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Dr. Harris Berger

Heavy metal and American popular music. Folklore studies. Ethnomusicology.

Those are the diverse, and interconnected, research areas of Memorial’s newest Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC).

Dr. Harris Berger was formally appointed CRC in Ethnomusicology on Friday, Dec. 2. The announcement represents a total federal investment of $1.4 million for Memorial research.


The Canada Foundation for Innovation has published the new book Innovation.

$54 million. 146 researchers. 20 years.

In the past two decades, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has played an integral role in transforming Memorial-led research projects by providing critical funding for infrastructure, which has helped build a strong dynamic research community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The national funding body celebrates its 20th anniversary in February 2017. This fall, it published a new commemorative book, Innovation, which features a Memorial research study.


SSHRC's Storyteller Contest launched Nov. 28.

Memorial is looking to continue its tradition of excellence at a national research event.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) launched its 2017 Storytellers Contest on Nov. 28, challenging post-secondary students to demonstrate how social sciences and humanities research affects our world and future prosperity.

As with past contests, Memorial is hoping to be strongly represented throughout the contest.


Dr. Rebecca Franklin researches entrepreneurship within the context of musicians and the music industry. PHOTO: KAREN ROCHE

A researcher at Memorial’s business faculty hopes her current research will help transform the stereotype of the starving artist into an image of the entrepreneurial artist.

Dr. Rebecca Franklin, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Business Administration, recently received her first Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project titled Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Fostering Entrepreneurial Behaviours that Lead to Positive Outcomes.


Dr. Aimée Surprenant

Enthusiasm and optimism.

In the past two months, those are the two words Dr. Aimée Surprenanthas heard the most when it comes to the single largest federal investment for research at Memorial.

In early September, Ottawa announced nearly $100 million for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnerships between Memorial, Dalhousie University and University of Prince Edward Island. The federal investment was made through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.


Dr. Trevor Bell programs a SmartSENSOR in the sea ice off Pond Inlet in May 2016. The buoy logs temperatures as a means to determine ice thickness, and transmits the information via satellite.

A respected field scientist, who has spent his recent career championing Arctic research, is a finalist for a prestigious $1-million national honour often called the Nobel Prize of the North.

Dr. Trevor Bell, University Research Professor in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of eight people shortlisted for the fifth annual Arctic Inspiration Prize.


The late Dr. Richard Marceau

There were times, in the past three years, when Greg Horner would often join his neighbour on his back deck to quietly savour their scenic ocean vista and the awes of nature.

Shortly after meeting Dr. Richard Marceau in 2013, the two became fast friends. They shared stories. Shared meals. And shared laughs at their Conception Bay South homes.

Those are the moments Mr. Horner cherishes most, these days.

His friend – and Memorial’s vice-president (research) – passed away suddenly overnight on Monday, Sept. 26.


Memorial University of Newfoundland has released the Strategic Internationalization Plan 2020, a plan with specific recommendations to guide the university in the implementation of a wide range of ambitious international and intercultural initiatives over the next several years.