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Dr. Miriam Anderson has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Originally from British Columbia, she received her PhD in Politics and International Studies from Cambridge University.

Her primary area of research focuses on peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction. Current projects address women’s participation in peace processes (case studies include Burundi, Macedonia and Northern Ireland), and emerging global norms on post-conflict repossession of property for refugees and internally-displaced persons, in particular specific policies enacted in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in the 1990s regarding that issue.

She recently published an article entitled Transnational Feminism and Norms in Peace Processes: The Cases of Burundi and Northern Ireland in the Journal of Intervention and State-Building.

Dr. Anderson has found her colleagues at Memorial to be “extraordinarily” welcoming and says she is “delighted to be here.”

Dr. Joel Finnis is an associate professor in the Department of Geography who studies climate dynamics, change, and prediction, with an emphasis on the Arctic. Dr. Finnis comes to Memorial from the University of Colorado, where he completed a PhD with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 2008. He also spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Finnis recently co-authored a two-part paper (completed in collaboration with several prominent Arctic researchers) published in the 2009 International Journal of Climatology.

In the winter 2010 semester Dr. Finnis will be teaching Geography 3120: Climatology, which covers global distribution of energy and water, large-scale circulation of the atmosphere and ocean, and how these factors create the various climate regions found on Earth.

He is thoroughly enjoying Memorial and St. John’s and says, not surprisingly given his interest in meteorology, “I’ve been getting a kick out of the storms we’ve had since I’ve arrived, especially now that I’ve upgraded my rain gear.”

Dr. Katherine Stringer is an international medical graduate who has come to call Newfoundland home. Born and raised in South Africa, she graduated from University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa in 1994 and did her internship at Victoria Hospital, Cape Town in 1995.

Dr. Stringer worked as a family physician in both rural and urban settings in South Africa before moving with her family to Newfoundland in 2002. She holds three diplomas from the College of Medicine of South Africa – Child Health (1998), Obstetrics (1998) and Mental Health (2001).

With husband Michael Stringer and daughters Lauren, now 10, and Ashley, age eight, Dr. Stringer moved to Gander in 2002 and worked at the Gander Medical Clinic from 2002-04, earning her LMCC in 2003 and CCFP in 2004.

The Stringer family moved to St. John's in 2004 and Dr. Stringer developed a community-based family practice first at the Torbay Medical Clinic and then at the Elizabeth Ave Family Practice.

She was recently appointed to a geographical full-time position in the Discipline of Family Medicine, clinically based at the Ross Family Medicine Centre and the Veterans Pavilion at the Miller Centre.

Dr. Stringer’s clinical areas of interest within Family Medicine include elderly care and the development of the interprofessional team approach to enhance elderly care.

“As a family we love to be active and particularly enjoy outdoor sports,” she said. “We thoroughly enjoy everything that Newfoundland has to offer from busy downtown St. John's to the quiet of the country.”

Dr. Colleen O’Brien is a specialist in adolescent medicine who is enthused about returning to Memorial as a faculty member. She earned her MD in 2003, followed by a residency in pediatrics at Memorial and then a fellowship in adolescent medicine at McGill University from 2007-09.

“I’m working with a great team at the Janeway,” said Dr. O’Brien. “I particularly enjoy teaching.”

Dr. O’Brien’s research interest are in the cardiac consequences of anorexia nervosa in adolescence and dysfunctional uterine bleeding in adolescence. She is accepted to the diploma program in clinical epidemiology and will hone her research skills through this program.

Before medical school, Dr. O’Brien did a BA (English) and hopes to return to writing her own poetry.

Dr. Joanne Hickey is a hematologist with the Discipline of Medicine. She earned her MD at Memorial in 2003 and did her postgraduate residency training in internal medicine at Memorial.

From 2006-08 she continued residency training in hematology at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital, and from 2008-09 she held a clinical fellowship in bone marrow transplantation/lymphoma at the Ottawa Hospital.
Dr. Hickey said her research interests are mainly in medical education and she is studying by distance with the Medical Education Program at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

In addition to clinical work and teaching, Dr. Hickey is an active member of Eastern Health’s Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant Program.