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Memorial University was well represented when Governor General Adrienne Clarkson announced 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada Feb. 8. Dr. Max House was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, joining luminaries Susan Aglukark, Paul Anka, and Jane Urquhart, who holds an honorary degree from Memorial. As well, Ann Hart was named a member of the Order of Canada. A neurologist and recognized world leader in telemedicine and distance education, Dr. House founded the Telemedicine Centre at Memorial University in 1976. Ms. Hart has made lasting contributions to the cultural life of her province. As head of the Memorial University Libraries' Centre for Newfoundland Studies from 1976 to 1997, she was instrumental in building a priceless and internationally renowned collection of Newfoundlandia.

Dr. R. Phillip Bording was appointed Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research. Prior to accepting his appointment as Husky Chair, Dr. Bording was manager of computational science at the Computer Sciences Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Bording received his M.S. in computer science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and his PhD from the University of Tulsa.

Dr. Yuri Muzychka, assistant professor of engineering, was the recipient of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award for 2004 at Memorial University. Petro-Canada and Memorial University recognized his accomplishments at an event on the university's St. John's campus Feb. 16. Dr. Muzychka's research is the first step in thermo fluid examination which helps maximize the performance of such things as computers, car engines and medical equipment.

Amid a colourfully decorated hotel ballroom, some 240 people gathered on Friday, Feb. 25, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Memorial University 's founding. Memorial University was the focus of the Cabot Club Gala, an annual fundraising event held at the Fairmont Hotel in St. John's. The theme of the dinner was Celebrating Memories of Memorial and the extensive black tie event, complete with five-course meal and multimedia presentation, honoured the achievements of Memorial's students, faculty, staff and alumni.