WAY BACK THEN, WESTWARD TO WAGONS,
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN FOLKS WEREN'T
TOO WORRIED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT.
THERE WERE NO SKYSCRAPERS OR CARS
OR THEM FLYING MACHINES IN THE
SKIES. THERE WAS JUST NATURE.
FLASH FORWARD 100 YEARS AND NATURE
IS BEING INFRINGED UPON FASTER THAN
A JACKRABBIT GALLOPING DOWN PAT
MURPHY'S MEADOW. AND THAT ISN'T
GOOD FOR ANYBODY.
Folks at Grenfell Campus are finding ways to make a difference.
High atop the jagged Corner Brook hillside at Memorial's Grenfell Campus, something
momentous has happened. There has been a coming together of professors, researchers
and community folks alike. I'm talking about the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI). This
beneficent band of experts dedicated to research and analysis are moseying about their
business of researching and analyzing. Led by Wade Bowers, these folks are dedicated to
focusing on important issues like climate change, energy, food security and forest policy.
Why, they're even collaborating to develop the very first Environmental Atlas of Newfoundland
Folks in the EPI aren't interested in having their glory in the sun, they're interested in making
sure they see us all to another sunset somewhere down the dusty trail. And for all that work, I
give them a tip of my hat, and if I could, I'd buy them all an ice-cold sarsaparilla, or maybe just
fetch them some fresh water from a mountain spring.
THE SEA ISN'T ALWAYS PREDICTABLE.
IT TAKES A NIMBLE MIND TO CHART A
COURSE OVER THE BRINE. KNOWING
THE INFORMATION IS ONLY A SMALL
PART OF LIFE ON THE WATER.
NAVIGATING THE WATER REQUIRES YOUR
ENTIRE BODY AND FULL ATTENTION — THE
MEMORY OF BOTH MIND AND MUSCLE.
TECHNOLOGY CAN GENERATE THE
IMAGES OF THE SEA, BUT IT CANNOT
REPRODUCE THE WIND IN YOUR FACE,
THE SPRAY IN YOUR MOUTH OR THE
FORCE OF A ROLLING WAVE.
The Marine Institute's Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) aims to give young
scientists a taste of the sea.
The goal of CFER is to achieve a better understanding of the sustainability of fish stocks and the
productivity of the province's marine ecosystem through fisheries research. With a five-finned
faculty focus on fisheries and the sustainability of stocks, research and training opportunities to
graduate students, both locally and internationally, collaboration with the Department of Fisheries
and Aquaculture, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and other researchers and institutions in Canada
and abroad, CFER is poised to make a definitive difference in the deep. It is only fitting that a
magnificant marine mandate such as this be carried out in one of the world's most technologically
advanced vessels. Chartered by CFER, the RV Celtic Explorer will not only enable and echo the
work of established researchers, but will attract and inspire young scientists within the world of
Young scientists rarely have the opportunity to experience research and life at sea. CFER provides
these research minnows with a whale of an opportunity aboard the RV Celtic Explorer.
A RESEARCHER STANDS HUNCHED AND WAITING.
PLAYING PEEK-A-BOO WITH THE SEA.
PEERING BENEATH THE RIPPLES AT THE
SHAPES THAT WHIZ PAST IN A FRENETIC
DANCE OF FRANTIC FRENZY.
COLOURS THAT SHINE BRIGHTER THAN FLAME ARE COUNTERBALANCED
BY WHAT APPEAR TO BE SOME OF THE MOST HASTILY PUT TOGETHER
CREATURES IMAGINABLE. A SWEET SMORGASBORD OF VARIABILITY
WHEELING AND TWISTING IN THE FREEDOM OF THE SEA.
ONE VOICE STANDS READY TO SPEAK.
On October 4, 2010, marine explorers from more than 80 countries delivered an historic first —
the global Census of Marine Life.
One of our own stepped forward to courageously lead the assembly and reporting of the
census results. That man was Paul Snelgrove. In one of the largest scientific collaborations ever
conducted, more than 2,700 exceptional scientists spent over 9,000 days at sea on more than
540 expeditions, plus countless days in labs and archives. This past year, the team celebrated their
triumphs by releasing maps, three landmark books and a highlights summary that crown a decade
of discovery. In July, Paul strapped on his cape and flew to Edinburgh, Scotland, to deliver the
team's findings at the world-renowned TEDGlobal 2011.
Paul and his charismatic crew of the deep are thrilled by the results. Now everyone can appreciate
the beautiful oddities that dwell beneath the waves.
THERE IS A CONFESSION TO BE
MADE NOW THAT WE'VE NEARED
THE END OF OUR JOURNEY.
I'M NOT MUCH FOR VIDEO GAMES. WHEN I
WAS A CHILD… WE HAD SAND. THAT IS ALL
WE HAD. WE'D JUST SIT IN BOXES FULL OF
SAND AND BUILD CASTLES WITH BUCKETS.
NOW YOU CAN MAKE WHATEVER YOU WANT INSIDE OF A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT THAT YOU CAN
CONTROL WITH YOUR OWN BODY. THE IDEA HAS TRANSCENDED SIMPLE GAMEPLAY AND MOVED INTO
THE PRAXIS OF REAL LIFE. AND NOT A SINGLE BUCKET HAS BEEN NECESSARY.
Virtual safety is saving lives.
This innovative inter-faculty collaboration is developing virtual environments for the offshore
petroleum and shipping industries. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation may seem, at first blush, to make odd bedfellows.
However, experts from these two units have joined forces in a project that is refining the
technologies and virtual environments that train workers to improve both safety and survivability
on the treacherous waters of the world's oceans. To this end, Scott MacKinnon and Brian Veitch are
leading an experienced multi-disciplinary research and development team based at Memorial. The
research team is partnering with Virtual Marine Technology Inc. to move prototypes of emergency
response training simulators to commercially ready production systems. Our geographic and
historic connections to the harsh ocean environment around us make this super-simulated
initiative a natural direction for Memorial University.
We're proud to be a real part of this virtual journey.