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Research report takes top prize

Memorial University has been again singled out for excellence for its 2009 research report, titled This is the Start of Something BIG, a publication created inside the university that has already collected several national awards.

Members of the university’s Division of Marketing and Communications collected a 2010 gold award for best brochure/catalogue/annual report at the annual ICE awards in Halifax, N.S., last month.

Articulating the qualities of innovation, creativity and enterprise, the ICE Awards are organized by a diverse group of Atlantic Canadian advertising and marketing professionals to celebrate marketing made in Atlantic Canada.

In addition to the gold medal, a merit award was given in the same category for Z to A: President’s Report 2009, yet another in-house Memorial publication recognized at the national level.

This is the start of something BIG: Research Report 2009 was produced by Memorial’s Division of Marketing and Communications for the Office of the Vice-President (Research). It also includes a website: www.mun.ca/big.


Businesses students pitch to ‘dragons’

Business students took to the stage recently to present their business ideas at the fourth annual Innovation Challenge. Sponsored by Cox & Palmer, the Innovation Challenge gives student entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their business concepts and compete for a cash prize.

However, this wasn’t an ordinary business competition – ideas were to be presented in the style used on CBC’s popular show Dragons’ Den. The Innovation Challenge was created by SIFE Memorial as a part of the Launch Pad project. Launch Pad, Canada’s first ever student entrepreneurial incubation centre, is located on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus.

Launch pad provides space, instruments and mentorship to student entrepreneurs. The chosen winner receives free space in Launch Pad for one year and a $2,500 cash investment from Cox & Palmer.

Adam Puddicombe and Chris Dunne, owners of Rock Solid Design, a web design and services company, were crowned the winners.


Book launch for Memorial author

A book launch for Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count by Dr. Paul Snelgrove will take place Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., in the Arts and Administration, room A-1043.

Dr. Snelgrove, a professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre and Biology Department will make a presentation followed by a wine and cheese reception and book signing in the Arts atrium. All are welcome to attend.

Over the 10-year course of the recently completed Census of Marine Life, a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations has collaborated to improve our understanding of marine biodiversity – past, present, and future. Providing insight into this remarkable project, this book explains the rationale behind the Census and highlights some of its most important and dramatic findings, illustrated with full-color photographs throughout.

The book explores how new technologies and partnerships have contributed to greater knowledge of marine life, from unknown species and habitats, to migration routes and distribution patterns, and to a better appreciation of how the oceans are changing. Looking to the future, it identifies what needs to be done to close the remaining gaps in our knowledge, and provides information that will enable us to manage resources more effectively, conserve diversity, reverse habitat losses, and respond to climate change.

Dr. Snelgrove chaired the Synthesis Group of the Census of Marine Life that has overseen the final phase of the program. He is now Director of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, a research collaboration of 65 marine scientists from coast to coast in Canada that continues to census ocean life.

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