Memorial hosted Institute '99: Special Matters Beyond 2000, the national conference of the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children. It was the first time since 1984 that Newfoundland hosted the large-scale event.
Public forums on the future of Memorial University were held to solicit the views of people and organizations outside the university. The public consultation followed internal consultations during which a set of goals and directions were formulated.
Memorial University, the University of Victoria and the University of Calgary are part of a $6.2 million federally funded research project dedicated to increasing knowledge about Canada's coastal communities and their environments. The study will take place on the east and west coasts and will provide a better understanding of the interactions between ecology, society and health.
Michael Coyne, a Grenfell visual arts professor, ran in the National Capital Marathon in Ottawa to aid the fight against multiple sclerosis. He dedicated his participation in the 42.1-kilometer run to friend and former Grenfell professor Chris Judge. Mr. Judge was an accomplished visual artist and an avid runner who was stricken by MS.
The stroke laboratory run by Dr. Dale Corbett, Medicine, became part of the new Canadian Stroke Network (CSN) as a National Centre of Excellence. The CSN will receive $18.8 million over four years to develop innovative stroke prevention and recovery strategies through multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research.
A dozen Memorial MBA students participated in Canadian Executive Service Organization's (CESO) Aboriginal Services, a group that helps Canada's Aboriginal communities achieve their business goals by providing business advice, training and resources through the skills and work of MBA students across the country.
The Public Health Laboratory is leading the country in studying the applications of the HPV test in cervical cancer screening and follow-up assessments. Persistent infection with certain oncogenic human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the underlying cause of cervical cancer and its precursor lesions.
Grenfell professor Dr. Geoffrey Rayner-Canham presented chemistry shows for 800 high school students. Titled Chemistry and Everyday Life, the annual show dispels the notion that chemistry is nothing but pretty colours, flames and the occasional explosion.
Sudip Kar, a master's candidate in the environmental engineering program, researched the environmental and health risk assessment of tihalomethanes (THMs) in drinking water in Newfoundland municipalities, two of which had high concentrations of THMs.
An experimental documentary on sexual abuse has received an Award of Merit from the Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (AMTEC). Pam Hall directed Mending the Invisible Wound; she was formerly artist-in-residence at the medical school and is now adjunct professor in medical humanities in the Faculty of Medicine.
A laboratory on the ground floor of the Phys Ed building was renovated to study issues in human environmental physiology and safety in Newfoundland's offshore industries. Dr. Matthew White has nearly half a million dollars to get started on this research, including a grant of $183,000 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Indonesian nurses and Memorial faculty collaborated on a project to train nursing faculty for the University of Indonesia. A major goal of the Nursing, Women's Health and Community Outreach in Indonesia project was to improve the health of mothers and children in rural areas by upgrading the skills of district and village level nurses, village midwives and traditional care workers.
The Applied Research Unit at Grenfell College hosted a forum to support and foster the development of technology-based enterprise, focusing on the role young people are playing in entrepreneurial developments.
Faculty and staff of Grenfell College, along with a local design firm, were contracted by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to produce a history of the company's development over the past 75 years. The contract is the result of the college's Applied Research Unit, which partners resources at the college and in the community with the needs of businesses, organizations and individuals provincially, nationally and internationally.
Industry Canada announced $10 million in funding support for 10 innovative learning projects selected through the CANARIE Learning Program, 1999 Competition. A project led by STEM~Net (School of Continuing Education) received funding to develop multimedia tools and middleware for professional teacher development, using broadband infrastructure.
New Frontiers, New Traditions: A National Conference for the Advancement of Women in Engineering, Science and Technology brought together over 200 students and industry leaders from across Canada, the United States and Sweden to discuss new research into gendered learning styles and working in science and technology fields; to celebrate women's contributions to these fields; and to promote opportunities in these areas. The national conference was co-hosted by the NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and the local community group WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Newfoundland and Labrador.
As part of their three-year research initiative funded under the Strategic Grants Program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, a group of researchers headed by Dr. Wade Locke, Economics, chose five zones for detailed study of the implications of the knowledge-based economy for economic development within the zonal context.
Med Quest, the Faculty of Medicine's summer program for high school students interested in careers in the health sciences, ran for the 11th year, with six one-week sessions for 120 students from Labrador and the Island of Newfoundland. One of the main objectives of Med Quest is to motivate students to consider careers in the health sciences.
The First Nations Trail received $6,248 through the Canada Millennium Partnership Program to highlight the importance of native plants to native peoples. The project will also include background research, the planting of indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers, and the creation of a series of interpretive panels. Most of the work will be carried out by students. The project's goal is to create awareness among students and the general public about the area's ethnobotanical history.