Memorial linguistics professor Dr. Vit Bubenik was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. Also known as the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, the RSC was founded in 1882 to honour scholars of exemplary achievement. In citing Dr. Bubenik’s accomplishments, the RSC refers to him as “a master of several Humanities disciplines: Classics, Indology, Slavic, Semitic, Medieval Studies, Comparative and Historical Linguistics, who has added a new dimension to such studies.”
Dr. Keith Chaulk became the new director of Memorial University’s Labrador Institute. Based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and reporting to an associate vice-president (academic), the director of the Labrador Institute facilitates research in and about Labrador, as well as access by Labradorians to the university’s education, research and professional development opportunities. The director is guided by an advisory board representing the various regions and peoples of Labrador.
Dr. Wendy Young, was appointed Memorial University’s newest Canada Research Chair, and is researching the determinants of healthy aging as well as the optimization of care for common age-related chronic diseases such as chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, diabetes, cardiac disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, and osteoarthritis. Healthy aging is defined by the World Health Organization as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.
Memorial and the Johnson Geo Centre signed a management agreement plan for a five-year, renewable term. Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen and Dr. Paul Johnson, founder of the centre and an honorary degree recipient of the university, signed the agreement. Dr. Alice Collins, dean of Memorial’s Faculty of Education, was named the new chair of the Johnson Geo Centre, while Dr. Johnson will serve as vice-chair.