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The Student Affairs and Services Association National Recognition Award was recently presented to Dr. Brian Johnston, director, Student Housing and Food Services. The award is sponsored by the student affairs and services association, a national association comprised of over 350 members from across Canada who are involved in various facets of student services. The award is SASA’s most prestigious award presented in recognition of significant achievement and distinguished contribution to the development and promotion of student services in Canada. The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting in Toronto, Ont.

Two Newfoundland natives, Dr. Eric Gill and Dr. Yuri Muzychka, have both recently joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. From Paradise, Dr. Gill received his PhD from Memorial and will teach engineering electromagnetics, while Dr. Muzychka, from St. John’s, is a mechanical engineering PhD from the University of Waterloo and will begin instruction in the area of thermal fluids. Dr. Gill’s research interest is in the area of electromagnetic scattering from random rough surfaces while Dr. Muzychka’s speciality is in the area of heat transfer.

Dr. Robert Patrick Barten Paine, professor emeritus, was presented an honorary doctor of science in social science from the University of Edinburgh July 20. In an oration honoring Dr. Paine, Edinburgh’s dean of social sciences A. P. Cohen described him as “one of the most innovative and wide-ranging social anthropologists of the last 50 years.” Dr. Robert Paine received his BA, MA, B.Sc. and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He joined Memorial’s Department of Anthropology in 1965 and served until 1996. Dr. Paine was the Henrietta Harvey Professor of Anthropology from 1973-95. From 1974 to 1994 he was the editor of ISER Books, the publishing arm of Memorial’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. He has written books and numerous articles and is recognized internationally for his research into social anthropology and northern peoples. Dr. Paine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was named to the Order of Canada in 1996.