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Feb. 20, 2003,

Building research collaborations
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science hosted a research forum with colleagues from the National Research Council’s Institute for Marine Dynamics (IMD) and Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering (C-CORE) on Feb. 7. The purpose of the forum was to discuss possibilities for increased collaborative research with an awareness of each organization’s role in the larger technical community.

According to Dr. Ray Gosine, associate dean (graduate studies and research), there are obvious connections when it comes to robotics, ice and ocean and naval architectural engineering, but more could be done on many other levels.

“There is an interest amongst the various units to forge a more formal arrangement and to build upon collaborative research opportunities,” he said.

At present, there is no formal arrangement in place to take advantage of common interests and expertise amongst the three organizations. Representing the IMD and C-CORE at the forum were Dr. Stephen Jones, director of research, and Dr. Judith Whittick, president and CEO.

Family med residents’ forum
The Discipline of Family Medicine Residents’ Forum 2003 takes place on Monday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fluvarium, 5 Nagle’s Place, St. John’s. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Martin Dawes, chair, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal. There will be oral and poster presentations by Family Medicine residents. For further information, please contact Bridget Ghaney, Discipline of Family Medicine, at 777-6745 or e-mail

Architecture and the French islands
Registration for the Vernacular Architecture Forum's 2003 meeting in St-Pierre et Miquelon, June 4-7, is now open. The conference involves two days (June 5 and 6) touring private buildings not accessible to the general public.

Historically, St-Pierre’s economy has been based largely on catching and drying cod, and the landscape and buildings reflect this. During the Prohibition era, however, the French islands were center to a vast liquor shipping industry to the United States; cement warehouses and whiskey crate architecture are a testimony to these times. Tours will examine a number of building types: houses, churches, institutional complexes, stables, fisheries structures, summer housing, small-scale industrial buildings. Technologies featured include the typical frame house built of mill-sawn timber imported from Canada or the US, brick-clad frame houses, versions of earthfast construction, a massive 1850s double-purlin roof in the town’s Gendarmerie, and modern prefab buildings. The landscapes of these buildings will also be visited: stone drying areas for cod, meticulously tended gardens for vegetables and flowers, meadows for cutting hay and grazing animals, the urban town and the rural farmstead.

In short, this will be a meeting about place: how the spaces of St-Pierre et Miquelon are constructed, thought of, and used. June 7 will be devoted to paper sessions. For more information, and to register, visit the VAF SPM website:
www/vaf2003.htm or contact Dr. Gerald Pocius at

WebDays 2003
Faculty members, staff and students are invited to attend WebDays 2003. WebDays is a series of presentations that focuses on the Web and its applications in the post-secondary setting. It is an opportunity to become informed about new advances in Web-related technology and to discuss the impact of the Web on teaching and learning. It is also an opportunity to showcase new and innovative uses of the Web in teaching, research, and student and institutional administration.

This year’s Web Days are Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in room A-1046, Arts Atrium.

Look for this year's schedule of presentations in your mailbox, posted in your academic unit, or on the WebDays Web site, Registration is not required.

Engineering competition to launch engineer’s week
The Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) 2003 is coming to town Feb. 27-March 2 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre. Winners from the regional competitions all across Canada will be competing in seven categories including: senior team design, junior team design, corporate design, entrepreneurial design, extemporaneous design, editorial communications and explanatory communications.

Students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science have been working hard to make this event a success. Representing Memorial University in the senior team design category will be Adam Reid, Bradley Drover, Michael Ricketts and Susan Pike. Members of the university community are invited to come on down and see the best and brightest of Canada’s engineering students. For a complete schedule of events, please visit