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Full accreditation for School of Pharmacy

Dr. Linda Hensman said full accreditation is very good news for the School of Pharmacy.

Memorial University's bachelor of science in pharmacy program received full six-year accreditation from the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) in September. The council was impressed by the accomplishments since its last accreditation site visit, including the direction of curriculum development, the leadership of the School of Pharmacy, the enthusiasm of the clinical faculty and the new science faculty, as well as the promise of four to five new faculty members. The new bachelor of science in pharmacy degree program, which was phased in during the fall semester with half the entering pharmacy class, requires one prerequisite year and four pharmacy years (1+4) whereas the old program required two prerequisite years and three pharmacy years (2+3). The new program also incorporates dramatic changes in the area of therapeutics, patient care, pharmacy research and evaluation and pharmacy practice skills development.

Branching out in French

For the first time at Memorial, courses were taught this past year in French in departments other than the Department of French and Spanish. Thanks to funding provided under the Official Languages in Education Program of the provincial Department of Education, Memorial offered two courses in history and one each in political science and geography during the fall semester. In the French versions of the courses all lectures, discussions, readings, assignments, essays and examinations were given in French.

Faster route to education degree

In May, 80 students started the new fast-track delivery bachelor of education (primary/elementary) degree program, offered at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook and the St. John's campus, with 40 students accepted at each site. The fast-track delivery enables students with at least 78 credits to complete the program in four consecutive semesters. By starting the fast-track delivery program at a different time of year, it allows faculty to teach in the summer if they choose as well as tapping into the pool of available sessional instructors.

Green light for new engineering program

A new course-based graduate program offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science was given the go ahead in June 2005 by Memorial University's Senate. Members voted in favour of the new master of applied science in environmental systems engineering and management (ESEM). The program is expected to draw new international students to Memorial. It covers topics such as environmental law and management, human health and ecological risk assessment to find cost-effective engineering solutions to these complex issues. The 14-month program, which consists of 30 credits, also includes an initial eight-week English language module for international students.

Tourism studies program approved for Grenfell

The new, innovative bachelor of arts in tourism studies program, which will offer students an education in tourism, business, economics, heritage and culture was approved this year to begin at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in January 2006. The program will produce graduates who can balance specific and relevant skill sets with sensitivity to the strategic issues significant to tourism industries. The BA in tourism studies will allow students to engage in emerging and internationally acclaimed tourism initiatives on the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, including the Bonne Bay Marine Centre, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, L'Anse aux Meadows and Red Bay Historic Sites, the Port au Port Peninsula and Humber Valley Resort. As well, the Tourism Studies program will offer an advanced diploma in tourism studies as a flexible approach to post-graduate study for people who may already be working in the tourism field. A survey of approximately 400 first-year students enrolled at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College indicated that 31.7 per cent would be interested in pursuing a tourism program at Grenfell.

New lab enhances undergraduate teaching

The new and improved GISciences Teaching Laboratory is an excellent resource for students interested in GIS or remote sensing. Pictured (L-R) are GIS diploma student Christopher Boyce; graduate student Jennifer Higdon; GIS/RS specialist Glenn Crewe; Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and Dr. Alvin Simms.

Students interested in studying cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) or remote sensing now have a new and improved teaching facility on the St. John's campus available through the Department of Geography. The GISciences Teaching Lab, located on the second floor of the Science Building, consists of 25 top-of-the-line workstations. It is a technological haven for students to take the theory they are learning in the classroom and apply it using the most-up-to-date software available on the market. Aside from being of tremendous benefit to students in geography, this facility has cross-disciplinary potential for students in biology and archaeology, or any other discipline where having spatial data analysed and mapped would be of benefit.


Dean to chair provincial business board

Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial.

Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, was appointed chair of the newly formed Business Advisory Board for the provincial government in May. The newly established board includes some of this province's most dynamic, experienced and successful business people and provides advice and recommendations to government. It is comprised of 15 individuals, representing various industries and regions of the province. In addition to Dr. Gorman as chair, the board also includes a number of Memorial University alumni including Mark D. Dobbin, Peggy Bartlett, Paul Hatcher, Dean MacDonald and Charlene Johnson.








Send in the clowns: English professor's research creates quite a show

Participants in Dr. Jamie Skidmore’s (front, middle) workshop get into character.

Dr. Jamie Skidmore, Department of English, held a popular workshop on clowning in the Reid Theatre in June on Memorial's St. John's campus. Dr. Skidmore teaches within the theatre specialty and the diploma program in performance and communications media at Memorial. His specialty is the circus, clowning and sideshows. As part of Dr. Skidmore's research, and with the help of a VP-SSHRC grant, students and members of the local arts community learned about a particular method of clowning unofficially termed the Pochinko method, named after Richard Pochinko, a student of clowning who studied clown technique under the direction of Jacques Lecoq in Paris in the 1970s. Dr. Skidmore hoped the workshop peak participants' interest in clowning as an art form.

Innovative placements for social work interns: Community capacity building

At the Chalker Place Community Centre, community leaders like Nancy Thivierge (L) are working on a community capacity building project on the health and well-being of children in co-operation with community facilitator Karen Gray (R) and social work intern Jennifer Lundrigan.

Two fifth-year social work interns took part in unique field placements in community capacity building in March. Jennifer Lundrigan worked in St. John's on the health and well-being of children and Rosemary Whalen worked in the Dunville area on a project to bring seniors out of isolation. The interns were exposed to the many facets of community development work. Ms. Lundrigan worked with social worker Karen Gray to improve services for children and teens living in the Chalker Place community. In Dunville, Ms. Whalen's work focused on seniors. A native of Branch, she knew how difficult it can be for a senior to access a service an hour away in Placentia. She helped connect isolated seniors with relevant organizations.


Memorial professor captures national award for teaching

Dr. Dave Schneider, professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre and associate dean of science (research), was awarded the 2005 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Graduate Faculty Teaching Award this year. This prestigious award is given to a teacher of graduate students. The recipient is selected from 125 American and 14 Canadian universities. The award recognizes excellence and creativity in the teaching of graduate students. Dr. Schneider was presented with the award at the annual general meeting at Yale University in April 2005.

Holocaust insight: Memorial prof chosen to participate in major summer seminar

Dr. Robert Lawson

A Memorial University professor gained fresh new ideas about the Holocaust which he is now using in his teaching thanks in part to a prestigious summer seminar held in June 2005. Dr. Robert Lawson, assistant professor in the Department of German and Russian, was one of 20 scholars selected to take part in this year's Silberman Seminar which was sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. The two-week event took place in Washington, D.C., and included some of the top American and British scholars in Holocaust studies including Christopher Browning and Dr. Jane Caplan.

The seminar was designed to give faculty teaching Holocaust-related courses a better understanding of the tragic events and focus on strengthening Holocaust teaching.

Dr. Lawson used the insight from the seminar - including the names of particular books and films - and incorporated them into his German courses.