to benefit from art program
Seven schools in the province will participate in this years
Artists in the Schools program offered by the Art Gallery of
Newfoundland and Labrador. A professional artist will spend a
week in each school, working with selected students on an intensive
art project, from research to production. Other students have
a chance to watch and discuss the projects as they develop, learning
from the creative process and the work involved in making a career
as a practicing artist.
for researchers in residence
The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology
is launching a program of grants for researchers in residence.
With this new program, the foundation hopes to foster critical
thinking about how technologies affect people and their natural
and cultural environment. The program offers two grants every
year to enable researchers to work in the foundations collections
at the Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) in Montreal.
The CR+Ds mandate is to document history, artworks and
practices associated with electronic and digital media arts and
make this information available to researchers in an innovative
The research residencies run from three to six months and must
be completed between Jan. 1, 2002, and December 31, 2002. Each
researcher will receive a fee of $5,000. For researchers who
do not live in or near Montreal, living and research expenses
of up to $10,000 will be covered. The grants are not renewable.
The deadline for applications is Aug. 31, 2001.
For more information, see www.fondation-langlois.org/e/programmes/bourses.html
The engineering students who participated in the Formula SAE
event in Pontiac, Michigan, are back on track after their first
experience as Memorial Universitys representatives in the
race car designing, building and racing competition. The 12-member
team spent the past two years fund-raising, creating and testing
their vehicle, and it all came together May 16-20.
Though it finished 91 out of 126 universities competing, the
Formula MUN car garnered several smaller successes, including
passing technical inspection on its first try and participating
in all events.
Team member Gilles Gardner reported the team was thrilled to
learn that the Big Three automakers who sponsor the event perceive
it as an opportunity to harvest the next generation of motor
The team plans to spend the summer experimenting with the vehicle
in preparation for next years event.
tours at IMD
The Institute for Marine Dynamics summer tour program is
starting again. Located on Memorials St. Johns campus,
the IMD offers tours of its facilities for all members of the
public. On a tour, visitors will see how model computer-designed
icebreakers, oilrigs and production platforms like Hibernia and
Terra Nova are built and tested for their sea-worthiness. See
the worlds largest ice tank and a model ocean that simulates
true environmental conditions. Tours are free Monday to Friday
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the months of June to August. For
more information or to book a tour, call 772-4366.
confirmed by Board
Dr. Michael Collins was appointed as Memorials associate
vice-president (academic), June 1, 2001. The appointment was
approved at the May 29, 2001, meeting of the universitys
Board of Regents. In addition, the board approved the appointment
of Dr. James Black as interim dean of arts, effective July 1,
The associate vice-president (academic) is responsible to the
vice-president (academic) for the development and maintenance
of the academic policies of the university and for sharing leadership
in designated aspects of academic administration and will be
especially involved in academic programming and collaboration.
delegation visits campus
The second-in-command from Saudi Arabias most prestigious
technical educational institution visited Memorials St.
Johns campus last week the first such visit from
a representative of the school.
Dr. Khedair Saud Al-Khedair, vice-rector of academic affairs
for King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, visited Memorial
in conjunction with the universitys ongoing Oil and Gas
Development Partnership. The purpose of Dr. Al-Khedairs
visit was to identify opportunities for collaborations between
Memorial University and King Fahd University, such as student
and faculty exchanges, faculty sabbaticals, and industry affiliations.
He toured facilities at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied
Science, the Department of Earth Science, the Marine Institute,
and the National Research Councils Institute for Marine
Dynamics. He also met with officials from the Engineering, Business,
Computer Science, and Genesis Group.