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Dr. Sudhir B. Abhyankar, Chemistry, Environmental Science, at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, was a member of a delegation of chemistry and chemical engineering professionals to China during Nov. 10-21. Dr. Abhyankar was invited to present a talk on Green Chemistry in Undergraduate Education at the Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, China. The delegation visited a number of universities and research institutions in Beijing, Guilin and Shanghai.

Mary Dalton, English, was one of the featured writers at this fall’s Ottawa International Writers’ Festival. In one session she read from a new series of aleatory poems; in another she read work from the just-released Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets, edited by Zachariah Wells, and participated in a panel discussion on the nature of the contemporary sonnet.

Dr. Julian M. Dust, Chemistry, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, co-authored a paper titled Towards Light Harvesting (LH) Polymeric/copolymeric Systems: Naphthalene Donor and Azobenzene Acceptor linked by a Methylene Bridge that was presented at the 35th Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Mini-symposium held Nov. 14-16 at the University of Ottawa.

According to Thomas King, “the truth about stories is that that’s all we are;” whether they are the narrative experiments of the sciences or the just so stories of art. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the most famous formulation of one of our central stories – Faust. Goethe’s take on Faust’s pact with Mephisto alludes to the modern human addiction of finding a reason, a function, a quantifiable yield, that has by now infiltrated all aspects of our lives, and has effectively become synonymous with pleasure. The list of Faust adaptations is of course legion: from Patagonia to Newfoundland, from Durrell’s An Irish Faustus to Teduka’s manga works; from Rembrandt to one-time Brigus resident artist Rockwell Kent, in the visual arts (with some 200 film versions alone, including the Newfoundland production of The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood); from Berlioz to Busoni to Jagger, and countless others, in music. To mark this 200th birthday, the top 40 world scholars in the field were asked to contribute to two anthologies, one produced on this side of the Atlantic (International Faust Studies, California State University), and one on the other side, in Weimar, edited by Jochen Golz, President of the Goethe Society. Dr. Richard Ilgner, associate professor of MUN's Department of German and Russian, was one of only three of these scholars to be asked to contribute to both books on the strength of his three-volume study (begun in 2001), the third and final volume of which, The Extinction of Sapience, also being made to coincide with this anniversary year. Dr. Ilgner will be retiring from MUN in 2009.

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