In Brief

(June 19, 1997, Gazette)

Essex Regiment remembered

The Essex Regiment will be remembered on Sunday, June 29, when a wreath will be laid on its behalf at the National War Memorial on Duckworth Street in St. John's as part of Memorial Day services across Canada. Members of the Essex Regiment (now part of the Royal Anglian Regiment) and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought alongside each other at Gallipoli during the First World War. The wreath will be laid by Betty Bethell, administrator of Memorial University's campus in Harlow, England. Since 1969 the Harlow campus has been home to more than 2,000 students from Memorial, which is itself a living memorial to the people of the province who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

New on the Net: Classics!

-- If you are new to the Internet and interested in classics, try getting started with one of the classics "gateways," comprehensive sites linked to the major electronic resources in classics. The University of Chicago's Resources for Classics on the Internet is located at http://humanities., and includes links to texts, images, electronic journals, mailing lists, and professional associations.

-- Through a gateway you are able to identify specialized classics websites, such as the Perseus Project, an interactive multimedia digital library of archaic and classical Greece, which will soon include materials on ancient Rome. The site,, is made available by the classics department of Tufts University.

-- Other examples of classic resources are databases and bibliographies. Nestor: A Bibliography of Aegean Prehistory and Related Areas, provides access to 34,000 citations from 1956-1995. This University of Cincinnati site is at nestor.html.

Questions? Contact Angela Lonardo, Queen Elizabeth II Library, 737-7427.

Africa Sabbatical Grants available

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), has announced the Africa Sabbatical Grant. Two awards worth $35,000 each will be granted next fall to support research by Canadian university faculty during six to eight-month sabbatical placements in Africa. Projects that contribute to applied knowledge for the development process in IDRC's priority sectors are preferred. Grants are aimed at faculty members already teaching Africa-related courses, and who are planning their first or second sabbatical. Sabbatical internships must begin by Oct. 15, 1998. Apply by Sept. 15, 1997. Call Dr. Tony Dickinson (737-4356) or Colleen Clarke (737-4053) at Memorial's International Programs Office for details.

Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

The Government of Canada has declared June 21 National Aboriginal Day -- a time to celebrate the different cultures of aboriginal people and their contribution to Canadian society. June 21 was selected because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice; many aboriginal groups in Canada were already in the practice of holding cultural heritage celebration ceremonies on that date. On June 21 the St. John's Native Friendship Centre will hold a sunrise ceremony -- led by spiritual leader Saqamaw Misel Joe of the Conne River Mi'kmaq -- at 5 a.m. on the Southside Hills. The ceremony is in memory of Shanawdithit, the last of the Beothuk, who died in St. John's in 1829 at the age of 29, after being captured by European settlers. From noon-5 p.m. the Friendship Centre will host an open house, and traditional aboriginal dishes will be served. The centre is located at 61 Cashin Ave.; telephone 726-5902 or 726-5908.

International opportunity for youth

AUCC has launched its 1997-98 Youth International Internship Project. The internship provides recent Canadian graduates with a chance to gain relevant international experience. Employers may be from private-sector companies or universities. Applications must be postmarked by July 11, 1997. For details, call Dr. Tony Dickinson (737-4356) or Colleen Clarke (737-4053) at Memorial's International Programs Office.

IMD to conduct testing for Terra Nova

The National Research Council's Institute for Marine Dynamics (IMD) in St. John's was awarded a major contract on June 10 for research related to the Terra Nova offshore oil development. IMD's client is SOFEC Inc. of Houston, Tex., which is designing the turret mooring and riser system for the floating production unit. The research will begin this summer, and will include 1:30 scale model tests in the IMD's three major facilities -- the 200-metre Towing Tank, the 90-metre Ice Tank, and the 75-metre by 32-metre Offshore Engineering Basin. For more information about the project, contact Dr. John Murray, Offshore Engineering Research, 772-4797.