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(February 8, 2001, Gazette)

Community research grants awarded
Memorial University will partner in two new projects funded by the Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) program. The CURA program promotes research and social innovation by funding vital, creative partnerships between universities and communities. It helps universities and their local partners to work together for the social, cultural and economic development of communities.

The announcement was made by Ralph Goodale, natural resources minister.

Memorial will partner with the Community Services Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and other government agencies on a program titled Values Added: The Voluntary Community-Based Sector in the Unique Context of the Strategic Social Plan in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This project will evaluate the success of the provincial government’s 1998 strategic social plan in an effort to promote a better understanding of the links between social and economic development and generate public dialogue on pressing policy issues.

Memorial is also a partner in a project led by Dalhousie University in Halifax titled Brain Gain: Increasing the Capacity of Rural Communities to Use Social Science Research to Influence and Develop Policy.

An independent interdisciplinary committee of university and community experts selected the 15 winning projects from among 120 applications. Under CURA regulations, only one grant may be awarded to each university, though some winners were part of consortia at different institutions.

Volleyball star gets top nomination
Memorial volleyball standout Cheryl Oldford is among this year’s nominees for the prestigious James Bayer Memorial Scholarship Award.

Atlantic University Sport announced the nominees Friday,
Jan. 26, in Halifax.

The James Bayer Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an Atlantic University Sport athlete that best demonstrates excellence in academics, athletics and exhibits strong leadership, sportsmanship and citizenship qualities.

Ms. Oldford, a fifth year education student at Memorial, helped the Sea-Hawks to the Atlantic Universities title last season.

The winner of this year’s James Bayer Memorial Scholarship will be announced at the scholarship dinner to be held at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Ocean Ranger scholarship
To commemorate the tragic loss of the 84 members of the crew of the Ocean Ranger on Feb. 15, 1982, a scholarship and bursary program has been established by the Ocean Ranger Disaster Fund.

These awards, valued at $500 per year, are presented to students who are entering or pursuing a postsecondary program of studies. In selecting candidates, preference will be given to the daughters, sons and or widows of those who were lost. In the absence of eligible candidates from this group, the scholarships and bursaries may be awarded to other students at the discretion of the Ocean Ranger Scholarship Committee.

Information and application forms are available at the student awards offices at Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive campus, and the Marine Institute.

Helping Galapagos clean up
Memorial biopsychology prof Dr. Bill Montevecchi is heading to the Galapagos Islands to help clean up the damage from a recent oil spill in that ecologically-sensitive area.

“We are going to the Galapagos to bear witness – to take stock of the impacts of this crime against our environment,” said Dr. Montevecchi.

Dr. Montevecchi is going to the Galapagos in his capacity as board member of the Canadian Nature Federation. He will join an international team of experts to assist with the clean up effort.

On Jan. 16, the tanker Jessica ran aground just 800 metres from the Galapagos archipelago carrying 240,000 gallons of fuel oil. The spill threatens the UN World Heritage Site and inspiration for Charles Darwin’s studies of evolution.

The CNF is a 40,000 member, non-profit conservation organization that calls itself Canada’s voice for nature, its diversity and the processes that sustain it.

Dr. Montevecchi is the chair of memorial’s biopsychology program and serves on the Canadian Coast Guard Oil Spill Response advisory Committee.

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