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Vol 38  No 7
December 15, 2005




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In Brief

MI upgrades visual display system

The Marine Institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation has chosen Christie, a leading provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment, industry and government, to install a state-of-the-art display system, replacing the existing CRT technology for its Full Mission Bridge.

Christie is integrating a comprehensive control system, designed around ChristieNET network-based functionality, as part of a system optimization component. The control system will be customized to configure the display depending on specific application requirements. The upgrade also includes design of a custom projector support structure, engineered to allow for movement of the ship bridge mock-up. The bridge is the only one in North America in which the ship bridge is mounted on a motion platform. Christie is performing all integration work related to the display.

The bridge is part of a modeling and simulation system used extensively for training in a variety of scenarios that replicate harsh environments at various times of days, including full daylight and night time, as well as extreme winter and arctic environments. The 7.3 metre tall screen provides a 360-degree horizontal field of view on a compound curved surface.

For more information about the full suite of simulators and service at CMS, visit

Fortier appointed to head NSERC

Dr. Suzanne Fortier has been appointed president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The announcement was made Nov. 23 by David L. Emerson, minister of Industry and minister responsible for NSERC. The appointment was reviewed by the standing committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology.

Having held research positions at the Medical Foundation of Buffalo and the National Research Council Canada, Dr. Fortier joined the faculty of Queen’s University as assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. She went on to hold the positions of associate dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research; acting vice-principal, Research; dean, Graduate Studies and Research; vice-principal, Research; and vice-principal, Academic.

NSERC is a key federal agency investing in people, discovery and innovation. It supports basic university research through grants, and project research through partnerships among postsecondary institutions, government and the private sector, and the advanced training of highly qualified people.

Christmas closures on campus

While the university will remain open for the three work days during the holiday week, Dec. 28-30, academic and administrative units in which employees are all taking that time off may close for the full period between Christmas and New Years. Those units which have closed down have been listed on the Web at

Science honours its best

The Faculty of Science has honoured three of its own with special awards. During a ceremony Dec. 5, the faculty handed out its Distinguished Scholar Medal to Dr. John T. Brosnan, professor, Department of Biochemistry. That award recognizes contributions of outstanding quality which demonstrate a balanced approach to scholarly activities in both teaching and research.

It was presented to Dr. Brosnan by Dr. Robert Lucas, dean of the faculty. Dr. Brosnan is a well-known researcher at Memorial whose interests include acid-base balance, nutritional biochemistry and hormonal control of hepatic amino acid metabolism

Meanwhile, the faculty also honoured Henry Murphy, a store clerk III with the Life Sciences Stores, Department of Biochemistry; and Raymond Pätzold, undergraduate officer, Department of Earth Sciences, with Distinguished Service Awards.

Mr. Murphy has worked at Memorial for the past 25 years. Mr. Pätzold joined the Department of Earth Sciences in 1982 from the physics department.

The Distinguished Service Awards acknowledge high job performances and honours employees who, amongst other things, make the faculty a welcome community for students, faculty and staff and promotes the faculty within the university.

The awards were presented during a ceremony in the Junior Common Room on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.


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