Notable


(Gazette, Jan. 23, 1997)

A team of five civil engineering students from Memorial recently won an award for the best dam safety-related paper prepared by undergraduate students at the 1996 joint Canadian Dam Safety Association-Canadian Committee for Large Dams Conference in Niagara Falls, Ont. The award was given for their paper entitled Emergency Preparedness Plan for the Seal Cove Hydroelectric System. The paper was written by Lisa Alexander, Hedley Coish, Suelynn Dignard, Andrew Poole, and Robert Woolgar, and presented by Robert Woolgar. Supervision was provided by Dr. Leonard Lye of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ian Kerr of Newfoundland Power, Susan Richter and Tony Chislett of Acres International, and Gerard Piercey of Newfoundland Hydro. The paper was based on work done for the course Engineering 8700: Civil Engineering Design Project, which is one of the requirements for the completion of the final term of Memorial's undergraduate civil engineering program. The course involves "real world" clients such as Newfoundland Power -- the owner of the Seal Cove Hydro Development -- who issue requests for proposals from groups of students, who act as consultants. The successful consultant on a project must then complete the engineering work associated with each project within a tight time frame.

Dr. Sandra Clarke, Linguistics, has been appointed to the board of directors of the J. R. Smallwood Centre for Newfoundland Studies for a term ending Dec. 31, 1999.

Two business students returned home victorious recently from the Queen's University's Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC) held in Kingston, Ont. Adam Denny and Luke O'Brien, both of St. John's, placed first in the competition's debating division. Both students are former ICBC debating champions -- Mr. Denny and Mr. O'Brien placed first last year, and Mr. Denny was also part of the team that placed first in 1995. Memorial business students generally do well at the competition and this latest win marks 10 awards for Memorial since 1982. The Memorial ICBC team, led by coaches Drs. Alex Faseruk and Oz Palasvirta, was also recognized this year with the chairperson's trophy for the team best able to combine professionalism with spirit.

In 1996 BankLips Ltd. of Zurich awarded the International Currency Prize, worth 25,000 Swiss francs -- approximately $25,000 -- to the author of the best paper dealing with the reform of the international monetary system. An international jury selected Antal E. Fekete, recently retired from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as the winner for his paper titled Whither Gold? Copies of Prof. Fekete's prize-winning paper are available from BankLips Ltd., Mittelstrasse 6, Postfach, CH-8034 Zürich, Switzerland; telephone 01-382-1700; fax 01-382-1513.

Students Dennis Flynn and Lorie Carroll were the winners of the Strength and Conditioning Centre's first ever Relative Bodyweight Bench Press Contest, which was held in November 1996. Relative bodyweight bench press involves calculating a person's body weight in pounds and dividing it by the number of pounds they can lift for one repetition. Mr. Flynn had the best male score, at 1.77, while Ms. Carroll was the highest scoring female participant, at 0.8.

When Len J. Pike of St. Lawrence left the classroom for a work term with the Canadian Coast Guard (Newfoundland Region) in January 1996, he adapted pretty quickly. In fact, the electrical engineering student from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science soon discovered a way to improve the efficiency of his workplace. Late last fall, his suggestion made it all the way to the Awards and Honors Program of the Canadian Coast Guard headquarters in Ottawa, and onto the desk of the Coast Guard commissioner. That's because the commissioner personally signed a Suggestion Award for Mr. Pike, in recognition of his help in improving the efficiency of the public service. Mr. Pike suggested replacing high energy incandescent lightbulbs in Coast Guard building exit signs with energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Mr. Pike forecast a savings of $1,781.45 per year for the Coast Guard's southside St. John's facilities. "I strongly suggest that these be used as possible in all government institutions," his suggestion stated. Mr. Pike also pointed out that LED bulbs are less likely to be burnt out in emergency situations since they are built to last 25 years, as compared to the approximately nine-week life of an incandescent bulb. Mr. Pike's innovative idea netted him a $420 cash prize and an award certificate.