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(Sept. 19, 2002, Gazette)

Forum held on health resources
Memorial University and the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada hosted an evening panel discussion and policy dialogue on health human resources Sept. 12. Led by moderator Elizabeth Davis, past president of the St. John’s Health Care Corporation, leading health-care experts explored possible solutions to the growing debate over human resources in Canada’s health-care system.

Issues of staffing or human resources were discussed during this two-hour televised policy dialogue. Panelists were Nick Busing, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa; James Clarke, president of the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents; Robin Moore-Orr, Community Health, Memorial University; Linda-Lee O’Brien-Pallas, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; and Maggie Webb, regional nursing officer, Labrador Inuit Association.

This is the ninth of 12 planned public policy dialogues sponsored by the Commission and Canadian universities. For further information, visit www.healthcarecommission.ca.

Invitation to GRIP supervisors
The Graduate Research Integrity Program (GRIP): An Introduction to Responsible Research Conduct is a new mandatory program for all new graduate students effective Fall 2002. The first component of the program will be offered twice during the first week of October.

Faculty members who supervise/advise graduate students are invited to attend the GRIP plenary session on either Oct. 2 or Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Auditorium, Health Sciences Centre.

For further information visit the GRIP Web site, www.mun.ca/sgs/grip, or contact Elizabeth Noseworthy, School of Graduate Studies, 737-3581, enosewor@mun.ca.

Hours for history archive
Starting Sept. 12 until Dec. 12, 2002, the Maritime History Archive will be open one evening a week (Thursdays) from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is in addition to the archive’s regular hours of 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. from Monday to Friday. For more information, see www.mun.ca/mha.

MUNFA names executive committee
Memorial’s Faculty Association, MUNFA, have announced the names of the members of its 2002-2003 executive committee as follows: William Schipper, president; Jon Church, vice-president; Malcolm Grant, secretary; Austin Redlack, treasurer; Angela Lonardo, CAUT council delegate; and members-at large Peter Cornish, Marg Hackett, Clar Matchim, Richard Rivkin, John Smeda, Leo White, and Paul Wilson (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College representative).

Term of office began Sept. 1.

Workshop has Voisey’s focus
A workshop next month will examine the science opportunities of the Voisey’s Bay Nickel project. As the Voisey's Bay project comes to fruition many scientific opportunities will arise in research, development and training. This workshop is intended to be a showcase for the processes that will be used in the development of the Voisey's Bay project and the expertise available in the Faculty of Science at Memorial University.

Participants from all levels of scientific endeavor are welcome to attend this workshop. Organizers encourage participation from students, faculty and industry.

The workshop takes place Wednesday, Nov. 13. For more information, see www.chem.mun.ca/vbw/.

Potato festival cancelled
One of the Botanical Garden’s most popular events has been cancelled for this year, but will return in 2003.

This year’s Potato Festival would have been the fifth annual event but upcoming construction at the Botanical Garden’s Field Centre necessitated the cancellation of this year’s program.

GradSWEP call for proposals
Funding has been allocated for the fall 2002 semester and all applicants are being informed of their status. Selected positions will be posted on the Centre for Career Development Web site from Sept. 16-20, during which time interested graduate students can apply.

GradSWEP is now conducting a second call for winter 2003 proposals only, with a deadline of Oct. 18. Program information, evaluation criteria and applications are available in the Centre for Career Development (UC 4002) or on the centre's Web site (www.mun.ca/ccd). For further information, please contact Kelly Aspell, GradSWEP Coordinator at kaspell@mun.ca or 737-2664.