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(September 7, 2000, Gazette)

Coping with a complex illness

An interdisciplinary group of researchers based at Memorial and the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation have been awarded $12,000 for a research study titled Information Needs of Women with Breast Cancer. Members of the research team are Pamela Baker, chief provincial nursing officer with the foundation; Dr. Lan Gien, Nursing; Dr. Maureen Laryea, Nursing; and Dr. Albert Kozma, Psychology.

Knowledge gained from this research will enable health care providers to assist women in coping with the complexities of their illness. The anticipated long term outcomes are improved treatment for breast cancer, and better quality of life and care for women affected by this condition.

New coach for men’s volleyball

Michael Hayes has been named head coach of the Memorial Sea-Hawks Men’s Volleyball Program, the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics has announced.

A native of Cupids, Newfoundland, Mr. Hayes is a former volleyball player with the Sea-Hawks and was recognized for his outstanding athletic performances with AUAA all-star honors. As a coach, Mr. Hayes has plenty of experience coaching high school and club teams, most recently having led the Benders Club volleyball team to the provincial senior championships this past spring. During 1999 and 2000, Mr. Hayes has been involved with the provincial team program and has coached teams that represented Newfoundland at national competitions.

“After a lengthy search, we are pleased to welcome Michael as the new head coach of the Memorial Sea-Hawks Men’s Volleyball Program,” said Dr. Colin Higgs, director for the school. “Having been involved in the program during Clay Reimer’s tenure as head coach, Michael should be able to create a smooth transition amongst the players and continue to build upon the success that the men’s volleyball program has experienced over the past couple of seasons.”

Mr. Hayes has indicated that Ron Noseworthy will act as his assistant and should bring a wealth of technical knowledge and support to the program.

Mr. Nosesworthy is currently coaching the 2001 Canada Games Men’s Volleyball Team.

Contract for network upgrade awarded

As the winner of the recent tender call, Ameritech/SBC Data Communications will be the supplier of equipment and consultations for the MUNet 2 upgrade of Memorial University’s data network. The company signed an agreement with Memorial on July 28.

Ameritech/SBC is a global communications company, providing a wide array of local phone, data, directory and other services to more than 12 million customers, and cellular and security services to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This upgrade will affect all current MUNet users.

The major improvements of MUNet 2 will be: significant bandwidth increases; greater network security, redundancy, and network management capability; and user mobility, including improved network access of classrooms. In addition, there will be a degree of expansion capability built in to allow for new connections.

The project will occur in three phases, with the first two not affecting the end user. Phase one – the planning/staging/testing phase – will take place immediately and run until mid-fall. Phase two will continue into late-fall and will involve upgrading of the core infrastructure. The final phase will run into early winter and focus on upgrading of the data closet hubs.

The upgrade schedule will be based on current network congestion. (A schedule will be provided to departments, as it becomes available.) End users may experience some minor service outages at this time.

If you require further information, call the Help Centre at 737-4595 or view the MUNet 2 Web pages at

Fellowships for Canada’s top students

Winners in the 2000 national competition for doctoral fellowships were announced July 12 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

SSHRC awarded fellowships to 591 Canadian students who have demonstrated high standards of academic achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies. A total of 2,604 applicants took part in this year’s competition and award holders were selected by committees of expert researchers in the various disciplines. The award is worth $16,620 per year for up to four years of study at the PhD level.

Four students from Memorial were awarded fellowships. They were:
Alison L. Butler, Religious Studies; Sherry M. Doyle, Literature;
John M. Bodner, Folklore; and Agnieszka A. Kosny, Sociology.