Faculty of Science News

Justice Malcolm Rowe

It’s not only the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that has its first Supreme Court justice.

Justice Malcolm Rowe, an alumnus of Memorial University, holds bachelor’s degrees in both arts (political science) and science.

Fractofusus misrai

Scientists at Memorial University may have solved a mystery at the province’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mistaken Point.

Namely, what were the giant Ediacaran fossils found on the southern tip of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, and why are they so large?


Dr. Matt Rise

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.


Dr. Ben Schuler

Protein molecules perform an astonishing range of functions in all forms of life — from the digestion of food and the replication of genes to the propagation of signals in cells and the nervous system.

A public lecture on Memorial’s St. John’s campus will illustrate examples of these versatile molecular machines and how they are generated and how they exert their functions. Dr. Ben Schuler is professor of molecular biophysics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and is the 2016 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Memorial Lecturer.


Dr. Matt Rise

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.

CIndy Milley

What may have been the largest group of students ever admitted to the Faculty of Science Dean’s List at one time was honoured at an event on Sept. 20.

Annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony was held on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus and saw Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of Science, recognize 281 students who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty.


Dr. Paul Snelgrove

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

Carole Peterson

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.


OFI modules

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.

Red Shoe Crew - Walk for Families

There’s a good chance if you grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador, or are raising children here, you have stepped through the doors of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.


Science demo

For one week in September, universities, libraries, museums and other partners will put on a nationwide festival of science.

Science Literacy Week highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science outreach from coast-to-coast. It runs Sept. 18-24 and begins in Newfoundland and Labrador with a fun science fair with hands-on demonstrations, science story times and shows from 12 to 5 p.m. at the GAP Court in the Avalon Mall, St. John’s.


Mackenzie Grace

Julie Young and Mackenzie Grace, two incoming first-year students at Memorial University, have been named 2016 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.

The annual scholarship program encourages Canadian high school graduates to embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in their future careers. 

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.

Min. Judy Foote

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

The investment will replace two of Memorial’s aging animal research care facilities to ensure the university can continue to conduct its biomedical research activities and continue to offer certified degree programs.