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Papers and Presentations

Dr. Sudhir Abhyankar, associate professor, chemistry and environmental science, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, presented a paper titled Applying the principles and practices of green chemistry in undergraduate organic chemistry courses at the 242nd meeting of the American Chemical Society held in Denver, Colo., Aug. 28-Sept. 1.

Dr. Christopher Kovacs and Dr. Susan MacDonald, Faculty of Medicine, are authors of the essay Medical Myths and Errors in Science Fiction and Fantasy, published in the September 2011 issue of the literary magazine The New York Review of Science Fiction. The essay covers errors common to all genres of fiction, television and movies (eyes closing at death, rapid death from a stab to the belly, dose and speed of fatal poisonings, resuscitations, swallowing the tongue during a seizure) to the more esoteric (eyeballs bursting and blood boiling in a vacuum, effects of zero gravity on human physiology, alien viruses, cross-breeding with other species).

Debora Scatena, a German honours and communication studies major and film studies minor at Memorial University, will see two papers, Freedom of Speech in Berlin: Past and Present and Environment and Technology: Finding a Solution within the Modern Framework and Human Responsibilities, published in the online International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology on Oct. 15, 2011.

Drs. Carolina Escudero and Anne Drover, Faculty of Medicine, made an oral presentation titled Do the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Examinations predict success on the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE)? The presentation was made at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada International Conference on Residency Education, held Sept. 22-24 in Quebec City. Dr. Escudero completed her pediatric residency from Memorial in June 2011 and is presently doing a pediatric cardiology fellowship through the University of British Columbia. Drs. April MacPhee, Rikin Patel, Stephen Shorlin and Anne Drover had a poster presentation at this conference titled I'm too busy to teach: Creating a resident as teacher workshop. Drs. MacPhee and Patel are third-year pediatric residents at Memorial.

Dr. Amin Muhammad, Faculty of Medicine, is the author of three recent papers. Mental Health is a Human Right was published in the October issue of Clinical Psychiatry News USA. Ireland can show the way was published in the October issue of Irish Medical Times. And BMJ Case Reports has accepted the following case report for publication: OCD with paranoid psychosis in an asexual male: a diagnostic challenge. Authors are Dr. Muhammad with Thomas Smigas and Joannie Nevue.