Friday, August 3, 2018

Visit pulp fiction's paperback worlds at the Library

A collage of three pulp fiction adventure novels.

Special Collections & Archives is out to prove that there's no fiction like pulp fiction.

A Buck Rogers paperback novel.No, not the 1994 movie starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. Rather, the mid-20th century literary phenomenon of cheaply printed, widely distributed paperback novels featuring lurid tales spanning the breadth and width of genre fiction, from westerns and hardboiled crime, to science fiction, fantasy and exploitation. 

The Library's Special Collections & Archives is showcasing some of its best pulp magazines and novels, some of which were donated by faculty members including Professor Warren Ober, and some purchased, including books drawn from the B.P. Nichol and Lesbian Literature collections.

The cover of Leigh Brackett's "The Coming of the Terrans.""Be it rocket ships, LGBTQ2S+ romance, Tarzan, thrillers, or whatever your interest, there is sure to be a book to titillate everyone," says a note from Special Collections & Archives. "Come and see what inspires you, and perhaps find something to pick up for this weekend’s beach read!"

The exhibition runs until December 31, 2018. Special Collections & Archives is located in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room on the first floor of the Dana Porter Library.

"This is an area we are continuing to actively collect in," says Special Collections & Archives Director Nick Richbell, "so if anyone has anything they would consider donating, they can contact me."

What's open and closed on campus this long weekend

The August Civic Holiday beckons on Monday, August 6, and the University will be closed for the most part while the community enjoys a long weekend.

All Retail Services locations will be closed for the holiday.

All Food Services units are closed Monday unless otherwise specified on their website. Exceptions include the Market at Claudette Millar Hall, which will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, and Tim Hortons in the Student Life Centre, open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Physical Activities Complex and Columbia Icefield will be open on Saturday, August 4 but will be closed on Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6.

As always, the Student Life Centre's Turnkey Desk remains open 24 hours a day, and UW Police are available at extension 22222 or 519-888-4911 off-campus.

An exception is the Library: the Davis Centre will be open 24 hours on Monday, while the Dana Porter Library will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Hours for all branches can be found on the Library's website.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

New retirees and other notable notes

Just in time for the long weekend, Human Resources has announced the names of employees who have retired effective August 1:

  • Linda Jessup, who joined the University in December 2000, retired as Continuing Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Health Systems;
  • Karen Cressman, who started working at Waterloo in December 1975, retires as Revenue Associate in Finance; and
  • Jan Zeberek, who began working at the University in January 2005, retired as Mechanic I, Millwright in Plant Operations.

Congratulations to all new retirees!

A concert this weekend, part of the KW Chamber Music Society-sponsored concerts by orchestra@uwaterloo members, will feature students and alumni of both the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Chamber music musicians playing violin, cello and piano.

Saturday's chamber music concert will feature musicians playing works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Saint-Saëns.

Violinist Wallace Wu, raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, received his bachelor and master degrees in computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, and is currently working as a software developer at Square. He has actively performed in the KW area as a soloist, as concertmaster in multiple orchestras and as a collaborative player at the KW Chamber Music Society.

Shira Chapman is a postdoctoral researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Shira has been playing with orchestra@uwaterloo since she moved to Waterloo in 2015 as concertmaster and section leader. 

Adam Chapman serves as a senior lecturer and the math division head at Tel-Hai Academic College, Upper Galilee, Israel. Adam was the leading cellist at orchestra@uwaterloo for one term.

Ian Le is currently a postdoctoral researcher in mathematics at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He received his PhD in mathematics from Northwestern University in 2013. Ian Le received a Masters in Piano Performance from the Bienen School of Music in 2007, studying with Ursula Oppens.

The concert takes place on Saturday, August 4 at the KWCMS Music Room at 57 Young Street West in Waterloo at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, with students paying $15, and are available at the door. For reserved tickets contact Jan Narveson at

Link of the day

Hit the deck: 25 years of Magic: The Gathering

When and where 

Celebrate Canada's Diversity at the University Club, Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, August 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Online examination days, Saturday, July 28 and Friday, August 3.

Lobsterlicious at the University Club, Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Civic holiday, Monday, August 6, most University operations closed.

Seminar featuring Daniel Berry, Software Engineering — A rerun of "The Prehistory and History of RE (+SE) as Seen by Me", Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m., DC 2310.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Tuesday, August 7, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Computer science seminar, The prehistory and history of RE (+SE) as seen by me, Daniel Berry, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m., DC 2310.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Wednesday, August 8, 12:30 p.m., NH 3318.

SSHRC START training: Knock-Out Knowledge Mobilization Plans, Thursday, August 9, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hagey Hall 373.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Aiman Erbad, Qatar University, "When a small leak sinks a great ship: Deanonymizing Tor hidden service users through Bitcoin transactions analysis," Thursday, August 9, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS), Friday, August 10 to Friday, August 17, Institute for Quantum Computing.

Examinations end, Saturday, August 11.

Perseids Sky-watching Party and lecture: "Mapping the Universe", Sunday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., OPT 347.

Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest, Monday, August 13.

Food Services Recruitment Fair, Tuesday, August 14, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fed Hall. 

SSHRC START training: Stellar Student Training Plans, Tuesday, August 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hagey Hall 373

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training, Thursday, August 16, 9:00 a.m., NH 2447.

SSHRC START training: Bringing your Budget “A Game”, Thursday, August 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hagey Hall 373.

SynBio at Waterloo featuring Stanley Cohen, Stanford University, Friday, August 17, 9:30 a.m., QNC 1506.

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan information session, Wednesday, August 22, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., BMH 1016.

Co-operative work term ends, Friday, August 24.

QPR Training, Monday, August 27, 10:30 a.m., Needles Hall 2nd Floor.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Knit & Nourish, Wednesday, August 29, 12:00 p.m., DC 1301.