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University Research Professor

University Research Professors have acquired a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant each year for five years and a reduced teaching schedule.

{Dr. Proton Rahman}
Dr. Jeremy Hall, Earth Sciences

Dr. Jeremy Hall, Earth Sciences

After completing his BA in physics at Oxford, and a stint with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Dr. Hall began his research career at the University of Glasgow, where his studies of the deep structural framework of Britain evolved to include the study of the physical properties of rocks to better understand seismology. Dr. Hall moved to the Earth Sciences department of Memorial University as the NSERC/Petro Canada Industrial Chair in Crustal Seismology in 1987. After his tenure as Petro Canada chair, Dr. Hall served for four years as director of the Centre for Earth Resources Research where he was instrumental in launch of the TERRAMON Project, a diverse working group that monitored environmental changes in Newfoundland.

{Dr. Marilyn Porter, Sociology}
Dr. Marilyn Porter, Sociology

Dr. Marilyn Porter, Sociology

Dr. Porter received an honours degree in modern history and political science from Trinity College, Dublin, before continuing her education at Oxford and Bristol University. She was one of the earliest scholars in the United Kingdom to gain a PhD using a feminist theoretical framework, and has contributed significantly to the development of feminist theory and methodology, notably within the disciplines of sociology and women's studies. In the 1970s, Dr. Porter was involved in groundbreaking work in investigating the class consciousness of homemakers and the connections between gender and class consciousness. When Dr. Porter came to Memorial in 1980, she immediately began working in the under-researched field of women in Newfoundland. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Porter has focused a substantial part of her research on the field international development as it affects women.


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