Brock appoints new Dean of Mathematics and Science

Syed Ejaz Ahmed — currently a professor and head of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Windsor — is Brock’s new Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Science.Syed Ejaz AhmedAhmed will take up his new position on Jan. 1, 2012. In the meantime, Rick Cheel, professor of Earth Sciences, will stay on for a six-month extension as Interim Dean.The announcement was made today by Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic.Ahmed has been at the University of Windsor since 2002. He received his MSc from the University of Guelph in 1984 and his PhD from Carleton University in 1987. He taught at the University of Regina from 1989-2002, the last three years as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.Ahmed was also an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario from 1987-89, and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan in 2008.Ahmed’s area of expertise includes statistical inference, multivariate analysis and asymptotic theory. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and was the founding director for the Centre for Statistical Consulting, Research, Learning and Services.He has made more than 120 scholarly presentations in countries around the world, authored more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and reviewed more than 70 books and research volumes. He is co-author of a popular textbook Introduction to Probability and Statistics, and author of two other textbooks.Knuttila said the new Dean emerged from a strong field of candidates who sought the appointment.“While we look forward to gaining a scholar of Dr. Ahmed’s calibre, I also want to express the University’s sincere appreciation to Rick Cheel, who has led the Faculty of Mathematics and Science for more than a year while we conducted the national search for a permanent replacement,” he said. read more

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Brock tweets its way to the top

#BestInCanadaFor the second straight year, Brock University has been recognized as having the best Twitter account among all Canadian universities.Analytics firm Engagement Labs named its honour roll of the top performing colleges and universities using social media, noting Brock’s responsiveness makes it a leader on Twitter.“The home of the badgers, Brock University, backed up their first-place ranking on Twitter for Canadian higher education with excellent response strategies,” Engagement Labs said in a news release detailing the rankings. “Brock made the grade when it took the time on Twitter to respond to questions from their followers, making sure to give timely and informative updates to their inquiring minds.”Brock also performed well on the two other social platforms ranked, coming in at No. 5 for its Instagram use and No. 12 on Facebook out of the top 30 post-secondary institutions.“Brock University has an amazing story to tell, and we consider social media one of the best ways to share our story,” said Gord Hunchak, executive director of Marketing and Communications. “It’s great to see the efforts of our social media teams recognized as leaders among Canadian post-secondary institutions.”Social media co-ordinator Jocelyn Titone, who recently went on leave, said the recognition is an honour and acknowledgement that the University’s commitment to using social media to engage with students is paying off.“Social media – especially Twitter – is fast and immediate. A lot of our students turn to Twitter to ask questions, learn what’s happening on campus and offer us feedback,” Titone said. “Prospective students tweet about their applications to Brock, parents ask questions and alumni reminisce about their time on campus. In order for us to stay relevant to our audience, one of our social media goals is to provide excellent customer service by engaging with as many people as possible as quickly as we can.”Cate Talaue, interim social media co-ordinator said social media builds and strengthens the University’s relationship to its audiences.“Our main purpose on social media is to engage students while they’re on campus and when they become alumni, as well as being their resource for all things Brock,” she said.She said a variety of different platforms are utilized to reach past, present and future Badgers.The @BrockUniversity Twitter account has more than 35,000 followers and the Facebook page also has 35,000.The @BrockUniversity Instagram account has 13,300 followers and continues to grow.Another social platform growing in engagement is @BrockUni on Snapchat.“The mortal enemy of social media is the status quo, so if you want to engage your audience, it means re-thinking your strategy and experimenting with new tools and messages,” Talaue said. “At Brock we don’t think social media needs to be formal or stiff. Being part of the Brock community means being welcoming, inclusive, warm, fun and full of Badger pride – all of which our platforms speak to.”Click here to read the story about last year’s win. read more

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AmmLeach CuCo demonstration pilot plant in collaboration with MC Process

first_imgThe AmmLeach® copper/cobalt plant is to be used for testing bulk representative samples from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and elsewhere. It will be the first AmmLeach plant in the world to showcase process in two circuits through to copper and cobalt cathode metal, compared with the majority of DRC cobalt, which is currently produced as an intermediate product. The ability for third parties to see the Ammleach process working will be invaluable for commercialisation. MC Process is a highly regarded partner of choice for AmmLeach plant design and engineering in Africa. Alexander Mining has, in partnership with MC Process, completed construction of the copper/cobalt demonstration pilot plant in Johannesburg, and has commenced commissioning the plant using bulk ore samples from the DRC. As part of Alexander’s initiatives in the DRC, it has collected a significant range of copper and cobalt mineralisation samples from the DRC for initial laboratory amenability testing. The testwork results have been highly encouraging and jointly the companies have now established a pilot plant at MC Process’s premises. Initially, the plant will be used for testing larger bulk representative samples which have been delivered from the DRC, but will be capable of treating other base metal deposit types.The AmmLeach cobalt/copper process has particular relevance to the DRC which accounts for around 53% of world mine production in 2011 and 45% of world reserves. Moreover, the majority of cobalt currently produced in the DRC is as an intermediate product. The AmmLeach cobalt/copper process is simpler and requires fewer unit processes to produce cobalt and copper metal cathode, resulting in significantly reduced capital and operating costs compared to the conventional acid/SO2 process.Given the inherent high costs associated with operating within the DRC, using conventional technology, AmmLeach has the potential to enable the processing of a significantly greater number of deposits that have to date been considered marginal or uneconomic to develop.The AmmLeach process may economically treat high carbonate and acid consuming orebodies that are prevalent in the DRC and which may not be economically treated using acid leaching. It is also ideally suited to heap leaching of ‘lower’ grade orebodies.The results from the pilot plant will be invaluable for design and scale up to a full size commercial plant.MC Process is Alexander’s partner of choice for AmmLeach plant design and engineering in Africa and it is dedicated to the design and manufacture of minerals processing equipment, especially SX-EW plants. Moreover, it has considerable experience with designing and establishing SX-EW plants in the DRC and other countries in Africa.Martin Rosser, Chief Executive Officer, said: “This pilot plant will be the first in Africa to showcase Alexander’s innovative AmmLeach technology producing both copper and cobalt metal from two circuits in the one plant. It will be integral to our business development plans for the DRC Copperbelt and also for testing material from copper and cobalt projects in other parts of Africa and the world. The ability for third parties to see the AmmLeach® process working will be invaluable for its commercialisation. Moreover, we are delighted with the highly beneficial relationship already developed with MC Process and we look forward to our continued successful close collaboration.”last_img read more

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Weather warning lifted as the worst of Storm Christine passes

first_imgAFTER THE WORST storms Ireland has experienced so far this winter, Met Eireann has lifted all national weather warnings.Showers and gale force winds lingering after stormy conditions last night are to pass by this afternoon, it has been forecast.Isolated showers will persist for the rest of the day.A yellow weather warning was in place along south and south west coasts last night but was lifted, although the same level of Marine Weather Warning persist this morning.The Government Task Force on Emergency Planning will reportedly meet today to discuss the clean-up operation after storms that left thousands without electricity and caused damage to coastal areas.Fianna Fáil last week criticised the government’s response to the weather, noting that the UK’s equivalent group, COBRA, met to discuss similar weather events.“Emergency service workers are doing a great job in very difficult circumstances but the Government’s response has been non-existent,” Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen said.“In previous years the Task Force on Emergency Planning met regularly to respond to snow and freezing weather conditions.”“However this year, despite Defence Minister Alan Shatter and Environment Minister Phil Hogan launching a ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign the government doesn’t seem to have taken any notice of warnings issued by Met Éireann.”Speaking yesterday, Public Expenditure Minister Brian Hayes said he believes it is ‘inevitable’ that more flood relief funding will be released for areas that need it.Read: Road Safety Authority urges caution while driving in stormy weather >Read: Coast Guard warns people to get away from the sea as man injured at Howth pier >More: We thought that earlier pothole was big but then we saw this one… >last_img read more

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