Members of the popular band Great Big Sea were named Alumni of the Year. Alan Doyle, BA '92, Sean McCann, BA '89, Darrell Power, BA '91, B.Ed. '93, and Bob Hallett, BA '90, all met and formed Great Big Sea while they were students at Memorial. [ three of the guys say “thank you” to Opportunity Fund supporters.]
The Aquaculture Research and Development Facility officially opened at the Ocean Sciences Centre at Logy Bay. The facility was constructed with $2.6 million from the Canada/ Newfoundland Agreement on Economic Renewal, $1 million from Memorial University and $1.8 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Dr. Axel Meisen was officially installed as president and vice-chancellor at the fall convocation. Honorary degrees were conferred upon his Excellency Chawat Arthayukti, Donald F. Cook, John Kenneth Galbraith, James H. Rogers and David C. Ward.
[Full text of Dr. Meisen's installation address]
Richard (Dick) Cheney, former U.S. secretary of state and CEO of the Haliburton Group of Companies, presented a Landmark Graphics 3-D software grant to Memorial University through Premier Brian Tobin. The software will enable researchers to take a virtual reality look at potential oil and gas mineral deposits, through seismic data processing and analysis.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. agreed to sponsor an academic appointment in human genetics at the Faculty of Medicine. The Novartis Professorship in Pediatric Genetics will officially begin with the launch of the new Janeway wing of the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's in 2000, and will be in place for an initial term of three years.
Drs. Laura Gillespie and Gary Paterno of the Terry Fox Cancer Research Laboratories at the Faculty of Medicine identified a gene that kills cancer cells when it is deactivated. The discovery could lead to the development of a drug to control the gene and in turn control certain types of cancer.
A new dynamic positioning simulator at the Marine Institute was officially opened. Dynamic positioning systems help personnel aboard modern floating and sub-sea offshore installations maintain their vessel's precise locations on the ocean. The acquisition of the DP simulator was made possible through a contribution of $300,000 from the Canada-Newfoundland Comprehensive Economic Development Agreement and $150,000 from Terra Nova Alliance. The Marine Institute is providing the site and human resources to conduct research and training.
Grenfell College received word that it would get new student residences and an exhibition centre. Premier Tobin announced the provincial government would contribute $7 million towards the construction.
The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador gets a new home. The gallery will join the Newfoundland Museum and the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador in The Rooms, to be built in downtown St. John's. The gallery, formerly known as the Memorial University Art Gallery, has been located in the Arts and Culture Centre since its creation in 1961.
The Nursing Research Unit officially opened. A milestone for the School of Nursing and the province, the new centre will provide research consultation to the nursing community and health care agencies.
A group of Memorial University researchers headed by Prof. Wade Locke, Economics, received almost $500,000 from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council to study strategies and requirements in this province to become successful in a knowledge-based economy.
Memorial and Texas A & M University teamed up for a milestone in deep-ocean biological oceanography. The four-year study of deep benthic ecology of the Gulf of Mexico, one of the biggest deep-sea research projects of its kind ever launched, will provide a framework to determine the ecological effects current and future oil and gas exploration could have on the deep continental slope at depths of 300 to 3,000 metres.
The Newfoundland Centre for Applied Health Research was established to take advantage of a wave of national initiatives in funding for health research in general and applied health research in particular.
Federal Health Minister Allan Rock announced over $650,000 in project grants to researchers at Memorial. Of the total amount, $444,000 represents two research projects funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada for projects in the Schools of Medicine and Social Work.
The M.Sc. in instrumental analysis was launched in the fall of 2000. Useful to anyone interested in the environment, natural resources, or the life sciences, this program is the first of its kind in North America. It prepares students for a variety of career choices, including environmental, marine, food, and biotechnology or the pharmaceutical industries.
Researchers at Memorial University, University of Victoria, and the
University of Calgary are working to untangle and understand the complex
web of social, economic and environmental interrelations at the heart of
threatened coastal communities. The three universities are part of a $6.2
million research project — funded by the federal government — dedicated
to increasing knowledge about Canada's coastal communities and their
environments. Over the next five years, Memorial, University of Victoria,
and the University of Calgary along with several other universities, will
conduct the collaborative investigation titled Coasts Under Stress: The
Impact of Social and Environmental Restructuring on Environmental and Human
Health in Canada.
The Smallwood Centre, our new $16-million university centre, was opened. Under its roof, student government and student services have found a common and modern home. The six-storey building also houses a food court, retail shops and office space for student clubs and societies.
Our first research chair in the Faculty of Business Administration is established. The focus of the Hubert W. Kelly Memorial Chair will be on youth-led, entrepreneurial start-ups in rural regions lacking established industrial infrastructure. Dr. Robert Richards, co-founder, CEO and former president of Genesis Organic Inc., holds the new post. Dr. Dennis Hanlon, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, holds the associate chair position.
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien headed a list of 11 outstanding individuals who received honorary degrees from Memorial University during spring convocation ceremonies. Dr. Chrétien's brother, renowned research scientist Dr. Michel Chrétien, also received an honorary degree in the same ceremony. [ Jean Chretien pays tribute to his parents.]
The Opportunity Fund campaign concluded and exceeded its original goal of $25 million in donations, raising $30 million, which was then matched by the provincial government. [ The Opportunity Fund] [ thank you messages
from ... Andy and Cathy Jones, Great Big Sea, Chancellor John Crosbie.]
AquaNet was launched. Memorial will receive $14.4 million over the next four years to fund a nationwide effort to boost aquaculture development throughout Newfoundland and Canada. The project is the latest addition to a group of Networks of Centres of Excellence, federally-funded networks of universities, private business and government agencies that are designed to promote key areas of scientific research.
More than 600 bird experts from around the world took part in the conference Living on the Edge — Birds 2000 on the St. John's campus. The joint meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union in conjunction with the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and the British Ornithologists' Union marked the first time the American and British groups have met.