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(July 26, 2001, Gazette)

Botanical Garden is open

The Memorial University Botanical Garden invites the public to its annual open house on Satuday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free but food donations will be accepted for the Community Food Sharing Association.
Activities such as pony rides, scavenger hunts, puppet shows, gardening tips and various other activities will be ongoing throughout the day.
For further information, call 737-8590.

Testing centre is ready Aug. 1

The Educational Testing Service computer-based testing centre will be operational in the Facilities Management building, room FM 1000, Aug. 1, even if the Regatta is held on that day.
Individuals who wish to write the GRE, GMAT and TOEFL tests can register on-line with those testing agencies or with ETS (www.ets.org) and will be able to schedule a date and time on campus by calling 737-3400.
A note: the cost of writing the GMAT test will increase to $200 U.S. on Aug 1. Those who register before that date (regardless of the date they select to actually write the exam) will be charged the current rate.

Two studies show education's benefit

London University's Institute of Education recently released a study reporting that educated people are less likely to suffer depression, are more motivated to achieve, and are healthier than those who leave school earlier.
The research findings, which were based on observations of 12,000 British citizens born in 1958 and 12,000 born in 1970, as well as on other international studies, also suggest that people with higher education better manage life-changing events, such as divorce and the death of a loved one.
In an unrelated study, the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center recently reported that higher education may lead to reduced welfare dependency, lower crime rates, healthier lifestyles, greater civic involvement, and more participation in cultural activities.
This report, Education and the Common Good Social Benefits of Higher Education in Kentucky, notes that a University of Kentucky survey found that 74 percent of Kentuckians with less than a high school education were registered to vote, while 95 percent of those with some college experience were registered. The research also found a link between higher education and volunteerism.

Canada at forefront of chip research

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will invest $15.9 million to support the development of an advanced microchip research and design network. The announcement was made July 17 by Dr. David Strangway, president and CEO of CFI, and Marlene Catterall, MP for Ottawa-West-Nepean on behalf of the Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry.
The system-on-chip research network will link over 250 Canadian technology researchers at 32 universities and research institutions across the country. This is the first time a national network for system-on-chip research has been implemented on this scale anywhere in the world.
The Ontario Innovation Trust Fund is also supporting the development of the new research network by investing $6.2 million.
Awarded to Queen's University on behalf of a consortium of universities and research institutions, the national network infrastructure will involve university-industry partnerships and create a national library of intellectual property. This national library will consist of microelectronic system components and computer-aided design tools, available to research sites through secure communication links. Canadian researchers who have access to that library and a distribution network for System-On-Chip designs will be able to conduct innovative research in a many areas including telecommunications, robotics, computing, sensors, biotechnology and medicine.


Info on international internships

The International Development Research Centre is holding a competition for internship awards this fall. These awards provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff.
Internships are tenable for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 12 months at IDRC headquarters in Ottawa or in a regional office. Candidates can be Canadians (or permanent residents) or citizens of developing countries, and should have had some training at the master's level. Deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 14. Awards will commence in January 2002.
Details of the competition can be found at www.idrc.ca/awards/
ecintrn.html (announcement in English) and www.idrc.ca/
awards/fcintrn.html (announcement in French).
For further information, please contact Anthony B. Dickinson, executive director (acting), International Centre adickins@mun.ca, 737-4356.

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