News Archive


2017


October

Summer research internship 'life-changing' for science student

Jevon Marsh would like to see more undergraduate students take advantage of opportunities to study and do research abroad.

He spent 12-weeks completing a student research position in Germany this summer, an experience he says was “life-changing.”

$4.8 million from CFI for critical marine research

Memorial University has received a major award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for its development of autonomous marine observation systems (DAMOS).

The 2017 Innovation Fund (IF) awards, announced on Oct. 12 in Winnipeg, Man., by Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, must illustrate global leadership, partnerships and benefits for Canadians.

 

Psychology student Memorial's latest Killam recipient

As Memorial University’s latest Killam fellow, Lauren Winsor will begin a cross-border adventure at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in January.

Students, staff and faculty honoured at Faculty of Science awards

The annual Faculty of Science Dean’s Awards ceremony was held on Memorial’s St. John’s campus and saw Dr. Mary Courage, dean of the Faculty of Science, recognize 271 students representing the top 10 per cent in the faculty.

 

OFI leading the way in Canada's blue economy

One year ago, the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) launched with an unprecedented $220 million in funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and various private and public-sector organizations.

 

President of American Physical Society to speak at Memorial

The president of the American Physical Society will give the 2017 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Public Lecture at Memorial.

Dr. Laura H. Greene, will give a talk titled, High-Temperature Superconductivity: The Dark Energy of Condensed Matter on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation.

Unique collaboration opens up world of ocean sciences to teachers-in-training

A group of education students will take part in hands-on field experiences to explore how integrating the ocean into the K-12 science curriculum can become a valuable supplement to classroom instruction.

 

A summertime sail in search of Nordic black smokers

Memorial’s Dr. John Jamieson spent some of the warm summer months on a cold-water cruise — Arctic cold.

The professor of earth sciences joined a multidisciplinary research team aboard the research vessel R/V G.O. Sars, led by chief scientist Dr. Rolf Pederson, director of the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen, Norway.

 

September

Montevecchi's 'eureka moment': Seabirds, fisheries and climate change

When Dr. Bill Montevecchi set out to study the foraging habits of gannets in the late 1970s, he had no idea he’d end up discovering that seabirds are excellent indicators of ocean health and climate change.

NSERC funding empowers Memorial researchers to better the world

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has announced almost $7 million in federal funding to support more than 65 research projects at Memorial.

Tender awarded; new construction to begin on Animal Resource Centre

Memorial University has awarded the contract for construction of the Animal Resource Centre (ARC), a research and teaching facility. Olympic Construction was the successful bidder.

 

Computer science professor sought after AI consultant

This summer, Dr. David Churchill, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Science, worked with Blizzard Entertainment and Google DeepMind on the creation of a new artificial intelligence (AI) interface for StarCraft 2.

Atlantic Canadian teaching award 'icing on the cake' for math professor

Dr. Danny Dyer was presented with the 2017 Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Distinguished Teaching Award on Sept. 21, in honour of the work he has done to provide students with the best opportunity for success, and for the positive effect he’s had on teaching and learning in the wider university community.

Enactus launches mini-hydroponics unit for individuals, small families

Enactus Memorial has launched a mini-hydroponics unit targeted at small families and individuals interested in growing their own produce.

The undergraduate student group, which includes students from the faculties of business, science, engineering and applied science, and humanities and social sciences, now has four-pod units available for purchase.

 

Science doctoral students recipients of Vanier Scholarships

The Faculty of Science is home to two new Vanier scholars.

Ernest Awoonor-Williams, a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, and Christina Prokopenko, a PhD student in the Department of Biology, are the latest recipients of the prestigious graduate scholarship.

 

Grad students and post-doctoral fellow receive prestigious academic awards

On Sept. 14 Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, was on the St. John’s campus to announce 166 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients and 70 new Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship recipients across the country for a total investment of $34.7 million.

 

Memorial to celebrate week-long festival of science

Memorial University is ready to celebrate the fourth annual Science Literacy Week.

This week-long blitz of science-based activities highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast

 

First-year students awarded $180,000 in STEM scholarships

Two first-year students at Memorial University have been named 2017 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.

This year, there were more than 1,300 Schulich Leader Nominees from across Canada vying for 50 scholarships, valued at up to $100,000 each. 

Biology professor to be named professor emeritus

Dr. Michael Collins, Department of Biology, will be accorded an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members at convocation cermeonies in St. John's on Oct. 19. He is one of four Memorial University professors being recognized with the designation professor emeritus

August

Post-doctoral scholar creates low cost, efficient water analysis

Stefana Egli is so excited about her polymer coating that she carries a little glass slide wherever she goes.

“It’s like my baby,” she said, fishing one out of her pocket.

The “baby” is more commonly known as a MIP, or molecularly imprinted polymer, that allows for portable cost-effective water analysis. When exposed to water, the MIP, which is smaller than a quarter, can absorb certain compounds that normally dissolve in water.

 

The Atlantic Wolffish - A face only a mother could love

What is striped, grows to be five feet long and has big chomper teeth all over the roof of its mouth?

The Atlantic wolffish

 

Technology trailblazer to be recognized for exceptional achievements

Catherine Courage, B.Sc.(Hons.)'97, will be one of the recipients of Memorial University's 36th annual Alumni Tribute Awards.

The awards recognize alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields, are committed to their alma mater, and made outstanding contributions to their communities.

 

Memorial researchers receive funding to purchase what they need to save the world

Federal funding for research infrastructure and equipment was recently announced.

Two groups of Memorial researchers together received more than $375,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) awards presented at Laurentian University.

 

Using mathematical biology to help control infectious diseases

Can a Memorial University mathematical model predict and help control the spread of malaria in Africa?

Dr. Xiunan Wang, who uses mathematical models to study biological problems, thinks so.

 

Effective communication 'critical' to building trust, researcher says

Dr. Brett Favaro wants to share a secret.

He knows that if scientists can communicate their ideas effectively, they are more likely to succeed.

 

$4.4 million boost for aquaculture research led by Memorial

Drs. Kurt Gamperl and Mark Fast have been awarded $4.4 million as part of a pan-Atlantic research initative to improve the health and welfare of cultured Atlantic salmon using geonomics and other biotechnologies.

 

Scholarship supports research connecting N.L. and Ireland

Dr. Stephen Piercey, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, was one of this year’s recipients of the Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship.

He travelled to Ireland for three weeks in May to focused on two projects with collaborators at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

Visiting experts test Memorial's absolute gravity reference station

Two experts brought a high accuracy absolute gravity meter to the St. John’s campus recently.

Jason Silliker and Rachel van Herpt, of the Canadian Geodetic Survey of Natural Resources Canada, brought their FG5-236, a.k.a. “Gertrude”, to Station 991399 for a 24-hour-long set of measurements in May.

June

Testing balsam fir restoration treatments in 'spruce-moose' meadows

Over the past few years, experimental restoration to support Parks Canada Ecological Integrity targets in Terra Nova National Park was implemented by Dr. Luise Hermanutz, Department of Biology, and her graduate student, Louis Charron, with the support of park staff.

High school students put detective skills to work during lab field trip

Students from local high schools descended on the Department of Biochemistry recently to try out their scientific and detective skills.

For the first time, the department opened its doors to students from O’Donel and Holy Heart for a daylong field trip. It saw them role play as junior crime scene investigation agents tasked with determining if a local fisherman had a freezer full of flounder or near extinct Atlantic Bluefin tuna.

 

Local tech company receives $2 million in follow-on funding

HeyOrca knows that after delivering on your promises, the second most important factor in client retention is successful communications.

“Effective communication is vital to a successful client-marketing agency relationship,” said Joseph Teo, CEO, or, chief executive “orca” of the social media planning company and a graduate of Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration.

 

Psychology researchers kick off unique study of young adults with cancer

A psychology researcher is partnering with Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) on the biggest young adult cancer study ever.

Dr. Sheila Garland and her research group will be the first to explore the physical, social, financial and emotional challenges faced by young adults diagnosed with cancer and compare them to their non-cancer peers.

 

Memorial partners with Dalhousie, NOAA on Gulf of Main expedition

From today, World Oceans Day, until June 22, Canadians have the opportunity to explore the ocean with world-leading researchers in the Gulf of Maine.

Oceana Canada will broadcast the expedition in real time as researchers from both sides of the border explore rare habitats and species at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.

 

Science alumna finds opportunities in ocean mapping

When Sarah Walsh finished her bachelor of science with a focus in marine biology at Memorial in 2013, she wasn’t sure what her next move would be.

She did know, however, that ocean technology would be part of her future.

 

Swiss summer research position to focus on retinal degeneration cure

Lauren Winsor is one of 22 students with an international summer research position at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, known in English as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

May

Studying invertebrates' ability to adapt to climate change

Toronto native Justine Ammendolia grew up next to Lake Ontario, but she always dreamed of the sea.

 

 

Ice core analysis study evaluates past temperatures, Greenland melt

A new paper led by Memorial researchers has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper reconstructs past temperatures from an ice core, identifying a warmer past and demonstrating that the Greenland ice sheet is susceptible to rapid melt in a warming world.

N.L. Beekeeping Association seeking research collaborators

Newfoundland and Labrador is one of a few places on Earth still unaffected by many of the diseases and other problems affecting honey bee populations elsewhere.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association (NLBKA) has identified several research priorities concerning honey bees and wild pollinator species in Newfoundland and Labrador and is interested in working with researchers at Memorial University to fill in knowledge gaps and help address current apicuture challenges.

 

 

Memorial study says songbirds being left behind by climate change

A new paper co-written by Memorial University researchers argues that some migratory birds are failing to keep pace with a rapidly changing climate.

Trio of Memorial photos finalists for federal award

Three images connected to Memorial are shortlisted for a national contest.

Science Exposed, organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, highlights top images featuring scientific research in all fields of study.

A total of 20 images have made the final cut. 

 

Outreach aids students' exploration of ocean science and technology

This spring, Memorial researchers and alumni are participating in an educational series to explore the exciting world of ocean science and technology with students from across the province.

Bonne Bay Marine Station, Grenfell Campus receive $1 million

The provincial and federal governments announced an investment of more than $1 million in projects for Memorial University’s Bonne Bay Marine Station and Grenfell Campus May 13.

$4.9 million in federal-provincial funding to accelerate new technologies

A team of Memorial researchers and a Genesis Centre client have received combined federal-provincial support of more than $4.9 million.

The funding will allow for the development of new technologies to test water for contaminants and for creating holographic displays.

New database helps researchers discover funding opportunities

Researchers looking for funding opportunities have a new tool at their disposal.

Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS), a unit within the Vice-President (Research) portfolio, has launched a new searchable database, which allows researchers to easily find details on internal and external funding opportunities.

 

Archaeology student recognized for self-directed learning

A bachelor of arts (honours) student completing a major in archaeology, a minor in biology, and a diploma in applied ethics from the Department of Philosophy has been awarded the 2017 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning.

The award was presented to Daniel Rees at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus.

Memorial-partnered research leads to approval for camelina oil fish feed

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has approved the use of mechanically-extracted camelina oil as a feed ingredient for farmed salmon and trout.

The decision follows a recently completed large-scale study of camelina oil managed by Genome Atlantic. Dr. Chris Parrish, Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, was one of the study’s principal researchers.

 

Memorial to participate in Science Rendezvous

Science Rendezvous, an all-ages and free public event, will allow participants to do fun and safe hands-on science activities on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

Visitors will get to watch a chemistry magic show, explore a travelling touch tank, discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, take part in interactive physics demos, and much more on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking will be available in lot 15B.

Workplace-oriented mindfulness training program offered to students

A number of graduate and undergraduate students took part in a 10-week workplace mindfulness course this semester.

The course, which included a 90-minute session per week and a two-hour capstone session at the end, was offered to students engaged in co-op work terms, internships or field placements for their respective programs in the School of Social Work, the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Science’s Department of Psychology.

April

Tender awarded, construction to resume on Core Science Facilty

 

Memorial University has awarded the main construction contract for the Core Science Facility to Marco Services Limited.

The contract, known as CP-3R, is for the remaining work on the building. Construction will resume on the project this spring. It is slated to open for the fall semester in 2020.

 

Six countries team up to conduct climate change research

A team of scientists from six countries — with a unique Memorial University connection — will depart from St. John’s, N.L., on April 27 on a trans-Atlantic voyage that’s studying the impact of climate change on the ocean.

The research being conducted on-board the Celtic Explorer is a Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) survey, being led by the Marine Institute of Galway, Ireland.

 

Doctor Who writer inspired by professor's swarm robotics research

This weekend’s episode of the long-running hit British television show, Doctor Who, will have a special connection to one Memorial University researcher.

The season’s second episode will see “The Doctor” visiting the colony world of Gliese 581 D, a bright, sunny world tended to by a swarm of tiny bird-like robots called Vardies. The Vardies, it just so happens, are named for Dr. Andrew Vardy, a professor jointly appointed with the faculties of Science and Engineering and Applied Science.

Psychology hosts annual research day to recognize student work

The Department of Psychology celebrated their best and brightest on April 6, as the unit held their eighth annual research day.

The event showcased research conducted by master’s and honours students, with seven second-year master’s students holding talks in the morning followed by an afternoon poster session representing the work of 48 honours students.

Biochemistry prepares for 50th anniversary reunion

On July 1, 2017, Memorial University will mark a special milestone.

On that date, the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, which first opened on July 1, 1967, will turn 50 years old. To commemorate, the department is hosting a reunion weekend Sept. 8-10 and hopes to reconnect with many former students, staff and faculty.

 

Seven extraordinary honorary degree recipients announced

Along with the newest cohort of spring graduates crossing the stage, Memorial University is presenting seven extraordinary people with degrees honoris causa at spring convocation ceremonies.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Calvin White, a Mi’kmaw elder; Dr. Frank Hayden, founder of the Special Olympics; Moya Greene, president and CEO of the Royal Mail; Bob McDonald, popular host of the national science radio program, Quirks and Quarks; gardener Ross Traverse; businessperson and philanthropist Donald Lawson; and Marilyn Churley, environmentalist and politician.

Memorial graduate students among top research storytellers in Canada

A pair of Memorial master’s students are among 25 finalists from across Canada taking part in a prestigious annual research competition.

Laura Fallon and Meagan McCardle — both graduate students in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science — were selected from nearly 200 entries for the 2017 Storytellers Challenge sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SHHRC).

 

Department of Computer Science adds specialized majors

The discipline of computer science is a rapidly expanding frontier, and Memorial’s Department of Computer Science is evolving right along with it.

Following an academic program review and consultation, the department has decided to provide the option of more specialized majors in its undergraduate program, starting with the introduction of two new majors this fall.

 

March

Ocean Sciences Centre reunion to celebrate 50th anniversary

Now faculty and friends of the Ocean Sciences Centre are being invited back to celebrate achievements and memories from the past 50 years at a reunion scheduled for Sept. 8-10.

 

Top 10 finish for hyperloop pod team

After devoting nearly 10 months to the building their hyperloop pod, a team of nine students from Memorial University travelled to Los Angeles in January to test drive it.

The event, hosted by SpaceX at a mile-long track built adjacent to their Hawthorne, California headquarters, marked the first time this mode of transportation, was tested anywhere in the world.

 

Turning spiny marine organisms into economic opportunities

A Memorial researcher is investigating a new opportunity he hopes will help diversify the range of seafood produced in Newfoundland and Labrador for worldwide distribution.

Graduate Studies, CBC Radio bring doctoral research to public airwaves

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.

 

Earth Sciences paper makes 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. 

Public lecture to discuss impact of brain function on education

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.

One of two blue whale skeletons on display at ROM

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.

 

New program offerings boosting Memorial's strength in oceans

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

Joint degree in science, humanities and social sciences approved

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.

 

Federal funding empowers researchers, brings new equipment

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.

February

Biology professor breathing new life into Memorial's herbarium

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.

Earth sciences professor in running to become next Canadian astronaut

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.

 

A Q&A with Dr. Craig Purchase, fish expert and national committee volunteer

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.

 

January

Research shows first burrowing animals helped engineer explosion of life

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

 

Public lecture to discuss the Labrador Sea's role as planet's 'lungs'

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.

 

Textbook, new graduates to support mental health services

A new book co-written by a faculty member in the Department of Psychology may provide a useful guide for mental health professionals.

In late December, associate professor Dr. Julie Gosselin, director of clinical training for the doctor of psychology (PsyD) program at Memorial, released A Systematic and Integrative Model for Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Planning. It’s the first in a collection that will be released over the coming year.

 

Views on social mobility shape Americans' faith in the status quo

Psychologists at Princeton University and Memorial University have found that how Americans view social mobility affects their willingness to defend the basic underpinnings of American society — such as social and economic policies, laws and institutions.

Science alum intern puts education to work under the sea in the Philippines

Christa Sandall may hail from landlocked Alberta, but salt water seems to run through her veins.

Since graduating from Memorial with a bachelor of science in marine biology last June, she has been living and working in the island country of the Philippines.

 

Program for faculty provides introduction to graduate student supervision

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.

 

New psychology lecture series in memory of 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.

 

Recent office move reveals vintage Memorial University postcards

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.

 

Composer, chemist named 2016 Terra Nova Young Innovators

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.

Valuable and unique insight to academic literature on climate change

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.


2016


December

Lowering our carbon footprint

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.

GEO CENTRE exhibit deep-sea corals and sponges to light

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.

 

Award-winning researcher part of a corrosion project that received $7.8 million in federal government funding

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.

Board approves senior appointments; VPR search set to begin

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.

 

November

Faculty serving in voluntary capacity to establish N.L. nature reserves

When it comes to creating protected areas in Newfoundland and Labrador, four Memorial faculty members are on the job – even though it’s not in their job descriptions.

As researchers and educators in the Faculty of Science, Drs. Luise Hermanutz, Bill Montevecchi, Yolanda Wiersma and Len Zedel contribute to the global body of scientific knowledge every day.

 

Urban contaminants making their way up to northern communities, into food chain

Flame retardants might help save your couch from an unattended candle, but Memorial research shows that some of the chemicals found in our household items are building up in the planet.

Dr. Cora Young, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, studies the long-range transport of contaminants found in consumer products.

 

Youth field school recognized for innovation in STEM education

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Oceans Learning Partnership’s (OLP) Coastal Explorers field school has been named one of five winners of the second annual Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Innovative Education Award for innovation in youth programming and environmental STEM education.

The program was chosen from 120 applicants submitted from across North America and will receive a grant of $50,000 USD to expand their programs. 

Mobilizing knowledge to protect and enhance the East Coast Trail

Students from across the St. John’s campus are working together to help map the East Coast Trail from Topsail to Cappahayden.

The internationally renowned trail system, which highlights the natural beauty of the Island of Newfoundland’s east coast and draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the world, consists of more than 300 kilometres of developed trail.

 

Transitioning from fossil fuel to renewable energy

Memorial University, with the support of St. Bonaventure’s College, and facilitated by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research group, For a New Earth, will host a town hall meeting on the theme What Is A Green Economy? on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Graduate students playing key role in OFI's multidisciplinary research

Enthusiasm and optimism.

In the past two months, those are the two words Dr. Aimée Surprenant has heard the most when it comes to the single largest federal investment for research at Memorial.

Unusual discovery off N.L.'s coast sparks new ocean research

During one of Dr. Patrick Gagnon’s very first scientific dives in Newfoundland and Labrador, he came across a strange sight that inspired an entirely new line of research.

The professor of ocean sciences was exploring the waters off the coast of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s when he found red stone-like structures blanketing the sea floor at depths of 10-25 metres.

 

Diving deep into Canada's first Marine Protected Area

This summer, faculty from Memorial’s earth sciences department sailed on a research cruise to Endeavour Ridge, Canada’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Located 250 kilometres offshore from Vancouver Island, B.C., and 2,250 metres below the ocean’s surface, Endeavour is a seismically and volcanically active area of the sea floor with hydrothermal venting.

 

October

Justice Malcolm Rowe graduated with degrees in arts, science

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.


Solving the mystery of 570-million-year-old Mistaken Point fossils

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?

 

New funding aimed at reducing co-infection in Atlantic salmon

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.

 

Understanding how proteins may end Alzheimer's, Parkinson's topic of upcoming public lecture

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.

 

Ocean Frontier Institute-led research to change global aquaculture industry

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.

September

Academics, research and service celebrated

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.

 

Ocean Frontier Institute providing critical mass to tackle larger problems

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

$2.1 million federal investment empowers social sciences and humanities researchers

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.

 

Memorial and province set to benefit from Ocean Frontier Institute

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.

Students, staff sought for annual Ronald McDonald House fundraiser

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.

 

Memorial University and partners celebrate Science Literacy Week

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.

 

Two first-year students awarded prestigious Schulich Leaders Scholarships

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. 

Public lecture to discuss effectiveness of multivitamins

Are multivitamins effective? Are we consuming too many and can they cause harm?

Those are a few of the questions which will be answered at a free public lecture on the Memorial St. John’s Campus on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in room IIC-2001.

 

Historic investment creates Ocean Frontier Institute

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.

Government of Canada invests more than $14 million in Memorial infrastructure

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. 

 

August

New students invited to attend Science welcome event

The Faculty of Science is hosting a welcome event for all incoming undergradute studenst with an interest in science.

Everything Science 2016 will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 6 as part of Memorial's orientation activities. 

 

Collaborative research focused on improving young people's understanding of legal rights

A pair of graduate students say their research could have significant implications for Canada’s justice system.

Meagan McCardle and Kirk Luther are working on a unique collaborative project in the Faculty of Science aimed at improving young people’s understanding of their legal rights.

 

Applications now accepted for Terra Nova Young Innovator Award

Applications are currently being accepted for a prestigious $50,000 research award for talented emerging researchers.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award is presented to a Memorial faculty member on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor Energy as operator.

 

Psychology scholar Memorial University's newest Killam Fellow.

Matthew Downer, a Faculty of Science student, has received a prestigious Killam Fellowship to spend a semester as an exchange student in the United States.

Science, Medicine networking event helps grow research productivity

Faculty members in Science and Medicine came together recently for a special networking event.

For the first time, researchers in both units sat down to discuss their individual areas of research and possible opportunities to work together.

 

July

Two students to broaden horizons at London science conference

Two Memorial University students will represent Canada while taking the trip of a lifetime this summer.

Anton Afanassiev and Noah Taite will represent Canada at the 58th annual London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) from July 27-Aug. 10. The forum is a world leading event for the globe’s most promising young scientists.

Biology professor co-authors paper about bird and dinosaur vocalization

Imagine a 10-ton dinosaur cooing like a dove. Such a low-pitched sound could have travelled for long distances, like the hoots of large owls or calls of howler monkeys.

Six Memorial University professors named professor emeritus

Six Memorial University professors have been accorded the honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

The six individuals will be publicly recognized as professores emeriti at a future session of convocation.

 

Core Science Facility tender cancelled; will be revised, re-issued

Memorial University has cancelled the major construction tender for its Core Science Facility (CSF) because the bids received for this work were higher than expected.

Faculty-student Tely 10 team raising funds for young adults with cancer

Bright and early on Sunday, July 24, Dr. Sheila Garland, a number of her students and all of the Team Memorial participants will be at the starting line in Paradise for the 89th annual Tely 10 road race.

 

 

Memorial-invented equipment tested in world's largest flume tank

Researchers at Memorial are encouraging people to do their part to help protect the ocean and environment.

An interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Max Liboiron, Sociology; Dr. Paul Winger, Marine Institute (MI); and Dr. Josh Lepawsky, Geography, were at the MI’s flume tank on Wednesday, July 13, to test new surface trawls, invented by Memorial to monitor marine plastics.

 

Science and art merge during annual Biomedicine symposium

Biomedical sciences and art are not two things that normally fit together.

But from July 7-8, the Faculty of Medicine did just that. BioMedicine 2016 is a symposium that highlights research by graduate, postgraduate and undergraduate trainees in biomedical sciences. The illustration and artwork competition is a component of the symposium that gives researchers the opportunity to present their work with an artsy twist.

 

Psychology students take top honours in national evaluation competition

The second time was the charm for a team of psychology graduate students vying for the national title in the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Student Evaluation Case Competition finals recently.

Olivia Cleary, Laura Fallon, Sandra Parsons and Marshal Rodrigues, along with last minute addition Lauren Matthews, are all masters of applied psychological science (MAPS) students. They took top honours at the society’s annual conference, this year in St. John’s in early June, beating out two other teams from the University of Guelph and the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Bell Island soldier among first to receive facial reconstruction during First World War

Private George Joseph Stone’s misfortune was to have much of his face shot off.

As horrific an event it was, in actuality, the timing was fortuitous.

The young Royal Newfoundland Regiment soldier was almost fatally injured at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1st, 1916. But due to a “lucky” coincidence, a New Zealand surgeon named Harold Gillies had recently begun asking for those with severe facial injuries to be sent to him in England for treatment.

 

Human predators subject of upcoming public lecture

When people think of predators, they often think of wolves or sharks, maybe spiders. Few would identify our own species as a predator.

At an upcoming public lecture on Thursday, July 7, Dr. Chris Darmiont, University of Victoria will argue that not only do humans function as predators, but their impact is one of a ‘super predator’ – a predator of predators, one with the largest menu list on the planet and especially impactful in the oceans.

Actor/environmentalist Greg Malone to emcee lecture

When Greg Malone was approached to get involved with the upcoming Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) conference in St. John’s, it was an easy decision to become involved.

 

June

Quick facts about the new Core Science Facility

The Core Science Facility, scheduled for completion in 2019, will provide modern research and laboratory teaching spaces primarily for the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

 

Memorial researchers receive more than $6.7 million from NSERC

Nearly $7-million in new federal funding will accelerate more than 50 individual research projects on three of Memorial’s campuses in areas ranging from resource management to ocean sciences to enhanced oil recovery.

Federal and provincial funding supports construction of core science faclity

Memorial’s state-of-the-art Core Science Facility has received $125 million in joint federal-provincial funding, an unprecedented level of support that will significantly advance Memorial’s teaching, learning and research capacity across multiple disciplines.

 

Faculty members eagerly anticipating Core Science Facility

Dr. Fran Kerton has been watching the construction of the new Core Science Facility on the St. John’s campus with interest.

The chemistry professor will be moving into the facility when it is completed in 2019, and her twitter feed, @ChemMouse, often features photos of the latest progress on the site.

 

Memorial's musical connection to Somme commemorations

On July 1, when most Canadians are gearing up for Canada Day celebrations, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will be marking a more somber event–the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Three Memorial University staff members and a student will be among those gathering for commemoration events at the Newfoundland Memorial in Beaumont-Hamel, France.

 

Science of Networking: Tips for new grads about hidden job market

Some students have a career lined up after convocation.

But many students detest the dreaded question: “So, what are your plans after graduation?”

Searching for a job can become a full-time job in itself, especially since at least 70 per cent of jobs are not formally advertised, says Kristen Roberts, career development co-ordinator for the Faculty of Science.

 

Non-native wildlife invasion

Newfoundland and Labrador is a hot-spot for visitors but a research team has uncovered just how popular the island portion of the province is for non-native terrestrial mammals.

Science student's love of research takes him from a B.Sc. to the Ivy League

Cole Walsh didn’t come to Memorial University with the intention of doing research. In fact, he’d be the first to tell you he didn’t even know what research was when he started his undergraduate degree at Grenfell Campus.

Memorial team makes second attempt for national evaluation title

For the second year in a row, psychology graduate students from Memorial University are competing in the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Student Evaluation Case Competition finals.

May

Computer science alumnus bringing programming to all ages

Every two weeks, in a computer lab on the St. John’s campus, a group of dedicated programmers get together to share their knowledge and skills with the general public.

Code Club is just one service provided by CodeNL, a group dedicated to improving computer programming education in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

International student will always call Newfoundland and Labrador home

Tanaya Chatterjee loves The Duke of Duckworth pub, 120s, moose, salt fish and Jigg’s dinner and calls Newfoundland and Labrador home.

It doesn’t really matter to her that she was born in Calcutta, India, and has only lived in the province for three years while working on a doctor of psychology.

 

Faculty of Science's Dr. Aimee Surprenant appointed dean of Graduate Studies

The search committee for the dean of the School of Graduate Studies has completed its work and has recommended Dr. Aimée Surprenant for the position.

Economics major banking on 'eureka' moment at Stanford, Yale

Michael Sullivan is a numbers guy.

His enthusiasm for the patterns and theorems of mathematics combined with an interest in history has provided the St. John’s native with a perfect match for his abilities: the study of macroeconomics.

 

Biochemistry researcher honoured by American university

Dr. John (Sean) Brosnan has been inducted as a Fellow of the Texas Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS).

Faculty of Science holds first teaching and learning retreat

The Faculty of Science held a teaching and learning retreat to give faculty, sessional instructors and contractual employees the chance to talk about their discipline and relate some of their best teaching experiences, while sharing tips and tricks.

Killam Fellowship program provides international exchange

Joshua Lehr and Alicia Morry are Memorial’s 2016 Killam Fellows.

Mr. Lehr, a third-year science student majoring in behavioural neuroscience and mathematics, has spent the winter semester at the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Morry, a fourth-year student currently working on two degrees, a bachelor of science in earth sciences and a bachelor of arts (hons.) in archaeology, has just begun a semester at the University of Washington.

 

Science student recognized with self-directed learning award

Nicholas Brown is a creative and critical thinker, an explorer and an adventurer, and is someone who persistently seeks the answers to questions that interest him in his field of study.

He is also the recipient of the inaugural Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning. 

 

Starting the conversation about mental illness

Chelsea Bishop’s first few years at Memorial were tough ones.

The St. John’s resident was certain a biology degree was for her. But she struggled with classes and her grades were slipping, until she reached out for help.

Researchers contribute to new Nunatsiavut Government science report

University Research Professor Dr. Trevor Bell is the academic program lead for a new science report on Lake Melville that in part examines the human health risks associated with methylmercury exposure in Labrador from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Psychology grad student combines academics with entrepreneurship

Ross Connolly leads a double life.

By day the third-year graduate student is working towards a PhD in experimental clinical psychology, researching attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as it relates to substance abuse. However, at night he’s a successful entrepreneur, designing and manufacturing handmade boutique speakers and guitar cabinets.

 

Memorial University to hold spring convocation ceremonies

Some 2,500 degrees will be awarded to graduating Memorial University students during 12 sessions of convocation at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre on May 12 and at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from May 31-June 3.

Biochemist receives fellowship from American university

Dr. John (Sean) Brosnan has been inducted as a Fellow of the Texas Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS).

Science Rendezvous - A hands-on celebration of science

Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, explore microscopic pond life, make slime, solve puzzles and more during Science Rendezvous 2016.

This free, all-ages public event, hosted by the Faculty of Science, will give participants the chance to do fun and safe hands-on science activities Saturday, May 7, on the St. John’s Campus.

April

Young alumni develop technology to transform oil industry

Tucked away in a small well-used lab along the ground floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building, a trio of eager young scientists have big plans to transform the province’s oil industry.

 

Student researchers - and storytellers - in the national spotlight

Two master’s students have landed themselves on a prestigious national research list.


 

Peering into the Past

You’ve probably heard of people reading used tealeaves to predict the future, but one Memorial researcher is using seashells to peer into the past.

Student volunteers make a difference during midterm break

More than 120 students and staff from Memorial University volunteered one day of their midterm break to help six community partners in 11 off-campus locations recently.

March

Public lecture to discuss new medical technologies for cancer imaging

A public lecture on the Memorial University St. John’s campus will explore new medical technologies including for cancer imaging,

Titled Optoacoustic imaging and spectroscopy: Lightning and thunder in tissues, the lecture with Dr. William Whelan takes place April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001. 

Fogo Island's geologist-in-residence program a big draw for alumni

You’ve heard of writers-in-residence and artists-in-residence, but how about geologists-in-residence?

Since 2013, Memorial University alumni have played a large role in a unique variation on the residency program on Fogo Island, through a project developed in conjunction with the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Inn.

 

Research chair sailing off coast of Fiji, exploring underwater volcanoes

Memorial University is partnering with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Johnson GEO Centre and Oceans Learning Partnership to live broadcast a deep-sea expedition in the South Pacific on March 29.

Galactic potential

Bethany Downer’s childhood dream of blasting off into space is one step closer.

The fourth-year Memorial student may be currently in the midst of finishing up a bachelor of science degree in geography, but she has already turned her mind to the fall. It’s hard not to blame her: she will begin a master of space studies at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, this September.

 

Memorial University Earth Sciences professor named Terra Nova Young Innovator

Environmental geochemist Dr. Penny Morrill, an associate professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, is the latest recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, supported on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor as operator.

Swarm robotics: Looking to insects for robotic inspiration

An interest in ants and bees might be considered al ittle odd for an engineering professor.

But Dr. Andrew Vardy, an associate professor who is joint appointed with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Faculty of Science’s Department of Computer Science, is quick to point out that engineers can learn a lot from these social insects.

 

Memorial University researchers benefit from federal infrastructure funding

Research aimed at improving the health and well-being of people living with life-threatening diseases and protecting critical marine resources are among projects led by Memorial University benefitting from new federal funding totalling $347,200.

 

Students receive awards to explore N.L.'s ocean industries

Nineteen students were presented with Ocean Industries Student Research Awards (OISRA) at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus March 7.

 

More than $6.5 million announced for natural resources research

With a combined investment of more than $6.5 million from the federal and provincial governments, Memorial University is advancing critical research focused on Canada’s valuable natural resources.

February

National gathering in underwater science taking place

For the first time, Memorial University will host the annual general meeting of the Canadian Association for Underwater Science (CAUS).

 

Physics scholarship and public lecture named for Reddy family

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is now home to a new annual lecture and undergraduate scholarship.

 

Six universities, one mission

OpenLoop, a team comprised of members from six different universities including Memorial, has been given the go-ahead to move to the next stage of the SpaceX hyperloop competition – actually building the pod.

The team will also be invited to test the pod in July on a mile-long track currently being built adjacent to SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters.

January

Memorial students compete in pod design competition

A team of Memorial University students has joined counterparts from five American universities to work together on a preliminary design of a hyperloop pod.

The pod would run on a subsonic air travel system currently being developed by billionaire investor and businessman, Elon Musk. 

Memorial to host healthy oceans public lecture

An upcoming public lecture at Memorial will discuss the role of marine biodiversity in the health of Canada's oceans.

Dr. Paul Snelgrove, will deliver the Canada Oceans Lecture on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in IIC-2001.  

 


2015


December

Physics holds annual awards ceremony

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography held their annual scholarship awards ceremony and lunch on Dec. 2.

International collaborative research to fine-tune fish feeds

Researchers in the Department of Ocean Sciences are collaborating on a $3.8 million international partnership to assess the effects of various diets on fish health at a molecular level.

November

Late Earth Sciences professor to be inducted in the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

This January, the late Dr. Harold (Hank) Williams, of the Department of Earth Sciences, will be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame “recognizes and honours the legendary mine finders and builders of a great Canadian industry.”

 

Memorial University researcher invents first genetically modified animal approved as food in the U.S.

The life’s work of a Memorial University of Newfoundland researcher has taken a long road from an experiment in a laboratory to kitchen tables in the United States.

Dr. Garth Fletcher, head of the Department of Ocean Sciences, along with a former Department of Biochemistry researcher, Dr. Choy Hew, co-invented the technology behind the first genetically modified animal approved as food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday.

 

Alumna named Miss N.L. set to inspire others

A Memorial alumna is savouring the glory of being named Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, a role she hopes will bolster the profile of several volunteer groups and inspire young women to focus on educational goals.

Students receive cash, prizes at annual conference

Kazuhito Mizutani, an international student form Yokkaichi, Japan, has received the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch Silver Jubilee Scholarship.

The award was presented recently in St. John’s at the Mineral Resources Review.

Q&A with alumnus Dr. Jay Kalra

Recognized in his adopted hometown of Saskatoon as a community builder, social advocate and cultural ambassador Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, M.Sc.’72, PhD’76, B.Med.Sci.’79, MD’81, can add a new honour to his list of achievements: Outstanding Community Service Award recipient.

October

The magic of waves

Dr. John Page, a distinguished professor emeritus with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba will deliver the Faculty of Science’s 2015 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture on Nov. 12.

New Memorial apps support statistical learning

Statistics deals with the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.

Because it applies across disciplines, statistics is often incorporated as a compulsory course in many academic programs. But as students will attest, it is one of the most difficult courses to learn and even professors agree that teaching an introductory statistics course is challenging. 

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is trying to change that. 

 

Science to host public and research lecture with American theoretical physicist

The Faculty of Science will host a research and public lecture with Dr. Sylvester Gates Jr., an American theoretical physicist on Oct. 26.

Dr. Gates will also receive an honorary doctor of science degree from Memorial at the 3 p.m. fall convocation session on Oct. 23.

Research investigates invasive species impacts on Newfoundland's terrestrial mammal food web

Dr. Shawn Leroux and Justin Strong, a former undergraduate student in his lab, recently released a paper investigating the impacts of invasive terrestrial mammal species on Newfoundland’s terrestrial mammal food web.

September

Science stores locations to close for one week

To facilitate the consolidation of the Faculty of Science's Procurement Services and Stores operations, stores locations in the Chemistry-Physics and Science buildings will be closed Friday, October 9 and will not reopen until Monday, October 19.

Those who use these facilities should plan in advance for this closure by insuring sufficient stocks of consumables are on hand to last throughout the closure.

Science celebrates academic achievement and service

It was a full house for the recent Dean of Science Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Over 280 students, who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty, were admitted to the Dean's List, possibly the largest number at one time.

 

Memorial facilities to participate in national Science Literacy Week

Memorial University’s Faculty of Science, Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Library, the Botanical Garden and Let's Talk Science have joined forces with the Johnson GEO Centre and St. John’s Regional Library to host a series of science themed events during the week of Sept. 21st.

Graduate student rediscovers history

Two 18th-century cannons precariously perched along the rugged cliffs of Ferryland are just some of the historic gems a Memorial alumnus has rediscovered as part of fieldwork research for his master’s degree.

Nutritionist and former Olympian to give healthy eating lecture

A free public lecture on the Memorial St. John’s campus will shed light on the role of nutrition in our health, with a particular focus on heart health.

Dr. Benoît Lamarche will give the second annual Faith Elizabeth Winifred (Rusted) Bayley Nutrition Lecture on Sept. 15.

 

RDC announces investment in support of salmon aquaculture industry

The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) announced a research and development (R&D) investment of $258,000 to support the growth of the salmon aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Along with government and industry partners, the total project value is $991,000. 

 

August

Four outstanding alumni to be recognized for tremendous contributions

Trailblazers. Innovators. Visionaries. Ambassadors.

Four exceptional alumni are being honoured for their countless impacts on communities around the globe, individual accomplishments and dedication to their alma mater.

 

Researchers find new uses for forestry residues

Every spring the smell of red bark permeates the St. John’s campus as landscapers begin the annual task of weeding and tidying up Memorial University’s flowerbeds.

But two researchers are trying to find other, more valuable, uses for the residues left behind from the province’s lumber and pulp and paper industries. 

 

New scientific diving course puts marine life at students' fingertips

In June a group of undergraduate and graduate students braved the three-degree waters of the Atlantic Ocean daily for two weeks as part of a new course.

July

Faculty, alumni recognized at PEGNL conference

Earth Sciences associate professor Graham Layne was recently awarded the Teaching Award from the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador at their recent annual conference on June 5th.

Earth Sciences prof named Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Dr. Stephen Piercey, a professor of Earth Sciences and the NSERC-Altius Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Deposits, was recently elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Professor emeriti recognized

An Earth Sciences faculty member has been accorded the distinction professoremeritus, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

Dr. Jeremy Hall, Department of Earth Sciences, will be publicly recognized at a future session of convocation.

 

Force of Nature

For Dr. Sean McGrath, Pope Francis’s recent comments on climate change couldn’t have come at a better time.

The philosophy professor is convening The Future of Nature, a transdisciplinary event to be held at Memorial’s Grenfell Campus and Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point from Sept. 10-13.

 

Science 1807 - Safety in the Scientific Laboratory

There is a new required course for students taking any biochemistry lab course or honours dissertation course. 

Effective for the fall semester, Science 1807 - Safety in the Scientific Laboratory is a non-credit requirement for all students taking biochemistry lab courses.

 

Biomedical research symposium taking place in St. John's

Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine is hosting a two-day biomedical research symposium called BIOMEDICINE 2015 on July 9-10.  

Memorial researchers developing diabetes complication predictor

Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the world.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Memorial is studying the genetic variants, clinical data and hospitalization records of T1D patients from across the province in an attempt to find correlations that will enable them to predict complications in other patients.

Online Ocean Science course receives national award for use of technology

An online Ocean Sciences course has been recognized for its innovative use of educational technology. 

Oceans 1000: Exploration of World Ocean, received the award from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. 

June

Killam scholar's American study exchange experience of a lifetime

Sean Leonard almost threw the most ‘amazing’ opportunity of his life away.

In the fall of his third year at Memorial, the recent biochemistry B.Sc. graduate received a letter from the university telling him he was eligible to apply for a Killiam Fellowship.

Memorial receives more than $6 million to support innovative research related to natural sciences and engineering

Faculty members and graduate students from Memorial University are among the recipients of grants and scholarships awarded recently by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

PhD graduation celebration

Biochemistry professors Janet Brunton and Rob Bertolo had a lot to celebrate at Memorial University’s recent convocation.

Three of the students they co-supervised, Matthew Nosworthy, Laura McBreairty and Jason Robinson, all picked up their PhDs during the May 26th ceremony.

 

Visiting chemistry professor to give lecture series

The 30th recipient of the Department of Chemistry's Job Visiting Professorship is Dr. Philip Nigel Bartlett. He will give a series of four lectures at Memorial University, July 6-8. 

 

Student created social media marketing tool makes waves

Two Memorial graduates are finding success with a new social media management tool they created for marketing agencies and freelance marketers.

 

OSC field services divers deliver the deep sea

After 35 years with the Ocean Science Centre’s field services unit, diver Robert (Bob) O’Donnell has hung up his dry suit for the last time.

The dive shop, now maintained by dive technicians Andrew Perry and George Bishop, first opened at Memorial in the early 70s.

 

Wedding party reunion surprise for honourary degree recipient

A unique reunion took place backstage following the Tuesday, May 26th Convocation ceremony at Memorial University.

Dr. Mary Gordon, who received a honourary doctor of laws degree at the 3 p.m. session, was surprised with a re-enactment of her wedding photo from May 1971.  

 

Landslide prediction model leads to science fair success

After seeing his birth country of India repeatedly battered by landslides over the past year, Gonzaga High School Student Nitish Bhatt focused his attention on ways to predict when future landslides could occur.

May

Biochemistry alumna wins Eastern Regional 3MT Competition

A Biochemistry alum has won first place in the Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Forging a new path

Some might think it’s ironic Ryan Murphy will soon begin a master’s in strategic foresight and innovation at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U).

Carbon studies look at climate change impacts across Earth's critical zone

Researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences have been studying southern sites in the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect to predict how climate change will affect areas further north.

Psychology students among Canada's best in program evaluation

Four psychology students are preparing to represent Memorial University in round two of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) 2015 Student Evaluation Case Competition.

Biology grad students hold eighth annual symposium

The 8th Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium was held on April 16th, 2015.

The symposium, designed by graduate students for graduate students, represents an opportunity for Biology Graduate Student Association members to share their research with the department and the larger university community.

To the seashore

The students tentatively grip their scalpels. The herring lie waiting on the lab tables.

“Alright, let’s look at some fish,” calls one of the instructors. They set to work, gently scraping scales from the flesh.

Science featured in Research in Focus video series

Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of Science, is featured second instalment of Research in Focus, a four-part video series that recognizes the research aspirations of each of Memorial’s campuses and faculties.

April

Positive footprint

When geography student Bethany Downer became inspired to start a non-profit organization while attending the 2014 Impact Youth for Sustainability conference in Guelph, Ont., she couldn’t have anticipated the impact her decision would have.


 

Canadian climate change scientist co-hosting panel discussion on climate change

Dr. Catherine Potvin, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests and a professor of biology at McGill University, will be at Memorial on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in SN-2025 for a Biology Graduate Student Association panel discussion on climate change.

March

Dr. Hugh Anderson creates a legacy for science students

Although he never met Dr. Hugh Anderson, second-year science student Brandon Eastman says he is grateful for the legacy the late professor emeritus has left at Memorial.

Mr. Eastman is one of 13 recipients of a new endowed scholarship for chemistry students set up in Dr. Anderson’s name.

Memorial students hit the mark in target shooting

Memorial students Ben Taylor and Samantha Marsh are among the best in the country when it comes to target shooting.

Memorial University student wins prestigious Prime Minister's Volunteer Award for Let's Talk Science outreach

Cody O’Brien, a Memorial University of Newfoundland biochemistry major and avid Let’s Talk Science volunteer, has been named Community Leader (Atlantic) in the 2015 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards.

'Challenge and reward'

Tyler is stalling. His training session is over, but he’s hanging on. His shiny, mottled head pokes above water, and his dark eyes size up the teaching assistant who has been trying to lure him from the tank. 

Science featured in Research in Focus video series

The second instalment of Research in Focus has been released. Research in Focus is a four-part video series that recognizes the research aspirations of each of Memorial’s campuses and faculties.

A West Coast winter exploration

Thirty students and post-doctoral fellows from the Department of Biology travelled to the province's West Coast during the recent midterm break to visit Memorial's Bonne Bay Marine Station and to Gros Morne National Park and Marble Moutain to try their collective hand at ice fishing, snowshoeing, sledding and downhill skiing.

Enhanced extraction in N.L.'s first heavy oil field

Researchers at Memorial University are looking towards the future to come up with new enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods to extract more oil out of the unique Hebron field, the first heavy oil field in the province.

 

Hospitality NL recognizes Bonne Bay Marine Station with sustainable tourism award

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador has presented The Bonne Bay Marine Station with its Sustainable Tourism Award. 

The award recognizes an industry operator who has made strides in sustainable tourism practices and continually works toward the protection of our natural and cultural resources.

February

Biology Open House

There will be a Biology Open House on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 5-7 PM. The Open House will be held in the C.W. Andrews room (SN 3125A) and the adjoining lobby.

The Open House will provide an opportunity for Biology students to meet and talk with people in a variety of different biological related career fields such as in environmental consulting (LGL); environment and conservation (Conservation Corp., Government.); and professional schools such as Medicine, Pharmacy. It will provide information on opportunities in post graduate studies. There will also be those looking for student employees for summer jobs.

January

Reducing challenges related to reservoir souring

A team of science and engineering faculty recently established a $3.4 million collaborative research partnership with Suncor Energy Inc. to identify the mechanisms, impacts and potential solutions related to offshore reservoir souring.

Biochem prof receives Memorial's most prestigious award for faculty

Dr. Seán Brosnan, Department of Biochemistry, has been awarded the 2014 John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship, Memorial’s newest and most prestigious award for faculty. 


2014


December

Celtic connections

When Dr. Craig Purchase’s new PhD student was given an unexpected chance to study in Ireland, he had no idea it would open the doors to an Irish research opportunity of his own.

Measuring success

When the Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) needed professional, but inexpensive consultants to assist them in evaluating one of their long-running programs, the not-for-profit group turned to Memorial University for support. 

 

Questions pose no problem for newest Rhodes Scholar

Devin Grant has always enjoyed looking for answers.

That appreciation will serve Mr. Grant well as Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2015 Rhodes Scholar.

Ocean ambassador

David Belanger has seen the wonder and amazement on people’s faces when they get their first up-close look at the North Atlantic marine environment.

'Phon' call

It might not cause quite as big a splash as a new version of the iPhone but a second iteration of the Phon software system is a major deal for researchers studying phonetics and phonology, especially in the areas of language acquisition and speech disorders.

November

New co-op program for biology

A small group of Biology students recently began a course that may ultimately change their career path forever.

Jaime Wilson, Jessica Hackett, Phillip Hillier and April Hall are the first participants of a new biology co-operative education program at Memorial.

Fishing for data

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. 

 

National honours for Memorial University researchers

Memorial University researchers received two of five national research awards presented today, one of them regarded as the highest honour a researcher can receive in the social sciences and humanities.

Memorial social sciences and arts students awarded scholarships and fellowships

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.

RDC announces $1 million for students in ocean industries research

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.

 

October

Ocean Sciences wraps up field trip program for high schools

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.

Science postdoc receives Memorial's first Banting fellowship

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 to receive funding to enhance aquaculture industry

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.

Caribbean coral reef inhabitants critical in determining future of reefs

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.

Biophysics symposium brings researchers together

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.

 

Psychology alumna wins $150,000 Vanier Scholarship

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.

September

Environmental protection on a nano-scale

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.

Academics, research and service lauded at annual awards ceremony

It was standing-room only at the annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 23, as parents, employees and friends joined the Faculty of Science to celebrate student, faculty and staff achievement.

Projects to study Labrador Sea's role in Earth's climate system

Memorial University is at the centre of two international, multi-million dollar projects to get a better understanding of the role of the Labrador Sea in the Earth’s climate system.

Dean's Awards Ceremony to take place

The Faculty of Science Dean's Awards Ceremony will begin Tuesday evening, Sept. 23rd, at 5 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, IIC-2001. Parking for invited students and their guests will be available in Lot 15B.

Science and Engineering researchers take home Discovery Grants

Researchers and graduate students from Memorial University are among the recipients of Discovery Grants and graduate-level scholarships awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Remembering history - 50th anniversary of Grand Banks sea adventure

In the life of every university there are legends – tales of high adventure and discovery – some passed on from generation to generation, some lost in the passage of time. This summer marked the 50th anniversary of one of those events.

Memorial to showcase oceans research at international conference in St. John's

Researchers from across Memorial University will showcase the latest oceans research and technology at an international conference in St. John’s this week.

The Oceans ‘14 Marine Technology Society/ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MTS/IEEES) Conference will bring together leading experts from around the world to address challenges and identify solutions related to oceans. 

 

Memorial researcher named finalist for prestigious social sciences award

Kirk Luther, a Memorial University researcher, has been named a finalist for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Awards.

Memorial students, alumni to participate in Fulbright Canada programs

Fulbright Canada has announced this year’s cohort of participants in the foundation’s educational and cultural exchange programs, and Memorial University is well represented.

Touch tank visit helps child overcome sensory issues

Seven-year-old Jayden Druggett has something in common with his favourite animal, the moon snail. Both need a little extra coaxing to come out of their shells.

And even though his mother, Jenny Purcell, says he is completely obsessed with snails, one thing she never, ever thought he would be able to do was hold one.

August

Faculty of Science welcomes new students

The Faculty of Science is hosting a welcome event for all incoming undergraduates with an interest in science. 

Everything Science 2014 will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd at 9 a.m. in the Science Building Lobby and room SN-2109.

 

Fossil discovery reveals earliest evidence of animals with muscles

A fossil discovered in Newfoundland and Labrador may contain one of the first animals on earth and, quite possibly, the oldest evidence of muscle tissue ever recorded.

Memorial students, alumni to participate in Fulbright Canada programs

Fulbright Canada has announced this year’s cohort of participants in the foundation’s educational and cultural exchange programs, and Memorial University is well represented.

Hibernia investment grows enrichment program at Memorial

Memorial University will help cultivate the next generation of innovators in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a $2.85-million investment from the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC).

 

July

Proposed uranium mine creates opportunity for unique research collaboration

Ordinarily Dr. Derek Wilton, a professor Earth Sciences, might not be expected to have much in common, with Dr. Atanu Sarkar, a public health physician in the Faculty of Medicine.

But a potential uranium mine in Labrador is bringing together these two very different researchers at Memorial.

$2.3 million to overcome challenges in oil and gas sector

An announcement of $2.3 million investment in 17 Memorial-led R&D projects was made on the St. John’s campus July 8. The projects will address opportunities and challenges related to harsh and Arctic environments.

Biochemistry welcomes new department head

The Department of Biochemistry welcomes Dr. Mark Berry as its new head of department. Dr. Berry took up his new position on July 1. He succeeds Dr. Phil Davis who served as acting head for just over three years.

June

Pychology grad student takes people's choice award in national competition

Kirk Luther, a PhD candidate in Memorial’s Department of Psychology, has taken home the People’s Choice Award from the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

New university medals recognize dichotomy of Math/Stats

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics saw three new convocation awards handed out to students this year.

The new medals highlight the diversity of students in the department and were given out at convocation to three well-deserving recipients - Anthony Payne, Jason LeGrow and Michael Grudich.

Memorial representatives to advise government on wilderness and ecological reserves

Memorial University is heavily represented on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ecological Reserves Advisory Committee.

Minister Joan Shea, Environment and Conservation, recently announced the appointment of 11 individuals, a number of whom have direct ties to Memorial.

Concept design phase of core sciences building nearing completion

The concept design phase of the new 425,000 sq. ft. core science facility is expected to wrap up in July.

On June 25th, three concepts will be presented in a Town Hall session to the Memorial community, with the goal of establishing a preferred scheme based on the strengths of each design.

Artist blends music and science into art

Grenfell alum Kyle Bustin is making his mark on the St. John’s Campus.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate recently finished a graffiti-style mural in the tunnel connecting the Science and Music buildings commissioned by the two academic units.

Memorial scientists play key role in World Oceans Day celebrations

Dr. Annie Mercier of the Department of Ocean Sciences will open this year’s World Oceans Day celebrations with a presentation on a largely unknown feature of our cold Atlantic waters – beautiful deep-sea corals.

May

First science fair scholarship winner announced

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce the first recipient of its new Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair scholarship, Mark Hewitt, a Grade 12 student at Bishops College.

Memorial grad student competing for national honours

Memorial University’s own Kirk Luther is one of 11 finalists currently competing in Canada’s first ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT) national competition.

View his video or vote for him as the People's Choice at www.cags.ca/3mt/3mt_videos.php.

A chemical change

Jennifer Smith is on the verge.

The Mount Pearl resident graduates this month from Memorial with an honours degree in chemistry and a minor in math. This fall, she begins a new and eagerly anticipated academic adventure at the university, the start of medical school.

Memorial and Royal Ontario Museum partner to keep whale in province

Memorial University and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have reached a tentative agreement that will see the remains of one of the blue whale carcasses on the province’s west coast come to the university.

Successful launch of climate change and the ocean exhibit at Bonne Bay Marine Station

Celebration was in the air on Saturday at the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival in Norris Point – representatives of Memorial University and the provincial government officially launched a new exhibit about climate change and the ocean.

Memorial researchers set sail with students

Memorial University scientists and researchers will join young students onboard the Coastal Explorers program this summer as they get an up close look at the marine environment of Conception Bay.

April

Memorial winner of Eastern Canadian Three Minute Thesis contest off to nationals

Kirk Luther, a PhD candidate in Memorial’s Department of Psychology, has won the first ever Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

He will now represent Eastern Canada at the national competition, which will be virtually hosted in May by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.

Unique workshop prepares mosquito researchers to ID species posing risk

Researchers at Memorial are educating themselves to be able to identify the large variety of species of mosquito in the province.

The goal is to be better prepared to recognize the potential health risks they can pose through mosquito borne diseases.

Psychology holds annual research day

On April 2, the Psychology department held its 5th Annual Psychology Research Day. The event showcased the research conducted by master’s and honours students in the department.

Maternal consumption of omega-3 may prevent neurological disorders in offspring

Formed during late pregnancy and early post-natal periods, the brain relies heavily on the accumulation of DHA, a clasic form of omega-3, which can only be obtained through the mother's diet.

Researchers at Memorial are studying whether or not increased consumption during those times can help prevent neurological diseases or disorders in offspring later in life.

Researcher honoured for outstanding dissertation paper

Dr. Amy Hurford has won the R.A. Fisher Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.

The award is presented annually for an outstanding PhD dissertation paper published in the journal Evolution during a given calendar year.

Can blueberry extract prevent Parkinson's?

Can blueberry extract prevent or reduce the effects of Parkinson’s?

A new paper suggests that a diet supplemented with blueberry extract may indeed have a positive impact on a fruit fly model of Parkinson Disease.

March

Creator of glycemic index to give inaugural nutrition lecture

Dr. David Jenkins, Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism will give a free public lecture titled, Diet and Chronic Disease in the 21st Century on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001.

In his talk, he will discuss the effect of diet on modifying the progression and severity of chronic diseases.

Physics department rewards student success

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography had the pleasure of recognizing student achievement at a recent awards ceremony.

Galactic reach

Anna O'Grady, a second year joint physics and applied mathematics student will spend the summer researching astronomy at Yale.

February

Uncovering the mysteries of the earth

Tens of thousands of years ago, the Northern Hemisphere was covered by continental glaciers. These glaciers acted like bulldozers, pushing dirt and rocks across the land and dumping them kilometres away, leaving a mystery for those who look for and study mineral deposits: How to tell if there is a hidden deposit buried metres below.

FaceForward goes 'Up North' with the Faculty of Science

In honour of this month's FaceForward theme, Memorial Up North, the Faculty of Science is sharing some of the best related stories from our news archives.

Lenny the seal dies at Ocean Sciences Centre

The Department of Ocean Sciences is sad to announce the death of one of its seals. 

Millennium, nicknamed Lenny, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6.  Staff and volunteers of the seal facility at the Ocean Sciences Centre are deeply saddened by the loss.

Ocean Sciences researcher receives guest professorship 'by the hand of the King'

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) has appointed Dr. Ian Fleming the first holder of its Wallenberg Professorship.

Dr. Fleming was invited to KLSA’s 202nd commemorative meeting in Stockholm in late January to recognize the announcement in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

January

Hibernia support to bolster geophysics program at Memorial

Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences will use a $1.98 million contribution from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) to create the Hibernia Project Geophysics Support Fund to enhance geophysics education and research.

Marine biologist honoured with mentor-student scholarship

M.Sc. Biology candidate, Victoria Howse was honoured as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Dr. Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship during a presentation with the family of Dr. Jon Lien and Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute).

ACOA announces support for Ocean Sciences Centre

Rob Moore, regional minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), has announced an investment of $110,000, to allow Memorial University's Ocean Sciences Centre to enhance its capacity to respond to the needs of the provincial aquaculture industry.


2013


December

Biology PhD candidate to earn degree from two universities

Jake Coates, a PhD student in the Department of Biology has entered into a relatively unique agreement, enabling him to have his PhD degree awarded by two universities – Memorial University and Macquarie University in Australia.

Math/music student province's newest Rhodes Scholar

Anthony Payne of Pasadena is Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest Rhodes Scholar.

Currently in his fifth year of study at Memorial University, Mr. Payne completed a Bachelor of Music this past April and will finish a Bachelor of Science this spring.

Science alum wins Vanier scholarship

A science alumnus has received a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Marcus Drover, a chemistry graduate, will receive $50,000 a year for three years to pursue a doctorial degree at the University of British Columbia.

November

Fifty years of geophysics at Memorial: A celebratory reunion

This fall, the Department of Earth Sciences celebrated 50 years of geophysics at Memorial with a reunion event on Oct. 19.

Math to host workshop in partial differential equations

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be hosting a workshop and short course titled Adaptivity in the Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations.

Organized by the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) Collaborative Research Group in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, the workshop and short course will take place Aug. 17-22, 2014, in St. John's.

Two first-year science students awarded $60,000 Schulich Leader scholarships

Brianna MacKeigan and Grace Marcoux, two first-year students at Memorial University, have been named the 2013 Schulich Leaders, with each being awarded $60,000 scholarships toward their four-year degrees at Memorial.

Memorial grads, faculty recognized at Mineral Industry Awards

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch recognized a number of individuals with ties to Memorial University at their recent 2013 Mineral Industry Awards.

Successful pilot program for schools launched by Ocean Sciences

The Department of Ocean Sciences, in collaboration with the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP), has successfully pilot tested a new program for high school students on land and at sea.

Memorial research on dogs to be featured on The Nature of Things

An upcoming episode of CBC’s The Nature of Things will highlight research being done in the Department of Psychology.

The episode, entitled A Dog’s Life, is a fun and whimsical documentary that looks at interesting current canine behavioural science and debunks a lot of the long held beliefs about ‘man’s best friend.’

Public lecture at Memorial to look at childhood amnesia and eyewitness memory in children

An upcoming public lecture at Memorial University will look at childhood amnesia and eyewitness memory in children.

The inaugural Royal Society of Canada (RSC) New Fellow Public Lecture will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation lecture theatre, room PE-2001 and is free to attend. A reception will follow.

Using computers to make better computers

At the leading edge of  research into the next generation of magnetic hard drives are Profs. Martin Plumer and John Whitehead in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.

They are currently in their fourth year of a collaborative research agreement (CRA) with Western Digital Corporation in a project that uses numerical simulations to study the stability of data stored with ever-smaller bits.

Memorial announces partnership to provide ocean education to high school students

Memorial University is announcing a partnership on an initiative to enhance its public education and outreach activities related to ocean education for secondary schools.

Led by Memorial's Department of Ocean Sciences, the initiative will provide an expanded program of field trips and hands-on activities for high school students across the province.

October

Science holds first 3MT competition

Congratulations to the Faculty of Science Science Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winner, Morag Ryan, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology, and second place finalist, Robert Di Lorenzo, Chemistry.


Jamie the seal dies at Ocean Sciences Centre

The Department of Ocean Sciences is announcing the death of Jamie the seal on Friday, October 11th. A post-mortem was done on Friday with no cause of death found.

Hebron Diversity research grant recipients announced

Memorial University has announced the recipients of the Hebron Diversity Research Fund Grants. 
 

Dr. Cecilia Moloney, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr. Francesca Kerton, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, received the non-endowed one-year research Grant A and Grant B, respectively.

Memorial-founded website encouraging citizen scientists to get involved

A website created at Memorial University is geting citizen scientists to contribute to conservation, monitoring and education efforts while creating benefits for local economy and tourism in communities all across Newfoundland and Labrador.

$890,000 investment in student-led oceans research

Student researchers at Memorial have received a funding boost thanks to the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC) Ocean Industries Student Research Awards.

Approximately $890,000 has been awarded to 15 graduate and doctoral students, and their supervisors.

Computer Science partners with software company to develop simulation technology

Memorial University’s Department of Computer Science has entered into a collaboration with a local remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROUV) support system developer.

Plans for core sciences facility and efficiency review announced

Ensuring that Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest post-secondary institution remains ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University announced today the beginning of the design phase of a new core sciences facility and the university’s plans for an overall efficiency review.

Living the map: Memorial faculty and the 50 Pond Project

Since May, Computer Science's Michael Rayment and Marian Wissink, along with Human and Kinetics and Recreation's Dr. TA Loeffler, have been exploring and mapping canoe routes on the Avalon within 75 kms of St. John's. They call it 'loca-venturing'.

Memorial faculty named to Science Atlantic Hall of Fame

Three faculty members at Memorial University were inducted into the Science Atlantic Hall of fame during the annual Dean of Science Awards Ceremony on Sept. 24.

Citizen scientist detects sighting of mosquito thought to be carrier of West Nile

A website set up by researchers at Memorial University, www.nlnature.com, has demonstrated the power of citizen science to provide early detection of novel species in the province.

A member of the public recently posted a sighting of a mosquito thought to be a possible vector of the West Nile Virus.

Faculty of Science celebrates academic achievement and service

The Faculty of Science celebrated academic achievement and service last week with the annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony and reception.

Research & Development Corporation invests $3.7 million in research

The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) is investing $3.7 million in Memorial University to support 34 academic-led research projects aimed at solving technical challenges and closing knowledge gaps.

Three minute thesis comes to Memorial

For the first time, Memorial Univeristy is participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competiton.

The Faculty of Science will hold a competition for Science students on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Additionally, the School of Graduate Studies is hosting a university-wide competition on Monday, Oct. 21.

September

Dean's Awards Ceremony to take place today

The Faculty of Science Dean's Awards Ceremony will begin this evening at 5 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, IIC-2001. Parking for invited students and their guests will be available in Lot 15B.

Public lecture to discuss ecology and conservation in Great Bear Rainforest

A public lecture titled Marine-fuelled Ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest will take place at Memorial University.

Professor John Reynolds will deliver his lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 in IIC-2001.

PhD candidate wins northern studies scholarship

Linda Lait, a PhD candidate in Biology, is the recipient of a $50,000 W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Doctoral) from the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS).

Board of Regents approves reappointment of Dean of Science

Dr. Mark Abrahams was renewed as dean of the Faculty of Science for a second five-year term effective Sept. 1.

The Board of Regents approved the renewal, unanimously endorsed by the review committee, at its meeting on Sept. 5, 2013.

Opening up oceans to province's schoolchildren

The Digital Oceans Project is currently prototyping a web portal for schools that will use real-time data and video content from underwater equipment, offshore vessels and onshore sites, including Memorial’s Bonne Bay Marine Station and the Marine Institute’s Holyrood Marine Base, to allow students to participate in real-life university research.

August

Memorial-led proposal shortlisted for funding by major Canadian institute

A proposal led by Dr. Paul Snelgrove of the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology Department has been shortlisted for consideration by a major Canadian institute of advanced study.

Science students receive Killam Fellowships

Fulbright Canada is continuing a long and successful partnership with Memorial University with the recent announcement of two Killam Fellowship recipients this year, Faculty of Science students Shruti Raheja and Catherine Woodford.

New students invited to Everything Science 2013

Everything Science 2013 is the Faculty of Science's way of welcoming incoming undergraduate students to the faculty.

The orientation event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Science building.

Science student seeking adventure

Memorial student Ryan Dunn embodies the Memorial adventurous spirit.  A fourth-year student in the bachelor of science and geography program, he has always been fascinated with maps.

Memorial advances core sciences infrastructure project

Memorial University has decided on the location of planned core sciences infrastructure on its St. John’s campus.

The new building, which will be located on the north side of campus, on what is now Lot 16/16A, will house various units within Memorial’s faculties of Science and Engineering and Applied Science.

July

Memorial to host lecture in mathematical ecology

Memorial University will  host a public lecture with Dr. Simon Levin of Princeton University titled Challenges in Mathematical Ecology: Scaling and Collective Phenomena.

Dr. Levin will discuss the subject of mathematical ecology, one of the oldest in mathematical biology. The lecture will take place Sunday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001.

Chemistry masters student wins prestigous research scholarship

A Chemistry masters student has won a prestigious Julie Payette-NSERC research scholarship. Jessica Besaw completed her undergraduate degree at Memorial in the spring and will begin the second phase of her academic career in September.

The Julie Payette-NSERC Research Scholarship is awarded to the 24 most outstanding applicants in NSERC’s postgraduate scholarships M competition.

Memorial researchers involved in unique mining innovation partnership

Researchers in Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences are among those from 16 other universities and 24 leading mining companies across Canada to benefit from the largest Collaborate Research and Development grant ever awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Dr. Steve Piercey and Dr. Colin Farquharson are research partners on the project, which is hoped to increase exploration success rates.

June

Oh, the places you'll go - with a physics degree

A degree in physics can take you to some unexpected places. Just ask Memorial alum, Dr. Cristina Tollefsen.

Chemistry prof named to NSERC grant panel

Dr. Fran Kerton of the Department of Chemistry has recently accepted an appointment to a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) committee.

Technology developed in Chemistry holds great potential for pharmaceutical and plastics industries

Technology developed in the Department of Chemistry has been in-licenced by GreenCentre Canada (GCC).

GCC believes catalyst technology created by Dr. Chris Kozak and his group is capable of ‘producing fine chemical compounds and well-defined polymers based on iron, a relatively benign and common metal.’

Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization appointed at Memorial University

Dr. Alison Malcolm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been appointed the inaugural Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization.

Dr. Malcolm, who will assume the position in summer 2014, will establish an applied research program relevant to petroleum geology and geophysics, with special emphasis on integrated reservoir characterization.

Fishing gear devastating to seabird population

A new paper published recently by researchers in the Department of Psychology and Environment Canada is providing evidence to support the long-held belief that fishing gear has had a devastating impact on the numbers of Atlantic puffins, common murres, razorbills and northern gannets.

Project contributes to high returns of endangered salmon

A multi-disciplinary and collaborative research project at Memorial University has contributed to 25-year high returns of the endangered Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon to Fundy National Park (FNP) rivers.

Canada Foundation for Innovation invests in Memorial’s research infrastructure

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has invested $436,566 in five research projects at Memorial University.

Earth Sciences to receive RDC funding for mining project

Penny Morrill and Tao Cheng of the Department of Earth Sciences will receive $24,244 from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) to investigate improved methods of remediating acid mine drainage from legacy mine sites.

Researchers work with students to create space experiments

Just before Commander Chris Hadfield blasted off in December 2012 for a five-month mission on the International Space Station, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invited young Canadian students to design their own science experiment for him to do while on board. Memorial researchers helped one Newfoundland school make it into the contest's top 10 - twice!

Researcher wins prestigious award for excellence in ocean sciences

Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced Dr. Paul Snelgrove, a Professor with the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology Department, and former Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, has received the 2013 Timothy R. Parsons Medal. The award was established to recognize achievement in ocean sciences.

Psychology student wins SSHRC storyteller competition

Kirk Luther’s creative and compelling submission to the SSHRC Storyteller competition has won top prize in the nationwide challenge.

Mr. Luther, currently pursuing a M.Sc. in forensic psychology, showcased his research with a video that uses music, text and imagery to clearly explain his project, Creating a Better Tomorrow: Protecting Youth’s Legal Rights.

Funding boost for science and engineering research at Memorial University

Researchers and graduate students at Memorial University received a major boost, thanks to new funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Paper reveals potential impacts of GM fish interbreeding with closely-related species

A new paper by researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, illuminates an over-looked avenue for ecological impacts should genetically modified (GM) animals unintentionally escape containment.

May

Living the lucky life

Grant Strong lives a charmed life. He is the perfect example of how intelligence and hard work can get you far, but sometimes being in the right place at the right time can help.

The recent Computer Science PhD graduate has just started working at Google's global headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Success on and off the court

It’s been a whirlwind final semester for Grace Fishbein.

And although she has wrapped up a BSc. in applied math and physics with a minor in German, she won’t be there to cross the Arts and Culture Stage with her classmates. Instead she'll be getting ready for her new life in Germany.

Marine public education program to re-open at Ocean Science Centre

The Department of Ocean Sciences' Marine Public Education Program will re-open June 1st and will run until Labour Day weekend. The program, which is located at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay, is a complimentary interactive and interpretive outdoors activity for tourists, school children and local visitors.

Celebrate Biodiversity Day at MUN Botancial Garden

Join the Ocean Sciences Traveling Touch Tank at MUN Botancial Garden to Celebrate Biodiversity Day

Come and Explore the Ocean Creatures
Date: May 22, 11 – 3 p.m.
Registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.
Location: MUN Botanical Garden field centre, 306 Mount Scio Road


Hibernia enhancing geosciences field school program at Memorial University

The Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is contributing $420,000 to enhance the field experience of students and staff at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. The funds will support the Department of Earth Science’s core field schools, the development of a new environmental geology and geophysics field school and field safety leadership training opportunities.

Researchers look to the ocean for new sources of fuels and materials

Researchers at Memorial are looking for unique uses for materials that are generally seen as waste. But unlike other scientists, Dr. Fran Kerton and her green chemistry research group are turning to the oceans, as opposed to the land, for new sources of biomass to make renewable chemicals.

April

The art of Physics

When the Department of Physics had trouble obtaining artwork for their walls, they decided to look to a new source – their faculty and staff. Currently the department is featuring  works by Fred Perry and Drs. Iakov Afanassiev, Mike Morrow and Chris Deacon.

Earth Sciences artwork features geological beauty of research

Field researchers get many opportunities to see the majestic side of the natural environment that has become their ‘laboratory’, and someone with a good eye can often capture that splendor.

The Department of Earth Sciences has decided to feature some of those moments in an art installation in one of their public spaces.

Public lecture on the beauty and purpose of curiosity-driven research

A leading international expert in molecular chemistry will deliver the 29th Job lecture at Memorial University. On April 29, Dr. Helmut Schwarz will present The Magic of Molecular Soccer: Beauty and Purpose of Curiosity-driven Basic Research.

The Nuclear Future: Can we make it safe?

A public lecture on the Canada’s nuclear future will take place at Memorial University. Dr. David Shoesmith, the NSERC/Ontario Power Generation Industrial Chair in Nuclear Fuel Disposal Studies at the University of Western Ontario, will deliver a lecture titled The Nuclear Future: Can we make it safe? on Thursday, April 25.

Science procurement services amalgamation underway

The first phase of the Faculty of Science’s planned amalgamation and relocation of procurement services is now complete. Renovations to the division’s new home, located on the second floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building, have concluded. A tender has also been awarded for renovations to facilities on the first floor with work expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Earth Sciences students recognized

Shannon Gill and Will Bradford, both graduate students with the Department of Earth Sciences, have been awarded graduate fellowships from the Society of Economic Geologists with funding from the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation (SEGCF).

Earth Sciences holds scholarship ceremony

The Department of Earth Sciences handed out more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards at a ceremony on April 2. Dr. Graham Layne, deputy head of the Earth Sciences department, hosted the event.

March

Acadia University hosts MUN at Science Atlantic conference

Memorial University was well represented at the recent joint Science Atlantic Aquaculture and Fisheries, Biology and Environment Conference in Nova Scotia.

Physics department holds first scholarship awards ceremony

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography held its first ever scholarship awards presentation ceremony recently. Scholarships were given out on March 13 to three students studying physics at Memorial.

Biology employee receives special recognition

Karen Morris, an employee in the Department of Biology, has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for contributions to her community. She received the award from Premier Kathy Dunderdale at a ceremony on March 1st.

Biochemistry employee recognized for community service

Marie Codner, an employee in the Department of Biochemistry, was recently presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony at the Town of Torbay Council Chambers. Her husband, Barry, also received the award.

Students experience wild mid-term break in Norris Point

The Bonne Bay Marine Station hosted its third annual midterm break event in mid-February. Nineteen students trekked across the island to Norris Point with hopes of skiing, snowshoeing, sliding and studying.

Couple wins distinguished award for nutrition leadership

Drs. Sean and Margaret Brosnan have received the 2012 Danone Institute of Canada Distinguished Nutrition Leadership Award (DNLA) for excellence in nutrition.

This award has been conferred annually since 1998 to members of the nutrition community in Canada who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline.

Earth Sciences and Engineering host joint open house

Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and The Faculty of Science’s Department of Earth Sciences will be hosting a joint public open house on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Engineering and Geoscience Month.

World weather expert to lecture at Memorial

A public lecture on Newfoundland and Labrador’s favourite subject – the weather – will take place at Memorial University.

Dr. Gilbert Brunet, head of Weather Science at the Met Office, will deliver a lecture titled The Mathematical Challenges of Earth-System and Weather Prediction on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001 on the St. John’s Campus.

February

New director appointed for the Bonne Bay Marine Station

Dr. Robert Scott, an associate professor of resource management and environmental science at Grenfell Campus, was appointed as director of the marine station at a recent Board of Regents meeting. The marine station is located in Norris Point, Bonne Bay, in the middle of beautiful Gros Morne National Park.

Computer Science Society code-a-thon to benefit Autism Society
The Computer Science Society is getting ready to launch a new community initiative they hope will be a great benefit to parents of children with autism. The group is planning a 48-hour code-a-thon February 17-19 to design, develop and test a web-based software application to connect families and therapists.

January

Award winning documentary has roots at Memorial
New showtimes have been added for Dr. Joel Heath's award winning documentary, People of a Feather. The stunning film describes the vital role of the eider duck to the 800 residents of Sanikiluaq, a community located on one of the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay.
Breaking science
To watch Tony Ingram dance is like watching a moving work of art. The B.Sc. alum looks like his body is moving involuntarily, in one fluid motion. Ingram, now a HKR graduate student is part of growing trend called breaking or b-boying/b-girling.
New program brings international students to Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is going international. A new program sponsored by Memorial’s Strategic Internationalization Fund has been allowing the department to bring in a number of foreign students for short-term research opportunities.

2012


December

Biology master’s student claims Editor’s Choice Award
MSc Biology student, Kyle Krumsick is no stranger to ecosystems research, and in fact, his life mission is to help sustain the world’s fisheries … one step at a time. He accomplished his first step in June when he submitted his first master’s paper, Atlantic cod feed during spawning off Newfoundland and Labrador, to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Journal of Marine Science. Not only was his article accepted, it also won him an Editor’s Choice Award.
Research shows police interview skills lacking
Interviewing suspects or a witness to crime is a key skill for police officers. Knowing how to extract information - the practices, principles and techniques that work best to get people to provide detailed information - is vital. Dr. Brent Snook, an associate professor of psychology has made a career out of improving the administration of justice and policing.
Computer science student donates prize money to Memorial
When Computer Science graduate student Sahand Seifi learned he won first place in a university and college store association contest, he promptly handed the $3,000 grand prize over to others he thought could use it more.

November

Researcher hopes to make health impact in India with Omega-3
A biochemistry researcher at Memorial is hoping to make a long-term impact on the health and economic well being of India.
Student researchers awarded more than $865,000 for ocean-related projects
Twenty-one Memorial students received a significant boost to their ocean-related research projects, thanks to the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC) 2012 Ocean Industries Student Research Awards. Six doctoral, 12 master's and three undergraduate students – as well as their research supervisors -- are receiving a total of $866,333 towards their research projects.
RDC Announces Over $1.6 Million in R&D Funding to 18 Newfoundland and Labrador Companies
Making working conditions safer for offshore employees, developing production efficiencies for the lumber industry and advancing healthcare technology are among the 18 business-led projects receiving more than $1.6 million in funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC).
Government investment big news for Computer Science
Government’s recent announcement of a 3.5 million investment into Desire2Learn (D2L) Incorporated is great news for Memorial University’s Department of Computer Science. That’s according to acting department head, Dr. Wolfgang Banzhaf.
Memorial University receives more than $825,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
Nine researchers at Memorial University have received a combined investment of $827,954 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support their innovative research programs. The overall value of these research projects is more than $2 million. The funding was awarded through the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund.
Research shows police warnings not easily understood
You’ve seen it on countless television programs – a suspect is arrested and read their rights. But just how much do you know about what your rights actually are? Dr. Brent Snook, an associate professor of psychology, says the answer may be surprising.
Science retiree wins Royal Astronomical Society award
Congratulations to Fred Smith, retired from the Dean of Science office, on receiving the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Service Award.
Shining light on materials physics
Memorial University professor Dr. Kris Poduska and PhD student Ben Xu recently returned from a trip to the Canadian Light Source (CLS) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where they used some amazing tools for ‘seeing’ atom arrangements.

October

Latest issue of Prescience magazine released
The Faculty of Science has released the third issue of Prescience magazine. This publication recaps highlights of key news and features about faculty, staff and students from the past year.
Physics prof renewed as Canada Research Chair
Dr. Lev Tarasov, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography has been renewed as the Canada Research Chair in Glacial Dynamics Modelling.
Inaugural presentation of Lien Memorial Scholarship
The inaugural presentation of the Dr. Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship took place recently on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University. The award was established to commemorate the lives of Dr. Jon Lien, and his student Dr. Deane Renouf, both formerly with the Department of Psychology at Memorial.
Protecting our oceans, one polymer at a time
When an oil spill occurs in the marine environment, the impact is huge, not to mention the devastation for marine life. And whether or not a major marine disaster is inevitable with so much activity taking place on our oceans, Memorial University researchers are doing their part to protect our oceans.
Memorial welcomes province's support for new core sciences facilities
The provincial government announcement on Oct. 11 of significant funding support for development of new core sciences infrastructure at Memorial University has been welcomed by the institution's president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Gary Kachanoski.
Research & Development Corporation investment supports Memorial researchers
The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is investing more than $5.3 million into research and development (R&D) projects at Memorial University of Newfoundland in areas relevant to offshore petroleum, ocean technology, healthcare, aquaculture and other natural resource industries.
Science holds annual awards ceremony
The Faculty of Science had much to celebrate recently as it recognized the accomplishments of faculty, staff and students. At an awards ceremony on Oct. 3, Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of science, presented the Dean’s List award, which recognizes the top 10 per cent of students in the Faculty of Science.
A co-worker to remember
When longtime Chemistry employee Viola Martin passed away last November at the age of 47, her friends and colleagues at the university immediately began discussing ways to memorialize her on campus.
Word problems to World problems
The word is getting out – physics is cool. Physics and Physical Oceanography head Brad de Young says that’s the message they’ve been hearing from students at all levels and from the general public as the department continues to work on expanding their public outreach programs in the province.
Memorial professors receive Canada's highest scholarly accolade
Two Memorial University professors, Dr. Peter Pope and Dr. Carole Peterson, have been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their outstanding contributions to research and education by being named to the RSC’s Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.

September

Chemistry conference profiles student work in organic chemistry
The Department of Chemistry recently hosted the ninth annual Summer Organic Chemistry Conference on Everybody’s Research or SOCCER, a local conference for undergraduate and graduate students involved in organic chemistry research.
Aquarium proposal supported by Memorial
A proposal by the tiny town of Champney’s West to develop a public marine aquarium and touch tank is receiving substantial support from Memorial University.
Science hosts second annual student orientation
The second annual Science orientation event was a smashing success for the Faculty of Science. Over 150 new students with an interest in science came together on Sept. 4 to find out what the faculty has to offer.

August

Memorial to lead symposium at World Aquaculture meeting
Dr. Craig Purchase and Dr. Ian Fleming are co-chairing a symposium this weekend at the World Aquaculture meeting in Prague. The Memorial-led initiative stems from an NSERC Strategic Grant.
Potential carrier of West Nile virus found in St. John's
A mosquito that can potentially carry the West Nile virus has been found in St. John’s. While the West Nile virus itself has not been detected, Culex pipiens, one of three species of mosquito responsible for the transmission of West Nile virus, and the primary culprit in Eastern North America, has been found.
Organic farming a science for Memorial professor
Craig and Julie Purchase share a passion for Memorial and for organic gardening. Craig is an assistant professor of biology and ocean sciences while Julie is the chef at Bitters. They currently have over 20 raised beds outside and a 22x11 foot greenhouse made of reclaimed materials.
Discovery could lead to protection for deep-sea corals
A Ph.D. student has discovered that deep-sea cold-water corals are being used as nurseries for certain types of fish. The discovery is making big waves in the ecology community and may lend strength to the argument that these chorals should be protected.
PhD student recognized at earth sciences conference
Stefanie Brueckner, a PhD student with the Department of Earth Sciences, was one of 18 winners for best poster and oral presentations at the Goldschmidt 2012 conference in Montreal.
Chemistry student posters recognized
The Department of Chemistry hosted the annual undergraduate student poster session on August 17th.
Annual summer BBQ says thank you to Memorial employees
Memorial University faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to the annual campus-wide BBQ Thursday, Aug. 23th from 3–6 p.m. in the Paton College courtyard and main dining hall.
Department of Chemistry unveils Computational Chemistry degree programs
The Department of Chemistry is preparing for its first ever offering of their newly minted general BSc and Honours BSc Compuational Chemistry degree programs.
Psychology research unit goes to the dogs
Why do dogs behave as they do? Almost no other species has shared as much of our lives with us as they do, but how much do we really know about them? The Canine Research Unit at Memorial University is trying to answer those questions.
Fullerene breakthrough a result of a multi-year multidisciplinary effort
Science researchers at Memorial have developed the first X-ray structural evidence that C60-fullerene can co-crystallize with corannulene. This finding could prove to be significant to those studying the assembly of fullerene into other arrays for energy applications, such as photovoltaic cells for solar energy, or into fullerene-based vehicles for drug delivery.

July

Twenty-first century dinosaurs from ‘Hell’
A public lecture, taking place on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, will discuss 21st-century dinosaurs from Hell. That is, Hell Creek, South Dakota. The lecture will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in EN-2006.

June

Math & Stats to play host to Atlantic summer school and public lecture
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will soon play host to the 11th annual Summer School of the Atlantic Association for Research in Mathematical Sciences (AARMS). Complementary to the AARMS summer school, the organizers have also scheduled a public lecture with Dr. Alberto Elduque.
Public lecture reveals the lighter side of black holes
As part of the 14th Canadian Conference on General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics, Dr. Robert Mann, University of Waterloo, Perimeter Institute, will present a public lecture intended for non-specialists titled The Lighter Side of Black Holes.
Math Placement Test marking error corrected
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is advising students who recently took the Math Placement Test (MPT) that they may have received the wrong test results.
Chevron Canada Limited and RDC announce new research chair
Memorial University’s research capacity in offshore petroleum development continues to expand, with a $1 million investment by Chevron Canada Limited and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC).
New Department of Ocean Sciences approved
For the first time since 1979, the Faculty of Science has added a new department. At a meeting held on May 10, the Board of Regents approved the recommendation of Senate to change the status of the Ocean Sciences Centre from a research unit to an academic unit.
OSC takes public education program on the road
The Public Education Program (PEP) at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) can receive more than 15,000 visitors between June 1st and Labour Day weekend. So when construction at the Logy Bay facility shut down public access to the site last summer, the OSC decided to take the show on the road.

May

Cultural preservation from a scientist?
John Wejitu Jeddore is a scientist, but he also happens to be an activist for Mi’kmaq culture. The disciplines may seem to come from different worlds, but Mr. Jeddore is seeking a way to interweave the two after he walks away with his BSc (biochemistry) this spring.
Geological community plays host to national conference
The St. John’s geological community is playing host to the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC) during their joint annual meetings May 27-29.
Memorial University research projects receive $8 million from ACOA
Three projects at Memorial University of Newfoundland, including one in the Faculty of Science, have received a combined investment of $8 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The inside story of cells and complex life topic of public lecture
Dr. Martin Brasier, an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, will present a public lecture on the inside story of cells and complex life. The lecture takes place 7 p.m. May 28 in EN-2006.
United Nations International Day for Marine Biodiversity
May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, a global initiative meant to increase our understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
All-ages festival brings science to the public
Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, explore microscopic pond life, and make slime during Science Rendezvous, an interactive all-ages science event this Saturday on the St. John's campus of Memorial University.
Physics/math student wins Killam Fellowship
As the latest recipient of the prestigious Killam Fellowship, Brendan Cooke will get to spend a semester in America. The second year physics/applied math student is excited to hear which of three universities he will attend.

April

Short and sweet
How will berry plants respond to climate warming? It’s a question biology student Laura Siegwart Collier has been pursuing throughout her three years of graduate work
Crash course in crustaceans
This fall, three Gros Morne Academy Grade 11 students exploring volunteer opportunities for their Career Development class approached Bonne Bay Marine Station. Staff were delighted to have extra help from students who were interested in working in the Memorial University facility.
Deep-sea corals a growing area of expertise at Memorial
Memorial University made an excellent showing at the recent International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals. All of the Canadian attendees were directly connected to Memorial University.
From sea to sky - Science researchers contribute to climate change research
The Faculty of Science’s research contributions to the International Polar Year program has added valuable information to our understanding of climate change impacts on land, sea and air.
Psychology prof receives MUNSU award for contribution to student life
Dr. Aimee Surprenant, a professor in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded the MUNSU Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award. The award recognizes faculty and staff members at Memorial who go above and beyond the call of duty in helping their students achieve both inside and outside of the classroom.
CAP makes donation to Physics scholarship
The Department of Physics recently received $3,850 from the Canadian Association of Physicists towards local initiatives for the promotion of physics or physics teaching.
Earth Science students recognized
The Department of Earth Sciences handed out more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards recently. Graduate and undergraduate students took home top prizes from a number of industry associations and businesses, and from individuals, or in honour of individuals, connected to the department.
Psychology Department holds third research day
The Department of Psychology recently gathered for an impressive display of the variety of research currently being conducted by students and faculty. The third annual Psychology Research Day showcased student talks and poster projects from masters and honour’s students in the department.

March

Earth Science students win national petroleum geology case study competition
Memorial University students have once again captured the Canadian championship for a petroleum geology case study competition. They will now get to represent the country at the world competition in Long Beach, California this April.
Biologist recognized for role in plant bacteriology
Dr. Dawn Bignell of the Department of Biology has been recognized by the American Phytopathological Society. The group has awarded Dr. Bignell with the Schroth Faces of the Future - New Frontiers in Plant Bacteriology Award for 2012.
Making an impact on space exploration
Fiscally prudent space exploration and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about the moon are creating opportunities for Memorial in the unlikeliest of places.
Finding answers in the forest
The climate change discussion, once focused on mitigation, is now raising the issue of adaption. To inform that dialogue, scientists are attempting to understand how the global ecosystem might respond to a changing climate. Canada's boreal forest is a critical piece of the puzzle.
Paul Snelgrove: A Census of the Ocean
Last July, Dr. Paul Snelgrove delivered a TED Talk where he presented the results of a ten-year project with one goal: to take a census of all the life in the oceans.
RSC expert panel releases final report
The Royal Society of Canada expert panel looking into Canada’s marine biodiversity has released their final report. Dr. Ian Fleming of the Ocean Sciences Centre was one of 10 experts chosen to sit on that committee.

February

Chemistry department celebrates Be Nice to Ray Day
Today is a special day in Memorial University’s Chemistry Department – a special day that comes along just once every four years – and we’re not talking about Leap Day. Around here, Feb. 29 is better known as Be Nice to Ray Day.
Arctic Adventure
A two-week trip to the Arctic this summer has changed Michael Gardiner’s view of this planet forever. The first year Science student participated in the Students on Ice program.
Chemistry researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator
Chris Kozak, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, is the newest Terra Nova Young Innovator. The award recognizes, promotes and supports innovative new faculty researchers whose work impacts positively on their departments and has the potential to be of significance to society at large.
Exploring the inaccessible
Memorial researchers are working to develop new technologies that will allow autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to be used for resource exploration in difficult areas.
Seeking Associate Dean of Science (Graduate and Research)
Applications and nominations for this position are invited from full-time members of the Faculty of Science at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
Chem-Physics building ‘weathers’ every storm
It’s one of Memorial University’s best-kept secrets: a portable station that sits on the roof of the Chemistry-Physics building quietly keeping track of this province’s favourite subject – the weather.

January

Science and archaeology can unravel the past
A public lecture entitled, It’s All In The Timing: Understanding the Past Through Radiocarbon and Archaeology, will take place Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, IIC-2001.
Faculty of Science releases strategic plan
The Faculty of Science has just approved a new strategic plan. The document was approved at a Faculty Council meeting on Dec. 21. The plan is to provide guidance to the Faculty of Science for the next decade.

2011


December

Analytical method will help prevent occupational allergy and asthma in seafood processing workers
Researchers at Memorial University have developed a novel technique that will help prevent occupational allergy and asthma in seafood processing workers.

November

Physics/Math student is Memorial's newest Rhodes Scholar
Catherine Danielle Leonard is Newfoundland and Labrador’s next Rhodes Scholar. The 20-year old physics and applied math student is in her final year of a B.Sc. at Memorial.
New co-op option in environmental science program links students to industry
Memorial University’s graduate program in Environmental Science is offering a new co-operative education work-term option to graduate students seeking work experience in the environmental industry.

October

Killam Fellowship winner heading south
Alanna Flynn is Memorial University’s latest recipient of a Killam Fellowship, a prestigious study-abroad program that offers Canadian students a chance to study in the United States.
Science alumna receives Horizon Award for extraordinary achievements

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's recently to celebrate of Memorial University's most accomplished alumni, including Horizon Award winner, Krista Power.

Students, faculty encouraged to consider scientific entrepreurship
Science graduates have opportunities available to them beyond lab work, teaching or working for another company. That's the message offered by an introduction to scientific entrepreneurship workshop held at Memorial University in June.
$2.5 million federal investment in researchers at Memorial
Five top researchers at Memorial University have received a total of $2.5 million in funding from the federal government’s Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program.
Two Memorial professors named to Royal Society of Canada
Two Memorial University professors have been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their outstanding contributions to research and education.
Science hands out recognition
The Faculty of Science celebrated its best and brightest at an awards ceremony on Oct. 5. Recipients of the Dean's List, Visentin Award and Book Prize were announced as well as the Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Service winners.
Memorial University Professors receive high honour
Two Memorial University professors who were recently accorded the designation professor emeritus will be presented to convocation during the 7:30 p.m. session in St. John’s on Friday, Oct. 21.
Dean's Awards Ceremony to recognize best and brightest
The best and brightest from the Faculty of Science will be honoured on Wednesday, October 5 at the annual Dean's Awards Ceremony. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Innovation, room 2001.

September

Photonic crystal phenomena topic of Laird lecture
Dr. Sajeev John will give the Fall 2011 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture on Sept. 28. He will discuss the breakthrough in solid-state classical physics which lead to photonic band gap materials.
Arts and sciences
He may have started with finger paints, but today Ian Wilding’s art is a little more elegant. The physics student's preferred canvas is now a computer screen and his chosen medium Photoshop.
Montevecchi to receive lifetime award for natural history contributions
Nature Newfoundland and Labrador will hold an event on Sept. 15 to celebrate Dr. Bill Montevecchi’s lifetime contributions to the well being of the natural history of this province.

August

Hey Rosetta! records video at OSC
On Thursday, July 28th, the musical group Hey Rosetta! used the seal visitors platform at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay as a background for a portion of their music video "Bandages".
Computer Science to hold open house
The Department of Computer Science will hold an open house beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6.

July

More than $1.3M in federal research support for Memorial
New funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has pumped $1,318,771 into research projects at Memorial University for the current fiscal year.
OSC temporarily closing public access
Due to ongoing construction at the Logy Bay site, the Faculty of Science will be closing the public education program at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) for the 2011 and 2012 summer seasons, and public access until Jan. 1, 2013.
Childhood memories lost in time
On any given day, Dr. Carole Peterson or her student assistants may be found jumping on beds or playing with Legos. The professor of psychology must go where her interview subjects take her – and things can get pretty interesting when you’re trying to interview a two-year-old.

June

Butterfly learning garden evolves
A small patch of land just east of the Chemistry-Physics building has been trimmed, weeded, mulched, planted and fertilized into a beautiful Butterfly Learning Garden, thanks to a dedicated team of faculty, staff and students.
Support for R&D in mining and petroleum
Thirteen projects at Memorial have been given a $960,000 boost by the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador. The GeoEXPLORE program is a new directed research program aimed at enhancing geoscience R&D capacity, collaboration and innovation.
Faculty Profile - Dr. Rob Brown
Dr. Rob Brown holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) and a PhD from the University of Ottawa. An assistant professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Brown joined Memorial University in September.

May

Drugs from natural sources topic of 2011 Job Lecture
Dr. John Vederas will present the 2011 Job Lecture, “Drugs from Bugs and Other Natural Sources,” June 15 at 3:30 p.m. in SN-2109.
Fume hood exhaust system shutdown
The strobic fume hood exhaust fans in the Chemistry/Physics Building will be shut down from June 3 at 5 p.m. to June 5 at 1 p.m.
$1million investment brings new equipment to bolster mineral research
Newfoundland and Labrador's iron ore industry is about to be seen in a whole new light thanks to a more than $1 million infrastructure investment from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Iron Ore Company of Canada.
Stars in his eyes
Sometimes the path to graduation is a straight shot, but other times a student meanders a little along the way. After all, it’s not always easy to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life.
People and science meet for a ‘Science Rendezvous’
Want to have a close encounter with science? An event planned for this Saturday on the St. John's Campus of Memorial University will bring people and science together for a 'Science Rendezvous'.
MUN hosts young science enthusiasts for first All Science Challenge competition
Over 100 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from across the Avalon visited Memorial to participate in a day-long science enrichment competition at Memorial University.

April

Hebron announces $1.5 million for scholarships and research
The Hebron Project, Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic announced a partnership this week that will provide support for scholarships and research.
Applied research funding available to students, faculty and staff
The Harris Centre’s 2011 Applied Research Fund is now open for applications from Memorial students, faculty and staff.
Familiar face returns to lead Department of Biochemistry
Dr. Phil Davis jokes that his arrival at Memorial University predates most of the buildings and plants on the St. John’s Campus. The new interim head of the Department of Biochemistry came here as an undergrad in 1968, he's been here almost ever since.
Faculty participates in Eastern Newfoundland Regional Science Fair
Students from across the region came together for the April 1st weekend to participate in the Eastern Newfoundland Regional Science Fair.
Faculty Profile - Dr. Lourdes Peña-Castillo
Dr. Lourdes Peña-Castillo is an associate professor jointly appointed between the departments of Computer Science and Biology.

March

Industry and government to support new research chair at Memorial University
Significant investments from both industry and government totalling more than $2 million will support a new industrial research chair for Memorial University.
Fume hood exhaust system shutdown
The Chemistry-Physics Building fume hood exhaust system will be shut down from 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 20. The purpose of this shutdown is to allow for upgrades to the organic chemistry undergraduate laboratory ventilation/exhaust systems.
Lien scholarship ‘In Good Hands’
A fundraiser for the Dr. Jon Lien memorial scholarship was held at Memorial University. A limited number of tickets were sold on a special painting, "In Good Hands" by Toby Rabinowitz.
Are cows more trustworthy than chemists?
Are cows more trustworthy than chemists? That's the intriguing question answered by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the 2011 Elizabeth R. Laird guest lecturer.

February

Unique drilling project to improve research at OSC
In the height of summer, in a small parking lot outside of the Ocean Sciences Centre, a unique project began. It was the first of three stages in a major upgrade of infrastructure for the Logy Bay research facility.
Researcher featured on Land and Sea
A professor from the Department of Earth Sciences was featured on CBC Television's Land and Sea. The show, "True Blue" focused on the rock they call Blue Eyes - Labradorite.

January

Marine interest leads to free tuition
An incoming Biochemistry student, Andrew Sullivan, has been chosen as the first place winner of 2010 Atlantic Canada Marine Biodiversity essay contest.
Memorial appoints new vice-president (academic)
Memorial University has named Dr. David M. Wardlaw as its new vice-president (academic) and pro-vice chancellor. Dr. Wardlaw’s appointment was approved by the Board of Regents on Jan. 25, and he will begin a five-year term in the role on Aug. 1, 2011.
A symphony of snow
Oceanographic research at Memorial into the whispering sounds of snowfall on the surface of the ocean may help develop more accurate ocean modeling which in turn can improve the accuracy of weather prediction.
Uncovering ancient origins
A new technique co-developed by a researcher at Memorial University is allowing archeologists to quickly identify whether the origins of ancient material samples are natural or formed by human activity.
Deadline approaches for RDC Ocean Industries Student Research Awards
Memorial students interested in applying for the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) 2011 Ocean Industries Student Research Awards have until Friday, Jan. 28 to get their application in.
Paul Mezey renewed as Canada Research Chair
Dr. Paul Mezey has been renewed as Canada Research Chair in Scientific Modeling and Simulation.
Research of Scale
Dr. George Miminis, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, has spent a considerable amount of time thinking about musical scales.
Global warming topic of public lecture
Global warming will be the theme of the upcoming CMOS public lecture taking place at Memorial at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 in IIC-2001.

2010


December

Funding for water-related research now available
Looking for funding for water-related research? The Harris Centre-RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open for applications.
Genetically-engineered salmon makes best inventions list
A genetically-engineered salmon produced at Memorial University has been named one of the 50 best inventions of 2010 by Time magazine.
Funding opportunity for Ocean Industries Research
The Research & Development Corporation has announced details of its 2011 RDC Ocean Industries Student Research Awards competition, aimed at attracting and retaining highly-qualified students pursuing research related to this province's ocean industries sector.
Memorial's president recognizes outstanding employees
Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial University's president and vice-chancellor, has announced the university's outstanding educators, researchers and staff members for 2010.
Computer science week
Computer Scientists cover a broad range of areas of expertise, from mathematicians and artists to environmentalists and entrepreneurs.

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