Volume 94, Issue 2

Friday, May 19, 2000


NEWS

New student code of conduct drafted

UWOFA talks could mean deal

Private universities plan announced

New buildings put under microscope

Mental giants make presence felt at fair

Petition tries to rub out massage parlours

Prelude to an election

Council passes new arena proposal

Ravers get cold shower

Mental giants make presence felt at fair

By Kevin Broderick
Gazette Writer



Hundreds of little geniuses invaded campus this week ready to battle it out in a nation-wide science competition.

The 2000 Canada Wide Science Fair, which concludes its competition today at Alumni Hall, is scheduled to involve several hundred students from the local area.

"It is an opportunity to raise awareness for local kids in science and research," said fair co-ordinator and Western alumnus Sally Nicholson. Nicholson, a local teacher, took this year off her regular teaching duties to aid in preparation for the fair and the arrival of the some 500 students participating.

Along with the 500 students came 301 judges from Sweden, Australia, New-Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, the United States and Canada, said Western physics and astronomy professor, Patrick Whippey, who acted as judging chief for the fair.

"I don't have any judging duties here, my role is administrative – to assemble a team of 301 judges," he said.

The international panel of judges will award gold, silver and bronze medals in three age groups, explained Nicholson. Submissions were separated into five categories, including biotechnology, computer technology, physical sciences, life sciences, earth and environmental sciences and engineering.

Judging in these categories took place Tuesday. On Wednesday, judges deliberated on a number of special awards which include cash, scholarships and travel prizes. All medals and special awards will be presented in a public awards ceremony today at Alumni Hall beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public will be able to look at the winners and all the other exhibits tomorrow at Thompson Arena from 9 a.m. until noon, she said.

"It's amazing how many good ideas are here," said Kristen Scott, a grade nine student from Innisfil, Alberta. Scott and her partner, Ashley Shannon, are hoping their project on the thermogenic effects of eating, earns them a spot on the podium at today's awards ceremony.

This year's fair also boasts constant online updates on its official Web site, as well as a new and innovative virtual fair, which allows Web surfers to view a brief description of each exhibit and will also host a real time virtual awards presentation.


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