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Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, associate professor, and Doctoral Candidate Maria Rodriguez-Manzanares from the Faculty of Education recently received an award from the editorial review board of the Journal of Distance Education for the best research article of 2008 published in the journal. The article was titled Revisiting Transactional Distance Theory in a Context of Web-Based High-school Distance Education. The award will be given during a ceremony at the conference of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) in Ottawa in May.

The Japanese translation of the textbook, Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, whose senior author is Dr. Geoff Rayner-Canham at Grenfell College, has just been published. This book has also been translated into Korean, Spanish, and German, while a Khmer translation for Cambodia is currently in progress. Dr. Rayner-Canham and his co-author, Dr. Tina Overton of the University of Hull, England, are currently working on the fifth edition of this world-wide best-selling text in its field.

Dr. Nabil Shalaby is this year’s recipient of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Motivational Teaching Award. The award honours faculty members who have encouraged students in the department to undertake deep and demanding study in mathematics and/or statistics, and have made study in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics a valuable experience for students. The award recognizes success in inspiring students to further study in mathematics and/or statistics, and in generating a stimulating and exciting intellectual environment.

A team of Master of Applied Social Psychology (MASP) students has been selected as one of three finalists in the Canadian Evaluation Society National Case Competition. Memorial students competed against 17 other teams from 16 universities in round one of the competition and will now travel to Ottawa in June for the finals. Members of the team included Stephanie Avery, Natalie Reardon and Reanne Meuse, all senior MASP students, along with Ashley Barrett, a first year MASP student. Their coach, Monique Goguen Campbell, is currently an ACOA senior analyst and a graduate of the MASP program.