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MUNbuttoned is back!

MUNbuttoned is the Harris Centre’s festival of research. This year it’s happening March 30, March 31, and April 1 at the Rocket Room in St. John’s and is open to the public.

Submissions wanted

We’re looking for students, faculty, and staff to share the most interesting, exciting, and intriguing things they do.

Research Games on Thursday, March 30: Have you ever created an interactive game as a teaching tool or as part of a research project? Submit your pitch for our interactive evening of research games on March 30.

Maker’s Fair on Saturday, April 1: Do you make stuff that’s connected to your work or research? Do you create things that you could demonstrate to children and adults? 

Deadline: Please contact us by February 17 with your ideas! 
To submit your idea, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Amy Jones
Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator, | 864-6115

New episode:  Rural Immigration with Michael Haan
“Canada is a land of immigrants” is a phrase we hear often. And while that is certainly true in many ways, immigration is a complex issue we don’t spend nearly as much time talking about as we should.

Michael Haan is Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Ethnic Relations at Western University in London, Ontario, and he spends a lot of time thinking about immigration, especially in rural Canada. 

Listen here
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Yaffle Your Next Project: Creating a sustainable industrial park for Bay St. George is Memorial’s online connecting tool.

One of its most significant jobs is to provide a way for people from outside Memorial to ask for research help. With hundreds of community-suggested opportunities to choose from, your next project is just a click away.

The Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce hopes there is potential for more green industrial development within their region, which spans 49 communities in Western Newfoundland. Stephenville is the major business centre in the area, and the town is currently planning a revitalization of its local industrial park.

Read more about this opportunity here.

For more information, contact:
Amy Jones
Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator |  864-6115

Funding Opportunities
Harris Centre -  RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund

Now Open! 

Do you have a research project relating to drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador? Are you interested in incorporating community needs in research projects to make a difference in the lives of people in NL?

The Harris Centre - RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund provides up to $15,000 per project for creative, relevant, applied research on rural and remote drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding is for a maximum of a one year period. Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to apply and we strongly encourage multidisciplinary and collaborative projects between faculty, staff and students and external stakeholders.

Harris Centre - MMSB Waste Management  Applied  Research Fund 

Opening Soon! 

Do you have an idea for a project that could address NL's solid waste management challenges? We have funding to help! 

Open to all faculty, students and staff at Memorial, the Harris Centre - MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund provides up to $15,000 per project/per year to investigate waste management issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.  

Click  here for more information on both funds or contact:

Mandy Strickland 
Coordinator, Yaffle and Funding Programs | 864-2919

Semester In! Student Consultation - Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12-1:30 p.m. McCann Centre (ED 2030B) 

This program seeks to take 20 undergraduate students from all disciplines out of their regular coursework for a semester to study a community issue intensively. It will be co-taught by faculty from Memorial University and those within the community with expertise on the chosen topic.

Students completing this program will be eligible for a curricular Certificate in Community Collaboration. Anticipated start date for the program is Fall 2018.

We welcome all interested students and recent graduates to this discussion of the Semester In! program. Lunch will be provided. Please register here.

Call for Conference Proposals 
Different by Design Conference, September 2017

In the age of diminishing budgets, program cuts, aging population, smaller pool of volunteers and ever greater need, community organizations are indispensable to rural Canada.

Whether you volunteer in your public library or as a firefighter, whether you manage your community’s foundation or run a local youth centre, the 2017 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference is an opportunity to learn from colleagues, share your own successes, and hear about the latest research on issues that matter to communities and people who call rural Canada home.

Click here for more information. 

Around the world, small islands are teeming with culture and have many stories waiting to be told.

The Harris Centre is working with the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative to bring those stories to an international conference on the St. John’s campus in June.

International Small Island Cultures Conference,
Memorial University, June 2017

The Harris Centre is hosting the 13th International Small Island Cultures conference from June 16-19, 2017. Stories, Ballads, and Island Narratives is this year’s theme.

For more information and to submit a proposal, click here. The d eadline to submit proposals is Feb. 28, 2017

For more information, contact:
Amy Jones
Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator |  864-6115

Reports and Presentations
Report: Forum on Housing and the Mobile Workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador
A new report by the Newfoundland and Labrador research component of the On the Move Partnership, a national research project headquartered at Memorial University, reveals the need for housing that is accessible and affordable for mobile workers and other residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The report is the outcome of a forum that explored the housing-related pressures faced by communities in this province in the context of a mobile workforce. 

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