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Vol 40  No 7
December 13, 2007




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Papers & Presentations

Dr. Karem Azmy, Earth Sciences, recently had a co-authored article published in the prestigious British journal Nature. Coupling of Surface Temperatures and Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations During the Palaeozoic Era, co-authored with Rosemarie E. Came, John M. Eiler, Ján Veizer, Uwe Brand and Christopher R. Weidman, Nature 449, 198-201 (Sept. 13, 2007)

Dr. James P. Feehan, joint director of ISER and the J. R. Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, gave a commentary titled Inuit Governance in the North at the Art of the State IV Conference: Northern Exposure. The conference was organized by the Institute for Research on Public Policy and held in Montebello, Que., on Oct. 25-27.

Dr. Orland Hoeber, Department of Computer Science, delivered the following presentations: Orland Hoeber and Xue Dong Yang, Supporting Web Search Tasks Through Interactive Visualization, invited lecture: Google TechTalk, User Experience Group, Mountain View, Calif., Oct. 26, 2007; Orland Hoeber and Xue Dong Yang, Visual Support for Exploration within Web Search Results Lists, in poster compendium of the IEEE Information Visualization Conference, Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 28-Nov. 1; Orland Hoeber and Xue Dong Yang, User-oriented evaluation methods for interactive Web search interfaces, in proceedings of the International Workshop on Intelligent Web Interaction, Fremont, Calif., Nov. 2, 2007; Orland Hoeber, Exploring Web Search Results by Visually Specifying Utility Functions, in proceedings of the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, Freemont, Calif., Nov. 2- 5, 2007.

Dr. Olaf U. Janzen, Historical Studies, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, presented a paper in September at the Naval History Symposium, held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Titled The Royal Navy and the Interdiction of Aboriginal Migration to Newfoundland, 1763-1766, the paper examined the role of Royal Navy warships in enforcing British peace-time policies on the South Coast of Newfoundland.

Dr. Amin A. Muhammad, professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Sujay Patel, a fifth-year psychiatry resident, presented a paper at the 2007 Canadian Psychiatric Association’s annual conference in Montreal on Nov. 17. The title of the presentation was Review of Homicide in Cultural Contexts: A case of Karo-Kari. Dr. David Craig, Psychiatry, presented a paper on the same subject with focus on observations from an outsider's perspective. Earlier in the conference, Dr. Terence Callanan, chair of the Discipline of Psychiatry, gave a background of the issue and highlighted the work of both presenters. A joint paper by Dr. Patel and Dr. Muhammad titled KARO-KARI: A form of Transcultural homicide has been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal Transcultural Psychiatry published by McGill University.

Professor emeritus Dr. William Pryse-Phillips gave two lectures at the University of Toronto from Nov. 11-13 as the Squires Visiting Professor, an endowed lectureship. One of the lectures was on multiple sclerosis and the other was on iconoclasm in neurology.

Marcella Rollmann, German, gave a presentation titled Teaching the Listening and Speaking Skills in a Distance Education Course for Beginning German at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 17, 2007. She also published an article titled Three German Web Courses With a Study Abroad Component in Intercultural Literacies and German in the Classroom: Interkulturelle Kompetenzen im Fremdsprachenunterricht: Festschrift für Manfred Prokop zum 65sten Geburtstag, edited by John Plews, Chris Lorey, and Caroline Rieger, Tuebingen: Gunter Narr Verlag (Giessener Beiträge zur Fremdsprachendidaktik), 2007, 161-181.

Dr. Paul Sachdev, professor emeritus Social Work, published an invited chapter in the book: Adoption: Global Perspective and Ethical Issues edited by Dr. J. Patti, California State University. The chapter titled Open Adoption: An Innovative Practice Option follows from the findings of Dr. Sachdev’s earlier landmark study, Unlocking the Adoption Files, which revealed that the belief system behind the closed adoption that took the “happily-ever-after” stance proved wrong especially for adoptees and birth mothers.


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