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News in brief.

Professor wins award

Jean Hutchinson has won the Thomas Roy Award for his contributions to the field of engineering geology in Canada.
The Thomas Roy Award, whose winner is chosen by peer review, is facilitated by the Canadian Geotechnical Society.
“I really love the open-ended aspect of this field, there is never one answer,” Hutchinson said in a news release.
“I also love being outdoors
— researching, exploring. I love that part of my job, being able to work in the field and teaching students.”
Hutchinson, who currently works as the geological engineering department head, has been at Queen’s since 2001.
She specializes in rock engineering, risk management and site characterization for mining and transportation infrastructure.
She works with both undergraduate and graduate students to promote geological engineering education.
Hutchinson is currently conducting a research project with 37 fourth-year geological engineering students, involving design issues associated with mining cycles.

— Vincent Ben Matak

Jane Austen tribute kicks off

The Kingston Frontenac Library begins a month-long tribute to Jane Austen this November, with presentations, films and an English country dance event.
The month is in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride
and Prejudice.
Librarian Alice
Robinette-Woods organized the month’s events, which are sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Queen’s professor Robert Morrison will give a presentation on the works on Jane Austen on Monday, Nov. 4 to start off
the month.
The Screening Room will then show Austenland, an
Austen-themed film, on Nov. 9 and 10, and the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice will be played at the Calvin Park branch of the library on Nov. 22.
At the Isabel Turner branch, the event “Turning the Page: Austen Edition” will be held on Nov. 19, which will be a time for book lovers to gather and discuss Austen’s works. Finally, the Austen Ball will be held on Nov. 30. It will include English country dances from Austen’s time period, with a workshop held earlier in the day on hairstyles and dress
from the 1800s.
“It’s a chance to get people excited about one specific thing in literature but then also spin them off in other directions by attending the talk or learning about the costumes, learning about the social customs of the time,” Laura Carter, manager of branch operations at the Central branch, said.

— Sebastian Leck

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