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(December 2, 1999, Gazette)

At the annual American Anthropological Association meetings in Chicago last month, Dr. Jean L. Briggs, Anthropology, was awarded two prizes for her 1998 book Inuit Morality Play: The Emotional Education of a Three-year Old, published by Yale University Press, co-published in Canada by ISER Books. Dr. Briggs was co-winner of the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing, presented by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, awarded Nov. 19; she also won the L. Bryce Boyer Prize in Psychoanalytic Anthropology, presented by the Society for Psychological Anthropology, awarded Nov. 18. Inuit Morality Play is available in both cloth and paperback from ISER Books; the paperback edition was released earlier this fall.

Several members of Memorial University were recently honoured at the 1999 Joint Technical Conference of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (APEGN) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). Carolyn Emerson, Engineering, and Judith Whittick, C-CORE, received honorary memberships in APEGN for valued contributions to the profession of engineering. The inaugural APEGN Teaching Awards recognizing an exemplary contribution in engineering or geoscience education, were given to John Molgaard and Michael Bruce-Lockhart, Engineering. Hugh Miller, Earth Sciences, was the recipient of the APEGN Award of Merit for outstanding contributions to the geoscience profession and community. Derek Wilton, Earth Sciences, received the National CIM Fellowship for contributions to the Canadian mining industry, education, research and CIM. The Newfoundland CIM Branch Silver Jubilee Scholarship was awarded to earth science student Vanessa Lee.

Adam Stanley, a term 6 naval architecture and ocean engineering student, was recently elected as the president of the Atlantic Council of Engineering Students (ACES). Rob Pilgrim, a term 6 mechanical engineering student, was elected as the vice president of professional development at the same time. As officers of ACES, they will be highly involved in the issues that concern engineering students in Atlantic Canada, and will be responsible for ensuring that these concerns are expressed to the appropriate groups. Adam Stanley will also hold the position of VP Atlantic on the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students executive board. This group is representative of the national view of engineering students and is mandated toconvey the student point-of-view to national engineering organizations.

At its meeting on Nov. 3, the School Council of Booth Memorial High School elected Dr. Glyn George, Engineering and Applied Science, to serve as its chair for the 1999-2000 school year. Dr. George is also the elected secretary of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils for the 1999-2001 term of office.

Dr. Michael Collins, Biology, has been elected for a three-year term to the board of directors of the U.S.-based Society for College Science Teaching and has taken over as the membership chair. The society has over 600 members around the world and is affiliated with the National Science Teachers Association.

Dr. Magessa O’Reilly, Department of French and Spanish, presented a paper at the ninth annual colloquium of the Association des Professeurs de littératures québécoise et acadiennes de l’Atlantique (APLAQA) in Fredericton, NB, Oct. 22-23. Dr. O’Reilly spoke on the narrative voice in Anne Hébert’s 1980 novel, Héloïse and the relationship of narrative voice to notions of implied author and an author’s public image. APLAQA brings together literature professors from all four Atlantic provinces and beyond. The theme of this year’s colloquium was Creation Out of Scantiness. Dr. O’Reilly will be the main organiser of the APLAQA’s 10th annual colloquium to be hosted by the Department of French and Spanish and the Faculty of Arts of Memorial University in October 2000.