President's Report 2006 | Year-in-Review

JULY 2006

On July 1, 2006, soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment returned to the battlefields to mark the 90th anniversary of the battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel. Two members of Memorial University's Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) travelled with them, and managed to capture not only history but the intense emotion surrounding each of the ceremonies. Kevin O'Leary, director/producer, and Joe Earles, videographer with DELT, accompanied the Regiment to each of the five memorials established in France and Belgium in memory of the battles fought by the First Battalion of the Newfoundland Regiment.

Fishery researchers and scientists from around the world visited Memorial University's Marine Institute and the Ocean Science Centre to attend the seventh International Congress on the Biology of Fish, July 18-22 in St. John's. The biennial congress, organized by the American Fisheries Society — Physiology Section, attracted 450 delegates from over 30 countries, and provided an opportunity for the scientific and professional community, resource users, and the general public to exchange the latest research on fish physiology processes, tools and techniques.

Michelle Healey, who was the program co-ordinator with Memorial Athletics since 1999, is the university's first-ever fulltime director of athletics. Ms. Healey was appointed to her new position in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation in July. She'll report to the school's director Dr. Mary Bluechardt. As director of athletics, Ms. Healey will be responsible for developing, promoting, managing and evaluating the varsity athletics programs at Memorial.

Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, University Research Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (FIAFoST) by the International Union of Food Science and Technology, the umbrella organization encompassing relevant societies from around the world.

Dr. TA Loeffler, who teaches in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, was named a winner of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) regional awards for excellence in teaching and instructional leadership. She will receive the 2006 AAU Distinguished Teacher Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching over a number of years, at a formal ceremony next year.

Dr. Ronald Rompkey, University Research Professor in the Department of English, has been elected a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) — considered the highest academic accolade in the country. Dr. Rompkey is among the 82 new Fellows chosen this year. The RSC elects members from all branches of learning who have achieved national and international recognition by publishing learned works or original research in the arts, humanities and sciences. Founded in 1882, the RSC currently has a membership of about 1,800 Fellows.

It's considered by many to be Canada's highest honour and now a graduate, former faculty member and honorary degree recipient of Memorial University can add Order of Canada to his list of achievements. Dr. Otto Tucker, a well-known educator in Newfoundland and Labrador, was appointed by Governor General MichaŽlle Jean July 24. Dr. Tucker was named a Member of the Order.

The nation's aboriginal leaders met with Canada's 13 premiers at Grenfell College July 25. A two-hour meeting focusing on issues such as health, education, housing and economic opportunities took place in the college's Fine Arts Building.