In Brief


OSC offering tours on Sunday

Memorial's Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay provides a fascinating way to spend a Sunday afternoon. For the next three Sundays (April 28, and May 5 and 12) the OSC's Public Education Program is offering guided tours of the harbor seal tank, touch tanks, discovery room and dive unit. Now is a great time to visit because many of the cold ocean species of fish are laying their eggs. Tours begin at 1 p.m. and leave from the Visitor Information Centre in the main building every half hour until 4 p.m. The cost is $3.50 general admission, $2.50 for students and seniors; children six years and younger are admitted free. For details, call 737-3706.

Botanical Garden to open soon

It's spring! The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden on Mount Scio Road will open May 1. Members of the public are welcome from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, in May and June. In July and August, the garden is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is a fee of $1 general admission and 50 cents for children and seniors. Check out the new stream in the rock garden, the added displays in the display room, and the garden's gift shop.

Zoologists conference coming in May

The Conference of the Canadian Society of Zoologists is being held at Memorial University in St. John's from May 7-11, and it has attracted scientists from many different countries.

One of the highlights of the conference is a comparative biochemistry and physiology symposium hosted jointly with the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB). The SEB is one of the foremost learned societies in Europe, and this is only the second time that it has participated with the Canadian Society of Zoologists at a meeting in Canada. The symposium, May 10, offers a full day of discussion and presentations on cold ocean physiology, and the Cambridge University Press plans to publish the proceedings as a volume in the SEB Seminar Series.

Another highlight of the conference will be the symposium on the Integration of Zoological Sciences into Fisheries Management, sponsored by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the provincial department of fisheries, and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation. This event is being held May 8 and may provide new insights into fisheries management. Traditionally, fisheries management on the east coast of Canada focused on the areas of population dynamics, computer statistical analyses; this symposium reflects the representation of all the scientific disciplines in the Canadian Society of Zoologists.

The prestigious Wardle Lecture is also being held May 8, and will be delivered by Dr. Rasul Khan of Memorial's biology department (see Calendar listing, page 11, for details).

Seven faculty members representing the Department of Biology and the Ocean Sciences Centre make up the conference organizing committee at Memorial; Dr. Derek Burton is chair.

Register early for Order and Chaos

The interdisplinary conference Order and Chaos is being held at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook May 21-25. Registration is ongoing, but a discount is available to anyone who registers by April 30. In addition to journalist and historian Gwynne Dyer, and scientist and author James Trefil, Brenda Zimmerman has been confirmed as a distinguished speaker at the conference. Dr. Zimmerman's research interests include organizational strategy and change, particularly as they relate to chaos and complexity theories. She holds a PhD in management policy from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and in 1991 received the Outstanding Educator Award through York's MBA program. For details, contact Michael Coyne, Visual Arts, at 709-637-6438, mcoyne@beothuk.swgc.mun.ca, or visit the conference Web site at http://www.swgc.mun.ca/~mcoyne/order.html.

Corpus Christi College seeks visiting fellows

Faculty members have until Dec. 15 to apply for a non-stipendiary visiting fellow position at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The visiting fellowship program provides scholars with the opportunity of carrying out their research in the environment of a college with a tradition of scholarship and research. For details, contact Stella Smith, college secretary, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, CB2 1RH, England; telephone 011-44-1223-338023.

Celebrate Newfoundland Library Week

Library Week is April 27-May 4 this year and several promotions have been planned by the Newfoundland Library Association. Look for public service announcements on TV featuring Kevin Major and Sonya Abbott, and catch Canadian author/illustrator Janet Wilson during her tour of public libraries in St. John's. The theme of the week is Libraries: The Adventure Awaits You. The first baby born during library week at each applicable hospital in the province will receive a gift package from the association's Born to Read program. On April 27 library displays will be set up at the Village Mall -- visit the reading tent, take the reference question challenge or view CD-ROM products. For details contact Colleen Field, Queen Elizabeth II Library, 737-7475.