In Brief


(Gazette, Jan. 9, 1997)

Bayer funds research in Newfoundland

On Dec. 18, the provincial Department of Industry, Trade and Technology announced that Bayer Inc. will spend approximately $750,000 on medical research and development in the province. The research, which consists of three separate contracts, focuses on the effects of drugs on various health problems, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, stroke and congestive heart failure. The research will take place at Memorial's Faculty of Medicine and the General Hospital.

"We are delighted to see the investment by Bayer in research at the university," said Dr. Kevin Keough, Memorial's vice-president (research). "It is a gratifying endorsement of the quality of our health researchers. We are also pleased with the positive action taken by the government of the province to promote this kind of investment in health research."

Dr. Tim Shannon, vice-president of medical and scientific affairs for Bayer Inc., visited St. John's in November and met with 13 researchers at the medical school. He said he was impressed with the quality of researchers at Memorial and expects that Bayer will be in a position to fund more work in Newfoundland in the future, particularly in the area of clinical epidemiology.

Scholarship competitions under way

The British Council advises that the British Chevening Scholarships competition is now under way. Scholarships for one year's postgraduate study or research at a British university will be awarded in the general fields of politics, economics and science.

The British Council has also announced the Hong Kong Bank of Canada Chevening Scholarship for 1997-98. This award will enable a Canadian student to complete a master's degree at a British university in the field of business administration or economics. Up to 10 Chevening awards a year are presented to Canadians; the scholarships cover travel costs, tuition fees and living expenses.

For more information about these scholarships, contact the International Programs Office at 737-4053. The application deadline for both Chevening scholarship programs is Jan. 31. Applications may be obtained by contacting Sheila Donahue at the British Council in Ottawa. Telephone 613-237-1530; fax 613-569-1478; or e-mail af572@freenet.carleton.ca.

Travel grants available for Southeast Asia

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada has announced a travel grant program for Canadian masters, doctoral or business students. Up to 25 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded in academic and business programs to support student travel to pursue research related to Southeast Asia. The deadline for applications is Feb. 14. For details, call Memorial's International Programs Office at 737-4053.

Learning opportunity for young adults

The Newfoundland Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is one of eight co-ordinators in Canada to participate in a Youth EnviroEntrepreneurship Canada Program. The program is the first of its kind. It is designed for people under 30 years of age who have a degree or diploma in the environmental, science, engineering or technology fields. Eligible candidates must have worked for 18 months in the environmental sector, and be interested in becoming entrepreneurs or contract employees in the environmental sector. The program begins on March 3. All participants will complete phase one, which involves four months of rigorous business-oriented classroom preparation at Memorial's P. J. Gardiner Institute for Small Business, in St. John's. The second phase of the program is either eight months of business plan development or eight months of experience with an existing environmental business. The Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environmental Industry is sponsoring this pilot project, which is being funded by Human Resources Development Canada. For more information about the program, call Nancy Creighton, executive director of NEIA, 772-3333.

Interested in international development?

Aga Khan Foundation Canada will award approximately 10 fellowships this year to young Canadians committed to pursuing a career in international development. The fellowship program consists of a four-week (July 25, 1997-April 30, 1998) case study-based management seminar in Ottawa, Ont., followed by an eight-month placement with a South Asian non-governmental organization. Participants will be placed with organizations working in different aspects of development, such as health, education, natural resource management and micro-enterprise development. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants aged 18-29, and hold -- as a minimum -- an honors bachelors degree. People with professional designations, such as RN and P.Eng., will also be considered. The deadline for applications is Feb. 14. For details and an application package, contact the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Constitution Square, 350 Albert St., Suite 1820, Ottawa, Ont., K1R 1A4; telephone 613-237-2532; fax 613-567-2532.

Canada World Youth now recruiting

Canada World Youth is recruiting for field staff, program co-ordinators and project leaders. The national, not-for-profit organization was founded in 1971 to provide opportunities for young people to become more involved in international and community development. Canada World Youth is now accepting applications, and resumé screening will take place next month. Contact the hiring committee for Canada World Youth at 386 Bloor St. West, second floor, Toronto, Ont., M5S 1X4; fax 416-922-3721. Canada World Youth is also seeking applications from young Canadians and landed immigrants between the ages of 17 and 29 for its 1997 Youth Exchange programs; contact the organization at cwy@web.apc.org.