Jessica Humber, an honours
candidate in the environmental science program at Sir Wilfred
Grenfell College, is the winner of the 2004 Gros Morne National
Park University Environmental Internship. Ms. Humber will
be carrying out a study on the potential effects of boat traffic
on the density and species diversity of benthic invertebrates
in Western Brook Pond. The internship program is jointly sponsored
by Gros Morne National Park of Canada and the Gros Morne Cooperating
Association. Open to students in environmental programs at
SWGC, the internship provides an opportunity (with $4,500
funding) for students to participate in research projects
related to environmental and conservation issues concerning
the park and surrounding ecosystems. Evaluation criteria included
academic achievement, project design and quality, as well
as relevance of the project to park research needs.
in the Environmental Science 4950 course at Grenfell
College presented a poster display recently as part
of a theoretical Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The posters outlined details of their statements, which
were theoretically based on a proposal to establish
a Hydroelectric Generation Plant on the Lower Churchill
River, Labrador. Clockwise from front are Gillian Asche,
who focused on the effects on aquatics, William Wyman,
effects on vegetation and community types, Leah Sheppard,
effects on mammals, Stephen Caravan, avian studies and
Darren Holloway, effects on geology and soils. A sample
of these posters can be seen in the background.
Robyn White, a third-year medical student
from Paradise, has won the 2004 Society of Rural Physicians
of Canada national rural student essay contest. Her prize
will be registration, travel and accommodations to next year’s
SRPC Annual Conference. In awarding Ms. White top place, one
of the judges said he was “moved to tears” and
that the essay helps remind physicians why they entered rural
medicine. The essay, which was written as an e-mail to family
and friends while on an elective in Labrador City, is titled
An Experience That Influenced My Passion for Rural Medicine.
It can be read at www.srpc.ca.
Dr. Patrick Dabinett, Biology, has been named
Aquaculturist of the Year for 2004 by the Newfoundland Aquaculture
Industry Association (NAIA) for involvement and contributions
to the aquaculture industry in Newfoundland. Aquaculture is
the farming or husbandry of living organisms, including plants
and animals from both fresh and marine waters for human consumption.
Simply put, aquaculture is the farming of the sea. NAIA has
acknowledged his research with scallop culture, some of which
was patented through Memorial’s Seabright Corporation,
and is currently utilized by commercial shellfish hatcheries
in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Bermuda. The award also recognizes
his charter membership and directorship of the Newfoundland
Aquaculture Association which later became NAIA where he was
director from 1993-1997. It also acknowledges his establishment
of the first larval mussel monitoring program in the early
1990s for NAIA.