Memorial Researchers to receive funding
Memorial University received over $5.1 million to fund Newfoundland health research initiatives. The five projects,
to be completed over the next three to five years and cover the full spectrum of health research - biomedical, clinical,
health services and population health.
MUN in top 20 for research funding
Memorial placed 19th in a national ranking of Canada's top 50 research universities. Sponsored research income for all
Canadian Universities was just under $2.8 billion in fiscal 2000. This represented a jump of 24 per cent over 1999 according
to Canada's top 50 Research Universities List, released by Research Infosource Inc.
Memorial researchers received about $34 million in total research income for the 1999-2000 fiscal year.
Research heading to small screen: Genetic disease attracts attention of German TV
A German television crew visited Newfoundland to film material that will be included in a three-part documentary on genetics and its
impact on clinical practice in medicine. The three-man crew from ZDS TV spent part of their time in Gander, where they interviewed
Corey Winter, a young man whose life was saved two years ago by an internal cardiac defibrillator. The story of his genetic illness
and how he came to have the defibrillator installed is also the story of the search for the gene that causes a rare genetic condition
known as Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
Researchers awarded infrastructure millions
Memorial University researchers were awarded funding in excess of $4.6 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to fund
infrastructure projects that will give researchers access to the latest technology. The $4.6 million represents the largest amount awarded
under the Innovation Fund program to date for the university.
New head for research and international
Respected pharmacologist Dr. Christopher Loomis was appointed Memorial University's vice-president (research and international relations)
for the periods of Feb 1, 2002, to Dec 31, 2006. As vice-president (research and international relations), Dr. Loomis will be responsible
for promoting and enhancing the university's broad range of research activities.
Feds funds flowing
Memorial received over $3 million for indirect costs that will help cover the cost that the institution must bear to support the research
done by its faulty and students. This includes such areas as the library, serviced labs, animal facilities, workshops, computer networks
and research administration. The support is part of a national initiative under Canada's Innovation Strategy. The funding will help the
university alleviate some of the financial pressures associated with federally supported research activity.
Research Report released
President Axel Meisen launched the university's new 2001-02 Research Report in his address to convocation on May 29. The inaugural report
highlights the university's major research accomplishments and notes the research activities of faculty, staff and students. The report
which can be found at http://www.mun.ca/research/2002report/, covers the period April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002 is produced by the office
of the vice-president (research and international relations), Dr. Christopher Loomis.
CFI grants for new researchersr
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.
MUN Professor to receive international award
Research professor Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, Biochemistry, has been recognized as one of the top 15 most highly cited authors in the world in the
discipline of Agriculture, Plant and Animal Sciences by the ISI. ISI, an international organization based in the United States, provides the scholarly
research community with products and services that gain access to historical research and keep abreast of the most recent developments in their
respective disciplines. The award and prize for this achievement will be presented to Dr. Shahidi and his colleagues in the Experimental Biology
Conference 2002 in New Orleans. The Experimental Biology Society (formerly known as Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) is a
multi-disciplinary biomedical science society composed of several scientific societies. Dr. Shahidi is also the recipient of the 2002 Archer Daniel
Midland award from the American Oil Chemists' Society; Dr Shahidi and his colleagues will receive the award during the society's 93rd annual meeting
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 of Memorial University, 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.
Moose Cree Forest Knowledge Network
Dr. Adrian Tanner, Anthropology, received funding from the Sustainable
Forest Management Network at the University of Alberta for the Moose
Cree Forest Knowledge Network. The project is a partnership with the Moose
Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario, which for the first time is facing the
prospect of the opening up of commercial forestry in parts of their
traditional lands. The focus of the research is to gather local Cree
ecological knowledge and values about the forest environment - the land,
the water bodies, the plants and the animals.