Marine Pursuits camps expanding
The Marine Institute is teaming up with the Bonne Bay Marine
Station to offer two new Marine Pursuits camps from July 28–Aug.
1 and Aug. 18-22 at Norris Point in Gros Morne National Park.
The area is an ideal location for a wide range of learning
activities with its unique natural ocean laboratories and
marine ecology habitats. During the one-week residential camps,
high school students from all over the province will get hands-on
experience in oceanography, fisheries science, aquaculture
and marine technology. They will also try their hand at global
positioning, navigation, and chart work in addition to studying
marine invertebrates and fish habitat.
The Bonne Bay facility features state-of-the-art laboratories,
aquariums, a dock and boat, an accommodations wing and serves
as a teaching and research centre for university marine biology
and environmental studies students. Opened in September 2002,
the station has become a marine interpretation centre for
those interested in learning about the area’s marine
Launched with great success last year, Marine Pursuits gives
students in grades 9-11, the opportunity to explore various
career opportunities available in the marine and related fields.
Participants at the Bonne Bay camps will study aquaculture,
fisheries science, and oceanography in the field, in the lab
and through demonstrations. Last year, over 60 students from
across the province took part in Marine Pursuits.
Applications are available on line at www.mi.mun.ca/marinepursuits/.
Sea-Hawk to represent Canada
Memorial University Sea-Hawks basketball sensation Jenine
Browne has been named to team Canada’s roster and will
compete at the 2003 World University Games in Daegu, South
Korea, in August.
The third year Sea-Hawk standout learned of the news from
head coach Deb Hubard. The team will train in Vancouver from
Aug. 9-12 before heading to South Korea to compete in exhibition
and tournament play.
Ms. Browne comes off a stellar season with the Sea-Hawks,
leading all Canadian university players in scoring and being
named a first team All-Canadian.
The current selection to team Canada is Ms. Browne’s
second opportunity to gain international experience, as she
was a member of the 2002 Team Canada Under 20 Squad which
competed at the World Junior Qualifying Tournament in Brazil.
The 2003 Summer Universiade Women’s Basketball tournament
schedule runs from August 20-31.
GENESIS Group boosts local bio-tech
Several Newfoundland biotechnology companies participated
in the Atlantic Canada Biotechnology Alliance Pavilion at
BIO 2003 in Washington, D.C. the event took place from June
23-June 25. BIO is the world’s largest conference and
exhibition of biotechnology. The Government of Newfoundland
and Labrador, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
and the three maritime provincial governments provided financial
support for the exhibition pavilion.
Two Newfoundland companies reported excellent results from
the event. The GENESIS Group, the technology commercialization
arm of Memorial University, signed a significant licensing
deal with BTG International. Memorial researchers, Dr. Hu
Liu, Dr. Lili Wang and Wu Xiao, of Memorial’s School
of Pharmacy, have developed a new radio-imaging probe designed
to identify plaque lesions associated with atherosclerosis.
BTG International is a multi-million dollar organization with
operations in Europe and the USA.
GENESIS Group will receive up-front payments and royalties
on sales of the technology, said David King, president and
CEO of Memorial’s GENESIS Group. BTG has also agreed
to a Canada First clause which will seek to commercialize
the technologies through Canadian companies.
Aqua Bounty Farms, Inc., a company created to commercialize
technology licensed by the GENESIS Group, signed a venture
deal at BIO 2003, which will inject new capital valued at
several million Canadian dollars into the company. Aqua Bounty’s
lead product, a rapidly-growing Atlantic salmon that reaches
harvest size twice as quickly as conventionally farmed fish,
is already under regulatory review at the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). The company is currently performing
late-stage regulatory studies for submission to the FDA in
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