The provincial auditor general conducted a legislative audit of Memorial University which started in January 2005. University officials welcomed the opportunity to have Memorial's financial affairs audited by another external entity. Every year the university's financial records are audited by external auditors, most recently Ernst and Young. The purpose of the auditor general's broader legislative audit is to examine the university's policies and procedures, as well as its financial records, focusing primarily on the two-year period of 2002-2004.
A professor in the Department of Chemistry at Memorial was recognized for his outstanding research in the field of organic chemistry. Dr. Graham Bodwell was awarded the Merck-Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Award for 2005.
Good things come in small, shiny packages or so archaeologists from Memorial University of Newfoundland found while excavating the Colony of Avalon site in Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. James Tuck, head of the Archaeology Unit at Memorial's Department of Anthropology and archaeologist Barry Gaulton announced in January that a set of three enamelled gold seals discovered in the summer of 2003 were the personal property of Sir David Kirke, conqueror of French Canada and Governor of Newfoundland from 1637 until 1651.
Education Minister Tom Hedderson announced Jan. 20 the latest appointments to Memorial University's Board of Regents. Patsy S. Coish-Snow (Clarenville), Wynanne Downer (Corner Brook), and Mary Broderick (Baie Verte) were appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council in accordance with the Memorial University Act. Gary Peddle (St. John's) was elected to serve as the MUN alumni member, while Thom Duggan (St. John's) was elected as the student representative.