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(May 3, 2001,

Three undergraduate students won the Royal Institution of Naval Architects/Fleet Technology Student Naval Architect award on April 10 in the Engineering Building. The award, sponsored by Fleet Technology of Kanata, Ontario, goes to the top Term 8 solo or group project in Memorial’s B.Eng. Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering program. Dean Pelley, Jason Dawe, and Michael O’Connell won for their project on a high speed small water plane area twin hull ferry, St. John’s to Halifax. They share a $700 prize for their effort.

An interdisciplinary team of Memorial researchers and community-based researchers, headed by Dr. Lan Gien and Dr. Maureen Laryea, Nursing, received almost $675,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the National Health Research and Development Program (NHRDP) to study the health of Newfoundlanders affected by the cod fishery collapse since the termination of The Atlantic Groundfish Strategy (TAGS) program and that of Cape Bretoners affected by the coal mining closure. In addition to Drs. Gien and Laryea, the team consists of Dr. C. Orchard, Nursing, Dr. A. Kozma, Psychology, Dr. M. Murray, Community Medicine, Dr. W. Kennedy, Education, N. Tilley and Dr. D. MacDonald of Extension Community Development Co-operative, and S. Lewis of Cape Breton Wellness Centre. International team members include Dr. M. Valimaki of Finland and Dr. D. P. Kiet of Vietnam.

Namal Senanayake, a PhD candidate in the food science program (Biochemistry Department) in Dr. Shahidi’s research team, placed first in the graduate student competition at the 221st Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS, Food and Agricultural Chemistry Division), April 1-5, 2001, San Diego, CA. Candidates from Memorial University, University of Massachusetts, Cornell University and Rutgers University were the four semi-finalists invited to present their research. Mr. Senanayake’s presentation was titled Enzymatic Synthesis of Structured Lipids Containing Gamma-linolenic Acid and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. The award included US$1,500, a book and a certificate. The ACS is the largest scientific society in the world with a membership of over 163,000.

The Student Volunteer Bureau held its annual awards day recently. The Blundon Award went to Nadine Green; the David Kirkland Student Leadership Awards went to Shannon Sullivan (graduate), Gordon Barnes (undergraduate) and Amanda Boone (Grenfell); Student Volunteer of the Year was Byron Rolls; Volunteer Faculty/Staff went to Queen Elizabeth II Library; Volunteer Residence was Bowater House; Volunteer Club/Society was Frontier College: Students for Literacy; Volunteer centre was LBGT-MUN; and Volunteer Award of Exemplary Service was presented to Dr. John C. Crosbie and Noel Veitch.

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