News

2022


December

President's Awards a chance to celebrate community

President Vianne Timmons honoured the exceptional and exemplary at the 2022 President’s Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Winners from the Faculty of Science include Dr. Joshua Rash, Psychology, President's Award for Outstanding Research; Dr. Kurt Gamperl, Ocean Sciences and Dr. Duncan McIlroy, Earth Sciences/Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station, University Research Professor; Dr. David Churchill, Computer Science, President's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Faculty) and Dr. Rick Goulding, Physics and Physical Oceanography and Yellow Martin, Psychology, President's Award for Exemplary Employees - Champion of Service.

October

Science field courses return to Newfoundland's West Coast

Ashley Nickson completed four courses at the Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station this summer — the first time they were offered since 2019.

Ms. Nickson says the two-week long field courses in Norris Point, N.L., on Newfoundland’s West Coast, gave her the opportunity to be in the field almost every day.

Students, staff and faculty honoured at Faculty of Science awards

The Faculty of Science held its annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony recently, recognizing the top 10 per cent of its students.

In addition, the awards honour the service, scholarship and teaching of faculty and staff.

September

Memorial-led program empowers next generation of ocean leaders

Twenty research teams are getting a crash course on all things ocean this fall.

The groups, from seven universities across the country, are among the latest cohort participating in Lab2Market Oceans.

The seven-week program, hosted by Memorial and part of the Ocean Startup Project, provides post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and faculty the opportunity to explore their ocean research ideas in a new way.

Royal Society of Canada honours Memorial ocean sciences researcher with prestigious award

The Canada Research Chair in Biological Oceanographic Processes and a professor of ocean sciences at Memorial is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in the Marine Sciences.

The award is being presented to Dr. Uta Passow by the Royal Society of Canada and recognizes her significant contributions to our understanding of the ocean and its ability to respond to anthropogenic changes such as climate change and oil pollution.

July

Memorial University earns top grades in global academic ranking

Memorial is the only Canadian university included as one of the world’s best for the study for marine/ocean engineering in an annual publication of world university rankings — and it’s the fifth year in a row to do so.

Memorial places 38 among the top 50 universities as part of the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) in the category.

Thinking critically about past, present and future technological innovations

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ (HSS) new certificate in the history and philosophy of science and technology is of broad interest to students of science, engineering, medicine, humanities and social sciences.

The program will challenge students to think critically and analytically about the consequences of past, present and future technological innovations on human existence, and the world we inhabit.

June

Nearly $8 million invested to accelerate diverse research discoveries

Memorial researchers, including those in the Faculty of Science, have secured nearly $8 million in competitive funding for research projects ranging from childhood amnesia to ocean biodiversity to renewable energy systems.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced the results of its 2022 Discovery Research Programs competition on June 23.

In total, NSERC is investing $7,900,226 at Memorial.

Ocean Sciences receives donation for new graduate award

A final gift from the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP) will enable the Department of Ocean Sciences to continue offering ocean education programs to Newfoundland and Labrador high school students.

The newly established J. Roger Pearson Graduate Award in Ocean Education and Outreach was created to honour and recognize the founding director of the OLP, which recently completed its mandate.

May

Award-winning Ocean Sciences professor inspired to be a better teacher

Dr. Pat Gagnon has teaching in his blood.

The 2021 recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Faculty of Science is the son of teachers and spent many meals discussing the occupation with them and how they dealt with issues that arose in and out of the classroom.

April

A day of family fun and education under the blue whale skeleton

On Saturday, May 14, everyone is invited to an open house event that will take place under and around the blue whale skeleton that hangs in Memorial's new Core Science Facility.

Come learn the story of the whale skeleton and take part in interactive learning opportunities, and have lots of fun along the way.

Faculty of Science holds interdisciplinary research conference

The Faculty of Science held its first interdisciplinary research conference April 8-9.

Scientific Endeavours in Academia (SEA) brought together undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty from across the faculty’s nine departments and five interdisciplinary graduate programs.

March

Investigating climate change impacts on the Bahamian black land crab

An ocean sciences doctoral student is shining a light on the Bahamian black land crab — literally.

“They’re nocturnal animals, and when we go out and collect data on population size or community demographics in the bush, it’s all under head lamps,” said Bill Bigelow.

2021


June

Scientists unite to determine environmental lessons learned from the anthropause

The concurrent confinement of 4.6 billion humans under the COVID-19 pandemic provided a unique opportunity to learn how human pressures impact wildlife and the environment.

Dr. Amanda E. Bates, a marine ecologist at Memorial University, as well as master’s students Brandy Biggar and Mary Clinton and PhD student Cerren Richards with the Department of Ocean Science and Rylan Command, a master’s student at the Marine Institute’s School of Ocean Technology, joined a global working group of 340 scientists to study this anthropause — or halt to normal human activity — seeing it as a unique opportunity to explore interactions between human presence, wildlife and ecosystems.

 

February

Ocean deep, provincewide: Teaching Tuesdays with Danielle Nichols

When the global pandemic began, the Faculty of Science’s Department of Ocean Sciences saw an opportunity.

The department based in the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay investigated something it wanted to do for a long time: Rework its successful and popular hands-on marine biology program for high school students to a remote delivery option.

January

Study shows climate change affecting future health of Arctic fish

Researchers say they have evidence linking climate change to a decline in Arctic charr, a cold-water fish found in many northern locations, including Labrador.

Memorial and the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) played a major role in a paper published Jan. 11 in the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change.

The scientists say rapid changes to the global ocean are having significant implications on the health of the planet and society.

 

2020


December

Return to campus update

The initiative to return staff to campus will resume in the new year, based on public health directives and COVID alert levels. 

Delayed winter 2021 semester start

The official start date of winter 2021 classes in most programs at the St. John's campus, Grenfell Campus and Marine Institute will be moved to Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

November

More than $1.6-million provincial investment strengthens research expertise

The provincial government is investing more than $1.6 million in funding for eight projects to celebrate Research Week.

The projects are leveraging more than $2 million from national and other sources and are led by researchers based in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine, Science and at the Marine Institute.

The announcement was made by Andrew Parsons, minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, on Nov. 25.

 

Return to campus postponed

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 throughout Newfoundland and Labrador at this time, Memorial University is postponing the return to campus initiative for non-academic staff scheduled for this week.

This applies to all campuses and locations. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Reminders for employees gradual return to campus

All employees should already have discussed their gradual return to campus plans with their supervisor starting the week of Nov. 23.

Winter fees

Memorial students will not be charged the Distance Education Administration Fee and Recreation Fee for the upcoming semester.

Return to campus

Memorial University is adopting a gradual approach to bringing staff back to campus.

October

New approach needed to reverse unprecedented biodiversity loss: scientists

A researcher from the Faculty of Science is among a large international group of experts who are recommending how to save nature from extraordinary biodiversity loss.

Dr. Paul Snelgrove, University Research Professor, departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology, is co-author of a new paper in the journal Science, which concludes that policy-makers must identify multiple conservation targets if we are to curb nature’s decline.

Update on international students

Memorial approved to welcome new international students, oversee travel and isolation requirements

Update to employees on Memorial's COVID response

The following message is being sent on behalf of Dr. Mark Abrahams as chair of Vice-Presidents Council.

Earlier this week, Memorial announced the winter 2021 academic semester will remain primarily remote. Many employees who continue to work from home may wonder what it means for you. As well, units may be considering how this announcement impacts operations.

September

Update on winter 2021 semester

Memorial will continue to operate in a primarily remote teaching and learning environment for the winter 2021 semester. This decision was taken in a special meeting of the university Senate today. Read more in the Gazette.

Help limit the spread: Memorial endorses COVID Alert app

Recently the province of Newfoundland and Labrador adopted the new COVID Alert app to help prevent the spread of the virus. The app is designed to let Canadians know whether they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Memorial is endorsing the app and encourages faculty, staff and students to voluntarily download the app for free to help protect yourself and others.

August

Non-medical face masks mandatory beginning Aug. 24

Since early July, Memorial has strongly encouraged wearing non-medical masks while on campus. Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 masks must be worn in public indoor spaces in Newfoundland and Labrador as issued in a special measures order by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chief Medical Officer. Therefore, non-medical masks will be mandatory beginning on Monday for Memorial faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Remote learning technology requirements for fall 2020

Memorial University has developed general technology standards for remote/online learning across Memorial’s campuses in fall 2020.

July

New tools and resources hub for students: MUNUp

Memorial launched MUNUp, a new online tools and resources hub to help students succeed while learning remotely. With transition and orientation programs, services, virtual events and community engagement opportunities, the sky’s the limit.

 

Update on university travel outside of Newfoundland and Labrador during COVID-19

Memorial University continues to actively monitor the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. Requests for university travel within and outside of Canada deemed essential for student academic progression, research purposes, and faculty and staff activities, will be supported with certain key elements in place (e.g. proof of health insurance coverage) in advance of the travel, and travel request approval from the dean or director of a unit.

COVID-19 prevention best practices

The province has been successful at flattening the curve of COVID-19. It’s important to continue to be vigilant and ensure we keep in mind that preventing another outbreak or minimizing impacts will depend on our collective adherence to best practices.

A message to science students regarding the fall semester

The fall semester at Memorial University, including in the Faculty of Science, will continue to be primarily a remote teaching and learning environment for students. As previously stated, full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021. 

Faculty and staff are working toward ensuring that your courses are of the same high quality and academic standard that you are used to, but delivering them in way that is mostly new to us all; via remote instruction. This includes courses that involve labs.

While inter-provincial travel is beginning in select areas, many of our out-of-province and international students remain unable to return to Newfoundland and Labrador. Additionally, opening up travel increases the risk of a second wave of the virus – which may lead to the province raising the alert levels if deemed necessary. Shifting from face-to-face back to remote teaching and learning in that instance would be time consuming and disruptive.

Offering remote teaching and learning at this time ensures equitable access to our high quality programming for all students, while helping to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Please note – Limited forms of necessary on-campus activity in the fall semester will occur in a measured and safe manner that adheres to the provincial health directives. 

In the Faculty of Science some students conducting honours research projects will be allowed to come to campus to carry out research that cannot be conducted remotely. Such students will be contacted by their departments in the coming weeks.

 

 

Update on fall semester

On July 14 undergraduate students of Memorial University will begin the course registration process for the fall semester. In preparation for this task, we would like to remind the university community that teaching and learning will take place in a primarily remote and online teaching and learning environment in fall 2020.

Laboratory instructors get creative to teach remotely

Instructors in the Faculty of Science are getting ready to teach laboratory courses online this fall.

In May, Memorial University confirmed in-person, on-campus classes wouldn’t resume before January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant new and returning students would be continuing remote learning in place of face-to-face classes in September.

Correction: Update on fall semester

Students in designated courses in Engineering will have limited forms of in-person, on-campus lab activities which will be communicated separately from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to students. Incorrect information appeared in an earlier Newsline message.

June

Fall fees

Suspension of two student fees to continue in fall semester

Alert Level 2 update: living in our campus communities with COVID-19

As the province moves to alert level 2, Memorial has completed the process to provide faculty access to their individual offices on the St. John’s campus, the libraries are moving to expand services in all six of their branches and the Botanical Garden has opened for the season with health and safety measures in place.

Campus access: remaining buildings on St. John`s Campus

As a follow up regarding building access for faculty on St. John’s campus, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24, all remaining buildings including Physical Education, St. John’s College, Music, Spencer, Coughlan College and Ocean Sciences Centre will be ready for faculty members to return to their individual offices from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Doors will remain locked and access will be by key or card access, which can be coordinated with your unit's key requester.

Faculty access to additional buildings on St. John’s campus

As a follow up regarding building access for faculty on St. John`s campus, beginning Monday, June 22, buildings for Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Education, Queen’s College, Business, Henrietta Harvey and Biotechnology will be ready for individual faculty members to return from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Doors will remain locked and access will be by key or card access.

Faculty access to Bruneau, Engineering and Earth Sciences buildings starts Thursday

As a follow up to last week’s message regarding building access for faculty on St. John`s campus, beginning Thursday, June 18, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Engineering and Earth Sciences buildings will be ready for individual faculty members to return from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Plan for faculty return to campus

As a follow up to last week’s message, we want to provide an update regarding the plan to enable faculty to return to individual offices on a more regular basis.

AUS suspends competition until January 2021

Atlantic University Sport has announced the decision to suspend all conference regular season and postseason competition until January 2021. 

Update: Guiding Principles for Living with COVID-19 in our communities and more

Newfoundland and Labrador continues to operate under Public Health COVID-19 Alert Levels, which outline services, businesses and functions allowed to operate at each alert level. The province is currently scheduled to move to Alert Level 3 on Monday, June 8. Work is ongoing at Memorial to implement a phased resumption of on-campus academic, research and administrative activities, in consideration of government’s five-level approach.

May

Memorial's Pension Plan during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are living in unprecedented socio-economic times. As a result, many pension plan members, both retired and still working, may be concerned about their pension and their own long term financial security.

As you might expect, the Memorial University Pension Plan, like many others across the country, has experienced some financial challenges due to the investment market turmoil brought on by the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and world oil prices.

Memorial to offer remote program delivery for fall 2020

Memorial University will welcome new and returning students to a primarily remote teaching and learning environment for the fall semester. Full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021.

COVID-19 update to university

As we approach Monday, May 11, and the scheduled move to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 as outlined by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, many of you may wonder what that means for Memorial. At this point, none of the restrictions currently in place at Memorial will change if the Level 4 status is implemented by the province on May 11.

April

Update from the Department of Human Resources

Further to previous messaging from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) regarding the ramping up of remote work, managers should now be engaging with all staff to determine work that can be completed remotely.

Guide to Financial Supports and Programs

Student Life has created a comprehensive Guide to Financial Supports and Employment Programs.

Self-Service Grading Option page extended for 24 hours

As this has been an unprecedented semester and some instructors will not be able to submit Winter 2020 grades until April 25, the Student Self-Service Grading Option page will remain available to students for an additional 24 hours, closing on Sunday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m. (NDT).

Status of fall 2020 semester

Memorial University is actively considering scenarios for innovative program delivery for the fall 2020 semester. We are committed to providing students with full access to our quality academic programs, despite the challenges that may come.

Building update April 16: Further building access controls for all campuses

Message from the President and Provost

Due to the unprecedented emergency situation that has resulted in the declaration of a Public Health Emergency in Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University is enacting further measures related to buildings access on all our campuses to enhance social distancing and keep our community safe. By ensuring we are aware of who is on campus, we are better able to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students who must come to campus.

Update on general admissions for 2020-21 academic year

On Tuesday, April 14, Memorial’s Senate waived the undergraduate general admission overall average requirement of 70 per cent for Newfoundland and Labrador high school students in the graduating class of 2020 who apply to attend Memorial University in the 2020-21 academic year (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021).

Reminder: Personal protective equipment (PPE) collection

As a reminder, Memorial continues to identify and collect personal protective equipment (PPE) which may be held by units throughout the university.

St. John's campus revised building hours

Effective April 9, Memorial is phasing in reduced building access on St. John's campus, beginning with reduced building hours. Buildings will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and will be locked on weekends and holidays. 

Student emergency funds

Many students are facing a range of stressful disruptions in their lives as a result of the worldwide health pandemic. Cancellation of all in-person classes, a full move to remote learning and having to quickly vacate residences – combined with isolation measures, job loss and travel bans – have created particular hardships for students who lack other supports.

A message from Dr. Vianne Timmons

As we start the week, I wanted to pause for a moment to express a sincere thank you to the hundreds of critical employees who have been working tirelessly and constantly since the start of Memorial’s COVID-19 response.

Update on student fees and PAS/FAL choice

Suspension of two student fees for spring semester and update on PAS/FAL choice

March

Spring registration update

Information on revised start date for Spring registration for graduate and undergraduate students

Bonne Bay Marine Station Public Aquarium postpones opening

To assist with proactively preventing the spread of COVID-19, the seasonal re-opening of the Bonne Bay Marine Station’s Public Aquarium, which was previously scheduled for May 16th, has been postponed until further notice.

Message to the university community from Dr. Gary Kachanoski

This has been a momentous week at Memorial as the first week of remote instruction draws to a close. I want to send a heartfelt thanks to all of our students, faculty and staff for your patience, hard work and perseverance in making this transition happen. It has taken an army of people to get us here, and the job is certainly not over yet. We must continue to work together toward the successful completion of the winter 2020 semester for our students.

Update on Feild Hall residence, research and the Writing Centre

Update on Feild Hall residence; on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants; and the Writing Centre

Statement on Feild Hall residence

The health and safety of our students is our primary concern during these unprecedented times. In consultation with Memorial University, The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) has given notice to Feild Hall residents notice to vacate the building. This decision was made based on health and safety considerations. Memorial has made an offer to relocate students to another residence, MacPherson Hall. The university is providing each of the residents a room at a discounted rate so that they will pay no additional rent. As well, the university will provide the students, at a discounted rate, access to the university meal plan.

Direct deposit forms required by March 27

A reminder to employees and pensioners who are currently paid by cheque, you are required to move to direct deposit to ensure pay cheques continue during this uncertain and evolving situation.

Identification and collection of PPE

Memorial’s emergency operations centre (EOC) is identifying personal protective equipment (PPE) which may be held by units throughout the university.

Student Update

Information on counselling services and computer labs

Faculty and staff update on critical functions, remote work and prioritizing work assignments

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to work together to transition our operations while maintaining our commitment to support students, faculty and staff. Over the past week you’ve likely had questions about what you should be working on from home. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and your managers have been working to identity what functions are most critical at this time, and how we continue our work during this uncertain time.

Updates on enrolment verification, remote academic advising, bookstore resources

This update includes information about Registrar's Office and School of Graduate Studies processing times, remote academic advising options at all campuses and resources available for students from the bookstore.

Processing and service times for Registrar's Office and School of Graduate Studies

Most of the Registrar’s Office staff and School of Graduate Studies staff are working remotely. As a result, processing and service times for many of our services have increased, including requests for enrolment verification letters, official transcripts, supporting admission documents, etc. As we continue to practice social distancing, we are discouraging students from coming on campus at this time to drop off or pick up documents. Please do not visit our offices at this time.

Health Research Ethics Authority Research Ethics Office

The Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) Research Ethics Office (REO) has been closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19. In light of recent restrictions, the REO of the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) wishes to advise researchers that, effective immediately, their research protocols must be modified or delayed to avoid face-to-face personal interactions with research participants.

UPDATED INFORMATION: Classrooms, teaching labs and study rooms closing on all campuses

Updated opening hours and occupancy limits for computer labs that remain open for students who do not have personal computer access for remote learning.

Update on spring semester, spring convocation and MUNSafe

Memorial’s spring semester, including intersession and summer session, will continue with remote instruction of all courses at all campuses. This means in-person on-campus courses will not resume before September 2020 Additionally, Memorial will will postpone Spring Convocation 2020 ceremonies that were scheduled for May 14 in Corner Brook and May 26-29 in St. John’s.

 

Classrooms, teaching labs and study rooms closing on all campuses

Effective tomorrow, Monday, March 23, instruction at Memorial University officially resumes remotely.

Accessible remote teaching and learning guidelines

The Blundon Centre has developed guidelines to assist faculty and instructors with incorporating accessibility into remote teaching and learning approaches.

Message from the President to the University Community

This has been an unprecedented week for our university and our communities. I hope you are each taking care of yourselves, practicing social distancing and hand washing, and doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Course Evaluation Questionnaires

Memorial will not administer Course Evaluation Questionnaires (CEQs) for the winter 2020 semester. 

Supporting research activities during COVID-19

As Memorial and the world assess the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial is committed to supporting our researchers in continuing their research activities.

Academic updates

Spring semester registration, waived regulations and more information for students

Update for students, employees and instructors

Information for instructors, remote workers, students and employees.

Update on final exams for Winter 2020 semester

Students are advised that there will be no final exams taking place on campus in April. This includes both on campus and online invigilated exams. A proposal regarding final exams has been approved.

Update from the Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Activities for faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) in all research laboratories will be suspended from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, onward.

Update for employees regarding work arrangements

Following the message earlier today regarding suspension of classes, employees should consult with their managers immediately regarding their work arrangement.

Update on suspension of classes and change in library hours - 12:55 p.m.

Based on ongoing consultation with units and a determination of their ability to be responsive, and the evolving public health environment, Memorial University has moved up the timeline for suspension of all classes. As of end of day Tuesday, March 17, all classes (in person and online) on all campuses will be suspended. Unless your individual instructor has advised otherwise, all academic programming, including midterms and evening classes, will go ahead today, March 17. Remote delivery of classes is scheduled to resume on Monday, March 23, as previously announced. Students with questions about their classes should contact their instructor.

Update on COVID-19 response - March 16

This important update includes information for students, faculty and staff. Of particular note: all students who reside on the island of Newfoundland are required to vacate student residences by end of day, Friday, March 20. Childcare Centre is closed immediately until further notice. Memorial is encouraging remote work with the understanding that university priorities are the health and safety of students, faculty and staff; maintaining the academic integrity of the semester; and critical university operations. To allow for social distancing and to help employees manage the current demands, employees are asked to work with their supervisor to facilitate remote work arrangements where operationally feasible. Unless you currently have arrangements with your supervisor, report to work as scheduled.

February

Memorial Researcher named advisor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada

One of Memorial University’s leading ocean experts will soon use his knowledge to help strengthen science within the federal government.

As the newly appointed departmental science advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Dr. Paul Snelgrove will report to the department’s deputy minister, Timothy Sargent.

 

Memorial University unlocking the secrets of the world's ocean

As mysterious as the moon, and in many ways less sampled, the ocean holds many secrets.

Memorial University, recognized globally as a leader in ocean research, is well-positioned to crack those secrets, and has spent the last decade doing just that.

In fact, more than 40 per cent of Memorial’s research relates to oceans – and in the Faculty of Science that number reaches nearly 70 per cent.

In the last 10 years, Memorial has completed, begun or reinvested in multiple major ocean research partnerships. Dr. Paul Snelgrove, a member of the departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology, has been at the forefront of some of the university’s biggest ocean projects.

 

January

World's first bioengineered animal approved as food has Memorial roots

It’s been a long and winding road to bring the life’s work of a Faculty of Science researcher from an experiment in a lab to the kitchen table.

Dr. Garth Fletcher, head of the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, along with Dr. Choy Hew, a former Department of Biochemistry researcher, co-invented the technology behind the world’s first bio-engineered animal approved for human consumption.

Although it was approved as food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, it will finally reach American customers for the first time late this year.

Mapping the value of N.L.'s untapped sea urchin population

What comes to mind when you think about Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishery? Cod and shrimp, scallops and lobster, most likely.

Dr. Patrick Gagnon, a faculty member in the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, says there is great potential for another sea creature to help boost the province’s economy: the prickly green sea urchin.

 

2019


November

Science professors using Snapchat to connect with students

Some professors in the Faculty of Science are meeting their students in their natural environment: Snapchat.

September

Memorial University researcher co-ordinates global ocean observation

A global team of scientists, including a researcher from Canada’s Memorial University of Newfoundland, is bringing the world together in a co-ordinated effort to observe the Atlantic Ocean.

Dr. Brad de Young is a professor with the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science.

He’s helped develop the vision for AtlantOS, the All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System, which aims to establish a sustainable, multidisciplinary, multi-thematic system supported by countries around the Atlantic, building on the observing platforms, networks and systems already in place.

 

Thirteen Memorial faculty members receive high honour

Thirteen Memorial University professors have been accorded the designation professor emeritus/emerita, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

In the Faculty of Science, the new professores emeriti are Dr. Ali Engin Aksu, Department of Earth Sciences; Dr. John T. Brosnan, Department of Biochemistry; Dr. William Driedzic, Department of Ocean Sciences and Dr. Raymond A. Poirier, Department of Chemistry.

May

Study predicts 'downsizing' to smaller animals over next century

Researchers, including one from Memorial University, are forecasting a worldwide move towards smaller birds and mammals over the next 100 years.

Dr. Amanda Bates, Canada Research Chair in Marine Physiological Ecology, and associate professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, joined with geographers, biologists and oceanographers at the University of Southampton on a paper published recently in the journal Nature Communications.

 

Study shows immediate response to invasive species can pay off

A new study shows that invasive species can have a dramatic impact on native species — and that a strong proactive response can help mitigate those impacts.

Dr. Amanda Bates is the Canada Research Chair in Marine Physiological Ecology and an associate professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science.

 

Funding will engage youth in modern science, marine science projects

New federal funding is allowing Memorial to continue fostering the next generation of young innovators and cultural leaders through a series of unique community programs.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is investing a total of $64,000 into a pair of projects focused on engaging youth throughout the province.

Grenfell Campus was awarded $34,000 for the project Open Space: Engaging Teens in Western Newfoundland in Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, was awarded $30,000 for the project Opening the World of Marine Science to Rural Newfoundland.

Capelin at risk from dispersants used to treat oil spills

Two new papers on the toxicological effects of chemical dispersants on capelin reproduction have shown that capelin are at high risk if oil spills occur near spawning areas — and not just from the oil.

The first paper was released in October, while the more recent was published last month. Both stem from experiments led by Dr. Craig Purchase, an associate professor with the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, at Memorial, in the summer of 2016.

 

April

The Whale Man: The exceptional legacy of Dr. Jon Lien

Where the icy waters of the Atlantic meet the rocky shores of Newfoundland and Labrador, one man used his empathy, work ethic and education to leave a whale of a legacy.

Though he is well-known for his time spent on the ocean, Dr. Jon Lien grew up in Clark, S.D., working on family farms and developing a love for animals. In 1968, after completing his doctoral studies in animal behaviour at Washington State University, he applied for post-secondary teaching positions in Winnipeg, Montreal, Hong Kong and Chile.

 

Quirky behaviour indicates major implications for prized luxury seafood

In 2005 Dr. Annie Mercier was sent a strange video: sea cucumbers rolling around at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Sea cucumbers – sausage-shaped marine animals with soft, cylindrical bodies – can usually be found on the seafloor where they gather together in large herds. Suckers on their tube feet allow the animals to stick to the ocean floor as they crawl along in search of food.

 

March

Graduate student video up for national NSERC prize

A video by a Memorial graduate student is in the running for a national contest.

Zoe Zrini is a marine biology master’s student at the Ocean Sciences Centre at Memorial. Her video – Life of a Lumpfish Under Pressure – is one of 40 chosen to go forward for public voting. 


 

 

February

Ocean Sciences faculty member still inspired by the 'magic' of science

Family vacations to the seaside captured Dr. Annie Mercier’s imagination as a child.

She would spend hours exploring the shoreline, studying tidepools and the animals they contained.

“Discovering the ocean was like magic for me,” she said. “That became the basis of my interest in science.”

January

Mentoring program brings emerging researchers to Norwegian Arctic

A Memorial University research assistant is one of 31 individuals worldwide who participated in an early career mentoring program in the high North recently.

The Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders program is aimed at young scientists and professionals and featured a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia.

 

2018


December

Memorial nets $10.2 million to support innovative fish and seafood sector

Memorial University received more than $10.2 million in federal-provincial funding this month, including more than $1.3 million for the Department of Ocean Sciences, for research and projects contributing to a more sustainable fish and seafood sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Graduate Courses Winter 2019

Two new graduate courses to be offered Winter 2019, Adaptations to the Marine Environment and Fisheries Resource Management

OCSC 7200: Adaptations to the Marine Environment Overview: Ocean systems are being altered by human activities and climate change, at the same time as technological advances are increasing our ability to explore the oceans to greater depths and generate data from genomes to entire food webs. This course will provide an overview of the adaptations and responses displayed by marine organisms to various environmental drivers across different levels of biological organization (from genomes to ecosystems). Instructor Dr. Amanda Bates abates@mun.ca

OCSC 7400 Fisheries Resource Management: This Graduate Studies course takes a global view of marine fisheries resource management, with a focus on the failure of governments to prevent the collapse of many major commercial fisheries. The objectives, principles and quantitative theory of fisheries management are reviewed.  The course has a special focus on how fishery managers could adjust to the risks associated with climate change. Instructor Dr. Joe Wroblewski jwroblew@mun.ca

October

Ocean Sciences Centre to launch Reef Life Survey Canada

Memorial University is set to launch a Canadian branch of the Reef Life Survey on Oct. 22.

The Reef Life Survey (RLS) program started at Australia’s University of Tasmania and is a volunteer-driven citizen science program in which trained divers undertake more than 11,000 biodiversity surveys of coral and rocky reefs from 54 countries around the globe.

 

Ocean Sciences has Re-branded it Social Media Handles

Department of Ocean Sciences has rebranded with a new social media handle @munocean.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter Instagram and Facebook

New Ocean Sciences Undergraduate Society- OCEANUS

Are you currently an undergraduate student at MUN with a passion for the Ocean? Are you looking to major in ocean sciences or marine biology? Want to get more involved on campus?

Well OceanUS is for you! 

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. Mark Abrahams, dean of the Faculty of Science, recognize 282 students representing the top 10 per cent in the faculty.

 

May

Paper reports marine protected areas vulnerable to climate change

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

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

 

Graduate student nabs top prize in national video research contest

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

April

Ocean Frontier Institute invests $25 million in ocean research projects

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

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

 

March

New Special Topics Course

Introducting our New Special Topics Course- Starting Spring 2018

OCSC 7500 –  Immunology and Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.

Want to know more about this great course- contact Dr. Javier Santander jsantander@mun.ca

Sustainable aquaculture: Identifying the impacts of escaped hatchery fish

Memorial experts are working hard to figure out the issues created by an increasing reliance on farmed fish. The Department of Ocean Sciences has been working to identify the impacts of escaped hatchery fish and provide information to industry regulators, so they can better manage those risks.

 

January

A voyage of reconciliation, community engagement and science

On Oct. 19, in Campbell River, B.C., I stepped foot onto the Polar Prince for the first time.

I had been following the journey of this ship for months as it travelled from Toronto towards Victoria, along the three coasts of Canada and through the Northwest Passage, as part of the Canada C3 expedition.

2017


December

Lumpfish and the eye doctor: A Medicine and Science collaboration

Lumpfish, the dull, lumpy bottom feeders with warty heads, are not only an integral part of the provincial economy — their roe is prized in Asia as an alternative to caviar — they are also the subject of innovative research being done at Memorial that will assist both the aquaculture industry and provide insight into dietary effects on vision.

 

Investigating optimal conditions for raising GE salmon

A Memorial master’s student is helping AquaBounty Canada to determine the best growing conditions for transgenic Atlantic salmon.

November

Are Bahamian spider crabs a cure for a common aquaculture problem?

A five-month sabbatical in the Bahamas has led to a new research area and a new graduate student for Dr. Iain McGaw.  

More than $1.6 million in federal funding for three Canada Research Chairs

Memorial is home to three new Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence.

The appointments are for tier 2 chairs, which are five-year positions worth $100,000 each year with the possibility of one five-year renewal.

October

$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.

 

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.

 

Ocean fellows

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. With support from the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd., the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP), in collaboration with the Faculty of Education and the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, is providing teaching fellowships for 16 pre-service teachers in primary/elementary and intermediate/secondary school degree programs at Memorial starting this fall. Read more in the Gazette.

 

June

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.

 

May

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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

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.

 

2016


December

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.

 

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. 

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

The Dr. Joe Brown Graduate Research Award in Aquatic Ecology and Aquaculture

This award was established to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Joe Brown through initial contributions by his family, friends, colleagues and students. As a Professor (Research) at the Ocean Sciences Centre from 1984 to 2005, Joe established a unique reputation both for his scholarly work in the areas of behavioural ecology of fishes and cold-water aquaculture and for his radiant, passionate sense of humour, humanity and empathy, particularly concerning students. 

 

The Transformers- 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.

“It is really going to be transformative for ocean-based science at Memorial, and a very important aspect of our next seven years of research and beyond,” he said. “It definitely builds on our current strengths and expertise, but it will also support and build future collaborations with researchers at universities, companies, government agencies and other groups involved in sustainable aquaculture.”

 

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.

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.

August

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.

 

June

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.

May

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.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Physiological Ecology of Marine Organisms

Employment Opportunity
Department of Ocean Sciences
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Physiological Ecology of Marine Organisms

 

The Department of Ocean Sciences of Memorial University (http://www.mun.ca/osc/) invites applications for a tenure track Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Marine Physiological Ecology that will align with the mandate of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Although all aspects of physiological ecology will be considered, we are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in: the effects of anthropogenic disturbances and variations in habitat quality on marine organism condition, health and survival; those that evaluate stress responsiveness and environmental tolerances relative to environmental change; and/or, researchers that study the ecology and evolution of physiological diversity and its relevance to conservation.

 

April

New Course Coming Fall 2016 OCSC 3000 Aquaculture Principles and Practices

This course will emphasize the techniques and methods used to culture finfish and shellfish, with a primary focus on Canadian aquaculture species. 

March

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.

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.

 

Protecting Canada's Resources More Than $6.5 Million for Memorial University-led 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.

Through funding announced today, Memorial is leading a cross-country project aimed at improving the sustainability of marine resources for future generations, as well as a project to better understand the effects of climate change on Canada’s boreal forests.

February

Let's Talk Science Lab Extravaganza event

On February 22nd, 2016  local high school students had the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea urchins, sea stars, sea cucumbers and other amazing marine creatures as part of the program "Let's Talk Science-Lab Extravaganza Day".

Let's Talk Science at Memorial University was started in 1996 by graduate student Scott Hancock from the Faculty of Medicine and had just 4 volunteers. Since then the program has grown tremendously and now includes over 200 registered volunteers.

Dive safe 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).

Memorial has been a member of CAUS for 33 years.

On Feb. 24 more than 100 divers will gather in St. John’s for a full day of presentations from speakers representing diving institutions Canada-wide. The conference is significant for divers and, unlike this year’s event, is rarely open to the public. 

 

Grand Opening of the Marine Science Research Laboratory

#‎TBT Grand Opening of the Marine Sciences Research Laboratory (MSRL) (AKA Ocean Sciences Centre) by the Honourable J.R Smallwood, Premier of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, June 21st, 1967. The MSRL was erected 1966-1967 through the generosity of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the National Research Council of Canada. "Provehito in Altum" - Launch forth into the deep

#TBT Seal Facility

‪#‎TBT‬ May 9th, 1996, Dr. Cynthia McKenzie poses with a harbour seal at the OSC seal facility to promote the public education program. Faculty of Science - Memorial University of Newfoundland Memorial University Future Students (Undergraduate)Photo courtesy MUN Gazette :https://gazette.mun.ca/campus-and-community/legacy-project/

January

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

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.

 

October

OCSC 4000 Scientific Diving Methods

Are you a certified scuba diver with a passion for marine life? Do you wonder how it feels to dive with the eyes and spirit of a scientist? Would you like to acquire a unique set of skills that will make you highly attractive to employers in government, academia, and marine industry?

September

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.

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

Fabulous four to be honoured

Four exceptional alumni will be honoured for their countless impacts on communities around the globe, individual accomplishments and dedication to their alma mater during a special event on Oct. 19. Tickets are on sale now.

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.

Coming This Fall 2015 OCSC 3000 Aquaculture Principles and Practices

OCSC 3000 Aquaculture Principles and Practices emphasizes the techniques and methods used to culture finfish and shellfish, with a primary focus on Canadian aquaculture species. Basic aspects of aquaculture will be covered, including the design and maintenance of production systems, culture techniques, and the nutrition, health, physiology and reproduction of finfish and shellfish. The laboratory portion of this course will provide students with practical experience in the maintenance of land-based aquaculture production systems and in the husbandry/culture of aquatic organisms.

More Information contact Dr. Kurt Gamperl kgamperl@mun.ca or Danielle Nichols dnichols@mun.ca

July

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

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).

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.

 

Non-Native Species Not All Bad for Newfoundland

The term “non-native species” almost always has a negative connotation, but new research shows that in Newfoundland, some native wildlife might actually benefit from them.

In a recently published study in PLOS ONE, researchers in Newfoundland found evidence that non-native species including snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), introduced to the island in 1864, and the southern red-backed vole (Myodes gapperi), first detected on the island in 1998, have the potential for both negative and positive effects on Newfoundland’s terrestrial mammal food chain.

April

To the seashore: Ocean Sciences Cente staff member passionate about bringing ocean to the community

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. “We start on the outside,” says a second instructor, moving from group to group. “Let’s get a good look at the fins, scales, mouth. Then we’ll open it up.”

There are a few giggles and whispers. But by the time they get into the internal organs, the whole room is deep in concentration.

Fish dissection is one of the tasks for these students from Holy Trinity High in Torbay. Before their visit to Memorial University’s Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) is over, they will also identify and classify invertebrates, learn about water quality and marine habitats, and do a training session with the harp seals.

More on this story

Working with harp seals is like herding cats at Logy Bay Research Site

Daryl Jones, also known as The Seal Guy, laughed when asked what surprises him most about working with harp seals at the only research site of its kind in the world.

 ``When the seals do what we want,'' he said before hand-feeding his charges a snack of herring at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay.

``They're smart but they're very independent. They're similar to cats.'' 

Photo Credit © Canadian Press photo

More on this story....

February

Ocean Sciences Centre aquarist an ambassador of the Atlantic

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. Then he turns and dives, curling away with a flick of his tail. As a harp seal who has lived at Memorial’s Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay since he was a white coat, Tyler knows that every training exercise includes tasty morsels of herring. “If he thinks there’s a chance that the training will continue, and a chance for more fish, he won’t leave the tank,” explained Daryl Jones, the OSC’s aquarist and supervisor of the seal facility.

 Check out the full story in this issue of the MUN Gazette http://www.mun.ca/gazette/issues/Gazette_Feb_25_2014_WEB_v2.pdf

 More Ocean Ambassador stories can be found at http://www.mun.ca/osc/oscedu/OceanAmbassadors.php

Take Biology field courses in Harlow, England

 

Harlow Campus is used by both professional schools and academic departments to offer programs. The campus is also available as a base for faculty members and graduate students conducting research or further study in the UK.

Memorial University's Department of Biology offers undergraduate courses at Harlow each Spring semester. BIOL 4910 (Vertebrate Diversity and Adaptation) and BIOL 4911 (Applied Biology) and a new Non-Major Course BIOL 3820 (Foundations of Biology) will be offered at Harlow spanning the month of May. The above links will bring you to a video on what the course will entail.

Dreaming of being a scientific diver someday? You can be! Check out this new course being offered by Ocean Sciences, Memorial University

Be part of a new and exciting diving experience at MUN!

Are you a certified scuba diver with a passion for marine life? Do you wonder how it feels to dive with the eyes and spirit of a scientist? Would you like to acquire a unique set of skills that will make you highly attractive to employers in government, academia, and marine industry?

We’ve got you covered with a fun, new course at MUN!

OCSC-4000 Scientific Diving Methods 8 to 20 June 2015, St. John’s (NL)

January

The Dr. Cater W. Andrews Scholarship

The Dr. Cater W. Andrews Scholarship was established by the family and former students of the late Dr. C. W. Andrews. It is awarded annually to a full-time student pursuing graduate work at Memorial University in marine or freshwater biology.

ARTS on Oceans sets sail

The Faculty of Arts is launching ARTS on Oceans, a faculty-wide initiative looking at our understanding of oceans through the lens of the social sciences and humanities.

Energy Wave

Dr. Len Zedel is investigating an alternative use for a popular tool for measuring water velocity to see if it can also be used to evaluate the effects of in-stream tidal turbines on fish in channels being used for power generation.

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.

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.

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. 

 

Ocean Ambassadors: David Belanger

Ocean Ambassadors: David Belanger

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.

“You see them hold something like a sea star, which is a very common organism. They say, ‘Wow! We have these here?’ Then they’re full of questions. In fifteen minutes you can change their entire perspective on the ocean.”

 

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.

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.

DOS SEMINAR SERIES

Department of Ocean Sciences Seminar Series

Franken Fish for Supper?

Ocean Ambassadors: Tyler Engert

Ocean Ambassadors: Tyler Engert

Ocean sciences might seem an unusual career choice for a man who grew up thousands of miles from salt water.

Tyler Engert is from Cornwall, in Eastern Ontario. There are no seafaring stories in his family. No sailors, fishers, or marine researchers.

But as an undergraduate student at Memorial, it’s the ocean that has captured his imagination.

“I was considering different fields in biology, and marine biology was always in the back of my mind,” he says. “When I was a boy we went to both coasts on family vacations. It made me curious about the ocean.”

That curiosity opened a career path when he came to MUN in September of 2013.

September

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.

Ocean Ambassadors: MUN Grad Students Greet Thousands at the Ocean Sciences Centre

Ocean Ambassadors: MUN Grad Students Greet Thousands at the Ocean Sciences Centre

The Ocean Sciences Centre teems with life on a misty summer morning. Tourists take in the view of Logy Bay. A family climbs the steps leading to the tanks that house three harp seals. Kids crowd around the saltwater touch tanks located outside the OSC’s main building, peer through the glass to see the flounder hiding in the mud, and reach in to stroke a starfish or hermit crab.

 

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.

Ocean Sciences Seminar Series

DEPARTMENT OF OCEAN SCIENCES SEMINAR SERIES

The Ocean Tracking Network: Telemetry and data infrastructure in support of global aquatic animal trackers.

Dr. Fred Whoriskey, Executive Director, Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University

Location: Challenger Room, Ocean Sciences Centre

Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Our Water Our World Speaker Series

Speaker Series

September 14-18, 2014, 7-9pm Signal Hill Vistor Centre

Uncovering the secerts of the North Atlantic

The Our Water Our World Speaker Series is an extension of the educational programming offered by the Oceans Learning Partnership in collaboration with Memorial University, Parks Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

 

Graduate Public Lecture Series

The BGSA  have been teaming up with the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium to provide graduates an opportunity to get experience in public education and science communication.

Come out to the Marine Institute on Tuesday Nights to check out the lecture series.

 

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.

 

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

Engaging Youth in Ocean Sciences

On June 19th, Ocean Sciences’ Dr. Patrick Gagnon and two of his graduate students, David Bélanger and Anne Provencher St-Pierre, had the pleasure of communicating, in French, their passion for oceans and marine life to 30 first-grade students from École des Grands-Vents (a K-12 French school located in St. John’s).

June

Can blueberry extract prevent Parkinson's?

Can blueberry extract prevent or reduce the effects of Parkinson’s? That’s what researchers at Memorial University are trying to figure out.

A new paper by David Lipsett and Dr. Brian Staveley of the Department of Biology suggests that a diet supplemented with blueberry extract may indeed have a positive impact on a fruit fly model of Parkinson Disease.

May

Marine Public Education Program

Touch Tank / Seal Tours - All Ages!  

Come dip your hands into our salt water touch tank. Explore the underwater world of Newfoundland’s local sea creatures hands on ! Also be sure to visit our resident harp seals Babette, Tyler and Deane!

Interpreters available 10am-5pm Rain or Shine 7 days a week!

Free Admission (Donations Accepted) Open June 1st- Sept 1st, 2014 

World Oceans Day Celebrations June 6th-8th

GET OUT OF YOUR SHELL COME FATHOM THE DEEP

 

World Oceans Day Celebrations

June 6 to June 8, 2014

Explore the Ocean in Our Own Backyard!

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.

Science Rendezvous May 10th, 12-3pm

At MUN, we're hosting an event as part of Science Rendezvous, a FREE national science event on May 10th, from noon until 3:00 pm. Participants will get to do fun and safe hands-on science activities including chemistry magic with household materials and making slime! There might even be an explosion or two.

Biodiversity Day

Explore Our Island Biodiversity, May 22, with exhibits & activities from Salmonier Nature Park and MUN Ocean Science Centre.

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.

February

Study finds marine-protected areas tend to be leftovers from extractive uses

A paper co-authored by Memorial University’s Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and an international group of researchers argues that established global marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often a case of all show with no substance and do not adequately protect the most vulnerable areas of the world’s oceans.

Faculty Position in Aquatic Animal Health

 The Department of Ocean Sciences (DOS), located at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) of Memorial University (http://www.osc.mun.ca/), is building on its strengths in marine science, and invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to be
appointed at the level of assistant professor subject to budgetary approval.

Lets Talk Science - Lab Extravagenza

The Department of Ocean Sciences Memorial University participates in "Lab Extravaganza Days" which is organized by the "Lets talk Science" national outreach program.

Let's Talk  Science at Memorial University was started in 1996 by graduate student  Scott Hancock from the Faculty of Medicine and had just 4 volunteers.  Since then the program has grown tremendously and now includes over 200  registered volunteers who reached out to over eleven thousand youth in 2012.

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.

January

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).

Sustaining Marine Biodiversity in Canada and Globally Seminar

Sustaining Marine Biodiversity in Canada and Globally

DEPARTMENT OF OCEAN SCIENCES SEMINAR SERIES

Dr. Paul Snelgrove
Director, Canadian Healthy Oceans Network
Professor, Dept. of Ocean Sciences and Biology Dept., MUN

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.

November

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.

Partnership to provide ocean education to high school students

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

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.

Dr. Garth Fletcher, Department of Ocean Sciences.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Introducing ... Dr. Shawn Leroux

What is your name?

SHAWN J LEROUX

What do you do at Memorial?

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN BIOLOGY.

What is your favorite aspect of your profession?

DISCUSSING SCIENCE WITH STUDENTS, PROFESSORS AND STAFF AT MUN. EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT BACKGROUND, EXPERTISE AND PASSION AND I AM ALWAYS LEARNING NEW THINGS.



June

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.

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

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


Winners of the Ocean Sciences Award at the Eastern Newfoundland Regional Science Fair

Congraduations to Kathryn Bowers and Joycelyn Moulton from Holy Spirit High School who recently won the Ocean Sciences award for best oceans related project at the Eastern Newfoundland Regional Science Fair.

Graduate Student Engages Youth in Ocean Sciences

Katie Gale, M.Sc. student with Dr. Annie Mercier helps grade 4 student with school project.

April

How well do you know faculty, staff and graduate students at Memorial University?

Here's your chance to get to know Andrew Perry, Dive Technician with Field Services Unit, Department of Ocean Sciences.

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.

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.

Mark Earle, Sarah Predham, Jason Lewis, Susan Banfield, Garry Dart, Marie Watton and Greg Furey, all from the Department of Biology, along with Jessica Fry and Sabrina Inkpen from the Marine Institute, attended the conference, which was held March 15-17 at Acadia University.

The Department Remembers Dr. Don Steele

Don Steele, one of our emeritus faculty passed away on Saturday evening.  Don was hired in 1962 and retired in 1998; 36 yrs of service to the Department of Biology and Memorial University.  Don’s research specialization was marine amphipods and he had, at least, 79 publications in his career. 

February

Let's Talk Science!

On February 19th, 2013 high school students from Prince of Wales Collegiate had the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea urchins, sea stars, sea cucumbers and other amazing marine creatures in the Biology Department as part of the program "Let's Talk Science-Lab Extravaganza Day".

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.

January

Engage Memorial- A week of events celebrating public engagement at Memorial
Engage Memorial is a series of launch events intended to introduce Memorial’s new Public Engagement Framework, and help educate stakeholders, both internal and external, about what public engagement is about.

2012


December

Memorial to honour exceptional faculty and staff at special ceremony
Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial's president, has announced the university’s outstanding educators, researchers and staff members for 2012. The recipients of the president’s awards for teaching, research, exemplary service and exceptional community service will be honoured at an event on Monday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. at Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

November

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).
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.

October

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.

September

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.

August

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.
New Department of Ocean Sciences approved
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 (OSC) from a research unit to an academic unit.

June

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

Biodiversity Day- Sea of Knowledge
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This is a day to reflect on the state and value of biodiversity. The theme for 2012 is "How Much Life is in the Sea?"

April

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.

March

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.

January

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 purpose of the plan is to provide guidance to the Faculty of Science for the next decade and anticipate and plan for research, teaching and service in the ever-changing environment within Memorial University and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, says Mark Abrahams, dean of science.
Major upgrades equals improved research capabilities
On-going construction at the OSC will result in new, leading edge facilities for research on cold-water and deep-sea organisms and ecosystems. The new upgrades, which cost approximately $20 million are broken-down into six components ;

2011


October

$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.

September

Dr. William R. Driedzic appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Dr. Driedzic was honoured with the appointment to the CFI Board of Directors on September 12th in Ottawa by Dr. Kevin P. D. Smith, Chair of the Board of Directors.