For my eight-month work term in the Co-op Geological Engineering programme at the University of Waterloo, I was employed by ISS International Limited in South Africa. ISS (originally standing for "Integrated Seismic System") deals in seismic monitoring systems, primarily for use in deep mines. ISS systems are being used in Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Poland, South Africa and Zambia.
Elms in Victoria Park, Kitchener in 1897. The trees in the photograph became waterlogged and died due to the rise in the watertable due to the creation of Victoria Park (Photograph courtesy of Joseph Schneider House, Kitchener.)
And so the Spring Issue of another Wat On Earth rolls around again. Like most other Ontario universities our department has lost faculty and staff due to the cutbacks in the Provincial budget. Waterloo lost 140 faculty and 200 staff to "early retirements" as many senior members decided to head out into the great pasture before something less attractive appears on the horizon. This fall will see us with four less faculty and four less staff members.