Faculty of Science News

Hank Williams

This January, the late Dr. Harold (Hank) Williams, of the Department of Earth Sciences, will be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame “recognizes and honours the legendary mine finders and builders of a great Canadian industry.”


Dr. Garth Fletcher

The life’s work of a Memorial University of Newfoundland researcher has taken a long road from an experiment in a laboratory to kitchen tables in the United States.

Dr. Garth Fletcher, head of the Department of Ocean Sciences, along with a former Department of Biochemistry researcher, Dr. Choy Hew, co-invented the technology behind the first genetically modified animal approved as food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday.


Melanie Barnes

A Memorial alumna is savouring the glory of being named Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, a role she hopes will bolster the profile of several volunteer groups and inspire young women to focus on educational goals.

Kazuhito Mizutani and Praveen Jha

Kazuhito Mizutani, an international student form Yokkaichi, Japan, has received the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch Silver Jubilee Scholarship.

The award was presented recently in St. John’s at the Mineral Resources Review.

Dr. Gary Kachanoski and Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra.

Recognized in his adopted hometown of Saskatoon as a community builder, social advocate and cultural ambassador Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, M.Sc.’72, PhD’76, B.Med.Sci.’79, MD’81, can add a new honour to his list of achievements: Outstanding Community Service Award recipient.

Dr. John Page

Dr. John Page, a distinguished professor emeritus with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba will deliver the Faculty of Science’s 2015 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture on Nov. 12.

Dr. Asokan Variyath

Statistics deals with the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.

Because it applies across disciplines, statistics is often incorporated as a compulsory course in many academic programs. But as students will attest, it is one of the most difficult courses to learn and even professors agree that teaching an introductory statistics course is challenging. 

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is trying to change that. 


Dr. Sylvester Gates Jr.

The Faculty of Science will host a research and public lecture with Dr. Sylvester Gates Jr., an American theoretical physicist on Oct. 26.

Dr. Gates will also receive an honorary doctor of science degree from Memorial at the 3 p.m. fall convocation session on Oct. 23.

Dr. Shawn Leroux

Dr. Shawn Leroux and Justin Strong, a former undergraduate student in his lab, recently released a paper investigating the impacts of invasive terrestrial mammal species on Newfoundland’s terrestrial mammal food web.