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Peter Ayres,

was appointed associate dean of arts (undergraduate) for a three-year term, effective Sept. 1, 2005. Prof. Ayres replaced Dr. James Black who completed his third term on Aug. 31, 2005. This appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Elias Bartellas,

clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, received an Award of Excellence in Teaching from the national Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (APOG). The award was presented June 22 to Dr. Bartellas by Dr. Donald Tennent, professor and chair of the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial.

Bruce Belbin,

director of Student Success Programs, was selected as a member of the board of the Canadian Association of Colleges and University Student Services (CACUSS), for a two-year appointment effective June 2005.

Dave Bonnell,

head of the School of Fisheries of the Marine Institute, was appointed to the inaugural Fish Processing Licensing Board. The provincial government established the board in response to industry calls for changes in the way fish processing policy decisions are made.

Dr. Neil Bose,

was appointed as a member of the Defence Science Advisory Board with the Department of National Defence for a three-year term. Dr. Bose is a Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design and professor in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering.

Dr. Ian Bowmer,

past dean of the Faculty of Medicine, is the 2004 recipient of the Canadian Professors of Medicine Christie Award, awarded to a former chair of medicine who has made an outstanding contribution to academic medicine in Canada. Dr. Bowmer served as chair of Memorial's Discipline of Medicine from 1988-95.

Jennifer Browne,

acting manager, Centre for Career Development, was awarded the Carol's Creed Award at the Atlantic Association of Colleges and University Student Services Conference in Nova Scotia on June 7, 2005. This award is presented annually to a student services professional who has shown "infectious enthusiasm for the profession of services to students through a commitment to health, well being, love and laughter in their connection with students and colleagues." Meantime, Ms. Browne also received the New and Emerging Professionals Award by the Student Affairs and Services Association (SASA), a division of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) at Queen's University in June. The award recognizes outstanding potential and rewards service and leadership to professionals who have been working in student affairs and services for less than five years.

Christine Burke,

assistant director, Housing, Food and Conference Services took over as president of the Atlantic Association of Colleges and Universities Student Services (AACUSS) at its annual conference in June. The AACUSS is a professional organization for student affairs and services professionals in Atlantic Canada.

Thomas Clift,

Faculty of Business Administration, was appointed to the board of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, effective Jan. 1, 2005. Mr. Clift is the associate dean (academic) at the business.

Dr. Alice Collins,

dean, Faculty of Education, was elected president, Canadian Association of Deans of Education.

Dr. Michael Collins,

had his appointment as associate vice-president (academic) renewed effective Jan. 1, 2005, and ending June 30, 2007. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Michelle Cunningham,

a first-year medical student at Memorial University, received one of five national awards from the Royal Bank of Canada Financial Group's first annual Medical and Dental Student Scholarship competition. The award was worth $3,000.

Mary Dalton,

English, was the winner of the 2005 E. J. Pratt Poetry Award for her book of poems Merrybegot during the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. Meantime, Professor Emeritus Alastair Macdonald was shortlisted for his book If More Winters, or this the Last.

Dr. Douglas Dunsmore,

was appointed interim director, School of Music, for the period July 1-Dec. 31, 2005. He replaced Dr. Tom Gordon who will be on administrative leave for a six-month period. This appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

PRINTS (Parents' Roles Interacting with Teacher Support),

Family Literacy Network won a Canada Post National Literacy Award for Community Leadership. PRINTS Network was developed by Dr. William Fagan, adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education.

Dr. James P. Feehan,

Economics, was a participant in the Atlantic Roundtable held with the Expert Panel on Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing. The roundtable was organized by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and provided a forum for regional consultation by the Expert Panel. It was held in Moncton on July 20.

Dr. Lan Gien,

Nursing, received two prestigious awards and a project nomination last fall. In October she received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Research from the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland. In November 2004, she was honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2004 from the Teachers College of Columbia University, New York. Also in November, the project Training Primary Health Care Workers in Rural Vietnam, headed by Dr. Gien, was chosen as one of five finalists for the Bill McWhinney Award of Excellence in International Developments. This award recognizes a volunteer project or program that helps improve the future prospects of a community in a developing country.

Dr. Cory Gillis,

took first place for the David Hawkins Research Award at the Internal Medicine Residency Research Day held May 19. His presentation was titled Proton Pump Inhibitors, Are They a Risk Factor for Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea: A Case Control Study.

Dr. Tom Gordon,

had his appointment as director of the School of Music renewed for a further five-year term, effective Sept. 1, 2005. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Jack Granatstein,

an honorary graduate of Memorial, was Canada's National History Society's 2004 Pierre Berton Award winner.

Dr. Mahmoud Haddara,

was appointed interim director of Cooperative Education for a one year term, effective Nov. 1, 2004. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Sean Hamilton,

has received a 2005 Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of Medical Education. These certificates are awarded annually to promote, recognize and reward faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools.

Dr. John Hanchar,

was named head of the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, effective June 1, 2005. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Drs. Jolene Hancock and Cynthia Slade,

were presented the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Excellence in Research at this year's Psychiatry Resident Research Forum on May 13. The award recognized their survey of the current opinions of health care professionals regarding the importance, diagnosis and management of delirium in the critical care setting within the Health Care Corporation of St. John's.

Dr. David Hawkin,

Department of Religious Studies, was elected president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies at its annual meeting in June. The Canadian Society of Biblical Studies is the oldest humanities academic society in Canada.

Dr. Taryn Hearn,

received the Discipline of Psychiatry Award for Research at this year's Psychiatry Resident Research Forum on May 13 for her presentation on substance abuse in early psychosis.

Dr. Paul Johnson,

an honorary graduate of Memorial, was presented the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award in Halifax Oct. 7.

Dr. K. Brian Johnston,

director, Housing, Food and Conference Services, was awarded the 2005 Atlantic Association of College and University Student Services Award of Merit. This is the highest honour AACUSS can bestow on its members. The award recognizes significant achievement and distinguished contribution to the development and promotion of Student Services in the Atlantic region and active long-standing participation in the Association. Meantime, Dr. Johnston, also received the Award of Honour by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) at its annual meeting held at Queen's University in June.

Visual arts professor Kent Jones,

of Grenfell College received official notification that the Glenbow Museum in Calgary acquired 28 of his artworks through the Cultural Property Review Board of the Government of Canada. It was the fourth Cultural Property acquisition in 10 years of a large body of Prof. Jones' work by public collections in Canada. The others are The University of Lethbridge, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Ian Jordaan,

University Research Professor, was invited to become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in "recognition of [his] notable achievements". The Canadian Academy of Engineering is an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987 to serve the nation in matters of engineering concern. He was also a panellist at the Sixteenth Convocation of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) which took place in Cairns, Queensland, Australia in July.

Dr. Ross Klein,

Social Work, was elected board chair of Family Service Canada, a not-for-profit, national, voluntary organization representing the concerns of families and family-serving agencies across Canada.

Dr. Christopher Kovacs

Medicine, presented an invited lecture entitled Brain, breast and bone circuit: interactions of prolactin, PTHrP and calcitonin during lactation at the 8th International Conference on PTH and PTHrP, held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He also published a paper entitled Calcium and bone metabolism during pregnancy and lactation in the Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia. 2005; 10(2):105-118.


The Man Who Studies Murder, a feature documentary directed by Barbara Doran, produced by Kent Martin at the National Film Board of Canada and broadcast by CBC Television, was nominated by the Directors Guild of Canada for an outstanding team achievement in a documentary. The documentary focuses on the work of Memorial Anthropology Professor  Dr. Elliott Leyton.


Ken Livingstone's production of Blue/Orange was awarded a Masque for outstanding English-language theatre production at a ceremony held in Montreal on Jan. 10. The Masques are awarded by L'Académie Québécoise du Théâtre, and are considered to be Quebec's most prestigious awards for theatre.

Dr. Blair MacDuff,

a fifth-year postgraduate resident in Diagnostic Radiology, was awarded the 2005 RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, presented by the Research and Education Foundation of the Radiological Society of North America. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding residents and fellows in radiologic research. Dr. MacDuff was nominated for this award for his significant contribution to the research activities of Memorial University's Discipline of Radiology.

Dr. Hesham Marzouk,

Engineering, was one of six keynote speakers from around the world invited to present at an international conference in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Marzouk, who is also the chair of Civil Engineering, also received an award of recognition for 20 years of research contributions and collaborations with Cairo University and Helwan University, also in Cairo.

Kirsten R. McDonald Barnes,

a student in the Faculty of Medicine, was the recipient of a 2005 Medical School Achievement Award from the Endocrine Society in the U.S. for outstanding achievement in endocrinology.


Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, was a recipient of the Canadian Journal of Learning Technology Editor's Award. The CJLT Editor's Award identifies the outstanding publication or contribution in the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology during each year of publication. She received the award for her publication entitled: Identifying and Measuring Ill-Structured Problem Formulation
and Resolution in Online Asynchronous Discussions.

Dr. Walter C. Okshevsky,

Faculty of Education/Department of Philosophy, was elected president of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society at its annual meeting in June held at the University of Winnipeg.

Ellen Oliver,

had her appointment as associate director, School of Social Work, renewed for a further three-year term, effective Sept. 1, 2005. This appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Holly Pike,

was appointed vice-principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College for a five-year term, effective Jan. 1, 2005. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Melanie Pike,

won the Dr. John Simpson Memorial Teaching Award at the Internal Medicine Residency Research Day held May 19. The award is given to the resident chosen by clinical clerks for the best teaching.

Dr. Peter E. Pope,

professor of anthropology and chair of Memorial's Maritime Studies Research Unit, was awarded the 2005 Clio Award for Atlantic Canadian history by the Canadian Historical Association for his book Fish into Wine: the Newfoundland Plantation in the Seveteenth Century. CHA also gave the book the unusual distinction of an Honourable Mention for the Sir John A. MacDonald prize in Canadian history. Dr. Pope was also awarded the John Lyman Award for the Best Book on Canadian Maritime and Naval History published in 2004 for the book.

Drs. Laurie Potter and Keith Vokey,

were presented the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychiatric Association Award at this year's Psychiatry Resident Research Forum on May 13 for their presentation on a comparison of lectures versus observational learning in teaching psychiatry residents.

Tracey Powell,

was this year's recipient of the CADE Award of Excellence in Graduate Research presented by the Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE) at its annual conference in Vancouver in May 2005.

Dr. William Pryse-Phillips,

Medicine, received a Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) from past president Dr. Jean Gray at the 2004 annual meeting. These certificates are awarded annually to promote, recognize and reward faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools.

Dr. Chris Radford,

was named head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, effective Aug. 25, 2005. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Aziz Rahman,

University Research Professor, travelled to Iran in February to accept the 18th Khwarizmi International Award for his "outstanding efforts in improving the effectiveness of science." The ceremony, which was attended by the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was held by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST). IROST founded the International Khwarizmi Award to acknowledge and appreciate the priceless achievements of distinguished scientists and researchers both in Iran and abroad.

Dr. Mohamed Ravalia,

a family physician at the Notre Dame Bay Memorial Health Centre in Twillingate and a faculty member at Memorial University, was chosen the 2004 Family Physician of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the College of Family Physicians.

Jamie Reschny,

master's candidate in geography, won a Canadian Northern Studies Trust award, presented by the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies. Mr. Reschny is the winner of a $5,000 Royal Canadian Geographical Society Studentship.

Dr. Stephen Riggins,

was appointed head of the Department of Sociology for a three-year term, effective Aug. 1, 2005. Dr. Riggins replaced Dr. Judith Adler whose term as Head ended on July 31, 2005. This appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Bert Riggs,

Library, has been appointed head of the Newfoundland and Labrador Studies Archives for a three-year renewable term, effective June 1, 2005. This appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. James Rourke,

dean of Medicine, received one of four 2004 College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Council Awards on April 22, 2005. The Council Awards are presented at CPSO council to honour outstanding Ontario physicians who have demonstrated excellence and come closest to meeting society's vision of an "ideal physician."

Dr. Paul Sachdev,

Social Work, was awarded a 2005 Shastri India Studies Fellowship. His project is titled HIV/AIDS: A Study of Knowledge, Attitudes, Gender Equality and Perception of Risk Among University Students in Delhi.

Dr. David Schneider,

associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Science and professor, Department of Biology, was awarded the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Teaching Award for 2004-05.

Dr. Rangaswamy Seshadri,

Engineering and Applied Science, was recognized for a paper he co-authored. Dr. Seshadri, professor and Canada Research Chair in Asset Integrity Management at the faculty, co-authored the paper with Memorial PhD candidate Hari Indermohan and Wolf Reinhardt of Babcock and Wilcox Company in Ontario. They received a Certificate of Appreciation for the Outstanding Computer Technology Technical Paper from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Pressure Vessels and Piping Division in Denver in July.

Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi,

University Research Professor, Department of Biochemistry, was named the winner of the 2005 IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) Stephen S. Chang Award for Lipid/Flavour Science. This award recognizes significant contributions in the lipid area for outstanding fundamental research leading to applications in the food and nutritional product areas. The award consists of a Steuben Crystal Sculpture and a cheque for $3,000. Dr. Shahidi is the first Canadian ever to receive this award.

Rob Shea,

Memorial University's director of Career Development and Experiential Learning was named president-elect of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS). Mr. Shea will occupy the position for 2005-'06 and will sit as president from 2006-'08. He will assume the position of past president in 2008-'09. This national leadership role will see Mr. Shea provide national leadership to the organization representing more than 985 members across Canada. The organization represents the interests of student services professionals in disabilities, counselling, health, housing, international and aboriginal services, career co-operative education and experiential learning. Mr. Shea is the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Career Development.

Dr. Glenn Sheppard,

professor (retired), Faculty of Education, was presented with awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the counselling profession in Canada at the national conference of the Canadian Counselling Assocation (CCA) held in St. John's May 24-27. Dr. Sheppard received an honorary lifetime membership from both the Canadian Counselling Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador Counsellors and Psychologists Association (NLCPA). Dr. Sheppard is a past president of CCA and was head of the Department of Educational Psychology at Memorial for nine years.

Dr. Peter Sinclair,

Sociology, was chosen by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association for an Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Sociology Award.

Paul D. Smith,

acting director of Career Development and Experiential Learning, was installed as the president of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE), the national non-profit partnership of employer recruiters and career services professionals. CACEE's mission is to provide authoritative information, advice, professional development opportunities and other services to employers, career services professionals, and students.

Angela Tate,

a PhD student in Engineering, received the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Graduate Student Award of Merit, which consisted of $1,000 and a plaque.

Dr. Sharon Taylor,

Social Work, presented a paper titled Intimate Journeys: Examining narratives for meaning in the quest for personal and social transformation, at the Labrador Explorations Symposium sponsored by The Labrador Institute as part of the Mina Hubbard 100th anniversary celebrations.

Dr. Lilly Walker,

dean of Student Affairs and Service, was reappointed for a further term of five years, commencing Sept. 1, 2005. This appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Janine Woodrow,

a PhD student in the Faculty of Medicine supervised by Dr. Christopher Kovacs, won a Canadian Institutes of Health Research doctoral research award to fund her PhD program in the amount of about $21,000 per year plus travel expenses, as well as the 2005 Graduate Student Award from the Dietitians of Canada in the amount of $2,500.

Dr. Chris Youe,

History assumed the presidency of the Canadian Council of Area Studies Learned Societies on July 1, 2005. CCASLS has for the past decade been the administrative core of the various autonomous area studies associations in Canada (covering Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia). Dr. Youe, who is a former president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS), is head of the History Department and review editor of the Canadian Journal of African Studies.