President's Report 2007

JULY 2007

  • The university Senate and the Board of Regents approved a proposal to change the status of the Women's Studies multi-disciplinary program to a full-fledged department within the Faculty of Arts. The move fulfills a recommendation by the Katz Report Action Committee, which noted: "The Women's Studies Program should be supported and strengthened as a matter of urgency."
  • Dr. John H. McLean, professor of anatomy and neuroscience at Memorial University, was the first person to receive the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Synapse Award - Individual Researcher. The award, which is worth $5,000, recognizes the efforts of a health researcher who has made exceptional efforts to promote health research among Canada's high school students. Through mentorship, the winner regularly motivates youth to consider both the value of health research as well career opportunities that exist within various scientific fields. The winner is nominated by someone who understands his/her direct scientific contributions to young people, and is chosen by the members of the CIHR Youth Outreach Advisory Board.
  • Memorial has re-affirmed its commitment to continue developing collaborations with a U.K. university. On Wednesday, July 25, President Dr. Axel Meisen and Dr. Paul Curran, vice-chancellor of Bournemouth University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand an existing partnership. The signing ceremony was held on the St. John's campus. Bournemouth is located on the south coast of England in the county of Dorset with one of its two main campuses located in Poole - an area with strong connections to this province. The purpose of the MOU is to establish the general areas and activities in which Bournemouth and Memorial will seek to collaborate, recognizing the historic 400-year-old connection between this province and that region of England.
  • Memorial appointed a new university librarian in July. Lorraine Busby replaces longtime librarian Richard Ellis who officially steps down on Aug. 31 but will continue to work in Memorial's Queen Elizabeth II Library in St. John's. He has occupied the librarian position since 1982. Ms. Busby begins with Memorial this fall.