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Dr. Kelly Hawboldt from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science was recently invited to take part in an expert panel established by the Network Centres of Excellence (NCE) Secretariat. Dr. Hawboldt, whose research focuses on sustainable or green processing of natural resources, travelled to Ottawa as part of the panel of national and international experts who evaluated funding proposals for centres of excellence. The proposed centres were based on green chemistry and reduction of greenhouse gases in petroleum. The NCE, a joint program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, brings together partners from the academic, industry, public and non-profit sectors to conduct leading edge research and knowledge transfer activities in areas of strategic growth and opportunity for Canada.

Barb Hunt, a professor in the Visual Art Program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, displayed her work in a group exhibition titled Aircraft, Arms, and Art organized by the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, curated by Chris Reid and Amber Anderson. For this exhibition, she created three new installations which were shown in the Central Museum of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at the Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Man. The work is about the devastation of war, using fabric from used camouflage uniforms, and the installations were exhibited in the museum alongside large artillery, munitions, displays and artifacts from all the wars in which Canada has participated, including the current situation in Afghanistan.

Frank Blackwood, a board member with the Johnson GEO Centre, has been honoured by the Geological Association of Canada at its annual meeting in Quebec City. Mr. Blackwood was awarded the prestigious J. Willis Ambrose medal, named after the first president of the association, and awarded to an individual for sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community. Mr. Blackwood is a graduate of Memorial University having received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in geology.

Paul Dean, executive director of the Johnson GEO Centre, has been awarded an honorary membership in the Newfoundland Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). This award was given at the recent annual meeting of the Newfoundland Branch in St. John’s in November. Honorary membership is awarded to CIM members who have made significant contributions to the Institute, to industry and to their communities. Mr. Dean obtained a bachelor of science degree and a master of science in geology from Memorial.

The following people were recently appointed or had their appointments extended to the board of the Botanical Garden: Diana Dabinett, Dr. Rick Cooper, Pamela Pippy, Sheila Boone, Stephen Outerbridge, Beth Crosbie Alexander, and Pat Rivers. The appointments were made by the Board of Regents.

The following people were recently appointed or had their appointments extended to the board of the Genesis Group Inc.: Rick Gill (chair), Emad Rizkalla, Dr. Mary Williams, Siobhan Coady, Keith Stoodley, Fred Cahill, Dr. James Igloliorte, Dr. Chris Loomis, David King, Dr. Gary Gorman, Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett, Dr. Ray Gosine, Jerry Byrne, Susan Hollett, Judith Hearn, Sheila Downer, Margaret Allen and Glen Janes. The appointments were approved by the Board of Regents.