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Year in Review | March

Behavioural neuroscience honours student Kerry Walker was awarded the Rothermere Fellowship for 2004. Ms. Walker, originally from Norris Arm South, Newfoundland, completed a B.Sc. (hons.) at Memorial in 2002. Currently she is working toward her M.Sc. in neuroscience at Dalhousie, investigating the temporal processing theory which proposes a relationship between basic auditory perception and language development. Ms. Walker will begin doctoral studies at Oxford beginning October 2004, where she will continue to examine auditory neuroscience, more specifically electrophysiological studies of the auditory systems in animals.

Landmark Graphics Corporation donated $13.9 million (US) in specialized software to Memorial University in March. The donation will greatly improve how offshore oil and gas reservoirs are viewed and developed by creating a specialized facility that is unique in North America, enhancing Memorial's ability to provide education, research and training in oil and gas. This gift is the second major contribution to Memorial by the software company, based in Houston, Texas. Landmark's first software grant in 2000 resulted in Memorial leveraging $2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Atlantic Innovation Fund. That investment will be used to create a three-dimensional visualization centre known as the Decision Centre, an immersive, active-stereo simulation environment which uses Landmark software to look at seismic, geological and drilling data.  With this most recent grant, Memorial will equip the facility with software that will act as an ultrasound for oil and gas reservoirs, allowing researchers to view three-dimensional imagery generated from data collected on Newfoundland's offshore. It is a tool that creates a virtual reality based on data while allowing manipulation of the images to reflect various production factors.

Memorial University researchers will lead an elite group of major players in computation-based research in Canada with the announcement of $9.9 million for an Atlantic Canadian high performance computing (HPC) network. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) awarded $9,934,611 to Memorial University to establish ACEnet, the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet). Memorial is the lead institution for this network, with six partner institutions: St. Francis Xavier University, Saint Mary’s University, the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, the University of Prince Edward Island and Dalhousie University. In addition to the ACEnet award, CFI awarded $531,988 to Memorial researchers for a QStar tandem mass spectrometer for the analysis of molecular structures and interactions. This machine will profoundly enhance the research capabilities of Memorial University's researchers to perform innovative research, which will impact the health, welfare, economic development and quality of life of Canadians and the global population. The total investment from CFI to support the three projects was almost $11 million.


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