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Dr. Cheri Bethune, Discipline of Family Medicine, has received a 2008 Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of Medical Education. These certificates are awarded annually to promote, recognize and reward faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools.

Dr. Penny Hansen, professor of physiology, has been selected as the recipient of the 16th annual Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year Award. The award from the American Physiological Society was presented April 8 in San Diego, Calif., during the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. The award recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, commitment to the improvement of physiology teaching, and contributions to physiology education at the local community, national or international levels. Dr. Hansen has degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Akron and a PhD in physiology from Memorial. She has worked with her colleagues around to world to create curricula designed to engage medical students’ interest in physiology, to develop new strategies for student laboratories, and to assist and assess students’ ability to analyze and solve physiological problems. Her ability as a teacher was recognized with a 3M Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, one of 10 awarded in 1990 to Canadian university teachers.

Dr. David Pike, an associate professor with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA) Hall Medal. The Hall Medal, named after the late Marshall Hall Jr., is given for extensive quality research by a member of the ICA who is in mid-career, which is defined to mean not having passed the age of 40 in the year for which the medal is awarded. A maximum of three such medals are awarded per year and nominations for the award are made by fellow ICA members and evaluated by the Members of Council. The medal will be presented in Boca Raton, Florida next March.

A painting by Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Medicine, has received three distinctions in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. The painting, “Green Gables House™” was chosen by Canada Post’s jury panel to be one of two stamps that will be issued on June 20, 2008, with first day covers. Canada Post and Japan Post have also joined together to have an historical joint stamp issue, with joint first day covers, that will also bear the image of this painting. And finally, the Royal Canadian Mint has used Dr. Kovacs’s painting in conjunction with their issue of a special Anne of Green Gables coin, which will be released on April 16.