News in Brief (Continued)
Dr. David Close, Political Science, is a co-investigator with the $600,000 Community-University Research Initiative (CURA), MUN-Community Services Council voluntary sector and social services project and with the $35,000 CURA MUN-CSC leadership gap project.
Dr. Christopher Dunn and Dr. Stephen Tomblin of Political Science are co-investigators on a SSHRCC grant to study Challenges and Opportunities of a Knowledge-Based Economy in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This was the inaugural year for the Public Policy Research Centre (Policy Centre) in the Faculty of Arts. Founded with financial assistance of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the centre has as its mission the enhancement of social and economic public policy in Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada through collaborative research and the development of research capacity at Memorial. This is an independent research institute within the Faculty of Arts; its offices at Queen's College can accommodate four researchers, a visiting senior researcher, the Fellow of the James G. Channing Chair, and the director. The Policy Centre shares additional administrative office space and staff with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).
The Department of Biochemistry received approval for two Canada Research chairs, one in pediatric nutrition (Tier II with the Janeway) and the other in marine biochemistry (Tier I) with the OSC. The department also received a CIHR grant for new CD spectrometer ($115,000).
Dr. Steve Carr, Biology, received a grant of $350,000 for his study of genetic and genomic analysis of stock structure in harp seals and Atlantic cod.
Researchers at the Ocean Sciences Centre involved in a variety of projects within the AquaNet National Centres of Excellence received over $560,000 in research funding for the fiscal year.
The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography was awarded a CEDA grant for a new liquid nitrogen machine to provide liquid nitrogen to researchers across campus.
In September Memorial's Genesis - Bio-East led a Canadian delegation to the International Marine Biotechnology Conference (IMBC) 2000, in Australia. The delegation made a successful bid to host the conference in St. John's in 2005, when 500--800 delegates from 35 countries will attend the event. Hosting the conference is an important part of the strategic plan to develop the marine biotechnology industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. IMBC is the only international conference to focus specifically on marine biotechnology.
The Marine Institute's Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (C-ASD) was expanded this year to take in the Mount Scio Food Plant. Both facilities now operate under one set of policies and offer more extensive services for clients involved in food and fisheries research and product development. The C-ASD also pursued funding to enhance its capabilities to develop the economic potential of fish by-products. The institute is also upgrading quarantine facilities within the aquaculture facility, which will give the institute the capabilities to conduct fish health research in accordance with internationally accepted experimental protocols.
Drs. Chris Sharpe and Jo Shawyer, Geography, and Dr. Gerald Pocius, Folklore, are documenting the development of the St. John's suburb of Churchill Park. The research, entitled Utopian Dreams and Lived Space, began four years ago and has made great progress during the past year with the help of a $5,000 donation from the J.R. Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. Dr. Sharpe focused his research on the development of the project, Dr. Shawyer explored the transformation of the area's agricultural landscape and Dr. Pocius documented the transformation of the buildings' architectural design.