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(February 21, 2002, Gazette)

Mohammad Ally Ayoob has been awarded the 2002 Visiting Commonwealth Student Scholarship by the Royal Commonwealth Society, Newfoundland Branch. Mr. Ayoob is studying Chemistry/Biochemistry at Memorial and is the president of the International Students Centre at Memorial. The purpose of the award is to extend to a visiting Commonwealth student the opportunity to broaden their experience in the art and culture of the province. It is hoped that the award will be utilized by the recipient to attend Newfoundland and Labrador artistic and cultural events, or to purchase artistic or written materials produced in the province.

Dr. William Barker has been named the head of the Department of English Language and Literature for the period Feb. 1, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2004. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Jeff Biernaskie, a graduate student in the Faculty of Medicine, received the 2002 Brain Star Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction on Feb. 15 for a paper titled, Enriched Rehabilitative Training Promotes Improved Forelimb Motor Function and Enhanced Dendritic Growth after Focal Ischemic Injury. The article was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, July 15, 2001. Mr. Biernaskie is supervised by Dr. Dale Corbett.

Dr. Donald Buell has been named associate director, graduate studies and research, in the School of Music for the period Feb. 1, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2004. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. William Driedzic had his appointment as director of the Ocean Sciences Centre renewed for a second three-year term effective Jan. 1, 2002. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.

Dr. Michael Murray has been named associate dean for the Division of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine for the period Feb. 1, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2004. The appointment was made by the Board of Regents.