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Memorial University releases inaugural Research Report 2001-2002

Ref. No. 133

DATE:     May 23, 2002
SUBJECT:     Memorial University releases inaugural Research Report 2001-2002

Memorial University's president, Dr. Axel Meisen, launched the university's new Research Report 2001-02 in his address to convocation today. This inaugural Report highlights the university's major research accomplishments and notes the research activities of faculty, staff and students.

"We generate new knowledge at Memorial through our research efforts," said Dr. Meisen. "And, of course, research, together with teaching and community service, make up the three pillars on which the university mandate is built. The future of both Memorial University and Newfoundland and Labrador demands that we continue to enhance our capacity for scholarly, creative and scientific activities."

The Research Report is a web site: www.mun.ca/research/2002report, which is also available on CD-ROM. A highlights brochure has also been prepared as an introduction to some of the research taking place at Memorial; the web site and CD-ROM contain the complete report.

The Report, which covers the period April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002, is produced by the office of the vice-president (research and international relations), Dr. Christopher Loomis.

"In 2001, external funding in support of research at Memorial University totalled more than $43 million. This is a 17 per cent increase over the previous year, and we expect that growth to continue," said Dr. Loomis. As vice-president responsible for research, Dr. Loomis is responsible for promoting and enhancing the university's broad range of research activities.

The Research Report contains articles on Memorial's current research and infrastructure, the annual Research Directory, a listing of research expertise, along with audio tracks from faculty of the School of Music. The Report will be distributed to funding and government agencies, university donors, industry partners, the public and media to enhance awareness about the diverse research activities at Memorial.

Dr. Meisen also commented on the importance of research activity at Memorial and the major impact it has on the province. "Memorial University's unique contribution to the intellectual, social, cultural and economic life of Newfoundland and Labrador is founded on our research capabilities and expertise. We are fortunate to have accomplished researchers in myriad disciplines."

An electronic kiosk highlighting the Research Report will be featured at the St. John's spring Convocation at the Arts and Culture Centre from May 29-31. To obtain copies of the report, contact Memorial's Office of Research at (709) 737-4073 or e-mail research@mun.ca.


For further information, please contact Deborah Inkpen, acting manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, inkpend@mun.ca.


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