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Several members of the Memorial University community were recently elected to the executive of the community organization Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) NL. Gloria Montano of Engineering and Applied Science is the incoming president. Immediate Past-President, Dr. Laura Halfyard of the Marine Institute, joins psychology student Christine Fontaine as of co-director of the Student Summer Employment Program, WISE’s flagship and award-winning student engagement program. Dr. Octavia Dobre of Engineering will represent the IEEE, engineering grad student Erika Beronich is the WISE Graduate Student Section rep, Jennifer Monk of the Ocean Sciences Centre is a director, medical student Erica Lester is a member-at-large, and Ravinuthala Swathi is the WISE undergraduate rep. In addition, Mona El-Tahan, a founding member of WISE NL rejoins as a director and Ashley Henderson remains the SSEP program administrator. The first WISE NL 2010 speaker was Dr. Terry-Lynn Young of the Faculty of Medicine discussing her ground-breaking research on a genetic heart defect.
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