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Dr. James Munroe

Physics and Physical Oceanography

Dr. James Munroe was raised in Winnipeg, MB, and completed his undergraduate and master’s in applied math from the University Waterloo. He went on to complete a PhD in physics from the University of Alberta, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in France at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.

His research specializes in stratified fluid dynamics, particularly internal waves. “These waves, which are common in the ocean, exist beneath the surface of water and are driven by buoyancy forces caused by density differences,” explained Dr. Munroe. “Internal waves are responsible for transporting energy and momentum and, when they break, mixing heat and nutrients within the ocean.”

His approach uses laboratory experiments and numerical simulations to study the dynamics of these waves as they are generated, evolve and interact, and eventually break and dissipate.

“Having never before lived anywhere near the ocean, I am quite excited to be now living in a place that resonates with my research area,” he added.


Dr. Dimitrios Panagos

Political Science

Dimitrios Panagos is an assistant professor in the political science department. He arrived at Memorial in fall 2010 after completing his PhD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

Dr. Panagos is teaching POSC 4100 (Approaches to Political Theory) this term and his research interests focus on identity and aboriginal politics. He is engaged in a number of collaborative research projects focused on, first, First Nations and the governance of mineral resources in Canada and, second, the participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian elections.

He has published several articles, most recently The Plurality of Meanings Shouldered by the term ‘Aboriginality’: An Analysis of the Delgamuukw Case in the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

An article he co-authored, Explaining Aboriginal Turnout in Federal Elections: Evidence from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, will appear this year in volume 10 of Aboriginal Policy Research: Voting, Governance, and Research Methodology (Thompson Educational Publishing).

When not teaching or researching, Dr. Panagos can be found visiting the coffee houses of St. John’s.


Dr. Melanie Seal

Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Melanie Seal has joined the Faculty of Medicine as a medical oncologist and assistant professor of oncology. Her main clinical and research focus is on breast cancer and she has a special interest in triple negative breast cancers.

Dr. Seal earned her MD at Memorial in 2003 and did her internal medicine residency and a diploma in clinical epidemiology at Memorial. She continued her medical oncology training at McMaster University in Hamilton where she was awarded Resident of the Year by the Medical Staff Association in 2008. She then took up a Fellowship at the B.C. Cancer Agency in Vancouver in breast cancer.

Her research has led to three publications in the past year, in the Lancet, the Cancer Journal and Virchows Archiv, and the European Journal of Pathology. Her current research projects include a population based analysis of over 700 women with HER-2 positive early stage breast cancer focusing on outcomes for those treated with adjuvant trastuzumab. She was awarded the American Association for Cancer Research Translational Research Scholar-in-Training Award based on this research.

Dr. Seal has also undertaken a project assessing genome wide changes between primary and relapsed tumor in metastatic breast cancer using array comparative genomic hybridization. This research is funded by a grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Since joining the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Seal has taken on the role of clinical teaching unit II director, responsible for organizing teaching and evaluations of clinical clerks, interns and residents rotating through the clinical teaching unit.

She enjoys teaching and is interested in supervising medical students and residents on research projects.


Dr. Jianming Yang

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Somewhere between working among his colleagues in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and spending time on the hiking trails with his family, Dr. Jianming Yang has become quite fond of living in St. John’s and working at Memorial University as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

“I get to work together with energetic, brilliant people in teaching and research,” he said.

Although born and raised in a small town close to Beijing, in Hebei, China, Dr. Yang was no stranger to Canada having lived in Nova Scotia and in New Brunswick before arriving in Newfoundland.

“St. John’s is great. There are great people here with a rich culture and heritage and geographically, it’s the ideal size. It’s a great place to be for both family life and professional life,” he said.

Upon receiving his master’s degree, Dr. Yang worked for eight years as a mechanical design engineer in northern China. After which he went to work as an associate professor at Guilin University of Electronic Technology (China) and as a professor with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China) before moving to Canada. Prior to coming to Memorial, he worked as a mechanical engineer.

Dr. Yang teaches engineering graphics and design at Memorial and his research areas include mechanical dynamics and manufacturing systems for automotive body.


Dr. Mark Stoddart


Dr. Mark Stoddart is an assistant professor of sociology. He comes to Memorial from Halifax, where he held a Killam post-doctoral fellowship. Prior to his stint at Dalhousie he spent 16 years in British Columbia where he received his PhD from the University of British Columbia and his MA from the University of Victoria.

His research focuses on three inter-related areas: the eco-politics of outdoor sport and nature tourism, media representations of environmental conflict, and the social dynamics of environmentalism.

Dr. Stoddart’s PhD dealt with the eco-politics of skiing in British Columbia and a book on the subject is scheduled to be published by UBC Press in the spring of 2012. He has also recently published an article in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and an article will be published in the next issue of Nature and Culture. Articles on environmental movement participation (co-authored with David B. Tindall) recently appeared in BC Studies and Social Movement Studies with a third forthcoming in the journal Sociological Spectrum.

He is currently teaching a 4000-level special topics course in environmental sociology which will be added to the regular course calendar in 2011-2012.

Since the onset of winter, Dr. Stoddart and his wife have been enjoying cross country skiing at Butterpot and Pippy parks.