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Vol 38  No 5
November 3, 2005



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In Brief

It adds up to another win

Memorial’s student mathematicians have scored again at an Atlantic competition. Memorial finished first in the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences (APICS) competition out of a field of 22 teams. The team of Andrew Critch and Neil McKay were in a league of their own, scoring 55 marks (out of a possible 80). The second place team had 40.

The APICS math competition is a mathematical problem solving team competition written at the annual APICS Mathematics and Statistics meeting, held this year at Acadia University Oct. 21-23.

APICS is a non-profit, volunteer organization composed of universities, colleges, government labs and other institutions in Atlantic Canada. Its goal is the advancement of science and technology through education and public awareness and the promotion of scientific literacy, education and research throughout the region.

Multimedia centre gets a face-lift

After a summer of extensive renovations the Multimedia Language Centre will have its grand re-opening on Monday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. Located in the Science Building, room SN-4022, the centre is part of the language labs used by the departments of French and Spanish, German and Russian, Linguistics, Classics and the English as a Second Language Program. The improved centre includes 42 eMac language teaching/learning stations and a live satellite TV feed. Funding for the renovation was secured through CIAP and the Dean of Arts Office, following extensive discussion by the Language Labs Advisory Committee. During the opening, a demonstration will be made of the new capabilities of the centre.

Higgs honoured for contribution

Dr. Colin Higgs, the former director of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation who recently stepped down after eight years, is this year’s winner of the Paralympic Scientific Award presented by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The award honours a contributor to the field of sport for people with a disability. Dr. Higgs is considered a pioneer and contemporary leader in the areas of adapted physical activity and Paralympic sport research. Dr. Higgs will receive this award during the closing ceremonies of the 2005 IPC General Assembly, in Beijing, China on Nov. 19. He has taken a year off from teaching at Memorial and plans to return to Newfoundland in time for the 2006 fall semester.

O’Dea named to provincial Order

English professor Shane O’Dea has been named to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. Also known for his work at preserving the built heritage of the province, Prof. O’Dea was one of eight named to the Order.

Lt.-Gov. Edward Roberts announced the names on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The objective of the Order is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour that benefits, in an outstanding manner, Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents.

Along with Prof. O’Dea, Tim Borlase, Tom Cahill, Desmond Dillon, Susan Knight, Dr. Ingeborg Marshall, Deborah Powers and Janet Story will receive the honour during a ceremony to take place at Government House on Nov. 10.

Tim Borlase is the former director of Memorial’s Labrador Institute and an honorary graduate; Susan Knight was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2004; Ingeborg Marshall is an honorary research associate with the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Memorial; and Janet Story received a honorary doctor of laws degree in 2004.

Christmas cards now available

Special Memorial University Christmas cards are available again this year from the Bookstore. They are available in four designs in packages of 12 cards with envelopes.

The cards are packaged flat (scored only) so they can be overprinted by faculties or departments if required.

The purchase price per package of 12 is $13.95 at the Bookstore.

Printing services will do customized overprinting for $60 per setup (i.e. it doesn’t matter if it’s three packs or 25).

The inside comes pre-printed with “Season’s Greetings.”

The designs include a star, a tree, a candle and a gift box. They are “drawn” using appropriate words from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English as building components instead of traditional drawing lines. Brief definitions of the words used are printed on the back along with the university ID.


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