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(May 3, 2001, Gazette)

Education Web site launched
The Council of Ministers of Education has launched education@canada, a new Web site designed to inform the international community about Canada’s education systems. The site is located at
www.educationcanada.cmec.ca

“This Web site serves as a gateway to the thousands of individuals who enquire about education in the provinces and territories of Canada each year,” said Glenn Hagel, council chair and Saskatchewan minister of postsecondary education. “It is my hope that it will help potential learners, educators and government officials from every corner of the globe find the education information and opportunities that they seek – and can take advantage of – in every corner of Canada.”

The site offers a wealth of useful information on the education programs in any province or territory and links to national learning organizations.

Formed in 1967, the ministers’ council is comprised of education ministers in every province and territory.

Venture wins business plan competition
A business plan detailing a way to sell laboratory supplies online has won the third Go Global Business Plan competition. Held annually at Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration, the competition invites students from all disciplines to show how their ideas can be turned into successful enterprises.

Winning team members Gord Barnes and Kirsten McDonald developed a plan for BioLabDepot.com that would allow scientists and researchers to purchase materials and supplies for their labs. Mr. Barnes, a Business student, and Ms. McDonald, an M.Sc. student, will use the $1,500 first place cheque to further develop their business idea.

Sponsors for the event were P. J. Gardiner Institute for Small Business Studies, the Centre for International Business Studies, the Chair in Youth-Focused Technological Entrepreneurship, and corporate sponsor xwave.

Special conference fee for staff, faculty
Memorial is hosting the 21st annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) from June 13-17. Organizers expect 350-400 delegates from national and international institutions of higher learning and the conference program includes presentations that provide opportunities to share thoughts, practices and strategies relating to teaching and learning.

To make this opportunity accessible to the campus community, organizers are offering faculty and staff at Memorial a $100 reduction on full conference registration. The conference registration fee includes a $35 STLHE membership, conference lunches and a banquet ticket.

Visit the conference Web site at
www.mun.ca/stlhe2001 for more details on registration or contact conference coordinator Marjorie Mercer at 737-3144.

Community education at Grenfell
Registration is underway for spring courses with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s Division of Community Education and College Relations. Course selection includes computer course and seminars, general interest subjects like conversational French, map and compass, global positioning systems, photography, basic marble carving, along with management development courses such as leadership skills and motivation for superior performance.

There are also a number of courses offered for young people including swimming lessons.

For more information or to register, phone 637-6208 or e-mail
commeduc@swgc.mun.ca. Also, check out the Web site at www.swgc.mun.ca/commeduc

Aquaculture researchers funded
The AquaNet board of directors approved funding April 18 for 120 aquaculture scientists working on 39 innovative research projects. The approval of the research funds follows a comprehensive call for proposals in the fall of 2000.

“The 39 projects from the three themes – animal production, environmental integrity and socioeconomic aspects – represent excellence in the natural and socials sciences, and establishes AquaNet as a world leader in aquaculture research,” said Dr. William Driedzic, scientific director of AquaNet and director of Memorial’s Ocean Sciences Centre. “The project proposals underwent independent peer review with the vast majority of the scientific reviewers from outside of Canada. The remarks from the international scientists were very strong and highly recommended the proposals for funding.”

By the end of 2003, AquaNet will have contributed $10.6 million to innovative aquaculture research in Canada. For more information, see
www.aquanet.mun.ca/

 

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