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In Brief

Title change for directors

At its meeting on July 7, 2011, the Board of Regents approved the conversion of the title of director/associate director of academic units to dean/associate dean.
The units affected by this change are the Schools of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work.

The change in title is in keeping with similar structures at other Canadian universities and recognizes that academic heads of faculties and schools are decanal roles. It will improve clarity without any loss of utility and signals to the external community that the academic head reports directly to the vice-president (academic).


Space is not just for astronauts anymore

The GEO Centre has announced the completion of its newest exhibit, Space. With the support from MacDonald Dettwiler, The Canadian Space Agency, and NASA, The GEO Centre has constructed a highly interactive exhibit which focuses on our province's involvement in space exploration as well as how we can use the knowledge we have learned from these missions and apply them to our studies of other planets.

Visitors to the exhibit can: view the moon from an astronauts' perspective; explore our International Space Station (ISS) module; see what this province has contributed to the ISS; play the Extreme Planet Makeover Game; watch Canada's first 25 years of space exploration; and view the Canadarm 2 Model.


Grenfell collaborates with Parks Canada

Grenfell Campus Art Gallery is partnering with Gros Morne Summer Music and Parks Canada to offer five different arts workshops in two locations for young people.

The newly designed workshops build on last year's All That My Ears See. This year's workshops will include music, dance and visual arts components. Each workshop will showcase different musicians. The dance activities will be led by Candice Pike and the visual arts projects led by visual artist Nancy Jacobsen and gallery staff Kyle Bustin and Jonathan Weale.

In Corner Brook, Listen, Move, Make will take place in the atrium of the Fine Arts Building and will include a tour of the current gallery exhibitions, Wesley Harris and Hilary Rice: Rare Reflections; Urve Manuel: Salmon Run; and Creatures and Habitats: Learning through the Arts in Western Newfoundland.

There is no fee for the workshops and all materials are supplied. Please make sure that participants arrive wearing art-friendly clothes (i.e., not Sunday best). Also, if possible, please let staff know ahead of time how many of you and yours will be attending as the registration in Corner Brook will be capped at 30.


Follow the moose

A new mobile application for iPhones and Android makes reporting moose sightings to the Twittersphere simple.

Moose Watch is a real-time, location-based application that brings awareness to recent moose sightings on Newfoundland and Labrador's roads and highways via Twitter users using #moosewatchnl. Levin Mejia – a multimedia specialist with Memorial's Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS) unit, and co-creator Matthew Hann, developed the application.

Visiting gives access to the mobile website for Smartphones, a visual map of the province, mapped location points for recent moose sightings, location pins showing the time and location of the moose sightings and a Twitter feed showing public moose sighting reports. Sightings are reported using the Twitter hash tag #moosewatchnl. To learn more about Moose Watch, visit, or search Moose Watch in the iTunes App Store.