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, email@example.com, (613) 533-2448
or through Sue Bedell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DEVS ALUMNI PROFILE
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
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
T he learning environment in the Faculty of Arts and Science Film
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
microscopes, computers and stage lights so that students know
exactly who is responsible for the upgrades in their classrooms,
laboratories, field courses and meeting places. Languages Chemistry
Thanks alumni! Environmental
For more information on the Fund contact Lisa Menard, Physical & Geography
Advancement Officer at (613) 533-6000, ext. 75501 or Health Ed. Math & Geology
2005 DEAN’S STUDENT RESOURCE FUND ALLOCATIONS
ARTSCI NEWS Editor
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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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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
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.
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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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