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Autism study seeks input
The Health Research Unit at Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, in
collaboration with the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, is
conducting a study of the prevalence rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder
(ASD) in persons 16 years and older within the province. The study will
also document current programs and services available and survey parents
and caregivers of persons with ASD to determine further program and service
needs of individuals, families and organizations in the field of autism
treatment, training and support. If you have a family member with Autism
Spectrum Disorder aged 16 years and older, please contact Monty Keough
at 777- 8539 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Ann Ryan at 777-8385 or email@example.com
Donations sought by university women
The St. Johns Club of the Canadian Federation of University Women
is requesting donations of books for its 12th Annual Book Sale, to be
held on April 20 at St. Davids Presbyterian Church on Elizabeth
Avenue in St. Johns. Proceeds will go towards MUN scholarships and
the Newfoundland Art Posters and Schools Project. For information or to
arrange pick-up of books call 754-0797 or 754-6065. No text books and
no pick-up on day of sale.
Online Canadian research
A new Internet-based magazine dedicated to Canadian research was launched
in Ottawa Feb. 18. Dr. David W. Strangway, president and CEO of the Canada
Foundation for Innovation, announced the launch of Innovation Canada.
The new e-zine features stories about some of the most cutting-edge research
that is taking place in universities and research institutions across
The Internet offers a tremendous opportunity to showcase
both at home and internationally some of the best research found
in Canada, said Dr. Strangway. Helping raise public awareness
for research and innovation is a key part of our commitment to Canadians.
The premiere issue features research projects on futuristic concert halls
and recording studios as well as on winemaking, flu transmission and babies
language learning abilities. A section on Canadas Young Innovators
introduces an 18-year old from Saskatoon who has represented Canada at
UNESCOs Conference on the Environment in Paris.
The site is accessible both with high-speed and modem connections at www.innovationcanada.ca
Folklorist represents country
During the 31st session of the UNESCO General Conference, a decision was
made to proceed in drafting an international standard-setting instrument
to safeguard intangible cultural heritage, following the widely supported
1972 Convention on the Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage. Following
this decision, UNESCO decided to convene a meeting of international experts
who would advise on policy and practice.
Dr. Gerald L. Pocius of Memorials Folklore department was chosen
by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (in consultation with the federal
Department of Canadian Heritage) to represent Canada at this meeting.
Eighteen experts from around the world were chosen to help the UNESCO
executive draft a preliminary declaration which would cover such intangible
aspects of world heritage as oral traditions, festivals and celebrations,
cultural spaces, and traditional knowledge that are in need of recognition
The International Experts Meeting was titled: Intangible Cultural Heritage:
Priority Domains for an International Convention, held in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, January 2002. The First Lady of Brazil, Ruth Cardoso, opened the
meeting, speaking of Brazils recent establishment of a Registry
of the Intangible Heritage. The director-general of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura,
provided guidelines for the work of those participating. The draft document
from this meeting will now be revised by legal experts, to be eventually
presented at the 32nd General Session of UNESCO in October 2003.
University teachers hold hearing
The unique challenges facing Memorial University was the topic of discussion
as St. Johns hosted the fifth in a series of cross-country hearings
being organized by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
Chaired by former provincial education minister Dr. Phil Warren, the hearing
brought together students, alumni, faculty, administrators and members
of the St. Johns community to identify and propose solutions to
the key issues confronting Canadas universities and colleges. Topics
discussed at the hearings included tuition fees and student debt; funding
and finances; faculty renewal and retention; privatization and commercialization;
academic freedom and research integrity; and the relationship between
the citys post-secondary institutions and the local community.
Memorials new vice-president for research and international relations,
Dr. Chris Loomis, made a presentation at the hearing. Dr. Loomis focussed
on the urgency of faculty renewal, concern over mounting student debt,
and the increasing and disproportionate allocation of research funding
to the larger provinces and the larger universities within those provinces.
In addition to St. Johns, CAUT is also holding hearings in Prince
George, Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor,
Montreal, Halifax, and Fredericton.