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Atlantic Canada. A History

By Drs. James Hiller and Margaret Conrad

Oxford University Press Canada has printed a second edition of Atlantic Canada: A History, by Drs. James Hiller and Margaret Conrad.

Atlantic Canada: A History provides students with a concise and up-to-date history of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. This book explores the common historical threads between the Maritime provinces and sub-regions of Atlantic Canada while reflecting on the region's diversity.

The new edition includes new coverage of the Atlantic provinces up to 2009, which will allow instructors to make connections between the past and present, as well as provide coverage of topical issues. Atlantic Canada: A History is a comprehensive core text for upper-year undergraduate courses in Atlantic Canadian history.

Atlantic Canada: A History is a comprehensive core text for upper-year undergraduate courses in Maritime history at the university level.

Dr. Edward MacDonald, University of Prince Edward Island, said Atlantic Canada is “concise, lucid, and very much on the cutting edge of scholarship in the field.”
Dr. Del Muise, Carleton University, said it is comprehensive and rooted in a firm understanding of a vast literature on the history of the region.

Grammatical Change in Indo-European Languages

Edited by Drs. Vit Bubenik, John Hewson and Sarah Rose

Grammatical Change in Indo-European Languages is a collection of papers presented at the workshop on Indo-European Linguistics at the XVIIIth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Montreal in 2007.

Edited by Drs. Vit Bubenik, John Hewson and Sarah Rose of Memorial’s Linguistics department in the Faculty of Arts, the collection is the product of a group of scholars who have been working on new directions in historical linguistics. This book is focused on questions of grammatical change, and the central issue of grammaticalization in Indo-European languages.

Several studies examine particular problems in specific languages, but often with implications for the IE phylum as a whole.

Given the historical scope of the data (over a period of four millennia) long range grammatical changes such as the development of gender differences, strategies of definiteness, the prepositional phrase, or of the syntax of the verbal diathesis and aspect, are also treated.

The shifting relevance of morphology to syntax, and syntax to morphology, a central motif of this research, has provoked lively debate in the discipline of Historical Linguistics.

Grammatical Change in Indo-European Languages is published by Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2009.

The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration

Edited by Dr. Christopher Dunn

The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration is a comprehensive analysis of public management and government in Canada today.

With contributions from 31 leading Canadian scholars and specialists in the field, the text exposes students to key issues in public administration from public service to workplace equity.

Edited by Dr. Christopher Dunn of the Department of Political Science, the new second edition offers the most relevant and up-to-date coverage available, making it essential reading for both students and practitioners of Canadian public administration.

The text examines a wide range of public administration topics, including ample coverage of provincial issues and the Harper government, ensuring that students have an in-depth understanding of public administration in Canada.

It is fully updated with contributions from leading scholars in the field, providing students with an authoritative resource.

Each chapter contains a brief review of the history of the topic discussed, and an overview of the major paradigms and the determinants that have shaped the policies or functions in question, before finally examining possible future directions, giving students a thorough look at key PA issues.

The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration is published by Oxford University Press.

Explorations in Geometry

By Dr. Bruce Shawyer

This book covers the basic topics in geometry (including trigonometry) that are accessible and valuable to senior high school and university students. It also includes material that is very useful for problem solving in mathematical competitions, from relatively easy to advanced levels, including the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Written by Dr. Bruce Shawyer, professor emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Explorations in Geography is published by World Scientific.

The origins of this book lie in a course on Euclidean Geometry given at the third year level at Memorial University, he explained. Although the students in the course had studied Trigonometry and basic Euclidean Geometry in high school, he said he found that they had forgotten most of it, and so had to review it. They had no adequate source materials available to them, hence, the genesis of this book. This book contains over 200 problems, of which, most have solutions given.

Added to the work are some modern results.

The sections on Remarkable Concurrencies and Remarkable Bisections contain some of Dr. Shawyer’s own work.

This book should prove useful to students at high school and undergraduate levels who have an interest in the various mathematics competitions. These competitions act as a stimulus to many students, who enjoy problem solving. He has been involved in helping in such events for many years, and said he still find it such an enjoyable occasion when students are having enjoyment solving mathematical problems.

Dr. Shawyer said he is deeply indebted to his many colleagues and students who have made his career so enjoyable.

“In particular, many thanks are due to the students of the fall 1993 class, who first used an early version of this book and who helped to eliminate many typographical errors. In particular I would like to thank Gerry McGrath and Trevor Young who handed in lists of such errors. Thanks are also due to students in subsequent classes for finding other typographical errors.

“I would particularly like to thank my colleagues, Dr. Michael Parmenter and Afework Solomon, who have also taught the course, and have contributed considerably to the improvement of several sections; and also Dr. Danny Dyer, who used an earlier version of this book when at the University of Regina. Mr. Solomon was also of great assistance in the proofreading of the draft of this book.”

Dear Gladys: Letters from Over There

By Dr. Gladys Osmond

“As long as I have my eyes, the use of my hands, and as long as my brain still works, I'll be writing to soldiers.” – Gladys Osmond

Gladys Osmond wrote her first letter to a Canadian soldier serving overseas in 1983. She went on to found the Granny Brigade, a group that has written to countless Canadian soldiers, sailors, and air force personnel serving in all parts of the world.

The moral support Ms. Osmond provides to Canadian military personnel has been honoured formally on several occasions:

in 2006 she was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, presented to her in Newfoundland by chief of the Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier.

Memorial awarded Ms. Osmond an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2008.

However, no formal honour, she insists, can compare to the notes of sincere personal gratitude from the individuals and families to whom she has written. Now well into her eighties, Ms. Osmond's continued correspondence with her extended military family occupies her from dawn until long after dark.

Dear Gladys provides first-hand insight into the lives and duties of Canadians in conflicts past and present.

Edited by Gilbert Penney, a retired school teacher living in Springdale, Dear Gladys was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Achieving Student Success: Effective Student Services in Canadian Higher Education

Edited by Dr. Donna Hardy Cox and C. Carney Strange

In today's colleges and universities, whether students succeed depends in large part on access to effective services that can support and guide them in pursuit of their educational goals. Policy and practice in the field of student services has been largely based on professional literature from U.S. sources. Drs. Donna Hardy Cox and Carney Strange offer the first comprehensive description of professional student services in Canadian colleges and universities from the perspective of the practitioner-scholars who create and lead them.

Drs. Hardy Cox and Strange begin with an overview of student services dealing with the matriculation of post-secondary students- through enrolment management, financial assistance, and orientation to the institution and accommodation – and then discuss housing and residence life, student leadership programs, systems of judicial and academic integrity, and student support and adjustment through counselling, health and wellness initiatives, career and employment advice, and a variety of services that can respond to a variety of needs.

How these services are integrated professionally on campus, including their organization and leadership as well as their design within differing institutional contexts, and delivery methods, is the focus of the closing chapters, followed by a distillation of principles that underlie effective student services.

Dr. Donna Hardy Cox is an associate professor of social work at Memorial University.

Dr. C. Carney Strange is professor of higher education and student affairs at Bowling Green State University.

Achieving Student Success is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

The Mustard Seed: The Story of St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

By Dr. Kathrine E. Bellamy

The Mustard Seed is a comprehensive history of the contribution the Sisters of Mercy made to health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

With extensive research and a large collection of photographs, Sister Kathrine Bellamy tells the fascinating history of one of St. John’s landmarks and the people who built it from the ground up.

Through their work with dedicated professionals in the field of health care, the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland brought the “mustard seed” that was planted in 1922 to full growth as one of the major health care institutions in the province today – St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital.

In May 2006, Sister Kathrine was awarded the degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa, by Memorial University. She was recognized for her exceptional contribution to the development of choral performance in Newfoundland.

She passed away earlier this year at the age of 86.

The Mustard Seed is published by Flanker Press.

Iceberg Alley: A Journal of Nature’s Most Awesome Migration

By Dr. Stephen E. Bruneau and Kevin Redmond

In Iceberg Alley: A Journal of Nature's Most Awesome Migration join the authors as they present their stunning images and often humorous reflections of their journey from the glaciers of Greenland to the growlers of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Iceberg Alley is an oceanic zone or pathway in the Northwest Atlantic characterized by the seasonal presence and persistence of southerly drifting arctic icebergs.

Iceberg Alley – the book – is a journal from the author’s five-year exploration of the North Atlantic.

It explores the power and subtlety of nature with astonishing images and personal vignettes that glimpse the people and places encountered on the human journey down Iceberg Alley.

Dr. Bruneau is an engineering professor who works in the area of ice and iceberg research and has wide-ranging interests in other areas of science and technology. He is also the author of Icebergs of Newfoundland and Labrador and runs the website

Kevin Redmond is an educator with a long-time interest in outdoor activities and photography.

Iceberg Alley is published by Flanker Press.