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Re-scheduled talk set

A public presentation focused on healthy aging – postponed last month due to inclement weather – will now take place Sunday, Jan. 17, from 2-4 p.m., at the Fluvarium in St. John’s.

The discussion is titled Aging Gracefully: Plugging into Health Research. It will feature Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging Dr. Wendy Young and Dr. Sharon Buehler, honorary research professor from the Division of Community Health and Humanities in the Faculty of Medicine.

Both will discuss research on aging.

The free talk is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The presentation is part of the national Café Scientifique program which aims to bring university research into the wider community. Admission is free but seating is limited.

To reserve a seat, call Jeff Green at 687-9243 or e-mail Dr. Ray Gosine, Memorial’s vice-president (research) pro tempore will host the café. All are welcome and refreshments will be served throughout the discussions.

Honorary grads appointed to Order of Canada

Novelist Joan Clark and Newfoundland business and volunteer leader Janet Gardiner are among an elite group of citizens recently appointed to the Order of Canada. Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean announced the most recent appointees in Ottawa at the end of December.

The Order if Canada wasn’t the first time the pair were recognized together; Ms. Clark and Ms. Gardiner both received honorary degrees from Memorial in spring 1998.

Ms. Clark was appointed, “For her contributions as an author of literature for both children and adults, and as an arts activist who has supported provincial and national cultural organizations for decades.”

Meanwhile, Ms. Gardiner’s citation said she was honoured, “For her enduring contributions as an executive and volunteer in the business and community sectors of Newfoundland and Labrador for the past 50 years.”

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours, and was established in 1967 to mark a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.

Eligible students should register to graduate

Memorial University is alerting its students who are, or will be, eligible to graduate at spring convocation to the Jan. 15, graduation deadline.

Students eligible to graduate at the spring convocation session should log on to Memorial Self Service to fill out the required application to graduate.

For students wishing to attend convocation, the schedule for the degrees will be posted on the convocation webpage in mid-February. Students can then indicate if they will be attending their ceremony by returning to Memorial Self Service once the graduation option is active on March 1.

Further information regarding the convocation ceremonies is available at