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April 1971 Five-year accreditation
courses in accounting, offered by the Certified General Accountants
Association, are being taken by several members of the Comptrollers
Office. William F. Stapleton, administrative officer (finance)
in the medical school, has successfully completed his final examinations.
Other staff members in the Comptrollers Office are taking
the basic accounting course offered by the Extension Service.
University has $2.5 million deficit
In an open letter to the university community, President
M. O. Morgan says the provincial government grant leaves the
university with a shortfall of about $2.5 million. He notes that
it is impossible for any university to adjust itself to such
a reduction in its level of expenditure in one fiscal year, but
says that every possible way will be sought to reduce the cost
of operation and seek out additional revenues, including considering
raising tuition fees.
In other news, the Maritime History Group, under the chairmanship
of Dr. Keith Matthews, is awarded a $733,000 program grant by
the Canada Council to examine the rise and fall of the shipping
industry in eastern Canada and its effects on the social and
economic history of the area. The project will be funded over
a five-year period.
Bartlett Building opened
Memorials newest building officially opens this
month. The Captain Robert A. Bartlett Building is located on
the north campus overlooking Long Pond across the street from
the School of Business, and houses the Centre for Cold Ocean
Resources Engineering, the Ocean Engineering Information Centre
and Instrumar Limited.
Major equipment grant
At a time when only 20 per cent of research applications
are successful, five members of Memorials Department of
Chemistry are awarded $150,000 from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council (NSERC) towards the purchase of
a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. Drs. Murray Brooks,
Jean Burnell, Alex Fallis, Brian Gregory and Chet Jablonski will
receive additional support from university sources to match that
from NSERC. The new spectrometer allows scientists to measure
the energy required to reverse the direction in which a nucleus
points, and from this derive information regarding which nuclei
are present in a sample and in what way they chemically interact
with each other.
In other good news for science at Memorial, Dr. John Brosnan,
Biochemistry, is the winner of the 1986 Borden Award in Nutrition
for his fundamental contributions to scientific knowledge of
amino acid metabolism and in particular for work which has established
the important role of the kidney in amino acid metabolism and
nutrition. And Memorial geophysicist Dr. Michael Rochester is
named winner of the Tuzo Wilson Medal by the Canadian Geophysical
Union. The medal is the highest award made by the CGU and is
in recognition of Dr. Rochesters contribution to the theoretical
geophysics of the earths liquid core.
The university eliminates another 67.5 positions this
month in an effort to cope with the estimated $8 million shortfall
in its operating budget from the provincial government. This
brings the total number of job eliminations to 121. Of the positions
eliminated so far, about 17 per cent are management-level. The
Art Gallery is hard hit by budget cuts, and will close its doors
to the public for three months this year and cancel at least
nine exhibitions in order to cope.
In good news, science and engineering research funding tops $4.8
million as Memorial researchers in a variety of science and engineering
disciplines succeed in obtaining grants from the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council of Canada. This is about 19
per cent more than the amount received in the same competition
And Canadas first complete composite skeleton of a great
auk is officially unveiled this month at the inaugural Great
Auk Lecture. The skeleton, which will be housed at the Centre
for Newfoundland Studies and shared with the Newfoundland Museum,
was constructed at the National Museum of Natural Sciences with
bones found on Funk Island in recent years by Memorial University
researchers and in the 19th century by U.S. fisheries biologists.