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Year-In-Review

April

Three commissioners were appointed by Memorial University President Axel Meisen to study the reporting structure of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial's western Newfoundland campus in Corner Brook. The three commissioners are Dr. George Ivany, Memorial alumnus and former president of the University of Saskatchewan; Dr. James Greenlee, a long-serving faculty member and former division head at Grenfell College; and Dr. Jack Strawbridge, a long-serving faculty member and current director of Faculty Relations at Memorial University.

The new Landmark Graphics Visualization Laboratory, the first of its kind at a university, is an immersive visualization laboratory, a scientific IMAX theatre where up to 20 researchers can collaborate and view data in 4D (three spatial dimensions plus a temporal one). It was launched in April. The lab contains a wrap-around screen and special glasses which trick the viewer's eyes and brain into 4D perception. This new technology will revolutionize how offshore oil and gas reservoirs are studied and understood, allowing researchers at Memorial to analyze images of large volumes of data and conduct detailed simulations. The $20-million futuristic lab was built with support from Landmark Graphics, IBMCanada and Panoram Technologies Inc., along with the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) through the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI) announced it will establish a new marine training facility at Holyrood that will help meet the growing need for safety and survival training for the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the training needs of the marine industry in the province. Joseph McGuire, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced April 29 that the agency will provide $860,303 to assist in the refurbishing of the marine infrastructure at Holyrood to accommodate the new training facility.