News in Brief (Continued)
History professor nominated for book prize
Dr. Gerhard Bassler, History, was short-listed for the prestigious Raymond Klibansky Prize for 2000-2001 for his book Alfred Valdmanis and the Politics of Survival. The prize awarded by the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada is given for the best Canadian scholarly works written in French and in English in the humanities and the social sciences. Dr. Bassler's book is a biography of Alfred Valdmanis, best known in Newfoundland for his infamous role in Premier Joseph Smallwood's early schemes to industrialize the newest province of Canada.
CIHR projects approved
Four research projects at Memorial were approved for funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Drs. Laura Gillespie and Gary Paterno of the Terry Fox Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, will receive $117,516 in operating funds for three years, plus a $13,890 equipment grant; their project is a functional analysis of ERI: A novel tumour-associated transcription factor. Drs. Robert Gendron and Hélène Paradis, Medicine, were approved for an annual operating grant of $99,451 for three years plus a $40,255 equipment grant; they are studying the novel protein tubedown-1 in blood vessel health and disease. Drs. James Friel, Biochemistry, and Khalid Aziz, Medicine, will receive $85,984 annually for three years plus a $6,605 equipment grant to study iron supplementation of full-term breast-fed infants. Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Medicine, will receive $136,491 annually for five years plus a $73,460 equipment grant for a small animal bone densitometer; he is studying the regulation of murine fetal-placental calcium metabolism.
MUN folklorist represents country
Dr. Gerald L. Pocius, Folklore, was chosen by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (in consultation with the federal Department of Canadian Heritage) to represent Canada at the 31st session of the UNESCO General Conference. Eighteen experts from around the world were chosen to help the UNESCO executive draft a preliminary declaration which would cover such intangible aspects of world heritage as oral traditions, festivals and celebrations, cultural spaces and traditional knowledge that are in need of recognition and safeguarding. During the 31st session of the UNESCO General Conference a decision was made to proceed in drafting an international standard-setting instrument to safeguard intangible cultural heritage, following the widely supported 1972 Convention on the Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage. Following this decision, UNESCO decided to convene a meeting of international experts who would advise on policy and practice.
MUN Professor to receive international award
Research professor Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, Biochemistry, has been recognized as one of the top 15 most highly cited authors in the world in the discipline of Agriculture, Plant and Animal Sciences by the ISI. ISI, an international organization based in the United States, provides the scholarly research community with products and services that gain access to historical research and keep abreast of the most recent developments in their respective disciplines. The award and prize for this achievement will be presented to Dr. Shahidi and his colleagues in the Experimental Biology Conference 2002 in New Orleans. The Experimental Biology Society (formerly known as Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) is a multi-disciplinary biomedical science society composed of several scientific societies. Dr. Shahidi is also the recipient of the 2002 Archer Daniel Midland award from the American Oil Chemists' Society; Dr Shahidi and his colleagues will receive the award during the society's 93rd annual meeting in Montreal.