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(June 22, 2000, Gazette)
Dr. Roy West, associate dean of Community Health in the Faculty of Medicine, has been appointed president of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. He has served as the organization's vice-president for the past two years and his interest in public health, particularly prevention, dates back to the 1960s when he worked as a technologist in Uganda studying mosquito-borne viruses and polio vaccine response rates. For a decade he was Saskatchewan's provincial epidemiologist and in 1989 became Saskatchewan's associate deputy minister of health. Dr. West's research has included population-based studies of cancer, including cervical cancer and lymphoma, as well as immunization, hip fracture, juvenile-onset diabetes and acute myocardial infarction. "I come to this position appreciating the major contributions being made by Canadian cancer researchers and the importance of turning research into policy and practice. This is an exciting time to be associated with cancer research. We're seeing progress on many different fronts that will significantly advance the fight against cancer."
Two new professors have joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a recent PhD from the University of Calgary, is teaching environmental science (focussing on oil and gas operations), thermodynamics, petroleum, and heat transfer. Dr. Cynthia Coles, a PhD civil engineering graduate from McGill University, has taken up duties instructing environmental geotechniques, soil remediation engineering, municipal engineering, and fluid mechanics. Dr. Hawboldt's research interest is in the area of chemical and petroleum engineering, particularly on environmental chemistry with respect to the petroleum and energy industry. Dr. Coles' specialty is in the area of Geo-Environmental Engineering, especially metal retention by sediment and soil materials.
Dr. Jerry Bannister, post-doctoral student in history, was awarded the John Bullen Prize of the Canadian Historical Association last month in Edmonton at the annual meetings of the Association. The prize is given for the best thesis in history each year. Dr. Bannister's doctoral thesis is titled The Custom of the Country: Justice and the Colonial State in Eighteenth Century Newfoundland, University of Toronto, 1999.