8, 2001, Gazette)
of Memorial past...
New communication avenue for Labrador
As part of a continuing communications project on the
Labrador coast, the Extension Service is now involved in taping
informational and public affairs programs to be screened in communities
on the coast. Four communities and their satellite areas have
been chosen for the project: Marys Harbour, Port Hope Simpson,
Cartwright and Charlottetown. Committees will be set up in each
community, and under the co-ordination of Paul MacLeod, film
utilization officer, 10 hours a week of programs will be screened
at public gatherings beginning late this month.
In other news, the Physics Departments new Geomagnetic
Research Laboratory is officially opened this month by Sir Edward
Buller, professor of geophysics at the University of Cambridge.
The 3,600 sq. ft. all-electric building is located on a magnetically
flat site at White Hills, just north of the Dr. Charles A. Janeway
Child Health Centre. It contains six large laboratories, a student
workshop, ancillary facilities and equipment valued at over $80,000
for experimental work in geomagnetism.
studies seminar at MUN
The Canadian Association for Irish Studies, a national
body devoted to the promotion in Canada of Irish literature and
its related areas of study, holds its ninth annual seminar at
Memorial this month. The theme is Literature and Folk Culture:
Ireland and Newfoundland.
Memorial names president-elect
Dr. Leslie Harris, vice-president (academic) is named
Memorial Universitys president and vice-chancellor-elect
this month. The appointment will take effect Sept. 1, 1981, upon
the retirement of Dr. M. O. Morgan. Dr. Harris is the first graduate
of the university to become its president and vice-chancellor.
He graduated from Memorial with a BA(Ed.) in 1956 and a masters
in Newfoundland history in 1959. He received his PhD in history
from the University of London in 1960, having specialized in
South Asian history. After a number of years of teaching, he
returned to Newfoundland in 1963 to join Memorials faculty
in the Department of History.
$26 million for Memorial
The federal and provincial governments announce this month that
Memorial will receive $25 million for the construction of a new
building to house the Centre for Earth Resources Research, as
well as $1 million for a computer-aided design facility for the
engineering faculty. The projects are among the first to be approved
under the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore development fund, which
was provided for in the Atlantic Accord of Feb. 11, 1985.
In other news, a major conference at Queens College this
month attracts a large cross-section of people concerned with
the potential impact of worker migration to communities that
are the sites of major development projects. The conference,
In Search of Work: A Working Conference on Speculative Migration
and Community Impacts, draws over 100 participants, including
individuals from communities, governments, industry and social
agencies. In Search of Work is the second major conference on
the theme of offshore development organized this year by the
Institute of Social and Economic Research at Memorial.
Dr. Arthur May installed at special convocation
More than 400 people attend the special convocation ceremony
held early this month in which Dr. Arthur May is officially installed
as Memorials president and vice-chancellor. As well, Dr.
Albert Cox, Memorials vice-president (academic), was installed
as the universitys pro vice-chancellor. Honorary degrees
were presented to three Memorial alumni Dr. James Downey,
former president of the University of New Brunswick; Dr. George
Ivany, president of the University of Saskatchewan; and Dr. David
Strong, president of the University of Victoria.
In other news, representatives of unions and student groups at
the university meet this month with members of the administration
to discuss the universitys projected financial problems.
The meeting was held to advise employees and students about plans
being developed to cope with anticipated funding cutbacks and
also to invite suggestions on how the university can best cope
with financial restraints.
A strike by members of the Memorial University of Newfoundland
Faculty Association (MUNFA) was narrowly averted early this month
when MUNFA and the university administration came to a tentative
agreement less than 24 hours before the unions strike deadline.
In research news, researchers in the Department of Biochemistry
report findings from a study that show that although breast milk
is the best food for infants, feeding your baby evaporated milk
is not harmful. The study, funded by Health Canada, tracked three
groups of babies from birth to 18 months of age and found the
evaporated milk-fed babies were all in the normal range for nutrients.