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Rennie Sullivan, fisheries technologist at the Marine Institute and Rod Budden, fish harvester, Fogo Island.

There are few who know the waters around Fogo Island better than the men and women who turn to it every day for their livelihood. 

A project just getting underway at Memorial University is hoping to draw on that knowledge. 

 

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.

Ocean Industry Student Research Award winners

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University, hosted an announcement recognizing a $1-million investment in the ocean industries, including offshore petroleum, aquaculture and fisheries on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Sixteen Memorial students were recognized as part of the Research & Development Corporation’s Ocean Industries Student Research Awards.

 

Biodiversity lab

The Department of Ocean Sciences is about to wrap up a two-month long joint collaboration with the Oceans Learning Partnership that offered high school students and their teachers an opportunity to discover the diverse and fascinating world of ocean science.

Dr. Trevor VandenBoer

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.

Memorial University is among 12 industry-academic partnerships that received funding through Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP), announced Oct. 15 by The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) in Guelph, Ontario.

Cliona

Memorial University geographer Dr. Evan Edinger is involved in a research project out of the University of Exeter that has found species that live in and erode coral reefs will play a major role in determining the future of reefs.

Audience members

Memorial University held a Biophysics Symposium on Oct. 4.

The conference was an opportunity to stimulate discussion between researchers in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, medicine, computer science and pharmacy.

 

Christine Fontaine

Christine Fontaine, an alumna of the Department of Psychology, has received a Vanier scholarship worth $150,000 to continue her studies in behavioural neuroscience at the University of Victoria.

Nano-sensor

Even a small amount of oil spilled in a marine environment can have a devastating impact. So small, in fact, that Memorial researchers are working at the nano-level to create sensors for use in harsh environments.

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