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Vol 40  No 5
November 1, 2007


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Professores emeriti

Dr. Sandra Clarke
Dr. Niall Gogan
Dr. Margaret Burton
Dr. Robert Crocker
Dr. Richard Hiscott

Dr. Sandra Clarke
Dr. Sandra Clarke was awarded a BA (honours) in modern languages from Memorial in between receiving a teaching diploma and a MA in French linguistics from the Université Laval in Quebec. She continued her studies at Laval, graduating with a doctorate in 1974. She lectured at Memorial from 1969-71 and returned as an assistant professor in 1975. Dr. Clarke served as department head in Linguistics from 1984-1990. She was named full professor in the Department of Linguistics in 1992. Dr. Clarke is a sociolinguist, studying the social patterns of language. In 1982 she wrote a grammar for Innu-aimun, but is best known in her field today for her studies of Canadian (and particularly Newfoundland) English. She served as president of the Canadian Linguistic Association from 1992-94. In 1993 she edited Focus on Canada, described by her colleagues as “a welcome addition to the literature on a surprisingly underdescribed variety of English.” Recognizing her extraordinary research output, the university named her University Research Professor in 1999.

Dr. Niall Gogan
Dr. Niall Gogan came to the Department of Chemistry at Memorial University in 1967. Prior to that he had earned his B.Sc. and PhD in chemistry from University College, Dublin, and worked at the University of Chicago for two years. In the subsequent 40 years, Dr. Gogan was an active member of the Department of chemistry and the university administration. He served as executive assistant to the vice-president (academic) from 1972-74, director of the Office of Research from 1974-1983 and associate vice-president (research) from 1983-1992. He was cross-appointed to the Ocean Sciences Centre in 1994 and in 1997 was named chair of the environmental science program. Dr. Gogan’s research focuses on environmental and marine chemistry, particularly the examination of trace metals in the aquatic environment. Outside the university, Dr. Gogan has served on the board of directors of the Newfoundland Environmental Industry Association and the board of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. In 1978 he was elected a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Dr. Margaret Burton
Dr. Margaret Burton received her B.Sc. with special honours in zoology from the University of London in 1960 and her PhD from the University of London in 1964. After lecturing at the College of Technology at Hull, U.K., for two years, and teaching high school in Leeds, Dr. Burton came to the Memorial University in 1972 where she was a researcher with the Marine Sciences Research Laboratory for 15 years. She became a sessional lecturer with the Department of Biology in 1985 and in 1989 was named assistant professor in the department, cross-appointed with the Ocean Sciences Centre. Promoted to associate professor in 1996, Dr. Burton was named professor in 2003. Dr. Burton also served as head of the department from 2002-2004. Dr. Burton has retained her connections with the U.K. by developing a biology program for delivery at the Harlow campus. Dr. Burton’s research interests include comparative animal and cellular physiology and she is currently researching fish reproduction and echinoderm circulation. She has supervised dozens of honours undergraduates and graduate students. In 2004 she was named honorary research professor at Memorial. 

Dr. Robert Crocker
After receiving undergraduate degrees in science and education from Memorial University, Dr. Robert Crocker earned his PhD in science education from the University of Alberta in 1969. Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Crocker returned to Memorial to take up a position in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He served as dean of the Faculty of Education from 1990-1993 and remained on faculty at Memorial until his retirement in 2005. Aside from his academic career, Dr. Crocker also made a significant impact in the provincial civil service and on education policies of the provincial government. In 1993, he was appointed associate deputy minister in the Department of Education where he was responsible for implementing the Royal Commission Report on Education. He served as co-chair, with Dr. Frank Riggs, of the Task Force on Education in the province, and was also the director of the Task Force on Mathematics and Science Education in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Crocker has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, an adjunct professor at Michigan State University, and visiting professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His current research is focused on the use of large scale assessment results to develop explanatory models for school achievement.

Dr. Richard Hiscott
Dr. Richard Hiscott is a graduate of Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ont., where he earned a B.Sc. (honours) in chemistry and geology in 1974. He subsequently received a PhD from McMaster University in Hamilton. Following graduation in 1977, he accepted a faculty position in Memorial’s Geology Department.  In 1983 he was appointed associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and joined Memorial’s Centre for Earth Resources Research as a full-time researcher in 1985. In 1992 he was appointed a full professor in Earth Sciences. Dr. Hiscott is an expert in undersea sedimentary structures and in his research has examined the sedimentary evolution of modern and ancient continental margins. He has been a visiting professor and fellow at Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K.; Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy; Universiti Brunei Darusallam ; and the Geological Survey of Japan in Tsukaba City. Since 1990 he has been an accredited member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador.




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