(February 8, 2001, Gazette)
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
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
This project will evaluate the success of the provincial governments
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
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.
star gets top nomination
Memorial volleyball standout Cheryl Oldford is among this years
nominees for the prestigious James Bayer Memorial Scholarship
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 years 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.
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.
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
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 Darwins studies of evolution.
The CNF is a 40,000 member, non-profit conservation organization
that calls itself Canadas voice for nature, its diversity
and the processes that sustain it.
Dr. Montevecchi is the chair of memorials biopsychology
program and serves on the Canadian Coast Guard Oil Spill Response