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 and Labrador.

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 fisheries science.

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.

JULY 16, 2011

Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

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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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