News and Notes
Division of University Relations
9, 2000, Gazette)
of Memorial past...
first for engineering
March 1970 A total of 63 second-year engineering
students are participating in the first work-term of the new
Co-operative Engineering Program. The students are working at
jobs located primarily on the island, however 14 are in Labrador,
four in the Maritimes and two others are in Calgary. All students
are members of the first class of engineers who will graduate
from Memorial with a bachelor of engineering degree in 1974.
Memorial is faced with a shortfall of between $1 million and
$1.5 million in its 1975-76 budgetary requirements. University
President M.O. Morgan said the university must find ways to further
reduce costs and also find additional revenue. Although the provincial
government grant to the university is $6 million more than last
year, Memorial is facing extra expenses including $2.5 million
for the opening of the West Coast Junior College in Corner Brook,
the new Engineering building on campus, the new Central Heating
plant and the Vivarium.
March 1980 The Arthritis Society has allocated
$91,640 to Memorials Faculty of Medicine and the Rheumatic
Disease Unit at St. Clares Mercy Hospital for important
research and clinical work. A portion of the money will be used
for the renewal of an arthritis associateship held by rheumatic
disease specialist Dr. Ian Chalmers. He is investigating one
type of arthritis which can cause severe stiffening of the back
called ankylosing spondylitis, which is one of the more common
types of arthritis found in the province.
March 1985 Local 1615 of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees, representing 675 administrative, technical
and technical support personnel at the university, has voted
to accept the universitys latest contract offer. The outstanding
issue in the contract was money, and the union has agreed to
accept a lump sum payment of $750 per member and three increases
of two per cent each at four-month intervals, starting April
The halibut research group is delighted that the first hatched
Atlantic halibut larvae in North America are filling nearly every
spare container in their hatchery at the universitys Ocean
Sciences Centre. The tiny halibut larvae are described as looking
like garter snakes that have climbed on top of basketballs.
The hatch represents the successful completion of an important
stage in the development of halibut aquaculture.
grants support innovation
March 1995 Five faculty members were rewarded
for their ingenuity in the classroom this month with the first-ever
Instructional Development Grants from Memorial. The grants were
created in part because the university wanted to draw attention
to the fact that the way courses are taught should be constantly
evolving, not static. The first recipients were Drs. Trevor Bell
and John Jacobs, Geography, Dr. Georg Gunther, Mathematics (Sir
Wilfred Grenfell College), Dr. Tom Scott, Medicine, and Dr. Michael
Bruce-Lockhart, Engineering. Each grant is valued at about $3,000,
with the money coming from the School of Continuing Education.