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June 10, 2004
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Focus on major research partnerships

By Deborah Inkpen
Memorial’s Board of Regents approved the new position of director of major research partnerships at its meeting on April 8. Dr. James Wright, former head of the Department of Earth Sciences,was appointed to the position for a thee-year contract.

“Memorial has experienced major growth in research, climbing to over $70 million this year,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research). “During this time, our research projects have become more complex and are multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional and inter-sectoral in scope.

As well, granting agencies require more detailed accountability as a condition of funding. The director of major research partnerships will assume administrative leadership for major research partnerships including the Pan-Petroleum Systems Consortium (PPSC), the Centre for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and the Inco Innovation Centre (IIC) and will help to identify emerging opportunities and facilitate the establishment of new research partnerships in strategic sectors.”

Reporting directly to the vice-president (research), Dr. Wright will also oversee the submissions of all financial claims and progress reports, serve as the university’s primary contact person for PPSC, CNG and IIC and will work closely with the Genesis Centre and other similar organizations in Atlantic Canada to ensure the successful commercialization of technologies, products and services arising from research partnerships.

Dr. Richard Hiscott will act as interim head of Earth Sciences until a replacement is appointed.


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