Volume 91, Issue 88

Tuesday, March 17, 1998

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Just water under the bridge

Western's engineering students are putting their talent and knowledge to the test by designing a new bridge for Springbank Park in southwest London.

The existing suspension bridge, built in the 1920s, is due for replacement, said Mike Bartlett, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Western.

Six teams, made up of mostly fourth-year civil and environmental engineering students, are fighting for a first-place prize of $2,500 while the second-place team will win $1,250.

London City Council is planning to examine each of the proposals and choose one as a preliminary design to rebuild the bridge, scheduled for the year 2000.

The contest is not the first instance in which the city has asked Western's engineering students to help design a public bridge. A year-and-a-half ago, students designed a permanent replacement for a bridge in London's Gibbons Park, Bartlett said.

The entries for the Springbank Park bridge will each be presented on March 31 to a panel of judges including representatives from local consulting firms, construction companies, members of the London Urban Design Association and dean of engineering Mohan Mathur.

And the Caravan continues

Cultural Caravan '98 keeps on truckin' today making its next stop at the Wave for the International Food Fair starting at 11 a.m., as well as the many displays in the University Community Centre atrium, said Patty Belda, international students commissioner for the University Students' Council.

Also, anyone seeking excitement should visit Concrete Beach tonight at 6 p.m. where Persian fire jumping will be performed in recognition of the Persian New Year.

–Sabrina Carinci

Coming out in numbers

The knight returns home from his quest

Sir Roger Penrose, mathematics professor at Oxford University in England, is coming back to his hometown of London to speak today.

Penrose is known for his controversial ideas on artificial intelligence and his studies on the universe with Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking.

"Science, Mathematics and the Mind" is the topic Penrose will be speaking on at the first annual Nerenburg Lecture, named after the late professor of applied mathematics Morton Nerenburg.

The free lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Talbot College Theatre.

–Michelle Crespi

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