November 2005      
News from the Research Office

Building the world’s biggest telescope…
Dr. Lorne Nelson of the Physics Department is involved in a team project for the construction of the largest optic telescope in the world. The huge lens will be built close to Vancouver, BC and then installed either in Hawaii, Mexico or Chile. This TMT or Thirty-Metre Telescope, (its mirror will be approximately 30 metres in diameter), will hopefully enable astronomers to penetrate the mysteries of the grey matter covering 95% of the known universe. Construction should begin in 2008 so that the telescope can be completed by 2015. Fifteen Canadian universities have participated in designing this telescope.

Andrew MacDonald in the spotlight!
October 23, 2005, Dr. MacDonald’s Symphony No.1: The Red Guru, performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carlos Prieto, was broadcast in a world premiere on CBC Radio 2 programme "Two New Hours". On November 9 and 10, 2005, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Peter Oundjian, performed the world premiere of War Machine Blues, in two special Remembrance Day concerts "Music of Remembrance" at Roy Thomsom Hall in Toronto. Commissioned by the TSO with the generous assistance of the Canada Council, this 10-minute piece is a protest against war and is suitably inspired by the works of Jimi Hendrix and Blind Willie Johnson.
A new CD of Dr. MacDonald’s music has just been released. The CD is titled "From There and Then" and features his harp concerto, The Eleusinian Mysteries, performed by harpist Erica Goodman and the Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble. It is on the Artifact Music label (catalogue # ART 034), and is available through the Canadian Music Centre ( and commercial record stores.

Research for workers’ health and safety
Dr. Paul Gallina has been awarded a grant of $28,500 from the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to study return to work and best practices in unionized workplaces and the role of joint committees in addressing the worker health and safety needs. This research project is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Michel Lacerte, University of Western Ontario, and Dr. Sara Slinn, Queen’s University. Dr. Gallina also completed this fall a report for the Federal Labour Standards Review entitled New compliance strategies:‘Hard law’ approach.
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