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Alumni Highlights

Brain Star Award for MUN grad

Dr. Susan Walling

Dr. Susan Walling, who earned her PhD (Behavioural Neuroscience) at Memorial University in 2003 under the supervision of Dr. Carolyn Harley, Psychology, received one of the 2004 Brain Star Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research this past year. The award was for research described in an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Walling, who is now on faculty at Mount Allison University, studied the contribution of emotion to the formation of memory. Norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter released during states of heightened arousal, is considered to be the primary candidate mediating the effects of emotion on memory. Dr. Walling's study on rats provides support for the hypothesis that that short-term and long-term memory processes may be modulated by separate and distinct memory mechanisms.

Graduates get national attention

Memorial engineering graduates got some well-deserved national coverage during 2004-05, including a feature in the Globe and Mail. The article talked about the university's growing reputation for fostering technology spin-off companies, such as Isys Corp., a company developing products based on image analysis technology, Cathexis Innovations Inc., which designs asset management systems using radio-frequency ID tags, and Rutter Technologies, a company that makes voyage data recorders for the marine industry.

Byron Dawe is president of Rutter Technologies Inc. and graduated from the Faculty of Engineering's first degree class of 1974. He said Memorial has evolved into more than just a university. "Through its co-op program in engineering and the many institutional frameworks that now dot the campus, engineers or anyone with an entrepreneurial bent can take ideas well beyond the idea stage both in terms of product and business development," he said.

"St. John's may be located far from Canada's technology industry heartland, but the engineering faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland is becoming a breeding ground for technology start-ups," the Globe and Mail article noted. The article also mentioned the Genesis Centre, which both incubates companies and fosters research and development projects through its parent company, Genesis Group Inc.

Regent appointed to business post

Leslie Galway

Leslie Galway, B.Comm.'80; MBA'88, was named the new deputy minister of the provincial Department of Business, effective Aug. 8, 2005. She will report directly to the premier, and is expected to take a leading role in attracting business and investment to the province. Ms. Galway has been president and CEO of the Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) since December 1999. She is NOIA's first full-time president and CEO, and has been responsible for providing a continuity of leadership and representation for the association's 450 members. She has served as a lecturer and assistant professor with that faculty, and she is a member of the university's governing body, the Board of Regents.

Alumna appointed chief advocate for youth

Darlene Neville, who graduated from Memorial with a bachelor of social work in 1981, was appointed Newfoundland and Labrador's newest child and youth advocate, effective August 1. A long time advocate of children's and family rights, she earned the appointment following a public competition for the position. She replaced interim child and youth advocate, former judge James Igloliorte. Ms. Neville's 20-year career has included experience as a social worker and 10 years as legal aid lawyer working on behalf of families, including three years working in Labrador. Ms. Neville attributes her interest in the rights of children and families to her experience as a student of the School of Social Work.

Senior post for Memorial grad

Ed Martin

Ed Martin, who graduated from Memorial University's School of Business Administration in 1980, was named the new CEO and President of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, a provincial Crown Corporation, in mid-August. He will play a pivotal role in optimizing future opportunities for this province especially the potential development of the Lower Churchill. Mr. Martin has been an active leader in this province's petroleum industry for several years, recently as manager of Petro-Canada Joint Ventures and New Developments where he was responsible for that company's interests in Hibernia, White Rose and Hebron. Prior to his post with Petro-Canada, Mr. Martin worked with the Hibernia Management and Development Company and Mobil Oil. In addition to being a graduate of Memorial, Mr. Martin also sits on the advisory board of the university's School of Business and the Health Care Foundation of St. John's Board.

Top job for alumna

In April, Moya Greene, BA '74, was named president and chief executive officer of Canada Post. A former senior bureaucrat and banking executive, Ms. Greene also attended Osgoode Hall Law School. Her 17-year federal career began in 1979 when she served as an assistant deputy minister of transport handling such highly political issues as the privatization of CN and airline deregulation. She also figured as a key player in the overhaul of employment insurance. Ms. Green then joined the private sector, first as managing director for infrastructure financing at TD Securities, then senior vice-president at CIBC, before moving to Bombardier Inc. Ms. Greene has won accolades from the Ivey School of Business.

More accolades for business leader

Trevor Adey

Graduate Trevor Adey (B.Comm.'91) was appointed to the Business Development Bank of Canada's board of directors in April. He was also named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 at an awards reception in May in Ontario. Mr. Adey is CEO of Consilient, a leading international developer of wireless software for mobile devices and phones, headquartered in St. John's. He currently serves as a board member on the Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and is on the board of Memorial's Genesis Centre, an incubation centre for innovative business initiatives.

Alumni elect representatives to Memorial's governing body

Memorial University alumni elected five new people to the Board of Regents, the university's governing body. Ruth Canning, Deanne Fleet, Ann Marie Hann, Doug Moores and Eleanor Swanson were elected for three-year terms. Meanwhile, alumni returned Earl Ludlow for a second term.

Almost 2,000 alumni cast their votes during the August election for a record 28 alumni candidates.

Commenting on the election, the chair of the Board of Regents, Lorne Wheeler, BA(Ed.)'65, BA'66, said, "It is a great pleasure to welcome these outstanding representatives to the Board of Regents of Memorial University. Our alumni are ambassadors for the university and the community and they bring a unique perspective to the Board of Regents. I look forward to working with them as they continue the strong alumni tradition of contributing to this institution's governing body." Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen was impressed with the elected slate. "One of the most satisfying experiences of my time in office has been meeting and working with the many outstanding Memorial alumni," he said. "None have been more committed than those who serve on the Board of Regents. I'm pleased to welcome Mr. Ludlow back for a second term and I look forward to working with the new regents over the next three years."

See http://www.munalum.ca/bor/ for biographies one the new regents.

Grad recognized for work with people with AIDS

Dr. Jean Lee.

The internationally acclaimed thebody.com, an online medical resource service for people with HIV/AIDS, recognized a Memorial pharmacy graduate for her outstanding work with people with this disease. After graduating from Memorial in '94, Jean Lee (B.Sc.) completed her pharmacy residency in pediatrics in Toronto and practised for four years before completing her Pharm.D. in 2001 at Ferris State University, Michigan. For the past three years Dr. Lee has served as a clinical pharmacist at the McAuley Health Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she counsels HIV/AIDS patients on their drug regimens and side effects management. She is an adjunct professor at Ferris State University. A cancer survivor, Dr. Lee has devoted her life to helping others maintain their health.

Alumnus named as an officer of the Order of Canada

Dr. Max House

Among the 74 people appointed to the Order of Canada by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson this past year was Memorial alumnus Max House, MUC'47, LLD'99. House was named an officer of the order of Canada, joining luminaries Susan Aglukark, Paul Anka, and Jane Urquhart. Jane Urquhart also holds an honorary degree from Memorial. Throughout a lifetime of service, Dr. House has been a model of duty, leadership and outstanding achievement. A neurologist and recognized world leader in telemedicine and distance education, Dr. House founded the Telemedicine Centre at Memorial University in 1976. He went on to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland, and served that role with grace, energy and inclusiveness and actively supported charitable and community groups such as the School Lunch Program and local literacy initiatives. He has remained a steadfast champion of telemedicine, speaking at numerous international conferences and sharing his expertise with organizations that use modern technology to support rural physicians and patients throughout the world.