Dr. Colin Novak's research into the Windsor Hum will be featured on the Japanese public television show Cosmic Front Next. The crew will be filming on campus on April 16, 2018.Dr. Colin Novak's research into the Windsor Hum will be featured on the Japanese public television show Cosmic Front Next. The crew will be filming on campus on April 16, 2018.

UWindsor prof to be featured on Japanese science show

Colin Novak is big in Japan.

And if the associate professor of mechanical, materials and automotive engineering isn’t yet, he will be soon.

A camera crew from Japan’s national public broadcaster NHK will be at the University of Windsor on April 16 to report on Dr. Novak’s investigation into the source of the infamous Windsor Hum.

Novak’s Noise Vibration and Harshness-Sound Quality Group set up low-frequency noise monitoring stations across the city’s west end to record noise within the hum’s frequency range.

The investigation revealed the hum’s likely source was a blast furnace on Zug Island on the Detroit River.

The segment will air on NHK’s television show Cosmic Front Next, a program that works to “unravel the universe and the mysteries concerning earth.”

Student members of the University of Windsor Outdoors Club picked up shovels to help plant trees Thursday on the east side of Sunset Avenue south of University Avenue.Student members of the University of Windsor Outdoors Club picked up shovels to help plant trees Thursday on the east side of Sunset Avenue south of University Avenue.

Student club digs in to help plant campus trees

Thursday’s warm weather proved perfect for members of the University of Windsor Outdoors Club, who helped to plant four trees on the green space along Sunset Avenue south of University Avenue.

“We just want to get more involved with the campus,” said the group’s vice-president, second-year business student Zak Nantais. “This is our campus — we should help beautify it.”

About 10 club members gathered to take direction from Facility Services gardeners Aaron Dickau, Kevin Kosempel, and Lin Li on how to ensure a long life for the trees, which were donated by the City of Windsor.

“I have never planted a tree before. It was a really cool experience,” said Megan Simon, a second-year business major. “To know we’ll be able to come back in the future and see something we did together is really inspiring.”

Grounds supervisor Garry Moore said that having students take an active role will help to cultivate a feeling of responsibility for the campus: “We should all be treating this place like our own home.”

The plantings are situated on space opened up by the removal of several houses that had been used as offices. A Kentucky coffee tree, native to the Carolinian forest, and three Callery pears will grace the site.

“We wanted to put the trees in the best location,” Moore said. “These pear trees produce clusters of white blossoms. When they’re in flower, people will be able to see them from a long way off.”

Luncheon to honour community contributions of women

The United Way of Windsor-Essex County will celebrate women who have helped to shape the community with a luncheon Wednesday, May 9.

The “Celebrating the Women who Inspire Us” event is hosted by Women Leading the Way, a committee that works to support the charity’s efforts.

Shelley Awad, author of the Greenhouse Kids mystery series, will deliver a keynote address. Organizers ask attendees to bring a children’s book to donate to the United Way’s summer lunch program.

The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Fogolar Furlan Club, 1800 North Service Road. Tickets are $35, available through the event website or by phoning 519-258-0000, ext. 1125.