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Feb. 6, 2003, Gazette

Dr. Vernon Curran, director of academic development with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education, has been awarded the 2003 CAME (Canadian Association for Medical Education) Junior Award for Contribution to Medical Education. This award recognizes individuals in the first phase of their professional career who have made a definite contribution to medical education through teaching, research, scientific presentations, scientific publications in medical education and development or implementation of educational innovations. Dr. Curran was appointed assistant professor (medical education) in September, 2000.

Dr. Wade Locke, Economics, has been asked to join the Canadian Science and Innovation Indicators Consortium (CSIIC), an organization with national and international academic representation that consists of researchers with an interest in the quantitative aspects of science and innovation. The principle aim of the consortium is to develop an integrated approach to science and innovation in Canada. For more information about CSIIC, see

Dr. Chrisopher Kovacs, Faculty of Medicine, recently had his research profiled in an article published on-line by the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as part of their Spotlight on Research series. The article, The Skeleton Key: Searching for the Biological Switch that Restores Bone Mass, can be found at

Dr. Karen Mearow
is the new associate dean of basic medical sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. She is looking forward to a period of rejuvenation in the division as recruiting efforts are stepped up to replace retiring faculty. In the past year four new faculty members joined the Division of Basic Medical Sciences; another two have accepted positions starting September 2003 and advertising has begun for two more faculty. Dr. Mearow has been a faculty member at Memorial since 1993. She earned her B.Sc. (honours) and M.Sc. in biology from Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario and her PhD in medical sciences (neuroscience) at McMaster University, Hamilton. She was a NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto from 1984-86 and a Fogarty International Visiting Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, from 1986-89. From 1989-93 she was a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University Medical Centre. In her own laboratory, Dr. Mearow is involved in basic research on the developing and mature nervous system.