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Year in Review | June

The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research held its 21st Perspectives on Contemporary Legend International Conference at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. The conference took place from June 25-28 and featured presentations on all aspects of "contemporary," "urban" or "modern" legend research by scholars from North America, Europe and beyond.

Dr. Alex Faseruk, Business, was one of eight recipients across the country to be awarded a 3M Teaching Fellowship June 12 in Vancouver, B.C., at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The award recognizes excellence in teaching over an extended period of time, principally at the undergraduate level and also acknowledges leadership in commitment to the improvement of university teaching within the candidate's own institution.

A Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) investment of $414,672 to Memorial was announced on June 18 in Ottawa. The awards were in support of four newly recruited faculty members. Dr. Christina Bottaro, Chemistry, was awarded $44,288 for a capillary electrophoresis system to aid in the analysis and identification of environmental pollutants. Dr. David Thompson, also in Chemistry, was awarded $151,576 for infrastructure to support research in the area of nanotechnology. Two researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Drs. Faisal Khan and George Mann, were also awarded funds. Dr. Khan was awarded $122,452 for a laboratory facility for process safety and risk management. Dr. Mann was awarded $96,356 for the development of Intelligent Systems Lab (ISLAB) for research in coordinated robotics.

The Marine Institute of Memorial University signed a $2.5 million agreement with Maersk Contractors Newfoundland Limited to train operations personnel for the White Rose floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. MI will deliver its training program, specifically developed for the 78 crew members who will work onboard the vessel, beginning this fall. Crew members will undertake a wide-range of courses in marine safety, vessel operations, process simulation, maintenance, and process operations to prepare for their roles onboard the vessel. In total MI will deliver approximately 6,800 training days at its St. John's, Foxtrap and Southside Marine Base campuses, through classroom demonstrations, practical activities, in-water exercises and simulation scenarios.