Faculty of Science News

Marc Gruell

Completing a PhD takes years, but some Memorial doctoral students will be presenting their research in just three minutes.

Through a partnership with the School of Graduate Studies and CBC Radio, 10 PhD students will be featured on CBC’s On the Go program at the end of March and beginning of April.

 

Cover of Geology

Dr. John Hanchar, a professor of Earth Sciences, and his former graduate students, Chris Fisher and Stacy Phillips, recently had a paper published in the journal Geology, the premier journal in the Earth Sciences. 

Dr. Daniel Ansari

The inaugural Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Lecture in Child Health and Development will take place on March 28. 

The lecture, titled Why should educators care about cognitive neuroscience?, will be given by Dr. Daniel Ansari, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University.

Blue whale skeleton

An exhibit opening March 11 at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) provides a sneak peek at what visitors to Memorial University can expect to see three years from now.

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story tells the story of two blue whales that washed ashore in Western Newfoundland in April of 2014.

 

Diver

This September, students can begin studies in one of three brand new science majors: ocean sciences, ocean sciences (environmental systems) and marine biology.

MUN

Students with a strong interest in arts and science no longer have to choose between the two degrees.

Memorial’s Senate recently approved a proposal from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for a new joint degree program.

 

Announcement group shot

Eleven Memorial researchers working on five diverse projects will receive more than $680,000 in new federal funding, allowing the teams to purchase sophisticated new tools, technology and equipment.

Dr. Julissa Roncal

An assistant professor in the Department of Biology is hoping to give new life to an old collection.

Dr. Julissa Roncal has been given responsibility for Memorial’s herbarium, the largest in the province.

Dr. John Jamieson

Dr. John Jamieson could be the next Canadian to go into space.

This week, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the assistant professor of earth sciences and Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology has made the short list of a year-long campaign to find its two newest “star” candidates.

 

Dr. Craig Purchase

Spawning season is a busy time in Dr. Craig Purchase’s world.

But despite a near around-the-clock schedule ferrying salmon gametes from the lab to the river, the evolutionary ecologist sat down with the Gazette recently to share some insight into another one of his roles: volunteer for a national organization dedicated to the scientifically sound classification of wildlife species at risk.

 

Spiralling burrow

New Memorial University research has identified how the first burrowing animals helped engineer the explosion of life as we know it.

 

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