News Archive


2017


July

Valuable trash

Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a researcher with the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) and a professor in the Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Memorial University, doesn’t like waste. Or rather, she doesn’t like to see it wasted.

Nunatsiavummiut media, archives and heritage to be discussed July 19

On Wednesday, July 19, at 1 p.m., Dr. Mark Turner, adjunct professor, School of Music, and manager of audio-visual archives and media literacy for the Tradition and Transition Research Partnership, and Jamie Brake, archaeologist, Nunatsiavut Government, invite the public to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at the Queen Elizabeth II Library for the St. John’s installment of a series of discussions on media, archives and heritage issues relating to Nunatsiavummiut.

Selling solutions: Entrepreneurial work terms go beyond solving problems

Imagine if you were an engineering co-op student embarking on your third or fourth work term. Imagine now that you didn’t have to apply for jobs and do interviews. No prep. No nerves. No uncertainty.

Now imagine that you could take your own idea, start a company and not have to worry about the money to do it.

 

Software for seniors: Student envisions future for seniors living alone in their own homes

Imagine you live alone, wake up, stretch, turn on your cellphone instead and hear: “Good morning. I hope you had a great sleep. What is your mood?”

This is how Chrissy Rossiter, a Memorial B.Comm. student, envisions the future for seniors living alone in their own homes.

 

Memorial community part of historic Canada 150th marine journey

From students and alumni to an honorary degree recipient and the chancellor, members of the Memorial community are participating in portions of a 150-day marine voyage from coast to coast to coast.

Canada C3, a signature event of the Canada 150 anniversary celebrations, is an initiative of the Students on Ice Foundation, a national organization that has led educational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic since 2000.

 

June

Ambassador explores research strengths, facilities and partnerships

Thailand’s ambassador to Canada is interested in research at Memorial.

During Vijavat Isarabhakdi’s first official visit to campus on June 28, he met with Drs. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research), pro tempore; Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Lesley James, assistant professor and Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, to discuss the university’s research strengths and facilities.

 

Two researchers inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is celebrating two of its own who are among the latest inductees into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Sea cucumber conundrum: Processing machine receives second patent, solid reviews from industry

June 2 was an exciting day for the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI), a not-for-profit corporation established by Memorial to work with industry and academia to identify opportunities and bring them to market.

That’s the day the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) presented inventors of a sea cucumber-processing machine with their second U.S. patent.

 

Local tech company receives $2 million in follow-on funding

HeyOrca knows that after delivering on your promises, the second most important factor in client retention is successful communications.

Canada Research Chair receives funding for healthy cities initiative

Ever wish your neighbourhood was more user friendly?

Wider sidewalks, more streetlights, healthier food options? These amenities may not only make you happier, they may also make you live longer.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Population Physical Activity, and an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial, is testing this theory as part of a national group that recently received federal funding.

 

Free events foster respect for the world's oceans

Free, public events across the province are among Memorial’s activities marking World Oceans Week 2017 aimed at bringing awareness to marine ecosystems and the scourge of plastic waste.

$2.8 million in new federal funding for health-related studies

A federal investment of nearly $3 million will advance important health-related studies led by Memorial researchers.

May

$1.65 million in federal and provincial funding empowers new engineering research chair

Memorial has a new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

Dr. Faisal Khan, professor of process engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Offshore Safety and Risk Engineering. The announcement represents a total investment of $1.5 million in federal funding and a total of $150,000 in provincial funding.

 

Memorial graduate students among top research storytellers in Canada

A pair of Memorial master’s students are among 25 finalists from across Canada taking part in a prestigious annual research competition.

$4.9 million in federal-provincial funding to accelerate new technologies

A team of Memorial researchers and a Genesis Centre client have received combined federal-provincial support of more than $4.9 million.

The funding will allow for the development of new technologies to test water for contaminants and for creating holographic displays.

 

April

Finding the funding: New database helps researchers discover funding opportunities

Researchers looking for funding opportunities have a new tool at their disposal.

Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS), a unit within the Vice-President (Research) portfolio, has launched a new searchable database, which allows researchers to easily find details on internal and external funding opportunities.

 

Arlene Ivany to retire after 35 years at Memorial University

When Arlene Ivany joined Memorial in June 1982, Dr. Leslie Harris was in his first year as president of the university, Queen Elizabeth II Library had just officially opened, another Trudeau was prime minister of Canada and ET: The Extra-Terrestrial was playing in movie theatres.

 

Fogo Island fellowship renamed in honour of Dr. Richard Marceau

Five Memorial researchers will take up residence on historic Fogo Island for month-long research retreats this year.

March

James P. Howley's 1915 book on Beothuk a product of era and author

In 1912 geologist and surveyor James P. Howley completed four decades of gathering first-hand accounts, family stories, artifacts and written records about the Beothuk. His book, The Beothucks or the Red Indians: The Aboriginal Inhabitants of Newfoundland, was published three years later and for much of the century was long considered the definitive collection of information about the extinct Indigenous Peoples.

 

New database matches researchers and equipment in Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database (AFRED), which matches researchers with available equipment throughout the region, officially launched this week.

 

Seeking feedback on proposed new Intellectual Property Policy

Memorial has launched a review of its current Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and is seeking feedback from the university community and external stakeholders on a proposed draft policy.

 

Nominations due April 1 for John Lewis Paton award

Nominations for Memorial’s most prestigious faculty award, the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship, close April 1.

February

CFI funding empowers researchers, brings new equipment to Memorial

Eleven Memorial researchers working on five diverse projects will receive more than $680,000 in new federal funding, allowing the teams to purchase sophisticated new tools, technology and equipment.

Memorial's tech transfer office brings research ideas to market

Bringing Memorial research ideas to market took another step forward with a recent federal funding announcement for the university’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO). 

 

School of Music faculty member lands a pair of Juno nominations

A Memorial faculty member and composer is up for two Junos at this year’s awards show.

Survey launched to improve research data management services

Memorial wants to improve its research data management services with a little help from the university community.

 

January

Accepting proposals: Call for Vice-Presidents Council funding

With the start of the new academic semester comes a call for proposals for two university funds.

Memorial is accepting applications for the Vice-Presidents Council Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.

 

Research pioneers: Composer, chemist named 2016 Terra Nova Young Innovators

Creating a cleaner, greener future and designing a unique hands-free musical instrument.

Both are cutting-edge projects being led by two researchers who are this year’s Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recipients. The award recognizes and supports outstanding young faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.

 

Research centre devoted to celebrating rich choral music traditions

A specialized research centre is expanding its annual grants competition while welcoming a world-renowned Canadian musician as its conductor-in-residence in 2017.

The Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music promotes and fosters research and community projects focused on the impact choral singing can have on individuals and communities. It is based in the School of Music and managed by a board of directors consisting of individuals from the wider community and the university.

 


2016


December

Medical breakthrough: Researcher discovers gene mutation linked to hearing loss in N.L. children

A PhD researcher in the Faculty of Medicine has discovered a gene mutation that is linked to significant hearing loss in young children in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The mutation is in a gene known as CLDN14.

“Although this mutation has been identified in The Netherlands, Iceland and Denmark, this is the first time it has been shown to cause early onset hearing loss,” said Justin Pater, who is completing his degree under the supervision of Dr. Terry-Lynn Young in the Discipline of Genetics.

 

Dr. Trevor Bell named Arctic Inspiration Prize laureate for 'smart' research

For the second time in three years, Dr. Trevor Bell has been honoured with the coveted Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP), becoming the only person from Memorial University to receive the accolade twice.

Dr. Bell, a noted field scientist and geographer, is one of three recipients of this year’s AIP who will share the $1.5-million national honour often known as the Nobel Prize of the North.

 

New report highlights diversity of Memorial-led research

The impact of Memorial’s research is being felt throughout our province and around the world like never before.

That theme underscores the university’s latest research report, which is now online.

Research Report 2014-16 captures the university’s diverse research activities over the last two years during which – under the leadership of Dr. Richard Marceau – Memorial focused on intensifying its strategic research efforts.

Dr. Marceau joined Memorial in 2013. He passed away in September 2016.

 

Board approves senior appointments; VPR search set to begin

At its regular meeting on Dec. 1, Memorial’s Board of Regents approved the appointments of Dr. Mark Abrahams as associate vice-president (research) pro tempore and Dr. Mary Courage as acting dean, Faculty of Science.

Both appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

 

$1.4M for new Canada Research Chair

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.

 

National funding agency enables research success at Memorial

$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.

 

November

National contest looking for best storytellers at Memorial

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.

 

Business researcher helping musicians navigate a changing industry

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.

 

Memorial Researcher Portal gets upgrade as more users access service

The Memorial Researcher Portal is getting a face lift which will enhance its usability for its growing number of users.

The portal will be unavailable to users from 12 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

video and manual outlining the recent upgrades is available online on the Memorial Researcher Portal Tools and Resources website.

 

Graduate students playing key role in OFI multidisciplinary research

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.

 

Memorial-led research shortlisted for $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize

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.

 

Most northern employee monitors ice for safe travel

Andrew Arreak is doing his utmost to keep the Inuit community of Pond Inlet safe.

As the local research co-ordinator for SmartICE (Sea-ice Monitoring and Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments), Mr. Arreak is combining traditional ice knowledge with the latest technology in satellite tracking and ice sensing equipment to map ice conditions in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.

 

October

In fine form: Memorial's research growth nets big results

Memorial places second among Canada’s medical/doctorate universities for research income growth over a 15-year period, according to new data released by a national publication.

Research Infosource says Memorial ranks number two with a gain of 204.6 per cent for research income from fiscal years 2001-15.

Examining economic sustainability in a post oil-dependent N.L.

Organizers of a symposium taking place on the St. John’s campus are looking east and west for lessons in how other regions have survived economic downturns.

Asking the Big Questions: What Might a Sustainable Post Oil-Dependent Newfoundland and Labrador Look Like and What Kinds of Skills, Expertise, Infrastructure and Institutions Do We Need to Get There? takes place Nov. 1-4.

 

The gentle giant: Leader, colleague and mentor: A tribute to Dr. Richard J. 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.

 

Fisheries ecosystems, stocks and sustainability focus for MI researchers

A group of researchers at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) believe the ocean is of fundamental importance to Canada and the world.

Drs. Noel Cadigan, Paul Winger and Jonathan Fisher are part of the newly created Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). They will be the principal researchers on projects related to stock assessment, ecosystem assessment and sustainable fishing gear.

 

Vice-president (research) pro tempore appointed by Regents

Dr. Ray Gosine has been named vice-president (research) pro tempore.

The Board of Regents approved his appointment effective Sept. 27. The appointment is in effect until Dec. 31, 2017, or when a new vice-president (research) is appointed.

 

 

Social sciences fundamental to Ocean Frontier Institute success

Protecting marine life, promoting sustainable resource development and addressing issues around climate change aren’t the only things that add up to safe and sustainable ocean development.

Coastal communities are also a fundamental part of the equation that will be addressed by the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI).

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, of Memorial’s Department of Geography, will lead the OFI’s research into sustainable fisheries and oceans, along with a team of colleagues from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. 

 

New funding aimed at reducing co-infection in Atlantic salmon

Research co-led by the Faculty of Science could lead to healthier fish and significant savings for the Canadian aquaculture industry.

Dr. Matt Rise, professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, and a team of collaborators from University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and industry partner EWOS/Cargill, have received $4.5 million in funding to develop new therapeutic diets for farmed Atlantic salmon.

 

Memorial, Nunatsiavut highlight Inuit traditions over four days

It has taken months of planning, but a circle of loyal volunteers and a handful of staff are ready to welcome delegates from around the circumpolar world to the 20th biennial Inuit Studies Conference.

More than 400 Inuit, researchers, artists, community leaders, tradition-bearers and students will participate in the four-day event, which is being hosted by Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government. The conference is taking place Oct. 7-10 on the St. John’s campus.

 

Ocean Frontier Institute-led research to change global aquaculture industry

As Memorial’s lead on sustainable aquaculture within the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), Dr. Matt Rise of the Department of Ocean Sciences is excited about the opportunities the new initiative will bring.

September

Exploring maintenance and repair in a tech-dependent society

It’s often hidden — and sometimes even invisible — but most of us can’t live without it.

It’s the high-tech infrastructure we’ve come to depend on to keep our lives running smoothly: from fibre-optic cables to sophisticated laboratory equipment to heating and cooling systems. We’re a society that depends on critical equipment and expensive machinery 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

But what happens when it stops working or needs repairs?

A small group of researchers and community colleagues will explore that topic during a two-day workshop this week called The Ends of Repair.

 

Sudden passing

A message from President Kachanoski to the Memorial community.

Comprehensive connection: Ocean Frontier Institute providing critical mass to tackle larger problems

Dr. Paul Snelgrove is hoping the new Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) will help Memorial solve a historical challenge.

As interim associate director of the OFI, and professor of biology and ocean sciences at Memorial, he says that while the university is well-known for its outstanding scientific and applied strength in oceans research, the challenge has often been in bringing all of the pieces together.

 

Excitement mounting: Memorial and province set to benefit from Ocean Frontier Institute

The largest single federal investment for research in Memorial’s history is stirring up excitement and opportunities for future research growth.

The federal government announced on Sept. 6 nearly $100 million for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnership between Memorial, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The investment was made through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

 

$2.1 million federal investment empowers social sciences, humanities researchers

Social entrepreneurship, child psychology and politics in the era of globalized finance are among 22 new research projects receiving more than $2.1 million in federal funding.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced the investment on Sept. 9, awarded through its Partnership Development Grants, Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants. A combined total of $2,106,183 for was announced to Memorial.

 

Memorial musicians, engineer elected to Royal Society of Canada

A pair of researchers from the School of Music are receiving the highest honour for Canadian scholars, while an engineering professor is being recognized as an emerging leader in his field of expertise.

Memorial, Nunatsiavut Government to host Inuit Studies Conference

More than 400 Inuit, researchers, tradition-bearers, community leaders and students will participate in 200 discussions and workshops over the course of four days next month as Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government host the 20th biennial Inuit Studies Conference.

The event will take place on the St. John’s campus from Oct. 7-10, with a variety of activities taking place throughout the city. 

 

Advancing ocean exploration and discovery

Memorial is celebrating a milestone that will see researchers and graduate students from multiple disciplines undertake some of the world’s most ambitious research aimed at unlocking the secrets of the North Atlantic.

The federal government announced nearly $100 million in funding on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnership between Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The OFI will focus on solutions for safe and sustainable ocean development.

 

Government of Canada investments more than $14 million in Memorial

More than $14 million in new federal funding will expand Memorial’s research infrastructure.

Judy Foote, minister, Public Services and Procurement and member of Parliament for Bonavista–Burin–Trinity, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the announcement during a news conference Sept. 6 on the St. John’s campus.

 

Interdisciplinary peer training and overdose prevention

Newfoundland and Labrador has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to developing harm reduction policies and programs, as well as carrying out critical drugs studies research involving people who use substances.

Dr. Christopher Smith, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, aims to change that with a new Research Exchange Group he founded through the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research that began meeting in July 2015.

 

More than $1.6 million in federal-provincial funding for Genesis Centre

Amid handshakes and hugs, the federal and provincial governments announced a combined investment of $1.6 million to allow the Genesis Centre to continue helping local entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas and build new successful companies in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Genesis Centre is Memorial’s award-winning business incubator for technology startups.

 

August

Researchers aim to develop new drugs for infants diagnosed with cystic fibrosis

It’s a small step in the right direction and one that could have a big impact, giving fresh hope to some of the most vulnerable.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting children and young adults in Canada. For those living with it, every day can be a battle to breathe comfortably. Symptoms vary, but more importantly, there’s still no known cure.

Dr. Laleh Alisaraie wants to change that. She would like to give those living with CF—particularly infants—the fighting chance they deserve to live longer, healthier lives.

 

Genesis Centre graduate making waves on international stage

Tucked away in a bright, open-concept office on busy Topsail Road, owners of a Mount Pearl, N.L., business say their wireless technology will revolutionize how we work, play and stay connected.

And, they credit much of its early success to Memorial.

Solace Power was launched in 2007 by founder Kris McNeil, a Memorial graduate. 

 

Education professor finds creative inspiration in splendid isolation

When friends, family and colleagues get together and chat about their adventures and travels, Dr. Ursula Kelly can boast a little about her four weeks spent as an island castaway.

The Faculty of Education professor found herself “tossed up” on the shores of Fogo Island after successfully applying for a coveted Fogo Island Research Fellowship, which gave her the time to write the introduction ofSongs and Stories of the Woodsmen of Newfoundland and Labrador, a book manuscript due from ISER Books late this summer.

 

Collaborative research focused on improving young people's understanding of legal rights

A pair of graduate students say their research could have significant implications for Canada’s justice system.

Meagan McCardle and Kirk Luther are working on a unique collaborative project in the Faculty of Science aimed at improving young people’s understanding of their legal rights.

 

Collaborative approach brings dietary advice to seniors living with diabetes in rural N.L.

While many seniors living with diabetes express an interest in changing their diets to improve their health, most don’t know where to start.

Drs. Caroline Porr and Lan Gien from the School of Nursing and their team want to change that.

 

Engineering-led research could have big impact on shipping industry and environment

A research project led by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has the potential to make a significant impact on the worldwide shipping industry while helping protect the environment.

Dr. Heather Peng, associate professor in the Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, has developed a new computer simulation tool that could help transform how large boats operate. It’s all part of a growing area of research called green ship technology.

 

Research jackpot: Fogo retreats bring academic insights into rural community

Dr. Mark Stoddart hit the jackpot earlier this year.

For a researcher examining the linkage between tourism and coastal communities, the sociologist couldn’t have found himself in a more ideal location: Fogo Island.

 

Researchers explore social, expressive and cultural benefits of community music therapy

Music has the power to energize, calm or evoke intense emotional responses.

It’s been said that music can be far more powerful than language as it can help individuals with disabilities overcome communication barriers. ForDr. Jane Gosine of the School of Music, that’s the kind of experience she searches for in her research.

 

July

Using art to improve HIV/AIDS education, prevention programming

For Rachel Landy, there’s a natural bond between the creative arts and medicine.

As part of her doctoral research, Ms. Landy is looking at ways the arts can help communicate information, reduce stigma and prevent HIV infection with a number of populations, including Aboriginal youth.

 

Applications accepted until Oct. 3 for Terra Nova Young Innovator Award

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.

 

International study examines best stretching methods

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 announces master licence agreement with Memorial

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.

 

Memorial-invented equipment tested in largest flume tank in the world

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.

 

Green light for Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office

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.

 

Undergraduate archaeology student studying ancient forms of cancer

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.

 

Researcher focuses on writing, public engagement during Fogo retreat

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.

 

Grenfell Campus teaching chair collecting Magdalene laundry stories

It’s often gut-wrenching, but Dr. Rie Croll says there’s a sense of urgency in her research aimed at collecting stories of women forcibly confined in female-only laundries and reformatories before they are forever lost to history.

Her current research brings together stories of women from Ireland, Canada and Australia who spent time in institutions known as Magdalene laundries. Many of these facilities were run by various orders of Roman Catholic nuns. The laundries operated from as early as the 18th century before the last one closed in Dublin, Ireland, 20 years ago.

 

June

Improving safety at sea

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.

 

Dean, Regent inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering

An industry expert and a nationally respected academic leader are among the latest inductees into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Kim Keating, a Memorial alumna, member of the Board of Regents and vice-president of fabrication with St. John’s-based The Cahill Group, and Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Scienc, were inducted as Fellows of CAE during the academy’s annual general meeting and symposium on Monday, June 27, in Winnipeg, Man.

 

Balanced approach needed to promote healthy active living

Nurturing wellness in children is about more than just being physically active; it encompasses all dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

This holistic perspective shapes the work of a research project in School of Human Kinetics and Recreation led by Drs. Michelle Kilborn, Erin Cameron, Erin McGowan and Linda Rohr as well as graduate students John-Ray Baird and Megan Cummings.

 

Funding for exploration and discovery: Researchers receive more than $6.7 million from NSERC

Nearly $7-million in new federal funding will accelerate more than 50 individual research projects on three of Memorial’s campuses in areas ranging from resource management to ocean sciences to enhanced oil recovery.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced a total of $6.79 million over five years for 53 projects at Memorial led by early-stage, mid-career and established researchers, as well as doctoral students.

 

Unique research partnership on Fogo Island proves productive

Four Memorial researchers recently spent month-long retreats at one of the four corners of the world.

Drs. Mark Stoddart, Sociology; Natalie Slawinski, Business; Maura Hanrahan, Grenfell Campus; and Ursula Kelly, Education are the inaugural recipients of Fogo Island Research Fellowships.

According to the Flat Earth Society, Fogo Island is home to one of the four corners of the Earth.

 

Historic win: Dr. Robert Sweeny receives national book prize

Dr. Robert Sweeny is the first Memorial University faculty member to receive the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize.

He was awarded the prestigious $5,000 award in May by the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) for his book Why Did We Choose to Industrialize? Montreal, 1819-1849 (McGill-Queen’s, 2015).

 

Waste not, want not: Industry can save money and protect environment: soil scientist

Saving money and creating a cleaner, greener environment.

That’s the vision Dr. Joinal Abedin has for Labrador. For him, opportunities in his adopted home are as immense as the Big Land itself. The soil scientist at the Labrador Institute is heading up a new project that could dramatically change the mining industry and, in turn, help keep harmful pollutants from seeping into surface water.

 

Memorial provides medical care to two-week old harbour seal pup

An unexpected visitor caused a bit of a stir on the St. John’s campus on Monday, June 6. Staff from Animal Care Services (ACS)—a unit within the vice-president (research) portfolio—played an integral role in providing medical care to a small harbour seal pup.

 

Journal of Ocean Technology marks 10-year anniversary

Ten years. Forty-two issues. Fifty countries. A decade after first rolling off the presses, a Memorial publication is celebrating a milestone some quarterlies never see. Now, the editorial team behind the Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT)—published four times a year by the Fisheries and Marine Institute—is encouraging more researchers on Memorial’s campuses to consider the journal’s worldwide distribution and loyal readership when looking to showcase their work.

 

New research examines experiences of young people with type 1 diabetes

A new inter-provincial research study led by Memorial is looking at ways to improve the well-being of young people living with type 1 diabetes.

Researchers have just received a $75,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) which is allowing them to examine the experiences of adolescents and young adults with the disease transitioning into the adult care system in two provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario. This CIHR grant is being matched by additional funds from the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Toronto.

 

Erin Mobley represents Memorial at national research event

Master’s student Erin Mobley goes before a panel of expert judges on Monday, May 30, representing Memorial at a national research event.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is hosting its 2016 Storytellers Challenge in Calgary, Alta. Ms. Mobley, a researcher in the Department of Gender Studies, was named a finalist in April, receiving a $3,000 prize and a chance to compete against 24 other finalists at this year’s challenge, which is taking place during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Understanding the terrestrial mammal food web of the island of Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador is a hot-spot for visitors but a research team has uncovered just how popular the island portion of the province is for non-native terrestrial mammals. The Rock – as it turns out – is so popular that almost half of the terrestrial mammals living there come from away. Understanding the island’s community of terrestrial mammals, both native and non-native, and their impacts, is the topic of Dr. Shawn Leroux’s collaborative research project with Memorial alumnus and current biology PhD student Justin Strong. Dr. Leroux is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology.

 

May

Archival research fosters love of N.L. history

A chance opportunity to work in the Archives and Special Collections unit in the Queen Elizabeth II Library strengthened Amanda Humber’s passion for this province’s history – so much so she’s now considering a career in archives.

Genesis Centre aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship

Strategies. Solutions. Supports. Those are some of the themes a unique business development program will focus on over the course of eight weeks this summer.

 

Applications being accepted for cross-campus and conference funding

The Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund are now accepting applications. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 15.

New website focuses on Labrador Inuit cultural research

A $7.4 million-research partnership led by Dr. Tom Gordon, professor emeritus, School of Music, has launched a new website focused on Labrador Inuit cultural research. The Tradition and Transition Partnership site includes photos, articles and announcements regarding the project, which is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Memorial University, the Nunatsiavut Government and more than 20 other organizations.

 

Tracking down genes behind highly prevalent deadly disease in N.L.

While diet plays a role in the prevalence of colorectal cancer this province, the high frequency by which Newfoundlanders and Labradorians contract the disease led some researchers at Memorial, including Dr. Patrick Parfrey of the Faculty of Medicine, to believe there’s something bigger at play.

Student researcher to represent Memorial in national competition

For Josh Smee, it’s the chance of a lifetime to shine the spotlight on his research. The master’s student will represent Memorial in a national graduate student competition after winning third place – and a coveted People’s Choice Award – during the Three Minute Thesis Eastern Regional Competition, which was held at Memorial on April 27. He’s one of only 11 finalists who’ll now vie for the national honour.

 

ACENET hosting series of free presentations and workshops May 16

Enabling research success across the disciplines. That’s one of the topics to be discussed during a series of free presentations, workshops and discussions open to members of the university community taking place on Monday, May 16, on the St. John’s campus.

Memorial health researchers host town hall meetings across province

A series of seven town hall-style meetings hosted by Memorial University are taking place this week in communities in central and western Newfoundland.

April

Young alumni develop technology that could transform oil industry

Tucked away in a small well-used lab along the ground floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building, a trio of eager young scientists have big plans to transform the province’s oil industry. Liam Whelan, Josh Walsh and Lucas Stewart – all Memorial alumni – are the minds behind Spectroleum Labs, a local chemical sensing start up that’s developed an innovative piece of technology they say will positively impact business and the environment.

 

Researchers contribute to new Nunatsiavut Government science report

University Research Professor Dr. Trevor Bell is the academic program lead for a new science report on Lake Melville that in part examines the human health risks associated with methylmercury exposure in Labrador from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Medical researcher recognized by national association

A respected researcher with worldwide acclaim has received the highest honour for research in his field. Dr. Proton Rahman is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA).

 

Empowering educators teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Dr. Karen Goodnough, a researcher in the Faculty of Education, says not all primary/elementary teachers feel confident teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and are open to trying new methods.

New research chair named for vice-president (research)

A new research chair in Quebec has been named after Memorial’s vice-president (research). The Dr. Richard J. Marceau Chair on Wireless IP Technology for Developing Countries was announced last week by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), a post-secondary engineering school in Montreal.

 

Teaching children the path from the field to the fork key to better health

A PhD student from the Faculty of Medicine says there needs to be a culture shift in how we understand school food. Emily Doyle is examining the school food system in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a $40,000 research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

Memorial-led hearing loss research focus of R&D centre in Central N.L.

A team of researchers—led by Memorial—is setting up shop in Central Newfoundland to study families from this province with genetic forms of hearing loss. Their goal is to try and model hearing defects and develop better algorithms for hearing aids and other devices. If they’re successful, the research could improve the lives of people here at home and around the world.

 

Student researchers -- and storytellers -- in the national spotlight

Two master’s students have landed themselves on a prestigious national research list. 

Erin Mobley, Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of 25 finalists in this year’s Storytellers Challenge, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She has received a $3,000 prize and will now vie for a top spot during the Storytellers Showcase at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences May 28-June 3 in Calgary, Alta. The top 25 finalists were selected from among nearly 200 entries by some 30 expert judges in Canada and abroad.

Zak Keeping, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, received an honourable mention in the challenge and was awarded a $1,000 prize.

Banking on brighter futures

A research team in the Faculty of Business and Administration -- led by Dr. Tom Cooper -- is examining the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal entrepreneurs in accessing financing from mainstream banking institutions.

March

Memorial Researcher Portal catches on in a big way

Since its province-wide launch in December, the Memorial Researcher Portal has caught on in a big way. The website has been accessed more than 6,200 times by more than 1,800 users.

Cultural renaissance: New generation of Aboriginal Peoples reclaiming identities says researcher

Despite many Aboriginal Peoples throughout the world still feeling stigmatized by stereotypes associated with their ancestry, in this province Dr. Mario Blaser says he’s witnessing a “reassertion of cultural pride,” as individuals and groups embrace their Indigenous identities.

Research chair sailing off coast of Fiji, exploring underwater volcanoes

Memorial University is partnering with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Johnson GEO Centre and the Oceans Learning Partnership to live broadcast a deep-sea expedition in the South Pacific Ocean on March 29. Dr. John Jamieson, Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology and an assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, is currently on-board the R/V Falkor as part of a scientific team exploring an underwater volcano near the island of Fiji.

 

Peering into the past

You’ve probably heard of people reading used tealeaves to predict the future, but one Memorial researcher is using seashells to peer into the past.

Thinking big: Terra Nova Young Innovator Award for Earth Sciences professor

A prestigious research award is allowing Dr. Penny Morrill to develop a piece of technology that has the potential to make big headlines in the scientific world. The associate professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, is the latest recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, supported on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor as operator.

 

Strengthening capacity: Health and ocean sciences benefit from federal funding boost

Research aimed at improving the health and well-being of people living with life-threatening diseases and protecting critical marine resources are among projects led by Memorial University benefitting from new federal funding totalling $347,200.

From the ground up: Grenfell scientist digging deep to understand N.L.'s unique soil properties

Researchers are starting from the ground up to understand Newfoundland’s boreal forest soil and how farmers can turn that land into productive agricultural acreage.

Students receive awards to explore ocean industries

Nineteen students were presented with Ocean Industries Student Research Awards (OISRA) at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus March 7.

Tech startup with Memorial roots announces Chinese partnership

A local startup company with strong ties to Memorial University has found a significant investor to help bring its homegrown technology to the world market.

Agile Sensor Technologies Inc. has announced a strategic partnership withGaitech International Limited of Shanghai, China.

 

Making an impact: New series spotlights researchers

Innovators. Visionaries. Discoverers. Like protagonists in any good book, Memorial researchers play pivotal roles in helping shape Memorial’s success. Over the span of the next several weeks, the invaluable contributions of our researchers will be showcased in a new series of stories on the Gazette, Memorial's news website.

More than $6.5 million for Memorial-led research

With a combined investment of more than $6.5 million from the federal and provincial governments, Memorial University is advancing critical research focused on Canada’s valuable natural resources.

February

Nominations due April 1 for John Lewis Paton Award

Nominations for Memorial’s most prestigious faculty award are being accepted until April 1. The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship is named after the founding president of Memorial University College.

 

Behind bars: PhD researcher examining effects of prison life post-incarceration

Gritty dramas such as Oz and the binge-worthy documentary Making a Murderer offer glimpses into prison life. What they don't do is accurately portray the true realities—and effects—of life behind bars, says a Memorial researcher.

New funding for marine plastics pollution research

Dr. Max Liboiron is continuing her research on the effects of marine plastics pollution in Canada’s North thanks to new funding announced Feb. 17 by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) Dr. Liboiron, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, received a total investment of $137,600, allowing her to complete the first comprehensive study of the effects of marine plastics pollution in the North.

 

Winning ideas: Genesis Centre hosts student entrepreneur competition

One minute. That’s how long students from both Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic will have to impress seasoned entrepreneurs, potential investors and mentors with their business plans. The Genesis Centre, Memorial’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential, is hosting Pitch101, an event that gives student entrepreneurs 60 seconds to convey their big idea.

 

Second term: Board of Regents announces reappointment of associate vice-president (research)

At its regular meeting on Feb. 4, the Board of Regents approved the reappointment of Dr. Ray Gosine as associate vice-president (research) for a second five-year term effective May 2016.

Grand slam: Four new Canada Research Chairs named

Memorial has hit a proverbial grand slam with the appointment of four professors as Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence. Memorial is now home to a total of 15 CRCs.

In the spotlight: Memorial artists and alumni collect ECMA nominations

A new album funded through a research project based at Memorial has just been nominated for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA).

Fostering success: New funding grants available for academic-industry collaborations

A new federal-provincial partnership will fund research undertaken by Memorial and industrial partners aimed at supporting regional priorities. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) are partnering to fund innovative research and development projects.

 

January

Big potential: Researchers contribute to Nordic project on Arctic resource extraction

Nordic countries are looking west and to the research expertise of Memorial University as they look tap into the lucrative resources of the Arctic, widely considered the new frontier of extractive development.

 

Memorial-led partnership yields Inuit symposium in Labrador

It was the first of many. And if the response was any indication, a research project led by Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government has plenty of ideas on ways to protect and preserve Labrador Inuit tradition and culture.

ACENET appoints new CEO, strengthens vision for growth

Ann MacKenzie is big on numbers. The newly appointed CEO of ACENET, a consortium of universities in the region offering advanced research computing resources, has a clear vision to grow the 13-year-old organization.

Genesis Centre seeking entrepreneurs with ideas

The Genesis Centre, Memorial’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential, is accepting applications for its Evolution Program.

Gathering input on proposed changes to Responsible Conduct of Research Framework

Memorial is consulting with its internal stakeholders on proposed changes to a federal framework on research.

PhD candidate wins SSHRC doctoral scholarship

A PhD candidate in the Faculty of Business Administration has secured a prestigious doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


2015


December

$4.2 million for Memorial: Federal investment empowers researchers

Dr. Meghan Burchell will start the New Year off right. The archaeology professor is one of 32 researchers who has received federal support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

New research suggests benefits of eating during labour

Memorial researchers recently presented findings at a conference that suggest most women can skip fasting and actually benefit from eating a light meal during labour.

New progressive strategy aims to bolster economic impact of research outcomes

Memorial is moving ahead with its efforts to further support and foster research with social and economic potential. At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the university’s new Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy, an initiative led by the Office of the Vice-President (Research).

 

Report into academic misconduct completed

Following the conclusion of litigation against Memorial University in late July, the university has concluded its investigation into alleged academic misconduct by Dr. R.K. Chandra, a retired medical clinical faculty member.

AVPR review committee makes additional relevant background material available

The review committee considering Dr. Raymond Gosine's request to be reappointed for a second term as associate vice-president (research) is seeking input from the university community.

November

The Memorial Researcher Portal is live

The first phase of the Memorial Researcher Portal launched today. During the Phase 1 launch of Memorial Researcher Portal, both internal and external researchers will be able to apply online to the following human research ethics boards:

 

Input solicited by review committee for associate vice-president (research)

The five-year term of Dr. Raymond Gosine as associate vice-president (research) expires in May 2016. Dr. Gosine has indicated that he wishes to be considered for reappointment for a second term. 

 

Review committee announced for associate vice-president (research)

The five-year term of Dr. Raymond Gosine as Associate Vice President (Research) expires in May 2016. A 10-person review committee chaired by Dr. Richard Marceau, Vice-President (Research), has been established in accordance with the Procedures Governing the Appointment, Review, Promotion and Tenure of Academic Administrators.

 

Register now for the Memorial Researcher Portal

The Memorial Researcher Portal is now accepting registration for new accounts and training sessions: https://rpresources.mun.ca/ . On Nov. 30, Memorial University will launch the first phase of the new portal, which is directed at researchers requiring approvals from human research ethics boards. The Phase Two launch scheduled for winter 2016.

 

One-stop research portal launching Nov. 30

Memorial University’s new, web-based research portal is launching at the end of November. The portal, which will be introduced in two phases, is aimed at researchers requiring human research ethics approvals and those undertaking funded research.

 

October

'Circle of conversation'

Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government are collaborating on a $7.4-million project to lead a five-year research initiative that will merge collaborative academic research with traditional knowledge for the protection, preservation and revitalization of Labrador Inuit culture and language. 

Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government are collaborating on a $7.4-million project to lead a five-year research initiative that will merge collaborative academic research with traditional knowledge for the protection, preservation and revitalization of Labrador Inuit culture and language. 
Seeking feedback on Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy

Memorial University’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy – formerly known as the Innovation Strategy – is available for a final round of feedback. The deadline for feedback from all Memorial University campuses and external stakeholders is 5 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 8.

August

Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters now available

The Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters is now available. To access the online version, click here.

Undergraduate research internship blog series: Kelsea Perry

The fifth in our series features Kelsea Perry, a recent graduate from the Faculty of Arts. Kelsea is from Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S. and transferred to Memorial in 2012 to complete her program. 

Undergraduate research internship blog series: Shaykat Saha

Shaykat Saha, originally from Naogaon, Bangladesh, is a second year student at Memorial University studying cell and molecular biology. Under the supervision of Dr. Erika Merschrod with the Department of Chemistry, Shaykat spent his summer internship researching the bio-mechanical properties of a rat’s aorta, comparing the differences in properties between a healthy rat and a hypertensive rat.

Undergraduate gains valuable research experience at the Janeway Pediatric Research Unit

The third in our series features Peter Gregory, a recent graduate of Memorial’s Bachelor of Science Honours program, with a major in Biochemistry. His research internship has led to him working at the Janeway Pediatric Research Unit at the Health Sciences Centre under the supervision of Dr. Leigh Ann Newhook. He is part of a research team studying issues related to mental health, diabetes, autism spectrum disorder and breastfeeding.

July

Vice-president (research) appointed to board of governors for the Council of Canadian Academies

Dr. Richard Marceau, Memorial University’s vice-president (research), was formally appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) board of governors today, Tuesday, July 28.

Crafting research success

You may not recognize their faces, but if you’re a researcher who has ever applied for or received a research grant, chances are good that you’ve spent considerable time in contact with them, either by phone or email.

June

$6 million to support innovative research related to natural sciences and engineering

Faculty members and graduate students from Memorial University are among the recipients of grants and scholarships awarded recently by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Undergraduate research opportunities introduce students to the excitement of research

By the end of 2020, Memorial aims to be recognized as one of the most student-friendly research universities in Canada. The university hopes to achieve this by engaging not only graduate students, but undergraduate students as well, in research programs where they will gain valuable skills and build meaningful relationships with experienced researchers in their fields.

Genesis Centre expands to Holyrood's BeachHead Innovation Center and Suites

The Genesis Centre at Memorial University is pleased to announce it is expanding into the Town of Holyrood at the BeachHead Innovation Center and Suites on Salmonier Line, Holyrood.

National engineering academy inducts three individuals with ties to Memorial

The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) inducted a number of alumni, faculty members and longtime Memorial University supporters to its membership at its 2015 annual general meeting and symposium in Hamilton, Ont., today, Thursday, June 4.

Graduate students to participate in social sciences and humanities national events

Two graduate students from Memorial University have been selected to participate in upcoming Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) events in the nation’s capital next month.

May

Forest Kindergarten

Growing up on five acres of beautiful farm land in Paisley, Ontario, Breanne Card felt that her backyard was a playground. Being surrounded by woodlands, swamps and gardens gave her an appreciation for nature that would form a foundation for her interest in Forest Kindergarten.

 

Brewing success with three budding entrepreneurs

Bitters, Memorial’s Graduate Students Union's pub on the St. John's campus, was overflowing recently, not just with the usual beverages normally on tap, but with people eager to hear from three savvy business leaders.

Cross-Campus Initiatives and Conference Fund calls for proposals now open

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 Campus and the Labrador Institute.

 

Doctoral student wins Eastern Regional 3MT Competition

A PhD student in Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine has won first place in the Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

Latest issue of Prescience available online

Click here to check out the latest issue of Prescience, the Faculty of Science Magazine. 

April

Memorial University awarded two Canada Research Chair positions

Two Memorial University professors with the Faculty of Medicine have been named Canada Research Chairs. The designation is one of Canada’s highest honours in research excellence.

Memorial University student named finalist in national Storytellers challenge

A master’s student in Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts has been named a finalist in the 2015 Storytellers national challenge.

Research in Focus: fourth installment released

Research in Focus is a four-part video series that recognizes the research aspirations of each of Memorial’s campuses and faculties. The video series aims to unite student, staff, faculty members and university supporters in the collective goal of growing research, as a part of Memorial’s Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-2020.

March

Ocean technology company SubC Imaging wins international business award

Memorial University’s Genesis Centre is congratulating its graduate company SubC Imaging on winning the Outstanding Incubator Graduate Award from the U.S.-based National Business Incubation Association (NBIA).

Research in Focus: Nursing, Pharmacy, Music and Faculty of Business Administration

“Our mission is to provide world-class education, to provide research that is both rigorous and relevant and to engage in ways with the community to increase the social and economic wellbeing of the province,” said Dr. Wilf Zerbe, dean, Faculty of Business Administration.

 

Chief executive officer appointed at Memorial University's Genesis Group

Genesis Group announced today the appointment of Greg Hood as chief executive officer. Genesis Group operates the Genesis Centre, Memorial University’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential.

Research in Focus: Second Installment is released

The second instalment features the deans and heads of the Faculties of Science and Arts, Memorial University Libraries and the Labrador Institute. Each share their aspirations for growing research and what impact that will have on the province leading up to and beyond 2020.

February

Dr. Larry Felt named the recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics

A dedicated researcher and faculty member for more than 38 years, Dr. Felt has rigorously applied research ethics methodologies not only to his own research.

Video series recognizes Memorial's ambitious goal of doubling research

The first instalment features Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Fisheries and Marine Institute; Dr. James Rourke, dean, Faculty of Medicine; and Dr. Kirk Anderson, dean, Faculty of Education.

Memorial University positioned for global success with Strategic Internationalization Plan 2020

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.

Dr. Barbara Neis delivers Royal Society of Canada lecture

An upcoming public lecture by Royal Society Fellow Dr. Barbara Neis will explore how research can help address real world problems experienced in places like rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) New Fellow Public Lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rocket Room, 272 Water Street.  All are welcome.

 

January

Memorial University explores opportunities in Arctic and harsh environments at St. John's conference

Researchers, educators and leaders from public and private sectors from all over Canada will explore a variety of topics at the event, including the Muskrat Falls project, Aboriginal participation in major resource development opportunities, the Voisey’s Bay underground mining project and marketing and business opportunities unique to the region, as well as provide an overview of the progress being made to establish a cultural centre for Nunatsiavut.

The fluid field of petroculture

Oil is everywhere. 

It's in the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the roads we drive on and the buildings we live in. 

$1.8 million awarded to support social sciences and humanities research at Memorial

Twelve researchers from Memorial University will receive a combined total of $1.8 million in support of research that will enhance Canadians’ understanding of the world and seek solutions to the social, economic and cultural issues important to Canadians.


2014


December

Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding achievement

The president’s awards recognize excellence in teaching, research, service and community service. The awards are announced annually and will be formally presented at a ceremony Dec. 11.

Engineering researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator

Engineering researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator.

November

Memorial Unviersity's 2014 research report celebrates collaboration and community

The report’s theme, We Are Research, is prevalent in each of the stories as a celebration of and testament to the impact that research will have on society. It also reflects the collaborative effort and teamwork that is required to make extraordinary research happen.

Memorial social sciences and arts students awarded scholarships and fellowships

A group of graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students at Memorial have received more than $1 million in funding from a Canadian research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

October

RDC announces $1 million to students in ocean industries research

“This awards program marks a significant honour, not just for student researchers who will receive this award to further their research, but also for Memorial University," said Dr. Kachanoski.

Science postdoc receives Memorial's first Banting fellowship

Dr. Trevor VandenBoer is the recipient of Memorial University’s first Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The objective of the Banting program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, develop their leadership potential and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. Only 70 of these are awarded annually at a value of $70,000 a year for two years.

September

Memorial's science and engineering researchers take home Discovery Grants

Memorial researchers collected a combined total of $976,000, which will further the discoveries of research in fields related to science, engineering and mathematics.  The researchers received 35 Discovery Grants: 25 from the Faculty of Science and eight from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and one each at the Marine Institute and Grenfell Campus.

Researcher named finalist for prestigious social sciences award

Kirk Luther, Faculty of Science, is among three finalists for the SSHRC Talent Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral scholarship or fellowship holder.

Memorial researchers awarded funding for social sciences research

“Considering that so much of our population lives in rural communities, it’s vital that we support research that is dedicated to understanding and addressing both the challenges and opportunities inherent in rural settings,” said Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research). “Being able to take part in impactful research among the most talented scholars across the country, and being able to effect change in areas of need, speaks to the calibre of expertise and talent of Memorial’s researchers.”

August

Researchers win prestigious award from top U.S. journal

“We knew heading into the review process that we were advocating something quite radical, and that many may not be ready to accept what we’re trying to put forward,” said Dr. Kirby Shannahan. “Ours is a unique perspective of the buyer-selling relationship as it argues to make the customer an integral part of the personal selling process. This new perspective allows for customers and salespeople to be active participants in and contributors to the personal selling and organizational learning process.”

Memorial University's vice-president (research) addresses long-term, sustainable energy opportunities for Canada

Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Powerhouse” builds on Canada’s historically successful ‘big project innovation strategy’ to point the way forward for unleashing its economic potential across the nation, while building a foundation for a more sustainable long-term energy future.”

Integrated approach

Researchers at Memorial University are using unconventional methods to seek answers to their questions, and they’re doing so with the help of the Core Research Equipment and Instrument Training Network (CREAIT).

July

ACEnet announces 2015 Research Fellowships for students

ACEnet will offer Research Fellowships commencing in 2015.

The program is open to students in any discipline, and the awards are designed to further research projects that utilize advanced computing resources provided by ACEnet/Compute Canada.  

Graduate students are eligible for a $20,000 award over two years and undergraduate students can receive a $4000 award for a four-month period. Graduate students require matching funds from their research supervisor or home institution, while undergrads will need at minimum an additional $2000 of funding. 

The program will be formally launched in October, 2014, with a January 31, 2015 deadline for submissions. 

Click here for more details related to the ACEnet 2014 Research Fellowship Program.

To express interest in the program, please contact fellowships@ace-net.ca.

 

New appointments to the Governing Council of CIHR

Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, an associate professor of genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, is one of three Canadian women appointed on June 26 to the governing council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The appointments are for three-year terms.

Colony of Avalon recognized by Faculty of Arts

Dean of Arts Dr. Lynne Phillips (far right) presents Colony of Avalon board member Maureen Sullivan (centre) the 2014 Faculty of Arts Community Research Engagement Award. Dr. Barry Gaulton (far left) nominated the Colony of Ferryland for the award.

June

Five fellows from Memorial University inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

 Dr. Ray Gosine, associate vice-president (research); Charles Randell, president and chief executive officer, C-Core; Earl Ludlow, president and chief executive officer, Newfoundland Power; Gilbert Bennett, vice-president, Lower Churchill Project, Nalcor Energy; and Ross Peters, former dean of engineering, Memorial University, were honoured as fellows  in John’s at the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Technical Services sets the bar high, but accurately, with ISO 9001:2008 registration

The ISO 9001:2008 registration, which Technical Services received February 2014, is a globally recognized standard for quality management that delivers on high customer service.

Business student awarded top university prize for research paper

A graduating business student has won Memorial University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Prize in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research essay.

 

Funding for students supports multiple sclerosis research

Undergraduate students Anthony Parrell and Megan Kirkland are among five students in Atlantic Canada who won $5,000 each to conduct research on multiple sclerosis. The awards are from the endMS Research and Training Network, a nationwide initiative formed to accelerate discovery in the field of multiple sclerosis in Canada.

 

Provost Appoints Steering Committee to draft a new Strategic Internationalization Plan

A new steering committee, commissioned by the provost and vice-president (academic), Dr. David Wardlaw, will lead consultations for the development of a Strategic Internationalization Plan. The steering committee and the process for creating the plan were approved by the Vice-Presidents Council at a meeting on May 26, 2014.

Memorial University research suggests new approach to planning and economic development in Atlantic Canada

Research from the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland suggests that a change in the traditional approach to regional planning and development may enhance economic success for communities and regions across Atlantic Canada.

Dr. Richard Marceau celebrates one year as vice-president (research)

Dr. Richard Marceau was joined by his colleagues and friends today to celebrate his one-year anniversary as vice-president (research) of Memorial University.

Dr. Marceau is pictured here with wife, Sheila Jones Marceau. 

 

April

Canada Foundation for Innovation funds four Memorial research projects

Four Memorial researchers have received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in a funding competition meant to help institutions attract and retain some of the world’s most talented researchers.

 

Simple technology at the heart of unique research project

It started with a question posed by Dr. Fadi Khraim, a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Memorial University.

 

Human dimensions research empowers wellbeing

In 2009 Canadian folksinger Taylor Mitchell was attacked and killed by coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. She was the second person and first adult in North America to be the victim of a fatal coyote attack.

 

 

Prescription meds as deadly as street drugs

Just because some drugs are legal, it doesn’t mean they can’t be abused.

A goal of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is to educate the public on the importance of drug awareness, and the dangers of drug abuse – not only of illicit drugs, but also of prescription drugs. 

 

Maternal consumption of omega-3 may prevent neurological disorders in offspring

Formed during late pregnancy and early post-natal periods, the brain relies heavily on the accumulation of DHA, a clasic form of omega-3, which can only be obtained through the mother's diet.

Researchers at Memorial are studying whether or not increased consumption during those times can help prevent neurological diseases or disorders in offspring later in life.

Researcher honoured for outstanding dissertation paper

Dr. Amy Hurford has won the R.A. Fisher Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.

The award is presented annually for an outstanding PhD dissertation paper published in the journal Evolution during a given calendar year.

RDC invests in mining and petroleum-related R&D at Memorial University

Five Memorial-led research projects recently received a boost from the Research & Development Corporation (RDC). RDC is investing more than $475,000 in five research and development projects related to mineral exploration and development. The projects are aimed at enhancing exploration efforts, improving environmental mitigation strategies and strengthening R&D opportunities through the purchase of specialized equipment. 

Obesity rates a weighty issue

For every green smoothie recipe, there’s a brand new deep-fried, double-patty, fast food phenomenon (with extra bacon) waiting to be snatched up at a drive-thru window near you.

 

Remembering Dr. Priscilla Renouf

It is with great sadness that Memorial University marks the passing of one of our finest teachers and researchers. Archaeology Dr. Priscilla Renouf passed away Friday, April 4, after a long battle with cancer.

Can blueberry extract prevent Parkinson's?

Can blueberry extract prevent or reduce the effects of Parkinson’s?

A new paper suggests that a diet supplemented with blueberry extract may indeed have a positive impact on a fruit fly model of Parkinson Disease.

March

Support breeds prevention - fostering supportive communities to prevent youth mental health and addiction issues

To say that mental health and addictions issues amongst youth across North America are a troubling trend is like stating the sun is hot or the rain is wet.

 

The 'hero' ship of Russia and Newfoundland and Labrador

At a time when tensions between Russia and the rest of the world are strained, Memorial University recently hosted two Russian filmmakers who came away greatly impressed by the wealth of the university’s archives. Their visit revealed some of the unexplored and unexpected historical bonds between Russia and Canada and, in this case, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ice mechanics chair appointed at Memorial University

Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has a new research chair. 

Graduate student receives scholarship honouring late Beothuk scholar

Master of arts student Jeralyn Bohms from the Department of Archaeology received the 2013 Pioneer’s Scholarship at an event earlier this month held in honour of the late Beothuk scholar and former Memorial faculty member Dr. Ralph Pastore.

Creator of glycemic index to give inaugural nutrition lecture

Dr. David Jenkins, Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism will give a free public lecture titled, Diet and Chronic Disease in the 21st Century on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001.

In his talk, he will discuss the effect of diet on modifying the progression and severity of chronic diseases.

Doubling scholarly output by 2020

A major new initiative aimed at strengthening all aspects of research at Memorial University was recently unveiled in draft form. Called the Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-2020, this plan builds on the Research Strategy Framework and charts the course for a historic transformation of Memorial’s research activities and impact.

Data traffic

The Internet has become the place to watch high-definition television and videos, play games and listen to music. As the reasons to log on become greater every year, so does the number of users and the data traffic.

Cleaning up contaminated environments safely

We all know when an oil spill occurs, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible. But, what about the process used to clean it up?

Like riding a bike

Dean Heather Carnahan is currently featured in an international research publication, talking about  her work on acquiring motor skills and how we retain them. More specifically haptic skills and its use in teaching motor skills in the work place.

Galactic reach

Anna O'Grady, a second year joint physics and applied mathematics student will spend the summer researching astronomy at Yale.

An Arctic pioneer at Memorial

Dr. Jean Briggs has led the kind of life that a movie could be made of.

Dr. Briggs spent several years early in her anthropological career in two remote Arctic camps, documenting behaviour, language and customs of the Inuit people who lived there. And for three and half decades, while a faculty member at Memorial, she lived happily alone in her home on the Cape Spear peninsula without running water or road access.

 

Dr. Laurie Twells published in Canadian Medical Association Journal

The School of Pharmacy's Dr. Laurie Twells has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) for her research in obesity rates in Canada.

RBC - Harris Centre Water Research and Outreach Fund now open

Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.

The Harris Centre invites you to apply to the Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund. The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

February

The social cost of northern development

Canada’s North offers tremendous potential for development. But northern development often comes with significant social and environmental costs, particularly for Aboriginal communities. That’s just as true now as in 1948 when Giant Mine opened in Yellowknife. 

Study finds marine-protected areas tend to be leftovers from extractive uses

A paper co-authored by Memorial University’s Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and an international group of researchers argues that established global marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often a case of all show with no substance and do not adequately protect the most vulnerable areas of the world’s oceans.

Genesis Centre graduates environmental monitoring company

EMSAT Corporation recently graduated from Memorial University’s Genesis Centre.
The Genesis Centre is Memorial’s business support network for technology-based ventures that have high growth potential and are seeking business guidance and capital.
EMSAT’s graduation comes as a result of the company’s recent success with its pilot partner, Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). EMSAT completed phase one of a pilot project with AITF in March of 2013 to develop an interface for an integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) monitoring system.

Advanced engineering research and training for harsh weather aircraft

Harsh weather environments provide a particular challenge for researchers creating amphibious aircrafts.

Uncovering the mysteries of the earth

Tens of thousands of years ago, the Northern Hemisphere was covered by continental glaciers. These glaciers acted like bulldozers, pushing dirt and rocks across the land and dumping them kilometres away, leaving a mystery for those who look for and study mineral deposits: How to tell if there is a hidden deposit buried metres below.

Memorial's leadership in the Arctic

Two of Memorial’s senior leaders are taking active roles in Arctic-related organizations. Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), is newly appointed to the board of directors for ArcticNet, while Dr. Keith Chaulk, director of the Labrador Institute, is currently serving as vice-president (Indigenous) for the University of the Arctic (UArctic).

Speaking the language of the north

Polar sovereignty, oil and gas exploration, northern sea routes, Arctic ecology, the Arctic Council, Russian-Canadian co-operation and controversy, and now the Winter Olympics in Russia – Russian is truly a language of northern significance.

Where history and biology intersect: decoding the source of the 1918 flu epidemic

The groundbreaking research of a Memorial University history professor on the 1918 flu epidemic is highlighted in the most recent online issue of National Geographic magazine.

Ocean Sciences researcher receives guest professorship 'by the hand of the King'

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) has appointed Dr. Ian Fleming the first holder of its Wallenberg Professorship.

Dr. Fleming was invited to KLSA’s 202nd commemorative meeting in Stockholm in late January to recognize the announcement in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

January

Hibernia support to bolster geophysics program at Memorial

Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences will use a $1.98 million contribution from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) to create the Hibernia Project Geophysics Support Fund to enhance geophysics education and research.

Arctic research project to provide unique opportunity for doctoral students

Students interested in doing a PhD centred on Arctic shipping and operations have yet another reason to consider Memorial University.

No place like home? The newcomer experience in Labrador West

The -30 C degree temperatures and snow-covered landscape of Labrador West might be a vastly different image of home for many of the newcomers in Labrador West, but, for the growing population of temporary foreign workers in the booming mining region, that is the new reality. At a Harris Centre Regional Workshop last March, however, local participants expressed concerns that newcomers are not being integrated as well as they could be into the local community.

 

Marine biologist honoured with mentor-student scholarship

M.Sc. Biology candidate, Victoria Howse was honoured as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Dr. Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship during a presentation with the family of Dr. Jon Lien and Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute).

Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator Facility under Construction at Marine Institute

A new simulator facility at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland will provide offshore operators with advanced and customized training for the supply and support of offshore facilities and production platforms.

 The Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator Facility was made possible by donations of $4.4 million from the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) and $750,000 from the provincial government’s Infrastructure Funding Program.   The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, is providing more than $1 million to the Marine Institute (MI), which mainly supports the simulator, and also includes smaller components related to helicopter safety training, and planning and design components related to MI’s Holyrood Marine Base. 

 

ACOA announces support for Ocean Sciences Centre

Rob Moore, regional minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), has announced an investment of $110,000, to allow Memorial University's Ocean Sciences Centre to enhance its capacity to respond to the needs of the provincial aquaculture industry.

Geographer Awarded Arctic Inspiration Prize

SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) of the Nunatsiavut Government and its principal research partner Dr. Trevor Bell of Memorial University’s Department of Geography, will share the 2013 Arctic Inspiration Prize along with two other Canadian research teams.

Memorial Presents: The Facts About Fracking

An Engineering Perspective

Thursday, 7:00 pm. January 30, 2014, Greenwood Inn, Corner Brook

Arctic research positions available

The Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD) is looking for Arctic researchers to fill open positions. CARD has a specific mandate to attract world-class expertise, to foster rising research stars and to develop the next generation of arctic experts.

They are seeking to hire a post-doctoral research assistant and four graduate students to work with a highly skilled team of engineers and scientists. If you have excellent technical skills and are self-motivated, an excellent communicator and a team player, then one of these positions may be for you.

Details on the available positions are available online, http://www.card-arctic.com/Arctic%20Research%20Careers.

CARD is a research and development initiative dedicated to responsible, cost-effective hydrocarbon development in Arctic regions. It is an initiaitve of C-CORE, an international leader in R&D that is based at Memorial University. 


2013


December

Biology PhD candidate to earn degree from two universities

Jake Coates, a PhD student in the Department of Biology has entered into a relatively unique agreement, enabling him to have his PhD degree awarded by two universities – Memorial University and Macquarie University in Australia.

Fifth annual SPARKS Literary Festival reveals line-up

This year the SPARKS Literary Festival, in collaboration with the Irish Newfoundland Association, is bringing a prominent Irish writer to join the festivities on Sunday, Jan. 19. Poet, editor, and director of the Muenster Literary Centre Patrick Cotter will read from his work, along with 15 other writers.

Math/music student province's newest Rhodes Scholar

Anthony Payne of Pasadena is Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest Rhodes Scholar.

Currently in his fifth year of study at Memorial University, Mr. Payne completed a Bachelor of Music this past April and will finish a Bachelor of Science this spring.

National expert on health innovation to visit Memorial

A Research Talks public lecture featuring Dr. Anne Snowdon 

Arts award highlights community contributions to research

The Mamu Tshishkutamashutau/Innu Education (MTIE), the Labrador Innu School Board, was recently honoured as the first recipient of the Faculty of Arts' Newfoundland and Labrador Community Research Engagement Award.

 

Faculty member makes important contribution to nephrology health care

A faculty member at Memorial's School of Nursing received an award at the 2013 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists conference held recently in St. John’s for a paper deemed to...."have made the most significant contribution to the field of nephrology health care."  

November

Memorial grads, faculty recognized at Mineral Industry Awards

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch recognized a number of individuals with ties to Memorial University at their recent 2013 Mineral Industry Awards.

Exploring the lives of Canadian Commuters: Memorial researcherís work featured on CFI website

The work of Dr. Barbara Neis, professor in the Faculty of Arts and project director of the On the Move Partnership, is the subject of a feature story on the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) website.

Memorial research on dogs to be featured on The Nature of Things

An upcoming episode of CBC’s The Nature of Things will highlight research being done in the Department of Psychology.

The episode, entitled A Dog’s Life, is a fun and whimsical documentary that looks at interesting current canine behavioural science and debunks a lot of the long held beliefs about ‘man’s best friend.’

Using computers to make better computers

At the leading edge of  research into the next generation of magnetic hard drives are Profs. Martin Plumer and John Whitehead in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.

They are currently in their fourth year of a collaborative research agreement (CRA) with Western Digital Corporation in a project that uses numerical simulations to study the stability of data stored with ever-smaller bits.

Should market forces dictate decisions on oil? Vice-president (research) publishes op-ed

Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), Memorial University, and president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, has co-authored an op-ed in the Hill-Times with Dr. Clement W. Bowman, a leading authority on energy, petroleum and the oil sands in Canada.

In it, they assert that market forces should not dictate decisions on major investments in the petroleum industry. Instead, they see an opportunity for Canada to leverage its resources to undertake projects that build the country as a nation, similar in scale to the Canadian Pacific Railways or the St. Lawrence Seaway.

 

Now seeking ideas and input for Engage Memorial Week, 2014

We're seeking ideas for Engage Memorial 2014!

Engage Memorial is a week of learning about, and celebration of, public engagement collaborations between the Memorial University community and the broader community. Memorial’s Office of Public Engagement is working with individuals and groups throughout the university to plan a week of exciting and informative events; we’re requesting expressions of interest from departments, units and groups who wish to lead an Engage Memorial activity.

 

Memorial releases Face Forward: Presidentís Report 2013

Memorial University has released its annual retrospective publication, this year titled Face Forward: President’s Report 2013.President Kachanoski marked the occasion by taking the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Kevin O’Brien on a tour of the online report at Confederation Building today.

The report provides an overview of the university’s accomplishments across the span of teaching and learning, research and public engagement, as well as the work undertaken in administrative support and infrastructure development.

 

Two 2013-14 Harris Centre Applied Research Funds Now Open

The 2013-14 Harris Centre Strategic Partnership - Harris Centre Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.

Also, the 2013-14 Harris Centre MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.

Memorial supports findings of expert panel on Canadian ocean science

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) recently released a report on the current status of ocean research in Canada. The report said that due to its geography and historical capacity, Canada not only has remarkable opportunities in ocean science, but a necessity to seize these opportunities to use and protect the ocean.

The report was initiated by the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU), a consortium of nine universities who play an active role in ocean research across the country. This assessment of ocean science in Canada is part of an ongoing strategy to increase awareness of the importance of oceans and ocean-related research to Canada’s future.

 

Collaborative research empowers and protects Indigenous communities

The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) Project has received $50,000 as the inaugural recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Partnership Award.

Dr. Daryl Pullman, professor of ethics in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, is a team member of IPinCH, which promotes a model of collaborative research that empowers and protects Indigenous communities, while also enriching scholarly inquiry. Dr. George Nicolas, an archaeologist at Simon Fraser University, is the principal investigator of IPinCH.

 

October

Language researcher receives prestigious national award

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie joins four other scholars from Canadian universities who have been awarded prestigious Impact Awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities.

The professor of linguistics and her team were awarded the $50,000 Insight Award at a ceremony held at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, Que., on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

 

Hebron Diversity research grant recipients announced

Memorial University has announced the recipients of the Hebron Diversity Research Fund Grants. 
 

Dr. Cecilia Moloney, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr. Francesca Kerton, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, received the non-endowed one-year research Grant A and Grant B, respectively.

Memorial-founded website encouraging citizen scientists to get involved

A website created at Memorial University is geting citizen scientists to contribute to conservation, monitoring and education efforts while creating benefits for local economy and tourism in communities all across Newfoundland and Labrador.

$890,000 investment in student-led oceans research

Student researchers at Memorial have received a funding boost thanks to the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC) Ocean Industries Student Research Awards.

Approximately $890,000 has been awarded to 15 graduate and doctoral students, and their supervisors.

 

Translating decades-old data into a media-rich environment

Newfoundland and Labrador dialects are known worldwide for their distinctiveness and regional diversity.

The online Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador (www.dialectatlas.mun.ca/) will help preserve the rich cultural heritage of this province by documenting the regional distribution of the many traditional linguistic features that characterize English in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

September

Research & Development Corporation invests $3.7 million in research

The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) is investing $3.7 million in Memorial University to support 34 academic-led research projects aimed at solving technical challenges and closing knowledge gaps. The research is being conducted in a range of areas, including natural resource industries, manufacturing and health and life sciences. These projects have secured additional investments totalling $6.3 million through federal funding, private sector investment and other sources.

Vice-president (research) published in Hill-Times

Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research) at Memorial and president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, believes the time is right for Canada to shift from being a world energy superstore to becoming a true world energy superpower. 

 He, with co-author Dr. Clement W. Bowman, recently published an article in the Hill-Times, a weekly paper focused on Canadian politics and government.

 

Student Publishes Book on Music in the Faroes

Joshua Green has published his first book, Music-making in the Faroes in June 2013.

Memorial in Labrador

To ensure Memorial is serving the public good throughout the province, the university is seeking to understand the current activities and future opportunities in Labrador within the context of the university’s three guiding frameworks: teaching and learning, public engagement and research. Ultimately, the goal is to strengthen the university’s engagement in Labrador.

Hormone may protect against development of insulin resistance during weight gain

Farrell Cahill, a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Guang Sun in the Faculty of Medicine, has discovered evidence that may shed new light on how the hormone adiponectin may aid in the attenuation of insulin resistance development during weight gain. The study, titled Short-term Overfeeding Increases Circulating Adiponectin Independent of Obesity Status, was published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE on Aug. 30.

Memorial partners with St. Johnís community alliance to address drug addiction

A community challenge requires a community solution. That’s the approach a St. John’s community alliance has taken to address the issue of drug abuse and addiction among youth.

Kati Szego Named Editor of Prestigious Music Journal

Dr. Kati Szego of the School of Music at Memorial University has been named the editor of the prestigious journal Yearbook for Traditional Music.

Memorial to host extractive industries workshop

Research partners Drs. Arn Keeling, Department of Geography, and John Sandlos, Department of History, are co-hosting an upcoming workshop examining extractive industries, such as mining, oil and gas, in the Arctic that has been organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) based in Munich, Germany.

Two members of the Faculty of Medicine receive highest honour

Dr. Jane Green and Dr. Proton Rahman of the Faculty of Medicine were inducted as fellows in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) on Sept. 19. Election to fellowship in the CAHS is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it an agreement to serve the academy and the future well-being of the health sciences. 

Public lecture to discuss ecology and conservation in Great Bear Rainforest

A public lecture titled Marine-fuelled Ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest will take place at Memorial University.

Professor John Reynolds will deliver his lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 in IIC-2001.

PhD candidate wins northern studies scholarship

Linda Lait, a PhD candidate in Biology, is the recipient of a $50,000 W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Doctoral) from the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS).

Memorial sociologist named to Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Barbara Neis of the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Sociology has been named Memorial’s latest fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

In citing Dr. Neis’s groundbreaking contributions, the RSC states that “her pursuit of community-engaged, international research has had worldwide impact. She has helped explain why fish stocks collapse, shown how fishermen's ecological knowledge can inform science and coastal governance, advanced our understanding of gender and fisheries, and increased the visibility, quality and relevance of research on marine and coastal occupational health.” 

 

Memorial sociologist named to Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Barbara Neis of the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Sociology has been named Memorial’s latest fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

In citing Dr. Neis’s groundbreaking contributions, the RSC states that “her pursuit of community-engaged, international research has had worldwide impact. She has helped explain why fish stocks collapse, shown how fishermen's ecological knowledge can inform science and coastal governance, advanced our understanding of gender and fisheries, and increased the visibility, quality and relevance of research on marine and coastal occupational health.” 

 

Food addiction and the development of human obesity

A new paper from the laboratory of Dr. Guang Sun, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial, shows that food addiction is an important contributing factor in the development of obesity.

“Our findings are the first of their kind in the world,” said Dr. Sun. “We have shown that food addiction is indeed an important contributing factor in the development of obesity. The prevalence of food addiction was 5.4 per cent and increased concomitantly with obesity status defined by either body mass index (BMI) or body fat percentage.”

 

Ethnomusicology scholar recognized by prestigious bi-national organization

Dr. Marion MacLeod, a graduate of the School of Music, has been named Fulbright Scholar.

She recently received her doctorate in Ethnomusicology from Memorial and holds an MA in music history from the University of Ottawa and two degrees from the University of Windsor – one in education and one in piano performance. The Fulbright Scholarship is for one year, but she intends to continue her research at the University of Chicago for two years with additional funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

“Many American vocal genres are defined by their timbre – that is, the colour of their sounds. Timbre is stylistic, but is often seen as a lifestyle marker and is described in socially suggestive terms,” she explains. “My project, entitled Sounding and Resounding Race Through Timbre, will study timbral and ideological nuances in music ranging from mountain music to Motown and examines often contradictory ways they are taught and performed when "covered" by choral ensembles.”

An active and diverse singer, pianist and accordionist in a variety of musical genres, Dr. MacLeod was awarded both a doctoral and post-doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has presented her work for the International Council of Traditional Music, the American Historical Association, the International Association of Popular Music and the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Fulbright Canada is a joint bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange.

Fulbright Scholar Awards enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers, and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or the full academic year. This award can be held at any university, research centre, think tank or government agency. 

Food addiction and the development of human obesity

A new paper from the laboratory of Dr. Guang Sun, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial, shows that food addiction is an important contributing factor in the development of obesity.

“Our findings are the first of their kind in the world,” said Dr. Sun. “We have shown that food addiction is indeed an important contributing factor in the development of obesity. The prevalence of food addiction was 5.4 per cent and increased concomitantly with obesity status defined by either body mass index (BMI) or body fat percentage.”

 

Faculty of Arts researcher shortlisted for national award

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie and her team are finalists for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Award in recognition of their groundbreaking work on the preservation of the Innu language.

The award is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.

 

August

Memorial-led proposal shortlisted for funding by major Canadian institute

A proposal led by Dr. Paul Snelgrove of the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology Department has been shortlisted for consideration by a major Canadian institute of advanced study.

Memorial advances core sciences infrastructure project

Memorial University has decided on the location of planned core sciences infrastructure on its St. John’s campus.

The new building, which will be located on the north side of campus, on what is now Lot 16/16A, will house various units within Memorial’s faculties of Science and Engineering and Applied Science.

CAREing about productivity

CARE, an initiative of the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Economics, has commissioned a report that puts Newfoundland and Labrador’s productivity front and centre.

July

Honorary research professor publishes new book on offshore structures

Dr. Arisi Swamidas, an honorary research professor with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has teamed up with former colleague, Dr. D.V. Reddy, a professor of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering and director, Center for Marine Structures and Geotechnique at Florida Atlantic University, to publish a book on offshore structures.

Memorial partners with Eastern Health on Molecular Imaging Program

An update was provided July 11 on the new Molecular Imaging Program that will provide the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with state-of-the-art technology to greatly improve the diagnosis and treatment of certain illnesses, such as cancer.

“The Faculty of Medicine and Memorial University are pleased to partner with Eastern Health to fully capitalize on this significant and strategic investment by the provincial government,” said Dr. James Rourke, Faculty of Medicine. “The best health care requires up-to-date facilities and excellent health care professionals who are informed by research and education. This project addresses all of these requirements.”

 

New funding to study community impact of arsenic poisoning in North West Territories

A researcher in Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts has received a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Dr. John Sandlos of the Department of History has received $200,000 over three years for his project, Toxic Legacies: Community Perspectives on Arsenic Pollution at Yellowknife’s Giant Mine.

 

Memorial researchers involved in unique mining innovation partnership

Researchers in Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences are among those from 16 other universities and 24 leading mining companies across Canada to benefit from the largest Collaborate Research and Development grant ever awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Dr. Steve Piercey and Dr. Colin Farquharson are research partners on the project, which is hoped to increase exploration success rates.

Collaboration is key to successful regional governance, says Memorial University report.

A report released by Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development (the Harris Centre) takes an in-depth look at communities across the province and identifies successful approaches and challenges to regional governance. The report examines regional collaboration as an important strategy for rural communities facing social, economic and ecological change.

Federal support for graduate scholarships

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $572,500 in scholarships to 27 Memorial students.

The scholarships were awarded under the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships for master’s and doctoral students, and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship program.

 

June

Memorial welcomes new vice-president (research)

Dr. Richard Marceau began his term as vice-president (research) on June 1, 2013, and he’s already begun sharing his vision for research at Memorial and actively engaging with Memorial’s internal and external partners.

“Memorial has a very strong record of research excellence, and I hope to bring my own active contribution to this long tradition” he said. “I especially plan to emulate my predecessor’s stellar example of partnership with faculty members, faculties, deans, other vice-presidents, and the provost with the objective of intensifying research activities at Memorial University.

 

 

Technology developed in Chemistry holds great potential for pharmaceutical and plastics industries

Technology developed in the Department of Chemistry has been in-licenced by GreenCentre Canada (GCC).

GCC believes catalyst technology created by Dr. Chris Kozak and his group is capable of ‘producing fine chemical compounds and well-defined polymers based on iron, a relatively benign and common metal.’

Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization appointed at Memorial University

Dr. Alison Malcolm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been appointed the inaugural Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization.

Dr. Malcolm, who will assume the position in summer 2014, will establish an applied research program relevant to petroleum geology and geophysics, with special emphasis on integrated reservoir characterization.

Fishing gear devastating to seabird population

A new paper published recently by researchers in the Department of Psychology and Environment Canada is providing evidence to support the long-held belief that fishing gear has had a devastating impact on the numbers of Atlantic puffins, common murres, razorbills and northern gannets.

Project contributes to high returns of endangered salmon

A multi-disciplinary and collaborative research project at Memorial University has contributed to 25-year high returns of the endangered Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon to Fundy National Park (FNP) rivers.

Memorial launches Into the Deep: Research Report 2013

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. 

Tapping into the source

Folklorists Dr. Philip Hiscock and Dale Jarvis have teamed up for a perfect summer research project.

They will be tapping into traditional knowledge around wells, springs and natural water sources within the St. John’s area with help from the Harris Centre’s RBC Drinking Water Research and Outreach Fund.

 

Acknowledgement for Memorial anthropologists

At the recent Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) annual meeting, representatives from Memorial University received significant acknowledgement of their work.

 

 

 

 

Earth Sciences to receive RDC funding for mining project

Penny Morrill and Tao Cheng of the Department of Earth Sciences will receive $24,244 from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) to investigate improved methods of remediating acid mine drainage from legacy mine sites.

Canada Foundation for Innovation invests in Memorialís research infrastructure

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has invested $436,566 in five research projects at Memorial University.

“Funding from the CFI is critical to attracting and retaining top researchers and building Memorial’s research capacity,” said Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research). “The support from CFI equips our researchers for solving some of the world’s greatest problems, such as transforming atmospheric CO2 into value-added products. The competition for research funding is increasingly intense, and I’d like to congratulate the recipients for their vision and success.”

 

Investment of more than $3 million to support facility at Memorial University

To support research and identify new ways to optimize oil recovery, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HDMC) are investing $1.635- and $1.7-million respectively for the creation of a state-of-the-art enhanced oil recovery research facility at Memorial University's St. John's campus. 

Researchers work with students to create space experiments

Just before Commander Chris Hadfield blasted off in December 2012 for a five-month mission on the International Space Station, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invited young Canadian students to design their own science experiment for him to do while on board. Memorial researchers helped one Newfoundland school make it into the contest's top 10 - twice!

Researcher wins prestigious award for excellence in ocean sciences

Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced Dr. Paul Snelgrove, a Professor with the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology Department, and former Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, has received the 2013 Timothy R. Parsons Medal. The award was established to recognize achievement in ocean sciences.

Psychology student wins SSHRC storyteller competition

Kirk Luther’s creative and compelling submission to the SSHRC Storyteller competition has won top prize in the nationwide challenge.

Mr. Luther, currently pursuing a M.Sc. in forensic psychology, showcased his research with a video that uses music, text and imagery to clearly explain his project, Creating a Better Tomorrow: Protecting Youth’s Legal Rights.

May

Funding boost for science and engineering research at Memorial University

Researchers and graduate students at Memorial University received a major boost, thanks to new funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Thirty researchers in the Faculties of Arts, Engineering and Applied Science, Medicine and Science and at Grenfell Campus earned a combined $975,000 to support innovative and creative research projects. These range from projects investigating how black holes interact with their environment to fish metabolism under adverse conditions, and from the principles of memory to cryptography. A list of all funded projects is below.

 

Potential impacts of GM fish interbreeding with related species

A new paper by researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, illuminates an over-looked avenue for ecological impacts should genetically modified (GM) animals unintentionally escape containment.

The paper, titled Hybridization Between Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon and Wild Brown Trout Reveals Novel Ecological Interactions, was released at midnight on Wednesday in the Royal Society journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The lead author is former Memorial undergraduate student Krista Oke, who did her honours thesis with Dr. Ian Fleming of the Department of Ocean Sciences. In addition to Dr. Fleming, the other co-authors are Dr. Peter Westley and Dr. Darek Moreau, former PhD students of the university.

 

 

Hibernia enhancing geosciences field school program at Memorial University

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.

Cross-Campus Initiative and Conference Fund call for proposals now open

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. 

 

 

Researcher finds many factors impact work satisfaction for older rural workers

Research exploring how rural workers in Newfoundland and Ireland view the quality of their professional lives has been published in a major international journal.

The Nuanced Nature of Work Quality: Evidence from Rural Newfoundland and Ireland, co-authored by Dr. Gordon Cooke, associate professor of industrial relations at Memorial Faculty of Business Administration, has been published in the current issue of Human Relations.

 

 

 

New season of Mini-Med School begins at Faculty of Medicine

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.

 

 

Doing it better: Engineering professor receives the 2013 Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice for making our world a more sustainable one

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 look to the ocean for new sources of fuels and materials

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.

Accidental entrepreneurs find success predicting stock market

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?”

 

 

April

The art of Physics

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.

First research chair established in the Faculty of Business Administration

Memorial University today announced a $500,000 contribution to Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial University from Power Corporation of Canada.

Memorial has designated this funding to the university’s Faculty of Business Administration to support the establishment of a Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency. Dr. Jeffrey Pittman is the inaugral chairholder. Along with teaching in Memorial’s Faculty of Business, Dr. Pittman will undertake original research and integrate research from various disciplines concerning the role of corporate governance in Canada and beyond.

This is the first research chair to be established in Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration.

 

From a Twillingate Garden to Cambridge University

When it comes to his predilection for archaeology, geographic location had much to do with Robert Anstey's burgeoning career.

Memorial's latest Rothermere Fellow got his first taste of digging up the past as a young boy when out harvesting vegetables with his grandfather and father in their Twillingate garden. Their potato bed turned out to be a Dorset Palaeoeskimo site where he and his father (who had worked as an archaeology assistant on a Maritime Archaeic burial site in the 1960s) discovered several stone tools. 

 

Public lecture on the beauty and purpose of curiosity-driven research

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.

The storytellers: two Memorial graduate students named finalists in SSHRC competition

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.

 

Earth Sciences students recognized

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).

Research funding available for drinking water projects

Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.

The Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open! The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Safety and integrity highlighted by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

On March 19-20, approximately 120 researchers and practitioners came together at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s for the first annual Workshop on Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments. The workshop on safety and integrity had a tall agenda and exceeded expectations, according to Dr. Faisal Khan, who is the Vale Research Chair in Process Safety and Risk Engineering and chair of process engineering at Memorial University.

 

March

Biomedical researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator

Dr. Mani Larijani, an assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases and oncology in the Division of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, has received the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award in recognition of his research.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recognizes and supports an outstanding and emerging researcher whose innovative work has the potential to significantly impact society. The prestigious award, valued at $50,000, is funded by the Terra Nova development, an offshore oil field operated by Suncor Energy.

Research & Development Corporation invests $2.9 million in Memorial projects

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.

 

RDC invests $1.6 million in R&D at Memorial University

Deepwater seabed surveying, navigation and control systems for field robots and improving cyber security measures are among the nine academic-led research and development projects at Memorial University that received more than $1.6 million in total funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) recently. 

League of Extraordinary Researchers lauded

Memorial University has distinguished itself again this year with compelling and creative marketing and communications work. The university was recognized recently with several awards bestowed by an international association of educational institutions, including one for the League of Extraordinary Researchers

The awards were given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)  in its 2013 CASE District I Awards program. 

 

February

Memorial researchers receive CIHR funding

Two researchers at Memorial University have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the most recent competition. Dr. Thomas Michalak, Canada Research Chair in in Viral Hepatitis/Immunology, received an operating grant of $648,584 over five years. Dr. John-Michael Gamble, assistant professor at Memorial’s School of Pharmacy, received an operating grant of $150,524 over two years.

 

Celebrating research at the School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy at Memorial University held its annual research poster competition on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the school’s professional practice lab. This year’s competition featured eight posters, with five submissions in the undergraduate student category and three in the graduate student category.

Researchers study when and where people are active

Researchers from the School of Nursing are looking for volunteers to take part in a research study that focuses on physical activity. It's part of a national study led by Dalhousie University with collaborators from across Canada.

The purpose of the study is to identify where individuals with heart disease are physically active and to find out whether these places differ for men and women. 

 

January

Dr. Brian Veitch appointed Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research
Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has a new research chair. Dr. Brian Veitch, a professor of ocean and naval architectural engineering, has been appointed the new Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research.
Next vice-president (research) announced

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).

 

School of Nursing researcher profiled on national website
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) profiles Dr. Wendy Young and the research project she leads that looks at ways to help older Canadians with age-related illnesses stay digitally connected.
Researcher makes significant progress in prostate cancer research

Dr. Ken Kao and his team at Memorial University have made an important discovery that could lead to better detection and treatment methods for those diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The two-year research project is funded in part through the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC), a provincial Crown corporation.

Diet high in processed meat associated with poor survival from colorectal cancer

Research on colorectal cancer and dietary patterns shows that a diet high in processed meats is associated with worsened disease-free survival. The research was carried out by an interdisciplinary research team at Memorial University and the University of Toronto.

 

Breaking science
To watch Tony Ingram dance is like watching a moving work of art. The B.Sc. alum looks like his body is moving involuntarily, in one fluid motion. Ingram, now a HKR graduate student is part of growing trend called breaking or b-boying/b-girling.
New program brings international students to Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is going international. A new program sponsored by Memorial’s Strategic Internationalization Fund has been allowing the department to bring in a number of foreign students for short-term research opportunities.
Sociologists take care of pets
Sociologists at Memorial University are hoping a new study on domestic animal policy will encourage wider public discussion about the responsibilities of pet ownership. Taking Care of Pets: Institutional Policies, Perceptions and Practices regarding Domestic Animal Welfare in Newfoundland and Labrador is a result of a partnership between the university and the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

2012


December

School of Nursing faculty member heads up award-winning research team
School of Nursing faculty member Dr. Wendy Young and her team of researchers from Memorial win an award for assessing age-friendliness in St. John's.
New award to recognize excellence in teaching and learning, research and public engagement
The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship was unveiled at a special event at Memorial’s St. John’s campus on Dec. 13. This award, named after the founding president of Memorial University College, recognizes those who distinguish themselves across the continuum of teaching and learning, research and public engagement.

November

Driven to improve the world
Mechanical engineering student Laura Pittman has adjusted exceptionally well to university life. The St. John’s native, who began a bachelor of engineering degree at Memorial in Sept. 2007, has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships, been named to the Dean’s List every year, earned national recognition this past February when she won the 2011 Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) Co-op Student of the Year award – a first for a Memorial University student – and earlier this month she was named the newest Rhodes Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador.
RDC supports researchers
The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is investing more than $5.3 million into research and development (R&D) projects at Memorial University in areas relevant to offshore petroleum, ocean technology, healthcare, aquaculture and other natural resource industries.
Student researchers awarded more than $865,000 for ocean-related projects
Twenty-one Memorial students received a significant boost to their ocean-related research projects, thanks to the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC) 2012 Ocean Industries Student Research Awards. Six doctoral, 12 master's and three undergraduate students – as well as their research supervisors -- are receiving a total of $866,333 towards their research projects.
Engineering student next Rhodes Scholar
A student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial has been selected as the next Rhodes Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador to study at the University of Oxford in England.
Vice-president (research) talks ocean innovation in Halifax
Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research) at Memorial University, was a featured panellist at the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce Atlantic Prosperity Summit in Nova Scotia in October.
Hibernia investment boosts Memorial's offshore R&D capacity
New investments in Memorial University of Newfoundland's research and development (R&D) capacity may hold the key to producing additional oil offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is investing $11.8 million in laboratory equipment and research for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), enabling a new area of research in the province for the first time.
Research shows police warnings not easily understood
You’ve seen it on countless television programs – a suspect is arrested and read their rights. But just how much do you know about what your rights actually are? Dr. Brent Snook, an associate professor of psychology, says the answer may be surprising.
Memorial receives more than $825,000 to attract and retain top researchers
Nine researchers at Memorial University have received a combined investment of $827,954 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support their innovative research programs. The overall value of these research projects is more than $2 million.
Sociology faculty member awarded Queen's Jubilee Medal
Dr. Barbara Neis of the Department of Sociology was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal at a recent ceremony. She was nominated by Gerry Rogers, member of the House of Assembly for St. John’s centre. In her remarks at the ceremony, Ms. Rogers cited Dr. Neis’ commitment to collaborative research projects that are closely tied to the desire to improve conditions for workers and communities.
Science retiree wins Royal Astronomical Society award
Congratulations to Fred Smith, retired from the Dean of Science office, on receiving the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Service Award.
Engineering graduate improving life at sea
Memorial University engineering alumnus Peter Gifford is the winner of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC’s) 2012 Innovation Challenge Award and for the Ottawa-native who, as a small boy, loved to tinker with gadgets to figure out how they worked, winning this prestigious award in recognition of his invention, the TranSPAR Craft, was both exciting and humbling.

October

Physics prof renewed as Canada Research Chair
Dr. Lev Tarasov, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography has been renewed as the Canada Research Chair in Glacial Dynamics Modelling.
New economics initiative at Memorial to address provincial and regional issues
Researchers and students working on applied economics issues at Memorial University have received a boost from the federal government’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the provincial government and Husky Energy. The groups are making a combined investment of $685,000 to fund the development of the Collaborative Applied Research in Economics (CARE) consortium, an initiative that is designed to mentor economics students and support professors engaged in applied economics research at Memorial.
Vice-president (research) receives major award

 

Dr. Christopher Loomis, Memorial's vice-president (research), received one of the highest scholarly honours in Canada when he was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in Ottawa, Ont., on Sept. 20. 
 
This distinction is awarded to those with a history of outstanding performance in academic health sciences. Fellows are selected through a competitive peer-review process based on a demonstrated record of leadership, excellence and commitment to advancing the field.

 

February

Chemistry researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator
Chris Kozak, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, is the newest Terra Nova Young Innovator.

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