March 6, 2003, Gazette
Open house at Grenfell College
Those who attend Grenfells 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
email@example.com or check out
the SpringFest and Open House Web site www.swgc.mun.ca/springfest.
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 Canadas 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Johns. 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 Councils program in the fields of ship technology
and offshore engineering. Located on the St. Johns campus of Memorial
University, the Institute for Marine Dynamics is NRCs 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 Canadas
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 worlds largest and most sophisticated ocean
technology laboratories. It operates the worlds 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.