Dr. Ian Bowmer, past dean of the Faculty
of Medicine, has been appointed to the new federal Health
Council. The establishment of the Health Council, recommended
by the Romanow Commission, was a key commitment of the February
2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal
as part of their efforts to improve accountability within
the health care system. There are 25 councillors on the new
Health Council and an independent chair; Dr. Bowmer is one
of 13 non government organization representatives and one
of three physicians on the council.
Dr. James Wright has been appointed interim
head of the Department of Earth Sciences for the period commencing
Sept. 1, 2003, to May 31, 2004, or until a new head is appointed,
whichever occurs sooner. The appointment was made by the Board
A poster from Memorial University presented to the 2003 Radiology
Society of North America has received a cum laude Award of
Excellence. The poster, titled Abdominal Pseudoaneurysms:
The Great Pretender, was authored by medical students Kathryn
Olsen and Craig Peterson with Dr.
Paul Jeon, Radiology, Memorial, and Dr. Jeff
Fidler, Radiology, Mayo Clinic. The poster was designed
by Sylvia Ficken of the Faculty of Medicine’s
Health Sciences and Information Media Services. Only three
per cent of the 1,184 posters presented at the meeting received
Keith Nicol, who runs the Winter Outdoor
Pursuits Program as part of the Environmental Studies Unit
at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, has recently been named as
a contributing editor for The Master Skier, a U.S.
cross-country ski racing journal. The Master Skier
is read by athletes and coaches across North America and the
information is geared to those who want to improve their skiing
for racing purposes.
Dr. Denes Bajzak received the prestigious
Tree of Life Award at the 47th Annual General Meeting of the
Newfoundland and Labrador Section of The Canadian Institute
of Forestry (CIF) Oct. 23-24, in St. John’s. The national
award is for outstanding contributions to Forestry research,
teaching and his profession.