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Dr. Darcy Hallett, Department of Psychology
Dr. Darcy Hallett holds a BA (honours), MA, and PhD from the University of British Columbia. He concluded his studies with a two year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford in the area of developmental psychology.

His research area focuses on mathematical cognition, or how children’s mathematical knowledge develops as they progress through school. In particular, the assistant professor in the Department of Psychology is currently studying how children use conceptual and procedural knowledge to help them understand and work with fractions and if children have better success if they use one method over the other or a combination of the two.

“The research suggests that the kids who rely evenly on both usually do better than everybody else – they’re more flexible,” said Dr. Hallett. “Procedural knowledge helps you do a problem accurately and efficiently without having to dedicate valuable cognitive resources thinking about how to do it. However, with conceptual knowledge you can understand what’s going on, which helps when things change a little bit.

“That’s usually when your procedural knowledge fails you. If some aspect of a problem you know how to do changes, you don’t know what to change to make it right or even if you’re supposed to. If you have both conceptual knowledge and procedural knowledge, it’s really an advantage.”

Dr. Katia Iankova, Tourism Studies
Dr. Katia Iankova, originally from Bulgaria, came to Grenfell College after completing a PhD in urban studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal (2007).

Dr. Iankova, who also holds a master’s in tourism from Sophia University, Bulgaria (1998), is pleased to join faculty who are involved in delivering Grenfell’s relatively new BA in tourism studies, launched in 2006.

Dr. Iankova’s research includes aboriginal communities and the economic development in Quebec and Labrador; the contribution of alternative energies for the sustainability of tourist cities; and sustainable development in fragile communities such as Francois, Grey River and Ramea. She edited Indigenous Tourism in North America which will be published by L’Harmattan Publishers, Paris, in 2008.

Dr. Iankova teaches second- and third-year courses in art exhibition and administration management, global issues and tourism, conservation planning and cultural heritage development.

“The program in tourism is unique for Newfoundland,” she said. “My colleagues and I are working to help students become specialists who will ultimately be involved in areas such as developing provincial tourism policy, acting as facilitators in the tourism industry or immersing themselves in tourism directly as entrepreneurs.”

She said another goal of the program is to guide our students as they carry out original research on topics concerning Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Roger Levy, Department of Political Science
This fall, Dr. Roger Levy joins the Faculty of Arts as head of the Department of Political Science.

Dr. Levy obtained his PhD in Political Science from McGill University in 1984, and is also a graduate of Leicester University and Glasgow University. Prior to coming to Memorial, he was a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Department of Management at the London School of Economics.

Dr. Levy has worked extensively in the university sector in Scotland; he has held positions as Director of the Graduate Academy of Business at Glasgow Caledonian University, as well as Head of the School of Public Administration and Law at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Over the years, Dr. Levy has specialized in public administration and management with a special research interest in the management and accountability of European Union spending programs. He has published many articles, books, and papers in this area, and has acted as a consultant to the European Commission and special adviser to the UK House of Lords European Union Select Committee.

Dr. Christina Thorpe, Department of Psychology
Dr. Christina Thorpe holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology from Memorial University and a MA and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Originally from St. Phillips, N.L., she has also completed a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship at the University College of London in the United Kingdom.

An assistant professor with the Department of Psychology, Dr. Thorpe’s area of research focuses primarily on animal cognition. Specifically, she studies animals to determine how they learn about time and place – for example, how animals know to go to a certain location at a particular time of day to get food. In addition to her studies with animals, she is currently beginning an investigation into this ability in children.

“How is it that pigeons and seagulls learn to go to the University Centre at lunchtime when there are lots of students around, but at 7 a.m., when there’s hardly anyone around, you don’t see them?” asked Dr. Thorpe. “How is it that kids might also know to do these kinds of things? Do they know that Mom comes home from work at about 5 p.m. or do they know it’s right after Sesame Street is over? Is it that they know a sequence of things that happen in their day, or do they have some concept of the time of the day it is? These are the questions I’m trying to answer.”

Dr. Shree Mulay, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Shree Mulay has joined Memorial University as the new associate dean of the Division of Community Health and Humanities in the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to coming to Memorial, she was a professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University and on staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital as the assistant director of the Endocrinology and Clinical Biochemistry Laboratories. She served as the director of the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women from 1996-2007.

After completing her B.Sc. in chemistry (honours) at Delhi University in India, she earned her master’s and PhD degrees at McGill University in agricultural chemistry. Dr. Mulay’s basic research has been on the role of hormones in the regulation of fetal development and electrolyte fluid balance during diabetic pregnancy. Her more recent research has focused on women’s health; one such project investigated the experiences of women with the non-surgical sterilization method and their understanding of informed consent. Dr. Mulay said she has taken on her new role in the Faculty of Medicine at an exciting time as both the faculty and the Division of Community Health and Humanities are expanding rapidly. She observed the graduate programs in the division have a very large number of graduate students. In particular, she noted that the division is introducing a new master’s program in public health this fall which will make all the division’s graduate programs put together the largest in the Faculty of Medicine.