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Scott Bartlett won the H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize from the 30th annual Atlantic Writing Competition. The English major won the award for his as-yet-unpublished novel Royal Flush, a comedic romp that features a hapless king, a beautiful damsel who refuses to love him and a band of roving linguists. The author said many of the ideas he uses in his writing come from courses he has taken.

Dr. Robert Bertolo was renewed as Memorial’s Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition. Dr. Bertolo pioneered several new approaches to study intestinal metabolism in an effort to develop effective nutritional therapies for patients with gastrointestinal problems. He is one of 24 Canada Research Chairs at Memorial.

Dr. Cheri Bethune, Discipline of Family Medicine, received a 2008 Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of Medical Education. These certificates are awarded annually to promote, recognize and reward faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools.

David Bradley, an archivist at Memorial University’s Maritime History Archive and a former president of the Newfoundland Historical Society, was appointed to the board of governors of the Heritage Canada Foundation. Mr. Bradley is the founding and current chair of the Association of Heritage Industries and sits on the board of the Newfoundland Quarterly Foundation. Mr. Bradley was also closely involved with the creation and implementation of the Bonavista Historical Townscape Management Plan.

Two members of the Discipline of Family Medicine received 2007 awards of excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Roger Butler of the Ross Family Medicine Centre in St. John’s, and Dr. Michael Jong, based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, were honoured with these awards. They are designed to recognize and celebrate achievements of family physicians and to support them in continuing professional development, continuing medical education, research and education in family medicine.

The Computer and Data Communications Shop in the Department of Technical Services received a special award from Apple Care Canada this year. The shop was recognized for being in the top five per cent of all Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASP) in North America. Meanwhile, Technical Services employee Robert Murphy received a Commitment to Excellence plaque from Apple for his accomplishments in the Apple Care Service to Excellence program.

Drs. Donald C. Craig and Wlodek M. Zuberek, Computer Science, received the Best Paper Award for their paper Component Compatibility and its Verification, presented at the International Conference on Architecture Research and Practice (SARP’07), a part of the International Conference on Digital Communication (ICDT’07), organized in Silicon Valley in California. Dr. Craig recently completed his PhD program in the Department of Computer Science under Dr. Zuberek’s supervision. The awarded paper is based on Dr. Craig’s doctoral research on component-based software systems. The research of both Dr. Craig and Dr. Zuberek was supported by NSERC.

Mary Dalton, English, was appointed a member of the Poetry Faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts for the Spring 2008 session.

James Farrell and Nick Eisnor, representing MUNSU, and Greg French, representing the university, were appointed to the board of directors of Campus Childcare by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Alex Faseruk, professor in the Faculty of Business, was given the Arnoldi Award at the Queen’s Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) for his long-time support and dedication to the competition. Dr. Faseruk has been a coach for Memorial students in this competition for a number of years, and has been instrumental in Memorial’s success in this competition. In fact, Memorial is the team with the third best record in the 30 year history of the competition, and the team has been recognized four times with the Chairperson’s Trophy, an award for the team best combining professionalism and spirit.

Dr. Ian Fleming, director of the Ocean Sciences Centre, Dr. Robert Gresswell of the U.S. Geological Survey and Julie Henning were awarded the Mercer Patriarche Best Paper in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management given by the American Fisheries Society in recognition for a paper titled Juvenile Salmonid Use of Freshwater Emergent Wetlands in the Floodplain and its Implications for Conservation Management.

Dr. Grant Gardner was named associate vice-president (academic) this past year. His appointment was approved by Memorial’s Board of Regents at its meeting held Oct. 18. Dr. Gardner succeeded Dr. Michael Collins who held the appointment since June 2001.

Dr. Penny Hansen, professor of physiology, was selected as the recipient of the 16th annual Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year Award. The award from the American Physiological Society was presented April 8 in San Diego, Calif., during the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. The award recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, commitment to the improvement of physiology teaching, and contributions to physiology education at the local community, national or international levels. Dr. Hansen has degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Akron and a PhD in physiology from Memorial. She has worked with her colleagues around to world to create curricula designed to engage medical students’ interest in physiology, to develop new strategies for student laboratories, and to assist and assess students’ ability to analyze and solve physiological problems. Her ability as a teacher was recognized with a 3M Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, one of 10 awarded in 1990 to Canadian university teachers.

Luke Harris, coach of Memorial’s male volleyball team, finished a successful journey with the junior men’s national team this year. Mr. Harris was approached and joined the team as an assistant coach in May and recently returned from a six-week training and competition tour with the team in El Salvador where the team captured the silver medal after losing a close battle with rival Cuba. By finishing second the team qualified for the 2009 World Championships.

MBA student Amy Hsiao won the Best Case in Division award for her case, Out of Newfoundland with Iceberg Beer: A Case Study on Quidi Vidi Brewery, from the Atlantic Schools of Business (ASB). She attended the ASB conference from Sept. 28-30 at Acadia University to accept her award.

Dr. H. W. “Bud” Hulan, Biochemistry received the McGill University Macdonald Campus Distinguished Scientist and Alumnus Award on Oct. 20 in Montreal. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to academia, science and public service. Dr. Hulan was one of five “distinguished alumni” who have made significant contributions in their fields or to society.

Kent Jones, faculty member, Division of Fine Arts, Grenfell College, received news this past year that several sets of an intricate lithograph project have been purchased by various collections. The printmaking project involved the collaboration of Prof. Jones and Irish poet Patrick Galvin. Prof. Jones illustrated Mr. Galvin’s famous poem “The Madwoman of Cork” with a series of eight original lithographs. They are included with 11 pages of text (hand-set type) and are contained in a handmade solander case (folding case). Five sets were purchased by Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Princeton University; University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware; and the National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

A painting by Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Medicine, has received three distinctions in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. The painting, “Green Gables House™” was chosen by Canada Post’s jury panel to be one of two stamps that will be issued on June 20, 2008, with first day covers. Canada Post and Japan Post have also joined together to have an historical joint stamp issue, with joint first day covers, that will also bear the image of this painting. And finally, the Royal Canadian Mint has used Dr. Kovacs’s painting in conjunction with their issue of a special Anne of Green Gables coin, which was released on April 16.

The outreach activities of Memorial’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development made the cover of an issue of University Affairs magazine. The prestigious publication aimed at Canada’s university community featured a five-page article on the Harris Centre’s regional workshops. The workshops are designed to foster communication, and possible collaboration, between Memorial University researchers and the wider community. As part of its knowledge mobilization mandate, the Harris Centre is also hosting an international conference, Knowledge in Motion 2008, from Oct. 16-18, 2008, on Exploring the Role of Higher Education Institutions in Regional Development and Knowledge Mobilization – Learning What Works Best, From Each Other.

Dr. TA Loeffler was awarded the 2008 Minnesota State University Mankato Distinguished Alumnus in the humanitarian category and named a 3M Teaching Fellow this past year.

Dr. Crystal MacLellan, a postdoctoral fellow, Division of BioMedical Sciences, received a Society for Neuroscience chapter postdoctoral trainee travel award. The award, which is given in a highly competitive international competition, allowed her to travel to the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held Nov. 3-7 in San Diego. Her abstract presentation was titled Long-Term Assessment of Enriched Environment and Stem Cell Transplantation after Cerebral Ischemia in Rats.

Dr. Antonio Martin, Department of Biochemistry, was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists for 2008. The IFT is the world’s largest and most important professional organization in the area of food science and technology. The institute has about 20,000 members worldwide. Dr. Martin is one of just 23 new fellows.

Derek Norman, St. John’s filmmaker and current co-ordinator of the Digital Research Centre for Quantitative Fieldwork in the Faculty of Arts, was named board member (film) for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Dr. David Pike, an associate professor with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was selected as a recipient of the 2007 Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA) Hall Medal. The Hall Medal, named after the late Marshall Hall Jr., is given for extensive quality research by a member of the ICA who is in mid-career, which is defined to mean not having passed the age of 40 in the year for which the medal is awarded. A maximum of three such medals are awarded per year and nominations for the award are made by fellow ICA members and evaluated by the Members of Council.

Stephanie Power was re-appointed for a one-year term to the board of the Memorial University Recreation Complex.

Anil Raheja, program manager of the Faculty of Engineering’s co-op education program and co-ordinator, was named the president elect of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE). CAFCE is the voice for post-secondary co-operative education in Canada. It is the accreditation body for co-op schools and a resource for educators, students and employers interested in co-op education.

Anne Richardson, director of The Works, was appointed to the board of directors of the Western Sports and Entertainment Inc. (The Pepsi Centre) for a two-year term, expiring April 20, 2009.

Dr. Ronald Rompkey, Department of English, was elected vice-preisdent of the Canadian Association of Members of the Ordre Nationale du Mérite at the annual meeting in Quebec City on May 31.

Cod: The Ecological History of the North Atlantic Fisheries by Dr. George Rose is the gold medal winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award for Canada-East Best Regional Non-Fiction. In Cod: The Ecological History of the North Atlantic Fisheries, Dr. Rose tells the full story of the devastation of the North Atlantic cod stocks, in scientific detail, for the first time – from the formation of the North Atlantic marine ecosystems to the massive stock declines in the last half of the 20th century.

Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine, received one of the highest honours given by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). On Saturday, Oct. 27, he was in Winnipeg to give the 2007 W. Victor Johnson Oration. This award honours the memory of the late Dr. W. Victor Johnston, the CFPC’s first executive director (1954-64). The recipient is recognized for leadership in family medicine in Canada or internationally.

Dr. Murray Rudd, Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, was elected as Economics representative to the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group (SSWG). The SSWG, with over 600 members in 70 countries, is a global community of conservation professionals interested in the social aspects of biodiversity conservation. Since successful conservation inevitably requires changes in human behaviour, drawing on social science research to better understand what people do – and why – provides valuable insights for conservation policy and practice. As part of his board duties, Dr. Rudd will chair SSWG’s Policy Committee. In addition, he will play an active role in promoting both the SSWG and Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) in Canada during the buildup to the SCB global conference being held in Edmonton in 2009.

Dr. John Sandlos was named the winner of the prestigious 2008 Clio Award for Northern Canadian History by the Canadian Historical Association for his first book, Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories. The book draws on themes from Canadian, environmental, and ecological history, Northern Studies, and Native studies to illuminate the intersection between the discourse of wildlife conservation and the expansion of state power in Northern Canada. It is part of a series published by University of British Columbia Press entitled Nature/History/Society.

Dr. Anne Sclater, chair of the Discipline of Medicine, was named the 2008 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Kilborn Memorial Visiting Professor to the West China University of Medical Sciences in Chengdu. The purpose of this year’s visiting professorship is to enable a Canadian specialist to visit West China University of Medical Sciences for a three-week period in the fall of 2008 and to contribute to the education of students and the professional development of the faculty of the school in the discipline of geriatric medicine.

Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, university research professor in the Department of Biochemistry, set a new record this past year, according to ISI (Institute for Scientific Information; Thomson Scientific). Dr. Shahidi, who was the most published and seventh most highly-cited scientist in the world in the field of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science for the decade of 1996-2006, has broken his own record. He is now the fourth most highly cited in the world for the period of January 1997-August 2007. It is worth noting that Dr. Shahidi is the first Canadian ever to be cited in the top 10 in this field. Dr. Shahidi was the recipient of the 2007 Advancement of Application of Agricultural and Food Chemistry from the American Chemical Society for his outstanding contributions to the field and was Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2006. Dr. Shahidiwas also named the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in recognition of outstanding, dedicated and sustained service to the society’s Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division.

Undergraduate chemistry students did the department proud at the APICS chemistry conference, Chemcon 2008, May 8-11 at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Of the five oral and eight poster presentations contributed by the 13 students attending the conference, four came away with prizes. Best oral presentation was awarded to Jennifer Swyers, organic chemistry, and Nicole Rice, macromolecular science and engineering, while best poster presentation was awarded to Mark Tobin, organic chemistry, and Amy Reckling, inorganic chemistry.

Andrew Vickerson was one of three students in Canada chosen to receive a scholarship from the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC). Mr. Vickerson is currently completing a M.Sc. in Aquaculture at Memorial.

Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Discipline of Genetics, was appointed a member of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The specific appointment is to the Institute of Genetics, for a term of three years, began Sept. 1, 2007.