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volume C number 21 ♦ the official sludenl newspaper at the university of alberta ♦ ♦ thursday. november 19.2009 


SEX SELLS Jay Ingram lectures at the Myer Horowitz on Wednesday in honour of Charles Darwin s 200th birth 

Darwins sexy science 
makes sweet melody 


Senior News Editor 

The field of evolutionary psychology is 
often described as unique for its sala¬ 
cious mixing of sexual nuances and 
the fact of scientific discourse, but for 
Jay Ingram. U of A alumnus and host 
of the science news broadcast Daily 
Pianet. there's another discipline per¬ 
fectly paired with the habitually book- 
bound topic. 

"There are plenty of lyrics in the 
blues thal you could look at and say, 
‘that's actually describing an evolution¬ 
ary principle ." Ingram said, referring 
to the musical genre which accom¬ 
panied him in his lecture at the Myer 
Horowitz Theatre on Wednesday. 

At first, die two might not seem to 
have much common, but evolution¬ 
ary psychology, according to Ingram, 
sliares much with the musical genre. 

His lecture tided "Darwin's Sexy 
Science" — being offered in the 200th 
anniversary year of Darwin's birth—is 
one performed. 

‘‘Once you've done it, you kind of 
dunk it’s pretty obvious. When you're 
talking about human mating behav¬ 
iour. there is no odier music than the 
blues that goes with it perfectly. The 
blues is all about human mating, and 
mating behaviour goes with the blues,” 
he said. 

The biological differences between 
men and women. Ingram continued, 
can be traced back through history to 
our evolutionary roots. 

"If you look at it from a stricdy 

evolutionary point of view, the goal 
is to reproduce. The fact is that men 
and women are different enough 
biologically that their strategies for 
reproducing as efficiently as possible 
have to be different." he explained. 

"Women invest way more in the 
birth of a child than men do. I’m not 
talking about modem .society where 
men and women bring in half the 
money each. Strictly from a biological 
point of view, the woman is pregnant 
for nine months, [and] site nurses." 

“The blues is all about 
human mating, and 
mating behaviour goes 
with the blues.” 



These biological differences result 
in different strategies for optimizing 
reprtxiuciive output, and these simple 
rules, when projected over the intri¬ 
cacy of modern human interaction, 
make for dynamic conversation. 

But while the reconciliation of the 
our sexual history with the superfi¬ 
cial themes of a musical genre might 
seem far-fetched, for Ingram, who 
obtained his B.Sc. in microbiology 
from the U of A. the combination is 
easy to get around. 


New restriction on graduate student pay will be tied to scholarships 

News Staff 

A cap on graduate stipends at the Department 
of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the 
University of Alberta could see some students 
receive less departmental funding just because 
they've earned a scholarship. 

Since 1999, the department has provided a 
minimum stipend to their graduate students 
to ensure that they can focus on their research 
while at the University. In January 2009. the 
department enacted policy that raised the mini¬ 
mum stipend to $22,000 per year for domestic 
students and 528,000 per year for international 

A second change to the policy, which will 
come into effect in January 2010, will ensure 
thal financial aid is distributed more equally to 
all students by capping financial compensation 
at $30,000 per year. 

The cap. however, takes into account schol¬ 
arships received by students in addition to sti¬ 
pends from the department. 

If a student receives a scholarsliip in an 
amount that puls them over the cap. they will 

only receive enough financial support through 
the departmental stipend to take them to their 
maximum funding allowance. 

Fraser Forbes, the department's chair, stated 
that all students are guaranteed a minimum 
income on which to live in order to conduct 
their thesis work. 

The policy coming fordi will allow for 
departmental funding to be more evenly dis¬ 
tributed among students. 

“The only feedback I've gotten from students 
has been thanking us for increasing the mini¬ 
mum support levels to more livable standards. 

I think what you're seeing is an unhappy few; 
they fundamentally do not understand that they 
are receiving financial support to conduct their 
research.” Forbes said. 

The money for student financial support comes 
from die Natural Sciences and Engineering 
Research Council of Canada. NSERC sets their 
maximum support levels at $16,500 for mas¬ 
ter's students and $ 19,000 for doctoral students, 
but U of A students receive a minimum stipend 
thal is much higher than that. Forbes said that 
many students are not aware of this. 


CAP THAT! Manolescu, GSA VP of labour relations outlines why the salary cap doesn't Irkgrad students. 
















Making the band 

Take a peek into the inner workings of 
The Fest. an homage to all things punk, 
rock, and even,thing in between. 


Breaking the rules 

What NHL rule changes would we 
implement had we the power? Get 
comfortable — we’ve gol a long list.