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|SUBJECT:||Research & Development Corporation announces $8.3 million investment in Ocean Sciences Centre, Newfoundland and Labradors ocean research facility|
|DATE:||Sept. 29, 2010|
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About the Research & Development Corporation
The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labradors R&D performance. RDC works with R&D stakeholders including industry, academia and government agencies and departments. For more information about RDC, go to www.researchnl.com.
About Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, with more than 100 degree programs for a student population of 17,000. Memorial is home to a vibrant and innovative research community. Our researchers are exploring all disciplines in science, medicine, arts, social sciences, engineering, education, and business.
Memorial was named number one in research income growth over 2002-2007 among Canadian medical/doctoral universities by Research Infosource, Canadas premier publication about research and development. The universitys research income grew by 116.7 per cent between 2002 and 2007.
About the Ocean Sciences Centre
The Ocean Science Centre (OSC) is one of Canadas largest marine laboratories. By virtue of its location, the OSC provides scientists in Newfoundland, throughout Canada and abroad with access to the unique flora and fauna of the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. The facility is located at Logy Bay, approximately 10 kilometres from the main campus of Memorial University, and provides unique and ready access to a wide range of shallow-to-deep environments, including the rocky intertidal zone, the continental shelf and the sub-zero deep waters of the inshore branch of the Labrador Current.
It meets the special needs of researchers in five important areas: (1) the capacity to hold marine organisms, from bacteria to seals, for physiological and behavioural experimentation; (2) the capacity to support and participate in large, oceanographic expeditions making use of state-of-the-art field equipment; (3) the capacity to collect, maintain and study sub-Arctic, Arctic and deep-sea species at a well-equipped, land-based marine facility; (4) the capacity to explore and develop the aquaculture potential of marine organisms in cold waters; and (5) the capacity to conduct a wide variety of sample analyses (from oceanographic to molecular).
The continuing strategic goal of the OSC is to carry out world-class research that focuses on organisms and processes in cold oceans, and to provide associated educational and training opportunities, particularly at the graduate level. Core programs central to the internationally recognized research include oceanography, aquatic ecology and aquaculture, and the physiological, biochemical, genomic, evolutionary and behavioural processes that are central to these themes.