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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.

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