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REF NO.: 111

SUBJECT: Memorial University heads to Northern Lights conference

DATE: Feb. 1

            Memorial has joined more than 1,000 delegates at Northern Lights 2012, the premier conference of Canada's north and the eastern arctic, to highlight the university’s longstanding and deep attachment to the north as Labrador’s university.
            Hosted by the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce and the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, the annual event is bringing some 140 exhibitors to the Ottawa Convention Centre between Feb. 1-4.
            The presence of Memorial representatives and a booth at the event will underscore Memorial’s extensive activities in Labrador, including the university’s work through the Labrador Institute, the Faculty of Medicine, the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus and various individual researchers.
            Memorial’s president, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, will lead the university delegation, joined by Associate Vice-President (Research) Dr. Ray Gosine, the director of the Labrador Institute, Dr. Keith Chaulk, and representatives from Grenfell Campus, C-CORE, the Marine Institute, the Labrador Institute, the Division of Marketing and Communications and Memorial’s Department or Georgraphy.
            Northern Lights strives to strengthen partnerships between Canada’s northern and southern key business and government stakeholders. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale will be in attendance along with various Newfoundland businesspeople.
            A session called Arctic Ocean Technology: Utilizing R&D to Overcome Resource Development Challenges will take place on Feb. 2, with Charles Randell, president and CEO of C-CORE, and Carey Bonnell, head of Fisheries, Marine Institute.
            Follow Memorial’s University’s activities at Northern Lights 2012 on Twitter, hashtag #MemorialUpNorth.
            For a list of the some of Memorial’s activities in Labrador, see the attached backgrounder or stop by Memorial’s booth at the Northern Lights tradeshow, booth number 506.

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 Backgrounder on Memorial in Labrador

· The Bachelor of Social Work program in Happy Valley-Goose Bay integrates traditional Aboriginal knowledge into its curriculum.
· Grenfell Campus faculty members facilitate local concerns regarding Muskrat Falls development.
· The Labrador Institute’s postdoctoral student Rachel Hirsch researches local priorities in evaluating knowledge exchange and policy framings on food security and climate change in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
· Earth Sciences professor Paul Sylvester researches the Labrador meteorite impact crater to test Martian rovers.
· Training for firefighters, specifically Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT), is happening in Labrador mines.
· A new research centre opened last fall in North West River and is the fourth Labrador Institute facility, boasting lab space and new equipment.
· A project is being conducted on Aboriginal ecological knowledge of Innu, Inuit and Metis and how it has influenced scientific research and natural management in Labrador.
· PhD student Nathaniel Pollock is working with the Innu Nation and the Nunatsiavut Government to do research on the risk and protective factors related to suicide in Labrador.
· Special work is being done by the School of Social Work to meet the needs of high-risk children in Labrador.
· Research is being conducted on the Canadian boreal forests through the NL Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect, a group of study sites in Western NL and Southern NL with similar ecosystems that are monitored for key climatic information.
· The Community Based Education Delivery Unit held a Fishing Master IV program in Cartwright with 13 students through the Marine Institute.
· The Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research National NSERC Fisheries Network project is gathering research from fishermen about their perspectives on fisheries management in the Hawke Channel Closed Area off the Labrador coast.
· Dr. Tom Gordon of the School of Music is well-researched on the Moravian music history of Labrador.
· Field projects in Mealy Mountains regarding conservation biology of endangered species, plant ecology (arctic-alpine and boreal systems); protected areas strategies, invasive species biology and impact; climate change effects on boreal and arctic ecosystems.
· Northern Family Medicine Program allows Faculty of Medicine residents to do eight months of their two-year training in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
· There are an ongoing number of studies on the vast geology of Labrador by researchers like Derek Wilton of Memorial’s Earth Sciences Department, who has worked in Labrador on some of the oldest rocks on the planet.


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