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Paul Bendzsa, clarinetist in the School of Music, reunited with the Atlantic Arts Trio for tours of New York and Chicago, coinciding with the release of their first CD.

Lillian Beresford, Memorial's international student advisor, was presented the highest award from the Atlantic Association of College and University Student Services in May of 2003 for her outstanding contribution to the Student Services profession and the many students she worked with over the years at Memorial.

Blue Lake, a doctoral student in the Faculty of Medicine, was awarded the J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship for 2002-2003, valued at $5,000. The fellowship is named in honour of the first executive secretary of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and is awarded annually to one doctoral student at a Canadian University. Mr. Lake received a B.Sc. in biochemistry/behavioral neuroscience from Memorial and is currently enrolled in the PhD program in cancer research at Memorial under the supervision of Dr. Ken Kao.

Robert Boyd, Marissa Chard and Amanda Collier each participated in the London International Youth Science Forum, a forum for international experience and exchange.

Dr. Sean Brosnan, Biochemistry, was appointed by the National Institutes of Health (USA) to its Study Section on Medical Biochemistry. The study section is a grants committee that awards research grants in the areas of metabolism, genetic diseases of metabolism and gene therapy of such diseases.

Pat Cashin, a third-year piano performance major, is this year's winner of the Registered Music Teacher's Young Artists Competition. Mr. Cashin's prize is a recital tour of Atlantic Canada in the fall of 2003 under the sponsorship of the RMTA and the Royal Bank. Mr. Cashin is also one of several Memorial musicians chosen to participate in the first festival of Atlantic Canadian artists Atlantic Scene at the National Arts Centre from April 22 to May 4, 2003.

Barbara Cox, director, Office of Research, received the Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions and service to the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA) at the association's annual meeting.

Dr. Marie Croll, a therapist in private practice in Corner Brook and a part-time lecturer in sociology at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, received the CCA Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Canadian Counselling Association. Working in the tradition of clinical analysis and narrative research, Dr. Croll combined the fields of counselling and sociology in her doctoral dissertation, Narratives of Sexually Abused Women in Reflexive Therapy: Intra-Personal and Public Versions of Self, which the juried award described as an "important contribution to the field of counselling."

Dr. Vernon Curran, director of academic development with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education, was awarded the 2003 CAME (Canadian Association for Medical Education) Junior Award for Contribution to Medical Education. This award recognizes individuals in the first phase of their professional career who have made a definite contribution to medical education.

Dr. Nancy Dahn, violinist and professor Tim Steeves, pianist, of Duo Concertante, performed across Canada, as well as in highly acclaimed tours in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Their second CD Of Heart and Homeland garnered an ECMA nomination for best classical album of the year.

Elizabeth Dicks, a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Medicine, won an Award of Excellence (silver category) in the Canadian Institutes for Health Research National Poster Competition. The poster was on Incident Renal Events in a 20 year prospective cohort study of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD): Later onset and slower progression of chronic kidney disease in PKD2 versus PKD1.

Andrew Dunsmore, student percussionist, achieved a Newfoundland first when he became a finalist in the prestigious Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. This past summer Andrew played with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Frank Durnford was this year's recipient of the Birks Medal, provided by Henry Birks and Sons (Maritime) for the graduating student who has shown the most leadership in student affairs during his or her university years. Mr. Durnford was also granted a Gzowski CBC Summer Internship.

Mikeala Dyke and Christa Vincent were awarded Killam Foundation Fellowships for student leadership. Memorial is one of 10 Canadian Universities involved in the program.

The Genesis Centre in St. John's received the Excellence in Fostering Entrepreneurship Award from the provincial government during the second annual Community Economic Development Awards Oct. 19 in Port aux Basques. This award recognizes an organization's or an individual's distinguished effort to promote, mentor and/or foster entrepreneurship at the community level. As well, the Labrador West Centre for Interactive Learning in Labrador City captured the Innovation in Education Award that recognizes exceptional efforts and achievements of an individual or group in bringing together education and community economic development programs and activities for the betterment of their communities.

Dr. Ted Hannah, professor of psychology and chair of MUNFA's Academic Freedom and Grievance Committee, was elected to the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers for a three-year term.

Dr. Jim Hutchinson, Faculty of Medicine, received a Canadian Family Physician Best Original Research Article Award. The article, titled Role of Diagnostic Labeling in Antibiotic Prescription, was published in CFP 2001;47:1217-1224. The value of the award is $1,000.

Dr. Ian Jordaan, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, was awarded the P. L. Pratley Medal from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his collaboration on a paper titled A Probabilistic Approach to Analysis of Ice Loads for the Confederation Bridge. A simulation method was developed in which ice loads were calculated corresponding to individual interactions associated with ridges in the ice floes that transverse the strait. Many of the described techniques were derived from work related to the Beaufort Sea oil exploration.

Erin Keough, director of Memorial's Open Learning and Information Network (OLIN), received this year's Instructional Telecommunications Council (ITC) Award for Outstanding Canadian Distance Educator.

Dr. Rasul Khan, retired professor, Biology, was named as new president of the World Federation of Parasitologists.

Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Faculty of Medicine, is the 2003 recipient of the Royal College Gold Medal Award in Medicine for his paper PTH regulates fetal blood calcium and skeletal mineralization independently of PTHrP. He also won the Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism and at the association's annual meeting he presented an hour-long lecture double-billed as the Royal College Gold Medal in Medicine Lecture and the CSEM Young Investigator Award Lecture.

Maureen Laryea, Nursing, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). She is the chair of CASN`s Task Force on Definition Of Scholarship which will draft a position statement on the subject.

Dr. Wade Locke, Economics, was asked to join the Canadian Science and Innovation Indicators Consortium (CSIIC), an organization with national and international academic representation that consists of researchers with an interest in the quantitative aspects of science and innovation. The principle aim of the consortium is to develop an integrated approach to science and innovation in Canada.

Dr. Antonio M. Martin, Biochemistry, was named Fellow of the International Energy Foundation (IEF). The IEF, among other activities, sponsors the International Energy Conferences and Exhibitions (ENERGEX), held every two years. Dr. Martin has chaired sessions at ENERGEX on waste treatment and presented papers on research into biological degradation of wastes.

Keith Nicol, Environmental Studies, Grenfell College, became the first person in Newfoundland to attain the highest level of cross-country ski instruction certification in Canada. As well, he was successful at passing the first-ever Level 3 telemark instructor course held earlier this winter at Silver Star, B.C. Mr. Nicol also attended an international conference on ski instruction held in Crans Montana, Switzerland in mid January 2003.

Kevin O'Leary, producer, Bill Barry, camera operator and Cyril Reid, editor as part of The Media Production Department were presented with the AMTEC (Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada) Award of merit for their production of the video Formula MUN. The video entails the adventures of a group of Memorial University students as they build a "Formula-type" racecar and then use their invention to race in a competition in Detroit, Michigan. Formula MUN will be used as a promotional video by the Faculty of Engineering.

Dr. Patrick Parfrey, University Research Professor, was presented with the City of St. John's Admiral Award for his role in bringing a major convention to St. John's. The annual conference of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Pediatric Nephrologists and the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry, was held May 22-26 in St. John's at the Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel.

Adam Press, cellist, was chosen to participate in the National Arts Centre's Young Artists Program in the summer of 2002.

Dr. Paul Rice, musicologist, completed his monumental catalogue The Solo Cantata in Eighteenth-Century Britain, published by Harmonie Park Press. He also witnessed the release of a CD on the Dorian label of performances of overtures he has edited by Handel pupil, J. C. Smith.

Sean Rice, third year clarinetist, was an invited performer in the National Arts Centre's "Atlantic Scene Festival in May 2003. He was also a guest soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia at the festival.

Dr. Abe Ross, Psychology, was elected president of the Canadian Psychological Association, beginning June 2002. CPA is the national organization for academic and professional psychologists.

Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, University Research Professor, Biochemistry, was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Food Science (JFS) and the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC). The JFS is the scientific journal of the Institute of Food Technologists which is the largest of its kind in the world. The JAFC is a publication of the American Chemical Society with a membership of over 163,000. Dr. Shahidi has also been appointed to the editorial board of Nutraceuticals and Food Journal.

Dr. Graham Shorrocks, English, was awarded a visiting professorship by the British Academy to facilitate work on the English dialect lexicon. Dr. Shorrocks spent a month at several universities in the United Kingdom.

Dr. John Steffler, English, was this year's recipient of the Craig L. Dobbin Poetry Award, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. Steffler won the award for Helix: New and Selected Poems. He received $1,100 and a leather-bound copy of his award-winning book.

Dr Kristina Szutor, pianist, performed in Western Canada and in Washington, D. C. Her performance with flutist, Leslie Newman was broadcast nationally on CBC's In Performance.

Ann Marie Vaughn was appointed co-chair (education) for the Board of Directors of Newfoundland and Labrador's Capital Coast Development Alliance (CCDA). Ms. Vaughn will assume the position of chair or the National Advisory Committee for the Canadian Virtual University beginning August 2003.

Dr. Lilly Walker, Dean of Student Affairs and Services, was the co-author of a textbook for first year students, Success Secrets of University Students. The text provides new students with practical strategies for succeeding academically and tips for avoiding the typical problems that can negatively affect their transition to the new learning environment of the university.

Dr. Harold (Hank) Williams, Earth Sciences, was given a Special Service Award by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) in January 2003. This is Dr. Williams' second CSPG award - he was the first recipient of the prestigious R. J. W. Douglas Medal in 1981.