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New dean of grad studies

{Dr. Chet Jablonski}
Dr. Chet Jablonski

Dr. Chet Jablonski has been appointed dean of Graduate Studies. The appointment was approved by Memorial's Board of Regents and is effective Jan. 1, 2003, for a five-year term.

Dr. Jablonski earned a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the University of Calgary in 1972 and was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario. A professor at Memorial since 1975, he has served as deputy head of Memorial's Department of Chemistry, director of Memorial's NMR Facility and associate dean of Graduate Studies.

Among his many awards and distinctions, Dr. Jablonski is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, received the President's Award for Outstanding Research at Memorial in 1984, a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1972 and a Fulbright Scholarship in 1967. He is a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation Expert Panel, the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools Executive Committee, has chaired the Chemistry-Physics NSERC PGS committee, and serves on numerous boards and committees at Memorial.

"Dr. Jablonski has demonstrated great initiative in ensuring development of the Graduate Research Integrity Program, supporting an increase in the size of the graduate student body, and sponsoring graduate recruitment workshops for academic units. His experience as interim dean of Graduate Studies has honed his capacities for consultative leadership across a broad spectrum of priorities," said Dr. Evan Simpson, vice-president (academic) at Memorial.

Dr. Jablonski's priorities will include increasing graduate student enrollment and developing new innovative programming for the School of Graduate Studies.

"I'm very excited about the future of graduate studies at Memorial and am delighted to be able to play a key role in developing both the quantity and quality of our programs, said Dr. Jablonski. "The rapidly changing face of research funding, of faculty profiles, and the realization of a knowledge-based economy in Canada, offer unprecedented opportunities for Memorial students with postgraduate training.

"Graduate Studies will be a cornerstone on which we can build on Memorial's success as a comprehensive university and I look forward to working hard with my colleagues across this university to make quality growth a reality."

{Memorial University of Newfoundland}