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May 22, 2003, Gazette

Mendele'ev Institute in St. Petersburg Last month a group of Memorial professors traveled to St. Petersburg and Moscow in the Russian Federation as part of an educational and professional exchange organized by Dr. Stuart Durrant of the Department of German and Russian. A highlight was a visit to the Mendele'ev Institute in St. Petersburg. While several 19th century chemists had noticed regular patterns amongst the chemical elements, Dmitry Mendele'ev was the first to realize that, if spaces were left for as yet undiscovered elements, a coherent table could be constructed. His work is the basis of modern chemistry. The Mendele'ev Periodic Table, as set into the wall of the institute (above, left), is an icon for visiting scientists. Note that the columns and rows are interchanged compared with versions used in the West. (L-R) are Margaret Brosnan (Biochemistry), Gene Herzberg (Biochemistry), Jim Orr (Medicine), John Brosnan (Biochemistry), Steve Carr (Biology), and Howard Clase (Chemistry). Not shown, John Hewson and Derek Nurse (both Linguistics), and Stuart Durrant (Russian).

Thursday, May 22
Coasts Under Stress seminar
— Dr. Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology, will present a seminar titled Coasts Under Stress: Research and Lessons for Coastal Zone Management, in room SN-2036 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Neis will introduce the Coasts Under Stress research project and review completed and ongoing research associated with the project that has relevance for coastal zone management.

Saturday, May 24
Flower show
— The Newfoundland Horticultural Society Annual Spring Flower Show is going on at the Botanical Garden from 12-5 p.m. Everyone welcome, admission is free. For more information, call 737-8590.

Sunday, May 25
Flower show
— The Newfoundland Horticultural Society Annual Spring Flower Show continues at the Botanical Garden from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everyone welcome, admission is free. For more information, call 737-8590.

Monday, May 26
Last day for students to add courses, spring semester

Last day for undergrads to drop courses and receive a 100 per cent refund of tuition fees, spring semester

Saturday, May 31
Gardening workshop
— Join Jim Walsh, nursery manager at the Botanical Garden, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and learn about selection and cultivation techniques for container gardens, including window boxes, hanging baskets, half barrels, etc. Pre-registration is required. Fee is $30 ($25 for Friends of the Garden). Space is limited. For more information, call 737-8590.

Saturday, June 7
Women and Islam
— There is a public meeting on Women and Islam starting at 7 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road. Guest speakers: Dr. Anita Rahman, a specialist in women and religion with the University of Indonesia, and Dr. Tahera Aftab, a specialist in women's history and women and religion with the University of Gettysburg. The meeting will be chaired by Sister Elizabeth Davis. Sponsored by Memorial's Women’s Studies Program and the Division of Community Health, SSHRC, and the International Development Research Council.

Garden opening — The Botanical Garden, in conjunction with Friends of the Garden, will be celebrating the garden’s grand opening. Highlights include the friend’s spring plant sale (starting at 10 a.m.); children’s crafts and activities; gardening demonstrations; opportunities to Ask the Gardener; and free refreshments. Admission by a food donation. For more information, call 737-8590.

Sunday, June 8
— There will be a workshop on Women and Islam from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in SN-4087 (Women's Studies Seminar Room). Light lunch provided. All are welcome


The visual arts program’s annual Fourth-Year Student Exhibition will be held at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, until June 7. Between arsphenamine and artefact is an exhibition of new multi-disciplinary work by 21 fourth-year students of the visual arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Artworks in the exhibition include photography, video, painting, textile installation, sculpture, printmaking and book works. The artists’ conceptual concerns reflect the variety and scope of current interests in contemporary art. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building on the second floor, off the atrium. Short-term parking is available near the gallery. Drop by the office for your parking card. Admission is free. For more information on the gallery’s exhibitions, please call 637-6209 or visit our Web site