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Graduate assistants, university reach agreement

Memorial has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Teaching Assistants' Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland (TAUMUN).
The first agreement with TAUMUN includes the template for wage increases in a four-year agreement agreed to by other unions at Memorial.
The deal is subject to ratification by union members and the Board of Regents.
TAUMUN represents graduate assistants, graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants.

NLCAHR awards deadline

The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research is calling for applications for its 2010 Awards Program. The following awards are offered: master’s fellowships: one award of $18,000 for one year (with the possibility of renewal); project grants: one grant of up to $40,000; development grants: one to five grants of up to $10,000 per project.
The deadline for all applications is June 25.
Full details on this program are now available on the NLCAHR website at

History joins immigration discussion

In honour of World Refugee Day, the Department of History is partnering with the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council and hosting a collaborative lecture on refugee issues in Canada.
Guest presenters include Dr. Robert Sweeny, History, speaking on The History of Refugee Laws and Inequality in Canada; Cara Lewis, Planned Parenthood Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre, speaking on LGBT issues and the Immigration and Refugee Board; and Benoit Mukendi speaking on Experiences in a Refugee Camp.
The lecture takes place June 20 at 5 p.m. in room AA-1046 of the Arts and Administration Building in St. John’s. All are invited to attend the reception following the lecture.

Education papers make the shortlist

Two research papers in the Faculty of Education have been shortlisted for the Best Research Paper Award at the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) annual conference, which takes place from June 9-12 in Valencia, Spain.
Drs. Dale Kirby and Dennis Sharpe’s Intention, Transition, Retention: Examining High School Distance e-Learners’ Participation in Tertiary Education and Drs. Tim Seifert and Oana Radu’s Mathematical Intimacy within Blended and Face-to-face Learning Environments have both been nominated by the EDEN Jury as finalists.
EDEN was established in 1991 and is an international educational association open to institutions and individuals dealing with e-learning, open and distance education. This year’s conference theme is Media Inspirations for Learning: What makes the impact? The papers were selected amongst 50 conference papers, which were evaluated against high standard criteria.

National award for Glassman

Dr. Marc Glassman, Faculty of Education, will be presented with the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) Innovative Technology Award later this month. Dr. Glassman is receiving the award for his contribution to the Stella Burry Community Services Workplace Literacy Project.
Stella Burry Community Services is a non-profit organization in St. John’s, which provides affordable housing and employment skills training for adults.
Dr. Glassman heads the Workplace Literacy Project, which engaged content experts in the fields of carpentry and food-services to provide input on the essential skills, vocabulary and foundational knowledge in these two areas. Dr. Glassman converted this content and designed an approach to achieve the desired learning outcomes.