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Seeking applications for healthy aging research

For the third straight year, the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) is calling for applications from researchers and students who are interested in issues related to healthy aging.

Awards are offered for fellowships and graduate students, faculty and research grants. NLCAHR and the Department of Health have partnered with the Canadian Institute of Health Research– Institute of Aging to fund the Gold Prizes for Research on Aging. These prizes recognize excellent emerging researchers at different stages of career development in Newfoundland and Labrador, and are awarded to candidates who receive the highest rating in the provincial competitions for three of the student awards.

Full details on this program are now available at
The deadline for all applications is Oct. 15, 2010.

Williams Trust Fund awarded

The Trustees of the Margaret Williams Trust Fund presented have a joint award for 2010 to Courtney Lundrigan in the amount of $1,000 and to Kelly McCarthy in the amount of $500.

Courtney Lundrigan is a native of Newfoundland and Labrador and holds a master of arts degree in history and bachelor of arts, honours in history and French, from Memorial. Ms. Lundrigan has recently completed her librarian internship at the Health Sciences Library, Memorial University, and is currently attending the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, where she is a candidate for the Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.

Also a native of this province, Kelly McCarthy is a teacher-librarian at the Holy Trinity High School in Torbay. She will attend the Edge Conference this fall where the theme of the conference is e-learning and “the use of technologies in K-12 and post-secondary education”. The Margaret Williams Trust Fund award was established in 1982 by the family and friends of the former Memorial librarian. It was set up to promote the development of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants seeking funding for library-related projects or assistance in pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies or teacher librarianship.

Nursing professor wins prestigious award

Dr. Sandra MacDonald has received a prestigious award from the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL). Dr. MacDonald, who is a professor in the School of Nursing, was given the ARNNL Award for Excellence in Nursing Education.

ARNNL established the Award for Excellence in Nursing Education to recognize registered nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing by excelling on key criteria that contribute to improving the quality of nursing education in the province. Dr. MacDonald received the award at the recent annual meeting.

Dr. MacDonald is a member of the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) with the School of Nursing. The CHAT team has been working together for the past 15 years, conducting regional community assessments studies across the island and in Labrador. CHAT is a five-member team with experience in community health needs and resources assessment, epidemiology, program evaluation, cardiology, community and family health, adult health and mental health.

In addition, as the coach of four student teams, Dr. MacDonald recently led one of those teams to the final round of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Student Case Competition. The winning team, known as the fictitious company ICE Consulting, was made up of four Applied Social Psychology program students.