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.
Applications are now being accepted for the Vice-Presidents’ Council Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.
The Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund is meant to encourage and build on existing strategic relationships between Memorial's campuses: the St. John's campus, the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus, Harlow and the Labrador Institute. $50,000 will be allocated annually as one-time support for new initiatives that are clearly and demonstrably strategic for the units.
Members of the public with an interest in health, medicine and what the future of health research has in store were in attendance recently as the new season of Memorial University’s Mini-Med School began at the Faculty of Medicine in St. John’s.
The first of seven weeks of presentations, a recent session featured Faculty of Medicine professors Dr. Shakti Chandra and Dr. Bill Eaton.
Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a process engineering professor at Memorial, received the 2013 Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice for her major contributions to the field of contaminant removal from gas streams, biofuel from processing waste and emissions from offshore oil and gas operations.
Researchers at Memorial are looking for unique uses for materials that are generally seen as waste. But unlike other scientists, Dr. Fran Kerton and her green chemistry research group are turning to the oceans, as opposed to the land, for new sources of biomass to make renewable chemicals.
What do you do if your temporary job in academia is coming to an end? Start a company. Or, at least that’s what some do. Dr. Garnett Wilson, a former post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science, found himself to be an accidental entrepreneur. He had been hoping to stay on as faculty when his fellowship came to end, but as the time approached there were no available vacancies on faculty.
“He was working with me as a postdoctoral fellow on a project with Verafin Inc., a company founded to investigate money transaction verification and fraud detection for the banking industry,” explained Dr. Wolfgang Banzhaf, current acting head of the Department of Computer Science. “That got us to thinking, why don’t we take our genetic programming and machine learning backgrounds, which we were using to predict and trace fraud, to predict time series in the stock market?”
When the Department of Physics had trouble obtaining artwork for their walls, they decided to look to a new source – their faculty and staff. Currently the department is featuring works by Fred Perry and Drs. Iakov Afanassiev, Mike Morrow and Chris Deacon.
A leading international expert in molecular chemistry will deliver the 29th Job lecture at Memorial University. On April 29, Dr. Helmut Schwarz will present The Magic of Molecular Soccer: Beauty and Purpose of Curiosity-driven Basic Research.
Two Memorial University students are among the top 25 in a nationwide competition to showcase how social sciences and humanities research is positively affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.
Kirk Luther, Faculty of Science, and Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, School of Graduate Studies, were selected for their creative and compelling entries to Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) competition for post-secondary students.
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).
Two funding announcements in recent weeks have given Memorial researchers a major boost.
On March 11, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) announced $1.3 million in 12 health-related research projects. That news came on the heels of a Feb. 28 announcement of $1.6 million for nine research projects led by Memorial researchers.
Dr. Richard Marceau will be the next vice-president (research) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The appointment was announced today by Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial’s president. Dr. Marceau will succeed Dr. Christopher Loomis. The appointment was approved by Memorial’s Board of Regents and is effective June 1, 2013.
Dr. Marceau comes to Memorial from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), where he currently serves as provost and vice-president (academic). In that role he directed UOIT’s explosive growth since 2005 from 1,800 to 9,200 students, from 60 to 170 faculty members, a doubling of undergraduate and graduate programs and a significant increase in research and design chairs (from one to 14).