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Memorial launches Into the Deep: Research Report 2013
by Meaghan Whelan
Dr. David Behm

Memorial University has gone digital with the 2013 Research Report. The theme, Into the Deep, is rooted in Memorial’s motto, Provehito in Altum (Launch forth into the deep), which aptly captures the spirit of discovery inherent in research. It features researchers from all campuses of Memorial University. The development of the report was led by Dr. Christopher Loomis, who served as vice-president (research) from 2002 to May 31, 2013. 

“In 2002, we began publishing a report separate from the annual President's Report dedicated to research and scholarship. Over time, our research reports became increasingly sophisticated, garnering many national and international awards,” he explained. “This year, we continued that evolution, publishing the report online. By using photos, videos and text creatively, we're able to tell the story of research at Memorial in a whole new way."

Dr. David Behm's project about the physiological effects of inversion is one of the feature stories in the 2013 Research Report.

For example, in a story about the physiological effects of inversion during an emergency situation, first-person video captures the rush of water and the disorienting effect of being upside down during a simulated ocean escape as would occur from an overturned helicopter. In another story, the influence of the Moravians on the musical heritage of the Labrador Inuit is captured in video documentary footage and audio clips showcasing this unique musical culture.

Dr. Richard Marceau began his term as vice-president (research) on June 1. He said the report is a testament to the innovation and creativity of Memorial researchers. 

“Researchers at Memorial University are engaged in world-class research that has significant relevance to our world,” he said. “Dr. Loomis and his team have created a report that celebrates the highest standard of research excellence and provides a unique window into the university’s research enterprise.”

The report covers the 2012-13 fiscal year when external research funding at Memorial exceeded $100 million dollars. The report features interactive charts that allow users to examine trends in research funding over the last decade.

Into the Deep can be viewed online, www.mun.ca/intothedeep

 

Jun 13th, 2013

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