In Brief

(Feb. 6, 1997, Gazette)

APLA conference happening here

Memorial's St. John's campus will be the site of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association's (APLA) 1997 annual conference from May 23-25. The conference theme, Wired/Connecté, reflects the belief that libraries are in an advantageous position in today's information society. The APLA 1997 organizing committee is chaired by Suzanne Sexty, Queen Elizabeth II Library, and includes several members of the university community. Conference planning is well under way and an interesting program is taking shape. Internationally noted journalist Gwynne Dyer will discuss his views on technology and society during the keynote address. Workshops will tackle such topics as "Are they reading what we buy?" and "Newspapers as research tools: finding them and using them." For APLA membership information contact Elizabeth Browne, QE II Library, 737-3182. For conference details, call Suzanne Sexty at 737-7427 or e-mail

Interesting course added

Among the new course offerings approved by Senate last month was an undergraduate course from the Department of Folklore which will likely be of interest to those with a taste for traditions of belief. Special topics course Folklore 3606: Folklore and the Supernatural, will examine patterns of belief and the features of supernatural folklore, and attempt to understand the nature of surviving and declining traditions. The course will focus on the phenomenological features of supernatural traditions; explanatory frameworks and their internal logic; means of developing and maintaining belief; functions and structures of belief traditions; and relationships between genres of belief.

Memorial musicologist contributes to CD

Last March the Gazette told you how Dr. Paul Rice, a musicologist in the School of Music, was interested in the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau, a respected 18th-century opera composer and theorist. Dr. Rice has since edited orchestral suites from Rameau's Fontainbleau operas, working from copies of the composer's manuscripts in the Paris Opera Library. On March 9, 1996, some of that music had its North American premiere at Memorial during a performance of the chamber orchestra of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. In addition to editing the music, Dr. Rice also arranged to have it professionally recorded, with support from the Office of the Vice-President (Research). The music was performed by Capella Savaria, a period instrument orchestra from Hungary, and conducted by Mary Térey-Smith of the University of Western Washington at Bellingham. Some of that music is now available on compact disc. This month, Rameau volume one, containing La Naissance d'Osiris and Abaris our les Boréades, was released on the Naxos label and is available at local music stores. In addition to editing the scores, Dr. Rice provided some of the CD's program notes. Volume two is already in production and will be released later this year.

Competition deadlines approaching

The Association for Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) has announced that guidelines for the 1997 University Partnerships in Co-operation and Development Tier 2 competition will be forward to universities early this month. The deadline for the Microfund portion of the competition is March 17; guidelines remain essentially unchanged from 1996. The deadline for the Tier 2 Linkage Project competition is May 15; guidelines have been revised in some areas to include more detailed explanations. Since universities are permitted to submit only two proposals to AUCC, the International Programs Office has set internal deadlines of Feb. 28 (Microfund) and April 30 (Linkage) in the event that an internal review committee will be necessary. For details about Microfund and Linkage projects, contact Dr. Tony Dickinson at 737-4356 or Colleen Clarke at 737-4053, International Programs Office.

Chemistry conference boosted economy

According to the findings of a City of St. John's Economic Development and Tourism Division Questionnaire, approximately $700,000 was injected into the local economy by the 79th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, held at Memorial June 23-26, 1996. Of the 1,006 delegates who attended the conference, 216 were from Newfoundland, 645 were from other parts of Canada, 98 were from the United States and 55 were from other countries. Only 112 of the delegates completed the City of St. John's questionnaire, but more than 75 per cent of those indicated that they will or may return to the province, and said they would recommend St. John's as a vacation destination. Delegates commented favorably on the conference itself, on the friendliness of the people they met in St. John's, and on the beauty of the scenery. The city received low marks in terms of ease of navigation (several said streets could be better labelled), high taxes, and lack of comprehensive information for tourists.