President's Report 2007

Outstanding researchers honoured

Three Memorial faculty were honoured for outstanding research at a reception in November 2007. Dr. David Behm was the recipient of the Presidentís Award for Outstanding Research, while Drs. Wieslaw Kubiak, Business, and Carole Peterson, Psychology, received the designation of University Research Professor.

Memorial began its annual presentation of the University Research Professor designations and the Awards for Outstanding Research in 1984, and the Distinguished Teaching Awards in 1988, as ways of singling out particularly distinguished contributions within its academic community. Presidentís Awards for Distinguished Teaching recognize the teaching excellence in the university community.

The Presidentís Award for Outstanding Research recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines. Each award includes a $5,000 research grant. University Research Professors have acquired a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant (each year for five years) and a reduced teaching schedule.

Presidentís Award for Outstanding Research

Dr. David Behm

Dr. David Behm

Dr. David Behm, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, is a graduate of McGill University with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science. His research has received international attention, particularly on the effects of noise on performance. Dr. Behm has also focused his research efforts in the areas of alternations in muscle activation with acute and chronic activity and environments; effect of stretching on performance; effect of instability on the neuromuscular system and performance; mechanisms and effects of fatigue. The findings of Dr. Behmís research have had implications for the academic community but also for fitness professionals and enthusiasts and athletes. He has also focused his research on various aspects of neuromuscular responses and adaptations to acute activities, fatigue, training and extreme environments. Dr. Behmís papers have been published in many prestigious scientific journals and he has contributed to several books including the popular Quirks and Quarks Question Book. Dr. Behm has been the recipient of several academic awards including a McMaster University Graduate Scholarship and the Canadian Olympic Association Torch Scholarship. University Research Professors:

Dr. Wieslaw Kubiak

Dr. Wieslaw Kubiak

Dr. Wieslaw Kubiak, Faculty of Business Administration, received his PhD from the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, in 1986 and a D.Sc. in 1996 from the Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland. Dr. Kubiakís research has been motivated by problems of shared resource allocation arising in business, information technology and computer science as well as problems of minimization of business process variability. His goal has been to develop efficient methods to solve these problems optimally or to prove that such efficient methods do not exist. His research has been supported by grants from NSERC, the NATO Collaborative Research Grant, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany), the Fondation Scientific de Lyon et du Sub-Est (France) among others. Dr. Kubiak has conducted his research in co-operation with leading as well as young researchers form universities and research laboratories in Brazil, Byelorussia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Iran as well as others. He has published 65 publications and 30 research reports and working papers. He was awarded the Deanís Research Award twice, in 1993 and 1999 and the Presidentís Award for Outstanding Research in 1995.

Dr. Carole Peterson

Dr. Carole Peterson

Dr. Carole Peterson, Psychology, received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1974 and has been a professor at Memorial University since 1991. She has co-authored and contributed to several books on childrenís narrative and literacy. Her research focuses on two areas: childrenís development of narrative skills and childrenís memory. Narratives are autobiographical stories about life events; the play an important role in the development of oneís identity and lay a foundations that helps children acquire literacy. Her research on childrenís memory has direct bearing on the reliability of childrenís testimony in forensic situations. Since children are increasingly appearing in court and their testimony is sometimes the sole evidence, it is crucial that the strengths as well as the limitations of their memory are understood. Police departments around the world are finding this information useful. Dr. Peterson has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards and is the chair of the board of directors of the Memorial University Childcare Centres, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Womenís Issues in Education; she also serves as a consultant for the Department of Social Services and the Department of Justice and Legal Aid of Newfoundland and Labrador and an eyewitness expert for the Newfoundland Supreme Court.