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Vol 40  No 7
December 13, 2007


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In Brief

Major accolade

Dr. J. T. (Sean) Brosnan, has been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Dr. Brosnan is a university research professor and former head of the Department of Biochemistry.

CAHS, together with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, comprise the Council of Canadian Academies. Election to CAHS is restricted to individuals “of great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada.”

CAHS serves as a source of timely, unbiased and informed advice to governments and to other bodies. At his induction, Dr. Brosnan was recognised as a world authority on amino acid metabolism, with particular regard both to adult and neonatal nutrition and to diabetes mellitus. He is also regarded as an expert on the regulation of mammalian energy metabolism.

Dr. Brosnan is cross-appointed to the BioMedical Division of Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston Texas, where he and Dr. Margaret Brosnan conduct research on the functional organization of the liver by determining differential gene expression profiles in microscopic regions of this organ. He became a CIHR Senior Investigator in 2001 and in 2004 he was awarded the Dean of Science’s Distinguished Scholar Medal for outstanding and balanced contributions to both teaching and research. His research contributions were also recognized, in 2005, by the award of a D.Sc. by the National University of Ireland.

Poli sci grad named to national group

A Memorial graduate, who was one of the most active student leaders in recent years, is taking the helm of the largest student organization in the country.

And, it’s the first time a student from this province will head up the group.

Katherine Giroux-Bougard will become the new national chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students in May 2008.

She graduated from Memorial’s Faculty of Arts this past October with a bachelor of arts (honours) degree in political science.

She was nominated by the Grenfell College Students' Union and the College of the North Atlantic.

Ms. Giroux-Bougard is well-known for her work as a student leader at Memorial. She is a former MUNSU president and vice-president, as well as university volunteer.

Opening the door for holiday hosting

Members of the university community will once again be opening their doors during the upcoming holiday season to international students.

It’s all part of the Holiday Hosting Program, co-ordinated by the International Student Advising (ISA) Office.

International students – many of whom can’t make it home during the holidays – get a chance to spend time with a local family over a home-cooked meal. In turn, families get a chance to learn about Christmas traditions in other parts of the world at the same time.

“During the holiday season everyone should feel happy,” said Shahana Islam, student affairs officer with the ISA.

“Students can benefit in various ways, especially getting to know local people, their culture and establish friendship. It works both ways. I believe it is a great opportunity to have diverse shades of holiday experience.”

Members of the university community who would like to take part in the holiday hosting program should get in touch with organizers as soon as possible.

Last year, 56 students took part in this event. This year organizers are hoping even more will participate. They say there is a need for more host families this holiday season. Faculty, staff or other students who would like to learn more about the program can e-mail holidayhosting@hotmail.com or call the International Student Advising Office at 709-737-7505.

University holiday schedule

The public should note that Memorial University of Newfoundland will be open but operating with reduced services on Dec. 27, 28, 31, 2007.

The complete holiday schedule for individual offices at Memorial University (including building hours for Grenfell College) is available at www.mun.ca/main/ holiday_hours.php.

Meanwhile, the Marine Institute campus on Ridge Road in St. John’s will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, inclusive.

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