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Year in Review | June

In recognition of his research contributions in last 25 years, Dr. Laurence Thompson, university research professor in the Department of Chemistry, was honoured with the Alcan Lecture Award for 2004. Dr. Thompson received this prestigious award at the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s annual conference in June 2004.

Dr. Andrea Rose, a professor in the Faculty of Education, was named as one of the 10 national recipients of the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowships which were awarded June 17 at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) held at the University of Ottawa. The 3M Fellow award recognizes excellence in teaching over an extended period of time, principally, but not exclusively, at the undergraduate level and also acknowledges educational leadership in commitment to the improvement of university teaching within the candidate's own institution. This is the fifth time and the third consecutive year that a faculty member from Memorial has been recognized with this prestigious award. This is the fifth time that faculty of Memorial University have been honoured with this award; the other recipients were Dr. Alex Faseruk in 2003, Professor Shane O’Dea in 2002, Dr. Michael Collins in 1998 and Dr. Penny Hansen in 1990. The STLHE is a national association of academics interested in the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will invest $463,754 in support of four newly recruited faculty members at Memorial. The four projects to receive funding from CFI are: Dr. Janet Brunton, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, was awarded $71,774 for infrastructure to study amino acid requirements of infants and children in states of health and intestinal injury; Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, Faculty of Medicine, was awarded $133,931 by CFI for cellular electrophysiology and photostimulation system for investigation of central mechanism of body weight control; Dr. Yvan Rose, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, was awarded $49,892 for speech sciences and language acquisition laboratory; and Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Faculty of Medicine, was awarded $208,157 for a state-of-the-art gene discovery research laboratory for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The province’s best and brightest were recognized by the Lieutenant Governor June 16. Nine men and women were named the first members of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. The group included several people with close ties to Memorial University. Dr. Edward Roberts, as Chancellor of the Order, was formally inducted into the Order at a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s this September. The eight members are: Edgar Baird, Gary Graham, Paul Johnson, Joanne MacDonald, Susan Patten, Linda Peckford, Henry Shouse and Dr. Otto Tucker. An advisory council chose them from among the more than 100 nominations submitted from all regions of the province. The objective of the Order is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour which benefits in an outstanding manner Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents. Any person or group may nominate an individual for recognition by the Order. The president of Memorial sits on the selection committee. Among his contributions, Gary Graham has served as a volunteer organist at Memorial’s convocation in Corner Brook. Often cited as one of the greatest philanthropists that Newfoundland and Labrador has ever produced, Paul Johnson has made extraordinary contributions to the historical and cultural heritage of the province. He is renowned for his Grand Concourse Authority, a partnership which brought together the resources of the three levels of government and Memorial University to beautify the capital region and showcase its spectacular heritage and natural assets. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial University in 1994. A well-known educator in Newfoundland and Labrador and graduate of Memorial University, University of Alberta and University of Toronto, Dr. Otto Tucker served with the Faculty of Education at Memorial University until his retirement in 1995. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial University in 1997. Dr. James Tuck is credited with helping to sustain the communities of today, while delving into the roots of cultures that have inhabited Newfoundland and Labrador over thousands of years. As a driving force of the Archaeology Unit of Memorial University, he has helped shape the careers of many aspiring archaeologists from all over the globe. In fact, for many individuals in the field, the name Dr. James Tuck is synonymous with archaeology. He is also the Henrietta Harvey Chair at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Linda Peckford is a student at Grenfell College as well as a graduate (BA(Ed)’80). Henry James Shouse is also a graduate of Memorial (BS’82).


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