(January 25, 2001, Gazette)
millions for target areas
NSERC is introducing significant changes to its strategic projects
grants competition to stimulate research in the following areas:
biosciences; environment and sustainable development; information
and communications technologies; value added products and processes;
and new directions.
Weve made a special effort to update the eligible
areas to accommodate some of the most exciting new developments
in science and engineering, said Janet Walden, NSERCs
director general of research partnerships.
NSERC is especially interested in encouraging participation
by those involved in interdisciplinary research where ideas are
converging from what were once seen as unconnected areas of research,
The changes are effective for the new round of applications due
April 15, 2001.
In 2000 the success rate was close to 46 per cent, reflecting
the very high quality of proposals, said Ms. Walden. With
these new target areas, we want to maintain this high quality
of innovative, early stage research.
The NSERC strategic program encourages the pursuit of new knowledge
or technology that has the potential to contribute in a significant
way to Canadas economy, society or environment within the
next 10 years.
The council approved the new strategic areas following a three-month
review that included a literature study, as well as consultation
with leaders in the academic, industrial and government sectors.
Each project has to have at least one non-academic partner. Money,
however, is not a necessary condition of their involvement. The
primary requirement is that a partner exchange information and
expertise with the research team. Under the New Directions category,
funding for projects in emerging areas will be considered even
if there is no obvious partner for the research.
The new descriptions of the eligible categories of research can
be found at: www.nserc.ca/programs/resguide/a7_e.htm
at the Aquarena
The Aquarena invites university faculty, staff and their families
to its MUN free swims. Please note that admission is free only
for the swims listed below. Water slides, Tarzan rope and water
rafts are just some of the exciting things going on during the
Free swims are from 6:45-7:45 p.m. on the following Thursday
evenings: Feb. 1; March 1; March 29; April 26; and May 24.
The Aquarena asks that you bring one non-perishable food item
per person in aid of the Campus Food Bank. Children under eight
must be accompanied in the water by a responsible supervisor
15 years or older. To reserve your tickets contact Elaine Harvey
at the Aquarena at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 737-3786.
for sick family member
Geniene Harris, daughter of Clyde Harris, a Campus Enforcement
and Patrol officer, has contracted a very serious rare disease
called mononalic amprophy. This disease attacks limbs and organs
throughout the body one at a time.
Eighteen year-old Geniene has already lost the use of some of
her limbs. Arrangements are now being made for Geniene to travel
outside the province for medical treatment. To help his family
cover expensive travel and care, a special fundraiser has been
undertaken by friends and co-workers of Mr. Harris. An account
has been set up at the Public Service Credit Union.
Donations can be made to: Clyde Harris Trust Fund, Public Service
Credit Union, 403 Empire Avenue, St. Johns NF, A1E 1W6,
For further information, please contact: William OShaughnessy,
Campus Enforcement and Patrol, at: 737-8561 (w), or 368-3911
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council announced
$11.8 million in research funding to support six major social,
economic and cultural projects over the next five years.
The announcement was made Jan. 11 by Brian Tobin, minister responsible
SSHRC awarded the grants following the eighth national competition
under its major collaborative research initiatives program. The
program supports innovative large-scale projects emphasizing
collaboration between researchers and across disciplines. Its
purpose is to focus critical masses of research talent on complex
issues which demand both breadth and depth of perspective.
Details of the projects can be found at www.sshrc.ca
The 21st annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning
in Higher Education, is being held at Memorial University, June
13-16, 2001. The conference is a great opportunity for faculty
at Memorial to share their thoughts, practices, and strategies
relating to teaching and learning with colleagues from other
universities and colleges. The deadline for submission of proposals
is Jan. 31, 2001. See the conference Web site (www.mun.ca/stlhe2001) for details or, to
receive the conference brochure, contact Marjorie Mercer, conference
coordinator, ext. 3144.