News In Brief

Queen’s students seek Chretien’s job.

Four Queen’s students have joined 46 others who have been chosen as semi-finalists in the Magna International As Prime Minister Awards. Anthony Cutrona, Adam Daifallah, Fiona Grant and Alyssa Tomkins submitted essays that present prime ministerial advice that will reviewed by a national panel of judges.

The 10 finalists will be selected in September and will share in more than $300,000 in prizes. The national winner receives $20,000 and a one-year paid internship at Magna International Inc., a major supplier of automotive components.

The top essays will be released in a book title @stake, “As Prime Minister, I Would...”

Macro-donation for Microchips

A Queen’s led team developing a national advanced microchip research and design network received a vote of confidence from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The Foundation announced it would invest almost $16 million in the project. The ‘System-on-Chip’ network will link more than 250 Canadian technology researchers at 32 universities and research institutions.

Electric Dr. Jain

Dr. Praveen Jain, Department of Electrical Engineering, was awarded a Canada Research Chair for his revolutionary work in the field of telecommunications. “The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University... under the leadership of Dr. Praveen Jain, is considered the most outstanding in Canada,” the government’s announcement says.

Newsies vs. Coca-Cola

Two Canadian student newspapers, The Ubyssey and The Capilano Courier, have emerged victorious after five years of legal battles with Coca-Cola. In a precedent-setting decision, the British Columbia Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ruled that the University of British Columbia and Coca-Cola are obligated to disclose the details of a confidential exclusivity agreement signed in 1995.

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