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Queen's University

WEEK of  10 July 2009

ORALS (Humphrey Hall, Room 228 - Conference Room)
Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Eliane Boucher, Ph.D. Oral.  Casual Uncertainty in Social Interactions: The Impact of Interpersonal Expectations and Uncertainty Reduction on Liking.  Supervisor: Dr. Jill Jacobson.   External Examiner: Dr. Geoff MacDonald, University of Toronto.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Roy Roger Spina, Ph.D. Oral.  Cultural differences in expectations of a correspondence in magnitude between events and their causes.  Supervisor: Dr. Li-Jun Ji.  External examiner: Dr. Takahiko Masuda, University of Alberta.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Albert Lee, M.Sc. Oral.  The Book of Life in the Double helix: Cultural Differences in Biological Beliefs. Supervisor: Dr. Li-Jun Ji. External Examiner: Dr. Deb Feldman-Stewart, Oncology.

THANK YOU (Rick Beninger)
I want to express my gratitude to Ron Holden and Kevin Munhall who so expertly served as Acting Head while I was on leave.  We are all very fortunate to have colleagues with the administrative and interpersonal skills that they brought to the job.  They have set a high standard for me that I will endeavor to meet in my coming term as Head.  I welcome this opportunity and look forward to working with our excellent faculty and staff.

CONSTRUCTION (Candace Hartley)
Construction will begin Monday in Ingrid Johnsrude's lab and should be done by Thursday.

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Centre have established the Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards to advance research at the intersection of Neuroscience and Positive Psychology.  Up to 20 grants (averaging $200,000) will be awarded to researchers who hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent. For further information and applications please visit their website at

Please be aware that August 1 is the deadline to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply to the NSERC Discovery Grant Program. The NOI is the first part of a two-step application process (Full-proposal deadline is November 1 [an earlier deadline of Oct. 1 applies to Sub-Atomic Physics proposals of more than $500,000/yr.]).Rules for adjudicating and funding Discovery Grant awards were changed in 2009.  Please review the attached documents re Grant Process: NSERC 1 and NSERC 2.

COURSEPACKS AT THE P&CC (The Alma Mater Society)
What are coursepacks? Coursepacks are collections of readings and/or notes to provide a unified resource for students. Coursepacks allow course instructors to offer readings that are directly relevant to course material and most convenient to their teaching style. Coursepack submissions are due August 14th, 2009 at the Publishing and Copy Centre at the JDUC Centre.  Instructions and elog forms at

Neuroscience 2009 - October 17-21, Chicago
.  Share Ideas, Present Cutting-Edge Research, Network.  McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.  Online registration opens on July 14.  Register at

Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, Provincial Clinical Conference on  March 10 & 11, 2010. Resilience After Trauma: Supporting Clients Overcoming Harmful Events. Presented by Mental Health & Addictions Services and Saskatchewan Health.  Registration forms will be distributed in September 2009.

Upcoming Workshop - Clinical Psychology Program  by Dr. Stanley Sue in Toronto. Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 3 - 5 p.m. Title: A dialogue with Dr. Sue on culture and mental health. 399 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON  $5 for refreshments. For further information please contact Elizabeth Vip at 416-493-4242 ext 2272 or email

One of our former students,Miss Sara Beck(1993 B.A.(HONS) Psychology Upper II Class has won two prestigious awards for her article "A Question of Treason". The article  took gold in the Prix d'Excellence Best Writing/Article-English Language category and silver in the Best Articles of the Year.  Further information can be found at website

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