Faculty of Science News

Dr. Melanie Greene, teaching consultant

This fall marked the launch of a new program for Memorial’s faculty that provides an introduction to important aspects of graduate student supervision.

Developed by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), the Program in Graduate Student Supervision is the first training program of its kind at Memorial, and also unique among Canadian universities.


Dr. Douglas Wallace

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Ocean Science and Technology will deliver the 2017 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture at Memorial University on Jan. 31.

Dr. Douglas Wallace's public lecture, titled Vital Signs: Watching the Deep Ocean Breathe in the Labrador Sea, is hosted by the Faculty of Science and the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.


Dr. Patricia Canning

The Department of Psychology will remember a late faculty member with a new annual lecture series in her name.

Dr. Patricia Canning passed away in November 2015.

The Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Lecture in Child Health and Development was established through generous gifts and pledges from her family and friends. The first lecture in the series will take place in March 2017.



Thanks to a recent office change in the Chemistry-Physics building, a stack of the vintage postcard booklets came to light. Scenes of student life and campus features are pictured on the front of each; Memorial’s ceremonial crest and directions for postage and the address are found on the back, plus the former names of some buildings and spaces.


Dr. Michael Katz

Creating a cleaner, greener future and designing a unique hands-free musical instrument.

Both are cutting-edge projects being led by two researchers who are this year’s Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recipients. The award recognizes and supports outstanding young faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.

Book cover

A new book, co-edited by Memorial biology PhD candidate Laura Siegwart Collier, adds a valuable and unique insight to the academic literature on climate change.

In The Caribou Taste Different Now: Inuit Elders Observe Climate Change, Inuit elders and knowledge holders from eight Canadian Arctic communities — Kugluktuk, Baker Lake, Pangnirtung, and Pond Inlet in Nunavut; Umiujaq, Kangiqsujuaq, and Kangiqsualujjuaq in Nunavik; and Nain in Nunatsiavut — share their observations of climate change, including how it is affecting traditional ways of life.

We generate waste every day, most of which go to incineration landfill sites. And while we are always trying to find ways to reduce waste, researchers at Memorial University are investigating ways to use the waste we generate in a sustainable way.


A new multimedia exhibit is creating awareness of Atlantic cold-water corals and sponges in the waters off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and their importance to the health and integrity of the marine ecosystem.

Gardens of the Deep was unveiled at a recent event and is a collaboration between the GEO CENTRE and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Memorial University, Oceans Learning Partnership, The Production Group, World Wildlife Fund Canada, the provincial Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


Dr. Christina Bottaro

Dr. Faisal Khan, head, Department of Process Engineering and director, C-RISE, is part of a collaborative research project involving four universities in Alberta and Atlantic Canada.

Researchers at Memorial University are involved in all stages of the project, which involves identifying the microbes, studying the chemical compositions of the microbes and how they cause corrosion. Dr. Khan and team, which includes Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Christina Bottaro, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science will be examining how microbes cause corrosion.

Dr. Mark Abrahams

At its regular meeting on Dec. 1, Memorial’s Board of Regents approved the appointments of Dr. Mark Abrahams as associate vice-president (research) pro tempore and Dr. Mary Courage as acting dean, Faculty of Science.

Both appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Dr. Abrahams, who currently serves as dean of science, will replace Dr. Ray Gosine, who was named vice-president (research) pro tempore in October. Dr. Courage, University Research Professor, Department of Psychology, will replace Dr. Abrahams.