News In Brief

  • Johnson Street, between the blocks of University and Division streets, will remain closed until September 20 in order to complete sewer, watermain and road reconstruction. During construction, this area will be closed to through traffic. City Hall has advised motorists to follow posted detour signs.
  • Researchers at Queen’s University made headlines in the National Post for a study which provided scientific evidence that a fetus can hear at 30 weeks, but there is no response when music is played before then. Prior to the study, there had never been clear proof that the fetus actually starts to hear in the womb. The research team studied 143 fetuses at between 23 and 43 weeks of gestation by observing whether they moved or their heartbeats quickened to the sound of computer-generated white noise. Until about 30 weeks, the fetuses did not respond. Dr. Kisilevsky, who has studied fetal development since the early 1980s, hopes to discover what impact fetal sounds have on infants.
  • The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) office has moved, albeit temporarily. In order to facilitate Phase I of the John Deutch University Centre (JDUC) renovations project, the SGPS will make the James Alexander Polson Room (room 142) on the first floor of the JDUC their new home until the beginning of September, 2000. The SGPS telephone and fax number, email, and mail delivery will not change. Phase I of the project began with the relocation of the Earth Centre, the Queen’s Entertainment Agency (QEA), and the SGPS office from the lower southeast corner of the JDUC. Phase I is scheduled to be completed by early September. Please watch for the SGPS grand re-opening this fall.
  • Researchers at Queen’s University are working with Canada’s biggest trade union (CUPE) and South African unions and academic institutions to help the post-apartheid government provide basic municipal services, sewage, water and sanitation, to the country’s urban and rural poor. The Queen’s researchers and CUPE are helping to mobilize informed opposition to privatization of services such as sewage, sanitation, and refuse collection.

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