plaque unveilingMembers of the Clark family unveil a plaque dedicating as “Charles and Anna Clark Corner” the parkette at the southwest intersection of Wyandotte Street and Sunset Avenue.

Parkette naming honours legacy of Clark family

The University of Windsor held a ceremony Tuesday to mark the dedication of the Charles and Anna Clark Corner, a new parkette at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Wyandotte Street.

During the event, a plaque was unveiled to honour the late chancellor Charles J. Clark and his wife Anna Clark, recognizing their family’s outstanding history of volunteer leadership in the City of Windsor and at the University.

“Today we show our appreciation for two individuals and their entire family who have contributed so much to the life of our city and our university,” said interim president Douglas Kneale. “How fitting that, for a university that attracts students and faculty from the four corners of the earth, we should name this place a ‘corner’ in honour of one of our greatest university supporters.”

Charles Clark served as chair of the University’s Board of Governors from 1971 to 1974 and chancellor of the University from 1993 to 1996. He received the UWindsor Alumni Award in 1975 in recognition of his service and loyalty to the University.

The Clark Award, established in 1994, recognizes outstanding personal service by alumni volunteers and friends of the University of Windsor who made significant commitments in time, energy, and expertise serving on University committees, boards, or campaigns. Anna Clark was a recipient of the Clark Award in 2011.

Yunyun Wu, Kirsty Duncan, Sara MechaelChemistry students Yunyun Wu and Sara Mechael look on as federal science minister Kirsty Duncan (centre) interacts with a project integrating electronics into a wearable sign language glove.

Federal funding hailed as major boost to science and engineering

UWindsor researchers and students will share more than $6 million of more than $558 million in Discovery research funding announced Tuesday by Kirsty Duncan, federal minister of science and sport.

Duncan visited the University of Windsor campus to announce the funding as part of the government’s plan to attract global talent, promote diversity, and provide nearly 4,300 researchers and students across Canada with the means to pursue world-leading discovery work.

UWindsor interim president Douglas Kneale said the announcement provides a major boost to the advancement of science and engineering.

“Whether one’s area of research is a singular endeavour or a team effort, whether it’s curiosity-driven or hands-on applied, this investment in researchers at the University of Windsor and elsewhere will pave the way to untold discoveries,” he said.

UWindsor boasts nearly 30 Discovery Grants recipients focused on research in such areas as advanced manufacturing and ecology.

Among them is Jill Crossman, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, whose work seeks to develop management strategies to consistently reduce harmful algal bloom frequency, particularly in the Laurentian Great Lakes.

With NSERC Discovery program funding, Dr. Crossman and her team will use state-of-the art mobile monitoring units, which measure four different fractions of phosphorus, and provide remote access to data as it is collected. The research aims to enhance understanding of algal blooms through a combined monitoring and modelling strategy across land, tributary and lake interfaces.

As well, Balakumar Balasingam, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will advance understanding of such autonomous systems as robots and self-driving cars through Discovery Grant funding.

Dr. Balasingam and his team are developing research laboratories in three areas — human-machine systems (HMS); surveillance and tracking (STS); and battery management systems (BMS).

The HMS lab will develop algorithms for autonomous human-machine interactions — that is, helping machines to decode humans by studying statistical patterns of such eye-tracking parameters as pupil diameter, eye-gaze patterns, and eye-blink patterns.

The STS lab will develop surveillance, tracking and self-navigation algorithms for robots and self-driving vehicles, while the BMS lab will develop the science behind battery management systems to improve battery reliability, efficiency, and safety in such energy storage applications as electric vehicles, household appliances, power tools, consumer electronics, aerospace equipment, and renewable energy systems.

Duncan said the funding supports science and talent.

“Today, we are delivering on our historic investment in research and in the next generation of scientists,” she said. “These remarkable researchers and students we are celebrating are working to make the world a better place and to secure a brighter future for all Canadians.”

book cover: Practical MagicThe Leddy Library Online Book Club will read the 1995 novel Practical Magic as its October selection.

Bewitching novel selected as October read

The votes are in, and the Leddy Library Online Book Club will read Practical Magic as its October selection.

The 1995 novel by Alice Hoffman follows two sisters confronting the challenges of life and love in a small New England town that shuns the air of witchcraft that surrounds them.

Club members have until October 19 to read this enchanting tale of forgiveness and family, when discussion will begin on its Facebook forum.

In the meantime, readers may post spoiler-free first impressions, thoughts, questions, etc.

Special Appointments Committee issues call for applications

The Senate Governance Committee on Special Appointments welcomes applications for Distinguished University Professor, Professor Emerita/Emeritus and Honorary Professor.

Applications for eligible candidates must be submitted to Maria Giampuzzi in the University Secretariat by November 15. The criteria and process can be found here.

For additional information, contact Giampuzzi by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 3317, or by email at