeds, for a London Mathematical Society Grant to spend seven weeks in the United Kingdom visiting specialists there. I also intend to continue collaboration with colleagues in Thunder Bay, Texas, Illinois and Ottawa.”


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