(Feb. 6, 1997, Gazette)

On Jan. 30, Municipal and Provincial Affairs Minister Art Reid announced a three-member task force that will conduct public consultations on regionalization. Dr. Peter Boswell, Political Science, was one of the members of the task force; he will be joined by Sam Synard, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities; and Freida Faour, who is active in the cultural and community affairs of Corner Brook. The task force will gauge public response to municipal restructuring proposals outlined in the government discussion paper Reforming Municipal Government in Newfoundland and Labrador: The Time for Regionalization. The task force, which is independent of government and which established its own terms of reference, will consult municipal representatives and the general public. A consultation document has been forwarded to all municipalities in the province and will be available on the Internet via the provincial government's home page at Consultations will be held in Corner Brook on Feb. 25, and in St. John's on March 3. The dates for other communities will be available from the website.

Two Memorial students were named the 1996 St. John's Molson Male and Female Athletes of the Year at a banquet at City Hall on Jan. 31. Best male athlete is Andy Crosby, a medical student from St. John's. The Olympic rower, who was born in British Columbia, helped take Team Canada to fourth place in Georgia last summer. Michelle Healey of St. Joseph's is currently completing the honors component of the bachelor of physical education program. This is the second year in a row that she has been named best female athlete in St. John's. For Ms. Healey, 1996 was another year of outstanding performances with the Sea-Hawks women's basketball team. She finished second in Atlantic Universities Athletic Association scoring with an average of 23.4 points per game.

On Jan. 23, members of the Memorial University of Newfoundland library system got together with representatives of the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation to celebrate the life of Elaine Deluney, who died Oct. 14. Ms. Deluney was a tenured librarian and head of Technical Services in the Health Sciences Library. She was also an active volunteer; as such, she was instrumental in developing the Patient and Family Resource Library at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. During her life she worked hard to make it a useful place for patients and their families who wanted to learn as much as possible about their illness from a variety of sources. At the ceremony, the Cancer Centre's library was named the Elaine Deluney Patient and Family Library, in honor of her contribution. Also, some funding, and a painting by Clifford George (titled Kilmory After the Rain) were donated to the library by George Beckett on behalf of Ms. Deluney's colleagues and friends.

Carolyn Lockyer, a mechanical engineering student from Salmon Cove, was one of 30 university students from across Canada to win a 1996-97 Governor General's Canada Scholarship in Environmental Engineering and the Environmental Sciences. The prestigious awards are sponsored by DuPont Canada Inc. and administered by Industry Canada.

Dr. Antonio Martin, Biochemistry, has been invited to be a member of the Advisory Committee for the International Energy Foundation, which is sponsoring the Seventh International Energy Conference and Exhibition to be held in Manama, Bahrain, from Nov. 19-21, 1998. Dr. Martin is also a member of the International Steering Committee for the Fifth World Renewable Energy Congress, which is being held in Florence, Italy, from Sept. 20-25, 1998.

On Jan. 25, Memorial's Sea-Hawks wrestling team took first place in the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association (AUAA) Invitational, held at the University of New Brunswick. Glen Wiseman, Steve Fagan and Scott Chubbs were in first place in their weight classes; Bill Jefrey received second place in his class; and Kent Aucoin, Barry Reynolds and David Day took third place in their weight classes.

A new composition by Dr. Michael Parker, Classics, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, made its world premiere on Jan. 28. The duo Bass Instincts -- Lawrence Cherney on bass oboe and Henri Bok on bass clarinet -- performed the work, titled Six Lowly Variations on the Flying Dutchman (In Canada), at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre.

Dr. L. K. Thompson, a university research professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been granted a Trevelyan Fellowship at the University of Durham, England, for winter semester 1998. While there, Dr. Thompson will work closely with Dr. Judith Howard, an internationally recognized X-ray crystallographer. Her expertise in structure determination combined with Dr. Thompson's knowledge of the magnetic properties of substances will be applied to the development of new materials to be used in improved recording materials, such as read/write compact discs.

Dr. Edgar Williams, Mathematics and Statistics, has been elected vice-president and incoming president of the Naval Officers Association of Canada; he will assume the position of president at the association's annual meeting in St. John's this summer. Dr. Williams also chairs the provincial Denturist Board.