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January 8, 2004
 In Brief


In Brief

Wireless network service available
Computing and Communications (C&C) has begun delivery of the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) service to select locations in several buildings of the St. John's campus. Additional service areas will come on-stream throughout January.

Through the support of various faculties and departments on campus, planned coverage has been expanded from approximately 25 per cent to 35 per cent of campus. In particular, there will be 100 per cent coverage in the QE II Library and the Business building and over 90 per cent coverage of the Kinetics and Recreation building.

Maps of the service areas can be viewed from the ‘WLAN Service Areas’ link of the project Web page at This information will be regularly updated as areas become operational. More information on project progress and details of groups who have provided extra funding are included in the ‘Project Milestone Report #1’ link on the project Web site.

Important information on client requirements for connecting to Memorial’s WLAN have been posted on the Web site, under the Campus Wireless Network Technical Status link. Details of the standards that will be implemented at Memorial and the implications for client minimum requirements are provided. In addition, the latest verified information on specific laptop, operating system, and wireless network interface card combinations which will support these standards is available. The Web site will explain how C&C will implement the standards in a phased approach to allow clients who currently cannot support the standards a grace period to upgrade their systems and will also provide some temporary solutions for many clients during the interim period.

Anyone interested in availing of the WLAN at Memorial is strongly advised to refer to the information provided on the Web site. During the winter semester C&C will be offering a free wireless support service to help clients get connected. Questions about wireless service and requests for support can be directed to the C&C Help Centre at 737-4595.

Further announcements regarding the Wireless service will be made as information becomes available.

The Commons is coming
What is The Commons?

A joint effort by Computing and Communications, the Library, and the Writing Centre, The Commons brings the services offered by these organizations together for “one stop” access for students. Over 40 stations will be available to do research, and then pull term papers and other projects together using word processing, PowerPoint, and spreadsheets. All stations will have e-mail access, and of course help is available, with C&C and Writing Centre staff setting up shop in the Library to help you out.

The university community is invited to the grand opening of The Commons at the QE II Library. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan . 9, in the The Commons area, level 2 of QE II Library. Everyone in the campus community is welcome to attend. There will be guest speakers, musical entertainment, and three door prizes will be given out.

First prize: a flatscreen monitor donated by Viewsonic (courtesy of the Computer Purchasing Centre)

Second prize: a Zire 21 palm pilot donated by Palm (courtesy of the Computer Purchasing Centre)

Third prize: a knapsack that will be filled with some surprises (courtesy of the University Bookstore).

Only Memorial students that are currently registered will be eligible to win — you can enter at QE II Library.

Mini Med School offered
It’s an innovative idea with a unique start. Anatomist Dr. Shakti Chandra and interdisciplinary artist Lori Clarke will present Body of knowledge: Human anatomy, medical studies, and art as the first in a series of evenings in the first Mini Med School offered by Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine. The Mini Med School is a series of six evening presentations for members of the public who’ve always wanted to learn more about the science and practice of medicine.

The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) developed the Mini Med School to bring the expertise of the Faculty of Medicine to the community in a new and accessible way. Participants will discover how students in an interdisciplinary health education course benefit from the HIV/AIDS research of retired dean of Medicine, Dr. Ian Bowmer; learn more about what’s behind a basic physical examination with Dr. Bill Eaton; gain a deeper understanding of Parkinson’s and related disorders with Dr. Alan Goodridge; and explore the links between diet and hypertension with Dr. John Smeda. Mini Med Schools are offered through numerous medical schools in North America and play an important part in their mission of community outreach.

Sessions will take place on Wednesday nights from February 18 to March 24, 2004.

Check the CCHPE Web site at or call 777-7077 for program details and registration information. The cost is $25.



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