(May 15, 1997, Gazette)
Several students received graduate awards this year from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Three students received SSHRC awards: Christa Beaudoin-Lietz, Linguistics, $15,000; Judith Dunlop, Social Work, $30,000; and Richard Rennie, History, $30,000. Cory Pye, Chemistry, received a post-doctoral award worth $30,000 per year for two years. The following received NSERC funding of $15,700 per annum: Louise Copeman, Biology; Carolyn Lockyer, Engineering; Cory Fisher, Engineering; Jason Muise, Engineering; Mark Fitzgerald, Engineering; Lisa Ryan, Engineering; Katherine Larson, Mathematics and Statistics; Eric Thornhill, Engineering. The following students received NSERC awards valued at $17,400 per year: Suzanne Budge, Chemistry; Li-Te Cheng, Engineering; Fiona Harper, Biology; Valerie Moulton, Biology.
David Macfarlane, author of The Danger Tree, had nice things to say about the Queen Elizabeth II Library's Centre for Newfoundland Studies recently. In the May 1997 Traveller, printed as a special supplement to Saturday Night magazine, he recommended that tourists visit the facility. "It has one of the most wonderful archives I've ever encountered," he wrote. "If you want to see all the Codco costumes they are all there and all the information you could want about Marconi. Newfoundlanders are wonderfully proud. They keep everything."
Tolson Chapman, a former faculty member at the School of Physical Education and Athletics, captured his third straight Canadian 55-and-over Men's Squash Championship in British Columbia earlier this month. Mr. Chapman defeated the South African champion.
Congratulations to Mary Dalton of St. John's, who won first prize in the senior division poetry category in the provincial 1997 Arts and Letters Competition. Ms. Dalton's poem Necessary Fire was chosen for first place out of a total 150 entries. Ms. Dalton is a professor in Memorial's Department of English Language and Literature. Penny Hansen of St. John's won third place in the non-fictional prose category for her piece, Crossing The Atlantic. Dr. Hansen is a member of Memorial's Faculty of Medicine.
Memorial alumnus Romano Di Nillo (B.Mus., 1996) of Grand Falls-Windsor is one of 91 young Canadian musicians who will gather at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., for the 36th season of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Canada this year. More than 400 young musicians competed for a position with the NYO. The chosen students will participate in an intensive eight-week program, culminating in a 17 city cross-country Canada concert tour conducted by Maestro Mario Bernardi. The NYO concert tour will include a performance at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre on Aug. 4, as well as shows in Ottawa, Charlottetown, Vancouver and other locations. Mr. Di Nillo studied percussion at the School of Music with Don Wherry.
Dr. Colin Higgs, School of Physical Education and Athletics, is the new president-elect of the Canadian Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD). Dr. Higgs will be president in 1998-99. His colleague at Memorial, Dr. Greg Wood, is the Newfoundland representative for CAHPERD for 1997-98.
Dr. Roy Knoechel, Biology, has been named chair of the Inland Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council's Membership Committee.
Prof. Rick Maddigan, an associate professor of psychology, and president of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) recently completed a delivery of eyed salmon eggs for the school incubator program in St. John's. The school incubator program is part of the Atlantic Salmon Federation's (ASF) Fish Friends Educational Program. The salmon eggs are provided by the North Arm Restoration Committee in Holyrood. When they hatch the young fry will be returned to the North Arm River as part of the town's salmon enhancement project. In the St. John's area, Fish Friends is a joint undertaking of ASF, SAEN, Memorial University, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Town of Holyrood. For more information about Fish Friends or acquiring an incubator for a local school, contact Prof. Maddigan at 737-8033.
Joe Byrne, director of Student Recruitment and Promotion, told the Gazette that Memorial University made the news in Hong Kong recently. During the last week in April, the South China Morning Post contained a pull-out supplement on the top 100 overseas universities. The back page concentrated on Canada and contained a list of the top six Canadian universities in terms of their potential attractiveness for Hong Kong students; Memorial was number six.
Memorial continued its winning ways at the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences (APICS) Aquaculture Conference, held at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, N.S., from March 7-9. Undergraduate students from the Department of Biology won three awards: Craig Purchase, an honors student supervised by Dr. Joe Brown of the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) won first place in the undergraduate oral presentation category, while Rick Bradbury, an honors student supervised by Dr. Joe Wroblewski, OSC, won third place. Mr. Purchase also won best overall oral presentation -- the first time an undergraduate has won this award. These students are helping to set a pattern of success; at last year's conference at the University of New Brunswick, Kelly Moret, a graduate student in the M.Sc. aquaculture program who was supervised by Dr. Brown, won first place in the graduate oral competition and best overall oral presentation. Also at this year's conference, Dr. Brown was elected as chair of the Aquaculture Committee for a two-year term.
Dr. Laurence K. Thompson, a university research professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Prof. Hisahi Okawa of Kyushu University in Japan, have been awarded a Monbusho International Scientific Research Program Award for their joint research entitled Studies on Metal Complexes in Extended Systems: Design and Magnetism. This will involve three Japanese researchers visiting Memorial, and two visits to Japan by Dr. Thompson over the three-year lifetime (1997-99) of the award.
Also, on April 1, Dr. Thompson was awarded a NATO Collaborative Research Grant with Dr. Judith Howard of the University of Durham, U.K. (valued at $8,200 U.S per annum for two years). This will involve Dr. Thompson and a graduate student visiting Durham for two weeks, and Dr. Howard and a collaborator visiting Memorial for two weeks each year. The title of their joint research project is Molecular Magnetism: Magneto- Structural Correlations in Polynuclear Transition Metal Complexes.