News at Medicine - August 2016 - Sustained and superlative record

Sustained and superlative record
August 24, 2016
Six Memorial University professors have been accorded the honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members, including the Faculty of Medicine's Dr. Shakti Chandra.
A professor emeritus or emerita is a retired member of the faculty who has served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member and held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is a sustained and superlative record as a scholar, as a teacher or as an academic administrator or any combination of these.

Candidates for the rank of professor emeritus/emerita are nominated by their academic units and, as with candidates for honorary degrees, the nominations are then reviewed by the Senate’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Ceremonial. The candidates are approved by the university’s Senate and Board of Regents.

Dr. Chandra trained as a physician at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. After teaching anatomy at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine for more than 40 years, she retired in 2015. During her time at Memorial, she produced a series of anatomy videos and other teaching tools. Through her anatomy outreach program, she has travelled to all parts of the province.

Her most significant contribution, besides teaching anatomy, has been to create plastinated anatomical specimens during her sabbatical year 2011-12 in Germany with Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Dr. von Hagens is the inventor of the unique plastination technique and creator of the Body Worlds exhibition that travels internationally. The specimens Dr. Chandra brought back include whole body plastinates and plastinated slices, valued at $350,000. Dr. Chandra has become well known for her Body Works exhibit, which features plastinated specimens.

To learn more about Body Works, watch this video that was created in 2015:

The next Body Works exhibit is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Medical Education Centre on the St. John's campus.

In recognition of her excellence in teaching, Dr. Chandra received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Memorial’s student union in 2013 and has twice been named Teacher of the Year (in 1996 and 2011), an honour chosen by first-year medical students.

The six individuals will be publicly recognized as professores emeriti at a future session of convocation. In addition to Dr. Chandra, they include:
  • Dr. Ken Barter, School of Social Work
  • Dr. Alice Collins, Faculty of Education
  • Dr. Beverley Diamond, School of Music
  • Dr. Alex Faseruk, Faculty of Business Administration
  • Dr. Edgar Goodaire, Faculty of Science
Biographies for all six professores emeriti are availabe in a recent story written for the Gazette.