Memorial innovators receive almost $22 million
Four Memorial University-led projects received the nod from the Federal Government to the tune of almost $22 million as the first round of the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) was announced at a news conference July 2. Memorial will receive $21.6 million to undertake four projects and C-CORE located on the St. John's campus will receive $6 million. The $300-million Atlantic Innovation Fund is a five-year Government of Canada initiative that is administered by ACOA.
CFI grants for new researchers
The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is investing $256,734 for cutting-edge infrastructure support to three newly recruited faculty members: Dr. Todd Andrews, Physics and Physical Oceanography; Dr. Anthony Gamperl, Ocean Sciences Centre; Dr. Lisa Rankin, Anthropology. The July 4 announcement brought to 1,389 the number of recipients of the New Opportunities Fund nationwide since the inception of the program in 1997.
Success guide for women in science and engineering
The NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Newfoundland and Labrador officially launched Becoming Leaders: A Handbook for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Written by Dr. Mary Williams, NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) and recently named director general of the National Research Council's (NRC) Institute for Marine Dynamics (IMD), and Carolyn J. Emerson, Engineering, the handbook is a unique and practical resource designed to help women in engineering, science, and technology, advance their careers and develop their leadership style.
Dracula hits the small screen
Dr. Elizabeth Miller, professor of English (retired), participated in four separate television documentaries. All four converged on her visit to Romania to present a paper at a colloquium and to visit the proposed site of the controversial Dracula Park. The visit was arranged by a Winnipeg company which is filming a 30-minute documentary on Dr. Miller and her work for an upcoming series entitled Magnificent Obsessions (to be aired later on the Life Network). Three other enterprises took advantage of her availability and conducted interviews for documentaries of their own: the U.S. History Channel for Bats, the Learning Channel for Vampires and National Geographic for Dracula Unearthed.
Major investment in fisheries
Memorial's Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) will receive up to $6 million from the Government of Canada's Atlantic Innovation Fund for an eight-part fisheries research project focusing on harvesting, processing and aquaculture. The four-year project, which CCFI will undertake in collaboration with university research and private industry, will contribute to the sustainability and growth of the fisheries and aquaculture industries in the Atlantic region by studying select problems and opportunities.