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(May 24, 2001, Gazette)

Mathematician to give public lecture
Dr. Efim Zelmanov, a 1994 winner of the Fields Medal, the world’s highest scientific award for mathematicians, will give a free public lecture on Abstract Algebra in the 20th Century at Memorial University in room AA-1043 (Arts and Administration Building) on Monday, May 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

Awarded by the International Mathematical Union every four years for outstanding discoveries in mathematics, the Fields Medal is considered to be the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize, recognizing both existing work and the promise of future achievement. Currently on faculty at Yale University, Dr. Zelmanov’s expertise is in algebra and group theory.

Free parking for this event will be available in lot 15, located to the east of the Music Building.

Former president chairs advisory board
Former Memorial president Art May will chair the advisory board for the $300 million Atlantic Innovation Fund, Industry Minister Brian Tobin announced May 18.

Dr. Verna Skanes, retired assistant dean for research and graduate studies, will also sit on the board.

The fund is a key component of the $700 million Atlantic Investment Partnership previously announced by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. It is designed to build the economy of Atlantic Canada by increasing the region’s capacity to carry out leading-edge research and development that directly contributes to the development of new technology-based economic activity of the region.

Once the fund is operational, the board will initiate requests for proposals from the private sector and the institutional research sector, which will address the most strategic and critical innovation requirements in Atlantic Canada. The board will make recommendations to the ministers on specific project proposals based on the merits of these proposals and a thorough analysis, and will advise the ministers, when requested, on program issues related to the fund.

Administrative changes at Memorial
The Board of Regents has approved changes to how some financial activities are managed at Memorial. Changes include:
  
1. The position of director of Budgets and Audits will be eliminated;
  2. The Comptroller’s Office will be renamed the Financial and       Administrative Services Department to properly reflect the functional       areas of responsibility;
  3. The comptroller’s title will be renamed the director of Financial and       Administrative Services;
  4. The responsibility for the budget function will be transferred to the       director of Financial and Administrative Services;
  5. Transfer the manager of budgets and the current incumbent to the       position of assistant director of financial services – budgets;
  6. Change the title of the accounting office manager in the       Comptroller’s Office to assistant director of financial services –       accounting;
  7. Transfer the position of budget analyst and its current incumbent to       senior budget analyst in the Financial and Administrative Services       department;
  8. Create a new position of budget analyst in the Financial and       Administrative Services Department;
  9. Rename the Department of Budgets and Audits to the Department of       Internal Audits, and;
 10. Change the title of the assistant director of Budgets and Audits to       the assistant director of Internal Audits.

New librarian at QE II
Mary Lochhead has joined the Memorial Libraries as associate university librarian, QE II Library, effective April 1. Ms. Lochhead has a BA (1979) from Mount Allison University and a master of library science degree (1984) from the University of Alberta. Before coming to Memorial, Ms. Lochhead worked at the University of Manitoba Libraries in Winnipeg (1986-2001) in a variety of positions, most notably as head of the Architecture/Fine Arts Library (1990-2001). She also assumed responsibility for the Eckhardt-Gramatte Music Library in 1998.

Ms. Lochhead can be reached at 737-3188 or
lochhead@mun.ca.

CACEE conference
Over 250 recruiters and career services professionals are expected to attend the CACEE Campus Recruitment and Career Services conference – A Tradition of Innovation – taking place from June 3–6 at the Fairmont Newfoundland in St. John’s. The conference will bring together recruiters of postsecondary students with campus career services contacts from across Canada. CBC commentator Rex Murphy will open the conference with his presentation, Work, Worth, Learning and Living, while Dr. Bob Richards of the Faculty of Business Administration will close the event with his talk on Communication and Credibility in Incredible Times. Full conference details can be viewed online at
www.coop.mun.ca/cacee2001/

 

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