zoom Viking Supply Ships have been awarded a contract for consulting services with a company owned by major oil companies. The contract includes general advice, logistical support and equipment supply for offshore work in harsh environments.The contract is for a period of two years from the end of 2013. The total contract value is estimated to be approximately MUSD 50-60 depending on actual services required.The contract strengthens the company’s position as one of the leading operators working in harsh and remote areas. Viking Supply Ships have unique experience from operating under challenging conditions with skilled and specially trained crews.Viking Supply Ships, December 19, 2013
McNabs Island Park and MacCormack’s Beach will be closed either Thursday, May 24, or Friday, May 25, so scientists can begin a brown spruce longhorn beetle research project. Spruce logs from McNabs Island, where the brown spruce longhorn beetle is known to be present, will be flown by helicopter to MacCormack’s Beach in Eastern Passage, Halifax Co. As a safety precaution, the park and beach areas will be closed while the logs are being transported. The work is not expected to take more than one day. Because the work depends on weather and availability of helicopter and crew, the exact date of the work cannot yet be determined. Researchers will remove the bark from the McNabs Island spruce logs using standard sawmill commercial debarking machines and test to determine whether the brown spruce longhorn beetles survive the process. They will then use the beetles’ survival rate to help assess the risk of moving bark from a sawmill inside the containment zone to a facility outside of the regulated area. Bark from spruce logs is commonly sold to companies for garden mulch or for burning as fuel in energy plants. On May 14, new federal regulations came into effect that include an expanded containment zone for products associated with brown spruce longhorn beetle. Landowners, mill operators and others inside the zone are able to deal with spruce logs, spruce bark and oversized spruce wood chips. Anyone moving those products outside of the containment zone, however, must follow certification requirements put in place by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. As part of the new ministerial order and regulations, more scientific research was recommended to better understand this beetle. Natural Resources Canada is the lead federal department conducting that research. The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are providing assistance in this work. The findings from Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service’s research at McNabs Island will be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Task Force.
Department of Psychology professor Tanya Martini has watched the evolution of teaching unfold before her during her 18 years in post-secondary education.Awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award at Brock in 2015, Martini admits she’s not the most technology-minded professor out there, but she also knows the important role it can play in effective teaching.“I think technology can be helpful and useful. Do I think it’s absolutely necessary for learning to take place? No, but I find some of the tools, when you learn their ins and outs, can be very effective in helping things move in classrooms,” Martini said. “Overall, I feel like I’m pro technology.”Martini said overheads were still the dominant tool of the trade when she started teaching at the University of Windsor in 1998. Then came PowerPoint, which is still largely in use.Now there are interactive tools such as clicker devices that allow students to answer questions during a lecture and then see their marks immediately posted on a screen at the front of the room.Martini, who has been teaching at Brock since 2003, now uses Microsoft’s OneNote, which allows for everything from course planning to a virtual collaborative space for students.“It’s easy to set up discussion groups and it’s very user friendly. Students have started to use it for other things, like their own notes. It’s not a tool that’s governed by me,” said Martini.It’s this type of technology use that will be highlighted at the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s EDTECH Showcase being held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in ST 103, 105 and 107.The event will be a conversation about the benefits and challenges of using teaching technologies such as: classroom response systems; Office 365; online course evaluations; Sakai; social media; streaming video; and web authoring.Among the specific Brock projects to be highlighted, History professor and chair, Daniel Samson will be showcasing elements of the newly created online course HIST2F90, designed and taught with Michael Driedger.“Trying new educational technology tools has been productive for us as teachers,” said Samson. “It has encouraged us to rethink our philosophy and practice in small but significant ways.”Other educational technology projects showcased will include the use of Open Educational Resources, where faculty supported by Brock’s eLearn initiative created open online textbooks to increase access and affordability for students. Earth Science professors Marie Shmidt, Frank Fueten and Rick Cheel collaborated for ERSC 1P94 Planetary Science.Similarly, History also used the same platform for their open online textbook, HIST2F90: Money & Power in the Atlantic World.