Master’s student discovers lichen diversity in N.L.'s boreal forest

Lichens play an important role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s approximately 38 million hectares of boreal forest.

Since moving to the province to begin a master’s degree in biology under the supervision of Dr. Yolanda Wiersma, Rachel Wigle has been involved in a number of rare lichen projects


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Be your own boss, then become someone else's

What do three graduate students in marine biology, biomedical engineering and epidemiology have in common besides late nights, research and thesis writing?

Answer: A penchant for entrepreneurship, which Memorial’s Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) aims to channel.


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Science alum makes plans to protect, conserve right whales

Stacey Rehel, a Science alum currently pursuing a master of marine studies at the Marine Institute, is helping to develop a marine spatial plan to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales off Canada’s East Coast.


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Art and words welcome Indigenous students at QEII Library

A penciled sketch wrapping around the main concrete pillar in the Queen Elizabeth II Library lobby begins to take shape.

Inuit artist and Biology student Jessica Winters uses black paint and a fine brush to slowly fill in her design. As hours pass, symbols emerge: a tent, evergreen trees and, facing north, an inukshuk.


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Science Odyssey week kicks off with festival of events on May 12

Science Rendezvous, the marquee event kicking off Science Odyssey week, will take place this weekend on the St. John’s campus.

Representatives from the faculties of science, engineering and applied science, and humanities and social sciences will present exciting and interactive exhibits and activities for people of all ages.


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Paper reports marine protected areas vulnerable to climate change

A new paper is warning marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly at risk from climate change.

Dr. Amanda Bates is the Canada Research Chair in Marine Physiological Ecology with the Department of Ocean Sciences. She co-authored the paper, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week.


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Graduate student nabs top prize in national video research contest

Master’s student Jenna MacKinnon is the winner of a $3,000 prize as part of a national video contest highlighting research in the North.

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Five new Canada Research Chairs bolsters Memorial’s international profile

New federal investments totalling more than $4.5 million will enhance Memorial’s research expertise in areas ranging from climate change to health care to oceans research.

Five new Canada Research Chairs (CRC) — one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence — have been appointed at Memorial. The results were made available on Thursday, May 3.


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Public lecture to discuss role of infant diet on food allergies

A free public lecture on the St. John’s campus will shed light on the connection between infant nutrition and food allergies.

Dr. Catherine Field is a professor in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Science at the University of Alberta. She will give the fourth annual Faith Elizabeth Winifred (Rusted) Bayley Nutrition Lecture on May 15.


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Federal funding to attract top researchers, provide infrastructure

Canada’s minister of Science and of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announced the latest results of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) on April 11.

In total, Kirsty Duncan announced more than $42 million for 37 universities across Canada to support 186 new research infrastructure projects.


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Songbirds at the Botanical Garden spill their love secrets

The Botanical Garden on Mt. Scio Road in St. John’s is, arguably, one of the most romantic places at Memorial to take a date.

The same also applies if you’re a chickadee.

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Joyce Family Foundation bursary creating conditions for success

Adrianna Warren has encountered a great deal of adversity in her life.

However, thanks to a strong work ethic, positive attitude and the help of the Joyce Family Foundation Bursary, the second-year Science student is rising above that adversity and exploring opportunities that she once believed were out of reach.


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Memorial houses Canadian chair, office of international ocean drilling program

Memorial University is the new home of the Canadian Consortium for Ocean Drilling (CCOD).

Dr. John Jamieson, assistant professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, at Memorial and the Canada research chair in marine geology, is the new drilling consortium chair and Canada’s representative to the IODP.

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Lasting legacy: Edith and Robert Skinner

The Skinners were a quiet couple, but their generosity knew no bounds.

Married for 64 years, Edith and Robert Skinner spent most of their married life in Pasadena on Newfoundland’s West Coast, where they successfully operated the Lakeland Lodge and Motel, as well as hunting and fishing camps in Labrador.

Generations of Memorial University students and researchers will benefit from the legacy established by the Skinners.


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Ocean Frontier Institute invests $25 million in ocean research projects

Fifteen ocean research projects based in Atlantic Canada have received more than $25 million in funding.

The investment is expected to advance understanding of atmospheric and ecosystem change while also identifying ways to grow resource development in a sustainable way.


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Outstanding in her field

Dr. Aimée Surprenant is being recognized for her outstanding leadership.

In July, the professor of psychology and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial will receive the 2018 Richard Tees Distinguished Leadership Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) at their annual meeting.


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Researcher part of 'dream team' investigating opioid prescribing

Dr. Joshua Rash may have only been at Memorial for a few months, but he is already putting the university on the map.

A clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, Dr. Rash is also a member of a dream team of Canadian researchers and partners investigating health-care provider knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices surrounding the prescription of opioids for the management of chronic non-cancer pain.


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Discovering his passion

An alumni of the Department of Psychology has been awarded the 2018 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning.

The award was presented to Matthew Downer, an undergraduate MD student, at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus recently.

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