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(June 13 , 2002, Gazette)

DR. SUDHIR B. ABHYANKAR, Environmental Science and Chemistry, Grenfell College, gave one of the two plenary lectures at the CIC-APICS Atlantic Student Conference held in Corner Brook, from May 17-19. This presentation, titled Greening the Organic Chemistry Laboratory, was also a part of the Environmental Chemistry Symposium.

DR. NEIL BISHOP, French and Spanish, published his literary translation The Whole Wide World with Ekstasis Editions of Victoria, B.C. in late 2001. The French-language original of this book of short stories by noted Québec author and actor Robert Lalonde was entitled Le vaste monde. As mentioned in earlier Gazette items, two stories from Dr. Bishop's translation won a commendation in a prestigious international translation competition organized by the British Comparative Literature Association and the British Association for Literary Translation. (Due to a misprint, The Whole Wide World's NLC cataloguing data page mistakenly cites the translation copyright date as 1998 rather than 2001.) Dr. Bishop's translation work continues to contribute to Newfoundland and Labrador’s cultural environment: She Who Drowned, his English-language translation of Annick Perrot-Bishop's short story La Noyée from her collection Fragments de Saisons, has just been published in the St. John's-based literary and visual arts journal TickleAce, No. 39 (May 2002). Dr. Bishop's other main type of research and publication, literary analysis, to which he hopes to devote the bulk of his future research, remains relevant, as evidenced by the some seven references to various of his writings on the work of the great French-Canadian writer Anne Hébert in a book by one of the world's leading specialists in narratology, Jaap Lintvelt's Aspects de la narration. Thématique, idéologie et identité, published simultaneously in Paris and Québec City (2000). The on-going scholarly relevance of Dr. Bishop's work as literary scholar and analyst has just been re-confirmed by the book The Art and Genius of Anne Hébert. This volume re-publishes 25 articles on the works of Anne Hébert. Of the contributors of these 25 articles, chosen because they were perceived as the best and most important articles on Hébert's work, only Dr. Bishop (aside from the editor herself) is represented by three articles; the other contributing scholars are represented by one article each.

DR. GERARD CURTIS, Visual Arts, Grenfell College, recently presented an invited paper entitled The Disembodied Hand as part of the Drawing Lecture Series sponsored by Kingston University, London, England, and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Yale University, at Kingston University

DR. JAMES FEEHAN, director of the Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, presented an invited paper entitled Equalization and the Challenge of Natural Resources at a conference on Canadian Fiscal Arrangements. The conference was organized by Queen’s University’s Institute of Intergovernmental Affairs and School of Policy Studies, and by the Manitoba Department of Finance. Dr. Feehan’s paper will be published through the Institute of Intergovernmental Affairs in a conference volume. The conference was held on May 16-17 in Winnipeg.

DR. DON-ROGER PARKINSON, Chemistry, Grenfell College, attended the 15th International Meeting on NMR Spectroscopy, University of Durham, UK, July 10, 2001, where he presented a paper entitled: Multinuclear and Multi-Dimensional NMR Spectroscopy study of some novel Basic Bidentate Phosphonus Ligands. He also gave an invited lecture at the Department of Chemistry Symposium, Lancaster University, Lancaster, England, Oct. 18, 2001; the lecture focussed on the utility of Biomass as a Ion-Exchange Matrix for Heavy Metal Remediation. At the Department of Chemistry Symposium, University of Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Nov. 13 2001, Dr. Parkinson gave an invited lecture entitled: Liquid Ammonia Reactions and its uses in Phosphonous Ligand Preparations. Finally, he reviewed a paper for the Canadian Journal of Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy: "Use of the selective gas chromatography with UV detector for estimation of aromatic pollutants in water" #DB-71, March 4, 2002. He also attended the EnvironAnalysis 2002 Symposium in Toronto, Ont., May 27-29, 2002, He presented two papers entitled: Heavy Metal Remediation with Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea L. Czern); and Extraction and Analysis of Some Petroleums from Aqueous Environments by SPME-GC/MS. He also attended the American Chemical Society, Great Lakes Regional Meeting, in Minneapolis June 2-4, 2002, where he presented a paper entitled: Headspace Solid Phase microextraction- Gas chromatography/Mass Spectrometry of Fuel Oil Components.