News in Brief (Continued)
Dr. Ray Gosine was named to the Dr. J. I. Clark Chair for Operations in Harsh Environments. Dr. Gosine is a professor in electrical and mechanical engineering at Memorial and a researcher in intelligent systems with C-CORE since 1994. A Memorial engineering alumnus, Dr. Gosine has a PhD from Cambridge University in England. His work in telerobotics, machine vision and pattern recognition has led to an extensive range of collaborative projects with industry, where intelligent systems support development in harsh environments and in applications where production or processing is not feasible for humans.
Dr. Serpil Kocabiyik, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr. Len Zedel, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, were named as recipients of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. Dr. Kocabiyik's research project is in fluid dynamics and focuses on the impact of the unsteady flow of fluids around a cylindrical body. This project is of significant importance in the field of ocean engineering and is used to accurately predict the design life of cylindrical offshore structures and to help refine offshore designs. Dr. Zedel is undertaking a research project to field test Doppler sonar systems optimized to measure the speed of swimming fish. Doppler sonar systems are routinely used to measure ocean currents but these existing systems actually eliminate the acoustic signature of fish. In the long term, it is hoped that this application of Doppler sonar technology will provide fisheries managers with a better view of changing fish populations and distributions.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) granted $5 million over five years for an inter-disciplinary, multi-site study of the causes and impact of colorectal cancer, involving researchers at Memorial University and the University of Toronto. The Newfoundland share of the funding, over $2 million, includes an allocation to enhance the ability of the cancer registry at the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation to rapidly collect information about newly diagnosed cancer. At Memorial, the principal investigators for the Colorectal Cancer Study are Dr. Pat Parfrey, clinical epidemiologist and nephrologist, and Dr. Ban Younghusband, molecular geneticist.
Memorial's new Oil and Gas Development Partnership took physical shape this fall when the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science welcomed its first students into oil and gas engineering studies. Developed within the existing five bachelor of engineering programs (mechanical, civil, electrical, computer, and ocean and naval architectural engineering), the oil and gas options mark the achievement of an important goal in the university's oil and gas plan.
The university was successful in recruitment of faculty for the new initiative, attracting several high-tech oilpatch experts. The newcomers include Petro-Canada Chair in applied seismology Dr. Michael Slawinsky; petroleum geologist and reservoir specialist Dr. Andrew Pulham; and a professor in environmental science focusing on oil and gas operations, Dr. Kelly Hawboldt. In addition, engineering professor Dr. Ray Gosine, named to the Dr. J. I. Clark Chair in harsh environments research, will contribute to Memorial's strength in oil and gas. The new positions complement the university's existing expertise in ocean and ice engineering, underwater operations and intelligent systems, environmental protection and remediation, offshore safety, reservoir characterization, and simulation.
Memorial will play a key role in the Ocean Management National Research Network, which addresses ocean management research. The network is jointly funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The network, led by Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, will bring together researchers in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, along with participation by ocean-oriented organizations, community groups and government. The theme of the work is science and local knowledge, sustainability and integrated ocean management. Memorial's component of the network, the Sustainability Node, is led by Dr. Peter Sinclair of the Department of Sociology. The Sustainability Node will receive $204,500 over three years to address the sustainable use of marine resources from a multi-disciplinary perspective.