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September 4 , 2003
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James Burke

James Burke to deliver Angel lecture
Noted science historian and author James Burke will deliver the F. W. Angel Memorial Lecture 2003 at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall, School of Music, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.

The lecture is titled Innovation and Change: Exploring the Key Role of Information in the Historical Process of Innovation and How This Will Change in the Future.

Named in honour of a distinguished Newfoundland engineer, the F. W. Angel Memorial Lecture was established in 1967 for the purpose of bringing an outstanding person to campus to stimulate thinking about engineering and its role in society among students, the academic community and the general public.

Geographers to participate in ArcticNet
Four Memorial University researchers will be participating in ArcticNet, the latest National Centre of Excellence (NCE) announced by the Government of Canada. Alan Rock, minister of Industry and minister responsible for the Networks of Centres of Excellence, announced the funding – $25.7 million over the next four years – last month.

Drs. Trevor Bell, Norm Catto, David Edinger and Donald Forbes of Memorial’s Department of Geography, will participate in the NCE, which will connect experts from the natural, medical and social sciences. The Memorial scientists, four among some 90 who will work on the project, will carry out multi-disciplinary cross-sector studies in the high Arctic where negative and positive impacts of climate warming will be felt first and most severely.

“The participation of our geographers in this National Centre of Excellence speaks to the outstanding quality of research in Memorial’s Department of Geography,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research) at Memorial. “It also strengthens our research involvement in an important and environmentally sensitive part of the world, and builds on Memorial’s growing interests in climate change.”

For more information on the NCE program visit

OSC part of aquaculture delegation

Drs. Danny Boyce and Paul Snelgrove, Ocean Sciences Centre, were part of a delegation of 25 Atlantic Canadian companies that visited Norway last month. The mission, led by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), in partnership with the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) and the National Research Council (NRC), highlighted the Atlantic Canadian aquaculture sector to potential investors.

“Our region boasts some of the lowest business set-up and expansion costs in the world,” said Gerry Byrne, minister of state for ACOA.

During the stay in Norway, Drs. Boyce and Snelgrove, along with the other participants, attended the world's largest aquaculture trade show, Aqua Nor, visited aquaculture farms and research institutions, attended networking events, technology exchange forums and one-on-one meetings with industry leaders involved in the sector.

Norway is Canada's most important Nordic trading partner, and ranks eighth among European trading partners. Canada exports to Norway in 2002 totalled $928 million.

President to help honour citizens
Premier Roger Grimes has unveiled the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, considered the highest honour a Newfoundlander and Labradorian can receive. Lt.-Gov. Edward Roberts and Chief Justice Clyde Wells joined with the premier to announce the awards at a ceremony last month.

An independent committee, chaired by the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador, will review supporting documentation provided by nominators to determine Order inductees. The president of the university will serve on the selection committee.

The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is the highest honour in the province. The objective of the Order is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour benefiting in an outstanding manner Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents. The criteria for receiving this award are very high.

Nominations for the first inductees into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador will be accepted for this year until Sept. 30. Nominations may be made at any time throughout the year and will remain active for a three year period.

Annual plant sale
The Women’s Association of Memorial University of Newfoundland (WAMUN) is holding its seventh annual plant sale on Wednesday, Sept. 17, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the atrium of the Arts and Administration building, located on the Memorial University campus.

As all proceeds of the plant sale will be given to the WAMUN Scholarship Fund, donated plants would be welcomed. These can be dropped off at the Arts Atrium on Tuesday, Sept. 16, between 7-9 p.m. For more information, please call 753-0749 or email




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