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October 11, 2005

Source: Mount Allison University:

From a truck pull to a kitchen party to random acts of music

SACKVILLE, NB - Mount Allison University’s campus is a buzz with scientific activity and is inviting the public to a series of Open Houses, during the National Science and Technology Week. The Open House will be held on October 17.

Departments of biology, chemistry, math and computer science, physics, and psychology will all be holding lab demonstrations for the public. Dean of Science Dr. Margaret Beattie says, "The faculty of science is looking forward to inviting the surrounding community to campus and showing people what kind of research is being done in their own backyard. I’m pleased with the level of co-operation and enthusiasm shown by both faculty and students in putting these events together."

The schedule for the open houses and presenters is as follows:

2 - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Doug Campbell, biology, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Science — molecular analyses of environmental processes in Barclay 101.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Dr. Vett Lloyd, biology — genetics and development in Flemington 3rd floor.

1- 2:30 p.m., Dr. Steve Westcott, chemistry and Canada Research Chair — anti-cancer drug design in Barclay 202.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Laurie Ricker and Dr. Liam Keliher, mathematics and computer science — Introduction to cryptography, control theory and LEGO Mindstorm robots in Dunn 406.

2-3 p.m., Dr. David Fleming, physics — the medical physics lab and its involvement in the development of X-ray fluorescence techniques to measure levels of lead and arsenic in people in Dunn 206.

2 - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Ralf Brüning — physics, the X-ray scattering lab: The atomic structure of materials controls their properties and possible applications in Dunn 108.

2:30 - 4 p.m, Dr. Karen Nicholson — psychology, the University’s Cognitive Neuroscience Research Lab, located in Crabtree G56, 57 and 58.

As well, on Wednesday Oct. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Dunn 106 the Physics Department will have a public lecture and discussion on "The Dark Side of the Universe" by Dr. Alexandre Arbey, as part of the World Year of Physics Seminar Series. All are invited to attend.

For further information please contact Dr. Margaret Beattie, Dean of Science, Mount Allison University, tel: 364-2302 or (



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