News Release

REF NO.: 194

SUBJECT: Memorial University researchers and teachers focus on food and water security

DATE: July 24, 2015

The latest edition of Face Forward, an online publication of Memorial University, examines and describes Memorial’s role in ensuring the safe and ethical supply of food and water for the province, country and world.

The feature story profiles the work of Dr. Catherine Keske, an associate professor of environmental studies (economics) at Grenfell Campus and one of five researchers (the only social scientist) on the Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative. Dr. Keske is applying economic analysis to agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador to determine what conditions – price, quantity, markets – are ideal for economic sustainability.

The other stories featured in this edition include:

  • Corner store makeover, featuring Dr. Catherine Mah, assistant professor with the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mah and her team have been taking a close look at food businesses and the food environment in this province and how policies ? some of them seemingly unrelated to food — can have a big impact on the health, well-being and prosperity of a given region.
  • The aquaculture advantage, about Cyr Couturier, an aquaculture scientist at the Marine Institute, who has played an important role in developing aquaculture research since the early 1980s.
  • Growing a food culture, featuring Dr. Lynne Phillips, the dean of Arts and chair of FARM (Food Advocacy Research at Memorial). This pan-university working group is looking at the Newfoundland and Labrador food system from medical, cultural, economic, political, geographical and agricultural perspectives.
  • Fishing for food security, highlighting the work of Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development. Dr. Chuenpagdee leads Too Big To Ignore, a global research network established to elevate the profile of small-scale fisheries and address their marginalization.
  • Water quality on tap, profiling Dr. Carlos Bazan, project manager for Sensing System for Detection and Tracking of Oil in Marine Waters in Harsh Climates, an Atlantic Innovation Fund project at Memorial. Dr. Bazan is the person behind the creation of the Water Analytics Research Consortium, an inclusive water quality network.
  • Refreshing water research, focusing on Dr. Tahir Husain, associate dean (research) with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Husain and his team are working on an innovative, affordable solution to the issue of water quality in Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities since 2011 and they have made significant progress.


To read these and other stories related to food and water security, visit www.mun.ca/faceforward. Face Forward is an online publication, created and managed by the Division of Marketing and Communications for the Office of the President. It provides an overview of the university’s accomplishments across the span of teaching and learning, research and public engagement, as well as the work undertaken in administrative support and infrastructure development.

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