Year in Review | August
Dr. Ray Gosine has been named the new dean of Memorial's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Gosine has been interim associate dean of graduate studies and research in the faculty since August 2002. Dr. Gosine is a professor in electrical and computer engineering at Memorial and he carries out research in the field of intelligent systems in collaboration with C-CORE. A Memorial alumnus (B.Eng. 1986), Dr. Gosine holds a PhD from Cambridge University in England (1989). He held academic positions at Cambridge University and the University of British Columbia before returning to Memorial in 1994. In 2000, Dr. Gosine was named to the J. I. Clark Chair of Intelligent Systems for Operations in Harsh Environments.
Memorial University's international reputation for excellence in distance education was enhanced through a partnership with American Learning Solutions to attract students to the online bachelor of nursing program (post RN). The agreement formalizes the recruitment of students into Memorial's bachelor of nursing (post RN) program over a multi-year period. Beginning with the January 2004 class, American Learning Solutions, an American e-learning company, will attract new students from the United States for Memorial's online bachelor of nursing program. Over the life of the agreement over 500 US-based nurses may become Memorial students.
A new gene in psoriatic arthritis has been discovered by a research team led by Dr. Proton Rahman, a rheumatologist with the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial and the Health Care Corporation of St. John's, and Dr. Dafna Gladman of the University of Toronto. Memorial University has filed for a U.S. patent for the novel gene, which focuses on the use of the gene to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. This long-lasting form of arthritis is associated with psoriasis and causes skin rashes and produces painful joint inflammation.
English education, how do we compare? Thanks, in part, to Dr. Jean Brown of Memorial's Faculty of Education and Rene Wicks, professional development officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA), 15 delegates, representing seven of the 10 Anglo districts in this province, got the chance to find out. The group of senior educational leaders, including the executive secretary of the NLTA, traveled to England for an Educational Study Tour of England. The goal was to learn about the current trends in English education, make comparisons and discuss Newfoundland and Labrador's system of education.