Memorial’s Board of Regents has approved the creation
of a new pan-university network, the Core Research Equipment
and Instrument Training Network (CREAIT Network).
increasing cost and technical sophistication of today’s
major research equipment presents Memorial with a number of
challenges,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president
(research). “The CREAIT Network will help maximize the
impact of our institutional investments in research, and avoid
unnecessary duplication. It will enhance access to and utilization
of major research equipment, and provide for regular equipment
maintenance to better meet the needs of our growing research
community. The network will also provide Memorial with a unique
advantage in national funding competitions, and enhance our
competitiveness in recruiting new faculty and graduate students.”
The CREAIT Network will eventually consist of five or six
inter-connected satellites across the St. John’s campus.
Each satellite will be organized by theme, for example Genomics
and Proteomics, and be responsible for maintaining and operating
clusters of multi-user equipment as well as training faculty
and graduate students in their use. The network will also
facilitate access by private sector users on a full cost-recovery
basis, and promote the development of new research partnerships.
David Miller, Department of Chemistry, is serving as acting
director of the network.
Newfoundland choir wins major award
The Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir is the 2004 recipient
of Chorus America's Award for Choral Excellence. The award
was presented June 11 at the 27th annual conference of Chorus
America in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Award for Choral
Excellence is presented annually to an ensemble that demonstrates
artistic excellence, a strong organizational structure and
a commitment to outreach, education and culturally diverse
Susan Knight, the founder and artistic director of the NSYC,
and a recent honorary graduate of Memorial, was on hand in
Pittsburgh to receive the award on behalf of the choir. “This
award is a tribute to the young people of the choir who work
so hard to achieve their beautiful sound, and to the outstanding
volunteers in the NSYC family who make everything possible,”
said Ms. Knight.
New position aims for research funding
Memorial’s Office of Research has established a new
position to help increase success rates in SSHRC and other
competitions related to social sciences and humanities research.
The grants facilitation officer will provide direct support
for faculty members preparing grant applications and supplement
existing research mentoring programs in specific areas, for
example, program identification, proposal mechanics and budgeting.
Theresa Heath Rodgers has been appointed to the position.
Ms. Rodgers is a graduate of Memorial University having earned
a BA (major in political science, minor in business), B.Ed.
and an MA in history. She has considerable experience in the
preparation and writing of successful grant applications and
has worked with faculty members in Arts, Education, Nursing
and Medicine. Ms. Rodgers is also experienced in the management
and coordination of complex research projects.
Ms. Rodgers will report officially to Barbara Cox, director
of the Office of Research. However, to provide maximal contact
with faculty members in the SSHRC-eligible disciplines, Ms.
Rodgers will be located in the Faculty of Arts. It is expected
that Ms. Rodgers will enable the submission of a greater number
of applications to SSHRC and related funding programs, as
well as assist faculty members from all SSHRC-eligible disciplines
in the of more competitive grant applications.
“This new position, in conjunction with the ongoing
administrative services provided by the Office of Research,
is directed towards increasing the quantity and quality of
research applications from Memorial University in all SSHRC-eligible
disciplines,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president
Ms. Rogers can be contacted at 737-8254, Office of the Dean
of Arts, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.