Board Members

Dr Andrew Nelson  Western University

Dr.Andrew Nelson
Associate Professor of Anthropology and
Associate Dean - Research
Faculty of Social Science
The University of Western Ontario

Research Interests
1) Peruvian Bioarchaeology – I started going to Peru as a student in 1982, and have been going as a professional bioarchaeologist since 1995. I have worked primarily on the North Coast at sites in the Jequetepeque Valley (San Jose de Moro, Pacatnamu, Farfan) and with material from other sites in Peru (Cajamarquilla, Tucume, Laguna de los Condores). My interests lie in the areas of biocultural change over time, the interactions between culture and biology (cranial modification etc), and patterns of heath and disease.
2) Hominid growth, development and body size – my doctoral dissertation focused on hominid body size and how body size could affect traits throughout the skeleton, and subsequent research involved the examination of how body size and its associated characteristics was achieved through ontogeny. Much of the latter work has been undertaken in collaboration with my colleague Dr. Jennifer Thompson of UNLV.
3) The use of non-destructive imaging in Bioarchaeology – this area of interest involves the use of radiography and other imaging techniques to non-destructively capture and analyze human skeletal remains and archaeological artifacts. Specific methods include plain film x-ray, CT scanning, microCT scanning and laser scanning. Specific subjects of analysis include Moche pots, stone and shell beaded pectorals, skeletal remains from many sites and Egyptian and Peruvian mummies. The use of paleoradiology and virtual imaging in the analysis and presentation of Egyptian mummies has been a particularly fruitful area of research.
It is the application of non-destructive imaging to human skeletal remains that took me to Vimy Ridge in 2007 where I CT scanned the skull of an unidentified Canadian soldier.  This was part of a team effort involving genealogists, historians, artists, chemists and the Canadian Forces that led to the identification of this individual as Pvt. Thomas Lawless.

Dr.Jonathan Vance Western University

Dr. Jonathan Vance
and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario

Jonathan F. Vance is Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario, where he teaches military history, Canadian history, and social memory. A native of Waterdown, Ontario, he holds degrees from McMaster University, Queen’s University, and York University, and taught at a variety of institutions before coming to Western in 1997.
He is the author of Objects of Concern: Canadian Prisoners of War Through the Twentieth Century (1994), Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War (1997), High Flight: Aviation and the Canadian Imagination (2002), A Gallant Company: The True Story of “The Great Escape” (2003), The Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment (2006), Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation (2006), Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation (2008), A History of Canadian Culture (2009), and Bamboo Cage: The P.O.W. Diary of Flight Lieutenant Robert Wyse, 1942-1943 (2009). His most recent book is Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain and Two World Wars (2011).


Georgiana _Stanciu RCR Curator

Dr. Georgiana Stanciu
RCR Curator


Georgiana Stanciu was born in Craiova (Romania). In 1990 she obtained an undergrad at the Fine Arts Academy in Bucharest  (Romania) in the Museum Studies and Art History Program.  In 1991 she joined the National Museum of Art of Romania as junior curator for the European Art Department.  Initially keeper for the European Art collection, Georgiana became the Head of the Department in 1995.  At the same time, she successfully completed a M.A. degree in International Cultural Relations and Cultural Management at Université de Dijon while attending classes within a joint program with UNESCO Paris (France).  In 1997 she came to Canada and in 1998 she was accepted at Université de Montréal, Québec as a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Cinema Studies. She obtained her degree in 2006.  The same year she became the curator with the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario. In 2007 she was a European Art Fellow for the National Art Gallery in Ottawa and since May 2012, she has become the executive director for the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, ON. Throughout her career as a museum curator, in addition to various papers published in Romanian, Georgiana saw numerous projects completed in the area of exhibit development, collections management and educational programs. She had the opportunity to know closely how museums functions in Europe, Asia and North America.

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