The annual Faculty of Science Dean’s Awards ceremony was held on Memorial’s St. John’s campus and saw Dr. Mary Courage, dean of the Faculty of Science, recognize 271 students representing the top 10 per cent in the faculty.
Dr. Derek Wilton is collaborating with the Nunatsiavut Government on a project that has significant implications for resource evaluation in the Canadian Arctic and near Arctic.
The remote Strange Lake area in Northern Labrador contains a world-class rare earth element (REE) deposit. REEs are strategic minerals used in a variety of high-tech applications, ranging from computer and smartphone screens to super magnets.
“This deposit was discovered by the Iron Ore Company of Canada in the 1980s and it’s right on the border between Labrador and Quebec,” said Dr. Wilton, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science. “While they worked at it for a few years, they really couldn’t do anything with it because they didn’t know how to separate the elements from the minerals.”
Memorial’s Dr. John Jamieson spent some of the warm summer months on a cold-water cruise — Arctic cold.
The professor of earth sciences joined a multidisciplinary research team aboard the research vessel R/V G.O. Sars, led by chief scientist Dr. Rolf Pederson, director of the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Colin Taylor and Ben Coughlan, both of whom successfully completed their Bachelors in earth science this year, accepted a summer internship position with the Petroleum Board of Canada. They joined the Ramform Tethys in St. Johns in May 2017 for their first four-week rotation offshore.
The first trip was a general introduction to the seismic vessel, including deck operations and exposure to each seismic department onboard. For the second four-week rotation the two interns spent most of their time in the Operations Geophysics department, learning about Viper and SPArk, online/offline processing, project management and data visualization.
Ulrike Ott, Personnel Manager of the Petroleum Board of Canada asked them what they thought of the program and their time offshore.
The St John’s Campus of Memorial University is the host of one of only three absolute gravity reference stations on the island of Newfoundland. Station 991399 is located in a cool, quiet concrete bunker off the Munnels under the Science Building. Last month, gravity experts Jason Silliker and Rachel van Herpt from the Canadian Geodetic Survey of Natural Resources Canada brought their high accuracy absolute gravity meter FG5-236 (aka “Gertrude”) for a 24-hour-long set of measurements at the station.
Congratulations to MSc student Alex Hutter who received a 2017 CSPG Regional Graduate Student Scholarship and a 2017 Geological Society of America Student Research Grant for his thesis project “Detrital thermochronometry and provenance of Jurassic and Cretaceous reservoir sandstones, Jeanne d’Arc basin, Grand Banks, offshore Newfoundland”.
Dr. John Hanchar, a professor of Earth Sciences, and his former graduate students, Chris Fisher and Stacy Phillips, recently had a paper published in the journal Geology, the premier journal in the Earth Sciences.
New Memorial University research has identified how the first burrowing animals helped engineer the explosion of life as we know it.
Eight of our students, including five presenters, attended the 66th Annual Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference, which was held at Acadia University, in Wolfville Nova Scotia, from 27th – 29th October, 2016.
All of our presenters were recognized for their work: of the six awards given out, our students won three (best presentation, best poster and best geophysics presentation), and the other two presenters were tied runners up for best presentation.
This summer, faculty from Memorial’s earth sciences department sailed on a research cruise to Endeavour Ridge, Canada’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA).
Located 250 kilometres offshore from Vancouver Island, B.C., and 2,250 metres below the ocean’s surface, Endeavour is a seismically and volcanically active area of the sea floor with hydrothermal venting.
Congratulations to Roddy Campbell (MSc. candidate in Geology) who received a best poster prize from the Mineral Deposit Division at this year’s GAC-MAC conference in Whitehorse, Yukon.
What may have been the largest group of students ever admitted to the Faculty of Science Dean’s List at one time was honoured at an event on Sept. 20.
Annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony was held on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus and saw Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of Science, recognize 281 students who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty.
Congratulations to Roddy Campbell (MSc. student in Geology) who received a best poster prize from the Mineral Deposit Division at this year’s GAC-MAC conference in Whitehorse, Yukon. His thesis research on “Early Paleozoic magmatism and stratigraphy of the Kechika group, Pelly Mountains, Yukon” is collaborative with Luke Beranek and Steve Piercey (Memorial University) and Richard Friedman (University of British Columbia). This project is supported by the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals program at Natural Resources Canada, Yukon Geological Survey, and NSERC.
Congratulations to Dr. Stefanie Brueckner who received the prestigious Governor General's Gold Medal in Graduate Studies at the recent Spring Convocation, given annually to recognize excellence in a doctoral program.
Nearly $7-million in new federal funding will accelerate more than 50 individual research projects on three of Memorial’s campuses in areas ranging from resource management to ocean sciences to enhanced oil recovery.
Congratulations to Dr. Stefanie Brueckner who received the prestigious Governor General's Gold Medal in Graduate Studies at the recent Spring Convocation, given annually to recognize excellence in a doctoral program.
In 1873, the Earl of Dufferin, who served as governor general from 1872 to 1878, created a medal to recognized scholastic achievements. Today, the Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded at four levels: Bronze at the secondary school level, Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary diploma level, Silver at the undergraduate level, and Gold at the graduate level. The Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded to the student who graduates with the highest standing in his or her institution.
Joshua Lehr and Alicia Morry are Memorial’s 2016 Killam Fellows.
Mr. Lehr, a third-year science student majoring in behavioural neuroscience and mathematics, has spent the winter semester at the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Morry, a fourth-year student currently working on two degrees, a bachelor of science in earth sciences and a bachelor of arts (hons.) in archaeology, has just begun a semester at the University of Washington.
Some 2,500 degrees will be awarded to graduating Memorial University students during 12 sessions of convocation at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre on May 12 and at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from May 31-June 3.
You’ve heard of writers-in-residence and artists-in-residence, but how about geologists-in-residence?
Since 2013, Memorial University alumni have played a large role in a unique variation on the residency program on Fogo Island, through a project developed in conjunction with the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Inn.
Memorial University is partnering with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Johnson GEO Centre and Oceans Learning Partnership to live broadcast a deep-sea expedition in the South Pacific on March 29.
Environmental geochemist Dr. Penny Morrill, an associate professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, is the latest recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, supported on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor as operator.
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Piercey, Professor and NSERC-Altius Industrial Research Chair in the Metallogeny of Ores and Volcanic Sedimentary Basins, who is the 2016 recipient of the Geological Association of Canada's W. W. Hutchison Medal for outstanding contributions to Canadian earth science research in the Lithostratigraphy, Volcanology, and Sedimentary Evolution of Mineral Deposits.
Nineteen students were presented with Ocean Industries Student Research Awards (OISRA) at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus March 7.
With a combined investment of more than $6.5 million from the federal and provincial governments, Memorial University is advancing critical research focused on Canada’s valuable natural resources.
A Memorial alumna is savouring the glory of being named Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, a role she hopes will bolster the profile of several volunteer groups and inspire young women to focus on educational goals.
This January, the late Dr. Harold (Hank) Williams, of the Department of Earth Sciences, will be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame “recognizes and honours the legendary mine finders and builders of a great Canadian industry.” Candidates are individuals who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievements to the benefit of the Canadian or world mineral industry in the areas of exploration, corporation building, technical or supporting contributions, or mining in society.
Born and raised on ‘The Rock’, the island of Newfoundland inspired Dr. Williams during his fruitful years with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and prolific career at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John’s.
Kazuhito Mizutani, an international student form Yokkaichi, Japan, has received the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch Silver Jubilee Scholarship.
The award was presented recently in St. John’s at the Mineral Resources Review.
Six students from the Earth Sciences Department attended the Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference (AUGC) 2015, which took place at St. Mary's University, Halifax from October 22th to 25th. Emily Gorner, Mark Grant, and Kazuhito Mizutani presented their honours dissertations at the conference.
It was a full house for the recent Dean of Science Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Over 280 students, who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty, were admitted to the Dean's List, possibly the largest number at one time.
Dr. Henry Longerich, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences, was recently awarded the International Association of Geoanalysts Honorary Fellowship 2015 in recognition of his long-standing contribution to Geoanalytical and Metrological Science and the goals of IAG. The award was presented at the Geoanalysis 2015 conference in Leoben, Austria, August 2015.
Earth Sciences associate professor Graham Layne was recently awarded the Teaching Award from the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador at their recent annual conference on June 5th.
Dr. Stephen Piercey, a professor of Earth Sciences and the NSERC-Altius Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Deposits, was recently elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA).
Dr. Stephen Piercey has been named the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award for Outstanding Research. This award recognizes young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines.
At a recent PEGNL Conference, Dr. Graham Layne was given the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador Teaching Award. This award recognizes exemplary contribution to the teaching and learning of the engineering and geoscience at Memorial University. Rod Churchill, alumni 1991 (BSc(Hons) and 1994 (MSc) won the PEG-NL Community Service Award.
Dr. Stephen Piercey, Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, has been named the 2015-2016 Geological Association of Canada (GAC) Howard Street Robinson Lecturer. The Howard Street Robinson Lecturer is chosen by the Mineral Deposits Division and the Precambrian Division of the GAC in alternate years. It is funded by the Robinson Fund of the GAC that was established in 1977, following the bequest to GAC from the estate of Howard Street Robinson, a founding member of GAC. The bequest was “for furtherance of scientific study of Precambrian Geology and Metal Mining.”
Memorial students Ben Taylor and Samantha Marsh are among the best in the country when it comes to target shooting.
Mr. Taylor, a 22-year-old Earth sciences student from St. John’s, has been the national men’s air rifle champion for the past two years while Ms. Marsh, a 20-year-old international business student living in Mount Pearl, recently brought home two gold medals from the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.
Congratulations to student Chris Voisey who has been selected to attend the 9th Annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop.
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Martin Brasier. Martin was a very recently retired professor of palaeontology at Oxford University and a long-standing Adjunct Professor (2007-2013) in our department at Memorial where he collaborated and co-supervised students with Duncan McIlroy.
Dr. Trevor VandenBoer is the recipient of Memorial University’s first Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.
The objective of the Banting program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, develop their leadership potential and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. Only 70 of these are awarded annually at a value of $70,000 a year for two years.
It was standing-room only at the annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 23, as parents, employees and friends joined the Faculty of Science to celebrate student, faculty and staff achievement.
During the event, Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of Science, named 259 students to the Dean’s List, a group comprised of the top 10 per cent of students in the Faculty of Science.
The Department of Earth Science is inviting 60 years of graduates back to Memorial as a part of its Reunion celebrations happening during MUNdays 2014. Celebrations will kick off Friday night with a get together on campus in the Alexander Murray Club and Graduate Lounge. It's all about old friends, food, laughter and memories which is sure to make it a rockin' good time - plus we want you to bring along your guitars for a little jam session!
Saturday requires you to dust off those hiking boots and rock hammers! We have a couple of great field trips lined up. You'll have the opportunity to explore ancient Neoproterozoic glacial rocks or Avalonian volcano-plutonic terrane.
In the life of every university there are legends – tales of high adventure and discovery – some passed on from generation to generation, some lost in the passage of time. This summer marked the 50th anniversary of one of those events.
A fossil discovered in Newfoundland and Labrador may contain one of the first animals on earth and, quite possibly, the oldest evidence of muscle tissue ever recorded.
Ordinarily Dr. Derek Wilton, a professor Earth Sciences, might not be expected to have much in common, with Dr. Atanu Sarkar, a public health physician in the Faculty of Medicine.
But a potential uranium mine in Labrador is bringing together these two very different researchers at Memorial.
The concept design phase of the new 425,000 sq. ft. core science facility is expected to wrap up in July.
On June 25th, three concepts will be presented in a Town Hall session to the Memorial community, with the goal of establishing a preferred scheme based on the strengths of each design.
Five Memorial-led research projects recently received a boost from the Research & Development Corporation (RDC). RDC is investing more than $475,000 in five research and development projects related to mineral exploration and development. The projects are aimed at enhancing exploration efforts, improving environmental mitigation strategies and strengthening R&D opportunities through the purchase of specialized equipment.
Tens of thousands of years ago, the Northern Hemisphere was covered by continental glaciers. These glaciers acted like bulldozers, pushing dirt and rocks across the land and dumping them kilometres away, leaving a mystery for those who look for and study mineral deposits: How to tell if there is a hidden deposit buried metres below.
Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences will use a $1.98 million contribution from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) to create the Hibernia Project Geophysics Support Fund to enhance geophysics education and research.
EASC2918 Earth's Story is an overview of the Earth's dynamic past of episodes of supercontinent collision and breakup, massive flooding, global warming and freezing, magnetic field reversals, and continents travelling over long distances. The evolution of life is tied to this history and has had equally dramatic turns of rich growth and catastrophic extinction.
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch recognized a number of individuals with ties to Memorial University at their recent 2013 Mineral Industry Awards.
On Saturday, 19 October 2013, the Department celebrated the 50th anniversary of the appointment in 1963 of Dr. Ernst Deutsch, as the first geophysics faculty member. Geophysics at MUN grew in the Physics Department over the next 20 years, and then the group merged administratively with the geologists in the new Department of Earth Sciences.
The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) is investing $3.7 million in Memorial University to support 34 academic-led research projects aimed at solving technical challenges and closing knowledge gaps.
For the first time, Memorial Univeristy is participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competiton.
The Faculty of Science will hold a competition for Science students on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Additionally, the School of Graduate Studies is hosting a university-wide competition on Monday, Oct. 21.
Everything Science 2013 is the Faculty of Science's way of welcoming incoming undergraduate students to the faculty.
The orientation event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Science building.
Researchers in Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences are among those from 16 other universities and 24 leading mining companies across Canada to benefit from the largest Collaborate Research and Development grant ever awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Dr. Steve Piercey and Dr. Colin Farquharson are research partners on the project, which is hoped to increase exploration success rates.
Dr. Alison Malcolm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been appointed the inaugural Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization.
Dr. Malcolm, who will assume the position in summer 2014, will establish an applied research program relevant to petroleum geology and geophysics, with special emphasis on integrated reservoir characterization.
Penny Morrill and Tao Cheng of the Department of Earth Sciences will receive $24,244 from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) to investigate improved methods of remediating acid mine drainage from legacy mine sites.
Just before Commander Chris Hadfield blasted off in December 2012 for a five-month mission on the International Space Station, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invited young Canadian students to design their own science experiment for him to do while on board. Memorial researchers helped one Newfoundland school make it into the contest's top 10 - twice!
Researchers and graduate students at Memorial University received a major boost, thanks to new funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Mervin McDonald, our top graduating BSC (Hons) student, received the Captain Robert A. Bartlett Science Award in the recent Spring Convocation. In addition, he was awarded the University Medal of Academic Excellence in Earth Sciences and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador Award for Excellence in Geoscience. Congratulations Merv!
The Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is contributing $420,000 to enhance the field experience of students and staff at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. The funds will support the Department of Earth Science’s core field schools, the development of a new environmental geology and geophysics field school and field safety leadership training opportunities.
Field researchers get many opportunities to see the majestic side of the natural environment that has become their ‘laboratory’, and someone with a good eye can often capture that splendor.
The Department of Earth Sciences has decided to feature some of those moments in an art installation in one of their public spaces.
Shannon Gill and Will Bradford, both graduate students with the Department of Earth Sciences, have been awarded graduate fellowships from the Society of Economic Geologists with funding from the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation (SEGCF).
The Department of Earth Sciences handed out more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards at a ceremony on April 2. Dr. Graham Layne, deputy head of the Earth Sciences department, hosted the event.
Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and The Faculty of Science’s Department of Earth Sciences will be hosting a joint public open house on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Engineering and Geoscience Month.