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Upcoming talk focuses on chronic pain

Two experts from the School of Nursing are heading up a discussion on chronic pain later this month. Drs. Sandra LeFort and Shirley Solberg will lead an interactive talk on Sunday, April 25, from 2-4 p.m., at the Fluvarium.

The discussion is part of the Café Scientifique program, co-ordinated nationally by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and will be hosted by Dr. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research) pro tempore. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Jeff Green, communications co-ordinator, Office of the Vice-President (Research) at 737-4073.

Martel book launch at the Reid

On April 10, the Reid Theatre at Memorial University will be the site of one of the most eagerly awaited literary events in recent years.

Yann Martel, the Booker-Prize winning author of The Life of Pi, will launch his new novel, Beatrice & Virgil, in an event sponsored by PEN Canada in association with Memorial University.

Billed as Beatrice and Virgil in Newfoundland, Mr. Martel will be interviewed after the reading by acclaimed TV and print journalist, and author, Ian Brown, winner of the Taylor Prize for The Boy in the Moon. Actor and writer Mary Walsh will host the event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact 737-2435. Tickets can be reserved at events@pencaanda.ca. Payment at the door, or by cash or cheque only.

Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers and Nexters

Alumni Affairs and Development along with the Gardiner Centre, Faculty of Business Administration, are hosting a panel discussion on April 13 on multi generations in the workplace.

Leading different age groups in the workplace isn’t something new, what is new is the magnitude of differences between them; they have different perspectives on issues like work ethic, leadership and authority. It is essential to understand and value this diversity, so we can benefit from today’s multifaceted workforce.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Travor Brown, Business; Dr. Rob Shea, Faculty of Education; Jocelyn Perry, Newfoundland Power Inc.; and Bradley George, Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The event takes place Tuesday, April 13, from 7-9 p.m. in the Reid Theatre, Arts and Administration Building.

Admission is free and light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
RSVP is required 737-2313 or rsvpalumni@mun.ca.

For more information on this and other alumni events, please visit www.munalum.ca/events.

VP gives keynote at diversity symposium

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, the Association for New Canadians hosted its second annual Diversity Symposium the aim of which was to promote the importance of diversity training while highlighting the benefits of diverse communities and workplaces. The keynote address was presented by Dr. Reeta Tremblay, vice-president (academic) pro tempore.

Dr. Tremblay is currently involved in a project with local significance. The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions of Newfoundland and Labrador (Clarenville, Corner Brook and Labrador West) project examines three specific dimensions of social dynamics and their relationship to the economic dynamism of city-regions: the social nature of innovation process, the social foundations of talent attraction and retention and the degree of community inclusiveness and civic engagement.

The focus of her lunchtime address was diversity in Newfoundland and Labrador with a comparison to the rest of Canada.
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