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At the recent Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I conference in Boston, Victoria Collins, executive director of Marketing and Communications, made three presentations to the annual gathering of advancement professionals from eastern Canada and New England. Trends in Advancement, co-presented with John Lippincott, president of CASE, focused on the impact of the economic down turn on universities’ and colleges’ fundraising, marketing and alumni relations programs. Communications & Marketing 101, co-presented with Tamsen McMahon of Sametz Blackstone Associates, provided an overview of the field and case studies to new advancement professionals. Transitions – Managing, Surviving, Thriving, co-presented with Robert Caldwell of Holderness School, explored experiences and lessons learned in managing advancement operations during institutional leadership transitions.

Dr. Robert Greenwood, director of the Harris Centre, gave the following presentations in February and March: The Harris Centre: Connecting Memorial University to Provincial Needs, presentation to Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, Community Partners Meeting, St. John’s, March 25; Innovation and Creativity in City Regions: Do We Have What it takes to Compete with Canada’s Urban Centre’s? presentations to Rotary, March 16 in Clarenville, Feb. 5 in Corner Brook, Feb. 3 to the North-West Rotary, St. John’s; Rural Sustainability and Knowledge Mobilization, presentation to Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association Annual Conference, Our Province, Our Environment: Coping with Change, St. John’s, March 12; The Harris Centre: Connecting Memorial University to Provincial Needs, presentation to deputy ministers, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, Feb. 13; and Rural Sustainability and Knowledge Mobilization, keynote speech, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Annual Conference, Corner Brook, Feb. 7.

Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Faculty of Medicine, made three recent invited oral research presentations and lectures. At the Comparative Maternal Endocrinology of Calcium Regulation workshop held as part of the International Bone and Mineral Society Conference in Sydney, Australia, he presented on Maternal adaptations to calcium homeostasis during pregnancy and lactation do not require the vitamin D receptor. At the Advances in Mineral Metabolism Conference in Snowmass, Colorado, he presented on PTH, PTHrP and skeletal recovery after lactation. At the Osteoporosis Outreach Program in Toronto he gave a lecture on Pregnancy, lactation, and bone.

Two Memorial University alumni and a current student have recently received special recognition. In the “In Appreciation” section of his new Introductory Psychology textbook, author David Myers notes the detailed contributions of students Charles Collier, Alex Penney and Megan Freake to the teaching of Psychology in general, and to the writing of his new textbook in particular. According to Rick Maddigan, an associate professor of Psychology at Memorial and supervisor of the student's research, this is the first time Dr. Myers has chosen to acknowledge contributions from students, and Memorial University students were the only ones to receive this honour.

Dr. Ross A. Klein, Social Work, is the author of a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report, titled Cruising without a Bruising: Cruise Tourism and the Maritimes. In the report, Dr. Klein says the Maritimes experienced an 1,800 percent increase in cruise passenger numbers between 1990 and 2008. However, he warns that this growth is not necessarily good for local ports and communities. According to a research associate of CCPA, “there is a need for a fuller account of the direct and indirect costs and benefits related to this industry. Investing in infrastructure for cruise ships must be weighed against other such infrastructure projects that might have greater social and economic benefit for local communities.” In 2008, the ports collectively welcomed more than 550,000 cruise passengers. In 1990, four ports combined (Halifax, Sydney, Saint John, and Charlottetown) received less than 30,000 passengers. This report offers policy recommendations including concrete and constructive steps for increasing the economic benefit to ports and local business, for addressing threats to the marine and local environment, and for increasing security and safety of Canadian passengers onboard cruise ships.
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