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In Brief

Honouring outstanding alumni

Memorial University’s Alumni Association will once again celebrate the achievements of some of its most accomplished members at the 29th Annual Alumni Tribute Awards.

Dr. Max House is one of four of this year’s honourees. A graduate of Memorial University College in 1947, Dr. House will receive the Alumnus of the Year Award. In addition to his many roles within the medical community, Dr. House served as the 10th lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1997-2002.

Environmental advocate Leonard Vassallo is the recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award, diabetes specialist Vanessa Donnelly is this year’s Horizon Award recipient and barrister and solicitor Gary Peddle will receive the J.D. Eaton Alumni Award.

The 29th Annual Alumni Tribute Awards will take place on Oct. 18 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s. To purchase tickets, and to learn more about this year’s recipients, visit, or call Alumni Affairs and Development at (709) 864-2313.

New GG an honorary grad

David Johnston ha been sworn in as Canada’s Governor General Designate. Mr. Johnston, a respected lawyer and academic, succeeds Michaëlle Jean, who has served since 2005.

Dr. Johnston moves to the Governor General’s post from the University of Waterloo, where he served as president and vice-chancellor. Dr. Johnston is an honorary graduate of Memorial, receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1986.

Dialogue on sustainability

Can we ever make the human enterprise sustainable? Not at the rate that we’re going, according to Dr. Kimberley Gray. But if we really wanted to, we could make great strides in the short term with our current technical knowledge in the ways we use energy and resources, and in the ways we design and operate our cities.

So what is stopping us? Join Dr. Gray, an expert in environmental catalysis and physicochemical processes in natural and engineered environmental systems for Transforming our Cities: Sustainability and the Post-Fossil Fuel Future, the 2010 Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability, as she discusses the various perspectives on sustainability, the requirements for developing truly renewable energy sources and what this would mean for urban, suburban and small city living.

The public lecture will take place Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in IIC-2001. A research seminar with Dr. Gray will take place Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. in SN-2101 followed by a roundtable at 2:30 p.m. in AA-5014.

For more information, contact Dr. Lev Tarasov at or refer to the Dialogue website:

High recognition for young researcher

It’s not often that a researcher gets to choose which award to accept. In May, Dr. Michelle Ploughman, a postdoctoral fellow in Faculty of Medicine who works with Eastern Health, won three different fellowships for her work on health, lifestyle and aging with multiple sclerosis.

She chose the fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which offered $50,000 per year for two years plus a $5,000 research allowance.

She also received the $3,500 NLCAHR/CIHR Gold prize in Aging Research and this month was awarded the CIHR Institute of Aging prize.