Alumni crew in unison
In August, seven Memorial alumni made rowing history at the Royal St. John’s Regatta. They were part of Memorial’s first ever university-wide alumni crew. Under coxswain and Royal St. John’s Regatta hall-of-famer Bert Hickey, the crew included: Robert Moran BA ’00, B.Ed.’02; Douglas Trainor, BBA ’03; Steve Winters B.Sc.’03; Desmond Ryan, B.Eng.’03; Gordon Delaney, B.Comm.’02; Brian Power, BBA ’00 and spare rower Greg Howard, BA ’02, B.Comm.’02. All crewmembers have rowed with other teams but Memorial’s crew wanted to row for their alma mater and the university felt it was important to support them.
The Colorectal Cancer Interdisciplinary Research Team reached its halfway point. The project is studying colorectal cancer in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario. Team members in both provinces work together on six projects examining the relative contribution of genetic and non-genetic factors in this type of cancer: the causes of colorectal cancer, clinical outcomes, frequency and associated illnesses, psychological impact, barriers to prevention, and how genetic risk information is communicated and used. The key to the Newfoundland research is a registry of people in the province with colorectal cancer. About 750 people are eligible to participate, and so far about 650 have been contacted through their physicians.
Dr. Marc Glassman, Education, was awarded the Canada Post Literacy Educator Award for 2003. Dr. Glassman, a specialist in literacy education, has volunteered thousands of hours to developing and teaching courses for learners ranging from at-risk children to graduate students. Since arriving at Memorial in the fall of 1977, he has taught over 270 courses to over 6,500 undergrad and graduate students, and delivered over 100 workshops in the area of literacy around the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The award also recognized Dr. Glassman's community service in the diagnostic assessments of the literacy needs of hundreds of school-age children, his involvement in the creation of intergenerational literacy programs and the development of a professional development Web site in literacy for the teachers of the province.
The Sixth Annual Memorial University Scholarship Golf Tournament was held at The Wilds in Salmonier, just outside St. John's. The tournament is supported by a number of businesses, organizations and university departments. Since it began, the tournament has raised more than $107,000 for the scholarship fund and distributed over $15,000 in scholarships to deserving students at Memorial. This year's scholarship winners were all in their second year of study and received $1,200 each in scholarships.
(L-R) Dr. Bill Redden, tournament co-ordinator; Julie Brophy, Conception Bay South; Matthew Appleby, St. John's; Sean Martin, St. John's; Evan Martin, Pasadena; Noel Green, Bank of Nova Scotia and tournament chairman.
As part of the Celebrate Memorial 2003 festivities, over 280 students, faculty and staff at Memorial University's St. John's campus participated in Community Service Day on Saturday, Oct. 25. This student was part of a group that spent the day cleaning up the beach at Freshwater Bay, just outside St. John's.
MI Partners with airport for safety centre
The Stephenville Airport Corporation and the Marine Institute officially opened the Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centre in Stephenville. The SERT Centre provides safety and emergency response training for the fish harvesting and marine transportation sectors in western Newfoundland; the industrial oil and gas sectors in the province; and the aviation sector in Atlantic Canada. The facility will enhance the viability of Stephenville's airport and contribute to economic development in the area. The SERT centre has already conducted training with firefighters from the Halifax and St. John's airports and provided firefighter training for the new town of Natuashish.
"I felt it was important to recreate the history accurately so every knob, dial and gage is like it appears in the original and it all works the same way," said Dennis Johnson about his replica of the Vicars Vimy aircraft. Mr. Johnson, an electronic technologist with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, built the replica of the Vicars Vimy in 1994 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight. In 2002, the model plane was on display in Labrador when some Americans from Vimy Restorations Incorporated saw it. Now, the model plane that took more than 1,800 hours to build will be the star in a History Channel documentary entitled The Great Atlantic Air Race.
Toys for kids launched
Memorial University's Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) unit spread holiday joy across campus and around the province with Operation Toys for Kids, its annual Christmas toy drive for children. The toy drive was organized by CEP and other Memorial organizations including MUN Students' Union, the Graduate Students' Union, and the Health Sciences Centre.
Studying Labrador's transport system
A dispute over the future of Labrador's ferry service prompted protesters in Cartwright to hold the vessel Sir Robert Bond captive for five days in an attempt to pressure the provincial government into basing the marine service in Cartwright instead of Lewisporte. Memorial's Public Policy Research Centre (PPRC) was asked by the provincial government to undertake a study on Labrador's transportation system. The focus of the study included a transportation analysis, including Labrador's highway system, a cost-benefit analysis and an examination of the economic opportunities associated with the various options and a forecast of transportation requirements.
Roulette was one of the popular gambling attractions at the annual Monte Carlo Charity Gala held the evening of Nov. 28, 2004 at the Delta Hotel Ballroom. Organized by first and second-year medical students, the annual event is always a big draw. Over the past 25 years, Monte Carlo has raised well over a quarter of a million dollars for charities in the province. This year's event raised about $35,000. The charities selected this year were: Xavier House, Corner Brook; the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Division; the Calypso Foundation, Lewisporte; the Canadian Council for the Blind, Helen Keller Club, Grand Falls-Windsor; the Canadian Mental Health Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Foundation; and the St. Anthony Boys and Girls Club.
Memorial University sponsored a new board game that profiles the capital city. St. John's On Board is a Monopoly-style game that uses familiar city properties and locations as spots on the board. Instead of Park Place and Boardwalk, St. John's On Board has Water Street and Bowring Park. Memorial University appears as the corner space on the board. As well, one of the game pieces is a representation of the Memorial Tower and one of the cards in the game gives the player a pass-go to the Memorial space on the game, while another gives a player a $50 bonus for completing the nautical science program at the Marine Institute and hooking a job with Petro-Canada. The game is a fund-raiser for the St. John's Boys and Girls Club and can be purchased at Sobey's stores across the province and at the Downhomer on Water Street.
Environmental committee moving forward
The Environmental Affairs Committee at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College held its second annual Greening Grenfell Week. The week featured several environmentally friendly giveaways including cloth grocery bags and lug-a-mugs, and educational displays promoting the importance of recycling, reducing waste and composting.
Over the fall semester, the EAC was responsible for the installation of two compost bins, one at each chalet apartment site, for students living in residence. Lo-flow shower heads were also installed in two apartments and two dorm rooms as a test.
Anatomist Dr. Shakti Chandra and interdisciplinary artist Lori Clarke presented Body of Knowledge: Human Anatomy, Medical Studies, and Art as the start in a series of evening lectures in the first Mini Med School offered by Memorial's Faculty of Medicine. The Mini Med School is a series of six evening presentations for members of the public who have always wanted to learn more about the science and practice of medicine. The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) developed the Mini Med School to bring the expertise of the Faculty of Medicine to the community in a new and accessible way.
Spanish course popular in Corner Brook
Grenfell College's Community Education offered a conversational Spanish course in February and the response from eager participants was overwhelming. Two international students who are studying at Grenfell are teaching the course. Shanda Williams and Nataliah Cardona, both of Belmopan City, the capital of Belize, are working towards a bachelor of arts in psychology at Grenfell.
Med students volunteer activities praised
Fourth-year medical student Andrew Healey has been teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador since he was 17. Throughout medical school he has continued to teach two CPR instructor courses a year, 10-15 CPR courses, and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS). He is also a member of the foundation's National Emergency Cardiac Care Branding Taskforce and the National Emergency Cardiac Care Planning and Advisory Committee representing the Atlantic Canada region.
Memorial's Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay is providing essential research to enhance the establishment of a commercial Atlantic cod aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and to assist in the continued development of the Atlantic halibut aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada. One of these projects involves a cod farm project in Bay d'Espoir. Hatchery production and research will take place at the Aquaculture Research and Development Facility of the OSC while on-growing will take place at the demonstration site in Bay d'Espoir on Newfoundland's south coast.
The Memorial University Alumni Association hosted a special event to screen the documentary, Letters From Eliza in Gander on Feb. 26. This moving story of exile and family reclaimed was filmed in Patagonia, Argentina, and in Newfoundland. The made-for-television film documents the life of Eliza (Elliott) Lewis of Fogo, Newfoundland. As a young girl in 1914 she left with her newly married mother and her stepfather Bill Downer to move to Patagonia, Argentina. Though she lived to be 103 she never again returned to Newfoundland. But through her letters she stayed in touch with various members of her family back home.
Dr. Ted Hoekman, a researcher in Memorial's Faculty of Medicine has developed a Web-based technology to report adverse drug reactions for the consumer advocacy group PharmaWatch, Canada. The methodology currently being used to report adverse drug reactions is cumbersome. Typically several weeks or months can pass between the time the report is submitted and its transcription into the data base where it has the possibility of triggering a warning. The long-term plan is that anyone who registers with PharmaWatch, whether they report or not, will be able to query the database and receive a summary of reactions to drugs of interest.
Dr. Jeremy Hall and Dr. Ian Jordaan, both university research professors, had the unique opportunity to be part of an independent science review panel for the Royal Society of Canada. The panel looked at the feasibility of lifting a federal moratorium on oil and gas activities offshore British Columbia; a moratorium that has been in place for more than 30 years. Dr. Hall remarked that it was a fascinating experience in terms of the importance of science and technology to public policy issues.
Memorial University extended its funding support for the Labrador West Centre for Interactive Learning until Sept. 30, 2004. The centre was originally scheduled to cease operation in Sept. 2003 after its initial funding, provided by the Iron Ore Company of Canada, ended. The centre's mandate is to provide educational programs and services for the personal and professional development of non-traditional learners in Labrador West.
New approach to child protection
An innovative outreach program for families and children at risk will be tested in St. John's over the next three years. Dr. Ken Barter, Social Work, in co-operation with five community agencies, will lead the project. The project will help families take advantage of programs and resources in the community and develop networks and support whereby they can get a better sense of hope for turning their lives around.
It all adds up
Dr. Edgar Goodaire, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received the Distinguished Service Award for 2004 from the Canadian Mathematical Society for his contributions to the Canadian mathematical community and, in particular, to the Canadian Mathematical Society. Apart from his service to the CMS, Dr. Goodaire has worked all his life for mathematics in Atlantic Canada. He is a leading world expert on certain non-associative algebraic structures known as loops, in particular Bol and Moufang loops and he founded the field of alternative loop rings.
International project tackles resource depletion and health
A project on natural resource depletion and health involving three countries and numerous rural communities reached the final stages when representatives from Finland, Vietnam and the Canadian participants met at Memorial's School of Nursing. Three years ago Drs. Lan Gien and Maureen Laryea assembled a large international interdisciplinary team to look at how the health of people in rural communities is affected by a variety of issues. In Newfoundland the study focuses on fishing communities affected by the termination of TAGS. Questionnaire interviews were done in the Isthmus of Avalon, Bonavista, Fogo Island, Trepassey and New Waterford. Results will be shared with the communities involved as soon as all the information is reviewed.