In Brief

(April 3, 1997, Gazette)

New on the Net!

-- Hello Dolly: Scientists Clone Adult Sheep! Nature, the "international weekly journal of science," published the news of the first cloned adult mammal in its Feb. 27, 1997, issue. The journal has created a special web page on cloning at: Click on Web Special: Cloned Sheep. The site is free, but registration is required.

-- New Scientist has set up a web page titled Cloning: a Special Report, with more discussion and links to related sites. It's at

-- Comet Hale-Bopp is featured on ScienceWeb, from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, B.C. The site contains observations, images, charts and other resources. Check out http://scienceweb.

-- The Bat Conservation International Inc. website features bat facts, bat news, bat trivia, and reports on bat conservation projects. Go batty at

Questions about accessing these items? Contact Barbara McDonald, Information Services Division, Queen Elizabeth II Library, 737-7427.

Interested in this student writing award?

Senior undergraduate or graduate students at Canadian universities can win the Material History Review Writing Award offered by the journal Material History Review. Material History Review is published semi-annually by the National Museum of Science and Technology. Contestants are asked to submit an article which documents cultural artifacts, describes the historical context in which they exist, and demonstrates the relationship between the material evidence of Canadian society and society itself. The prize is $100 in cash and the publication of the article in Material History Review. Articles must be received by May 31, and the results will be announced Sept. 15. Contact the chair of the Review Committee, Material History Review Writing Award, c/o North Vancouver Museum and Archives, 209 West 4th St., North Vancouver, B.C., V7M 1H8.

My spider senses are tingling...

...and they're telling me that the Memorial University of Newfoundland faculty and staff phone directory is now available on the World Wide Web. Simply click on "Finding People" at Memorial's home page ( and you'll find this handy-dandy tool. Even if you don't know how to spell the name of the person you're looking for, you can conduct a search based on how the name sounds. There are also directories of departmental phone and fax numbers, and postal addresses. The directory contains information for faculty and staff at Memorial's St. John's campus (including the Marine Institute), Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and the Harlow campus in England.

ASAC '97 coming to St. John's

Discovering New Worlds, the 25th annual conference of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) is being held in St. John's from May 31-June 3 at Hotel Newfoundland. ASAC is a national, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting research, teaching and curriculum development in business related studies.

Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration is the host institution for the conference, and Dr. Lessey Sooklal, Business Administration, is the elected chair of the conference. Approximately 500 delegates are expected to attend to hear talks such as Cabot, Codfish and Canada's Future: Prospects for the 21st Century, by distinguished University of Toronto historian Michael Bliss. There will also be a doctoral students' consortium, special tours -- including one of Memorial's St. John's campus -- and a showcase of the latest in educational technology from Prentice Hall Canada. Check out website or phone 709-737-8503. The early registration deadline is April 30.

Ocean Engineering Research Award available

The Ocean Engineering Research Award will be presented this year for the first time. It's an annual prize for researchers within the Ocean Engineering Research Centre (OERC) in Memorial's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The award will be given for a current innovative project in ocean engineering, and the applicant must be a principal investigator. The award consists of a $1,000-research grant and a framed scroll. Applicants must be listed in the OERC section of the university Calendar for the current year. The applicant may be a regular faculty member, an adjunct appointment, or a member of staff; the director of the OERC is not eligible. The deadline for applications is May 1. For details contact Dr. Neil Bose, director of the OERC, at 737-8805.

It's time to celebrate volunteers

National Volunteer Week is being celebrated across Canada from April 13-19. It's a week set aside to thank the 13 million Canadians who contribute their time freely to make their country, provinces and communities better places to be. In this province, Volunteer Week is sponsored by the Community Services Council Volunteer Centre, and this year's chair of Volunteer Week is Dr. Myrle Vokey. He invites all organizations that rely on volunteer help to get involved. "Volunteer Week is a time to attest to the joy of volunteering and to the joy volunteers bring to the lives of others," he said. To find out more about volunteering, call the Community Services Council Volunteer Centre at 753-9860, or call the Student Volunteer Bureau on campus at 737-4301.