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Vol 39  No 12
Apr. 5, 2007


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In Brief

Anthropology officially adds Archaeology

Memorial’s Department of Anthropology has added and Archaeology to its moniker. According to Department Head Dr. Peter Pope, the new name doesn’t signal a change in direction, but rather reflects the current reality of the department.

“It was a unanimous decision of the department to change the name to better indicate what we do,” Dr. Pope explained, noting that this has been a long evolution. Years ago, Sociology and Anthropology were a single department, he said; by the time of their split the first archaeologist, Dr. Jim Tuck, had been hired. Significant growth has occurred in both the cultural and archaeological sides of the department since.

“Today, about half of the department’s faculty are archaeologists – and over half of our graduate students are in archaeology.”

Dr. Pope hopes the name will make it easier for internal people to locate archaeology. Most importantly, however, it will make archaeology more visible to prospective students.

The name change was passed by Senate in the winter, and received official sanction from the Board of Regents on March 22.

Testing returns to campus

Score it a victory against that seemingly unavoidable fate of having to go away. With the recent opening of a Thomson Prometric testing centre on the St. John’s campus of Memorial, residents of the province will no longer have to go away to access to such important academic/admission exams as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

The new testing centre is located in the Facilities Management Building. Administrative support for the centre is provided by the Division of Lifelong Learning.

Thomson Prometric is a premier provider of paper-and-pencil, Internet and computer-based testing solutions. It develops and/or delivers assessments through a global network of testing centers in more than 130 countries around the world.

Thomson Prometric’s presence on campus means that residents of the province interested in writing such academic/admission tests as the MCAT, GRE or TOEFL-iBT can do so without having to assume the additional expense of traveling outside the province.

The opening of the Thomson Prometric centre coincides with the return to the university of the online testing service for the Graduate Management Apptitude Test (GMAT), the leading graduate school admission assessment.

Person interested in finding out more about the testing services can call (709) 739-9866 or visit the Division’s website at www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning (click on “Testing Services”).

Secrets and Lies to be examined at CAIS conference

Secrets and Lies and/or The Irish in Newfoundland is the theme of this year’s Canadian Association for Irish Studies (CAIS) conference, to be held at Memorial University from June 20-23.

According to English professor Dr. Danine Farquharson, who is the current president of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies and a key organizer of the event, the conference will bring about 100 members from across Canada, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, other parts of the U.K., Europe, Australia and the United States.

“CAIS is a very collegial group. Our membership includes a number of academics, but also independent scholars and those who are just interested in Canadian-Irish connections,” she said. “The conference is open to everyone, and we’re hoping that it will appeal in particular to many Memorial faculty members and grad students.”

The conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Peter Hart, Canada Research Chair in Irish Studies, and both scholarly and cultural sessions.
Those interested in attending can take advantage of early registration until April 30.

To learn more about the conference, or to register to attend any or all of Secrets and Lies and/or The Irish in Newfoundland, visit www.irishstudies.ca or contact Danine Farquharson at daninef@mun.ca or at 737-2448.

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