A short blog—more like a blurb this week…
January 25th, 2013

A short blog—more like a blurb this week. I am about to board for a meeting in Toronto—perishing, Arctic-icy Toronto. Sure, it’s cold here, but it’s practically balmy by comparison. I hate it when Canadians comment on how cold they think it gets here. They don’t know squat about it. We all yak about the weather, complain and get philosophical about it, but it doesn’t mean we know what we are talking about. Now, to our international students who are experiencing winter for the first time my full sympathies. The country in general isn’t fit for human beings, but one can’t tell them that. We spend a lot of energy recruiting them. And it’s hard to tell them this is nothing—try living in Toronto, or Winnipeg!

I showed ANNA KARENINA at MUN Cinema Series this week to a sell-out crowd. What a lusciously rich adaptation it is. Loved it. Everyone wants to see how brilliant playwright Tom Stoppard would transmute one of the most widely read and admired novels of all time for the screen. It struck me that the several hundred who lined up in layered wool and down parkas for the film looked like the peasant extras in the movie. I mean, it’s the nineteenth-century Russia and short of throwing a log on a fire it’s hard to see how anyone kept warm during Tolstoy’s’ time. And then there’s Keira Knightley in the role of Anna. We all know Knightley doesn’t eat. But the camera loves her, as they say, and it’s hard not to covet those fox-lined hats and wraps she tosses around her frail frame every time Count Vronsky throws her a smouldering look. Anyhow, there’s nothing like a steamy two-hour plus movie to keep you warm, even if it’s all about ice-caked trains and frozen ponds.

The cold air, like the flu and salt-stained boots, shall pass. Stay warm and change your screen saver to a beachscape—or to Keira, if she does it for you.

Dr. Faye Murrin is Dean pro tempore of the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. She completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) at Memorial University, her M.Sc. at Acadia University, and her Ph.D. at Queen's University. Her research interests have always been focused on fungi, in particular the cell biology of insect pathogenic fungi and, more recently, the ecology of mycorrhizal mushrooms in the boreal forest. Dr. Murrin has served in a number of positions on the Council of the Mycological Society of America and was awarded the title of MSA Fellow for her contributions. She was awarded the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Membership Award as founding co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Summer Program. Dr. Murrin participates in public lectures and workshops, and is a Director on the board of Newfoundland Foray, Inc.

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