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Volume 1 // Issue 3 // December 20, 2007::::
In This Issue: Dean's Message // Happy Holidays // News & Announcements // Call for Nominations: Vice-Dean, Graduate // Worth Repeating // Honours & Awards // Research Update // Skule Stories // Events // New Faces // In the News
Dean's Message

Message from the Dean

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Cuddy as the new Director, Professional Development Centre … (read more)

It has been an exciting and rewarding year, in large part because of the numerous contributions made by faculty and staff.  On behalf of the Faculty, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for all your very hard work in 2007. Let’s continue to set our sights high for another successful and productive year.

I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a healthy and happy new year.   

Happy Holidays

Brass Ring

News & Announcements

St. George Campus Holiday Closure
Most of the buildings on the St. George Campus will be closed during the holiday break. The University will be closed from 5 pm on Friday, Dec. 21, to Monday, Jan. 7. During this period, all buildings will be closed except for select locations ... (read more)

IT Tip: Vacation/Holiday Messages
Since the University will be closed from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7, you may wish to consider adding a holiday message to your email account to alert senders that you are out of the office... (read more)

Grant Allen Interviewed in The Cannon
The Cannon engineering student newspaper student reporter Chirag Ravishankar interviewed Grant Allen in a recent issue... (read more on page one).

Engineering with a Purpose
From the Arctic to Zambia, Sudbury to Sweden, Tim Christie’s (MIE 0T1 + PEY) passion for making the world just a bit better has taken him to some of the earth’s hottest and coldest climates and into its depths ... (read more)

Searches in Progress

Call for Nominations: Vice-Dean, Graduate
Professor Brenda McCabe’s appointment as Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, effective January 1, 2008, necessitates the need to search for a new Vice-Dean, Graduate, for the Faculty. In accordance with the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, an Advisory Committee has been created ... (read more)

Worth Repeating

Thin and Thinner: Reflections on Research and Higher Education in Canada
President Naylor delivered the keynote address at the 125th gala celebration of the Royal Society of Canada. The theme, very likely familiar to many of us, is that Canada's innovation capacity is lagging.  The President suggests possible policy shifts to strengthen our position. Read the full text of this address on the President’s web site (immediately below) or the adapted version that appeared in the Toronto Star and the UofT Bulletin (bottom).

Thin and Thinner: Reflections on Research and Higher Education in Canada
Address to the 125th Anniversary Gala, Royal Society of Canada
October 17, 2007
By David Naylor, FRSC

Thin and thinner: Worrisome trends in advanced education could sink nation's economic prospects
From the UofT Bulletin
By David Naylor

Honours & Awards

SCI Award Winners: David Boocock and Howard Goodfellow
SCI Canada has announced its 2008 award winners. These awards will be presented at the 2008 SCI Canada Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in Toronto ... (read more)

Research Update

Message from Vice Dean, Research
I hope that you are finding the Research section of the Engineering Newsletter useful...Moving forward we will include information about funding opportunities in the Newsletter ... (read more).

Research Opportunity
Government of Canada launches competition for Business-led Networks of Centres of Excellence ... (read more)

Skule Stories

Grant Allen“Our mandate has always been to defend the spirit of Lady Godiva. What that means is that we are the one's who make sure that Skule™ Spirit remains alive and well.”

Self-described on their hidden website as the “A-Team of Skule™,” a group of engineering students who are primarily known for the pranks they orchestrate in the name of Skule™ spirit recently turned their attention to the new Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, Professor Grant Allen, who began his three-year term on July 1, 2007. Gifted in late November with a prison cell, one can only assume that Professor Allen has the undivided attention of the Faculty’s undergraduate students.

Jan 10 - Civil and Mineral Engineering Career Fair
Jan 18 - Engineering Science Education Conference

Please visit: Faculty's Events Calendar for all of our events.

New Faces

Natacha WoodThe University of Toronto attracts the highest quality faculty, staff and students by offering a unique community experience in the heart of the country’s largest and most diverse city.

Please welcome some of the newest members of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, with more profiles to come in future New Faces ... (read more)

In the News

Selected Faculty-related news items from the past several weeks:

Feasibility studies: Can't take them at face value
Professor Will Bawden, Pierre Lassonde Chair in Mining Engineering, was quoted in the December 1 Financial Post article "Feasibility Studies: Can't Take Them at Face Value". (read more)

U of T research strengthened with two new Canada Research Chair
Federal government renews 15 chairs; announces $18.4 million in new CRC funding for U of T; Joaquim Martins of Aerospace Studies’ Chair renewed. (read more)

The Engineering Newsletter is a twice-monthly summary of key headlines, events and opportunities for faculty and staff in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. If you have questions or comments, please contact us: couture@ecf.utoronto.ca.
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