News in Brief (Continued)
A Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant of approximately $15 million will go a long way in developing system-on-chip research in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Ramachandran Venkatesan was one of the principal investigators for the grant, which will allow researchers at Memorial to access state-of-the-art software and component libraries (including cores for microprocessors, DSPs, memories, etc.) that will enable design of system-level integrated circuit chips. The project involves supplying Canadian university researchers with the means to develop system-on-chip products.
The School of Nursing has received a total of 19 new research grants during this academic year. Of this number the largest for $678,000 was awarded to Drs. Lan Gien and Maureen Laryea by SSHRC/NHRDP to study Natural Resource Depletion and Health. This project will study community resilience after resources have been depleted and address its impact on people's health The research team is now in the first phase of data collection.
The Nursing Research Unit and its associate director, Dr. Sandra LeFort, have been named as the Cochrane Collaborating Centre for Newfoundland & Labrador. In this capacity the unit will serve as a marketing/educational vehicle to stimulate the use of systematic reviews, contained within the Cochrane Collection, to support evidence-based practice by health professionals. Memorial's School of Nursing will provide the content expertise for the project while the School of Continuing Education will offer expertise in instructional design, and new media design and development. Telemedicine/TETRA centre will serve as the delivery partner.
Festival 500, an international choral competition, took place in St. John's in Summer 2001. Festival 500 was organized in co-operation with Memorial University and the university hosted Symposium III, an integral academic component of the festival. The symposium gathered international expertise, provided a forum for interdisciplinary academic discussion and the dissemination of research and generated further knowledge relating to the phenomenon of singing. Symposium III took place at the School of Music from June 28 to July 1.
Dr. Kim Parker, Religious Studies, was awarded a SSHRC research grant in the amount of $40,103 over three years for a project entitled: The Influences of the Bible on the Development of Liberalism: John Locke and Genesis.
Dr. Norm Catto and co-investigators D. Liverman (Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Mines and Energy) and D. Forbes (Geological Surveys of Canada, N.S.) received a grant of $56,000 from Natural Resources Canada for their research on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Newfoundland Coastal Communities: Trial Project in Conception Bay South. Research Professor Dr. Roger White and co-investigator Dr. John Usher from the Faculty of Business were granted $40,000 for the first of a 3-year research project on Dynamic and Evolutionary Models of Urban and Regional Systems.
The Department of Sociology was highly successful with a number of large research grant awards. The most notable of these is as follows:
- Dr. Peter Sinclair - USA National Research Initiatives (2000-2003): A Commodity Systems Analysis of Alabama's Pulp and Paper Industry US$154,000. Co-PI with Drs. Conner Bailey and Marc Dubois.
- Dr. Peter Sinclair - SSHRC and DFO Strategic Research Grant - Oceans Management Network - Sustainability Group. (2001-2004) $204,500. Dr. Sinclair is node leader for the sustainability node.
- Dr. Marilyn Porter - Writing Women In: Developing Research Knowledge Tools for the New Millenium. Funded by SSHRC ($90,000) and the International Development Research Council ($50,000).