Librarianship research award
Applications are now being accepted for the Margaret Williams
Trust Fund Award. The Margaret Williams Trust was established
in 1982 by the family and friends of the former Memorial
University librarian and was established to promote the
development of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants seeking
funding for library related projects or assistance in pursuing
graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies, or
Awards are approximately $1,500. Deadline for applications
is March 26, 2004. For further information and application
forms, please contact: Richard Ellis, chairman, Board of
Trustees, Margaret Williams Trust Fund, Queen Elizabeth
II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's,
NL, A1B 3Y1.
Health research success
Seven Memorial University researchers were successful in
the most recent competition of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR). Dr. John Brosnan, University Research
Professor, will receive $137,950 per year operating grant
over five years with a $3,949 equipment grant, for his work
on amino acid metabolism.
Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, Basic Medical Sciences, was awarded
an annual operating grant of $54,810 over three years and
a $52,659 equipment grant for her research on central control
of energy homeostatis.
Dr. Thomas Michalak, Senior Canada Research Chair in Viral
Hepatitis/Immunology, was awarded an annual operating grant
of $131,173 over five years for his work on hepadnavirus
pathogenicity in woodchuck model of hepatitis B.
Dr. Proton Rahman, Rheumatology, with Dr. Dafna Gladman
of the University of Toronto, will receive $106,062 annually
over three years for their work on the genetics of psoriatic
Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Genetics, was awarded $86,644 annually
over three years for research on genetics of deafness and
hearing loss in the Newfoundland population.
Dr. Michael Grant, Immunology, was awarded operating funding
of $90,733 over three years for research on the impact of
human immunodeficiency virus type-1 infection on the immune
response against hepatitis C virus. This funding is under
the operating competition of the Health Canada/CIHR Research
Initiative on Hepatitis C.
Dr. Guang Sun, Genetics, received equipment funding of $40,493
for the purchase of a bioanalyzer that uses lab-on-a-chip
technology to provide analysis of DNA, RNA, proteins and
cells. In addition, his grant also includes $19,633 per
year for three years to cover services for several large
pieces of equipment to support ongoing genetic studies on
obesity in the Newfoundland population in his lab.
The 11th annual Chemistry Colloquium Contest took place
Jan. 29, and the event was a great success. An audience
numbering about 50, consisting of undergraduate students,
graduate students, post-docs, staff, faculty and other interested
parties, were entertained by the diverse and interesting
slate of talks including (undergraduate section) Timothy
Kelly, The Calculation of Magnetic Exchange-Coupling Constants
– A Broken-Symmetry DFT Approach; Brad Merner, Cyclophanes
in the Total Synthesis of Natural Products; and Chad Warford,
Making the Switch — Molecular Electronics.
The graduate section included Haohao Ke, Synthesis and Properties
of Novel Photochromic Composite Materials; Victoria Milway,
Octanuclear Copper(II) Pinwheels; and Li Wang, The Development
of New Calixsalen Epoxidation Catalysts.
The judging panel was faced with a difficult decision, but
eventually agreed on the following placements: Graduate
category Haohao Ke, first prize; Victoria Milway, second
and Li Wang, third.
In the undergraduate category Tim Kelly was first, Brad
Merner, second and Chad Warford, third.
Power poetry contest
Submissions are invited from full-time or part-time students
of Memorial University for the 2003-2004 Gregory J. Power
Poetry Competition. The awards are to be given for original,
unpublished poetry and will be chosen by a panel of judges
appointed by the Pratt Committee of the Department of English.
Students submitting a poem for the competition must supply,
on a separate sheet, their home addresses and student numbers,
telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, together with signed
declarations that the work presented is their own and has
not previously appeared in print. Poems will not be returned.
The student’s name must ot appear in the poems. Entrants
should submit no more than two poems.
A list of the winners and honourable mentions will be posted
on the English Department bulletin board by mid-April. Deadline
for entries is March 3. Send entries with required information
to Department of English Language and Literature, Memorial
University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7.