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(November 18, 1999, Gazette)

Calling for papers at Grenfell

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook will host the Interdisciplinary Conference on Crossings and Borders, May 24-28, 2000. Speakers include Mi’kmaq poet Rita Joe, astronaut Story Musgrave and Patrick O’Flaherty, literary historian. Organizers are seeking proposals for 20-25 minute papers and presentations from all academic disciplines and aimed at a non-specialist audience. The organizing committee encourages proposals from undergraduate and graduate students. Please send your proposal and 250-word abstract with a brief c.v. by Jan. 15, 2000. For further information contact: Prof. L. Sasaki (lsasaki@swgc.mun.ca) or Dr. H. Pike (hpike@swgc.mun.ca), SWGC, Corner Brook, NF, A2H 6P9. Phone: (709) 637-6200, fax: (709) 639-8125.

Offshore workshop

Memorial University and the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board held a one-day workshop Nov. 10 in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The workshop was titled Geoscience and the Newfoundland Offshore – Opportunity for University, Industry and Government Cooperation. It was designed to provide representatives of industry, Memorial University and government geoscience agencies with the opportunity to discuss and explore the evolving needs, opportunities and the university’s capabilities for geoscience in the Newfoundland offshore area.

Dr. James Wright, Earth Sciences, said the workshop represents a first of its kind for the Newfoundland geoscience community.

“It is gratifying from the department’s viewpoint to see the tangible expressions of interest in enhancing Memorial’s geoscientific capabilities from the industry players active in the Newfoundland offshore and from government scientists and regulators. The recognition by industry of one of our roles of providing highly qualified personnel for the petroleum industry is especially noteworthy.”

According to a representative from Husky Oil, fully 12 per cent of the company’s geoscientific staff in Calgary are Memorial graduates. Dr. Wright said the university was pleased to see that many graduates from the past decade are returning to Newfoundland to take up positions of responsibility in the local petroleum community, both in industry and government.

“The Department of Geosciences and the Centre for Earth Resources Research at Memorial look forward to continuing to build upon and strengthen partnerships with the petroleum sector through the university-wide oil and gas initiative that the president of Memorial University, Dr. Axel Meisen, is undertaking.”

MI attends aquaculture conference

The Aquaculture Association of Canada recently held its annual meeting – Aquaculture Canada ’99 in Victoria, B.C. Over 700 participants from across North America and abroad attended the three-day conference and trade show. Memorial University’s Marine Institute and Ocean Sciences Centre were well represented. Faculty presentations were given by Dr. Joe Brown (Progress in Emerging Marine Finfish Species: Learning From the Past), Jan Negrijn (An Atlantic Perspective on the Change From Traditional to Aquaculture Fisheries) and Cyr Couturier (Establishing R and D Priorities – An Industry Perspective).

Dr. Jay Parsons and Cyr Couturier were co-authors on several student presentations. Masters of science in aquaculture students giving presentations included Miranda Pryor, Melissa Mooney, Eddy Kennedy, Louise Copeman, and Shelby Temple-Banner. Advanced diploma in aquaculture student presentations were given by Julie Bertrand and Nancy Mouland. Melissa Mooney won the overall Best Student Oral Presentation Award for her talk titled A Comparison of Feeding Physiology in Two Size Classes of Cultured and Wild Blue Mussels Mytilus Edulis and M. Trossulus. This was the first time a MUN M.Sc. aquaculture student won the best oral paper at the national forum on aquaculture. The best poster paper was won by Karen Whalen, M.Sc. aquaculture student. At the end of the meeting Dr. Jay Parsons stepped down as president of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, assuming the role of past-president for 1999-2000, and Cyr Couturier was elected the board of the AAC for 1999-2001.

Sea-Hawks on cable

It’s a slam dunk for many Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball enthusiasts in the Atlantic Region who also happen to be cable subscribers.

Again this year, Sea-Hawks’ fans will be able to catch the men’s and women’s teams, thanks to a broadcast arrangement between Memorial’s School of Continuing Education and community cable providers.

The School of Continuing Education will provide live coverage of eight Sea-Hawks games (four double-headers) starting with the Nov. 20 match against St. Mary’s University Huskies. Women’s team action goes at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m. (NDT). Broadcasts will follow Jan. 15 with the Sea-Hawks versus St. Francis Xavier, Feb. 5 against Dalhousie and Feb. 26 against University College of Cape Breton.

Viewers might look for some new wrinkles in this season’s broadcasts, as two members of Continuing Education broadcast team recently returned from in-service training with TSN for coverage of a Toronto Raptors game.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Sea-Hawks action will be available to cable subscribers in Labrador City, Lewisporte, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander, Glovertown, Harbour Grace and the metropolitan St. John’s area. Viewers outside these locations should consult their local cable provider about carrying the games.