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(April 24, 1997, Gazette)

25 years ago: Water Analysis Facility established

April 1972 -- A Water Analysis Facility will be operated in the Chemistry-Physics Building on a trial basis. The facility is equipped to carry out a wide variety of tests on water samples. The use is primarily for university departments and faculties, but the service will be available under contract to government, and to private agencies under special arrangements. Dr. Niall Gogan, Chemistry, is in charge of the new facility.

In other news, Paula Clarke of St. John's is awarded a Rothermere Fellowship for 1972-73. And in sports news, the Newfoundland Division of the Canadian Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association, in co-operation with the Department of Physical Education at Memorial, will host for the first time the Canadian National Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships at the university pool from June 30 to July 12.

20 years ago: Telemedicine project launched

On April 7, Memorial's telemedicine project was officially launched when a closed-circuit hookup via the communications satellite Hermes, linked Ottawa, St. John's, Goose Bay, Labrador City, St. Anthony, and Stephenville. Included in the hour and a half opening ceremonies was an exchange of greetings by government, university, hospital, technical officials and guests assembled at those points; a question and answer period concerning the project's capabilities; and a description and demonstration of one of the kinds of programs that will be presented during the 12 week experimental period. Hermes is the world's most powerful transmitter orbiting in space, making it possible to place small, portable and easily operated earth terminals in areas where normally it would be difficult and expensive to install and maintain hardware. The 767 lb. satellite has two antennae, radio controlled from a site just outside of Ottawa, and two solar sails which always face the sun to collect solar energy. Hermes is estimated to have a two-year lifespan.