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Honour Roll | Professor Emeritus

Dr. Detlef Bieger

Dr. Detlef Bieger was born in Schoenberg/Holstein, Germany, and completed his medical education at the University of Kiel. After graduating with his Dr. Med. in 1967, he did pharmacological research and teaching at Keil, University of Toronto's Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, and the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. In 1978, Dr. Bieger moved to St. John's, serving as associate professor, then professor, of pharmacology until his retirement in 2001. A major research interest of Dr. Bieger is dysphagia, the term used to describe difficulty or discomfort when swallowing, as well as other matters relating to structural and functional organization of brainstem motor pattern generators. Dr. Bieger, pictured here with Dr. Ian Bowmer (L) and President Axel Meisen (R), is a member of the Pharmacological Society of Canada (which he served as a councillor between 1995 and 1998), the Canadian Association of Neuroscience, the (international) Society for Neuroscience, the German Pharmacological Society, and the Dysphagia Research Society, of which he is a founding member. From 1987 until last year, he was part of the editorial advisory board for the research journal Dysphagia.

Dr. J. J. Sharp

Dr. Jim Sharp has been at Memorial for more than 30 years. He chaired Civil Engineering here from 1972-1976 and from 1983-1991, and was associate dean of the faculty from 1992-1998. His research and teaching interests are largely in the area of environmental and hydrotechnical engineering; he has published four books and more than 100 papers and articles in these areas. He has received numerous honours for his achievements in his field including (in 1991) the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering's Dagenais award for outstanding contributions to hydrotechnical engineering in Canada. Shandong University of Technology in China made him an honorary professor in 1994, and in 1996 Dr. Sharp, here with wife Dorothy, was given the Newfoundland Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Award of Merit, the highest honour given its members by the association. The Environmental Protection Bureau of the Government of China gave him a Scientific Progress award in 1999 in recognition of his work on ocean outfalls. For his long years of contributions, Dr. Sharp has been named a fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Dr. Chesley Wilfred Sanger

Dr. Ches Sanger has been involved in education in this province for more than four decades. After 11 years in the public school system, and earning two bachelor's degrees from Memorial, he returned to the university in 1971 to complete his MA and work as a lecturer. Here he stayed, being named Honorary Research Professor in 1996. His primary research interests are in the management and exploitation of marine resources, particularly whaling and sealing, and historical demography and migrations. He has written numerous papers and several books, and contributed to a huge variety of media related to his field, including television programs, films, Web sites, and interpretive displays and panels. When Memorial opened its campus in Corner Brook, Dr. Sanger spent two years there, first as co-ordinator of geography and executive assistant to the principal, and then as assistant principal. Dr. Sanger, here with granddaughters Cassidy and Kielyn Jenkins, has been part of numerous university committees, and has served diverse community organizations including the Newfoundland Historical Society and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Multicultural Education.