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March 6, 2003,

Open house at Grenfell College
Those who attend Grenfell’s second annual SpringFest and Open House will get a glimpse of the interesting and creative activities that go on at the west coast campus of Memorial University.

SpringFest, which takes place Thursday and Friday, March 6-7, is an opportunity for high school students in the area to find out about degree programming and student services offered at Grenfell. Several schools are taking advantage of the two-day information fair, which happened to fall during Education Week. SpringFest will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

The open house on Saturday, March 8, from 1-4 p.m., will allow families, senior citizens and other interested individuals and groups to see the resources that lie within the walls of their university.

For information about the range of activities during the week, contact Pamela Gill, Information Officer, SWGC, at (709) 637-6200 ext. 6134, e-mail or check out the SpringFest and Open House Web site

SSHRC launches prestigious awards
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced Feb. 25 two new major awards to celebrate outstanding research achievement in the social sciences and humanities.

The SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research, valued at $100,000, is the council's highest honour, and one of Canada’s largest prizes in the social sciences and humanities. It will be awarded to an individual whose leadership, dedication, and originality have significantly advanced understanding in his or her discipline while enriching Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage.

The SSHRC Aurora Prize, valued at $25,000, will honour an outstanding new researcher who is building a reputation for exciting and original research in the social sciences or humanities.

Universities and researchers are encouraged to submit nominations for the SSHRC Gold Medal by June 2003. New scholars who are successful in the current research grants competition will be automatically considered for the SSHRC Aurora Prize.

Distinguished representatives from the university, public, private and voluntary sectors will assess the applications. In September 2003, SSHRC will announce the shortlist of nominees, and in October, will honour the recipients at a gala in Ottawa marking SSHRC's 25th anniversary.

For further information on the nomination process, please contact Fevronia Novac, Fellowships and Institutional Grants Division, telephone (613) 992-5147 or e-mail

Top volunteers to be recognized
On March 26, Memorial's Student Volunteer Bureau will host a Student Volunteer Day ceremony, during which the 12th annual Glenn Roy Blundon Award will be presented. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. in West Hatcher Dining Hall. The award is given to an individual or group who has promoted equality and accessibility for Memorial students with disabilities. Last year's recipient was Dr. Peter Golding, Department of Chemistry. Individuals are invited to nominate an individual or group by March 10.

The award is named for a former Memorial student and resident of Bay de Verde who died in 1984, who is remembered for his leadership and commitment to equality and accessibility issues. The campus facility named for him, the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre (University Counselling Centre), co-ordinates services for students with disabilities.

Nomination forms have been distributed to all departments on the St. John's campus. The forms can be returned to the Selection Committee, c/o Glenn Roy Blundon Centre (Room 4007, Smallwood Centre). For further details, telephone the Blundon Centre at 737-2156 (Voice) or 737-4763 (TTY-Telecommunication device for people who are deaf).

New director of research for NRC-IMD
Dr. Bruce Parsons has been named director of research at the NRC Institute for Marine Dynamics in St. John’s. A research officer at the institute since 1984, he is known internationally for his work in ice science and the evaluation of yacht design. Dr. Parsons is now responsible for administering the National Research Council’s program in the fields of ship technology and offshore engineering. Located on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, the Institute for Marine Dynamics is NRC’s national centre for ocean technology research and development and is at the forefront of science related to offshore evacuation and rescue, ice-vessel interaction, the behaviour of ships and offshore platforms, and other areas of concern to Canadian marine industries.

Dr. Parsons will now have responsibility for the work of more than two dozen researchers and for linking that work to the needs of Canada’s marine industries. The institute has a mandate to provide innovative solutions and technical expertise in support of those industries, including the operation of some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated ocean technology laboratories. It operates the world’s longest ice tank at 90 metres, a 200-metre towing tank and a 2,432 square metre offshore engineering basin, capable of generating wind, waves and current.