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Dr. Robert Bertolo has been renewed as Memorial’s Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition. Dr. Bertolo pioneered several new approaches to study intestinal metabolism in an effort to develop effective nutritional therapies for patients with gastrointestinal problems. He is one of 24 Canada Research Chairs at Memorial.

Luke Harris, coach of Memorial’s male volleyball team, recently finished a successful journey with the junior men’s national team. Mr. Harris was approached and joined the team as an assistant coach in May and recently returned from a six-week training and competition tour with the team in El Salvador where the team captured the silver medal after losing a close battle with rival Cuba. By finishing second the team qualified for the 2009 World Championships.

Dr. Murray Rudd, Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, was recently elected as Economics representative to the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group (SSWG). The SSWG, with over 600 members in 70 countries, is a global community of conservation professionals interested in the social aspects of biodiversity conservation. Since successful conservation inevitably requires changes in human behaviour, drawing on social science research to better understand what people do – and why – provides valuable insights for conservation policy and practice. As part of his board duties, Dr. Rudd will chair SSWG’s Policy Committee. In addition, he will play an active role in promoting both the SSWG and Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) in Canada during the buildup to the SCB global conference being held in Edmonton in 2009.

Dr. John Sandlos was named the winner of the prestigious 2008 Clio Award for Northern Canadian History by the Canadian Historical Association for his first book, Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories. The book draws on themes from Canadian, environmental, and ecological history, Northern Studies, and Native studies to illuminate the intersection between the discourse of wildlife conservation and the expansion of state power in Northern Canada. It is part of a series published by University of British Columbia Press entitled Nature/History/Society.