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(June 13 , 2002, Gazette)

Dr. Robert Adamec and Dr. William Mckim, Psychology, were invited to appear before the special parliamentary committee on non-medical use of drugs on April 16 in Halifax where the committee was holding hearings. They discussed research they had done on the use of drugs by high school students in Newfoundland, as well as a number of topics related to public policy and the legal status of many drugs in Canada.

Dr. Rainer Baehre, History, Grenfell College, was a contributor to a documentary which won the best radio feature at the 21st Atlantic Journalism Awards recently in Halifax, N.S. Written and produced by Chris Brookes, The Great-Great-Greats documentary was broadcast last year by MUN's campus radio station CHMR-FM. The Great-Great-Greats tells the story of a tragic 19th-century shipwreck when a ship full of immigrants to the United States foundered off Cape Race, Newfoundland. The story is passed down through the generations of a family of German immigrants, as the descendents of the survivors travel to Newfoundland to track down the descendents of those who rescued their forebears.

Mary Dalton, English, won a Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Poetry Award at the ceremony held on June 1 at the Arts and Culture Centre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the awards. The award-winning poem, The Lick of a Flame, will appear soon in the journal Books in Canada.

Dr. Julian M. Dust
, Chemistry and Environmental Science, Grenfell College, was selected as chair of the chemistry committee of APICS at the meeting of the committee held at SWGC concurrent with the APICS-Chemical Institute of Canada Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference.

Eric Hart, Internal Audits, was recently awarded with the Recognition 30 Award presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Parks and Recreation Association for outstanding contribution for his volunteering efforts. Mr. Hart of Conception Bay South is responsible for the establishment of a squash club for the community, starting with senior members three years ago and expanding to a 32-member junior club presently. Many of Mr. Hart’s junior players have developed into some of the best squash players in the province in their age category.

Dr. John Quaicoe, Engineering and Applied Science, was recently awarded the Outstanding Engineer Educator Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Canada. The award was presented to Dr. Quaicoe in recognition of his “contributions to engineering education, commitment to student learning and growth, and sustained accomplishment as an effective and caring educator.” The award is presented annually to an IEEE member who has shared his/her technical and professional abilities through teaching and in so doing has made an outstanding contribution to the electro-technology profession.

Dr. Gerald L. Pocius, Folklore, was recently appointed to the editorial board of Our Roots/Nos Racine: Canada's Local Histories Web site. This project involves digitizing French and English Canadian local histories, providing web-users with the most comprehensive collection of materials to date. These local histories are fully searchable in English and French, with 300,000 pages posted on the Web site to date. Another 750,000 pages are to be added this year. The project is led by the University of Calgary, with Université Laval as associate project manager. The editorial board recently met in Toronto, and Dr. Pocius will advise the project on the scope and content of local histories to be included.