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Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Periodic table project unites the world
  • Monday's notes
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Carbon project photo.

Altered Carbon: On Wednesday, March 21, a group of St. Jerome's University students built a physical representation of a tonne of carbon out of PVC pipe. This event was part of "Go Green @ SJU" month, which helped students to gain awareness and recognize small ways in which they could reduce their carbon footprint.

"Although we were unable to erect a tonne of carbon due to the abnormally warm weather and its size of 27 feet, we were able to erect half a tonne of carbon, a 15-foot cube representing the amount of electricity produced in each double room at St. Jerome's Residence each year," writes Erin Kooistra, Residence Life Program Developer. "This event was an interactive and educational initiative that allowed students to see how their actions have an effect on the planet and how by making informed choices, their actions can have a positive impact!"

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Periodic Table mural being installed in CEIT.
Periodic table project unites the world

by Sharon McFarlane, Faculty of Science

The long-awaited unveiling of the beautiful mosaic of science and art known as the Chem 13 News Periodic Table is about to be realized as contributors, investors and community chemistry educators gather at the University of Waterloo to see their unique project displayed as a 25 x 18 foot wall mural.

To mark the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) in 2011, Chem 13 News editors together with representatives from the Faculty of Science encouraged chemistry educators and enthusiasts from all over the world to design an artistic interpretation of one of the elements in the periodic table. The call to action resulted in tile submissions from each Canadian province and territory, 20 US states and 14 other countries.

A picture of the periodic table project.The project was the brainchild of Chem 13 News editor Jean Hein, and Science Recruitment Officer Richard Vollans, following an inquiry from chemistry alumnus Dr. Kent Neilsen of 3M Canada who posed the question “what is Waterloo doing for the International Year of Chemistry?” Chem 13 News, a magazine for high school chemistry teachers published by the University of Waterloo Chemistry Department, asked readers to sign up their students to create one elemental tile of the periodic table.

Seeing the potential for student engagement and science outreach, 3M Canada stepped up to assist with the project. The company designed the periodic poster, manufactured the large wall mural with new technology first used in the Vancouver Olympics, and funded the development of electronic applications for the project including apps for the iPad and Playbook.

The Chemical Institute of Canada and the uWaterloo Office of Research also saw the potential of this International Year of Chemistry collaborative project and provided the necessary funding to bring the project to life.

The mural has been positioned in the foyer of the Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT) and will be officially unveiled on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. Representatives from 3M Canada, the Faculty of Science, tile contributors, local school groups, Let’s Talk Science and Scientists in the Schools will be on hand to witness the event.

All are welcome to attend the unveiling. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the project, contact Jean Hein at jhein

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Monday's Notes

Judging from the crowds at the PAC this morning, the examination period has begun. A full schedule (in PDF form) for on-campus exams is available on the Registrar Office's examination index page. The online course schedule can be viewed through Quest.

Save the date: The next Town Hall Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Hagey Hall's Humanities Theatre. The meeting will be webcast, and an invitation will be sent electronically to students, faculty, and staff that will include the link to the webcast. As well, the twitter hashtags #uWaterloo and #UWth will be used for tweets during the meeting.

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Link of the day

The War of Jenkins' Ear

When and where

On-campus examinations begin Monday April 9.

Senate Graduate & Research Council, Monday April 9, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., NH 3004.

Undergraduate Council, Tuesday April 10, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., NH 3004.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series, Prof. Gregory Lopinski, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, NRC, "Molecular sensing on chemically modified silicon surfaces - from gas phase to solution," Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 p.m., C2-361.

SWEC and Laurier Women's Faculty Colleague present Dr. Linda Duxbury, "Work-Life Balance: Rhetoric vs. Reality", Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 p.m., LHI 1621.

SWEC and Laurier Women's Faculty Colleague present Dr. Linda Duxbury, "Work-Life Balance 101: Creating a Supportive Work Environment," Tuesday, April 10, 4:00 p.m., Wilfrid Laurier University Senate and Board Chamber.

Periodic Table Project installation event, Tuesday, April 10, 3:00 p.m., EIT building. Details.

The Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (I.B.M.B.) Seminar Series, Dr. Richard Hill, Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, "Influence of the tumour microenvironment and tumour growth and metastases," Tuesday, April 10, 3:30 p.m., C2-361.

BlackBerry 101, Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 p.m., Waterloo Stratford Campus.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series, Prof. Frank Bright, Department of Chemistry, University of Buffalo. "Xerogel-Nanocrystallite Hybrids for Optical Sensing", Wednesday, April 11, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.

Yinxing Hong, Chancellor, Nanjing University, "Study on the Drivers for China's Sustainable Development," Thursday, April 12, 10:30 a.m., RCH 307.

Nanjing University presents "Study at Nanjing University Program," Thursday, April 12, 3:45 p.m., DC 1301. Co-hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Sino-Canadian College.

Centre for Career Action workshop, "I'd do what I love...but what is it?" Friday, April 13, 9:30 a.m., TC 1112. Details.

Online Class examination days Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14.

Waterloo Lecture: the Representation of Apes in Medieval Art, Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., Stratford Public Library.

Surplus sale of furniture and equipment, Thursday, April 19, 12:30 to 2:00, East Campus Hall.

University senate Monday, April 16, 3:30, Needles Hall room 3001.

Official launch of the School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Thursday, April 19, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Grades due April 16 to May 1.

On-campus examinations end April 21.

Graduate Student Research Conference, Monday, April 23 to Thursday, April 26. Details.

Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest April 23, standings and official grades available May 22.

Spring 2012 promissory notes and payments due April 24.

Co-operative work term ends April 27.

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