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Nov. 28, 2002, Gazette

30 years ago
New positions in Engineering, Medicine
November 1972
— Dr. Peter N. Smith is appointed assistant dean in the Faculty of Engineering. In the new post, he will administer the core program, the established schedule of studies for engineering students in terms 1 to 5 and will co-ordinate this program with the specialized study done in terms 6, 7 and 8. In the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. A. R. Cox is named associate dean for clinical affairs. In this new post, his main responsibilities will include providing consultation and advice on clinical affairs within the faculty and assisting with liaison between the medical school and the hospitals formally affiliated with the university. A major responsibility will be the coordination of postgraduate training programs.

25 years ago
Accreditation for social work
November 1978
— The bachelor of social work program offered by the School of Social Work at Memorial has received five-year accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work. This makes Memorial, along with the Université de Moncton, the only accredited universities for social work degrees in Atlantic Canada.

20 years ago
Newfoundland dictionary joins network
November 1982
— The publication of The Dictionary of Newfoundland English marks the addition of a new member to the network of dictionaries around the world documenting the English language. Compiled by Drs. George Story, W. J. Kirwin and J. D. A. Widdowson, the 700-page dictionary has well over 11,000 entries. A copy is presented this month to Newfoundland and Labrador's lieutenant-governor Dr. W. Anthony Paddon.

15 years ago
New presidential committee
November 1987
— A major new presidential committee on the university's goals and aims is established by Dr. Leslie Harris to undertake a broad examination and review of Memorial's role and of its core programs in arts and science. The committee will be chaired by Dr. David Strong, vice-president (academic).

In other news, Seabright Corporation, the university's wholly-owned technology transfer company, receives $700,000 from the federal and provincial governments to cover half its operating costs for a three-year period. And in Happy Valley/Goose Bay, the Labrador Institute of Northern Studies (LINS) holds an official opening to introduce its newly-renovated quarters in the former North Star School. The opening features an exhibit in the new LINS Art Galley titled the Labrador Boundary. The exhibit features 16 poster-size framed panels telling the story of the boundary dispute through the use of maps, photographs, illustrations and text.

10 years ago
Memorial scores high in Maclean's survey
November 1992
— Memorial ranks in the top five in terms of its reputation, quality, innovation and the perception of the institution as one of the best universities in Canada that offers a broad program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, according to a new survey in the Nov. 9 issue of Maclean's magazine. These results were based on responses to a survey of 2,000 senior university officials across the country, Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, heads of corporations and senior public officials.

Five years ago
A problem with diet
November 1997
— At least 20 per cent of Newfoundland women don't get enough folic acid in their diet, putting them at risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida. A study by Dr. James Friel, Biochemistry, Dr. Elizabeth Ives, Genetics and Dr. Sam Ratnam, Public Health, confirms that the Newfoundland diet does not provide adequate levels of folic acid and the number of babies born with neural tube defects in the province is the highest in Canada.

In other news, aquaculture research and development efforts at Memorial receive $4.5 million in funding, including $2.6 million for the construction of an aquaculture research facility at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay and $520,000 for an aquaculture-teaching facility at the Marine Institute.