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(March 7, 2002, Gazette)

International development positions
The Aga Khan Foundation Canada is seeking development professionals for its expanding program management team in Ottawa. Programs currently span Eastern Africa, South Asia, and Central Asia, and involve partnering with new and mature organizations, and undertaking initiatives in various sectors. All program approaches emphasize ongoing learning, building self-reliance, and innovation. Selected candidates will guide and implement programs in one or more of the countries in the three regions. An attractive salary and benefits package is offered. Open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants only. Pertinent information on qualifications and responsibilities are available at Memorial’s International Centre, e-mail colleenc@mun.ca. The application deadline is March 11, 2002.

Revising library’s latest issues display
Explaining the organization of the print journal collection of the QE II Library to new or inexperienced library users would be easier if the library arranged “Latest Issues” in one alphabetical sequence, parallel to the bound collection. Journals in this section currently display in six alphabetical sequences, each in a broad subject category. Before the library considers this idea further it would like to solicit comments from regular users. Please relay any comments to Louise White at louisew@mun.ca or 737-7439.

Faculty workshops
Full-time faculty, sessional instructors and those who have teaching responsibilities at Memorial University are welcome and encouraged to register for the following seminars and workshops being offered by the Instructional Development Office in March 2002.

1) Using Case-Based Learning in Your Teaching; Wednesday, March 13, 1-2 p.m., ED-4009, Education Bldg.
2) HTML: Beyond Basics, Friday, March 15, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., C-2003, Chemistry Bldg.
3) E-Journals: You Have a Virtual Library. Really, Wednesday, March 20, 1-2 p.m., C-2003, Chemistry Bldg.
4) Creating and Using a Teaching Portfolio, Friday, March 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ED-5021, Education Bldg.
5) PowerPoint Level 2 (Intermediate), Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., C-2003, Chemistry Bldg.
6) Teaching the First Year Student, Wednesday, March 27, 1-2 p.m., ED-5021, Education Bldg.
7) Providing Effective Feedback on Students’ Writing Assignments, Thursday, March 28, 12:30-2 p.m., ED-5021, Education Bldg.


For full descriptions and further details on these activities please see www.ce.mun.ca/ido/. Registration is required to attend these seminars and workshops. To register e-mail instrdev@mun.ca or call the Instructional Development Office at 8629.

Seeking nominations for volunteer awards
Each year the Student Volunteer Bureau celebrates the efforts of Memorial’s students, staff and faculty volunteers, by hosting the MUN Volunteer Day awards ceremony. After a nomination process has been completed, individuals/groups are selected to receive the following awards: MUN Student Volunteer of the Year, MUN Volunteer Staff/Faculty of the Year, MUN Volunteer Centre of the Year, MUN Volunteer Residence of the Year, MUN Volunteer Club/Society of the Year and the David Kirkland Student Leadership Award. If you are interested in nominating an individual or group for one of these awards, please stop by the Student Volunteer Bureau, in the University Centre (UC-4001), and pick up a nomination package. For more information see www.mun.ca/ccd/svb; call 737-4301, or e-mail us at svb@mun.ca.

Academic innovation study
By now all faculty at MUN should have received a copy of the MUN academic innovation survey described below. If you did not receive a survey or need a replacement survey, please contact Wade Locke at wlocke@roadrunner.nf.net. Your participation in this survey is very important to the validity of the research outcomes. The survey needs to be completed and returned by March 18 in the self-addressed, postage-paid envelop that was included with the survey.

The Government of Canada has made innovation one of its key policy initiatives with a goal to double its research and development activity and make Canada the most connected nation in the world by 2004. ACOA and Industry Canada, in partnership with the province’s industry associations, have embarked on a multi-faceted research project with a goal to better understand the implications of innovation on the economy and society of Newfoundland and Labrador. The research involves the completion of two surveys - one of the academic community at Memorial University of Newfoundland and one of the private sector.

Wade Locke Economic Consulting and Barry Sheppard Consulting are completing the research. The objectives of the academic survey are to identify the factors that contribute, either positively or negatively, to the ability of Memorial University researchers to: 1) access national innovation programs, 2) collaborate with the private sector in undertaking innovative research and 3) broadly defined, to commercialize university research. This research should provide a sufficient basis to support the efforts of ACOA and Industry Canada in planning and implementing strategies targeted at improving university researchers’ participation in national innovation programs, increasing research partnerships with the private sector and enhancing the level of commercialization of university research. Your response to this survey is important. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this research project.