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Vol 40  No 3
September 20, 2007



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Quarterly on newsstands

The Newfoundland Quarterly fall issue is now available. Vol. 100, no. 2 has a central theme of domestic service in Newfoundland and Labrador and includes analysis from Ingrid Botting, fiction from Berni Stapleton, and commentary from Ray Guy.

The issue also includes a feature on Painting the Domestic with interviews and artwork from eight Newfoundland artists – among them Mary Pratt, Grant Boland and Elena Popova – and an oil painting by Michele Stamp is displayed on the cover.

NQ’s regular sections of Archival Notes, Aspects, and the Mystery Photo Challenge also appear.

The Quarterly is available by subscription and in select retail outlets across the province.

The magazine has also announced a second subscription drive with all new and renewed subscribers eligible for a Jean Claude Roy painting.

The draw will be held in the spring. For more information please contact 737-2426 or

Arts announces new incentive for researchers

The Faculty of Arts has announced a new funding opportunity to support researchers. The Arts Research Initiative (ARI) is an annual internal grant competition that will provide up to $5,000 in seed or bridging money for tenure-track and tenured faculty who do not already hold any external or internal funding from another source.

“The ability to attain external funding is becoming an increasingly important component of a successful academic career, so we want to provide research support to scholars who are beginning new projects or who need to reinvigorate their research profile,” explained Dr. Frederick White, associate dean of research and graduate programs. “It is our hope that with both a financial commitment and sustained development effort, researchers in the Faculty of Arts can increase their participation and their success in external funding competitions.”

Tenable over two years, the ARI will provide a maximum of $3,500 in the first year. In the second year, a maximum of $1,500 will be awarded – providing the ARI recipient has submitted an external grant application in the calendar year that they first received the ARI.

The deadline to apply for ARI funding is Nov. 15. More information is available on the secure Arts website designed for faculty and staff.

Biochem turns the big 4-0

The Biochemistry Department was founded, under the headship of Dr. L.A.W. Feltham, in 1967. Next month, it celebrates its 40th anniversary with fun activities, a scientific symposium, a poster competition and a dinner.

The fun activities, to be held during the Thanksgiving weekend, include rock-climbing, a soccer match and a Newfoundland Idol Night at Bitters.

The scientific symposium will be held in the Fluvarium on Tuesday, Oct. 9. It features lectures by three recent PhD graduates – Tom Belbin, Janice Mayne and Rene Jacobs – Biochemistry’s two Canada Research Chairs, Valerie Booth and Rob Bertolo, and by Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto.

A Graduate Student Poster Competition will also be held in the Fluvarium on Oct. 9. The festivities will conclude with a celebratory dinner on the same evening.

For further information, contact the department at, 737-8530 or

Planning for the planners

Memorial is hosting the 16th annual conference of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA) from Oct. 21-23 in St. John’s. Keynote speakers include Dr. Gwynne Dyer, noted historian and syndicated columnist, Dr. Jim Downey, president of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and Michael Middaugh, assistant vice-president for Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Delaware.

Paul Chancey of Memorial’s Centre for Institutional Analysis and Planning is conference chair.

“We are very excited about the program that we have been able to put together this year and local arrangements are coming together very nicely. Interest seems quite high and we are expecting between 100 and 120 people from universities and colleges across Canada.”

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