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Dr. Sukinder Kaur Cheema, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, along with her PhD student Kanta Chechi, has had a manuscript accepted and published in the American Journal of Physiology. The manuscript, entitled Developmental programming of lipid metabolism and Aortic Vascular Function in C57Bl/6 Mice: A Novel Study Suggesting an Involvement of LDL-receptor, was so highly rated in terms of significance, an editorial focus was also commissioned on the article. This is the first study to highlight the importance of over-nutrition, from saturated fats, during pregnancy and lactation on the outcome of disease in the offspring in later life.

Linda Thompson, a laboratory instructor in the department of Chemistry, has received a MUNSU Award for Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Contribution to Student Life. Current and past students of the department were responsible for nominating Ms. Thompson for this well deserved award.

The winners of the 2009 provincial Arts and Letters Awards were presented Saturday, May 16, at The Rooms in St. John’s. Patrick Warner, a librarian at the QE II Library, was awarded the event’s top prize, the Percy Janes First Novel Award, for his manuscript titled Precious. This award comes with a $1,500 prize.

Dr. Axel Meisen was invested with the Order of Canada by Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday, May 15. Memorial’s former president received the country’s highest civilian honour for his “significant contributions to education in Canada.”