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(July 13, 2000, Gazette)

Researchers succeed in competition

Grant applications from Memorial University researchers were approved at more than twice the national average from the new Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Of the seven grants submitted, five were approved and of those five, four were in the regular competition and one under the Regional Partnership Program.

In the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Michael Grant was awarded $62,642 per year for three years for his study on the nature and role of hepatitis C virus chronic infection. Dr. Thomas Michalak will receive $96,458 per year for three years for studies on hepatitis C virus lymphotropism and persistence.

Dr. Gilbert Kirouac, Medicine, was awarded $50,000 per year for three years in equipment funding for studies on cardiovascular and antinociceptive systems in the periaqueductual gray matter: Modulation by dopamine. In the Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Margaret Brosnan was awarded $80,952 per year for three years for studies on amino acid metabolism in perivenous hepatocytes.

Under the Regional Partnership Program, Dr. Xihua Chen, Medicine, will be funded for studies on dopamine in the lateral parabrachial nucleus: cellular mechanisms of action and functional importance.

First Nations Trail

Dr. Wilf Nicholls, director of Memorial’s Botanical Garden, announced June 8 support for the First Nations Trail. The project, which received $6,248 through the Canada Millennium Partnership Program, will highlight native plants and the importance of these plants to native peoples.

The project will also include background research, the planting of indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers, and the creation of a series of interpretive panels. Most of the project will be carried out by students. The project’s goal is to create awareness among students and the general public about the area’s ethnobotanical history.

Grenfell team tackles book

Faculty and staff of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and a local design firm have been contracted by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to produce a history of the company’s development over the last 75 years.

The contract is the result of the college’s Applied Research Unit, which partners resources at the college and in the community with the needs of businesses, organizations and individuals provincially, nationally and internationally.

In this case, a team of five people has been hired by Kruger Inc. to record a written and pictorial history of the mill, the woodlands operations and the development of Deer Lake Power. The working title of the book is The Hum on the Humber: The First 75 Years.

Members of the project team include Olaf Janzen and Edward Andrews, both college professors, staff member Pamela Gill, and Lori Lee and Ed Hollett, owners of Corner Brook’s Hollett Visual Communications.

Workshop helpful for educators

There will be a workshop on obsessive-compulsive disorder held Oct. 20. Sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children, Memorial University and the Tourette’s Association, the workshop can benefit teachers, school counsellors, parents, nurses and physicians.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Fred Penzell of New York. Dr. Penzell is well known for his work in obsessive compulsive disorder with many published papers. For more information, contact David Philpott; e-mail

Smallwood spring grants approved

At a meeting on April 6, the board of the J. R. Smallwood Centre for Newfoundland Studies approved the following grants for the spring granting period:

A conference grant to Dr. C. M Wernerheim, for 29th Atlantic Canada Economics Association Conference, $1,000.

A project grant to Dr. Priscilla Renouf and Dr. Trevor Bell, for Prehistoric Indian Occupations, Port au Choix, $10,000.

Research grants for Nicole E. Brandon, for 17th- and 18th-Century Stoneware Excavated from Ferryland, $3,367; Dr. Roberta Buchanan, for Clifford Easton, Mina Hubbard and Labrador Exploration Texts. $2,728; Marjorie Doyle, for Regarding Our Father: Early Newfoundland Film, $3,500; Barry C. Gaulton, for Analysis of Red Clay Tobacco Pipes, Ferryland, $1,100; Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie for Labrador Innu-aimun Legend Transcription Project, $3,500; Dr. Robert Mellin and Dr. Michael Long for A History and Computer-Generated Model, Church of the Assumption, St. Kyran’s, $2,000; Amanda Newhook for A Sociolinguistic Study of Burnt Islands and Isle aux Morts, $1,861; Dr. Peter Pope for St. John’s Waterfront Archaeology Project, $3,450; Heather Reid, The Gould Site Archaeology Project, $1,422; Richard Rennie, Mining and Industrial Disease, St. Lawrence, $1,339; and Patricia Wells for An Analysis of the Faunal Remains from Philip’s Garden, Port au Choix. $1,840.

On a related note, the Board of Regents has authorized a change of name for the centre. Henceforth, it will be known as the J. R. Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies.