IT'S A FUNNY THING ABOUT CONTROL.
MANY WOULD WALK TO THE VERY EDGE
OF THE EARTH JUST TO TOUCH IT.
CONTROL IS A MYSTICAL CONCEIT — A
SEEMINGLY INAUDIBLE WHISPER THAT
HANGS UPON THE BREATH OF THE WIND.
LEGACIES HAVE BEEN SQUANDERED IN ITS CAPTURE AND
COUNTRIES HAVE FALLEN IN THE WAKE OF ITS ELUSIVENESS.
ONLY THOSE WHO ARE PURE OF HEART AND TRUE
IN SPIRIT CAN WIELD ITS POWER RESPONSIBLY.
Andrew Staniland and his partner in musical crime Scott Stevenson understand and
respect the dichotomy of control.
Andrew comes from a world of music, Scott is an engineering student from a land filled
with binary code and sophisticated sensors. They have collaborated together to create
the perfect blend of art and science. Andrew and Scott hatched a plan to develop a
haptic device that can be used to control digital media in a contemporary classical music
performance. Haptic technology refers to instruments that use touch as the main source
of control. Not only has our… duo created such a device, it's compact enough for touring.
Memorial is proud to support this interdisciplinary research duet and their dashingly
Andrew and Scot's master plan provides an exciting window into the strangely tactile
future of musical control.
They say the North is not a land for the meek. It is a place that spends half its time frozen in ice and wrapped in the deepest of dark nights.
Yet it is also where light dances rhythmically across the night sky, where the sun flames the brightest and the air swirls the sweetest.
The great white north isn't what it used to be.
It has become a land where intense resource development presents challenges for the future.
…SOMEWHERE NORTH OF THE 52ND PARALLEL
John Sandlos and Arn Keeling are working hard to introduce people to the tough choices facing Canada's North.
This interdisciplinary adventure from the departments of history and geography focuses on John and Arn's work entitled "Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada: Historical
Consequences and Mitigation of Current Impacts." The study interprets the development of eight northern mines through the lens of environmental justice and political
ecology, and examines how factors such as pollution, landscape change, the introduction of wage work, and the sudden closure of these mines have impacted the social and
economic life of adjacent Aboriginal communities. Their research will inform how northern communities and governments facing large-scale mineral development can make
decisions that will ensure extractive development does not negatively affect their economic and environmental foundations. Since its inception, this stupendously satisfying
study has grown to include multiple researchers as well as residents in the communities of interest. Memorial proudly supports the end goal of this project, to help
Aboriginal and other northern communities navigate the renewed opportunities and challenges posed by today's resource boom.
This work will help keep the light of the North dancing above mining communities for years to come.
SATELLITES SPIN IN PERPETUAL SILENCE
AROUND OUR PLANET. THEY FLOAT HIGH
ABOVE THE EARTH LIKE METAL SKINNED
BALLOONS, SENDING AND RECEIVING
SIGNALS IN A SYNCHRONIZED DANCE
BELOW A CANOPY OF STARS.
ALL THE WHILE, THE NORTH LIES BENEATH
THE ATMOSPHERE GLIMMERING BRIGHT
LIKE SOME INVERTED MOON. THE PEOPLE
WHO LIVE THERE ARE OF A UNIQUE STOCK.
THEY ARE SEEKERS. INNOVATORS.
INNOVATION IS THE NAME OF THE
GAME WHEN IT COMES TO THE
ELUSIVE RESOURCES OF THE NORTH.
C-CORE has shown lightning-fast reflexes in responding to the challenge of acquiring timely,
cost-effective information on the changing northern environment.
LOOKNorth (Leading Operational Observations and Knowledge for the North), a national
Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research under the federal Networks of
Centres of Excellence Program, seeks technologies that can answer the tough business and
environmental questions about the North. Whether monitoring northern caribou, determining
the strength of ice roads or identifying viable marine transportation routes, LOOKNorth is
collaborating with a boisterously broad network of research partners and institutions, along
with northern businesses and industries, to identify, test and commercialize remote sensing
technologies. Ultimately, the safe, environmentally responsible, cost-effective and sustainable
development of Canada's northern natural resources is in everyone's best interests. And
LOOKNorth takes the approach that technology is only relevant and viable if it meets the
needs of its users.
Memorial is happy to undertake research that addresses the information needs of these hearty
seekers of the North.