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October 16, 2003
 In Brief


In Brief

Board appointments announced
The minister of Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education has advised the Board of Regents that the following members of the board have been re-appointed for a further term of three years, effective Oct. 15, 2003: Dr. Georgina Hedges, Eastport; Gail Aylward, St. John's; Sam Chaulk, Port aux Basques; Sharon Duggan, Mt. Pearl; Dorothy George, Halfway Point; Nancy Kelly, Corner Brook; Dr. Brendan Lewis, Corner Brook; Joan Pinsent, Stephenville; Dave Porter, Montreal, Quebec; Darlene Russell, St. John's; and Harvey Short, Paradise. Also the minister has advised the university of two student appointments to the Board of Regents: Allison North, St. John's, and Roxana Vernescu, St. John's, effective Oct. 15, 2003, for terms of one and two years, respectively.

Kathryn Small resigned as a member of the Board of Regents to run for the Liberals in Trinity North in the upcoming election. Her position remains vacant.

There has been no announcement regarding the appointment of a chair of the board to replace Chris Decker. Dr. Hedges, vice-chair, will act as chair until a chair is appointed. Mr.Decker resigned to work on the Liberal campaign.

New help for old foes

As part of its Celebrate Memorial activities, Memorial University will hold another in its series of Canada Research Chair lectures, titled New Help for Old Foes on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald F. Cook Recital Hall, School of Music, Phelan Road.

Dr. Robert Bertolo, Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition will present, Do adult diseases begin in the womb? New research shows that what we eat during pregnancy and what we choose to feed our infants can determine their risk of diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes later in life.

Dr. Dale Corbett, Canada Research Chair in Stroke and Neuroplasticity will present, Helping the Brain Repair Itself After Stroke. Stroke strikes approximately 50,000 Canadians per year. New research shows that it is possible to enhance the brain's capacity for self-repair.

The lecture is open to the public. Parking available in Lot 15. Reception to follow.

Random acts of music

Memorial's student musicians will have a unique opportunity to strut their stuff during the two weeks of Celebrate Memorial 2003, which is happening from Oct. 14-25, 2003.

Beginning on Wed. Oct. 15, student music ensembles ranging from Memorial's chamber choir to Conan the Funk Trio will play at various times and locations around the St. John's campus. The series of performances is called Random Acts of Music; gigs will vary in length from 20 to 50 minutes, depending on the venue and personal schedules of the performers.

Professor Paul Bendzsa of Memorial's School of Music, who is helping to coordinate the event, said Random Acts of Music is a way to showcase Memorial's musical academic stream, as well as the great talent on campus.

“Plus, we want to spread music around during Celebrate Memorial to help enhance campus life,” Prof. Bendzsa said. “People will be pleasantly surprised by the busking, and there won't be a hat out, either!”

Performance venues are being kept secret, although Prof. Bendzsa said the musicians will be in central places away from classroom activity. As well, he said the School of Music is inviting the public to the following open rehearsals for its jazz and concert bands: Oct. 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.; jazz band open rehearsal at the D.F. Cook Auditorium. Oct. 25 from 5-6:30 p.m.; concert band open rehearsal in Room 1034, School of Music, Music Building.

Fulbright Awards available

The MUN International Centre has information available on the Canada-US Fulbright Awards. Fields are “open,” but applications are particularly encouraged "from scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and graduating seniors" with interests in "Canada-US relations, comparative public policy, international trade, North American economic integration, urban and regional planning, communications, culture, ecology and the environment, indigenous issues, border issues, law, health policy, science and technology, Canadian studies, and American studies." Deadlines: various, depending on Award applied for. Please contact Colleen Clarke, 737-4053, or or, the Fulbright Foundation Web site

Lecture on Ferryland

Dr. James Tuck, head of the Archaeology Unit at Memorial's Department of Anthropology and Henrietta Harvey Chair, will deliver the Henrietta Harvey Lecture titled Recent Research at Ferryland. The lecture begins at 4 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 16, in room A-1043, located in the Arts and Administration Building on Memorial's St. John's campus.

The lecture is open to the public and there is no admission charge. All are welcome to attend. Parking will be available in lot 15, located east of the Music Building. Reception to follow.


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