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May 1, 2003, Gazette

Keith Nicol, Environmental Studies, Grenfell College, recently became the first person in Newfoundland to attain the highest level of cross-country ski instruction certification in Canada. As well, he was successful at passing the first-ever Level 3 telemark instructor course held earlier this winter at Silver Star, B.C. Mr. Nicol also attended an international conference on ski instruction held in Crans Montana, Switzerland in mid January 2003.

Karl Lawrence, M.Sc. candidate, Computational Sciences Program, and Qasem Al-Mdallal, PhD candidate, Mathematics, won first place in the poster competition at the first annual MITACS Atlantic Interchange, held at Dalhousie University March 24, 2003. The pair are co-authors of the winning poster titled Numerical Study of Streamwise Oscillations of a Cylinder in a Steady Current. Part 1. Locked-On States of Vortex Formation. As first-place winners, they received a recognition plaque and a cheque for $300 and are invited to attend the MITACS 4th Annual Conference and Ottawa Interchange on May 8-10. About 50 posters presented in this forum display research from the best and the brightest students from across the Atlantic Provinces. MITACS is the Networks of Centers of Excellence for Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems — the first annual MITACS Atlantic Interchange had over 500 registered participants which brought academics in mathematics, computer science, statistics, engineering and other related disciplines together with local partner organizations. The Office of the Vice-President (Research and International Relations) at Memorial University co-sponsored this venture.