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Vol 37  No 17
July 21, 2005



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Memorialís many connections to the SeaRose

When the Husky Energy SeaRose sails from the Cow Head facility in Mortier Bay near Marystown, President Axel Meisen ≠ who personally attended a sail-out ceremony in Marystown, Newfoundland, on July 4 ≠ will be able to reflect on the deep ties Husky and the project have had with Memorial University.

Since January 2005, the Marine Institute and its partners have been delivering the training required to prepare the crew of the SeaRose for their roles on board the vessel. It is the culmination of a $2.5 million contract signed by the Marine Institute in June 2003.

In 2003, the Calgary-based company also endowed the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research. For his role in establishing Memorialís first endowed chair, Dr. Lau was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at spring convocation 2004. The first Husky chair is Dr. R. Phillip Bording, an expert in the use of seismic methods for petroleum reservoir characterization.

In October 2004, Dr. Lau presented a 1:1,200 model of the SeaRose FPSO to the Marine Institute that will be used as a study tool for the naval architecture and design programs.

And when the vessel eventually sails to the White Rose oil field, the SeaRose Collection of art created by students in Sir Wilfred Grenfell Collegeís Fine Arts program will hang in the accommodations module. In return for the art work, Husky has established the Husky Energy SeaRose Travel Bursary, an annual travel grant of $2,000 for a Fine Arts student intending to study at Memorialís campus in Harlow, England.

Mapmakers coming to campus

CARTO 2005 is coming to Memorialís St. Johnís campus from July 26-30, 2005. The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) are hosting this event which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the CCA.

The plenary session on July 27 will feature Dr. Henry Castner, a distinguished cartographer and scholar of the history of cartography. The conference will also include a number of workshops on map production, sessions on metadata, data archiving, education in geography, GIS in Library Instruction, and atlas production, just to name a few.

There will also be map exhibits in the First Space Art Gallery in Queen Elizabeth II Library. Interested members of Memorialís community are invited to attend. For an overview of the conference schedule visit

Regents appointed to business post

Leslie Galway will be the new deputy minister of the provincial Department of Business, effective Aug. 8, 2005.

According to the government news release, Ms. Galway will report directly to the premier, and is expected to take a leading role in attracting business and investment to the province. Sheíll also advise government on strategic business opportunities, and work to ensure government has an effective relationship with business stakeholders within and outside of the province.

The appointment was welcome news to Dr. Axel Meisen, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He said Ms. Galway has represented the university in a number of ways. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Business Administration (B.Comm.í80; MBAí88), has served as a lecturer and assistant professor with that faculty, and is a member of the universityís Board of Regents.

CFI launches two new initiatives

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced the launch of two new competitions. The Leading Edge Fund will enable institutions to build on and enhance already successful and productive initiatives supported by past CFI investments, while the New Initiatives Fund will support infrastructure initiatives in which CFI has not previously invested.

As is the case of other CFI programs, CFI will cover up to 40 per cent of eligible project costs. To be considered eligible for matching support, in-kind contributions from external partners and cash expenditures by the institution must have taken place on or after Jan. 1, 2004.

For the Leading Edge Program, a list of proposals is required to be submitted by the institution by Oct. 11. Application under the New Initiatives Fund will initially be through submission of notice of intent for individual projects by deadline Nov. 15.

Detailed program guidelines are available at Submissions from Memorial under either of these programs will be coordinated through Pamela White, Office of the Vice-President (Research) and she can be reached at


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