On Oct. 19, in Campbell River, B.C., I stepped foot onto the Polar Prince for the first time.
I had been following the journey of this ship for months as it travelled from Toronto towards Victoria, along the three coasts of Canada and through the Northwest Passage, as part of the Canada C3 expedition.
With the aim of honouring the past and reflecting on the future of Canada, the epic journey was a signature project of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and centered on four main themes: reconciliation, youth engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the environment.
The journey was divided into 15 segments, during which a diverse group of Canadians from all walks of life were invited on board to experience Canada’s nature, people, past and present.
Meeting for the first time in the old helicopter hanger aboard the boat, which was a former icebreaker, I discovered the incredible participants with whom I would share experiences, emotions and ideas over the next 10 days.
Writers, scientists, musicians, adventurers, Indigenous elders, teachers, artists, politicians, new Canadians, people engaged in their communities — all curious and eager to see what would happen next.
A recently published paper with ties to Memorial University has a unique twist.
Instead of focusing solely on findings, it describes the experience of patient advisors involved in a research project.
Dr. Gary Kachanoski has presented the President’s Awards for 2017, honouring outstanding educators, researchers, staff members and community partners.
Dr. John Hanchar, Department of Earth Sciences, was named University Research Professor - a title given to a faculty member who has demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature.
Lumpfish, the dull, lumpy bottom feeders with warty heads, are not only an integral part of the provincial economy — their roe is prized in Asia as an alternative to caviar — they are also the subject of innovative research being done at Memorial that will assist both the aquaculture industry and provide insight into dietary effects on vision.
A group of alumni turned entrepreneurs didn’t have to look far for inspiration for their latest product.
Living in a country with the most water in the world — and its windiest province — they were literally surrounded by it.
Now, a piece of technology Seaformatics Systems Inc. developed is set to revolutionize how outdoor adventurers stay connected to wireless devices.
The St. John’s-based startup with roots at Memorial has developed a hand-held water turbine, allowing people to charge electronic devices with water and wind.
“We’re producing a suite of turbine products that allow our customers to harness renewable energy in the form of flowing water and wind to power and recharge standalone devices such as personal electronics — think cellphones, cameras and GPS — as well as batteries in watercraft and RVs, and river- and ocean-going sensing systems and observatory nodes,” Andrew Cook, company co-founder and Memorial alumnus, told the Gazette recently.
“Our first product, the WaterLily micro turbine, can capture energy from a flowing river or can be suspended in a windy area to recharge USB re-chargeable devices such as cellphones, action cameras and portable battery banks.”
On Dec. 7 the Board of Regents approved an increase in the co-operative education work-term fee from its current rate of $323 per work term to $600 per work term for all domestic full time undergraduate co-operative education program students, effective September 2018.
One of Dr. David Grant’s hunches could end up having a major impact on the international research community while bringing global recognition to Memorial.
Memorial’s biology department is tackling a big issue for students taking its introductory course. Each semester, approximately 700 students enrol in Biology 1001. That means, on average, there are about 200 students in each section sitting in a fixed-seat lecture theatre with one professor to teach them.
A Memorial master’s student is helping AquaBounty Canada to determine the best growing conditions for transgenic Atlantic salmon.