Predict the winners in Oscar contest

Think you know your award-winning movies? Then why not take a shot at besting the university’s resident film expert by outdoing his Oscar predictions?

DailyNews is once again holding its annual contest for film buffs to submit their Academy Awards picks for a shot at winning lunch and some movie passes.

Weekend key to Lancer teams’ hopes

Five Lancer teams will compete in post-season play this weekend, starting with the men and women suiting up for the Ontario University Athletics track and field championships, February 21 and 22 at the St. Denis Centre.

The women’s team is ranked fourth in the nation and the men are ranked third leading into the two-day meet. Admission for the meet is $15, with a youth and senior rate of $12. Day passes are available for $10, $8 for youths and seniors, $5 for students.

Aspiring innovators get work-out at intellectual property 'boot camp'

If you’ve ever had a health care worker visit you at home, you may be familiar with the seemingly endless reams of paperwork they need to fill out.

James Hush has a great idea to simplify the whole process, but needs a little business savvy to pull it off. That’s why he went to the Intellectual Property Boot Camp, being held this week at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Quantum corrals and the future of computers subject of public presentation

Over the past half-century, computers have been steadily growing in power as they shrink in size. This great progress in information technology has been due primarily to the downsizing of electronics components, but is now reaching a limit where new technology based on quantum physics will be needed if the progress is to continue.

Physics professor Eugene Kim will discuss his ground-breaking research and its relation to the future of computing in a free public lecture Wednesday entitled “Law and Order at the Quantum Corral.”

Hundreds entranced by cultural festival

The Celebration of Nations was a wonderful opportunity to share his culture, said Navpreet Singh. The master of engineering student was part of a group which performed a traditional Punjabi dance marking the harvest.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our folk dance,” he said following the performance Thursday in the CAW Student Centre. “We are showing our culture to the whole world.”

Education students planning fun activities for Family Day

Teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education are offering local families a fun way to spend their holiday February 18. The Family Fun Day promises games and activities Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Neal Education Building.

Students have planned arts and crafts, face painting, fortune telling, carnival games, a fingerprinting clinic and more.

Admission is by donation, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation and the Teachers for Tanzania project.

Lancer hockey teams prepare for playoff face-offs

The Lancer men’s and women’s hockey teams open their post-seasons this week in quarterfinal series against the York Lions and Queen’s Gaels, respectively.

The men travel to Toronto tonight for the first game in the three-game series and will conclude at Windsor Arena, with game two at 7:30 p.m. Friday and game three, if necessary, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The women open a best-of-three at South Windsor Arena on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. The series moves to Kingston for games two and three.

Aerospace engineering program opens up blue skies for PhD student

Since coming to the University of Windsor, Hart Honickman has taken to the skies in more ways than one.

A PhD student in Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, he’s one of the first graduate students here to focus his studies primarily on aerospace, as the university steps up its efforts to make inroads for more academic opportunities in that sector.

As it happens, he’s also a licenced pilot, who earned his credentials to fly small planes in March of 2011 after completing 58 hours of flying time.

Lecture to explore early European use of Belle Isle

During the New France era, French settlers in the Detroit River region used Belle Isle for pastures, much as their Quebecois ancestors used islands in the St. Lawrence River.

In both regions, these pastures were used collectively and called “commons,” says historian Guillaume Teasdale. As he explains in his free public lecture on Wednesday, their fates diverged after the conquest by the British.