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(December 14, 2000, Gazette)

Two new computer labs
The former Chemistry cafeteria is now home to two computer labs for arts and sciences students and Memorial is on the cutting edge of technology once again.

Computer Science’s Michael Raymond has invented an application that runs Windows and Linux simultaneously and may be the first application of its kind.

The computer labs are the result of cooperation between the university and SONA Computer Inc.

Dr. Terry Murphy, dean of arts, Dr. Bob Lucas, dean of students and
Dr. Evan Simpson, vice-president (academic) knew there was a great need for more computers for arts and science students and ensured there was funding for the labs.

And it’s a success. “The place filled up instantly the first day it opened,” said Dr. Lucas.

Dave Fowler, SONA’s branch manager, said his company was more than happy to donate the computers. “Because of our affiliation with this facility, it allows us to be a local organization.” All computers and furniture in the labs were made in Newfoundland.

One lab will be used primarily for teaching and the other will be a general purpose open-access room. There are seven laptop ports and the labs are networked to other buildings.

Genesis Group launched

The Genesis Group, the newly consolidated organization responsible for all aspects of technology commercialization and development for Memorial University, was launched on Nov. 29.

The group is made up of four divisions: Genesis Research which carries out intellectual property protection and promotion; Genesis Centre, a support network for high-growth, knowledge-based businesses; Genesis Web, an online support network for entrepreneurs and Genesis Bio-East, the collaborative network for biotechnology in the province.

Genesis Group was formerly known as Seabright Corporation.

Beaver foods sold

Beaver Foods has been sold to Compass Group Canada.

Dr. Brian Johnston, director of housing, food and conference services, said, “In the short term, members of the university community will see very little change in operations on campus. However, over the next year or so, there will be new food services with new signs.”

All Beaver Foods personnel have moved to the new company.

Anyone who may have questions about the changes can contact
Dr. Johnston at 737-7968 or e-mail
bjohnsto@mun.ca

Graduate student recognized

Bram Noble, a doctoral student of geography at Memorial, was recently awarded a Canadian Policy Research award graduate prize for his research into the lack of an accepted standard for Strategic Environmental Assessment as a major barrier to governments effectively incorporating environmental consideration into policy-level decision-making.

The prizes recognize the excellent work of graduate students in policy research and are jointly sponsored by SSHRC, NSERC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Policy Research Initiative (PRI).

Smallwood Foundation fall grants

The following list of grants made by the J. R. Smallwood Foundation during its fall granting session: A conference grant to
Dr. Magessa O’Reilly, Department of French and Spanish, to attend the 10th annual conference, Association des professeures et professeurs des littératures acadienne et québécoise; $1,800. A project grant to Gail Weir, Centre for Newfoundland Studies for Arrangement and Description of the J. R. Smallwood Papers; $10,000. Research grants to Donald H. Holly, Brown University, Beothuk Adaptation in the Newfoundland Interior, $3,500; Dr. Scott Jamieson, Department of French and Spanish, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Translation of Julien Thoulet’s Voyage à Terre-Neuve, $3,500; Gabrielle Kemp, Department of History, Representing Christian Manhood Through Slides at the Grenfell Mission, $3,500; Gail Lush, Department of History, Nutrition, Health Education and Dietary Reform at the Grenfell Mission, $3,500;
Dr. Denyse Lynde, Department of English, Newfoundland Theatre Research–The Community, $3,427; and Cathy Mathias, Queen’s University, 17th-Century Textiles Excavated from Ferryland, $3,000.

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