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(February 22, 2001, Gazette)

Wanhong Yang, Environmental Studies, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, has been awarded the outstanding PhD dissertation award for 2000 in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (American Agricultural Economics Association’s annual award competition). His dissertation advisers were Richard L. Farnsworth, Madhu Khanna and Hayri Onal. The title of the dissertation is Cost Effective Targeting of Land Retirement Programs to Improve Water Quality.

Susan Kennedy has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer of C-CORE. Ms. Kennedy graduated from Memorial University with a bachelor of commerce (honours) degree and joined C-CORE in 1991 as projects controller. While at C-CORE she earned a CMA designation.
Ms. Kennedy has been C-CORE’s director of business service since 1997. She has managed C-CORE’s financial, accounting, and business development initiatives and is responsible for the financial performance and operational policies of the corporation. C-CORE is an applied research and development corporation in St. John’s that is affiliated with Memorial University.

Dr. Tahir Husain, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has been chosen as a member of the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Institute’s proposal evaluation committee on environmental impacts and effects. The committee meets twice a year to mentor proponents, provide advice and guidance on ACPI’s research directions, and evaluate proposals on environmental loads and factors, environmental impacts and assessments, sustainable development, and environmental design criteria. The term of the appointment is three years, with Dr. Husain’s first meeting set for March 27 in Halifax.

Three Memorial University students were members of the team that won the Junior Men’s Curling National Championships last weekend in London, Ontario. The three students are Brad Gushue, Mike Adams, and Marc Nichols. It was the first time Newfoundland won a National Championship in curling since 1976. The team will now represent Canada in the World Championships next month in Utah.