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					                                                                                        Fieldwork
                                                                                        in Bermuda
                                                                                        L  ed by Queen’s Research Chairs
                                                                                           .Drs. Noel James and Kurt Kyser,
                                                                                        Geology’s annual field trip to Bermuda
                                                                                        gives students such as Sarah Duguid,
                                                                                        4th-year Geology, and Holly Vinall,
                                                                                        3rd-year Geology, the opportunity
                                                                                        to undertake fieldwork abroad while
                                                                                        collecting samples to bring back for
                                                                                        analysis in Queen’s Facility for Isotope
                                                                                        Research. The goal is to learn how
                                                                                        oceanographic conditions influence
                                                                                        the health of the environment.




Thanks alumni for                              Prestigious Fellowship
supporting Geology’s                           Renowned for his research in isotope geochemistry, the origin and chemical evolution
                                               of the earth, and mass spectroscopy, Dr. Kurt Kyser, Geology, is the recent winner
Field Studies Program                          of one of Canada’s most prestigious research awards – a Killam Research Fellowship.
Endowment Fund!                                The Fellowship allows faculty members time to pursue research projects that will
                                               generate new knowledge and potentially exciting breakthroughs.



Jackets of Queen’s
W       ith just a few months left in his deanship, former Dean Bob
        Silverman felt compelled to implement just one more fundraising
idea for student initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Jackets
of Queen’s poster had been up his sleeve since the completion of his first
poster, the Doors of Queen’s.
    Students and alumni, as well as Bob Silverman’s grandson (perhaps
the cutest model of all), are featured wearing current and vintage
jackets from every Faculty and School on campus. Some of the sartorial
objects are compliments of Queen’s Archives costume collection.
    In the bottom row, Murry Gill, a former head of Queen’s Alumni
Affairs, is wearing his blue, woolly Sc’46 jacket, which sports a number
of colourful patches and pins. This unique Applied Science jacket was
replaced by the yellow cloth version featured twice in the same row.
    Bob Silverman asked his Senior Assistant, Sue Bedell to model her
father’s jacket as Sc’54 made her their honorary classmate. (Ms Bedell’s
father was killed the year he graduated.) Other models include former
Rector, Ahmed Kayssi in the Sc’03 jacket and Ian Anderson, 2004/05
Vice-President of the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society.

Posters, which cost $10 each, can be purchased through Diane Reid in
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, F300, reiddm@post.queensu.ca, (613) 533-2448
or through Sue Bedell at bedells@post.queensu.ca.




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ARTSCI                  NEWS




                                                                                                                        DEVS ALUMNI PROFILE

                                                                                                                        ALLANA RONDI
                                                                                                                        ARTSCI‘00



                                                                                                                        T   hanks to the development theory
                                                                                                                            taught in the Development Studies
                                                                                                                        program and research internships
                                                                                                                        completed in South Africa, Allana
                                                                                                                        Rondi felt equipped with the practical
          Development Studies is a                                               for North-South relations. Courses     skills needed to enter the working
          relatively new interdisciplinary                                       cover issues such as human             world upon graduation. Six years after
          program on campus that                                                 rights, social policy and trade        completing her degree in Development
          explores issues of relevance                                           relations. And, work placements        Studies and Sociology, she is the Exec-
          to developing countries and                                            are available in destinations as       utive Director of Canadian operations
          aboriginal communities. It                                             far afield as Bangladesh, Bolivia,     for The African Medical & Research
          examines the role of economic                                          Mongolia, and Zanzibar. The            Foundation (AMREF), an international
          and political systems, culture,                                        most recent addition to this thriv-    African NGO, which works in commu-
          gender relations and physical                                          ing program is a new semester          nity-based health care development.
          environments as agents of                                              abroad program, which will run              With its headquarters in Kenya
          change in countries in the                                             for the second year this fall at       and over 97 per cent of its staff being
          South and in the North, and                                            Fudan University in Shanghai, China.   African, all AMREF programmatic de-
          discusses their implications                                                                                  cisions are made in Nairobi. In Canada,
                                                                                                                        Allana manages the fundraising, public
                                                                                                                        education, and project development
                                                                                                                        and management activities of the organ-
                                                                                                                        ization. Her team works to increase
                                                                                                                        awareness in Canada of health devel-
DEVS FACULTY PROFILE
                                                                                                                        opment issues in Africa, changing
“Doing a Villia” Benefits the Class                                                                                     people’s perceptions of the continent.
                                                                                                                             A proud member of the first DEVS
                                                                                                                        class, Allana wouldn’t have traded her
A    fieldwork addict best describes Dr. Villia Jefremovas, Development Studies.
     Since her first taste of research as an undergraduate student with the Igorots
of the northern Philippines in the late 1970s, she calculates that she has spent almost
                                                                                                                        Development Studies degree for any
                                                                                                                        other and only wished it was offered
half of the last 28 years in the field, mostly in Southeast Asia but also in Central                                    as a major (as it will be this fall)!
Africa. Her ambition has been to understand what happens to non-western societies
as they encounter globalization, looking at topics ranging from mining and migra-
tion to the impact of cash cropping on gender relations, indigenous rights and
natural resources management.
    As a social anthropologist, Jefremovas
concentrates on participant observation –
living in the village, taking part in daily life
and work, and listening to people express
their experiences in their own words. Widely recognized for her work with
peasants in Rwanda, she has been consulted by the UN, the Canadian and British
governments, NGOs and the Canadian media over the 1994 genocide and the
refugee crises that followed.
    Students in her Cross-Cultural Research Methods course benefit from the
examples drawn from her work with indigenous peoples around the world.
Presented with the challenges of doing research in cultures that may be very
different from their own helps students to see how assumptions can colour the
                                                                                                                                  PHOTO BY




way fieldwork is conducted. Students fondly refer to Jefremovas’ research as
                ”
“doing a Villia, because when she is not at Queen’s, she can be found travelling on
local buses over bad roads, living in remote areas, hanging out with the local elders,                                    Allana Rondi, Artsci’00 (left), with AMREF
working in the fields, eating local delicacies, and taking part in local rituals.                                               colleagues in Jinga, Uganda.




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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

New Chair Brings Us One Step Closer
to Discovering the Origins of the Universe
                                                                                  McDonald, Physics, Director of the Sudbury Neutrino
T   he Department of Physics is celebrating the establishment
    of a new chair in particle astrophysics at the University. The
Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics was
                                                                                  Observatory (SNO). As the 2003 Gerhard Herzberg Canada
                                                                                  Gold Medalist and the first Canadian to win the prestigious
created though a $2.5-million gift to help ensure that Queen’s                    international Bruno Pontecorvo Prize in elementary particle
continues to attract world-class faculty in this intensely compet-                physics, McDonald is immensely qualified to be the inaug-
itive market for talent.                                                          ural holder of this prestigious position.
    The Grays’ gift was matched by the University to create a                         McDonald heads up a team of international researchers
$5-million endowed chair named in the couple’s honour. Patricia                   from Canadian, American, and British universities whose
Gray has a Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Toronto                    laboratory is housed in the SNO, which is located 6,800
and was a director with Science North, a board member of the                      feet underground in INCO’s Creighton mine near Sudbury.
Ontario Science Centre and a docent with the Art Gallery of Ontario.              Data from this facility has provided revolutionary insight
    Gordon Gray, Com’50, is a highly respected real estate icon                   into the properties of neutrinos, the core of the sun, and
with A.E. LePage. Over his impressive career, he has contributed                  our understanding of particle physics. The establishment
much to Canada through the leadership of his own company,                         of the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle
serving on many leading corporations, and giving of his own                       Astrophysics will take us one step closer to solving the
time and talents to many not-for-profit organizations.                            mystery around the origins of the universe.
    The new Chair is crucial to the realization of the University’s
strategic plan to expand recognized research programs interna-
tionally. The first incumbent of the Chair is Professor Arthur                    WWW.SNO.PHY.QUEENSU.CA




Breakthrough Saves Broken Bones
                                                   This new material, discovered                             practical in everyday life by working
S   aving bones is what Drs. Mike Sayer
    and Malcolm Stott, Physics, have
been focusing on recently with a new
                                                by Sayer, is being commercialized by
                                                Millenium Biologix Corporation,
                                                                                                             with industrial collaborators. A major
                                                                                                             portion of the Group’s funding is
calcium-phosphate bone replacement              which has partnered with Sayer’s                             through the Cooperative Research
ceramic, also known as si-doped trical-         Applied Solid State Research Group.                          and Development Grant Program of
cium phosphate. When asked about its            Part of the Group’s focus is to make                         the Natural Sciences and Engineering
properties Stott replied, “At the               theoretical and experimental physics                         Research Council of Canada.
moment it is used as a bone substitute
to help heal bone damage and bad
fractures. This material is used to pack
into the damaged area where the
body’s bone cells treat it in the same
way as they do natural bone; it is
resorbed and replaced by natural
bone. Bone just doesn’t grow on the
material, bone replaces the material.”
   It’s a far better option than other
replacement materials because, accord-
ing to Stott “other synthetic bone
substitutes, such as hydroxyapatite,                       Post-Op                               4 Months                                             18 Months
remain in the body indefinitely,
                                               You can see in the post-op photo       After 4 months the support was                      At 18 months the
causing concern for surgeons about
                                                          where the                  removed and the leg was healed                 bone had been reabsorbed and
the long-term compatibility with                     sheep had a piece               well enough to allow the sheep to                         healed.
the surrounding bone.   ”                             of bone removed.                      roam and even run.




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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Students Are Challenged to Know Why We Know
                                                                                           Combining her research with her teaching in her Comparative
A    lthough most of us never realize it, our brains constantly
     evaluate the world around us, and this process is known as
cognition. It is a way of knowing through perception, reasoning,
                                                                                           Cognition class introduces students to animal cognizance
                                                                                           and current research in the discipline. The benefits of
and judgement. This fascinates Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier, Psychology,                          providing students with insight into the importance of
who relies on developmental and comparative psychology                                     tests that compare primate and human cognition "puts
theory to form and test hypotheses on human and non-human                                  psychology in an evolutionary and comparative perspec-
cognition. For example, she uses spatial recognition problems to                               ”
                                                                                           tive, says Kuhlmeier.
understand the problem-solving ability of chimpanzees. In one                                  Her research with infants is shared with undergraduates
study, chimpanzees demonstrated the ability to find hidden food                            as well. Kuhlmeier describes this line of research as “the
in their enclosure after seeing Kuhlmeier hide miniature, replica                          early development of social cognition, for example, what
                                           food in an analogous                            is animate versus inanimate? How do infants determine
                                           location within a scale                         that? What characteristics are they picking up? We examine
                                           model of the enclosure.                         how this develops in humans and compare that to what
                                           “Results” reports                               abilities we see in non-humans.” Openly and enthusiasti-
                                                                    PHOTO BY MONICA HURT




                                           Kuhlmeier, “suggest                             cally sharing her research in the classroom results in many
                                           that, much like young                           students wanting to work with this highly effective teacher.
                                           children, chimpanzees                           According to her, “it brings in a lot of energized young
                                           are sensitive to the                            people.” The natural synergy that can exist between
                                           correspondence                                  research and teaching benefits everyone who fosters it.
   Dr. Kuhlmeier and an infant watching    between a model
    a movie at the Infant Cognition Lab.   and its referent.”                              HTTP://WWW.VALERIEKUHLMEIER.COM




GRADS MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
The Dean’s Student Resource Fund
                                                                                                                       Music

T  he learning environment in the Faculty of Arts and Science                                                 Film
                                                                                                                                              Biology
   is a cause of personal concern for hundreds of graduates
who faithfully contribute year after year to The Dean’s Student                                    Drama
Resource Fund. The overwhelming response to the Dean’s
annual appeal to alumni results in departments across the                                          Art
Faculty being able to make improvements both in and beyond
their classrooms. Labels are affixed to the new cameras,
                                                                                              Social           TOTAL $704,000
                                                                                              Sciences
microscopes, computers and stage lights so that students know
                                                                                             Humanities
exactly who is responsible for the upgrades in their classrooms,
laboratories, field courses and meeting places.                                              Languages                                              Chemistry
                                                                                               Psychology                                        Computing
Thanks alumni!                                                                                                                                 Environmental
                                                                                                Physics                                        Studies
For more information on the Fund contact Lisa Menard,                                                     Physical &                          Geography
Advancement Officer at (613) 533-6000, ext. 75501 or                                                      Health Ed.   Math &       Geology
                                                                                                                       Statistics
lisa.menard@queensu.ca
                                                                                            2005 DEAN’S STUDENT RESOURCE FUND ALLOCATIONS




ARTSCI NEWS Editor
Sue Bedell, Artsci‘88, Senior Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science. 613.533.2448 bedells@post.queensu.ca



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THE TRUTH IN A SIMPLE WOOLEN CAP             brutality which I possessed and which
Continued from page 19                       could hardly be related in public.”
    To this charge, Edmison would retort         J. Alex Edmison attempted to relate
with the following story about a for-        to those who would listen what he
mer German officer who had dared say         thought they should know and under-
to him, “You British and Americans           stand about what had happened in
should not be taken in by the atrocity       Europe during the war years. Sadly, it
stories, because they have been greatly      appears that Holocaust denial was born
exaggerated.” As he recorded in his          in the same moment as the inception of
notebook, Edmison turned on this offi-       Holocaust awareness.
cer, declaring “that he was talking to the       One would think that the photo-
wrong man, because I had just come           graphs Edmison showed North Ameri-
from two days at Dachau and that it          cans made for an airtight case, that they
was not possible to exaggerate the hor-      constituted incontrovertible evidence of
rors that were perpetrated there.            the horrors of the Holocaust. Yet there
    “I told him of the conversations I had   were still those who chose to doubt
had with several of the 150 Polish           the veracity of his testimony. Perhaps
Catholic Priests, who are the sole sur-      this explains his retrieval of a simple
vivors of the 2,500 Polish Clergy con-       woolen cap. How could any cynic refute
fined in Dachau, of my interview with a       something as rough and homely, but as
Jewish Rabbi who with four others were       tangible, as that?
all who came back, out of 3,000 Frank-
furt Jews taken to Theresienstadt; of my     Gordon Dueck recently returned from
contact with a group of teenaged young-      Poland, where he toured Auschwitz, Birke-
sters who showed me the brands from          nau, Treblinka, and other Holocaust sites
Oschwiecim [Auschwitz] on their arms,        with the March of Remembrance and Hope.
and of countless other evidences of Nazi     He teaches Jewish history at Queen’s.




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                         lot of time pondering points of English grammar.                                                                               it’s just for the Queen’s community.) At the
                                                                                                                                                        same time, if an Apple product catches
School helps foreign                                                             efit from it until recently,” she says.
                                                                                                                                                        your eye, you can save money by visiting
students master the                                                                  Yates cautions that applicants are not
                                                                                 guaranteed the test waiver – they are rec-                             the Apple education web store at
English language                                                                 ommended for it by QSoE.                                               apple.ca/educationstore. Simply log-in
Each year since 1942, the Queen’s                                                    Former QSoE students, Linda Morina                                 with your Queen’s ID number to see
School of English (QSoE) has welcomed                                            and Xiao Xia Zhai, will begin full-time                                your discounted pricing and ordering in-
hundreds of students from around the                                             studies at Queen’s this fall. Zhai, who                                formation. Please visit our web store at
world. All have come with one goal in                                            hails from China, will commence her                                    http://ccstore.queensu.ca for more de-
mind – to improve English proficiency                                             studies in Math. She explains that the                                 tails on these and other money-saving
for second language learners.                                                    program, as well as the waiver, helped                                 deals.
    While many of the students study to                                          her gain admission to Queen’s. “There
improve their English for general purpos-                                                                                                               Calling all international
                                                                                 are five levels at the School,” she says. “I
es, an increasing number of them hope to                                         was placed in the Advanced level, which
                                                                                                                                                        alumni
study at a Canadian university after their                                       taught me how to write a proper essay,                                 The Queen’s University International
time at the QsoE. For many of them, this                                         how to take notes, and how to pro-                                     Centre (QUIC) is an international edu-
means jumping over a huge hurdle.                                                nounce words properly. These things let                                cation support service for students, fac-
    In mid-January, admission proce-                                             me adapt to the new education system.”                                 ulty, and staff at Queen’s.
dures at Queen’s were amended to                                                     Similarly, Morina, a student from                                      To complement its efforts to support
allow QSoE students to apply to the                                              Serbia, felt confident after she graduat-                               both incoming international members
University without writing the Test of                                           ed from the program. “I felt like I had                                of the Queen’s community and those in-
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),                                           enough English knowledge to study at                                   terested in participating in Education
under certain conditions. The test can                                           the University because of [the pro-                                    Abroad opportunities, QUIC endea-
arouse some tension in foreign-language                                          gram’s] focus on reading, speaking, lis-                               vours to aid in the internationalization
speakers because of its importance as an                                         tening, and writing,” she says.                                        of the campus by working with a broad
admission requirement for post-second-                                               Zhai is relieved that success in the                               range of partners and constituents.
ary institutions at which English is the                                         QSoE program is now recognized as a                                        To that end, the Centre is offering a
medium of instruction.                                                           gauge of English proficiency and highly                                 Virtual Homecoming for those who will
    Barbara Yates, Co-Acting Director of                                         recommends it to other students. “If                                   not be at Homecoming’06, but want to
the School, explained the details of the                                         people want to learn good language                                     share their international experiences
test waiver. Students must have com-                                             skills and pursue their studies through                                with the campus and those on it and
pleted the Advanced level with a final                                            hard work, I recommend this program                                    around the globe. Alumni are invited to
grade of 80 per cent or the Continuing                                           to them.”                                                              submit stories of how their internation-
Advanced level with a final grade of 65                                                  – By Joanna Nicholson, Artsci’07                                al experiences affected them at Queen’s
per cent or above.                                                                                                                                      and beyond. Submissions will be select-
    Yates feels that the amendment will                                          Attention all members of                                               ed for use at receptions and other pub-
be particularly beneficial for students                                           Meds’86                                                                lic events as well as for inclusion in our
who wish to apply for the 2007-08 aca-                                           Come to the 20th Reunion of Meds’86.                                   web site.
demic year and beyond. “Because of the                                           For more information, please contact, Dr.                                  Please visit www.queensu.ca/quic
timing of the announcement, late last                                            Andy Ross, Artsci’94, MSc’96, Concep-                                  for more info on this and other QUIC
year, our students were not able to ben-                                         tion Bay South, NL, andyross@cogeco.ca.                                programs.

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                            LAST              WORD




                                                        Memories of Queen’s
                                                         in the Roaring ’20s
It was 79 years ago this fall that Robert Whittle arrived on campus as a bright-eyed young frosh.
        The world was a very different place back then, and so was Queen’s University.
                                                      BY ROBERT S. WHITTLE, ARTS’30, ARTS’46



M        y first day at Queen’s remains
         clear in my memory even after all
these years. Seventy-nine years ago this
fall, I stepped off the train in Kingston,
watched my box trunk unloaded, and
wondered where on earth Frontenac
Street was located.
    This was the age of boarding and
rooming houses. There




                                                                                                                                                                                        PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT WHITTLE.
were no dormitories for
men, and no fraternities,
but as you approached the
University, nearly every
street had its quota of stu-
dents. Three or four stu-
dents lived in at our Fron-
tenac Street home, but
about 10 others came in for                                                                   Robert Whittle (left), who’s 98 and now lives in Victoria, BC, recalls attending many a
meals. Arts, Medicine, and                                                                            football game in the old Richardson Stadium on Saturday afternoons.
Science all were represent-
ed, and the discussion was lively.                                               I went down! The roar from the specta-                stretch of water to Cape Vincent, N.Y. It
    Sunday was the special day for us.                                           tors surpassed any ovation given to the               was foolhardy and dangerous. Only the
That was when we had chicken. The day                                            bouts that followed. Red-faced, I rose to             frigid weather saved us from going
began around 9 am. when a phonograph                                             my feet, fought my bout – and won my                  through the ice. Because of that same
would commence playing, and the hymn                                             faculty “A”! I still have the tattered let-           cold though, several of our group froze
“Swing low, sweet chariot” would blare                                           ter from that evening.                                their ears. I survived with my Queen’s
throughout the house – it was always the                                             I also have vivid memories of the                 tam pulled well down.
same hymn. Those who did not heed                                                raids, or rushes. A shouting mass of                      Some of the professors who taught
the call would miss breakfast.                                                   Arts students would go storming into                  me remain clear in my mind. There was
    My sport at Queen’s was fencing. In                                          the Science building, charge up the                   Professor James A. Roy. I can still hear
the ’20s, the Boxing, Wrestling and Fenc-                                        stairs, and pour into the classrooms. In a            him reading Chaucerian lines in English
ing (BWF) team was a prominent part of                                           moment, a sea of pushing, shoving stu-                2. Later, I had the privilege of visiting
the campus life. Every hour that I could                                         dents with flying fists would flood the                  with him one afternoon in his library,
spare from my studies at home and in                                             hallways. A few bruises later, with no                discussing the Irish playwright J.M.
the Douglas Library I spent practising                                           damage done, peace was restored.                      Synge. Dr. G. H. Clarke, with his great
on the upper track in the old gym. Our                                               Later, Applied Science would re-                  love for Shakespeare, was an inspiration
coach was James Bews, and under his                                              turn the favour. Occasionally, a stu-                 to all who studied under him. I’ll never
expert instruction, I became the leading                                         dent rush was aimed at the local the-                 forget Mrs. Newlands, who turned
fencer on the BWF Teams of 1928-29,                                              atre. A flying wedge of students would                Mathematics 1 from a subject I disliked
and 1929-30. For inter-faculty finals, and                                        hurl itself at the theatre entrance. Wise-            to something I began to enjoy. I bless
for inter-collegiate competition, a box-                                         ly, the manager opened the doors, as                  her memory.
ing ring would be set up in Grant Hall.                                          the wave rolled in, filled the seats, and                 Queen’s in the 1920’s was small, con-
    My first bout in Grant Hall was                                              the noise subsided.                                   servative, and the students were in-
memorable. My opponent and I were to                                                 One incident from my student days                 tensely loyal. The dark clouds of eco-
salute with our foils, advance to the                                            still haunts me. On a cold winter day,                nomic collapse, and the Great
centre of the ring, and begin. As I                                              about 15 of us skated across Kingston                 Depression, were forming, but Queen’s
stepped forward, my feet became entan-                                           harbour, to Wolfe Island, go through                  men and women stood firm and faithful
gled and my foil clattered to the floor as                                        the island canal, then across the final                to bring in the future we enjoy today.

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