Brain Awareness Week activities
Memorial University is helping to celebrate Brain Awareness
Week March 15-21 with two events for high school students.
This year’s Brain Storm competition will be held at
Holy Heart High School on Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s,
from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.
Several celebrity guests will pose the questions and 17 students
from four local schools are already confirmed to compete.
Two neuroscience researchers from the Faculty of Medicine
will act as judges. The top three students will receive cash
prizes and there will also be participation awards for all
of the students.
This year also marks the second annual Brain Art Competition,
open to all high school students in the province. Students
are asked to recreate the brain in any context – for
example, a brain sleeping or composing a great symphony, a
brain on drugs or a brain of the future. It can be anatomically
correct or abstract. Entries are limited to two-dimensional
hand-drawn art, created with any material such as paint or
ink, except materials that easily fall or rub off, such as
chalk. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, March
11, and judging will be carried out by a three-member panel
of artists and scientists. First, second and third cash prizes
will be awarded at the ceremony immediately following the
Brain Storm Competition on Thursday, March 18. All entries
will receive written comments, a certificate of merit and
will remain on exhibit in the Health Sciences Centre.
For further information contact Margaret Miller at 777-8289
However Blow the Winds
Another major literary project which boasts of the connection
between Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland will soon be
released to the Newfoundland public. However Blow the
Winds: An Anthology of Poetry and Song from Newfoundland and
Labrador and Ireland is the companion piece to The
Backyards of Heaven, a collection of Irish and Newfoundland
poetry which was launched last year with much success in Corner
Brook, St. John’s, Waterford City, Cork, Galway, Dublin
However Blow the Winds is over 600 pages and includes not
only notable voices such as Nobel-Prize winner Seamus Heaney,
recent Pulitzer-Prize winner Paul Muldoon, Winterset-award
winner and last year’s Giller Nominee Michael Crummey,
former Governor General Award-winner Michel Savard and this
year’s Winterset nominee Mary Dalton but also traditional
ballads and songs from both countries.
Co-published by Scop Productions Inc. and the Centre for Newfoundland
and Labrador Studies, School of Humanities, Waterford Institute
of Technology, However Blow the Winds is edited by
Dr. John Ennis, head of the School of Humanities, WIT, Dr.
Stephanie McKenzie, CEO of Scop Productions and cultural organizer
of the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies at WIT,
and Dr. Randall Maggs, lecturer of Newfoundland literature
at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University.
The book’s first launch will take place at The Ship
Inn, St. John’s at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 10; in Gander
at 5 p.m. at the Irving West Hotel; and in Corner Brook at
Casual Jack’s Roadhouse at 3:00 on March 12, Friday.
Guide to university records available
An award-winning guide to the maintenance of university records,
produced by the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec
Universities (CREPUQ), is now available for the first time
The Recueil des règles de conservation des documents
des établissements universitaires québécois,
first published in 2002, is now available under the title,
Records Retention Schedules for Quebec Academic Institutions.
The guide was translated through the financial assistance
and collaboration of the Association of Universities and Colleges
While the guide was produced specifically for Quebec universities,
both AUCC and CREPUQ believe it will be equally of interest
to archivists and records managers at English-language universities
outside Quebec. The document includes 300 retention rules
for records falling under nine broad categories or fields
of university management and activities: administration, human
resources, financial resources, real property and moveable
assets, student affairs, community services, teaching, research
and development, and information and communications.
CREPUQ received the 2002-03 Organization Award from the Association
des archivistes du Québec for the Recueil and the major
contribution it has made to “the development of archival
sciences in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada and around the world.”
The Quebec Schedules is available at www.crepuq.qc.ca/documents/arch/Schedules/default.htm.
CREPUQ is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization of the
universities of Quebec. AUCC is the national organization
representing Canada’s 93 public and private not-for-profit
university and university-degree level colleges.