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Professores Emeriti Spring 2005 Convocation

The following five Memorial professors were honoured with the distinction professor emeritus during spring 2005 convocation. The category of professor emeritus is open only to retired members of the faculty. To be eligible, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.

Dr. Roberta Buchanan

Dr. Roberta Buchanan graduated from the University of Keele with a bachelor of arts in 1964, and joined Memorial University later that year. She completed her PhD in 1981 at the prestigious Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis was a study of Ulpian Fulwell and an edition of his Ars Adulandi, or the Art of Flattery (1576). In this work she laid the basis for her mastery of textual studies and the history of books and printing, subjects which she taught at Memorial. Dr. Buchanan was recognized as professor emerita for professional impact within the university, her leadership in women's studies, her creative work as a poet and for her accomplishments in Renaissance literature and in Newfoundland studies.

Dr. Maynard J. Clouter

Dr. Maynard Clouter graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland's Department of Physics with a B.Sc. in 1960 and a M.Sc. in 1962. He then attended the University of Toronto where he received a PhD in 1968. He returned to Memorial in 1969 as a visiting assistant professor and was appointed assistant professor in 1970. Together with the late Dr. Harry Kiefte, Dr. Clouter established a lab and research program which is famous for high-quality Brillouin and Raman spectroscopy of condensed matter systems ranging from molecular to silicon. Dr. Clouter's name and work are known among molecular and condensed matter physicists throughout the world.

Dr. Elizabeth Miller

Dr. Elizabeth Miller received her BA, BA(Ed), MA, and PhD from Memorial University. She joined the faculty at Memorial University in the Department of English in 1970, having previously worked as a high school teacher and principal at Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo Island. During her 32 years at the university, she taught at all levels, from first year introductory English courses to graduate seminars in British Romanticism. In her early years at Memorial, her research was in the field of Newfoundland literature. After 1990 her scholarly interests took a dramatic turn towards 19th-century British Gothic literature. Today she is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the novel Dracula, its origins in folklore, literature and history, and its impact on Western culture.

Dr. Derek Nurse

Dr. Derek Nurse was awarded a bachelor of arts from the University of Manchester, a master of arts from Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Dar es Salaam. He spent four years teaching at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and 12 years in East Africa as a researcher and university teacher. His PhD thesis at Dar es Salaam became a basic handbook for the study of East African Bantu languages. He came to Memorial's Department of Linguistics in 1989. His groundbreaking work has been praised by scholars of linguistics around the world.

Dr. William E. Schrank

Dr. William Schrank has a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from the Cooper Union in New York, a master of industrial engineering degree from New York University, and master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees (in economics) from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He taught for two years at the University of Essex in Colchester, England, before coming to Memorial, where he joined the academic staff in 1970. Dr. Schrank has been engaged in fisheries research for nearly a quarter century and has had an international impact in the areas of building a large scale econometric model, analyzing data problems in fisheries economics, investigating the political history of the Newfoundland fishing experience, developing a concept of fisheries subsidies and evaluating the cost of fisheries management. For his superior publication record and international stature, Dr. Schrank was appointed professor emeritus.

Professores Emeriti Fall 2004 Convocation

The following professors were honoured with the designation professor emeritus at the fall 2004 graduation ceremonies. To be eligible for the title professor emeritus, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.

Dr. Garth Fletcher

Dr. Garth Fletcher received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1967. He worked as a scientist at the Halifax Lab of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada from 1967-'70 and as a research scientist at the Marine Ecology Laboratory of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography from 1970-'71 before joining Memorial University as a research scientist at the Marine Sciences Research Laboratory, now known as the Ocean Sciences Centre. In 1987 he was appointed professor (research) at the Ocean Sciences Centre. Dr. Fletcher has conducted basic and applied research on fish antifreeze proteins and transgenic or genetically modified, fish for over 25 years. During this time, his team has investigated the physiology, histology, molecular biology and genetics of antifreeze production, with the overall goal of understanding the mechanisms of production and functional significance of the antifreeze proteins in cold-temperate Teleost fish species (bony fish of the class Telosti).

Dr. Tran Gien

Dr. Tran Gien earned his PhD from Ohio University in 1965. He had grown up in Vietnam and in high school was drawn to the subject of physics. He had continued his studies at the University of Saigon, winning the National Prize in Physics. From 1965-'66 he was an associate professor in theoretical physics at the University of Bordeaux, France; in 1966 he joined the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at Memorial University. Dr. Gien's research during the last 30 years has been concentrated in the area of electron and positron collisions with atomic targets. He is recognized internationally for his contributions to the development of theoretical methods in these areas, which are critical to progress in such diverse areas as the planning and understanding of accelerator experiments, the interpretation of astrophysical observations, and the design of high precision instrumentation including lasers and atomic clocks. Dr. Gien is most famous for his development of the Modified Glauber Method to deal with atomic collisions in the intermediate-energy range.

Dr. Elliott Leyton

Dr. Elliott Leyton joined the faculty at Memorial University in the Department of Anthropology in 1967, teaching until 1970 and returning after completing his PhD in anthropology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Leyton has devoted most of his career to the anthropological study of social problems in modern complex societies. In 35 years of university teaching, he has taught everything from introductory anthropology to senior undergraduate and graduate seminars. He is the author/editor of 11 books and many essays in the scholarly journals. He has completed fieldwork among business people in Vancouver; with Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland; among dying miners and widows in Newfoundland; with juvenile delinquents in an Atlantic reform school; with Scotland Yard and South Yorkshire police in Britain; and among Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders emergency medical personnel in Rwanda and Kenya. His current long-term research project is a study of the supermarket tabloids.

Dr. William Pryse-Phillips

Dr. William Pryse-Phillips earned his medical degree and trained in neurology in London, England, and held appointments at various universities and hospitals in the United Kingdom before moving to Canada in 1970. He was senior resident in the Department of Neurology, Kingston General Hospital, from July 1970-'71, followed by a year as research resident in the Department of Neurology at Montreal General Hospital. Dr. Pryse-Phillips joined the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial in 1972. As the first academic neurologist hired for Memorial's fledgling medical school, he developed teaching materials that became the basis for two books, and started a program of research on common neurological problems in the province's population. The careful clinical work he did on hereditary neuropathy, an illness of the nerves affecting body extremities, was critical to the discovery of the gene for the rare HSAN II by Xenon Genetics in collaboration with MUN researchers Drs. Roger Green and Ban Younghusband - an important step in the diagnosis and future management of this disease.

Dr. Bruce Shawyer

Dr. Bruce Shawyer earned his PhD in Mathematics from the University of St. Andrews in the UK in 1963. He taught at the University of Nottingham from 1962-'66 and at the University of Western Ontario from 1966-'85. In 1985 he joined Memorial University as full professor, serving as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 1985-91. Dr. Shawyer's professional interests in mathematics research include approximation of the sums of slowly convergent series, the summability of series and integrals, and Euclidian geometry. In the area of mathematics education he is interested in mathematics enrichment, why certain mathematical ideas are not well-learned and the propagation of mathematics. He is founder of the mathematical challenge for junior high school students and former head coach of the Canadian team for the International Mathematical Olympiad. Dr. Shawyer has authored 118 publications and is currently editor at large of CRUX Mathematicorum with mathematical mayhem. He has taught mathematics courses at all levels.

Dr. Paul Sachdev

Dr. Paul Sachdev earned his PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. He joined the faculty at Memorial University in the School of Social Work in 1973 and was promoted to full professor in 1984. From 1997-2000 he was professor and director (on leave from Memorial) at the School of Social Work, Indiana University. Dr. Sachdev is the author of seven books in the areas of abortion and adoption. He has authored 26 publications and reports and presented more than 60 papers and invited lectures. His current research is a study comparing and contrasting the experience of adoptive parents and birth parents involved in traditional closed adoption, semi-open adoption and fully open adoption, and how the three types of adoption affected the social and emotional development of children involved in the adoption. He is also researching AIDS among women in India and social work students' knowledge of AIDS.