Do unto others.
Those iconic words – the Golden Rule – hung on the wall of Dr. Richard Marceau’s office as a daily reminder of how he approached life and work. Richard wanted the best for friends and colleagues. He also wanted the best for Memorial and Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the three years he spent at our university, Richard touched and inspired many people at Memorial and in our wider community. His positive impact will be felt for years to come.
Always generous with his time, Richard was passionate about the critical role Memorial’s research – across all disciplines – plays in increasing our understanding of important issues, in addressing opportunities and challenges, and in strengthening Newfoundland and Labrador.
This report captures our university’s diverse research activities covering the period of 2014-2016, during which – under Richard’s leadership – we focused on intensifying our strategic research efforts.
Research Infosource recently released new rankings for Memorial, noting our research growth in various areas. We place second among Canada’s medical/doctoral universities for research income growth from 2001-2015, an increase of 204.6%. Richard would have been delighted with that news and our progress.
Memorial is a better university because of Dr. Richard Marceau. This report is a tribute to his vision and achievements.
Richard was a valued colleague and friend and he is certainly missed.
-- Dr. Ray Gosine, Vice-President (Research) Pro Tempore
Oct. 28, 2016
Greeting from Dr. Richard Marceau
From a modest start nearly seven decades ago to multi-disciplinary, multi-national, multi-million dollar collaborations, Memorial University’s commitment to research excellence has been unwavering.
As Newfoundland and Labrador’s university, we have a special obligation to the people of our province – a commitment that’s exemplified through the visionary work of our faculty, staff and students.
Two years ago, the Board of Regents approved our Strategic Research Intensity Plan (SRIP), a roadmap that builds on our institutional Research Strategy Framework supporting Memorial’s vision “…to be one of the most distinguished public universities in Canada and beyond…” by 2020.
We’re well underway to meeting that goal.
Making a difference
SRIP is working. Since its launch, funding from Tri-Agency competitions has increased; graduate programming has expanded; and investments for critical infrastructure have surged. We have streamlined processes and renewed models of customer service, which are key research enablers; and there are now more specialized researchers conducting more specialized research.
On each of our campuses, in every discipline, school and faculty, researchers share a common goal: to make a difference.
Whether that’s empowering the next generation, saving lives, advancing knowledge or creating new technologies, we’re lucky to have such passionate creators, inventors and critical thinkers here at Memorial.
Through the ongoing, and increasingly important, support of our funding partners and collaborators, the impact of Memorial’s research is being felt throughout our province and around the world like never before.
And, the best is yet to come!
Richard J. Marceau