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(Gazette, Jan. 9, 1997)

Dr. Alex Faseruk, a professor of finance in the Faculty of Business Administration, has been appointed by the provincial cabinet to chair the Public Accountants' Licensing Board for Newfoundland and Labrador. The board is constituted under the Public Accountancy Act which specifies the licensing requirements for public accountants operating in the province. The board consists of nine accountants and three members representing public interest. Although Dr. Faseruk is not an accountant, he has published accounting research and is involved with professional accounting associations. He also teaches a financial management course for the Certified General Accountants' certification program which is delivered through the faculty. Dr. Faseruk is involved with several organizations, including the Financial Management Association, the Administration Sciences Association of Canada, St. Clare's Foundation, the St. John's Maple Leafs Board of Directors and the Atlantic Schools of Business.

In a unique partnership, Memorial University's medical school and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador (AGNL) have established and funded an innovative one year, part-time visual artist-in-residence project in the Faculty of Medicine. Following a public competition Pam Hall was appointed to the position. Ms. Hall holds an M.Ed. and has taught in schools and art colleges. Her work experience includes serving as visual arts consultant to the provincial Department of Education. Her work is contained in a number of public, private and corporate collections; a major group of works from The Coil series was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 1996. Depending on the nature of the artist's projects, some of the work Ms. Hall does as medicine's artist-in-residence may be presented publicly at the Health Sciences Centre this year.

The National Coaching Certification Council has accepted the nomination of Mike Luke, an associate professor in the Department of French and Spanish, as chair for a two-year term. Mr. Luke has an extensive background in coaching and has been involved with the creation and implementation of coach education programs in Canada for 15 years. He is a member of the planning and evaluation committee of the National Coaching Certification Council, staff coach and a member of the management committee of Rugby Canada's Elite Player Development Program, and co-coach of Newfoundland's rugby squad for the 1997 Canada Summer Games. He has coached Canadian representative teams in New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Hong Kong, England, France and the United States, as well as Canada. In addition, he was the manager and assistant coach of the successful Canadian team in the 1991 World Cup of Rugby in Europe. He was also captain of the Canadian rugby team from 1973-82.

Dr. Nigel Rusted, a retired clinical professor of surgery and an honorary graduate of Memorial, has been awarded the first William B. Spaulding Certificate of Merit from Associated Medical Services (AMS). The award is named for one of the founding fathers of the McMaster University medical school and a former director of AMS. Dr. Rusted has received the prize for his many and varied contributions to the history of medicine in Canada. Nominations for the AMS Certificate of Merit are reviewed by a national panel of medical historians who make their recommendations to the AMS board of directors.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science held its first graduate student poster competition late last semester. Dr. Jim Sharp, associate dean of engineering, organized the competition, which attracted 29 submissions from students in the faculty's graduate programs. Guobing Yuan won first place, Nelson Amoah took second place, and Luksa Luznik came third. Three other entrants were also commended for their work: Jianhong Xu, Trevor Butler and Shumin Cheng. A Gazette photo featured PhD student Nelson Amoah; master's student Luksa Luznik; Dr. Jim Sharp; master's student Trevor Butler; PhD student Shumin Cheng; and Dr. Chris Sharpe, then acting dean of graduate studies.

In December, the Canadian Mathematical Society presented Dr. Bruce Shawyer of Mathematics and Statistics with the Adrien Pouliot Award. The award was first presented in 1995 and is now given each year to a Canadian or a team of Canadians who has made a significant and sustained contribution to mathematics education. Dr. Shawyer, who has been at Memorial since 1985 and who is former head of Mathematics and Statistics, was the founding member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Mathematical Association. He also played a key role in the development of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association Math League, and virtually single-handedly runs the Junior High Math Challenge in this province. But his commitment to the promotion of mathematics surpasses provincial boundaries. In 1995 he was the chief operating officer for the 36th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IMO is the premier mathematical experience for mathematically gifted high school students. The 36th IMO was the first IMO ever held in Canada, a fact resulting directly from the efforts of Dr. Shawyer over a period of more than eight years. Dr. Shawyer was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and holds an honors B.Sc. in pure and applied mathematics and a PhD in summability from the University of St. Andrews. Dr. Shawyer was shown in a photograph receiving the Adrien Pouliot Award from Dr. Katherine Heinrich of Simon Fraser University, the president of the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Students from Pasadena Academy in Pasadena won all of the top prizes in the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (SWGC) ninth annual National Chemistry Week Essay Competition this year. The contest was organized by Dr. Geoff Rayner-Canham of SWGC's chemistry department and was open to chemistry students at all high schools in western Newfoundland and coastal Labrador. The topic for 1996 was "my favorite chemical compound." Gillian Gunther took top place for her essay on methane; Adam Baker came second for his paper on ceramics; third place was split between Amanda Moss and Heather Martin. Other students won merit awards for their entries.Dr. Geoff Rayner-Canham; Pasadena Academy students Gillian Gunther, Amanda Moss and Heather Martin, and their teacher, Gary Willcott, were shown in a Gazette photograph.