By Deborah Inkpen
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
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.