Vol 37 No 15
June 9, 2005
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Professores emeriti recognized
The following five Memorial professors were honoured with the distinction
professor emeritus during fall convocation. The category of professor
emeritus is open only to retired members of the faculty. To be eligible,
a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member
at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime
criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service
to the university.
Dr. Roberta Buchanan
Dr. Roberta Buchanan graduated from the University of Keele with a bachelor
of arts in 1964, and joined Memorial University later that year. She completed
her PhD in 1981 at the prestigious Shakespeare Institute at the University of
Birmingham. Her thesis was a study of Ulpian Fulwell and an edition of his Ars
Adulandi, or the Art of Flattery (1576). In this work she laid
the basis for her mastery of textual studies and the history of books and printing,
subjects which she taught at Memorial. Dr. Buchanan was recognized as professor
emerita for professional impact within the university, her leadership in women’s
studies, her creative work as a poet and for her accomplishments in Renaissance
literature and in Newfoundland studies.
Dr. Maynard J. Clouter
Dr. Maynard Clouter graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Department of Physics with a B.Sc. in 1960 and a M.Sc. in 1962. He then attended the University of Toronto where he received a PhD in 1968. He returned to Memorial in 1969 as a visiting assistant professor and was appointed assistant professor in 1970.
Together with the late Dr. Harry Kiefte, Dr. Clouter established a lab and research program which is famous for high-quality Brillouin and Raman spectroscopy of condensed matter systems ranging from molecular to silicon. Dr. Clouter’s name and work are known among molecular and condensed matter physicists throughout the world.
Dr. Elizabeth Miller
Dr. Elizabeth Miller received her BA, BA(Ed), MA, and PhD from Memorial University.
She joined the faculty at Memorial University in the Department of English in
1970, having previously worked as a high school teacher and principal at Joe
Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island. During her 32 years at the university, she taught at
all levels, from first year introductory English courses to graduate seminars
in British Romanticism. In her early years at Memorial, her research was in
the field of Newfoundland literature. After 1990 her scholarly interests took
a dramatic turn towards 19th-century British Gothic literature. Today she is recognized
as one of the world’s leading authorities on the novel Dracula its
origins in folklore, literature and history, and its impact on Western culture.
Dr. Derek Nurse
Dr. Derek Nurse was awarded a bachelor of arts from the University of Manchester, a master of arts from Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Dar es Salaam. He spent four years teaching at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and 12 years in East Africa as a researcher and university teacher. His PhD thesis at Dar es Salaam became a basic handbook for the study of East African Bantu languages. He came to Memorial’s Department of Linguistics in 1989. His groundbreaking work has been praised by scholars of linguistics around the world.
Dr. William E. Schrank
Dr. William Schrank has a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from the
Cooper Union in New York, a master of industrial engineering degree from New
York University, and master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees (in
economics) from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He taught for two years
at the University of Essex in Colchester, England, before coming to Memorial,
where he joined the academic staff in 1970. Dr. Schrank has been engaged in
fisheries research for nearly a quarter century and has had an international
impact in the areas of building a large scale econometric model, analyzing data
problems in fisheries economics, investigating the political history of the
Newfoundland fishing experience, developing a concept of fisheries subsidies
and evaluating the cost of fisheries management. For his superior publication
record and international stature, Dr. Schrank was appointed professor emeritus.