veil of secrets
Annie Mercier, a researcher with the Faculty of Science, is engaged in a mission to extend the
frontiers of science in deep-sea biology, an area that has seen little exploration. She has taken it
upon herself to lift that veil of secrecy. The technology now exists that can make this adventurous
exploration possible — exciting news, considering there are likely millions of species yet to
be discovered. Much to the delight of our crafty heroine, Memorial was awarded more than $16 million
in federal-provincial funding to expand and enhance the Ocean Sciences Centre, including a new
research facility with equipment, laboratories and a cold-water holding tank for the specialized study
of invasive species, deepwater organisms and unknown marine diseases. This immense expansion
will go a long way in attracting and retaining others who, like our heroine, share this passion.
We celebrate Annie's bravery, as she boldly goes where no researcher has gone before.
THE FINAL FRONTIER.
FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH MYSTERY. ORGANISMS
SO SMALL THAT NO SINGLE LENS IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO REVEAL THEIR SHAPE.
SCHOOLS OF COLOURFUL CREATURES
THAT FLITTER THROUGH THE IMMENSE
WEIGHT OF THE SALTED WATER.
WE KNOW CREATURES EXIST, BUT WE
DON'T TRULY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.
THE OCEAN IS SHROUDED
IN A VEIL OF SECRETS.
HAVE YOU HEARD THE TALE OF THE TAMARACK?
THE TAMARACK TREE STANDS AS A BEACON OF
SHELTER AND A FRIEND TO ALL ON THE LAND.
HOWEVER, THAT HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE.
LEGEND HAS IT THAT ONE DAY DURING A
GREAT SQUALL, A FLOCK OF WHIPPOORWILLS
FLYING TOWARDS THE SOUTH WERE REFUSED
SHELTER BY THE TAMARACK.
THE TREE, CAPTIVATED BY ITS OWN VANITY, TURNED THE BIRDS AWAY, FORCING THEM
TO CONTINUE THEIR LONG FLIGHT IN THE FRIGID AIR. SUPORGUKSOAK, THE SPIRIT WHO
WATCHES OVER THE LAND, WITNESSED THE TRANSGRESSION AND PUNISHED THE TREE
BY REMOVING ITS NEEDLES. EMBARRASSED BY THE DISPLAY OF ITS IGNORANCE, THE TREE
SUFFERED THROUGH THE COLD DAYS AND NIGHTS THAT FOLLOWED. LEARNING FROM ITS
PAST, THE TAMARACK MADE A PLEDGE TO ALWAYS BE A BROTHER TO THE SOUTHERN INUIT.
Like the Tamarack, our awareness of the past is what helps us grow. Time is not
always an enemy.
The dynamic Lisa Rankin leads a team, along with Hans Rollman, John Kennedy
and Mario Blaser, who are travelling back in time. Work has begun on a five-year
project entitled "Understanding the Past to Build the Future." With a focus
on the Inuit occupation of Southern Labrador, our intrepid team is collecting
and analyzing evidence of Inuit-European interactions, documenting cultural
changes, and bringing the history of the Southern Inuit into the present day.
This collaborative venture links two universities with a multitude of community
partners and a veritable cornucopia of graduate students. One of the many
outcomes of this study will be the incorporation of new information into the
school curricula in Southern Labrador, and to materials used to improve adult
literacy. The relationships and knowledge-sharing between the universities and
the community partners will increasingly enrich Southern Inuit culture — future
students will continue to celebrate their rich cultural history. This project has
brought Memorial students to the farthest reaches of Southern Labrador.
To explore. To learn. And by doing so, it is ensuring the next generation of
Like the Tamarack towering above all the other treetops, history not only helps
the people of Southern Labrador understand the past, it is preparing them for
the days yet to come.
AND THAT, CHILDREN, IS THE
LEGEND OF THE TAMARACK…
A lot has changed in the past twenty years. It's time to prepare for the twenty
Memorial understands this, and is making great strides in attracting people like
Gracie, who long to make an impact. That is why they have joined forces with
multiple organizations to create a program dedicated to technological research.
The NSERC CREATE Training Program for Offshore Technology Research is allowing
students like Gracie to make themselves into highly qualified personnel who can
thrive in the continually expanding offshore industry. The program is nurturing
the transition from new trainee to employee, while also offering graduates an
opportunity to take specialized courses and focus their research in four thematic
areas: floating structures, mooring lines and risers, corrosion material engineering
and subsea systems. Importantly, students are able to apply their academic prowess
and advance their intellectual skills in a four-month internship with an industrial or
This program is giving people like Gracie the opportunity to explore far beyond
the surface of the sea.
ADVENTUROUS ENGINEERING STUDENT
GRACIE WATTS STANDS AT THE EDGE OF THE
NORTH ATLANTIC, HER RAGLAN BLOWING IN
THE CRISP NORTHERN GALE.
AT NIGHT SHE HAS DREAMS OF THE WATER. THE
SAME WATER HER FATHER SAILED WHEN SHE WAS A
CHILD. THE SAME WATER THAT SAW THE WIDESPREAD
UPHEAVAL OF BOATS OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO.
NOW, SHE STANDS ON ITS PRECIPICE
AND YEARNS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.