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Dr. Jerry Bannister, History, and Dr. Peter Pope, Archaeology Unit, took part in a session on current research on Newfoundland at the sixth annual meeting of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, held in Toronto from June 9-11. The session called European Settlement and Trade in Newfoundland, 1660-1775, featured papers by Drs. Pope and Bannister and Nicolas Landry of University of Moncton and commentary by Ned Landsman of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The panel marked the first time that the institute had sponsored a session devoted to Newfoundland research. Dr. Bannister’s paper was titled The Social Management of English Commerce: Benjamin Lester’s Empire in Trinity and Poole, 1755-1775.
Dr. Pope delivered a paper titled The English Shore: Transients and Residents in Newfoundland, 1660-1700. Dr. Landry’s paper was titled French Business in Newfoundland: The Partnership of De Lasson and Daccarrette, 1700-1714. All of the paper abstracts are available online at www.wm.edu/oieahc/Friday.htm

Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, University Research Professor, Department of Biochemistry, has been appointed tothe Canadian Functional Food Network. Dr. Shahidi currently serves as amember of expert committees of the Agri-Food and Agriculture Canada on plant products and Health Canada on standards of evidence for health claim for foods.

Debbie Squires-Parsons, M.Sc. student in the Department of Biology, received the Petro-Canada Student Poster Award, valued at $500, at the 27th annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop held Oct. 1-4 in St. John’s. Her poster, co-authored with supervisor Dr. Thakor Patel, was titled An Investigation on the Degradative Abilities of Selected Psychrotrophic Bacteria Isolated from a PCB Contaminated Site in Argentia, Newfoundland. The poster received first place out of 18 candidates.

Dr. Jon Lien, Whale Research Group and Department of Psychology, was appointed to federal fisheries and oceans minister Herb Dhaliwal’s Minister’s Advisory Council on Oceans.

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