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(July 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,” she said.

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 Admiral’s 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 Memorial’s president, Dr. May was a marine biologist, and a federal deputy minister of fisheries.

Volunteers needed for Campus Connections
Memorial’s 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 Memorial’s 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 sarah_poa@hotmail.com.