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Of Interest
May 13th, 2005

Awards, accolades and upcoming events of interest compiled by the
Department of Communications & Public Affairs at The University of
Western Ontario.


Head for a Cure

A total of 14 medical students from Western's Schulich School of Medicine will be shaving their heads (and/or cutting off 8 inches to create a wig) to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The money raised through the campaign will be put towards paediatric cancer research and into programs that support children with cancer, such as Camp Trillium. Last year, the medical students were able to raise about $15,000.

On Monday, May 16 at noon, Dr. Francis Chan (Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs) and Paul Martin (incoming Hippocratic Council president) are among those who will have their heads shaved. A Miss Canada candidate will be at the event to speak about her experiences with cancer. The fundraiser takes place in the Medical Sciences Building, Room 146.

For more information, please contact Alison Liversage, Media Relations
Officer, at (519) 661-2111 ext. 81136 or; or
Julie Johnstone at

Schulich Medicine Graduates New Docs

The first class of MDs from Western's Schulich School of Medicine will
celebrate graduation and move on to residency training on Friday, May 20
at 9:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall. Media wishing to attend, please contact
Alison Liversage, Media Relations Officer, at (519) 661-2111 ext. 81136


Nursing Health Care System in Rwanda

Professor David Cechetto has received a financial boost of just under $1
million to improve nursing educations and the ailing health care system
in Rwanda.

The anatomy and cell biology professor received the money from Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA). The project will help increase
the capacity of the Kigali Health Institute to develop and deliver
relevant and current educational programming, particularly in areas
related to HIV/AIDS and mental health and trauma.

Cechetto can be reached at (519) 661-4166 or (519) 630-5424 (cell).

Goldman Sachs Global Leaders

Two Western students are among 20 students from across North America to
receive the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program Award.

To win the award, Tiffany Vogel and Pamela Chen had to distinguish
themselves as leaders in their community or school; have high academic
standing with have a minimum GPA of 3.4/4.0 or be in the top 10% of
their class; and be full-time students in the second year of a
university undergraduate degree program.

The program, conducted at top-ranked universities in 17 countries by the
Institute of International Education, seeks to train and develop
tomorrow's educators, policy makers, business leaders, research
scientists, social entrepreneurs, and other professionals and to create
an international network through which they can share ideas, work

The Goldman Sachs Foundation is a global philanthropic organization
funded by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

For more information, please contact Christine Roulston, Communications
& Public Affairs, at (519) 661-2111 ext. 85165 or or

Top Engineering Award

Slobodan Simonovic, Western engineering professor, has been recognized
for his outstanding contributions to the development and practice of
hydrotechnical engineering in Canada. In June, he will receive the
Camille A. Dagenais Award from the Canadian Association of Civil
Engineers It is the highest CSCE award given to a civil engineer for
contribution and practice of hydrotechnical engineering. Simonovic can
be reached at (519) 474-4880 or

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Communications & Public Affairs, at (519) 661-2111 ext. 85165 or

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