(April 12, 2001, Gazette)
published in Science
According to Dr. Richard Rivkin of Memorials Ocean Sciences
Centre, tiny organisms floating in the upper ocean can help us
understand how oceans respond to global climate changes. He has
been studying the importance of food-web processes as they control
oceanic biogenic carbon cycles and ocean-atmosphere carbon dioxide
exchanges, and Science, a highly prestigious U.S.-based science
journal, is featuring his research in its edition published March
The article, entitled Biogenic Carbon Cycling in the Upper Ocean:
Effects of Microbial Respiration, is co-authored with Louis Legendre,
Laboratoire dOceanigraphie de Villefranche. They found
that the biological controls on the cycling of carbon, and the
production of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas
in the atmosphere, is much more strongly controlled by temperature
than had been previously thought.
Two committees have been struck by the Dr. Evan Simpson, vice-president
(academic). First, a committee of six has been asked to conduct
a review of the dean of graduate studies, Dr. Greg Kealey, who
completes his first term of office at the end of this year. This
committee will be chaired by Dr. Glenn Rowe, Faculty of Business
Administration. The other members are: Dr. Christopher English,
History, Dr. Sandra LeFort, Nursing, Dr. Ron Rompkey, English,
Dr. Bill Montevecchi, Psychology, and Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett,
Second, the search committee for an associate vice-president
(academic) has been named. This committee will be chaired by
Dr. Evan Simpson, vice-president (academic). Other members are:
Glenn Collins, Registrar, Dr. David Dibbon, Education, Dr. Sonja
Jerkic, Anthropology, Dr. Robert Lucas, dean of Science, Dr.
Carole Orchard, Nursing, and Dr. Holly Pike, Sir Wilfred Grenfell
delivery to remote regions
The Telehealth and Educational Technology Resources Agency (TETRA)
of Memorial University has received a $100,000 contribution from
the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC) toward dramatically
improving emergency medical response to marine vessels traveling
in Canadian waters.
Known as the Marine Interactive Satellite Technologies (MIST)
program, the support is being made through CCMCs Marine
Information Skyway initiative an initiative supported
by the Communications Research Centre (CRC) and Canadian Space
MIST is the third in a series of successful multimedia satellite-based
initiatives, led by CSA and Telesat, that are providing vital
services to Canadians in remote regions. It is a collaborative
effort between Telesat, TETRA, Marine and Mountain Zone, Marine
Atlantic, CRC, the European Space Agency, the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency and CCMC.
Delivery of health services to remote communities has always
been an important part of the educational and service mission
of the medical school and TETRA at Memorial University,
said Dr. Carl Robbins, chair of TETRA. In this project,
we intend to study the use of telehealth technologies to improve
health services to ships at sea. The potential benefits are significant.
Dwight Howse, manager of Marine Information Skyway, said this
project enables the telemedicine expertise resident within TETRA
to be applied to a range of commercial opportunities in both
marine and remote terrestrial environments.
honours its own
The School of Physical Education held its annual presentation
of awards April 5, and honoured some of its finest student-athletes.
Seven of Memorials graduating players were inducted into
the Athletic Honour Society, which recognizes graduating student-athletes
that have made an outstanding contribution to the athletic program
at Memorial University and its students. Election to membership
in the Athletic Honour Society is the highest athletic award
that can be conferred on a student at Memorial University. This
years inductees were, Colin Fewer, cross country; Cheryl
Oldford and Susan Mosher, volleyball; Erica Coultas, Ann Murrin
and Amy OReilly, basketball; and Fiona Curtis, soccer.
The Edward P. Browne Trophy is presented annually to the outstanding
male and female interuniversity basketball players. The recipients
of this years trophy were Jeff Saxby and Ann Murrin.
volleyball, was awarded the Graham Snow Memorial Award, presented
annually to the student who combines prowess in varsity athletics
with high academic achievement. Melissa Skanes received the Harold
Squires Scholarship, presented annually to a student combining
outstanding achievement in athletics and academics. Trevor OBrien
was awarded the Jubilee Cup for the most outstanding performance
in distance running. George Colbert received the John Drinkwater
Memorial Award as the outstanding varsity swimmer.