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(November 15, 2001, Gazette)

Dr. James Feehan, director of the Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, has been appointed to the provincial government’s Advisory Committee on Primary Health Care.

Dr. Elizabeth Miller, English, will receive the Children of the Night award for her book Dracula: Sense and Nonsense (2000). The Children of the Night award is presented annually by the U.K. Dracula Society for the “most outstanding book (fiction or non-fiction) in the Gothic field.” The award will be officially announced at the society’s annual dinner in London in November.

The documentary Closing the Gap: 0.4 Mg. of Prevention received a 2001 Chris Award Oct. 25 at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. The Chris Awards is one of the most prestigious documentary, entertainment and informational competitions in the United States. More that 700 entries were submitted for competition in this year’s 49th annual festival. Closing the Gap, produced by Sharon Halfyard and involving participation by experts at Memorial in biochemistry and genetics, won a Certificate of Honourable Mention, presented to programs that receive a rating of five out of seven possible points. For further information on Closing the Gap, visit the Web site http://home.thezone.net/~halfyard

Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, Business, is co-chair, along with Dr. Olivia Sheng, University of Arizona, of the 11th annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS’01), to be held in New Orleans, Dec. 15-16. The purpose of the workshop is to promote discussion and interaction among members of the international Information Systems community with research interests in cutting-edge information technologies and systems. Additional information about WITS’01 is available at www.busi.mun.ca/parsons/wits2001

Andrew Adams, operations superintendent and asset team leader with Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd., has been appointed chairman of C-CORE’s board of directors. Mr. Adams replaces David Oake who recently finished his second term. Mr. Adams graduated from Memorial in 1980 and joined Mobil Oil. He joined C-CORE’s board of directors in 1998.

Dr. Peter Hart has been appointed as associate professor (with tenure) in the Department of History and as the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Irish Studies, effective Jan. 1, 2002.

Dr. George Mann has been appointed as assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the C-CORE Junior Chair in Intelligent Systems, effective Jan. 1, 2002.