News Release

REF NO.: 53

SUBJECT: Memorial University robots and writers head downtown for three-day festival of research

DATE: November 7, 2013

Forget what you’ve heard about uptight university types. From November 12-14, Memorial is heading downtown to the Rocket Room above the Rocket Bakery on Water Street for MUNbuttoned, three informal, yet informative, evenings showcasing Harris Centre applied research projects.
The first night, Tuesday, Nov. 12, is a Super Science Fair featuring “speed-geeking” which will be a chance for participants to engage with Memorial scientists for short, interactive presentations. Topics range from recycling robots to dirty drinking water solution for rural areas. On day two, Wednesday, Nov. 13, How We Live, Work and Play, will be a crash course in Newfoundland and Labrador social science, with short, fast-paced presentations on everything from the lessons gleaned from hurricane Igor to how school gardens help kids and communities. The final evening, taking place on Thursday, Nov. 14, is about story, song and stage, with a live theatrical performance from Song of the Mermaid, a research project-turned-play about Isles aux Mort’s historic heroine Ann Harvey, traditional fiddle music and more.
All three events begin at 7 p.m. in the Rocket Room. Full descriptions of all the presentations can be found at www.munbuttoned.com
The research being presented at MUNbuttoned has been supported through the Harris Centre’s suite of applied research funds, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, the RBC Blue Water Fund and Memorial University.
“There’s so much interesting research happening at Memorial, but often, the only people who get to hear about it are other academics,” said Bojan Furst, manager of knowledge mobilization at the Harris Centre. “The research that we and our partners support has direct relevance to the people and places of this province. MUNbuttoned will be an opportunity to share what we’ve learned while also having some fun.”
            MUNbuttoned is being presented by the Harris Centre as part of Open Doors, a week-long initiative of the Association of Canadian Universities and Colleges (AUCC).
“Universities are deeply engaged with their communities, as a resource, an economic driver, a cultural hub and a catalyst for knowledge,” said Paul Davidson, president of AUCC. “In turn, communities shape universities’ teaching and research, bringing new ideas and insight to students and faculty.”
Many of the projects featured at MUNbuttoned respond directly to needs identified by communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.
All three evening events are free of charge and all are welcome. For more information about the presentations and presenters, please check www.munbuttoned.com.

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