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Jan. 9, 2003,

New designation approved
At the October meeting of the Board of Regents a new designation of honorary professor was approved. This new designation is a non-stipendiary appointment category for use in special cases and is to be given to outstanding scholars seeking a significant working relationship with the university.

This new designation is not a substitute for professor emeritus or adjunct professor. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years, renewable following a review.

Nomination for this may come from an academic unit, a dean or vice-president.

The first recipient of this title is Dr. Mary Williams, former professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and now director general of the National Research Council’s Institute for Marine Dynamics (IMD). Her appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Science honours top scholar
The Faculty of Science held its 2000-2001 Distinguished Scholar Medal presentation Nov. 28. This year, the committee selected as the medal winner Dr. Michael Morrow, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography (above right with Dean of Science Dr. Robert Lucas)

The Distinguished Scholar Medal recognizes contributions of outstanding quality which demonstrate a balanced approach to scholarly activities in both teaching and research. It is awarded by the Dean of Science to a deserving faculty member in the Faculty of Science and is not necessarily awarded every year.

Province releases CareerSearch 2002
Premier Roger Grimes and Sandra Kelly, minister of Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education, last fall released CareerSearch 2002, Employment Experiences and Earnings of 2000 Graduates. This publication, the third edition of CareerSearch, provides detailed program-level information on graduate employment and earnings outcomes, out-migration, student loans and length of job searches, and it describes graduates’ opinions of their investments in their programs.

One year following their graduation, post-secondary students are surveyed and asked a series of questions. One question probes their employment status. From the responses received, an employment rate is calculated from the number of students who indicate they are working full-time. CareerSearch 2002 shows that full-time employment rates, one year following graduation from Memorial University undergraduate programs, increased from 56 per cent in 1996 to 65 per cent in 2000.

Copies of CareerSearch 2002 can be obtained by calling (709) 729-0233. Visit the CareerSearch on-line searchable database at

Law Foundation legal research awards
The Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador annually offers Legal Research Awards valued at $500 each to undergraduate students for best research term paper on one or more legal issues, or topics treated in a legal context, in a senior level course in any discipline at the undergraduate level.

The current 2002-2003 Legal Research Awards Competition (three semesters: spring/summer, fall 2002, winter 2003) deadline for submittal of students’ legal research papers by university departments is May 20, 2003. Further information is available from: Law Foundation, Murray Premises, P. O. Box 5907, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5X4; phone (709) 754-4424; or fax 754-4320.

The Law Foundation, established in February 1980, provides grants to advance public understanding of the law and access to legal services. Its objects for funding are legal education, legal research, law reform, legal aid, legal referral service, law libraries and law scholarships.

Alumni host curling bonspiel
The St. John's Alumni Chapter will host its annual curling bonspiel at the Curling Club, Mayor Avenue, St. John's, on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Players can expect lots of great prizes and entertainment. The emphasis is on fun, not competition.

Team registrations are preferred ($100 per team), however individual registrations ($25) are also accepted. The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 17. And it’s first come, first served, so get your registration in early. All participants will be called in advance and advised of the time of their first game of the day.

For more information on the event go to and click on Calendar of Events. For more information or to register call 737-4354 or toll free 1-877-700-4081 or e-mail