Notable


(Dec. 12, 1996, Gazette)

Dr. Michael Doyle, assistant professor, Counselling Centre, was recently elected chair of the Newfoundland Board of Examiners in Psychology for a three-year term.

Carla Edwards, a first-year medical student at Memorial who hails from Grand Falls-Windsor, was one of 10 Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union athletes honored in Toronto as Top-Ten Academic All-Canadian athletes for the 1995-96 academic year. Ms. Edwards holds an M.Sc. from Mount Allison University, where she was an award-winning athlete and a member of the dean's list for five years.

Dr. John Garland, associate professor, Counselling Centre, was recently elected co-chair of the Provincial Associations of Psychology for a three-year term.

Dr. George Hurley, professor and director of the Counselling Centre, was recently elected an international representative to the University and College Counselling Centres' Board of Accreditation of the International Association of Counselling Services. He will serve a three-year term.

Amanda Labonté, a first-year Memorial student from St. John's, has won the 1996 Catherine Richards Essay Prize. Ms. Labonté wrote the essay last summer after graduating from Bishop's College high school. Titled Why Mathematicians are Still Needed in the Age of the Super Computer, Ms. Labonté's compelling essay was published in the September/ October issue of the national British magazine Mathematics Today, and she won a certificate and 75. Ms. Labonté is also a staff writer for the muse.

Memorial also took a share of the Award for Best Paper in Geophysics. The award recognizes the best 1995 paper published in Geophysics, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists' (SEG) technical journal. It was presented at the SEG's annual meeting last month in Denver, Co. The award was won by Dr. Larry Lines et al for Integrated Reservoir Characterization: Beyond Tomography. The competition included over 200 papers. Dr. Lines, Earth Sciences, holds Memorial's research chair in applied seismology. The paper was co-authored by 19 authors from research groups at Memorial University, Amoco, Conoco, Stanford University, and Schlumberger. Among the 19 co-authors is Sven Treitel, formerly of Amoco, who received the award for a record fourth time.

Dr. Michael Rochester, Earth Sciences, is this year's recipient of the Dean of Science Distinguished Scholar Medal. Dr. Rochester received the award Oct. 24 during a presentation ceremony in R. Gushue Hall. Dr. Rochester earned degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Utah. He held positions with A. V. Roe Canada Ltd., the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo before joining Memorial in 1970. Dr. Rochester has been honored by several organizations over the years -- he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and received the Tuzo Wilson Medal from the Canadian Geophysical Union -- including his own institution; he was named university research professor at Memorial in 1986. Dr. Kevin Keough, vice-president (research), presented Dr. Rochester with a medal and a framed certificate. Dr. Keough described Dr. Rochester as having an outstanding reputation as a scholar, colleague and student mentor. Dr. Alan Law, dean of science, was also among those who attended the ceremony.

Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, Biochemistry, has received a Best Paper Presentation Award from the American Oil Chemist's Society. The award recognizes the excellence of form, content, and presentation of a technical paper titled Plant-Derived Antioxidants presented during the 1996 annual meeting of the society.

In October Dr. Glenn Sheppard, Faculty of Education, was honored with a prestigious award from the Atlantic chapter of the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association (CGCA). The award acknowledged his outstanding contribution to the counselling profession and 25 years of dedicated service to CGCA, a national association comprised of professional counsellors and counsellor educators. Dr. Sheppard has served in a variety of leadership roles within CGCA and is currently a member of the association's National Ethics Committee. For the past 23 years he has been a counsellor educator at Memorial; during this period he has gained a national reputation within the field of educational psychology. Dr. Glenn Sheppard received the CGCA Award from John Russell, Newfoundland CGCA director and member of the Atlantic chapter's board of directors.

A class of economics students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College made the news recently -- literally. Students Lucia Beverley, Paul Brake, Jan Humby, Michael Kearley, Joanne Neville, Rochelle Taylor and Wanda Wiseman are classmates in Economics 3070, taught by Dr. Ricardo Carrera. Their class was visited by a reporter from CBC Radio in Corner Brook on Nov. 15, who recorded their take on Newfoundland's economic situation. A five-minute clip of their discussion, which involved identifying economic problems and offering solutions, was aired in a province-wide CBC Radio broadcast on Nov. 19.

During the Sixth Canadian Paleontology Conference held recently in Corner Brook, two students from Earth Sciences gave award-winning presentations. PhD student Alexi Smirnov won first place for his paper -- Holocene History of North-eastern Newfoundland: Biological Impacts for Lower Paleozoic Sedimentary Successions in Arctic Canada, co-written by Dr. Elliott Burden and P. H. Davenport. Second place went to graduate student Helen Gillispie for her paper, Late Ordovician Acritarchs of the Winterhouse Formation (Long Point Group), Port au Port Peninsula, Nfld.

A tip of the hat to Dr. Edgar Williams, Mathematics and Statistics, who co-ordinated the Fifth Annual Math in the Mall display during National Science and Tecnology Week in October. It is estimated that 4,000 people visited the exhibit, which encouraged participants to complete a fun and challenging Math Trail at the Village Mall. Math in the Mall was joined by other displays from Memorial University and the community at large. The Marine Institute, Ocean Sciences Centre and Department of Mathematics and Statistics are just three of the groups who sent dedicated volunteers to the mall to promote science and technology to the public; they, and the other groups, were supported in their efforts by the provincial and federal government departments devoted to industry, trade and technology. Dr. Williams said he hopes that the Math and Science in the Mall display planned for 1997 will be the biggest ever. It will attempt to highlight for young visitors all of the scientific achievements since John Cabot's visit in 1497.