Grenfell to host book making symposium
Grenfell College’s Art Gallery is hosting an international conference next year. The Architecture of the Book: Critical Issues that Inform the Artist’s Book will take place at Memorial’s west coast campus March 7-9, 2007. It coincides with the 20th anniversary celebration of The March Hare, Atlantic Canada’s largest poetry festival.
The symposium’s keynote speaker is Dr. Johanna Drucker, book artist and professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.
The Architecture of the Book will include public workshops on book arts construction, admission to the Corner Brook launch of the March Hare, poetry readings, studio tours and more.
For more information, see the Grenfell Gallery website at www.swgc.mun.ca/artgallery.
Golfman takes federation lead
Dr. Noreen Golfman began her term as president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences saying she wants to help the research community focus on the impact of its work and on effectively disseminating the results of their findings.
The associate dean of Graduate Studies and professor of English at Memorial University, Dr. Golfman began her two-year term earlier this month in Ottawa, during the organization’s annual general meeting. The federation represents the largest single segment of Canada’s research and post-secondary education community.
“There are many directions I want to work on over the next two years,” she said. “The humanities and social sciences, in both research and teaching, are the key instrument of our critical and creative thought about ourselves and our societies. In a time of rapid change, our social health depends on the continuing strength of this work in our schools and universities. I’d like to steer a conversation about the social impact of our research and teaching and its overall benefit for Canada as a whole.”
Involved with the federation since 1998, Dr. Golfman was president-elect for one year, vice-president, research dissemination, for two years, as well as the co-chair of the Task Force on Scholarly Associations, which examined the renewal of scholarly infrastructure.
First place brings a $10,000 award
Jonathon Anderson recently took home a $10,000 first place prize after winning the IEEE Canada TELUS Innovation Award. His winning project, which won over nine other projects from across the country that advanced to the competition’s finals, was titled Scribe: A Real-Time Transcription Tool. Among other uses, the tool, explained Mr. Anderson, can be used by composers and arrangers to record music eliminating musical dictation for would-be composers.
The 2006 Engineering graduate said he was so impressed by the other projects that he was very surprised to have won.
“Overall, it was quite overwhelming,” he said. “I don’t think anybody expected the kid from Newfoundland to win, but then again, we’re full of surprises.”
Mr. Anderson, who is currently working on a master’s degree, called Memorial’s engineering program “one of the best-kept secrets in Canada.
“I’m really glad that, for a day at least, I helped make us a little more visible.”
Bowater students make way for repairs
Students living in one of Memorial’s largest residence houses were temporarily moved to other accommodations last week while essential repairs were made to a leaky hot water pipe in the building.
Bowater House is a 104-person residence located on the St. John’s campus. It is a part of Paton College.
Repair work began on Nov. 14, and the university made arrangements to house all the students affected by the repairs in temporary locations.
Christine Burke, director of Housing, Food and Conference Services, said although there was no immediate health concern, officials decided to re-locate the students because hot water would be turned off during the repairs.