Volume 96, Issue 4

Thursday, June 13, 2002
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Unregulated hydro to drain Western's pockets

A teary-eyed farewell for J.W. Little Stadium

The USC likes stuff

Penis: Tough to swallow

London's health care quality slip sliding away

New university lacks student rep.

Canada's own father time

America closes academic door

News Briefs

Schools out for summer and so are we!

News Briefs

Spread the wealth

Another round of research grants gave Western 5.4 million to put towards health care and disease research.

A total of $88 million in research grants were distributed by the Canadian Institute of Health Research to 51 innovative, transdisciplinary research projects across the country, to which this donation is attributed.

Western's grant, which was doled out on Jun. 8, will be divided equally among three projects which are aimed at training graduate students and clinical trainees within a research environment.

"Western will be the lead in raising the standards of research developments," said Nils Peterson, Western's VP-research, adding such grants attract future students and will raise the profile of the university.

The research projects at Western will each receive $1.8 million. They include a vascular and cerebrovascular transdisciplinary program led by professor Aaron Fenster from the faculty of medicine and dentistry and the faculty of engineering, a network for oral research training and health led by professor Graeme Hunter from the faculty of medicine and dentistry and interdisciplinary training in primary health care research led by professor Moira Stewart, also from the faculty of medicine and dentistry.

–Nikki Wilson

Move over Shakespeare

In what has been cited as one of the most important discoveries of literary manuscripts by a 20th century author, Western professor Michael Groden returned from Ireland last Wednesday following the acquisition of 500 pages of James Joyce manuscripts.

Groden, a professor in the department of English, acted as an expert consultant in the purchase of the papers by the National Library in Dublin for $11.7 million American. The papers were sold by the family of Paul Leon, a friend and secretary to Joyce, in the years leading up to the Irish writer's death in 1941.

The world's leading authority on Joyce manuscripts, Groden said he was approached by the National Library last November concerning the writings, which were rediscovered in 2000. Groden authenticated the papers as Joyce's own, catalogued the contents and established with "99 per cent" certainty they belonged to Joyce.

Groden described the papers as being in "perfect condition" after apparently remaining undisturbed for 58 years in the Paris home of the Leon family.

"Read the book(s) with what you can get out of (them)," Groden said. "University trained readers tend to be obsessed with what they don't know."

The writings include about 25 documents, including early notebooks, proofs of Finnegan's Wake and handwritten notes, corrected printer's proofs and some the earliest drafts of Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses.

–Patrick Kulmatycki

Western adds to bureaucratic muscle

Western's dean of the faculty of graduate studies has been appointed to a new administrative position in charge of policy, planning and faculty.

Alan Weedon, also a Western chemistry professor, will begin a five-year term as Vice-Provost of policy, planning and faculty, starting Jul. 1, 2002. The new position will be responsible for developing and implementing budgetary and operational policy for the university, among other tasks.

"Alan's profound knowledge of the university, along with his stature as a distinguished researcher, will allow him to provide strong leadership across all of our faculties," said Western president Paul Davenport in a statement released by the university.

–Emmett Macfarlane

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