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Charles Taylor Prize winner announced

Author Tim Cook has been named the winner of the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917–1918, Volume Two.

Queen’s Professor Ana Siljak was among the three authors shortlisted for the award. Her book, Angel of Vengeance: The ‘Girl Assassin,’ The Governor of St. Petersburg and Russia’s Revolutionary World, profiles Russia’s first female assassin.

The winner was announced Monday during a luncheon at Le Meridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

—Jane Switzer

Queen’s sees rise in undergraduate applications

The nursing and applied science programs are among the highest in demand at Queen’s, according to preliminary numbers released by the Ontario Universities Application Centre.

Numbers released by the same report also show a 7.7 per cent increase in first choice student applications to Queen’s and a 3.7 per cent increase in second choice applications.

Universities will continue to receive applications from students outside of Ontario high schools, from across Canada and around the world, and the final statistics will be reported in April.

—Jane Switzer

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