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Year in Review | September

Memorial researchers have made a major contribution to a celebration of Labrador. Through its Access North - Labrador 2002 initiative, the provincial government highlighted the region through a series of exhibitions and events. Dr. Hans Rollman, a Religious Studies professor with a long research interest in the Moravians in Labrador, was seconded by the province as an advisor on the Moravian 250 events and celebrations. Dr. Rollman developed and curated a photographic exhibit called Through Moravian Eyes: 250 Years of Art, Photographs, and Records, wrote a coffee-table book of the exhibit, and organized a scholarly international symposium on Moravian beginnings in Labrador.

Closed since May for extensive renovation, Memorial University's European campus re-opened officially Sept. 13. Harlow's 19th century façade now conceals the trappings of 21st century student life, designed to meet the needs of today's university students and an ideal location for executive programs, retreats and conferences. The renovation added technologically-equipped meeting facilities and residence accommodations, and excellent food service capacity that supports university programs during academic terms and is available for booking by other organizations, especially during vacation periods.

Edward Roberts, chair of Memorial's Board of Regents since 1997, became the province of Newfoundland and Labrador's Lieutenant-Governor. The announcement was made Sept. 5 by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Mr. Roberts was sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor in November.

Memorial officially opened its new Bonne Bay Marine Station on Sept. 6. Built on the site of Memorial's 30-year old biology field station, this $3.2 million facility now serves as a teaching centre for university marine biology and environmental studies students, a research complex and a marine interpretation centre for the public. The station is located at Norris Point, a community of about 900 people, located on the north side of Bonne Bay on the island's west coast.

Faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences participated in a new research project funded by Inco. The project involved characterizing the distribution of metals from the Voisey's Bay deposit. Under the direction of principal investigators Dr. Paul Sylvester and Dr. Derek Wilton, Memorial worked closely with Voisey's Bay Nickel (VBN) Co. on bulk samples from the main sulphide ore body or Ovoid. The purpose of the study is to examine where the metals of interest, nickel, cobalt and copper, are distributed in the rock.

On Sept. 11, 2002, there was a Memorial Service in front of the Memorial Tower on the university's St. John's campus commemorating the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States. Led by the chaplains, the 10-minute ceremony, along with a moment of silence, acknowledged the tragedy of 9/11 along with the need for peace throughout the world. The university community helped the many passengers who were diverted to St. John's in the wake of the attacks in New York and Washington. In response to receiving generous donations from some passengers, Memorial University has established the Sept. 11, 2001, International Travel Bursary Fund which will assist students from other countries to travel to Memorial University for studies. The university intends that this bursary will be a memorial to those who died in the tragic events of that day, while it also fosters international relations.

Gerrit Maureau was appointed executive director of Memorial University's Oil and Gas Development Partnership. The announcement was made Sept. 30 at the Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association natural gas forum in St. John's. Mr. Maureau comes to Memorial with over 35 years of international exploration and production experience at technical, managerial and executive levels. The Oil and Gas Development Partnership (OGDP) was launched by Memorial University President Dr. Axel Meisen in September 2000 to help transform Newfoundland and Labrador into an internationally recognized leader in education, training, research and development related to all facets of the oil and gas industry with emphasis on offshore production in ice-prone waters. Since its inception, the OGDP has recruited new faculty members and researchers, created new programs related to oil and gas studies, launched a public lecture series devoted to new trends and developments in the industry and built heavily upon its research infrastructure.

On Sept. 16-25, a provincial delegation led by Minister of Youth Services and Postsecondary Education Sandra Kelly, and comprised of senior provincial government officials and representatives from Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic, visited China to promote the province's postsecondary institutions. Delegation members made presentations, fielded questions and distributed materials to students at Southern Yangtze University, Beijing Union University, and Jilin University.