President's Report 2006 | Year-in-Review

JUNE 2006

Premier Danny Williams and Joan Burke, minister of Education, announced a $1-million extension to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook at a news conference June 12. The creation of additional space at Memorial University's west coast campus will accommodate new faculty and staff as a result of the college's expanded program offerings.

Over 185 diplomas, certificates and advanced diplomas were awarded during the Marine Institute of Memorial University's annual graduation ceremonies which took place at the institute's Ridge Road campus June 9. This year's ceremonies featured guest speakers Tom Rideout, deputy premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, who is also the provincial fisheries and aquaculture minister and minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs; Memorial president Dr. Axel Meisen; and nautical science graduate Heather Beasley. Diplomas, advanced diplomas and certificates were awarded in aquaculture, coastal zone management, food technology, food safety, marine diesel mechanic, offshore structural steel/plate fitter, marine engineering, marine environmental, marine engineering systems design, nautical science, and naval architecture. Graduates of the bachelor of technology, bachelor of maritime studies and the master of marine studies received their degrees at Memorial University's convocation ceremonies on May 25.

Dr. Richard Rivkin of the Ocean Sciences Centre is a principal investigator in the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN), a newly-funded NSERC Research Network that is studying the introduction and fate of aquatic species in both Canadian lakes and marine waters on the east and west coasts of Canada. Dr. Rivkin is studying the composition, physiology, introduction and survivorship of non-pathogenic microorganisms in the ballast water of commercial ships that originate in the United States, in Europe and (in collaboration with colleagues in British Columbia) in Asia, and discharge their ballast in Canadian ports. Ballast water is carried by ships that are not carrying cargo and is used to stabilize the vessel while in motion.