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Applications are currently being accepted for a prestigious $50,000 research award for talented emerging researchers.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award is presented to a Memorial faculty member on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor Energy as operator.


Dr. David Behm. Photo by David Howells.

An international study led by a Memorial researcher takes a closer look at the best ways to stretch before you exercise or play sports. As it turns out, most of us have been probably doing it wrong all along, particularly when it comes to static stretching.

Dr. David Behm, University Research Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, co-authored the study with colleagues from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The results have caught not only the attention of research colleagues around the world, but also mainstream media outlets ranging from Cosmopolitan to Men’s Journal.


Sequence Bio, a data-driven biotechnology company based in St. John’s, has signed a master licence agreement with Memorial.

The agreement will allow Sequence Bio to use existing data sets and samples for drug discovery research. The partnership will build on the value created by Memorial and will return significant benefits to the research and patient communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Dr. Max Liboiron

Researchers at Memorial are encouraging people to do their part to help protect the ocean and environment.

An interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Max Liboiron, Sociology; Dr. Paul Winger, Marine Institute (MI); and Dr. Josh Lepawsky, Geography, were at the MI’s flume tank on Wednesday, July 13, to test new surface trawls, invented by Memorial to monitor marine plastics.


Engineering alumnus Paul Arsenault, an employee with Mount Pearl-based Solace Power. Solace is a graduate of the Genesis Centre and the creator of innovative wireless technology.

The Board of Regents approved the formal establishment of a Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) during its meeting on Thursday, July 7.

The office will support industrial liaison, technology transfer and commercialization at Memorial. Functionally, the TTCO will be part of the vice-president (research) portfolio.


Daniel Rees

Daniel Rees is hunting for clues in a 4,000-year-old mystery.

The third-year undergraduate student—Mr. Rees is currently doing an honours degree in archaeology—is examining the ancient remains of a Maritime Archaic child found on the Great Northern Peninsula several decades ago. The remains show signs of disease, perhaps cancer, which remodelled the child’s bone structure and is now a cause for investigation.


Dr. Maura Hanrahan

A researcher at Grenfell Campus says she has a renewed appreciation of the value—and challenges—of rural living after completing a month-long research retreat recently.

Dr. Maura Hanrahan, associate professor and program chair of the humanities program, is one of the inaugural recipients of the Fogo Island Research Fellowships.


Robert Brown

Every second counts when finding and rescuing an offshore worker who has accidentally entered the sea.

This fundamental truth isn’t lost on Robert Brown, a professional engineer and research scientist at the Marine Institute’s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre Research Unit. He and his team are testing personal locater beacons—devices worn by offshore workers to help locate them quickly should they find themselves in the ocean.


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.