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Papers and Presentations

Dr. Sudhir B. Abhyankar, associate professor, Chemistry and environmental science, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, presented a paper titled Understanding of Chemistry and the General Public: Are they Compatible? at the 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference, May 30-June 3, 2009, Hamilton, Ont.

Dr. Michael Doyle, an associate professor in the Counselling Centre, presented a paper describing learning journals as agents of change in a learning strategies course at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. The presentation, which was held on June 17 at the University of Waterloo, represents ongoing academic support programming with his colleague, Dr. John Garland.

In June three Visual Arts faculty members, Marlene MacCallum, David Morrish and Pierre LeBlanc, were invited panellists at the Hybrid Book Conference at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. They participated in a panel entitled Intersection + Intermedia where they presented on their collaborative project “Creating the visual book through intersection of the divergent technologies of photogravure and digital processes”. This project is funded by a SSHRC Research/Creation Grant. Their research into the interplay of digital and analog technologies and the creation of sequential and book works has led to the production of new works that considers the question of hybridity. The presentation took the form of a trio where David Morrish introduced the hybrid nature of the photogravure process and the relevance of this on the resulting image. Marlene MacCallum discussed the intersection of contemporary and historical processes as a catalyst in the generation of content and ideas. Pierre LeBlanc offered a reflection on the ontological repercussions of a widened definition of hybridity. In addition to participating in the panel, the group had brought examples of past and current work. As a result, Marlene MacCallum was awarded a purchase prize from Columbia University, New York for the book work pink story: sinistral/dextral.

Varatharajan Vamadevan, M.Sc. candidate in Food Science in the Department of Biochemistry, was awarded the first place in the Graduate Student Competition (Carbohydrate Division) at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Conference held in Anaheim, Calif., June 6-9, 2009. His presentation was titled “The impact of heat-moisture treatment on the molecular structure and properties of normal and waxy potato starch.” In the same meeting, another graduate student (PhD candidate) in Food Science in the Biochemistry Department, Ying (Joy) Zhong, received second place award from the Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division for her paper on Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) derivatives. IFT is the largest society for food science and technology with some 20,000 members worldwide from academia, industry and government professionals in food and nutrition, among others. The research work of Varatharajan and Joy are supervised by Dr. R. Hoover and Dr. F. Shahidi, respectively.

Dr. Robert Greenwood, director of the Harris Centre, gave the following presentations this spring: April 28, The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development: Knowledge Mobilization in Action, an invited presentation to University of New Brunswick, Fredericton and Saint John; April 30, Innovation and Knowledge Flows in City Regions: St. John’s – Metropolis on the Margins?, an invited presentation to Innovation Systems Research Network, 11th Annual Conference, Halifax; May 6-7, The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development: Strategic Plan Consultation, 2010/11-2014/15, presentation and consultation, Corner Brook and Stephenville; May 12, Atlantic Canada’s Demographic Future: Rural-Urban Interaction, Functional Regions and How We’re All in this Together! invited presentation to C.D. Howe Institute Policy Conference, Atlantic Canada’s Demographic Future: Labour Challenges and Migration Issues, Halifax; May 13, Rural Sustainability and Knowledge Mobilization, an invited presentation to Canada School of Public Service, Advanced Leadership Program, St. John’s; May 28, Rural and Regional Development in Newfoundland and Labrador: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities, an invited presentation to Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Director Conference, Gander; June 2, Innovation and Creativity in City Regions: Do We Have What it takes to Compete with Canada’s Urban Centres? an invited presentation to ACOA Science and Technology Working Group, St. John’s; June 2, 10 and 11, The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development: Strategic Plan Consultation, 2010/11-2014/15, presentation and consultation, St. John’s; and June 4, Rural-Urban Interaction in Newfoundland and Labrador: Understanding and Managing Functional Regions, an invited presentation to ACOA Policy Network Meeting, St. John’s.
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