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 dexterous prototype.

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.

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Research Strategy Framework
Aboriginal Peoples

Research under this theme relates to the pre-history and history of Aboriginal peoples, as well as to contemporary issues and opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador, nationally and internationally.

Key research areas include education, languages, society, culture, human rights, gender, literature, religion, ethics, politics, and social and economic development; contemporary issues around resource development, land claims, climate change, health, physical activity, and community development; indigenous expressive culture; youth engagement relating to social policy, social participation and youth programs; Northern Labrador climate change, resource development, transportation, new national parks, and collaboration with the Nunatsiavut Government; and traditional knowledge of Aboriginal peoples and its relation to contemporary issues.

Arctic and Northern Regions

Research under this theme relates to people and communities, environment and resources, approaches and technologies for sustainable resource development, and land, ocean and coastal zones in arctic and northern regions.

Key research areas include northern peoples and their languages, society, culture and communities; regional, national and international governance mechanisms such as environmental regulations and the Law of the Sea; distance education, telecommunications and learning technologies and their implications for northern peoples; technologies for and management of natural resource development, transportation, safety and survival, and health care and emergency response in harsh, remote locations; the geography and ecology of northern marine, terrestrial and ice environments; climate change and its impacts, significant resource developments, and assertion of Canadian sovereignty in the north; land claims, environmental assessment, transportation, and northern and remote infrastructure; economic and regulatory models and best practices to maximize benefits from resource developments.

Community, Regional and Enterprise Development

Research under this theme relates to building capacity of people, organizations, communities, industries, and enterprises to foster social and economic prosperity and development in rural and urban communities, neighbourhoods and regions.

Key research areas include influences affecting economic development and social well-being; the role of education, community health, and social policy and their impact on empowerment of individuals and groups in communities; land use, drinking water, waste management, transportation planning, affordable housing, and labour market development; economic diversification, new business development and improved business practices; impact of climate change, aging populations, migration and immigration on communities and regions; and rural-urban and localglobal interaction, regional cooperation and governance, and innovation in policy and service delivery.

Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage

Research related to creative production and expression; curation and interpretation; and archaeological, historical, ethnographic and archival research in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and internationally.

Key research areas include the arts; all forms of creative production and expression (drama, music and sound, visual, performance, literature); education to preserve and strengthen culture and build identity; performance pedagogy; tangible cultural heritage; intangible cultural heritage, including language and music; cultural industries; history (Newfoundland, maritime, Canadian, and European); expressive determinants of society and individual identity; contemporary and historical creative activity; the use of new media and technologies in the ongoing production of art, culture and heritage; interdisciplinary research in music, health and well-being, in music and engineering; the use of creative expression to critique understandings of culture and society.

Environment, Energy and Natural Resources

Research related to the environment, development of natural resources (oil and gas, mining, forestry), and the interaction of people, industry, and communities with the natural world, locally, nationally and globally.

Key research areas include human interactions with climate change and environmental impacts; energy efficiency; resource economics; cultural perceptions of the environment; environmental science; wildlife, marine, land, habitat resource and waste management; plant and forestry science; environmental engineering and sustainability; cellular and molecular biology and marine sciences; energy industry economics and policy; health, safety and survival in the oil and gas industry; harsh environment engineering, ocean observation systems; petroleum reservoir characterization and exploration geophysics; sustainable and alternative energy solutions; reclamation of non-renewable resource developments; social and economic benefits of the nonextractive values of natural resources; watersheds and water quality business opportunities, public policy, legal issues and regulatory regimes.

Governance and Public Policy

Research related to organizational and corporate governance, public policy and the relationships amongst governments and non-government organizations. Corporate governance consists of the collection of rules, processes, and practices that determine the relationship between managers of an organization and those who have a stake in the organization's performance, including shareholders, creditors, employees, customers, and society at large. Governance, more broadly, includes how government bodies develop and implement public policy, and how governments relate to non-governmental organizations in the shared allocation of decision-making and resources for achieving public policy purposes.

Key research areas include auditing, taxation, finance, leadership and corporate social responsibility; public and collective decision making in economic policy (including policy and governance arrangements relating to specific economic sectors, as well as to cross-cutting areas such as fiscal and monetary policy and trade policy), social policy (including health, education, and social services), cultural policy, environmental policy, defence policy and other policy fields; legal studies across all policy fields; local, regional and federal systems, as well as multilateral and international governance relationships and organizations; immigration and population change; land-use and urban planning; and food security.

Information and Communication Technology

Research related to the theoretical foundations of information and communication technology (ICT), the design and deployment of ICT in a variety of settings, and the evaluation of the use of ICT and its impact on individuals, organizations, and society. It involves research into the study and design of systems that capture, store, transmit, process, and use information in a manner that is efficient, accurate, reliable, secure, profitable, and responsible.

Key research areas include foundational and design areas, including algorithms and complexity, data management, software engineering, computational modeling, computer networks, and intelligent computing; ICT impact, including telemedicine, distance education and e-learning technology, electronic commerce, and privacy; geographic information systems, autonomous ocean systems; managing (storing, retrieving, filtering, and processing) the vast amounts of data collected by businesses and other organizations using web-based and sensor-based data collection (data collection includes scientific, health, pharmaceutical, commercial, geographic, and social network data, remote sensing, communication networks, information technologies, and computational modeling; it spans traditional structured databases and unstructured text); electronic health service delivery in remote areas of the province (including tele-oncology, tele-psychiatry, tele-video resuscitation) and innovative interactive teaching programs for remote areas (i.e., electronic continuing medical education - MD.cme); and cultural and social impacts of ICT.

Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Research related to the maritime environment, the interaction of coastal people and communities with the ocean and maritime environment, and the scientific, technological and organizational requirements of industrial development in this environment, particularly relating to conditions in the North Atlantic. Fishery and aquaculture, more specifically, include fresh water and marine fish biology and environments and scientific, technological and organizational aspects of fishery and aquaculture industry development, and their related social, community, environmental and public policy characteristics.

Key research areas include cultures and societies around the North Atlantic Rim, and how they interact with the ocean and ocean industries, including economic and political agreements and relationships; technologies for natural resource development, transportation, and safety and survival in harsh, remote locations, and the geography and ecology of North Atlantic marine, terrestrial and ice environments; fundamental research in biology, ecology, environmental science, and ocean science; climate change; fisheries conservation and resource management; aquaculture and seafood development; food processing technology and processes to support industry development; research related to the people, organizations, history, economics and policies pertaining to fisheries and aquaculture; deep water and harsh environment marine and petroleum activity; and business development and marketing associated with fisheries and oceans industries.

Social Justice

Research related to systems and structures that contribute to more humane, equitable and just societies. Its focus is on building the capacity and enabling the civic engagement of vulnerable populations, locally, nationally and internationally, whose voices are seldom heard in addressing the barriers to their well-being and full participation in society.

Key research areas include immigration, citizenship and labour market inclusion, and poverty reduction; empowerment of individuals through education, community health approaches, access to medical care and services, and child and family welfare; interdisciplinary aspects of diversity, difference, equity and ethics; labour relations, social and working class history, gender equality and sexuality; the impact of poverty on individual and community development in urban and rural neighbourhoods and communities; homelessness, affordable housing, and poverty; citizen engagement in communities, and how education is valued (to help explain the low rate of high school graduation); mental health, aging, social development, and disabilities issues; national and international social justice issues; and corporate social responsibility.

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery

Research related to improvement of health and well-being through building research and knowledge provincially, nationally and internationally especially for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in areas of unique provincial need and opportunity.

Key research areas include genetics research that addresses both the need and opportunity presented by the founder population characteristics of the province (genealogy, community and population health, ethics and health policy development, as well as specific bio-molecular research and clinical care innovation); health services and health policy research as well as research related to special medical, nursing and other health professional education that respond to the province's aging, rural, northern and aboriginal populations and distinctive workforces; research related to efficient and accessible health care systems, and effective public health programs and policies and healthy and safe work places; biomedical sciences ranging from cellular and molecular processes to animal and cell modeling that respond to the province's high incidence of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease; multinational clinical trials of drug and device interventions; health promotion, public health, health policy, disease prevention and chronic disease management; and healthy aging.

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