President's Report 2006 | Year-in-Review


Memorial University's Marine Institute has a new director at its helm. Glenn Blackwood took over as executive director on Sept. 1. Mr. Blackwood, who previously served as director of the institute's Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, brings more than 25 years of experience in collaborating with industry to the post, including spearheading major fisheries research and development and promoting partnerships with private and public-sector organizations.

The first graduating class of the diploma in police studies program was officially sworn in as recruit constables with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) at a special ceremony in the Field House Sept. 3. Memorial University began offering a diploma program in police studies at its St. John's campus in the fall of 2004. The RNC and the Faculty of Arts collaborated to develop the post-baccalaureate program and in early 2004 the provincial government announced that it would, over three years, train 75 new RNC officers in the program.

Dr. Barbara Neis was named to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The announcement was made Sept. 15 by David L. Emerson, minister of Industry and minister responsible for SSHRC. Dr. Neis is the co-director of SafetyNet, a Community Research Alliance on Health and Safety in Marine and Coastal Work, and a full-time professor within the Department of Sociology at Memorial. In addition, she is an author, a recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Research (1998), and a member of various advisory boards and committees.

Representatives of Memorial University, the provincial and federal governments and Inco Ltd. officially opened the Inco Innovation Centre on Sept. 20, a new $17.3 million research and innovation facility located on the university's St. John's campus. The impressive-looking glass and steel edifice, built over the structure of a defunct student centre, represents the university's vigorous commitment to innovation in research and teaching; the new facility will also enhance Memorial's community-oriented focus. Containing some 9,000 square metres, the Inco Innovation Centre houses a wide range of research, business support and educational facilities on three floors.

Dr. Dale Corbett is the first winner of the Paul Morley Mentorship Award from the Canadian Stroke Network. The award, presented Sept. 22, recognizes significant contributions to the training of the next generation of Canadian stroke researchers. Dr. Corbett is a professor of Basic Medical Sciences at Memorial University and holds the Canada Research Chair in Stroke and Neuroplasticity. He is actively involved in the Canadian Stroke Network as an investigator and member of the board of directors.