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Vol 39  No 9
Feb. 1, 2007


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In Brief

Studying Labrador’s post-secondary needs

Memorial University has released a report of a study into the post-secondary education (PSE) needs of people in Labrador. The report, titled Post-Secondary Education in Labrador, was commissioned after a meeting with stakeholders in Labrador in November 2005. It was prepared by consultant Catherine Jong of CMJ Consulting in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The 54-page report attempts to document the PSE-level educational needs in Labrador at present and to provide direction for the future. The report identifies a number of challenges that, in the views of the author, need to be addressed in order to successfully deliver increased post-secondary education offerings to the people of Labrador. These challenges include a low rate of high school graduation in some geographical areas, the high proportion of adults with less than high school education, as well as language and cultural barriers. The report concludes with 11 recommendations that call for increased collaboration among PSE stakeholders; increased Labrador-based research; provision of university offerings in varied formats, venues and schedules to reflect the varied needs of the population; and expanded transition-support services for aboriginal learners.

Memorial President Axel Meisen said the university will examine the report’s recommendations in detail, as it gives important information that will help the university develop offerings to meet the educational needs of the people of Labrador. For more, see http://today.mun.ca/news.php?news_id=2696.

Research integrity report released

The policies and procedures that Memorial has used to protect research integrity and investigate allegations of misconduct at the institution are “sound and in keeping with national guidelines.”

That was the principal finding of Dr. Paul Pencharz who reviewed Memorial’s policies, processes and initiatives regarding research integrity in the wake of allegations last year that raised questions about the research of former faculty member Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra.

Dr. Pencharz is a staff physician with the Division of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he also serves as a senior scientist in the hospital’s Research Institute. He is also a professor of pediatrics and nutritional sciences with the University of Toronto.

Dr. Pencharz’s full report is available online: www.mun.ca/marcomm/home/pencharz_report_2007.pdf.

Memorial wrestler takes gold

Memorial’s men’s wrestling team had a great road trip recently. Nine wrestlers travelled to the University of New Brunswick for competition

Jan. 27-28. Peter Petipas took home a gold medal in the 76 kilogram division and Wes Saunders took home bronze in the heavyweight division loosing only one match against a very tough national level competitor.

Justin Carter and Matt Kippenchuk also placed third in their respective divisions and Neil King wrestled to fourth place finish in the 68 kilogram division. Mitchell Butt was injured during one of his matches and therefore could not finish the tournament. Ryan Nichols and James Hearn were in the same weight class and Hearn finished fourth while Nichols finished fifth. Matt Patey also had a fifth place finish this weekend.

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