25, 2002, Gazette)
Moratorium on NSERC equipment
NSERC has placed a one-year moratorium on Categories 2 and 3 of Research
Tools and Instruments (formerly known as Major Equipment and Major Installation)
applications. These categories cover equipment costing more than $150,000.
Please note that only applications for Category 1 equipment costing
less than $150,000 will be accepted in the upcoming fall competition
(with an application deadline date of Nov. 1, 2002).
NSERC cites budgetary restraints, a priority decision to fund new applicants,
and the fact that the Canada Foundation for Innovation has invested heavily
in university infrastructure over the past few years and will continue
to do so, as the explanation for the moratorium.
Even though applications will be accepted for Category 1 Research Tools
and Instruments, NSERC cannot guarantee the availability of funds.
Applications will be reviewed and prioritized to address the most urgent
needs. The objectives of the Categories 2 and 3 programs will be re-examined
in the coming year. For further information, contact grants coordinator,
Office of Research, 737-4745 or 4076.
Great news for Sea-Hawk fans
Jenine Browne and Amy Dalton, members of the Memorial Sea-Hawks Women's
Basketball team, have been named to Team Canada's Under 20 squad that
competed in the recent world junior qualifying tournament in Brazil.
Both were named to the team following Basketball Canada's week long mega-camp
at Queen's University in Kingston, ON. Ms. Browne had earned an invitation
to the camp based on her outstanding play during the 2001-2002 season
and Ms. Dalton received a late invitation following her attendance at
Basketball Canada's open tryout last month.
Christine Stapleton, head coach of the Canadian national young women's
team, said the team is a strong mix of youth and veterans.
Seven of our athletes have at least one international tournament
under their belts while for a couple of them, it will be their fourth,
The top three finishers from this COPABA qualification tournament will
qualify for the 2003 world championship tournament to be held in Dubrovnik,
Croatia, from July 25 to Aug. 3.
Chinese university official visits Grenfell
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) welcomed
Dr. Minsheng You on campus last month with a view to fostering new educational
and research relationships with his university in China.
Dr. You is the vice-president and director of international relations
for Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University (FAFU) in Fuzhou, China.
He is also a member of the Plant Protection Faculty. A multi-disciplinary
university, FAFU has a total enrolment of 17,000 students and employs
2,200 faculty and staff.
Dr. You, who was visiting Newfoundland for the first time, said his university
has developed into a large, comprehensive university with a complete range
of subjects science, engineering, economics, management and liberal
arts and at its centre, agriculture and forestry.
It's not surprising then that FAFU would want to forge a partnership with
Grenfell College, a liberal arts college, and Natural Resources Canada's
Canadian Forest Service (NRCAN-CFS), a federal forest research division,
housed in Grenfell's Forest Centre. Dr. You met with representatives from
the college and NRCAN while on campus.
FAFU has set up 42 research institutes and has established academic exchanges
and co-operative relationships with universities and research institutes
in more than 20 countries.
Former president honourable mariner
Former Memorial president Dr. Arthur May has received national recognition
for his contribution to the Canadian marine industry. Dr. May was presented
with the Admirals Award in June during the 23rd national conference
and exhibition of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering.
The award was established as a means for recognizing people who
have done good work in the maritime industry, said Peter Cairns,
president of the institute and the Shipbuilding Association of Canada.
It is a public recognition for significant personal contribution.
Before becoming Memorials president, Dr. May was a marine biologist,
and a federal deputy minister of fisheries.
Volunteers needed for Campus Connections
Memorials Orientation Committee is looking for faculty and staff
to volunteer their time as speakers for their Campus Connections program.
Every speaker will be presenting to a group of 25 first-year students
in various classrooms over campus on the first day of Orientation. The
goal of this 30-minute session is to give first year students a chance
to speak with members of Memorials faculty, as well as letting faculty
and staff dispel any myths about the university. If you are interested
in taking part in Campus Connections, please contact Sarah Cahill, Peer
Orientation Assistant/Weeks Of Welcome Coordinator, at 737-3534 or email