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L-R) Suzanne Morrison, Jane M. Klausman scholarship committee chair, Elizabeth Suvak, Patricia Jackson, president of the Zonta Club of St. John’s Area, and Dr. Bill Blake, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.(L-R) Suzanne Morrison, Jane M. Klausman scholarship committee chair, Elizabeth Suvak, Patricia Jackson, president of the Zonta Club of St. John’s Area, and Dr. Bill Blake, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

In November, fourth-year B.Comm. (co-op) student Elizabeth Suvak received the prestigious Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship worth over $4,000 (US) from Zonta International. Ms. Suvak is one of five international Klausman scholarship winners. Zonta’s Jane M. Klausman Women in business scholarships were established to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and to seek leadership positions in business-related fields. Following her degree, Elizabeth intends to work towards her Canadian Investment Manager and Certified Financial Analyst designations. She also plans to continue her studies and obtain an MBA and a doctorate degree in finance or economics.

Dr. Nathan Rich, Physics and Physical Oceanography, is one of six scientists from around the world selected for the Centre for Chemical Physics at the University of Western Ontario, senior visiting fellowship program. Dr. Rich will be collaborating mainly with Dr. Petersen of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Rich is an expert in the studies of single crystals of simple molecules (hydrogen, dioxygen, dinitrogen) at low temperatures by Raman and Brillouin spectroscopy. These temperature dependent measurements of the spectral and elastic properties during phase transitions provide insight into the nature of the intermolecular forces. The interest in phase transitions has directed Dr. Rich’s work towards studies of surfactant monolayers at air-water interfaces as models for two-dimensional systems and their behaviour near the critical point. It is in the latter area that Dr. Rich hopes to extend his work at Western. Some recent acquisitions of equipment and the local expertise with surfactants will provide a great environment for collaboration. In addition, Dr. Rich hopes to use atomic force microscopy as a complement to the fluorescence microscopy studies of the kinetics of phase transitions as a function of temperature and pressure. Full details of the centre’s activities can be obtained at www.uwo.ca/ccp/

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