Biologists at Memorial are trying to turn the beach pea, which grows naturally along the shorelines of Newfoundland, into a cultivable cold-climate crop. Chinnasamy Gurusamy, who is completing doctoral studies in biology, is working with Dr. Arya K. Bal. The researchers met with the town council of Salmon Cove to explain the importance of the crop.
Memorial will get $14.4 million over four years to fund a nation-wide effort to boost aquaculture development throughout Newfoundland and Canada. AquaNet will focus on three main areas: animal production, including disease resistance among marine organisms; production enhancement and the development of under-utilized species; environmental impact, and social and economic aspects of developing this industry.
Delegates and presenters from more than a dozen jurisdictions gathered in western Newfoundland for a three-day forum. Opportunities and Action in a Knowledge- driven Economy: New Lessons from the Edge, North Atlantic Forum 2000 discussed the economy of the 21st century. It brought together government, labour, business, and educational stakeholders from the Åland Islands, Bermuda, Canada, the Faroe Islands, France (St-Pierre and Miquelon), Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Malta, Scotland and Sweden. The forum was co-hosted by the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour.
Three Memorial University graduates are conducting baseline research at the Aquatic Centre for Research and Education (ACRE). The research project, which takes in a 1,000-metre stretch of Hughes' Brook, is part of a five-year inventory of the entire brook system. Nadean Caines, Liam Dennis and Shawn Roberts are studying the composition of the bottom of the brook (the substraight) and documenting the different depths and breadths of the water, pH levels, rate of flow and the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water.
The Rural Mental Health Service Training and Consultation Demonstration Project, sponsored by the University Counselling Centre, received $25,000 to strengthen and broaden the range of supports within the community and the community's capacity to respond to its own mental health needs.
The 1999 Monte Carlo Night, organized by medical students, raised a record-breaking total of $40,466.50 for charity.
Neuroscientists helped organize the Brain Bee competition at Holy Heart for Brain Awareness Week.
Dr. Pauline Duke, Family Medicine, was selected by the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada as the Family Physician of the Year.
The Family Medicine Program won the inaugural Keith Award for rural training by a university Department of Family Medicine. Memorial had the top composite score and was ranked first in reputation. [ Dr. David Keegan, one of many outstanding graduates.]
The 2000 President's Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine, presented by the American Telemedicine Association, was awarded to the Telemedicine Centre in recognition of Memorial's pioneering work in the use of telehealth technologies to deliver health care and education programming to distant populations.
A video-conference link was installed between the School of Continuing Education and the Labrador West Interactive Learning Centre, with support from the Iron Ore Company of Canada and NewTel Communications. Its first application was to create a linked week-long summer-camp on computer communications and creativity.
Victoria Collins, director of University relations, completed a seven-year volunteer committment as Chairperson of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.
STEM~Net was selected by Industry Canada to pilot the addition of personal memorabilia to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
Sound Symposium, the festival of leading-edge new music, continues to grow from the vision of long-time sessional percussion instructor Don Wherry. This year it featured performances by flutist Michelle Cheramy and Duo Concertante.
During June 2000, Dr. Sudhir Saha, Business Administration, visited Nepal and Bangladesh to conduct faculty workshops for business professors and senior government officials. As part of the Canadian International Development Agency-funded project NETWORKS, the Canadian Consortium of Management Schools sponsors numerous such projects in developing countries around the world.
In July 2000, Morgan Cooper, Business Administration, was appointed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to conduct an analysis and make recommendations for labour relations processes for oil and gas fabrication for the offshore sector.
Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, Business Administration, has been selected as co-chair of the eleventh workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS). In April 2000, Dr. Parsons became chair of the NSERC Industrial Engineering Grants Selection Committee. This is his third year serving on the committee.
The Centre for International Business Studies organized 23 academic exchanges for Memorial students and welcomed 18 students from partner universities to Memorial. The centre assisted local businesses with their internationalization efforts by managing 19 projects conducted by exchange students, work term students and interns.
Dr. David Facey-Crowther, History, worked on Parks Canada projects on Aboriginal history and military medicine, and on a joint project with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Dr. James Hiller, History, worked on an advisory committee for a grade eight course in Newfoundland history for the Department of Education.
Terry Bishop-Stirling, History, chaired Volunteer Canada's special millennium project, Volunteering Through Time.
Dr. Linda Kealey, History, was a board member and chair of the St. John's Status of Women Council finance committee.
In June 2000 the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science launched its first newsletter, Benchmarks to alumni, faculty, and friends.
Marguerite MacKenzie, Linguistics, collaborated with the Naskapi Development Corporation and Cree School Board of Quebec on Aboriginal language projects.
Carrie Dyck, Linguistics, collaborated with the Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council on a Cayuga dictionary.
The Linguistics Department offered enrichment courses to Eastern Avalon schools.
A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest for a faculty and student exchange program.
Dr. Peter Trnka gave a philosophy workshop for the junior high school enrichment program.
The Philosophy Department organized the St. John's Public Lectures in Philosophy, a series of talks at a downtown pub, including a talk by President Meisen.