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    Memorial people - faculty, staff, students, alumni and volunteers - stand out through their success. Our progress over the year is the sum of the individual achievements and successes of the many people who are associated with the university.

    Serial murder expert subject of NFB documentary

    A documentary film about the life and work of Memorial anthropology professor Dr. Elliott Leyton premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in August 2003. The Man Who Studies Murder, produced by the National Film Board, profiles the internationally renowned author and expert on serial killers. The producers note that the famous anthropologist is "not primarily concerned with the sensational aspects of his chosen field, but rather with the study of the cultural and social factors which make homicide prevalent in some societies and rare in others." These days, however, Dr. Leyton is exploring a decidedly lighter subject - the tabloid press. "I was very stressed out by my years studying homicide and I really wanted to take a major break and was looking for something lighter", Dr. Leyton said. "Who could fail to be attracted to such great headlines as Chocoholic Mum Gives Birth To Sugar-Coated Twins!" The Man Who Studies Murder will be shown on the CBC's national television network in November and December 2003.

    Graduate student work recognized with prestigious award

    Dr. Willeen Keough, a graduate of the doctoral program in the Department of History and a postdoctoral fellow with Memorial's Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), was awarded the prestigious Gutenberg-e Prize for 2002, the highest distinction bestowed by the American Historical Association (AHA). The $20,000 (US) award will be used to develop her thesis into an e-book. Dr. Keough's dissertation, The Slender Thread: Irish Women on the Southern Avalon, 1750-1860, addresses themes such as motivations for migration, adaptation and community formation, work and the sexual division of labour, property and inheritance, women and spirituality, class relations, the negotiation of ethnicity and gender, and women's informal power in family and community. Her innovative use of traditional and non-traditional sources uncovered significant findings on the migration and early-settlement experiences of women who, until now, have been very thinly represented in the written historical record. The Gutenberg-e program was launched by the AHA in 1999 to deliver high-quality, innovative scholarship on the Internet through the creative and thoughtful use of digital technology. Each year, a panel of distinguished historians selects the most outstanding recent dissertations in North America for e-publication by Columbia University Press. According to Dr. Robert Darnton (Princeton), past president of the AHA, the prize winners, six a year, stand out as the most talented historians of their generation.

    Working with the electronic publishing staff at Columbia University Press, Dr. Keough is converting the dissertation into a digitized multi-media format, with features such as links to audio and visual clips. "Of course, every new academic dreams of having her or his dissertation published," she said. "And to have it acknowledged by such a prestigious body of historians and published by one of the premiere academic presses in North America is very gratifying indeed."

    Alumni association launched new awards

    A new program of awards was launched to recognize the inspiring work of Memorial University alumni. In the fall of 2002, five remarkable Newfoundlanders were selected in recognition of their local, national or international contributions. Eric Jerrett CM, engineer, architect, land surveyor and outstanding community volunteer, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding professional, community and volunteer achievement; Heather (Shapter) Billou, businesswoman and advocate for the removal of economic barriers for women in third world countries, was awarded the Alumni Horizon Award for her accomplishments while under the age of 35 years. Renowned scholar, teacher and committed volunteer, Dr. Wayne Ludlow accepted the J. D. Eaton Alumni Award for exceptional volunteer service to Memorial University.

    Dr. R. Bruce Aylward, physician and world health advocate, accepted the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for his dynamic role as a community health leader in the global initiative to eradicate polio. Sara Sexton received an Outstanding Community Service Award for her selfless dedication to community volunteerism and advocacy for AIDS victims. For more on the award recipients, please see the Alumni Section.

    Chair of Memorial's governing board named lieutenant-governor

    Dr. Edward Roberts, the former chair of the Board of Regents, was appointed lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in September 2002. Dr. Roberts has been deeply involved in the political, educational, legal and social life of Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 40 years. Appointed by the provincial government to chair the Board of Regents in October 1997, he said his five years as chair were marked by great advances on all of the university's campuses. According to Dr. Roberts, the new collective agreement with the faculty union was an important step for the university, despite a short strike preceding the deal in the fall of 2000. "We are competing for faculty on a national stage and this deal puts Memorial back on the playing field," he said. He was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree during Memorial's May 2003 convocation ceremonies. Dr. Roberts succeeds other leaders who were associated with Memorial University: Dr. Maxwell House, a member of Memorial's Faculty of Medicine served as the province's lieutenant governor from 1997-2002, and Dr. Frederick Russell was a former chair who served in that office from 1991-1997.

    Alex Faseruk named 3M teaching fellow

    Dr. Alex Faseruk of the Faculty of Business Administration was awarded a 3M Teaching Fellowship, one of only eight Canadian recipients announced at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. "Dr. Faseruk excels in all dimensions of scholarly activity, both in the university and the community, and has made a significant contribution in the areas of curriculum development, teaching materials, and faculty development and support," said Dr. Evan Simpson, Memorial's vice-president (academic). Dr. Faseruk is known among business students as a demanding professor but one who has a gift for making finance interesting and bringing out the best in students. "Without a doubt, having Dr. Faseruk as a professor has directly contributed to my professional success," said Jennifer Dicks, former business student. For the past 16 years, he has coached business case competition teams at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has helped Memorial achieve the best record in Canada.