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What’s new in the Office of Engagement and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Kelly Vodden is the associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus),Research, Graduate Studies and Engagement
Kelly Vodden is the associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus),Research, Graduate Studies and Engagement - Contributed

I’m happy to share with the readers of Grenfell Matters a few of the exciting things happening within the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Office of Engagement.

Recently we opened facilities that will address two important topics in our province: The Aging Research Centre will facilitate partnerships and catalyze new research initiatives in the area of aging in the province and, particularly, in small-town, rural and remote communities. The new Functional Foods Sensory Laboratory is examining functional foods — natural or processed food products with known health benefits beyond basic nutritional needs, such as the antioxidants in blueberries or the probiotics associated with yogurt.

Other exciting projects and programs our offices are working on include:

- A Research and Innovation Hub, a collaborative effort of Grenfell Campus, College of the North Atlantic and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited. Through innovation, research and training the facility and related programming will serve as a hub of the regional innovation system, supporting local and regional economic growth. The engineering study for the Hub facility is made possible with funding from our federal and provincial governments.

- Agriculture priorities – our overall vision for food and agriculture programming at Grenfell is for the campus to serve as a hub of research, innovation, extension, and entrepreneurship support for agriculture and food security in Newfoundland and Labrador.

- New graduate programs – the master of fine arts in visual arts will welcome the first students in spring 2019 and other programs are under development: a master of management, a master of applied geomatics and a PhD in sustainability science.

- A strategic plan for our offices, in conjunction with strategic planning underway for Grenfell campus as a whole, that will celebrate the research and scholarly activity being conducted by our faculty and students, with a view to increasing those outputs in the future.

Ultimately, our offices are committed to providing leadership and support in research and innovation, and high-quality graduate programs, that will contribute to the socio-economic strengths and environmental sustainability of Western Newfoundland and beyond.

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