Robert GordonUWindsor president Robert Gordon will address the campus community during an introductory event in the student centre Sept. 16.

Event to introduce new president to UWindsor community

UWindsor president Robert Gordon will address the campus community during an introductory event Monday, Sept. 16, in the Alumni Auditorium, CAW Student Centre.

Dr. Gordon began a six-year term as the University’s seventh president on Sept. 1.

The event is open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and begins at noon. Human Resources asks supervisors to provide employees with an opportunity to attend, where possible.

Catherine FebriaGreat Lakes Institute for Environmental Research professor Catherine Febria will open the 2019 GLIER Seminar Series on Friday, Sept. 13.

Ecologist to open 13-week seminar series

A presentation by UWindsor professor Catherine Febria on Friday, Sept. 13, will launch the 2019 edition of a seminar series hosted by the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research.

Dr. Febria is the founding director of the Healthy Headwaters lab, which conducts research on the streams, drains, and wetlands that feed larger bodies of water. The work serves to address challenges affecting freshwater around the world.

Now in its 15th year, the GLIER Seminar Series features diverse disciplines and perspectives in research, communications, science policy, and training. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Each of its 13 entries runs 10 to 11 a.m. in room 250 of the London Life Environmental Research Centre, the Davidson Conference Centre for Environmental Excellence. Find a full line-up of speakers and online registration on the seminar website.

Keely Baggio, Jade Sampling, Jessica PagliaVeteran players Keely Baggio, Jade Sampling, and Jessica Paglia will lead a young Lancer women’s soccer team in the home opener Saturday.

Football, soccer teams set to take field

Lancer football will host the Waterloo Warriors before the home openers for both men’s and women’s soccer, Saturday on Alumni Field. The football game will kick off at 1 p.m.

Soccer will hold back-to-back doubleheaders against the Algoma Thunderbirds, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8.

The women play at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; the men at 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

Read previews for both squads on the Lancers website:

Season tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.goLancers.ca/tickets.

Robert Gordon

A message from President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Gordon

A big thank you to everyone — students, staff, faculty and alumni — for making my first week at the University of Windsor such a memorable and truly rewarding experience.

There’s certainly no better time to get to know a campus than during the excitement and sense of optimism that comes with the start of a new semester. And I can tell you that we are all part of a dedicated and caring community. I am thrilled to now officially be part of the University of Windsor family.

I look forward to working with all of you as we build on the University’s proud tradition of excellence and a future filled with unlimited promise.

I would also like to personally thank Dr. Douglas Kneale for his tremendous contributions and dedication during his time as interim president and vice-chancellor. On behalf of the entire campus community, thank you Douglas for a job well done.

Exhibition to feature works by arts staffer

A technician in the School of Creative Arts’ Make Lab has two sculptures in a group exhibition at the Koffler Centre of the Arts in Toronto this month.

“The curator Mona Filip reached out to me, after seeing my work at Art Toronto,” explains Lucy Howe, one of 24 artists represented in the exhibition, titled Undomesticated.

Lucy Howe’s “Wardrobe” is one of two artworks she is exhibiting at the Koffler Centre of the Arts in Toronto.“I'll have two older works in the show,” says Howe. “One is called Wardrobe, it’s a full-size wardrobe made of red oak that is slowly peeling open. The other piece is an upholstered chair called Untitled (chair), whose tufted upholstery seems to be growing and slowly taking over the form.”

The exhibition opens Sept. 18 with a public reception and runs through Nov. 17.

Through her sculpture and objects, Howe is interested in subverting the everyday and exploring the physical and metaphorical structures of common spaces, objects and activities.

The Koffler Gallery is located in the Artscape Youngplace, at 180 Shaw St., Toronto.

—Susan McKee

Rohynga refugeesProtecting refugees is one of the issues explored by the Third World Approaches to International Law Review.

Journal explores issues in international law related to the “Global South”

A Windsor Law professor is part of a team of scholars launching a new journal concerned with issues in international law related to the “Global South” in its broad conception.

Sujith Xavier serves on the editorial collective of the Third World Approaches to International Law Review. Its inaugural issue is slated for publication in spring 2020, but it will post content on its website year-round:

  • shorter reflective essays on intellectual currents and current affairs;
  • interviews with scholars and practitioners; and
  • pieces in non-traditional forms, such as fiction and art.

Dr. Xavier notes some of the content already online, including pieces on refugeeslabor and migrationIslamophobiathe environment, and an introduction to a project to rethink legal education in Latin America. Learn more at https://twailr.com.

fingers flying over computer keyboardCode to Win is a showcase for student prowess in computer programming.

Coding competition an opportunity for students to win

Code to Win is a competition for students to showcase their coding skills. Sponsored by the Waterloo-based public-private innovation hub Communitech, its Windsor iteration is hosted by the School of Computer Science in collaboration with the Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships office.

The top students will be accepted to the finals where they will have a chance to win $5,000, network with sponsor companies, and explore the Waterloo Region tech community.

The virtual challenge runs from Sept. 9 to Oct. 31; the University of Windsor will host a live challenge at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, which will give competitors two hours to show their coding skills, along with learning about the Developer Student Club program, and enjoying a free pizza lunch.

Students from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College are invited to participate regardless of program or skill level.

The sort of problems students will see at Code to Win include questions that are algorithmic in nature. An attempt has been made to find ones that resemble the sorts of coding challenges faced by real-world developers but it is safe to say these are largely artificial and academic.

Students will code using the HackerRank’s system, which accepts around 30 languages. One can use a different language for each case question. Most common modern languages are accepted: C, Java, JavaScript, Lua, Python, Ruby, Scala, Haskell, Common Lisp, even cobol-84; there’s a bunch. Swift is likely not supported, nor newer ones such as go or rust. Only standard libraries are included, no additional frameworks or libraries are permitted.

“This is a huge event for both the University of Windsor and the School of Computer Science,” says Noah Campbell, a fourth-year computer science student and an organizer of the event. “It puts us on the map, and helps us be recognized as a leader in tech talent.”

Events like Code to Win allow our UWindsor students to apply what they have learned in the classroom or on their work term in a way that today’s employers are looking for, says Kristen Morris, manager of Co-op and Workplace Partnerships.

“Organizations crave more than a resumé and a transcript when making hiring decisions,” she says. “They are also looking to see how the student can translate and articulate the skills they have gained from being an engaged participant in their learning process. This competition allows the students to do exactly that.”

Students may register anytime through Eventbrite, but should be sure to register for the “University of Windsor” ticket type if they plan on attending the in-person challenge.