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June 12 , 2003,

Hands-on medical experience
High school students from the St. John’s area and Happy Valley/Goose Bay gathered at the medical school May 29 for a hands-on experience in medicine, medical research and health sciences. About 80 St. John’s students were in the Health Sciences Centre and another 30 students from Happy Valley/Goose Bay joined them via video conferencing.

Discovery Days in Health Sciences, sponsored by the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Pfizer Canada, included lectures, career panel discussions and workshops. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Sackett, founder of Canada’s first department of clinical epidemiology at McMaster University, and a scientist who has made significant contributions to measuring the presence of diseases in populations and assessing the effectiveness of various forms of treatment.

Engineering graduate students clean up
Three graduate students from Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science went home with first place honours in the student category from the Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) workshop held at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia May 26-30.
Haibo Niu, Worakanok Thanyamanta and Vanessa Pennell won best poster presentation for their work, An Integrated Approach for Environmental Decision-Making for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations.

Haibo Niu also won for best oral presentation for his paper titled Transport Properties of Discharged Synthetic-Based Drilling Wastes. Both prizes had a value of $500 and were sponsored by EnCana and Petro-Canada, respectively.

All three graduate students are actively involved in an NSERC strategic project spearheaded by Dr. Neil Bose, principal investigator and Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicle Design, which is examining the potential of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) for offshore environmental effects monitoring. Haibo Niu has been investigating the settling characteristics of drilling cuttings from offshore platforms; Worakanok Thanyamanta has been evaluating various drilling waste treatment technologies; and Vanessa Pennell has been working on AUVs equipped with sampling and analysis instrumentation capable of detecting the presence of various chemicals.

Awarded for nursing excellence
Registered nurses recognized three of their colleagues for nursing excellence May 26 at the 49th annual business meeting of the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) in St. John’s. Dr. Shirley Solberg, School of Nursing, received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Research. Memorial alumni Derek Pike received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice and Patricia Pilgrim received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Administration.

Dr. Solberg has been a faculty member at Memorial since 1988 and is an associate professor teaching primarily in the master of nursing program and in the Department of Women’s Studies. She is a graduate of Memorial University, where she obtained a bachelor of nursing and a bachelor of arts, and a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she earned a master’s of nursing and a PhD. She is currently conducting research on trauma disorders in snow crab processing workers, restructuring and women’s health in rural areas of the province, the quality of life and supportive care of men with prostate cancer, the development of a tool to help evaluate smoking reduction programs, and women’s health and community outreach in Indonesia.

Sea-Hawks camps for kids
Both the men's and women's Sea-Hawks basketball teams will be hosting summer camps for youth over the summer. The men's team will offer four camp opportunities for different age groups. The boys Mini Hawks Hoops, for ages 7-10 years, runs July 14-18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Also, by Sea-Hawks invitation only, from Aug 4-8, daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration for each is $125.

Boys Hawks Hoops, for ages 11-14 years, runs July 7-11, and Aug. 11-15. These camps also run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and the registration fee is $125.

Boys Sea-Hawks Hoops for ages 15 and over runs July 28–Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with a registration fee of $125.

The boys Elite Invitational, by invitation only for ages 15 and over runs Aug. 25-29 daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. with a fee of $180.

The final registration night for boys camps is Thursday, June 12, in the main lobby of the Physical Education building, Memorial University. For more information, contact Todd Aughey 737-8442 or via email

The women's team will offer a camp for girls ages 8-14 from July 21-25, with guest appearances and instruction by Sea-Hawks players and coaches. The cost of the camp is $100. For further information or to register please contact Douglas Partridge at (709)-737-8679.

The girls camp will follow a full day format with a supervised lunch period. Instruction and games will occur from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. each morning, a lunch break until 1:30 p.m. and an afternoon session from 1:30-5 p.m. There will be opportunities for campers to go swimming during the week at the Aquarena, campers will be notified of which days to bring swimming gear and those that do not wish to participate will be supervised in the gymnasium.

Brochures for both camps are available by calling 737-8130.