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Adapting to change: Safe, thoughtful and engaging research continues on critical studies

If the pandemic has proven anything, it’s the creativity and resilience of our researchers. As part of Research Week 2020 celebrations, you’ll learn about some of the innovative and practical ways researchers have been able to continue their collaborations and conduct their work.


Funding for the future: PhD researchers secure $360,000 for complex societal studies

Tolulope Victoria Akerele admits she’s “overwhelmed” to receive a lucrative $80,000 fellowship for her research. Ms. Akerele is among six doctoral students at Memorial receiving a total of $360,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for their studies.


Op-Ed by Dr. Neil Bose: Embracing change: Research Week goes virtual for third annual celebrations Nov. 23-27

Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), invites the Memorial community to participate in Research Week 2020, Nov. 23-27.

'Top tier': Memorial maintains favourable rank among prestigious international universities

Memorial continues to be recognized as one of the best universities in the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) world subject rankings 2021 were released on Oct. 28.


Nature's road to recovery: 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.


Full force: ACENET expands support, training for humanities and social sciences researchers

Humanities and social sciences-based researchers and staff now have access to a suite of tailor-made programming covering issues ranging from big data to cloud applications. It’s all thanks to an expansion of services by ACENET.

Personal invite: Virtual celebrations planned for Research Week 2020

Now more than ever, Memorial’s vice-president (research) is convinced the power of technology is bringing the university community closer together. With the fall semester in full swing, Dr. Neil Bose asks researchers, staff members and students to harness online resources and plan events as part of Memorial’s third annual Research Week. This year, Research Week is taking place Nov. 23-27.


Innovation and technology: Marine Institute officially opens Underwater Exploration Lab

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University has officially opened its $440,000 Underwater Exploration Laboratory.

'Innovation to market': Program focusing on training PhDs, post-doctoral scholars to become corporate innovators

Devon McGrath grew up in rural Nova Scotia with business in his blood. Now the PhD student in the Faculty of Science is learning how to take his passion for entrepreneurship to the next level. Mr. McGrath is among those selected for Lab2Market, a team-based, experiential learning program focused on training PhDs and post-doctoral scholars to become future corporate innovators.


'Deeply connected': Labrador researchers, leaders among global voices in climate change documentary

Research rooted in Labrador focused on climate change and mental health is featured in a new highly-anticipated Canadian documentary.

How immune are you?: Faculty of Medicine researchers receive half a million in funding for COVID-19 immunity studies

A Faculty of Medicine study is recruiting COVID-19 cases, both confirmed and those who suspect they have had COVID-19, to study their antibodies -- with the aim of understanding the role of immunity against infection.

Giving hope: Federal funding allows researchers to pursue critical studies with MS patients

Dr. Michelle Ploughman, Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation, Neuroplasticity and Brain Recovery, and her team in the Faculty of Medicine have secured a $719,100 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to help answer the question: Can exercise help heal the brain and protect it from degeneration?



New statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from vice-president (research)

On Sept. 28, Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), provided an update regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.



Record high: External research funding at Memorial hits $130-million mark

For the first time, Memorial’s total research funding has topped more than $130 million.

Ground-up solutions: Terra Nova Young Innovator focusing on community-driven food policy project

Dr. Sarah Martin, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the 2020 recipient of the lucrative Terra Nova Young Innovator award, valued at $50,000.

Proposals welcome: Vice-Presidents Council funds accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for two separate funding opportunities. The deadline for the Vice-Presidents Council Cross-campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund is Oct. 15.


'Surreal' moment: Gender studies scholar recognized nationally for influential research

An award-winning scholar, teacher and author at Memorial is the university’s first recipient of a prestigious honour from the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Sonja Boon, professor and graduate co-ordinator, Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the 2020 recipient of the Ursula Franklin Award in Gender Studies.


Class of 2020: Award-winning sociologist and geographer elected to Royal Society of Canada

A pair of internationally respected researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is receiving one of Canada’s top honours for emerging scholars.


International impact: Memorial climbs in global research performance rankings

Memorial continues to see a steady increase in its scientific output in prestigious academic journals. According to new data recently released by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), which is based at Leiden University in The Netherlands, Memorial places 572 among more than 1,170 universities from 65 different countries around the world for research output for the period of 2015-2018.


State-of-the-art support: More than $830,000 for critical equipment and infrastructure for 'bold' research

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is providing more than $830,000 for critical infrastructure and equipment for five specialized research projects based at Memorial.


Group of seven: Multidisciplinary researchers secure $385,000 for foundational support

Seven researchers are sharing more than $385,000 in federal funding for studies that will heighten awareness and bring new knowledge to important societal issues.


Innovation in a crisis: Engineering researchers awarded national funding for COVID-19 studies

Nearly $100,000 in new federal funding is allowing a pair of researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to tackle COVID-19 related projects.


'Deep-rooted expertise': Memorial navigates to top of world university rankings for ocean tech research

For the third time in recent years, Memorial is the only Canadian university ranked as one of the best post-secondary institutions in the world for the study of marine/ocean engineering.


'Strange and mysterious': New study confirms Newfoundland as home to world's oldest animal fossils

The island of Newfoundland is famously known as “The Rock”, but new research reveals that it is the fossils from “The Rock” that are capturing the attention of scientists worldwide.


Opening doors: Master's graduate gains practical experience as part of genetics team

Hoda Rajabi, a graduate of Memorial, played a significant role in research that is helping better diagnose people in this province with one of the world’s most prevalent forms of retinal disease.


$8.9-million catalyst: Centre for Research and Innovation celebrated by partners

Corner Brook will soon be home to a centre that will support research and development, business diversification and a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.


Historic approval: Memorial national leader with adoption of Indigenous research policy

Memorial has a groundbreaking new Indigenous research policy. At its July 9 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the Research Impacting Indigenous Groups policy – the first of its kind known in Canadian universities.


Finding a link: PhD student part of genetics study providing hope to cancer patients

New research from the Faculty of Medicine allows women to make better decisions when it comes to preventive surgeries and screenings for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.


Well-earned results: Leading and emerging social scientists awarded more than $1 million for insightful research

Archaeological legacies in Northern Newfoundland. Educational policy-making. Representation in Ottawa. These diverse projects are just the tip of the iceberg of those receiving more than $1 million in new federal funding.


Trio elected: VPR, alumni receive national recognition for exceptional contributions

Memorial’s vice-president (research) and a pair of influential alumni are among the newest fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Dr. Neil Bose, Dr. Rehan Sadiq and Jennifer Williams are being honoured for their outstanding leadership and innovative contributions to their professions.


'Interest and enthusiasm': Co-directors appointed to SafetyNet

A pair of new leaders is at the helm of a specialized research centre based at Memorial. The search committee for co-directors of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research has completed its work and recommended Drs. Kim Cullen and Lorenzo Moro.

Updated Framework for a Phased Approach to Returning to On-Campus Research Spaces, Fieldwork and Face-to-Face Interactions with Research Participants

Memorial is proceeding to resume additional on-campus research activities, fieldwork and research involving face-to-face interactions with research participants in accordance with an updated Framework for a Phased Approach to Returning to On-Campus Research Spaces, Fieldwork and Face-to-Face Interactions with Research Participants.

Pursuit of knowledge: Next-generation researchers awarded significant federal funding

How species respond to climate change and creating population models for flatfish on the Grand Banks are some of the diverse projects led by future research leaders benefitting from more than $750,000 in scholarship and fellowship funding.


$8-million investment: Critical funding empowers researchers to take risks and make big discoveries

Memorial researchers have successfully secured more than $8 million in federal funding.

Principled partnerships: Memorial implements agreement supporting Indigenous data sovereignty

Memorial is among the first universities in Canada to create and adopt a formal research agreement that recognizes Indigenous data sovereignty.

Embracing innovation: $1-million federal investment for health-related research and discoveries

Two researchers based in the Faculty of Medicine are benefitting from a $1-million federal investment.

Drs. Michelle Ploughman and Craig Moore have been renewed as Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of this country’s highest honours for research excellence. Tier 2 Chairs are five-year awards for $100,000 each year.


Ideas and technologies: Multidisciplinary research projects benefit from nearly $500,000 federal investment

The world’s first interactive mobile platform to connect global experts and small-scale fisheries communities is among four diverse projects benefitting from nearly $500,000 in federal funding.



Studying the stressors: Nearly $1 million in federal funding to examine correctional officers' mental wellness

Dr. Rose Ricciardelli, an award-winning Memorial researcher, is leading a three-year study to assess changes in mental health and well-being among correctional officers in Canada. Dr. Ricciardelli and her collaborators recently received a total of $989,557 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), securing one of the agency’s Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants.


On-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants update from vice-president (research)

Memorial is implementing a new framework, which outlines a phased approach to returning to on-campus research spaces, fieldwork and face-to-face interactions with research participants. Read a new statement on research from Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research).

Natural fit: Memorial experts partnering with community volunteers in pandemic response

Memorial is collaborating with a group of private-sector volunteers to ensure the province has an adequate supply of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis.


Contribute meaningfully: Engineers collaborating with university, community to fight COVID-19

When it comes to battling the spread of COVID-19, engineers at Memorial are putting their expertise – and time – to work, collaborating with units such as the Department of Technical Services.


Made right here: Company with Memorial roots protecting health care workers

A local 3D-printing company, which got its start at Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine, is helping to alleviate the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by making its own.


Northern advocate: PhD researcher named a prestigious Trudeau Scholar for 2020

An award-winning PhD student and Memorial alumna is among a select group of researchers chosen to receive lucrative three-year scholarships from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.


Helping hand: Extra research funding to assist vulnerable members of university community

Memorial is allocating additional funding to one of its internal grant programs to support students and highly-qualified research personnel affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bridge Fund is a need-based program administered by the vice-president (research) portfolio. The program is intended to assist researchers who have encountered an unexpected funding gap and require funds to retain key personnel and has a maximum allocation of $10,000.


Information for laboratory/research space owners

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. A checklist has also been developed to assist in ensuring laboratory/research space hazards are controlled while the spaces are unoccupied.


New normal: Tips for researchers and graduate students during COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers and research-intensive graduate students at Memorial are learning to adapt their activities and use remote technologies to continue their work, projects and studies during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Statement on research at Memorial from Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research)

Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), provided this update on March 19.

Deadline for prestigious research award extended to May 15

The deadline for submissions for the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award is extended from April 15 to May 15.

Finest faculty: Nominations for John Lewis Paton professorship extended to May 1

The deadline for submissions for Memorial's top institutional honour has been extended from April 1 to May 1. 

COVID-19 update from the Office of the Vice-President (Research)

The following is an update from the Office of the Vice-President (Research), dated March 17, 2020.


Kick-starter: Terra Nova Young Innovator says prestigious award 'a great motivator'

The latest recipient of the lucrative Terra Nova Young Innovator Award says his research could lead to a “significant” discovery in how to treat oily water. Dr. Sohrab Zendehboudi, associate professor and Equinor Chair in Reservoir Analysis, Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, says he is using the $50,000 prize to develop new separation techniques to benefit industries in Canada and around the world.


Op-ed by Paula Mendonca: From climate change to poverty to health: Women 'vital' to drive global research and enterprises

Read this special "International Women's Day 2020" op-ed by Memorial's new director of innovation and entrepreneurship.

'Tireless advocate': Scientist recognized for dedication, contributions to genetics research

The newest recipient of an award celebrating research leadership is showing no signs of slowing down — despite retiring last year. Dr. Elizabeth Dicks says she’s “honoured and delighted” to be chosen as the latest recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics.



'Essential role': Memorial researcher named science 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. Dr. Paul Snelgrove is the newly appointed departmental science advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).


Raising our profile: Alumni input 'invaluable' for global academic surveys

Memorial is encouraging its nearly 100,000 alumni to participate in international surveys ranking post-secondary institutions worldwide.


'People, talent and ideas': Partnership to build research and academic connections in Nigeria

A new agreement will see Memorial increase its research collaborations and attract more high-quality graduate students from West Africa.


'Effective leadership': Director of innovation and entrepreneurship appointed

Dr. Paula Mendonça has been appointed as Memorial’s first director of innovation and entrepreneurship.


'Data are not neutral': Global leader in Indigenous research visiting Memorial this month

A leading international Indigenous expert is “keenly” interested in learning how Memorial engages with Indigenous communities.



Feedback welcome: Consultation on policy on Research Impacting Indigenous Groups

Memorial is one step closer to having its first institutional policy related to Indigenous research, which will also be among the first of its kind in Canadian universities. A draft of a new policy – Research Impacting Indigenous Groups – is now available. The university is welcoming feedback from the university community and external stakeholders and rightsholders over the next several weeks. The draft, along with additional information, is available online.


'Urgent insight': More than $1.8 million investment for research focused on Alzheimer's disease, brain repair and chronic pain

Memorial researchers are advancing critical health-related studies that matter to Canadians thanks in large part to more than $1.8 million in new funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


Accepting applications: Proposals due Feb. 17 for conference and cross-campus funding

A new year means a new call for two separate funds open to members of the university community.


A decade of milestones: Increasing Indigenous engagement, connections and representation

From a special task force on Aboriginal student success to Indigenous community consultations at the core of Memorial’s first-ever Indigenization strategy – the two stories bookend a decade moving towards Indigenization and truth and reconciliation at our university.




A sea change: New technology, knowledge and ocean-related research

If the past 10 years have proven anything, it is that Memorial researchers have a strong connection to our world’s ocean. In fact, more than 40 per cent of our research is ocean-related.


Research in review '19: Infrastructure, expertise and partnerships round out 'tremendous' year

With last year’s research income totaling more than $100 million – and funding for specific projects (see story) totaling more than $45 million – there are new exciting collaborations and enhanced expertise among the major research highlights this past year.

Ideas to opportunities: Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office 'invaluable' to startups

As young entrepreneurs, Drs. Ramesh Mani and Dr. Bala Gorityala have many questions as they wade through the business world. According to the pair, navigating their way through things such as nondisclosure forms, licensing agreements and patent strategies is much easier thanks to the efforts of Memorial’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO), which is a member of the Springboard Atlantic network.


Expanding focus: Program will train academics to become next innovators

Memorial is one of three Canadian universities that will offer a pilot program to teach academics how to recognize the commercial potential of their research.


'Greater picture': Greenland ice losses faster than expected, say researchers

Researchers from Memorial University have joined a team of 96 polar scientists from 50 international organizations to produce the most complete picture of Greenland ice loss to date.

Getting creative: CFI contest looking for captivating research videos and images

One of Memorial’s major funders is launching the third round of its popular Twitter contest. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is now accepting submissions for its #IAmInnovation contest.



Capturing research: National contest looking for best scientific images by Jan. 13

Memorial researchers and students looking to showcase their research and creativity can now enter a national image contest  with top prizes up for grabs.

Passionate player: University of Tasmania scholar collaborating with AUV team

Eonjoo Kim is fascinated by the ocean. So it is little wonder she jumped at the chance to go halfway around the world to do fieldwork in one of the richest ocean ecosystems on earth.


Essential service: ACENET welcomes new CEO and plans for future growth

ACENET has a new chief executive officer.

Greg Lukeman assumed the role on Nov. 15, succeeding Ann MacKenzie who has retired.

ACENET is a consortium of universities and community colleges in Atlantic Canada offering advanced research computing resources. Memorial is the lead institution and head office for ACENET, while Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), is the chair of its board of directors.


Valuable resources: World Fisheries Day: Highlighting sustainability and equity

Reducing waste and gender inequality in worldwide fisheries are some of the issues Memorial researchers will focus on during a free public event on Tuesday, Nov. 26.


Top communicators: Federally funded contest looking for best student storytellers at Memorial

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its eighth annual Storytellers contest, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

The first step: 'Rewarding to see others succeed and grow,' says award winner

As a kid who grew up in Edmonton, Alta., during the “1980 Oilers dynasty,” Dr. Andrew Staniland says he finds inspiration in hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s famous quote: “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.”

In fact, he wants those contemplating nominating fellow colleagues – or applying themselves – for prestigious awards and honours to consider The Great One’s sage advice.


'Go for it': Award recognition 'exhilarating and humbling,' says geneticist

What started out as a few introductory science courses has led to a lifelong fascination with genetics for Dr. Terry-Lynn Young.

They also led to international praise for her groundbreaking research in the field.


High scores for Memorial in yearly Research Infosource report

Memorial ranks No. 1 among Canada’s universities with medical schools when it comes to industry research income as a percentage of its total research income, according to new data released on Nov. 7.

Op-Ed by Dr. Neil Bose: Research Week -- Your personal invite to learn more about Memorial's extraordinary research

Consider this your personal invite to get out and take part in some of the Research Week 2019 activities, says Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research).

'Powerful' narrative: Play inspired by stories unearthed in provincial breast cancer research

A play opening in St. John’s on Nov. 7 is based on research supported by the N.L. Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit.



First animals: Science researchers featured on The Nature of Things on Oct. 25

A pair of Faculty of Science researchers will appear in this week’s episode of The Nature of Things.

Tracking trash: Citizen science app expanded to include N.L.-specific debris

An app used by citizen scientists around the globe to report coastline pollution now allows users to record the specialized marine debris often found in this province. It’s all thanks to the efforts of a group of Memorial researchers.


Wikipedian-in-residence: Author Jenny Higgins tackles N.L. digital content in new role

Memorial University has a writer-in-residence, occasionally dancers- and filmmakers-in-residence, and now, for the first time, it has a Wikipedian-in-residence.


Scholarly success: Business faculty awarded more than $800,000 in national research grants

Memorial’s business faculty has achieved its highest success rate in 10 years in a 2019 national funding competition.



'Tip of the iceberg': Celebrate ideas and innovation during Research Week 2019

Memorial’s vice-president (research) is encouraging all members of the university community to get involved and help plan events for Research Week 2019, taking place Nov. 12-18.

Pressing questions: Engineer named inaugural fellow of international research program

A prominent engineering researcher and Memorial’s associate vice-president (research) has been named a CIFAR fellow.

Dr. Ray Gosine joins CIFAR’s new program on Innovation, Equity and the Future of Prosperity (IEP), which was recently launched following an international competition to select new research programs that address important global complex, fundamental questions.


New call: Applications for funding opportunities due Oct. 15

Members of the university community are welcome to submit proposals for two separate funds: the Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and the Conference Fund.

International honour: Fellowships strengthens research partnerships in Germany and beyond

A political scientist – back home after spending time in Germany – is encouraging other researchers to apply for a prestigious fellowship program.

Critical research: More than $5.5 million in federal funding to focus on enhancing oil spill response measures

The federal government is investing more than $5.5 million into multidisciplinary research led by Memorial that focuses on techniques and technologies to aid in oil spill response in Canada.

Advancing knowledge: Memorial sociologist, political scientist elected to Royal Society of Canada

Two award-winning researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are receiving one of this country’s highest academic honours for emerging scholars.

Dr. Rose Ricciardelli, professor, Department of Sociology and co-ordinator for criminology, and co-coordinator for police studies, and Dr. Alex Marland, professor, Department of Political Science, are among the latest inductees to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.


National leader: On the Move Partnership, Dr. Barbara Neis finalist for coveted SSHRC award

A unique pan-Canadian research initiative based at Memorial is being recognized as one of the most impactful research collaborations in the country.


'On the land and in the lab': Labrador Institute hosts science-based summer camp

A unique science summer camp is helping to inspire Innu and Inuit youth to explore science-based discovery and careers.

For the second year in a row, the Labrador Lands and Waters Science Camp was held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the Upper Lake Melville area.


'Innovative breakthroughs': Significant investment for Harsh Environment Research Facility at Memorial

It was standing room only as Memorial welcomed contributions from the federal and provincial governments and industry for the creation of a new world-class Harsh Environment Research Facility (HERF).

Major breakthrough: Promising discovery for patients undergoing lung cancer treatment

A researcher in the Faculty of Medicine is part of a group that has made a significant finding in its study of lung cancer.

Dr. Michael Leitges, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cell Signaling and Translational Medicine at Memorial, and a team from the Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus say they can now distinguish between two pathways where lung adenocarcinoma – the most common and a deadly type of lung cancer – can develop.


Novel ideas: Proposals due Sept. 16 for Terra Nova Young Innovator award

Early-career researchers are encouraged to submit applications for a prestigious faculty honour.



Talent and insight: More than $2 million federal investment creating new knowledge at Memorial

New federal funding is accelerating diverse research projects ranging from social enterprise in rural Newfoundland and Labrador to research focused on women, feminism and philosophy.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced a total of $2,273,242 on July 17 for 40 Memorial-led projects.


Conservation concerns: Global collaborators highlight need for more effective marine conservation measures

A group of international researchers is calling on the Government of Canada to “strengthen and solidify” its conservation strategy to further protect the country’s marine protected areas (MPAs).

Reducing wait times: $4.8 million to reduce emergency room wait times and improve patient care

A group of researchers at the Faculty of Medicine have received a joint federal-provincial investment of $4.8 million for an innovative platform designed to lower emergency room wait times in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Protecting Canada's oceans: Memorial-led team receives $1.65 million to address environmental problems in oceans and estuaries

A member of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is leading an international team that has been awarded $1.65 million in federal funding to protect Canada’s oceans and estuaries.



Stronger together: Memorial collaborating with NRC to lead ocean engineering, technology and science research

Amid a flurry of congratulatory handshakes, group photos and facility tours, business leaders, researchers and students celebrated a new era in the partnership between Memorial and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the federal government’s largest science and research organization.

BabyLegs does NYC: DIY citizen science invention featured in international design shows

A unique invention designed by a Memorial scientist is part of a new design exhibition that recently opened in New York City and the Netherlands.


Farming the North: Memorial to establish centre for northern food research

Memorial University is poised to make significant contributions to agriculture science and food security in Labrador and the province through the acquisition of an 85-acre farm in Labrador and the establishment of a centre to support Northern agricultural research, education and food security.

Diversity gap: The disconnect between attitudes and policies at Canadian organizations

A national benchmarking study involving a business researcher at Memorial has found that more work is needed to bring attitudes and actions about diversity in the workplace closer together.


Top 40 under 40: Music dean singled out for visionary leadership

The dean of the School of Music is receiving a coveted national award.

Dr. Ian Sutherland is among this year’s honourees of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an annual program that recognizes this country’s emerging influencers for their exceptional achievements.


Celebrating difference: Trudeau fellow uses poetic lens to challenge the status quo

Andreae Callanan is aiming to bring outsiders inside by illuminating what she calls, “celebratory bursts of difference.”

As an activist, feminist and Memorial’s latest Trudeau Scholar, Ms. Callanan primarily studies poets outside the white European canon. And although shortlists for major literary prizes and bestseller lists are more culturally diverse than ever before, it doesn’t necessarily mean current market trends pertain to institutions like the academy.


Improved results: Memorial ranks high in publication output growth

Memorial ranks among Canada’s top post-secondary institutions that have increased their output in top-cited journals over the past decade.


Pushing the boundaries: More than $2 million federal investment for diverse research projects

Memorial is welcoming two new Canada Research Chairs whose leading edge work will focus on developing new drugs for cancer treatments and better ways of monitoring the ocean ecosystem.


Badge of honour: Geography researcher receives national honours for early career success

The Canadian Association of Geographers has honoured an associate professor in the Department of Geography for her research accomplishments. Dr. Carissa Brown of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is this year’s recipient of the Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement. She accepted the award during the association’s recent annual meeting in Winnipeg, Man.



In her element: Memorial University's globally recognized ocean tech reputation attracting young innovators from around the world

Marjan Taghi Boroojerdi has traded the hot dry climate of Tehran for the cold icy waters off North America’s harsh northeast coast.


Medical milestones: PhD graduate lands dream gig at Harvard University

Justin Pater has some sage advice for those crossing this year’s stage at spring convocation: patience and resilience will lead to great things.


Solid foundation: More than $8 million in federal investment energizes discovery-based research

Memorial is receiving a major research boost.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada(NSERC) is investing more than $8 million into areas ranging from climate change and marine biodiversity to agricultural management to learning and forgetting in extreme environments.


Creator-owned model: Revised IP policy will drive commercialization and entrepreneurialism

To motivate researchers to pursue commercialization and continue to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture, Memorial has adopted a new creator-owned intellectual property (IP) model.


Duty and responsibility: Engineering researcher, alumnus recognized by national group

A prominent engineering professor and a dedicated alumnus are among a select group who have been named fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada for 2019.


Open call: Pair of university funds welcome proposals

Applications are being accepted for two separate funding opportunities open to the Memorial community.

New insights: Emerging scholars awarded $430,000 for leading-edge humanities and social sciences research

Memorial is welcoming two new Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship recipients and a new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient for a total investment of $430,000.

Curating a community: Labrador Research Forum underscores importance of collaboration, accountability and sharing knowledge

A historic book launch, critical conversations led by Indigenous leaders and youth, research that meets local interests, needs and priorities and a keynote talk by renowned Unangax scholar Dr. Eve Tuck are among the key highlights of this year’s Labrador Research Forum.


'Transformational step': Federal program to bring greater diversity to university research

Memorial is embracing a new federal pilot program to make university research more inclusive.

Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada is inspired by the United Kingdom’s internationally recognized Athena SWAN program.


Canada's highest honour: Governor General lauds SmartICE for integrating technology and Inuit knowledge

Dr. Trevor Bell and the SmartICE team have been recognized with a Governor General’s Innovation Award for their groundbreaking work on climate change adaptation.


Motivating minds: 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.


Ethical excellence: Nominations accepted until June 3 for Marilyn Harvey Award

Memorial is seeking nominations for the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics, an important institutional award celebrating ethical research leadership.


Diving into data: Microdata research centre celebrates fifth anniversary at Memorial

A unique research facility housing in-depth Statistics Canada data is celebrating its fifth anniversary at Memorial. The Research Data Centre (RDC) is part of a national network that provides researchers access to detailed information in a secure setting.


Power in numbers: Alumni play critical role in raising Memorial's international ranking

Memorial is hoping its nearly 95,000 active alumni living around the world will continue to promote their alma mater in an effort to raise its global profile.


Ocean investment: $8.5 million in federal-provincial funding for Marine Institute expansion at Holyrood

The Fisheries and Marine Institute received a combined $8.5 million federal-provincial investment for the next phase of development at the Holyrood Marine Base.

Precision medicine: Memorial to join national cancer network

Memorial University is set to join hospitals, cancer centres, universities and research institutes from across Canada to improve delivery of personalized and precision medicine to cancer patients.


Rolling in the deep: 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.


'Environment of excellence': Ethnomusicologist honoured for ethical research leadership

Dr. Kati Szego is the latest recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics.


Remarkable leaders: Saluting new and established researchers for exceptional contributions

Memorial recognized some of its newest outstanding research leaders and emerging innovators during a celebration recently.

'Chemical' acclaim: Researcher honoured for pioneering scientific contributions

A chemistry professor at Memorial is “excited and surprised” to be named the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual Winner), presented by the Chemical Institute of Canada. Dr. Fran Kerton is the second female and the only person outside of Ontario and Quebec to receive the honour.


Music professor receives international recognition for creative excellence

An assistant professor in the School of Music is among a roster of worldwide performers recently named a Buffet Crampon Artist.


Emerging mechanical engineer named Terra Nova Young Innovator

Dr. Xili Duan’s research could be a game changer for people living in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. The assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is leading the design of a novel device that directly converts wind energy to heat, thanks to receiving a coveted faculty award. Dr. Duan is the 2019 recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award (TNYIA)


Field of leaders: Federal investment of nearly $600,000 in high-tech research labs and equipment

New federal funding will help expand Memorial’s research infrastructure and attract the best and brightest talent to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Projects led by teams in the Faculty of Science are receiving nearly $600,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).


International researchers working to solve marine plastic pollution

Three visiting international researchers at Memorial are working to come up with new ways to tackle plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Energize and enhance: Federal government celebrates investment for health-related research

Innovative research that’s helping address health-care challenges and improving health outcomes for Canadians was front and centre on March 12 as the federal government celebrated a nearly $3.7-million investment for Memorial-led studies.

High risk, high reward: Emerging health researchers receive grants to advance brain studies

Two Memorial researchers are being recognized for their transformative research to advance the understanding of the brain, in illness or health.

Inaugural residency: Leading Indigenous artist helping create new music studies curriculum

The School of Music is welcoming its first Indigenous artist-thinker as part of a new residency program.


Advancing accessibility: Student contest turning student-led research ideas into reality

Memorial students are encouraged to submit their innovative ideas to a national contest aimed at making communities more accessible.

Expanding horizons: Canadian university consortium growing partnerships with Latin America

A new funding agreement aims to increase student mobility and research collaborations between Latin America and a group of Canadian universities, including Memorial.


Place and purpose: Faculty examine Memorial's role in the future of N.L.

A group of faculty are exploring Memorial’s role in Newfoundland and Labrador during a trio of free events taking place next week.

'Essential' support: Insight into post-traumatic stress injuries thanks to federal investment


That’s how Dr. Rose Ricciardelli sums up the news that not one, but seven, projects she’s associated with have secured new investments from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to help advance research on post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) in public safety personnel.


$16-million investment focuses on climate change, coastal communities

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) has launched its next phase of ocean research, with a plan to invest approximately $16 million in projects that will examine climate change and how changes to the North Atlantic impact coastal communities.

One-of-a-kind: Connecting to Labrador roots while helping lead critical marine research

It’s an opportunity most undergrads never get. Little wonder, then, that Natasha Healey jumped at the chance to help run one of Memorial’s most progressive science labs – one of only two in Canada and one of four such facilities in North America.


Honouring excellence: John Lewis Paton award deadline April 1

Nominations are open for Memorial’s most prestigious faculty award -- the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship.


The changing sea: Discovering deep Atlantic currents in international ocean study

After an extensive multi-year study, researchers have some surprising insight into the critical role the Atlantic Ocean plays in regulating the Earth’s climate. Dr. Brad deYoung, professor, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science, is the only Memorial scientist part of the international study.


Intellectual property officer at Memorial empowering young women to learn code

An act of kindness three decades ago ignited Kara Strickland’s fascination of science.

“My aunt gave me a second-hand computer when I was in primary school and that gift sparked my interest in computers,” said Ms. Strickland, intellectual property officer with the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, a unit within the vice-president (research) portfolio.


Bold and bright: Next generation of social scientists and humanities researchers secure federal funding

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is investing a total of $1,314,178 into studies led by early career and emerging researchers at Memorial.

Transformative investment: Health-related studies benefit from nearly $3.7-million federal investment

Research ranging from how to treat fatal neurodegenerative diseases to better understanding the affects of type 2 diabetes are among six critical health-related studies receiving nearly $3.7 million in new funding.


Tweet to win: National contest highlights impact of CFI research projects

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) wants Memorial students and post-doctoral scholars to take to Twitter to show off their research.


No looking back: How a research breakthrough is giving back control -- and hope -- to MS patients

Over the years, Jennifer Archer watched as her mother and her grandmother succumbed to the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). So when she, too, was diagnosed with the disease 30 years ago, she knew what her fate would be. Or, at least she thought she did. Then Ms. Archer met Dr. Michelle Ploughman and her team at Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine.


Accepting applications: Proposals due Feb. 15 for Vice-Presidents Council funding

Members of the university community are invited to submit applications for two separate funding opportunities.



Passionate researchers use 3D printing technology to advance health care

A group of researchers is using cutting-edge technology to provide critical training to health professionals at home and abroad.

Research in review 2018: Accomplishments and achievements round out another positive year

From a big jump in research funding to a big role in a national marketing campaign, 2018 marked an incredible 12 months for scholarship, discoveries and innovation at Memorial.

Showcasing science: Cash prizes up for grabs as part of national research contests

Budding filmmakers and amateur shutterbugs are encouraged to show Canadians why research matters as part of two competitions launched by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


Ocean Frontier Institute program encouraging trans-national training

Applications to OFI’s Visiting Fellows Program are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2019.

A Memorial first: Engineer receives international prize for maritime research

A Memorial expert specializing in Arctic offshore engineering is the first Canadian to receive a prestigious international prize for maritime research.

Dr. Claude Daley, associate dean (research) and professor, Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Kenneth S. M. Davidson Medal, presented by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).


Opening doors: Research on Fogo Island ferries launches recent graduate's research career

A recent Memorial alumnus whose research examined public infrastructure in rural N.L. says his training will open doors for him well into the future.

What's your story? Contest empowers next generation of research communicators

Memorial students with a way with words are encouraged to get creative and take part in a national contest with big prizes up for grabs.

Prestigious posts: Canada Research Chair appointments amplify Memorial's cutting-edge research reputation

A $2.4-million investment by the Government of Canada for three new Canada Research Chairs will accelerate Memorial’s international reputation for innovative multidisciplinary research benefiting Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

Inspiring others: Researcher named national leader for scientific pursuits, community activism

Dr. Max Liboiron has received a national honour for her leading-edge research and community engagement.



Researchers promote healthy living during free event

After a tremendous response last year, organizers of a family-friendly event aimed at raising awareness about health-related topics are hoping for a repeat this year. The second annual Health for All Festival takes place on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the St. John’s Farmer’s Market.


Big jump: Research funding increases as university focuses on growing worldwide reputation

Memorial is the national leader among Canada’s medical universities when it comes to corporate research income growth over a five-year period. That’s according to new data released on Oct. 25. Research Infosource Incstates that from fiscal years 2013-17, Memorial ranked No. 1 in growth, with an increase of 160.2 per cent. 


Infusion for innovation: Significant federal investment fuels discovery research across disciplines

Research ranging from developing sustainable road pavements for harsh Canadian climates to evolutionary drivers of variation in bat migration are among more than 60 projects receiving roughly $8.8 million from the Government of Canada.

Top billing: PhD student takes centre stage in campaign highlighting Canada’s next generation of researchers

Memorial features prominently in a new promotional campaign led by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). PhD student Marjan Taghi Boroojerdi was selected to be featured in print, video and online as part of the promotion. 

Increasing international profile: Memorial ranks among world’s best; alumni can enter to win iPad

Memorial’s reputation as a national and international post-secondary leader is further bolstered by new data released this fall.


Supporting big ideas: Terra Nova Young Innovator Award applications due Nov. 19

Applications are being accepted for a lucrative research award for early-career researchers.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator award is valued at up to $50,000. It recognizes and supports outstanding faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.


Depth and breadth: OFI conference focuses on unlocking secrets of the North Atlantic

Memorial is helping shed light on the vast potential of one of this planet’s richest resources as it hosts Ocean Frontier 2018: North Atlantic Opportunities, the first-ever biennial conference organized by the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). The conference takes place Tuesday, Oct. 9 to Friday, Oct. 12 at the Delta St. John’s Hotel.


Growing profile: Times Higher Education ranks Memorial among world's best

Memorial’s reputation as a national and international post-secondary leader is further bolstered by new data released on Sept. 26.

New round: Applications accepted for conference and cross-campus funding

Applications are now being accepted for the following funding opportunities: Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and the Conference Fund.

Hands-on learning: Federal investment enhances Memorial's community programming

Inspiring youth to explore science-based careers and expanding oceans-related programming to rural parts of the province are among four Memorial projects receiving new federal funding.

The influencers: Geographer and historian elected to prestigious Royal Society of Canada

An internationally lauded field scientist and champion of Arctic research is receiving the highest honour for a Canadian scholar, while an award-winning environmental historian is joining a cohort of emerging scholars in his field.

Knowledge economy: Emera contribution to advance innovation at Memorial University

As the province’s only university, Memorial plays a key role in supporting innovators and innovative ideas across all of Newfoundland and Labrador. The ability to deliver on this responsibility was enhanced significantly by the recent announcement that Emera Inc. has contributed $7 million toward student entrepreneurship and innovation programming.


Eye on innovation: More than $3.8 million in federal funding for leading-edge health research

A pair of researchers from the Faculty of Medicine celebrated today a more than $3.8-million investment from the Government of Canada that will strengthen Memorial’s capacity for cutting-edge health research.

Inspiring investment: Emera Innovation Exchange launched at Signal Hill Campus

A $7-million contribution from Emera Inc. to Memorial University will support innovation and entrepreneurship programming in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Strengthening connections: Appointment to enhance consultation in Indigenous research

Dr. Max Liboiron has been appointed associate vice-president (Indigenous research) pro tempore effective Sept. 1 until Aug. 31, 2019.


Netting funds: Non-profit organization awards support to salmon researchers

A trio of researchers engaged with fieldwork throughout Atlantic Canada have received 2018 grants of $63,300 for their ongoing projects from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation.

New name: Research unit gets a new title and expands its services

An office within the vice-president (research) portfolio has been retitled to better reflect the services and oversight it provides to the Memorial community and the important role it plays in pan-university research projects. CREAIT, CRC and CFI Services (CCCS) is now known as Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI). 


Subject specialists: Memorial ranks high for ocean technology-related research in world university rankings

Memorial is the only Canadian university to make the list of the world’s top post-secondary institutions for the study of marine/ocean engineering. Memorial placed 38 among global universities ranked in the Engineering field as reported last month by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which included 44 top universities in its marine/ocean engineering listing.



Provincial collaboration working to de-implement low value health care

Up to 30 per cent of tests and treatments given to patients are not needed. In addition to wasting money for patients and the health system, this can lead to significant inconvenience and potential harm for patients without any benefit. A new research network looking at solutions for de-implementing this low value care received a boost in funding recently. The Implementation Research Network, part of Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC), will receive $1.5 million over four years for research spanning three provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador.


How one Memorial couple is using drones to discover archaeological dig sites

Research is a way of life for Memorial University couple Amanda Crompton and Marc Bolli.


Emerging science researchers net nearly $300,000 in lucrative federal funding

Black holes and green chemistry are the areas of focus of two early-career researchers receiving prominent academic awards totaling nearly $300,000.


Federal funding enhances Memorial’s international reputation for critical health-care research

Improving access to primary health care, a better understanding of the hepatitis C virus and enhancing access to mental health programming within Indigenous communities.

These three Memorial-led research projects are receiving a major boost from the federal government.


Top 10 reasons to attend Ocean Frontier 2018 this October

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) has narrowed down its top 10 reasons to attend Ocean Frontier 2018: North Atlantic Opportunities Conference, running Oct. 9-12, at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s.

Geneticist named an officer of the Order of Canada

An Honorary Research Professor in the Faculty of Medicine has been named an officer of the Order of Canada.


Researchers studying how the hepatitis C virus kills liver cells

According to new guidelines published by the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver, roughly 250,000 Canadians are believed to have contracted the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

However, 40-70 per cent are not aware they’re infected.


Favourable scores: Memorial makes considerable gains in global universities rankings

Memorial University improved its global score among two of the most widely observed rankings of world-wide universities.

World-renowned Indigenous musicians to explore improvisation as model for change

Memorial is set to welcome the Norwegian composer who penned the choral opening of the Oscar-winning film Frozen and a Grammy-nominated Mohawk cellist as part of an international conference. The Indigenous Improvisation Colloquium takes place July 4-5 on the St. John’s campus.

Combating corrosion: International experts convening in St. John's to solve offshore challenges

Researchers and industry are partnering for a workshop and research symposium with the aim of saving billions of dollars for the world’s oil and gas industries.

Memorial hosts world’s largest conference on fishing industry safety and health

The only international conference focused on fishing, seafood processing and aquaculture occupational health and safety (OHS) is coming to Memorial.


‘Pursuit of evidence’ International collaborations among Memorial research projects receiving social sciences and humanities funding

Memorial researchers have received new funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


Now open: Applications welcome for cross-campus and conference funding

Members of the university community have until June 15 to apply for two separate funding opportunities: the Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and the Conference Fund.

Class acts: Researchers and musicians collect East Coast Music Awards

A trio of researchers from the School of Music came home with top honours during this year’s East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) held May 2-6 in Halifax, N.S.

Sudden cardiac death genetic research team lauded by Governor General

A team of researchers are winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards for their groundbreaking discovery that’s saving the lives of those affected by a deadly genetic disease.

The Faculty of Medicine’s Drs. Terry-Lynn Young, Kathy Hodgkinson, Sean Connors and Daryl Pullman are the first recipients from Memorial to receive this prestigious award.


Op-Ed: Research Week: An opportunity to build partnerships and boost Memorial's international profile

Six days. Four locations. Nearly 30 events.

After much planning by researchers, staff and students, Memorial’s inaugural Research Week, running May 12-17, is set to provide plenty of ways for members of our university community to learn more about our world-class research expertise.


Five new Canada Research Chairs bolster Memorial's international profile

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

Commitment to excellence: Nominations due by June 1 for Marilyn Harvey Award

Nominations are now being accepted for an institutional award honouring leadership in the area of research ethics.

The Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics is awarded to a student, staff or faculty member who has distinguished themselves by their actions and contributions to scholarly research and embodies Memorial’s commitment to excellence in research ethics.

Nominations are due by June 1.


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.



Educate and inspire: Research Week 2018

A series of free events taking place next month will raise awareness of Memorial’s world-class research expertise while encouraging more multidisciplinary collaboration among researchers.

Research Week runs May 12-17 and includes a variety of networking opportunities, open houses, interactive sessions and discussions on the St. John’s campus, at the Marine Institute, at Grenfell Campus and at the Labrador Institute Research Station.

Tech Services in ‘full compliance’ of ISO standards

The Department of Technical Services has successfully completed a recent review of its quality management system.

That means the unit is in full compliance with the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9001:2015, standard the organization’s flagship quality management systems standards.


Fogo Island fellowships allow faculty to complete projects

Four researchers have been awarded 2017-18 Richard Marceau-Fogo Island Research Fellowships.

Dr. Diana Gustafson, professor of Social Science and Health in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Zaida Rahaman, assistant professor, School of Nursing; Dr. Nicole Snow, assistant professor, School of Nursing; and Dr. Roza Tchoukaleyska, assistant professor, Environmental Studies, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, will each spend four weeks in residence on historic Fogo Island.


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.

Federal funding to attract top researchers, provide infrastructure

Canada’s minister of Science and of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announced the latest results of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) on April 11. A total of $277,353 will go toward the future acquisition of a two-photon microscope – the first of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador. The high-tech machine will be used for research such as the better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

MMaP a partner of unique, cross-sector and international collaboration

The Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP) at Memorial is one of four partners of a new international collaboration.

MMaP has collaborated with the Sound Studies Initiative at the University of Alberta, the Canadian Museum of History and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage through its Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to form the Cultures of Sound Network.



Federal funding for public safety personnel mental health initiative

Memorial is playing a key role in a national mental health research and treatment initiative that recently received $30 million over five years from the federal government.



Tremendous motivator: Alzheimer's researcher named 2018 Terra Nova Young Innovator

A lucrative faculty award is empowering a Memorial researcher to better understand — and potentially find a cure — for the world’s most common neurodegenerative disease.

Dr. Matthew Parsons is this year’s recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award (TNYIA), which recognizes and supports outstanding young faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.

The award is supported through $50,000 in funding from Suncor Energy, on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field.


Ranking reputation: Alumni encouraged to show off their Memorial pride

Memorial is calling on alumni around the world to help raise the university’s international profile.


Artistic pride: Technical Services designs commemorative panel for Government House

The Department of Technical Services played a significant role in the design and fabrication of a new display that’s now permanently mounted at Government House.

Recognizing excellence: Nominations due April 2 for John Lewis Paton award

Nominations are being accepted for one of Memorial’s most significant faculty awards.

The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship is presented annually to a faculty member who embodies the university’s mission by demonstrating exceptional teaching, undertaking world-class research and sharing their knowledge and expertise nationally and internationally.

This year’s deadline is Monday, April 2.


Leadership shift: Community-focused research to remain at centre of Tradition and Transition partnership

A shift in leadership roles on one of Memorial’s largest research projects is allowing the new principal investigator to further her interest in Indigenous research.

Dr. Lisa Rankin, professor, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Memorial University Research Chair, Northern Indigenous Community Archaeology, took over the lead role with the Tradition and Transition Among the Labrador Inuit project in early January.


Vice-president (research) elected to ocean technology board

Memorial’s vice-president (research) is contributing his time and expertise to an ocean technology innovation cluster.


Providing seed money for innovative, ocean-related research projects

While large, multi-year research projects serve as the cornerstone of the Ocean Frontier Institute’s work, a new funding program has been launched that helps smaller marine-based projects, move forward and grow.

Enhanced capacity: $1.9 million in federal funding strengthens health research at Memorial

A new investment by the Government of Canada will energize Memorial’s research expertise while further boosting its international reputation for innovative health-related studies.

Cross-campus and conference funding applications now being accepted

Those interested in applying for two separate funding opportunities have until Feb. 15 to submit their applications.

Researcher and honorary degree recipient named to Order of Canada

Two members of the Memorial community are among 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.



Making a case for highlighting innovative research in the digital age

Memorial is home to its own incredible marvels – our researchers. Internationally-acclaimed specialists, experts, problem solvers, fact finders, inventors, life savers and innovators.

Graduate student wins third prize at international Arctic research event

Benjamin Misiuk, a doctoral student in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, placed third in a poster competition during the international Arctic Change conference held Dec. 11-15 in Quebec City.

Big thinkers, big ideas at the core of another successful research year

It’s been a year of discoveries, advancements, celebrations and creations.

This year, our researchers were named best in the world; we welcomed millions of dollars in research funding from provincial, federal and industry partners; and our experts continue to lead important international collaborations in areas ranging from Indigenous studies to marine research.


Research could benefit countless desk-bound Canadian workers

What effect does sitting for long periods of time have on the flexibility and muscle function of the back?

That’s the question a new study led by a multidisciplinary team at Memorial hopes to answer.


CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan established

Memorial has launched its action plan to address equity targets for the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) in response to the plan set by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.

Lumpfish and the eye doctor: A Medicine and Science collaboration

Dr. Robert Gendron, Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, has teamed up with Dr. William Driedzic, Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, to study dietary vitamins in the vision health of lumpfish.

Phase two of Memorial Researcher Portal launched

Researchers can now submit their funding applications and supporting documents online.

As of Dec. 12, phase two of the Memorial Researcher Portal was fully implemented.      


Fact or fiction? Faculty of Medicine researcher says 'fact'

While “man flu” often becomes a lighthearted jab at the male gender once flu season hits, Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in the Discipline of Family Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, has examined research that indicates the ailment may in fact exist.

His research, published in the Christmas 2017 edition of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is receiving a lot of international attention — from Britain to L.A. and many places in between.


Green mineral analysis method saving money and time

One of Dr. David Grant’s hunches could end up having a major impact on the international research community while bringing global recognition to Memorial.

Dr. Grant manages the lab that houses Memorial’s scanning electron microscope-mineral liberation analyzers, or SEM-MLA.


World Fisheries Day celebrations take place on St. John's campus

Several members of Memorial’s research community showcased the value and importance of the global fishery during a special event recently.

World Fisheries Day Celebration took place on Nov. 21 in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation on the St. John’s campus.


Alumni turn heads with wind- and water-powered electronics charger

A group of alumni turned entrepreneurs didn’t have to look far for inspiration for their latest product.

Living in a country with the most water in the world — and its windiest province — they were literally surrounded by it.

Now, a piece of technology Seaformatics Systems Inc. developed is set to revolutionize how outdoor adventurers stay connected to wireless devices.


Students encouraged to tell research stories in hopes of winning big

Attention Memorial students: here is your mission, should you choose to accept it – tell a smart, original story with impact in 300 words or three minutes.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its 2018 Storytellers Contest, challenging post-secondary students to get creative and show fellow Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better.


Twitter Canada singles out alumnus as tech startup founder to follow

A Memorial graduate gaining a reputation in the national business community can add another feat to his growing list of accomplishments.

Joe Teo, CEO and co-founder of HeyOrca, a St. John’s-based company focused on social media collaboration tools for marketing agencies, has been named to Twitter Canada’s list of 20 Canadian tech startup founders who are using the social media tool to its fullest.



Showcasing innovative research at its finest

Students with a flair for creativity and a passion for research are encouraged to enter a pair of national contests with big prizes up for grabs.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently launched its Science Exposed and Science, Action! contests.


Unique contest aims to showcase nationally funded projects

A research team in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation is getting creative in an effort to show the impact of federal funding on their research.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Activity and assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, and his team are taking part in the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) #IAmInnovation Twitter contest.


Young startup creates first smart thermostat

Joshua and Zachary Green are on a mission to provide innovative technology to help the world become more environmentally friendly. In their quest to do so, the brothers have created a smart, Wi-Fi enabled, line voltage thermostat called Mysa – Swedish for comfort – through their company, Empowered Homes.

Impressive turn out for regional research conference

Delegates attending a conference at Memorial recently were reminded of the importance of collaborations and partnerships when it comes to the diverse work of research administration. Memorial hosted Research on the Rock from Nov. 14-15. The event was organized in parership with the Canadian Association of Research Administrators.

Nearly $2 million in federal funding for social sciences and humanities research at Memorial

The federal government is investing nearly $2 million into 34 diverse research projects led by Memorial, ranging from employment discrimination to photography in graphic memoirs to wildlife management in Atlantic Canada.  

Memorandum of understanding signed with Vietnamese university

Memorial is strengthening its research and academic connections with Southeast Asia through a new post-secondary partnership. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed with PetroVietnam University (PVU). 

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.

The announcement was made on Nov. 2. In addition to the chairs’ funding, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced a total of $176,649 for the researchers through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), as part of its partnership with the Canada Research Chairs Program.


Applications due Dec. 4 for Terra Nova Young Innovator Award

Young faculty members looking to make an impact with their research are being encouraged to apply for one of Memorial’s prestigious research awards. Applications for the 2017 Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, valued at up to $50,000, are due Monday, Dec. 4.


Dr. Neil Bose returns to Memorial as vice-president (research)

After travelling nearly 20,000 kilometres — from one side of the world to the other — Dr. Neil Bose has started the next chapter in his career.

As of Nov. 1, he began a five-year term as Memorial’s new vice-president (research). The Board of Regents approved his appointment in August.


Top prize for graduate student in national photography competition

Euri Papanicolaou, a master of science degree in the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, is one of the top winners of the national Science Exposed contest, which is organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The competition highlights top images featuring scientific research in all fields of study.


Focusing on and promoting healthy living and health-related research

Organizers of an upcoming free family event say they want to bring awareness to health-related issues while promoting healthy living. The Newfoundland and Labrador SUpport for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit (NL SUPPORT), a unit within the Faculty of Medicine, is hosting its first Health for All Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4.



Collaboration key to further research growth at Memorial

Memorial continues to hold its own in a national ranking of the country’s top research universities.

Research Infosource released its annual Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities list on Oct. 26. According to the publication, Memorial ranks No. 20 with $91,178,000 in sponsored research income reported for fiscal year 2016, a decline of 12.7 per cent compared to fiscal year 2015 when sponsored research income was reported as $104,395,000. Memorial ranked 19 last year.


Memorial University’s Genesis Centre and NEIA enter into partnership

Memorial University’s Genesis Centre and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) have entered into a formal partnership to deliver entrepreneurial programming in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Memorial-led SmartICE project receives high honour from United Nations

An innovative research project that originated at Memorial is the only Canadian recipient of a prestigious international award.

SmartICE is the world’s first climate change adaptation tool to integrate traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology.

It is led by Dr. Trevor Bell, University Research Professor in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Memorial alumnus.


Medicine faculty member named Marilyn Harvey Award recipient

Dr. Kathy Hodgkinson is this year’s winner of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics.

$4.8 million from Canada Foundation for Innovation 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.


Canada Foundation for Innovation invests $6.7 million for engineering laboratories

Memorial will soon be home to the Harsh Environment Research Facility (HERF), one of the most advanced icing wind tunnel and wave tank integrated laboratories in the world.

HERF will be located within a new high-bay laboratory expansion of the Engineering building on the St. John’s campus and will support world-class research and technology development that is vital to the provincial energy and ocean technology sectors.


Phase two of Memorial Researcher Portal goes online Dec. 12

A change is on the horizon for members of Memorial’s research community.

On Dec. 12, those submitting research funding proposals to Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS) and the Marine Institute’s Office of Research and Development will notice a difference.


Scientific spotlight: Highlighting important health-related research and advancements

Members of the university community are invited to learn more about some of the important health-related work being led by researchers and graduate students in this province.

Applications welcome for the VPC Cross-campus Initiatives and Conference Funds

Memorial is accepting applications for the Vice-Presidents Council (VPC) Cross-campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.

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.

With the historic announcement came Dr. Paul Snelgrove’s expectation that Memorial would play a major role in the joint research venture with Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Snelgrove, of Memorial’s Department of Ocean Sciences and the associate scientific director of OFI, says he is more than pleased with the institute’s progress.



Nomination deadlines for President’s Awards for research imminent

The deadline for nominations for a pair of institutional awards is on the horizon. Nov. 1 is the nomination deadline for the President’s Award for Outstanding Research, while the deadline for University Research Professors nominations is Nov. 30.


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

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

Grad students post-doctoral fellow receive prestigious academic awards

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

Computer science professor sought after AI consultant

What happens when artificial intelligence meets video games?

We get better solutions to real-world challenges.

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


Realizing the invading green crab's potential

It is said that every creature on Earth has a purpose, though scientists and fishers alike are dubious about the usefulness of carcinus maenas.

The green crab population, whose sole purpose appears to be wreaking havoc on Newfoundland and Labrador’s ocean ecosystems, currently remains unchecked by natural predators.


NSERC funding empowers Memorial researchers to better the world

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

The grants, scholarships and fellowships, which were announced on Sept. 8, span a variety of disciplines and cover topics from algae to tectonics to robotics.


New chair of Animal Care Committee named

Dr. Darlene Skinner, a full professor with the Department of Psychology’s very active behavioural neurosciences group, Faculty of Science, and an an expert in the field of spatial cognition is the new chair of the Animal Care Committee.


Construction to begin on Animal Resource Centre

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


Entrepreneurship Training Program doubles intake, pairs with Genesis

This fall, for the first time, the School of Graduate Studies will offer two concurrent Entrepreneurship Training Program sessions for full-time graduate students working to turn their business ideas into reality.

Post-doctoral scholar creates low cost, efficient water analysis

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

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

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


Eureka moment: Verafin: From mining robots to fighting crime

Local tech company Verafin credits Memorial with much of its success since launching 14 years ago.

When three Memorial engineering graduates set out to start a tech company using robotic research completed while still students at Memorial in 2003, they had no idea that they would end up employing the technology they developed for the mining industry to fight money laundering and fraud.


Using mathematical biology to help control infectious diseases

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

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


X-ray diffractometers and environmental archaeology

Federal funding for research infrastructure and equipment was recently announced.

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


Research post: Memorial welcomes new vice-president (research)

Memorial University has appointed Dr. Neil Bose as vice-president (research). The Board of Regents approved the appointment at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Stronger Salmon

Drs. Kurt Gamperl and Mark Fast know a thing or two about fish aquaculture. 

Dr. Gamperl, a professor at the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, and Dr. Fast, associate professor at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College, are leading a pan-Atlantic research initiative to improve the health and welfare of cultured Atlantic salmon using genomics and other biotechnologies.

To continue this work, the pair have been awarded $4.4 million by multiple funders, including the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the provincial government’s InnovateNL, as well as industry and other academic partners.



Simulation collaboration combines forces to improve rural health care

Seas are rough and he is thrown overboard. Luckily, the man is rescued from the frigid water, but his life is still in danger.

He requires treatment on board by the ship’s doctor who, due to the remoteness of their location, is the only person available to assist. What steps must the captain and ship’s doctor take together to ensure the safety of the patient?


Getting back to research

Dr. Ray Gosine takes visiting professor post at the University of Toronto.

Nunatsiavummiut media, archives and heritage

Imagine if most of the historical records about your people were originally written in a language other than your mother tongue.

That’s the case for many Inuit in Northern Labrador. Although the Labrador Inuit have a rich oral culture, their written history was mainly documented by Moravian missionaries.


Photo contest details research and life in the North

This fall Arctic researchers are invited to submit their best Arctic shots for the International Arctic Change 2017 Conference Photo Contest.

Your personal trail guide: No Wi-Fi or data required

How did two international computer science students, one from South America and one from Asia, get together to start a company to improve hiking experiences in Newfoundland?

The Atlantic wolffish: A face only a mother could love

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

The Atlantic wolffish.


Public safety research and treatment summit

You don’t have to be a war veteran to suffer from post-traumatic stress or panic.

Celebrating Grenfell's 125th with travelling clothing exhibit

Could you outfit your children in winter coats if all you had were six partridges and two gallons of blueberries?

Archaeology students unearth French history in Saint-Pierre

A group of archaeology students and their advisor excavated the site of St. Pierre’s old airport, known as Anse à Bertrand, this summer.


From Nigeria to Newfoundland

Doctoral student attracted to expertise, value and structure

Berries for buttons: Celebrating Grenfell's 125th with travelling clothing exhibit

Could you outfit your children in winter coats if all you had were six partridges and two gallons of blueberries? Many people have heard of British doctor, Sir Wilfred Grenfell, who came to Newfoundland in 1892 with the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishers to assist the poor of the Great Northern Peninsula and Labrador.

This summer Dr. Katherine Side, associate professor in the Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial, and Emma Lang, a PhD student in the Department of Folklore, want people to learn more about him.

Healthy and safe: Public safety research and treatment summit taking place

The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) will host a three-day CIPSRT summit 2017 from July 25-27 on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.


Fifty years of glass-blowing at Memorial University

Falling under the umbrella of the Department of Technical Services, Memorial's Scientific Glassblowing Shop is one of only two in Atlantic Canada. Technical Services is a unit within the Office of Vice-President (Research). This year marks its 50th anniversary.

A face only a mother could love

What is striped, grows to be five feet long and has big chomper teeth all over the roof of its mouth? The Atlantic wolffish. The first extended recreational groundfish fishery began July 15 and runs until Aug. 6, and Emilie Novaczek, a PhD student in Memorial’s Department of Geography, wants everyone out on the water to take note of what they bring in on their lines.


Your personal trail guide: No Wi-Fi or data required

How did two international computer science students, one from South America and one from Asia, get together to start a company to improve hiking experiences in Newfoundland?

Valuable trash

Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a researcher with the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) and a professor in the Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Memorial University, doesn’t like waste. Or rather, she doesn’t like to see it wasted.

Dr. Susan Dyer Knight a C3 ambassador from St. John's to Nain

When the Polar Prince sets sail today, Memorial’s chancellor will embark on an incredible voyage – one that will take her through the Narrows to Northern Labrador.

Dr. Susan Dyer Knight is the Canada C3 ambassador on leg 5 that leaves St. John’s on the evening of July 12 and sails to Nain.


Memorial chancellor sets sail

When the Polar Prince sets sail today, Memorial’s chancellor will embark on an incredible voyage – one that will take her through the Narrows to Northern Labrador.

Dr. Susan Dyer Knight is the Canada C3 ambassador on leg 5 that leaves St. John’s on the evening of July 12 and sails to Nain.

Nunatsiavummiut media, archives and heritage to be discussed July 19

On Wednesday, July 19, at 1 p.m., Dr. Mark Turner, adjunct professor, School of Music, and manager of audio-visual archives and media literacy for the Tradition and Transition Research Partnership, and Jamie Brake, archaeologist, Nunatsiavut Government, invite the public to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at the Queen Elizabeth II Library for the St. John’s installment of a series of discussions on media, archives and heritage issues relating to Nunatsiavummiut.

Selling solutions: Entrepreneurial work terms go beyond solving problems

Imagine if you were an engineering co-op student embarking on your third or fourth work term. Imagine now that you didn’t have to apply for jobs and do interviews. No prep. No nerves. No uncertainty.

Now imagine that you could take your own idea, start a company and not have to worry about the money to do it.


Entrepreneurial work terms go beyond solving problems

Three students. Three ideas. One company.

Software for seniors: Student envisions future for seniors living alone in their own homes

Imagine you live alone, wake up, stretch, turn on your cellphone instead and hear: “Good morning. I hope you had a great sleep. What is your mood?”

This is how Chrissy Rossiter, a Memorial B.Comm. student, envisions the future for seniors living alone in their own homes.


Memorial community part of historic Canada 150th marine journey

From students and alumni to an honorary degree recipient and the chancellor, members of the Memorial community are participating in portions of a 150-day marine voyage from coast to coast to coast.

Canada C3, a signature event of the Canada 150 anniversary celebrations, is an initiative of the Students on Ice Foundation, a national organization that has led educational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic since 2000.



Ambassador explores research strengths, facilities and partnerships

Thailand’s ambassador to Canada is interested in research at Memorial.

During Vijavat Isarabhakdi’s first official visit to campus on June 28, he met with Drs. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research), pro tempore; Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Lesley James, assistant professor and Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, to discuss the university’s research strengths and facilities.


Two researchers inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is celebrating two of its own who are among the latest inductees into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Sea cucumber conundrum: Processing machine receives second patent, solid reviews from industry

June 2 was an exciting day for the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI), a not-for-profit corporation established by Memorial to work with industry and academia to identify opportunities and bring them to market.

That’s the day the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) presented inventors of a sea cucumber-processing machine with their second U.S. patent.


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

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

Canada Research Chair receives funding for healthy cities initiative

Ever wish your neighbourhood was more user friendly?

Wider sidewalks, more streetlights, healthier food options? These amenities may not only make you happier, they may also make you live longer.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Population Physical Activity, and an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial, is testing this theory as part of a national group that recently received federal funding.


Free events foster respect for the world's oceans

Free, public events across the province are among Memorial’s activities marking World Oceans Week 2017 aimed at bringing awareness to marine ecosystems and the scourge of plastic waste.

$2.8 million in new federal funding for health-related studies

A federal investment of nearly $3 million will advance important health-related studies led by Memorial researchers.


$1.65 million in federal and provincial funding empowers new engineering research chair

Memorial has a new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

Dr. Faisal Khan, professor of process engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Offshore Safety and Risk Engineering. The announcement represents a total investment of $1.5 million in federal funding and a total of $150,000 in provincial funding.


Memorial graduate students among top research storytellers in Canada

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

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

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

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



Finding the funding: New database helps researchers discover funding opportunities

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

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


Arlene Ivany to retire after 35 years at Memorial University

When Arlene Ivany joined Memorial in June 1982, Dr. Leslie Harris was in his first year as president of the university, Queen Elizabeth II Library had just officially opened, another Trudeau was prime minister of Canada and ET: The Extra-Terrestrial was playing in movie theatres.


Fogo Island fellowship renamed in honour of Dr. Richard Marceau

Five Memorial researchers will take up residence on historic Fogo Island for month-long research retreats this year.


James P. Howley's 1915 book on Beothuk a product of era and author

In 1912 geologist and surveyor James P. Howley completed four decades of gathering first-hand accounts, family stories, artifacts and written records about the Beothuk. His book, The Beothucks or the Red Indians: The Aboriginal Inhabitants of Newfoundland, was published three years later and for much of the century was long considered the definitive collection of information about the extinct Indigenous Peoples.


New database matches researchers and equipment in Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database (AFRED), which matches researchers with available equipment throughout the region, officially launched this week.


Seeking feedback on proposed new Intellectual Property Policy

Memorial has launched a review of its current Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and is seeking feedback from the university community and external stakeholders on a proposed draft policy.


Nominations due April 1 for John Lewis Paton award

Nominations for Memorial’s most prestigious faculty award, the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship, close April 1.


CFI funding empowers researchers, brings new equipment to Memorial

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.

Memorial's tech transfer office brings research ideas to market

Bringing Memorial research ideas to market took another step forward with a recent federal funding announcement for the university’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO). 


School of Music faculty member lands a pair of Juno nominations

A Memorial faculty member and composer is up for two Junos at this year’s awards show.

Survey launched to improve research data management services

Memorial wants to improve its research data management services with a little help from the university community.



Accepting proposals: Call for Vice-Presidents Council funding

With the start of the new academic semester comes a call for proposals for two university funds.

Memorial is accepting applications for the Vice-Presidents Council Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.


Research pioneers: Composer, chemist named 2016 Terra Nova Young Innovators

Creating a cleaner, greener future and designing a unique hands-free musical instrument.

Both are cutting-edge projects being led by two researchers who are this year’s Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recipients. The award recognizes and supports outstanding young faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.


Research centre devoted to celebrating rich choral music traditions

A specialized research centre is expanding its annual grants competition while welcoming a world-renowned Canadian musician as its conductor-in-residence in 2017.

The Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music promotes and fosters research and community projects focused on the impact choral singing can have on individuals and communities. It is based in the School of Music and managed by a board of directors consisting of individuals from the wider community and the university.




Medical breakthrough: Researcher discovers gene mutation linked to hearing loss in N.L. children

A PhD researcher in the Faculty of Medicine has discovered a gene mutation that is linked to significant hearing loss in young children in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The mutation is in a gene known as CLDN14.

“Although this mutation has been identified in The Netherlands, Iceland and Denmark, this is the first time it has been shown to cause early onset hearing loss,” said Justin Pater, who is completing his degree under the supervision of Dr. Terry-Lynn Young in the Discipline of Genetics.


Dr. Trevor Bell named Arctic Inspiration Prize laureate for 'smart' research

For the second time in three years, Dr. Trevor Bell has been honoured with the coveted Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP), becoming the only person from Memorial University to receive the accolade twice.

Dr. Bell, a noted field scientist and geographer, is one of three recipients of this year’s AIP who will share the $1.5-million national honour often known as the Nobel Prize of the North.


New report highlights diversity of Memorial-led research

The impact of Memorial’s research is being felt throughout our province and around the world like never before.

That theme underscores the university’s latest research report, which is now online.

Research Report 2014-16 captures the university’s diverse research activities over the last two years during which – under the leadership of Dr. Richard Marceau – Memorial focused on intensifying its strategic research efforts.

Dr. Marceau joined Memorial in 2013. He passed away in September 2016.


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.


$1.4M for new Canada Research Chair

Heavy metal and American popular music. Folklore studies. Ethnomusicology.

Those are the diverse, and interconnected, research areas of Memorial’s newest Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC).

Dr. Harris Berger was formally appointed CRC in Ethnomusicology on Friday, Dec. 2. The announcement represents a total federal investment of $1.4 million for Memorial research.


National funding agency enables research success at Memorial

$54 million. 146 researchers. 20 years.

In the past two decades, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has played an integral role in transforming Memorial-led research projects by providing critical funding for infrastructure, which has helped build a strong dynamic research community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The national funding body celebrates its 20th anniversary in February 2017. This fall, it published a new commemorative book, Innovation, which features a Memorial research study.



National contest looking for best storytellers at Memorial

Memorial is looking to continue its tradition of excellence at a national research event.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) launched its 2017 Storytellers Contest on Nov. 28, challenging post-secondary students to demonstrate how social sciences and humanities research affects our world and future prosperity.

As with past contests, Memorial is hoping to be strongly represented throughout the contest.


Business researcher helping musicians navigate a changing industry

A researcher at Memorial’s business faculty hopes her current research will help transform the stereotype of the starving artist into an image of the entrepreneurial artist.

Dr. Rebecca Franklin, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Business Administration, recently received her first Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project titled Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Fostering Entrepreneurial Behaviours that Lead to Positive Outcomes.


Memorial Researcher Portal gets upgrade as more users access service

The Memorial Researcher Portal is getting a face lift which will enhance its usability for its growing number of users.

The portal will be unavailable to users from 12 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

video and manual outlining the recent upgrades is available online on the Memorial Researcher Portal Tools and Resources website.


Graduate students playing key role in OFI multidisciplinary research

Enthusiasm and optimism.

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

In early September, Ottawa announced nearly $100 million for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnerships between Memorial, Dalhousie University and University of Prince Edward Island. The federal investment was made through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.


Memorial-led research shortlisted for $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize

A respected field scientist, who has spent his recent career championing Arctic research, is a finalist for a prestigious $1-million national honour often called the Nobel Prize of the North.

Dr. Trevor Bell, University Research Professor in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of eight people shortlisted for the fifth annual Arctic Inspiration Prize.


Most northern employee monitors ice for safe travel

Andrew Arreak is doing his utmost to keep the Inuit community of Pond Inlet safe.

As the local research co-ordinator for SmartICE (Sea-ice Monitoring and Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments), Mr. Arreak is combining traditional ice knowledge with the latest technology in satellite tracking and ice sensing equipment to map ice conditions in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.



In fine form: Memorial's research growth nets big results

Memorial places second among Canada’s medical/doctorate universities for research income growth over a 15-year period, according to new data released by a national publication.

Research Infosource says Memorial ranks number two with a gain of 204.6 per cent for research income from fiscal years 2001-15.

Examining economic sustainability in a post oil-dependent N.L.

Organizers of a symposium taking place on the St. John’s campus are looking east and west for lessons in how other regions have survived economic downturns.

Asking the Big Questions: What Might a Sustainable Post Oil-Dependent Newfoundland and Labrador Look Like and What Kinds of Skills, Expertise, Infrastructure and Institutions Do We Need to Get There? takes place Nov. 1-4.


The gentle giant: Leader, colleague and mentor: A tribute to Dr. Richard J. Marceau

There were times, in the past three years, when Greg Horner would often join his neighbour on his back deck to quietly savour their scenic ocean vista and the awes of nature.

Shortly after meeting Dr. Richard Marceau in 2013, the two became fast friends. They shared stories. Shared meals. And shared laughs at their Conception Bay South homes.

Those are the moments Mr. Horner cherishes most, these days.

His friend – and Memorial’s vice-president (research) – passed away suddenly overnight on Monday, Sept. 26.


Fisheries ecosystems, stocks and sustainability focus for MI researchers

A group of researchers at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) believe the ocean is of fundamental importance to Canada and the world.

Drs. Noel Cadigan, Paul Winger and Jonathan Fisher are part of the newly created Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). They will be the principal researchers on projects related to stock assessment, ecosystem assessment and sustainable fishing gear.


Vice-president (research) pro tempore appointed by Regents

Dr. Ray Gosine has been named vice-president (research) pro tempore.

The Board of Regents approved his appointment effective Sept. 27. The appointment is in effect until Dec. 31, 2017, or when a new vice-president (research) is appointed.



Social sciences fundamental to Ocean Frontier Institute success

Protecting marine life, promoting sustainable resource development and addressing issues around climate change aren’t the only things that add up to safe and sustainable ocean development.

Coastal communities are also a fundamental part of the equation that will be addressed by the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI).

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, of Memorial’s Department of Geography, will lead the OFI’s research into sustainable fisheries and oceans, along with a team of colleagues from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. 


New funding aimed at reducing co-infection in Atlantic salmon

Research co-led by the Faculty of Science could lead to healthier fish and significant savings for the Canadian aquaculture industry.

Dr. Matt Rise, professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, and a team of collaborators from University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and industry partner EWOS/Cargill, have received $4.5 million in funding to develop new therapeutic diets for farmed Atlantic salmon.


Memorial, Nunatsiavut highlight Inuit traditions over four days

It has taken months of planning, but a circle of loyal volunteers and a handful of staff are ready to welcome delegates from around the circumpolar world to the 20th biennial Inuit Studies Conference.

More than 400 Inuit, researchers, artists, community leaders, tradition-bearers and students will participate in the four-day event, which is being hosted by Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government. The conference is taking place Oct. 7-10 on the St. John’s campus.


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.


Exploring maintenance and repair in a tech-dependent society

It’s often hidden — and sometimes even invisible — but most of us can’t live without it.

It’s the high-tech infrastructure we’ve come to depend on to keep our lives running smoothly: from fibre-optic cables to sophisticated laboratory equipment to heating and cooling systems. We’re a society that depends on critical equipment and expensive machinery 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

But what happens when it stops working or needs repairs?

A small group of researchers and community colleagues will explore that topic during a two-day workshop this week called The Ends of Repair.


Sudden passing

A message from President Kachanoski to the Memorial community.

Comprehensive connection: 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.

As interim associate director of the OFI, and professor of biology and ocean sciences at Memorial, he says that while the university is well-known for its outstanding scientific and applied strength in oceans research, the challenge has often been in bringing all of the pieces together.


Excitement mounting: Memorial and province set to benefit from Ocean Frontier Institute

The largest single federal investment for research in Memorial’s history is stirring up excitement and opportunities for future research growth.

The federal government announced on Sept. 6 nearly $100 million for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnership between Memorial, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The investment was made through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.


$2.1 million federal investment empowers social sciences, humanities researchers

Social entrepreneurship, child psychology and politics in the era of globalized finance are among 22 new research projects receiving more than $2.1 million in federal funding.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced the investment on Sept. 9, awarded through its Partnership Development Grants, Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants. A combined total of $2,106,183 for was announced to Memorial.


Memorial musicians, engineer elected to Royal Society of Canada

A pair of researchers from the School of Music are receiving the highest honour for Canadian scholars, while an engineering professor is being recognized as an emerging leader in his field of expertise.

Memorial, Nunatsiavut Government to host Inuit Studies Conference

More than 400 Inuit, researchers, tradition-bearers, community leaders and students will participate in 200 discussions and workshops over the course of four days next month as Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government host the 20th biennial Inuit Studies Conference.

The event will take place on the St. John’s campus from Oct. 7-10, with a variety of activities taking place throughout the city. 


Advancing ocean exploration and discovery

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.

The federal government announced nearly $100 million in funding on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnership between Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The OFI will focus on solutions for safe and sustainable ocean development.


Government of Canada investments more than $14 million in Memorial

More than $14 million in new federal funding will expand Memorial’s research infrastructure.

Judy Foote, minister, Public Services and Procurement and member of Parliament for Bonavista–Burin–Trinity, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the announcement during a news conference Sept. 6 on the St. John’s campus.


Interdisciplinary peer training and overdose prevention

Newfoundland and Labrador has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to developing harm reduction policies and programs, as well as carrying out critical drugs studies research involving people who use substances.

Dr. Christopher Smith, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, aims to change that with a new Research Exchange Group he founded through the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research that began meeting in July 2015.


More than $1.6 million in federal-provincial funding for Genesis Centre

Amid handshakes and hugs, the federal and provincial governments announced a combined investment of $1.6 million to allow the Genesis Centre to continue helping local entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas and build new successful companies in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Genesis Centre is Memorial’s award-winning business incubator for technology startups.



Researchers aim to develop new drugs for infants diagnosed with cystic fibrosis

It’s a small step in the right direction and one that could have a big impact, giving fresh hope to some of the most vulnerable.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting children and young adults in Canada. For those living with it, every day can be a battle to breathe comfortably. Symptoms vary, but more importantly, there’s still no known cure.

Dr. Laleh Alisaraie wants to change that. She would like to give those living with CF—particularly infants—the fighting chance they deserve to live longer, healthier lives.


Genesis Centre graduate making waves on international stage

Tucked away in a bright, open-concept office on busy Topsail Road, owners of a Mount Pearl, N.L., business say their wireless technology will revolutionize how we work, play and stay connected.

And, they credit much of its early success to Memorial.

Solace Power was launched in 2007 by founder Kris McNeil, a Memorial graduate. 


Education professor finds creative inspiration in splendid isolation

When friends, family and colleagues get together and chat about their adventures and travels, Dr. Ursula Kelly can boast a little about her four weeks spent as an island castaway.

The Faculty of Education professor found herself “tossed up” on the shores of Fogo Island after successfully applying for a coveted Fogo Island Research Fellowship, which gave her the time to write the introduction ofSongs and Stories of the Woodsmen of Newfoundland and Labrador, a book manuscript due from ISER Books late this summer.


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

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

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


Collaborative approach brings dietary advice to seniors living with diabetes in rural N.L.

While many seniors living with diabetes express an interest in changing their diets to improve their health, most don’t know where to start.

Drs. Caroline Porr and Lan Gien from the School of Nursing and their team want to change that.


Engineering-led research could have big impact on shipping industry and environment

A research project led by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has the potential to make a significant impact on the worldwide shipping industry while helping protect the environment.

Dr. Heather Peng, associate professor in the Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, has developed a new computer simulation tool that could help transform how large boats operate. It’s all part of a growing area of research called green ship technology.


Research jackpot: Fogo retreats bring academic insights into rural community

Dr. Mark Stoddart hit the jackpot earlier this year.

For a researcher examining the linkage between tourism and coastal communities, the sociologist couldn’t have found himself in a more ideal location: Fogo Island.


Researchers explore social, expressive and cultural benefits of community music therapy

Music has the power to energize, calm or evoke intense emotional responses.

It’s been said that music can be far more powerful than language as it can help individuals with disabilities overcome communication barriers. ForDr. Jane Gosine of the School of Music, that’s the kind of experience she searches for in her research.



Using art to improve HIV/AIDS education, prevention programming

For Rachel Landy, there’s a natural bond between the creative arts and medicine.

As part of her doctoral research, Ms. Landy is looking at ways the arts can help communicate information, reduce stigma and prevent HIV infection with a number of populations, including Aboriginal youth.


Applications accepted until Oct. 3 for Terra Nova Young Innovator Award

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

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


International study examines best stretching methods

An international study led by a Memorial researcher takes a closer look at the best ways to stretch before you exercise or play sports. As it turns out, most of us have been probably doing it wrong all along, particularly when it comes to static stretching.

Dr. David Behm, University Research Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, co-authored the study with colleagues from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The results have caught not only the attention of research colleagues around the world, but also mainstream media outlets ranging from Cosmopolitan to Men’s Journal.


Sequence Bio announces master licence agreement with Memorial

Sequence Bio, a data-driven biotechnology company based in St. John’s, has signed a master licence agreement with Memorial.

The agreement will allow Sequence Bio to use existing data sets and samples for drug discovery research. The partnership will build on the value created by Memorial and will return significant benefits to the research and patient communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Memorial-invented equipment tested in largest flume tank in the world

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

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


Green light for Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office

The Board of Regents approved the formal establishment of a Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) during its meeting on Thursday, July 7.

The office will support industrial liaison, technology transfer and commercialization at Memorial. Functionally, the TTCO will be part of the vice-president (research) portfolio.


Undergraduate archaeology student studying ancient forms of cancer

Daniel Rees is hunting for clues in a 4,000-year-old mystery.

The third-year undergraduate student—Mr. Rees is currently doing an honours degree in archaeology—is examining the ancient remains of a Maritime Archaic child found on the Great Northern Peninsula several decades ago. The remains show signs of disease, perhaps cancer, which remodelled the child’s bone structure and is now a cause for investigation.


Researcher focuses on writing, public engagement during Fogo retreat

A researcher at Grenfell Campus says she has a renewed appreciation of the value—and challenges—of rural living after completing a month-long research retreat recently.

Dr. Maura Hanrahan, associate professor and program chair of the humanities program, is one of the inaugural recipients of the Fogo Island Research Fellowships.


Grenfell Campus teaching chair collecting Magdalene laundry stories

It’s often gut-wrenching, but Dr. Rie Croll says there’s a sense of urgency in her research aimed at collecting stories of women forcibly confined in female-only laundries and reformatories before they are forever lost to history.

Her current research brings together stories of women from Ireland, Canada and Australia who spent time in institutions known as Magdalene laundries. Many of these facilities were run by various orders of Roman Catholic nuns. The laundries operated from as early as the 18th century before the last one closed in Dublin, Ireland, 20 years ago.



Improving safety at sea

Every second counts when finding and rescuing an offshore worker who has accidentally entered the sea.

This fundamental truth isn’t lost on Robert Brown, a professional engineer and research scientist at the Marine Institute’s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre Research Unit. He and his team are testing personal locater beacons—devices worn by offshore workers to help locate them quickly should they find themselves in the ocean.


Dean, Regent inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering

An industry expert and a nationally respected academic leader are among the latest inductees into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Kim Keating, a Memorial alumna, member of the Board of Regents and vice-president of fabrication with St. John’s-based The Cahill Group, and Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Scienc, were inducted as Fellows of CAE during the academy’s annual general meeting and symposium on Monday, June 27, in Winnipeg, Man.


Balanced approach needed to promote healthy active living

Nurturing wellness in children is about more than just being physically active; it encompasses all dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

This holistic perspective shapes the work of a research project in School of Human Kinetics and Recreation led by Drs. Michelle Kilborn, Erin Cameron, Erin McGowan and Linda Rohr as well as graduate students John-Ray Baird and Megan Cummings.


Funding for exploration and discovery: 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.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced a total of $6.79 million over five years for 53 projects at Memorial led by early-stage, mid-career and established researchers, as well as doctoral students.


Unique research partnership on Fogo Island proves productive

Four Memorial researchers recently spent month-long retreats at one of the four corners of the world.

Drs. Mark Stoddart, Sociology; Natalie Slawinski, Business; Maura Hanrahan, Grenfell Campus; and Ursula Kelly, Education are the inaugural recipients of Fogo Island Research Fellowships.

According to the Flat Earth Society, Fogo Island is home to one of the four corners of the Earth.


Historic win: Dr. Robert Sweeny receives national book prize

Dr. Robert Sweeny is the first Memorial University faculty member to receive the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize.

He was awarded the prestigious $5,000 award in May by the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) for his book Why Did We Choose to Industrialize? Montreal, 1819-1849 (McGill-Queen’s, 2015).


Waste not, want not: Industry can save money and protect environment: soil scientist

Saving money and creating a cleaner, greener environment.

That’s the vision Dr. Joinal Abedin has for Labrador. For him, opportunities in his adopted home are as immense as the Big Land itself. The soil scientist at the Labrador Institute is heading up a new project that could dramatically change the mining industry and, in turn, help keep harmful pollutants from seeping into surface water.


Memorial provides medical care to two-week old harbour seal pup

An unexpected visitor caused a bit of a stir on the St. John’s campus on Monday, June 6. Staff from Animal Care Services (ACS)—a unit within the vice-president (research) portfolio—played an integral role in providing medical care to a small harbour seal pup.


Journal of Ocean Technology marks 10-year anniversary

Ten years. Forty-two issues. Fifty countries. A decade after first rolling off the presses, a Memorial publication is celebrating a milestone some quarterlies never see. Now, the editorial team behind the Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT)—published four times a year by the Fisheries and Marine Institute—is encouraging more researchers on Memorial’s campuses to consider the journal’s worldwide distribution and loyal readership when looking to showcase their work.


New research examines experiences of young people with type 1 diabetes

A new inter-provincial research study led by Memorial is looking at ways to improve the well-being of young people living with type 1 diabetes.

Researchers have just received a $75,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) which is allowing them to examine the experiences of adolescents and young adults with the disease transitioning into the adult care system in two provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario. This CIHR grant is being matched by additional funds from the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Toronto.


Erin Mobley represents Memorial at national research event

Master’s student Erin Mobley goes before a panel of expert judges on Monday, May 30, representing Memorial at a national research event.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is hosting its 2016 Storytellers Challenge in Calgary, Alta. Ms. Mobley, a researcher in the Department of Gender Studies, was named a finalist in April, receiving a $3,000 prize and a chance to compete against 24 other finalists at this year’s challenge, which is taking place during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Understanding the terrestrial mammal food web of the island of Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador is a hot-spot for visitors but a research team has uncovered just how popular the island portion of the province is for non-native terrestrial mammals. The Rock – as it turns out – is so popular that almost half of the terrestrial mammals living there come from away. Understanding the island’s community of terrestrial mammals, both native and non-native, and their impacts, is the topic of Dr. Shawn Leroux’s collaborative research project with Memorial alumnus and current biology PhD student Justin Strong. Dr. Leroux is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology.



Archival research fosters love of N.L. history

A chance opportunity to work in the Archives and Special Collections unit in the Queen Elizabeth II Library strengthened Amanda Humber’s passion for this province’s history – so much so she’s now considering a career in archives.

Genesis Centre aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship

Strategies. Solutions. Supports. Those are some of the themes a unique business development program will focus on over the course of eight weeks this summer.


Applications being accepted for cross-campus and conference funding

The Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund are now accepting applications. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 15.

New website focuses on Labrador Inuit cultural research

A $7.4 million-research partnership led by Dr. Tom Gordon, professor emeritus, School of Music, has launched a new website focused on Labrador Inuit cultural research. The Tradition and Transition Partnership site includes photos, articles and announcements regarding the project, which is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Memorial University, the Nunatsiavut Government and more than 20 other organizations.


Tracking down genes behind highly prevalent deadly disease in N.L.

While diet plays a role in the prevalence of colorectal cancer this province, the high frequency by which Newfoundlanders and Labradorians contract the disease led some researchers at Memorial, including Dr. Patrick Parfrey of the Faculty of Medicine, to believe there’s something bigger at play.

Student researcher to represent Memorial in national competition

For Josh Smee, it’s the chance of a lifetime to shine the spotlight on his research. The master’s student will represent Memorial in a national graduate student competition after winning third place – and a coveted People’s Choice Award – during the Three Minute Thesis Eastern Regional Competition, which was held at Memorial on April 27. He’s one of only 11 finalists who’ll now vie for the national honour.


ACENET hosting series of free presentations and workshops May 16

Enabling research success across the disciplines. That’s one of the topics to be discussed during a series of free presentations, workshops and discussions open to members of the university community taking place on Monday, May 16, on the St. John’s campus.

Memorial health researchers host town hall meetings across province

A series of seven town hall-style meetings hosted by Memorial University are taking place this week in communities in central and western Newfoundland.


Young alumni develop technology that could transform oil industry

Tucked away in a small well-used lab along the ground floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building, a trio of eager young scientists have big plans to transform the province’s oil industry. Liam Whelan, Josh Walsh and Lucas Stewart – all Memorial alumni – are the minds behind Spectroleum Labs, a local chemical sensing start up that’s developed an innovative piece of technology they say will positively impact business and the environment.


Researchers contribute to new Nunatsiavut Government science report

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

Medical researcher recognized by national association

A respected researcher with worldwide acclaim has received the highest honour for research in his field. Dr. Proton Rahman is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA).


Empowering educators teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Dr. Karen Goodnough, a researcher in the Faculty of Education, says not all primary/elementary teachers feel confident teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and are open to trying new methods.

New research chair named for vice-president (research)

A new research chair in Quebec has been named after Memorial’s vice-president (research). The Dr. Richard J. Marceau Chair on Wireless IP Technology for Developing Countries was announced last week by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), a post-secondary engineering school in Montreal.


Teaching children the path from the field to the fork key to better health

A PhD student from the Faculty of Medicine says there needs to be a culture shift in how we understand school food. Emily Doyle is examining the school food system in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a $40,000 research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Memorial-led hearing loss research focus of R&D centre in Central N.L.

A team of researchers—led by Memorial—is setting up shop in Central Newfoundland to study families from this province with genetic forms of hearing loss. Their goal is to try and model hearing defects and develop better algorithms for hearing aids and other devices. If they’re successful, the research could improve the lives of people here at home and around the world.


Student researchers -- and storytellers -- in the national spotlight

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

Erin Mobley, Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of 25 finalists in this year’s Storytellers Challenge, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She has received a $3,000 prize and will now vie for a top spot during the Storytellers Showcase at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences May 28-June 3 in Calgary, Alta. The top 25 finalists were selected from among nearly 200 entries by some 30 expert judges in Canada and abroad.

Zak Keeping, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, received an honourable mention in the challenge and was awarded a $1,000 prize.

Banking on brighter futures

A research team in the Faculty of Business and Administration -- led by Dr. Tom Cooper -- is examining the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal entrepreneurs in accessing financing from mainstream banking institutions.


Memorial Researcher Portal catches on in a big way

Since its province-wide launch in December, the Memorial Researcher Portal has caught on in a big way. The website has been accessed more than 6,200 times by more than 1,800 users.

Cultural renaissance: New generation of Aboriginal Peoples reclaiming identities says researcher

Despite many Aboriginal Peoples throughout the world still feeling stigmatized by stereotypes associated with their ancestry, in this province Dr. Mario Blaser says he’s witnessing a “reassertion of cultural pride,” as individuals and groups embrace their Indigenous identities.

Research chair sailing off coast of Fiji, exploring underwater volcanoes

Memorial University is partnering with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Johnson GEO Centre and the Oceans Learning Partnership to live broadcast a deep-sea expedition in the South Pacific Ocean on March 29. Dr. John Jamieson, Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology and an assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, is currently on-board the R/V Falkor as part of a scientific team exploring an underwater volcano near the island of Fiji.


Peering into the past

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

Thinking big: Terra Nova Young Innovator Award for Earth Sciences professor

A prestigious research award is allowing Dr. Penny Morrill to develop a piece of technology that has the potential to make big headlines in the scientific world. The associate professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, is the latest recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, supported on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor as operator.


Strengthening capacity: Health and ocean sciences benefit from federal funding boost

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.

From the ground up: Grenfell scientist digging deep to understand N.L.'s unique soil properties

Researchers are starting from the ground up to understand Newfoundland’s boreal forest soil and how farmers can turn that land into productive agricultural acreage.

Students receive awards to explore ocean industries

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

Tech startup with Memorial roots announces Chinese partnership

A local startup company with strong ties to Memorial University has found a significant investor to help bring its homegrown technology to the world market.

Agile Sensor Technologies Inc. has announced a strategic partnership withGaitech International Limited of Shanghai, China.


Making an impact: New series spotlights researchers

Innovators. Visionaries. Discoverers. Like protagonists in any good book, Memorial researchers play pivotal roles in helping shape Memorial’s success. Over the span of the next several weeks, the invaluable contributions of our researchers will be showcased in a new series of stories on the Gazette, Memorial's news website.

More than $6.5 million for Memorial-led 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.


Nominations due April 1 for John Lewis Paton Award

Nominations for Memorial’s most prestigious faculty award are being accepted until April 1. The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship is named after the founding president of Memorial University College.


Behind bars: PhD researcher examining effects of prison life post-incarceration

Gritty dramas such as Oz and the binge-worthy documentary Making a Murderer offer glimpses into prison life. What they don't do is accurately portray the true realities—and effects—of life behind bars, says a Memorial researcher.

New funding for marine plastics pollution research

Dr. Max Liboiron is continuing her research on the effects of marine plastics pollution in Canada’s North thanks to new funding announced Feb. 17 by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) Dr. Liboiron, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, received a total investment of $137,600, allowing her to complete the first comprehensive study of the effects of marine plastics pollution in the North.


Winning ideas: Genesis Centre hosts student entrepreneur competition

One minute. That’s how long students from both Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic will have to impress seasoned entrepreneurs, potential investors and mentors with their business plans. The Genesis Centre, Memorial’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential, is hosting Pitch101, an event that gives student entrepreneurs 60 seconds to convey their big idea.


Second term: Board of Regents announces reappointment of associate vice-president (research)

At its regular meeting on Feb. 4, the Board of Regents approved the reappointment of Dr. Ray Gosine as associate vice-president (research) for a second five-year term effective May 2016.

Grand slam: Four new Canada Research Chairs named

Memorial has hit a proverbial grand slam with the appointment of four professors as Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence. Memorial is now home to a total of 15 CRCs.

In the spotlight: Memorial artists and alumni collect ECMA nominations

A new album funded through a research project based at Memorial has just been nominated for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA).

Fostering success: New funding grants available for academic-industry collaborations

A new federal-provincial partnership will fund research undertaken by Memorial and industrial partners aimed at supporting regional priorities. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) are partnering to fund innovative research and development projects.



Big potential: Researchers contribute to Nordic project on Arctic resource extraction

Nordic countries are looking west and to the research expertise of Memorial University as they look tap into the lucrative resources of the Arctic, widely considered the new frontier of extractive development.


Memorial-led partnership yields Inuit symposium in Labrador

It was the first of many. And if the response was any indication, a research project led by Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government has plenty of ideas on ways to protect and preserve Labrador Inuit tradition and culture.

ACENET appoints new CEO, strengthens vision for growth

Ann MacKenzie is big on numbers. The newly appointed CEO of ACENET, a consortium of universities in the region offering advanced research computing resources, has a clear vision to grow the 13-year-old organization.

Genesis Centre seeking entrepreneurs with ideas

The Genesis Centre, Memorial’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential, is accepting applications for its Evolution Program.

Gathering input on proposed changes to Responsible Conduct of Research Framework

Memorial is consulting with its internal stakeholders on proposed changes to a federal framework on research.

PhD candidate wins SSHRC doctoral scholarship

A PhD candidate in the Faculty of Business Administration has secured a prestigious doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.



$4.2 million for Memorial: Federal investment empowers researchers

Dr. Meghan Burchell will start the New Year off right. The archaeology professor is one of 32 researchers who has received federal support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

New research suggests benefits of eating during labour

Memorial researchers recently presented findings at a conference that suggest most women can skip fasting and actually benefit from eating a light meal during labour.

New progressive strategy aims to bolster economic impact of research outcomes

Memorial is moving ahead with its efforts to further support and foster research with social and economic potential. At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the university’s new Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy, an initiative led by the Office of the Vice-President (Research).


Report into academic misconduct completed

Following the conclusion of litigation against Memorial University in late July, the university has concluded its investigation into alleged academic misconduct by Dr. R.K. Chandra, a retired medical clinical faculty member.

AVPR review committee makes additional relevant background material available

The review committee considering Dr. Raymond Gosine's request to be reappointed for a second term as associate vice-president (research) is seeking input from the university community.


The Memorial Researcher Portal is live

The first phase of the Memorial Researcher Portal launched today. During the Phase 1 launch of Memorial Researcher Portal, both internal and external researchers will be able to apply online to the following human research ethics boards:


Input solicited by review committee for associate vice-president (research)

The five-year term of Dr. Raymond Gosine as associate vice-president (research) expires in May 2016. Dr. Gosine has indicated that he wishes to be considered for reappointment for a second term. 


Review committee announced for associate vice-president (research)

The five-year term of Dr. Raymond Gosine as Associate Vice President (Research) expires in May 2016. A 10-person review committee chaired by Dr. Richard Marceau, Vice-President (Research), has been established in accordance with the Procedures Governing the Appointment, Review, Promotion and Tenure of Academic Administrators.


Register now for the Memorial Researcher Portal

The Memorial Researcher Portal is now accepting registration for new accounts and training sessions: . On Nov. 30, Memorial University will launch the first phase of the new portal, which is directed at researchers requiring approvals from human research ethics boards. The Phase Two launch scheduled for winter 2016.


One-stop research portal launching Nov. 30

Memorial University’s new, web-based research portal is launching at the end of November. The portal, which will be introduced in two phases, is aimed at researchers requiring human research ethics approvals and those undertaking funded research.



'Circle of conversation'

Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government are collaborating on a $7.4-million project to lead a five-year research initiative that will merge collaborative academic research with traditional knowledge for the protection, preservation and revitalization of Labrador Inuit culture and language. 

Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government are collaborating on a $7.4-million project to lead a five-year research initiative that will merge collaborative academic research with traditional knowledge for the protection, preservation and revitalization of Labrador Inuit culture and language. 
Seeking feedback on Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy

Memorial University’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy – formerly known as the Innovation Strategy – is available for a final round of feedback. The deadline for feedback from all Memorial University campuses and external stakeholders is 5 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 8.


Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters now available

The Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters is now available. To access the online version, click here.

Undergraduate research internship blog series: Kelsea Perry

The fifth in our series features Kelsea Perry, a recent graduate from the Faculty of Arts. Kelsea is from Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S. and transferred to Memorial in 2012 to complete her program. 

Undergraduate research internship blog series: Shaykat Saha

Shaykat Saha, originally from Naogaon, Bangladesh, is a second year student at Memorial University studying cell and molecular biology. Under the supervision of Dr. Erika Merschrod with the Department of Chemistry, Shaykat spent his summer internship researching the bio-mechanical properties of a rat’s aorta, comparing the differences in properties between a healthy rat and a hypertensive rat.

Undergraduate gains valuable research experience at the Janeway Pediatric Research Unit

The third in our series features Peter Gregory, a recent graduate of Memorial’s Bachelor of Science Honours program, with a major in Biochemistry. His research internship has led to him working at the Janeway Pediatric Research Unit at the Health Sciences Centre under the supervision of Dr. Leigh Ann Newhook. He is part of a research team studying issues related to mental health, diabetes, autism spectrum disorder and breastfeeding.


Vice-president (research) appointed to board of governors for the Council of Canadian Academies

Dr. Richard Marceau, Memorial University’s vice-president (research), was formally appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) board of governors today, Tuesday, July 28.

Crafting research success

You may not recognize their faces, but if you’re a researcher who has ever applied for or received a research grant, chances are good that you’ve spent considerable time in contact with them, either by phone or email.


$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).

Undergraduate research opportunities introduce students to the excitement of research

By the end of 2020, Memorial aims to be recognized as one of the most student-friendly research universities in Canada. The university hopes to achieve this by engaging not only graduate students, but undergraduate students as well, in research programs where they will gain valuable skills and build meaningful relationships with experienced researchers in their fields.

Genesis Centre expands to Holyrood's BeachHead Innovation Center and Suites

The Genesis Centre at Memorial University is pleased to announce it is expanding into the Town of Holyrood at the BeachHead Innovation Center and Suites on Salmonier Line, Holyrood.

National engineering academy inducts three individuals with ties to Memorial

The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) inducted a number of alumni, faculty members and longtime Memorial University supporters to its membership at its 2015 annual general meeting and symposium in Hamilton, Ont., today, Thursday, June 4.

Graduate students to participate in social sciences and humanities national events

Two graduate students from Memorial University have been selected to participate in upcoming Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) events in the nation’s capital next month.


Forest Kindergarten

Growing up on five acres of beautiful farm land in Paisley, Ontario, Breanne Card felt that her backyard was a playground. Being surrounded by woodlands, swamps and gardens gave her an appreciation for nature that would form a foundation for her interest in Forest Kindergarten.


Brewing success with three budding entrepreneurs

Bitters, Memorial’s Graduate Students Union's pub on the St. John's campus, was overflowing recently, not just with the usual beverages normally on tap, but with people eager to hear from three savvy business leaders.

Cross-Campus Initiatives and Conference Fund calls for proposals now open

Applications are now being accepted for the Vice-Presidents Council Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.

The Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund is meant to encourage and build on existing strategic relationships between Memorial's campuses: the St. John's campus, the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus, Harlow Campus and the Labrador Institute.


Doctoral student wins Eastern Regional 3MT Competition

A PhD student in Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine has won first place in the Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

Latest issue of Prescience available online

Click here to check out the latest issue of Prescience, the Faculty of Science Magazine. 


Memorial University awarded two Canada Research Chair positions

Two Memorial University professors with the Faculty of Medicine have been named Canada Research Chairs. The designation is one of Canada’s highest honours in research excellence.

Memorial University student named finalist in national Storytellers challenge

A master’s student in Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts has been named a finalist in the 2015 Storytellers national challenge.

Research in Focus: fourth installment released

Research in Focus is a four-part video series that recognizes the research aspirations of each of Memorial’s campuses and faculties. The video series aims to unite student, staff, faculty members and university supporters in the collective goal of growing research, as a part of Memorial’s Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-2020.


Ocean technology company SubC Imaging wins international business award

Memorial University’s Genesis Centre is congratulating its graduate company SubC Imaging on winning the Outstanding Incubator Graduate Award from the U.S.-based National Business Incubation Association (NBIA).

Research in Focus: Nursing, Pharmacy, Music and Faculty of Business Administration

“Our mission is to provide world-class education, to provide research that is both rigorous and relevant and to engage in ways with the community to increase the social and economic wellbeing of the province,” said Dr. Wilf Zerbe, dean, Faculty of Business Administration.


Chief executive officer appointed at Memorial University's Genesis Group

Genesis Group announced today the appointment of Greg Hood as chief executive officer. Genesis Group operates the Genesis Centre, Memorial University’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential.

Research in Focus: Second Installment is released

The second instalment features the deans and heads of the Faculties of Science and Arts, Memorial University Libraries and the Labrador Institute. Each share their aspirations for growing research and what impact that will have on the province leading up to and beyond 2020.


Dr. Larry Felt named the recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics

A dedicated researcher and faculty member for more than 38 years, Dr. Felt has rigorously applied research ethics methodologies not only to his own research.

Video series recognizes Memorial's ambitious goal of doubling research

The first instalment features Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Fisheries and Marine Institute; Dr. James Rourke, dean, Faculty of Medicine; and Dr. Kirk Anderson, dean, Faculty of Education.

Memorial University positioned for global success with Strategic Internationalization Plan 2020

Memorial University of Newfoundland has released the Strategic Internationalization Plan 2020, a plan with specific recommendations to guide the university in the implementation of a wide range of ambitious international and intercultural initiatives over the next several years.

Dr. Barbara Neis delivers Royal Society of Canada lecture

An upcoming public lecture by Royal Society Fellow Dr. Barbara Neis will explore how research can help address real world problems experienced in places like rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) New Fellow Public Lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rocket Room, 272 Water Street.  All are welcome.



Memorial University explores opportunities in Arctic and harsh environments at St. John's conference

Researchers, educators and leaders from public and private sectors from all over Canada will explore a variety of topics at the event, including the Muskrat Falls project, Aboriginal participation in major resource development opportunities, the Voisey’s Bay underground mining project and marketing and business opportunities unique to the region, as well as provide an overview of the progress being made to establish a cultural centre for Nunatsiavut.

The fluid field of petroculture

Oil is everywhere. 

It's in the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the roads we drive on and the buildings we live in. 

$1.8 million awarded to support social sciences and humanities research at Memorial

Twelve researchers from Memorial University will receive a combined total of $1.8 million in support of research that will enhance Canadians’ understanding of the world and seek solutions to the social, economic and cultural issues important to Canadians.



Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding achievement

The president’s awards recognize excellence in teaching, research, service and community service. The awards are announced annually and will be formally presented at a ceremony Dec. 11.

Engineering researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator

Engineering researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator.


Memorial Unviersity's 2014 research report celebrates collaboration and community

The report’s theme, We Are Research, is prevalent in each of the stories as a celebration of and testament to the impact that research will have on society. It also reflects the collaborative effort and teamwork that is required to make extraordinary research happen.

Memorial social sciences and arts students awarded scholarships and fellowships

A group of graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students at Memorial have received more than $1 million in funding from a Canadian research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.


RDC announces $1 million to students in ocean industries research

“This awards program marks a significant honour, not just for student researchers who will receive this award to further their research, but also for Memorial University," said Dr. Kachanoski.

Science postdoc receives Memorial's first Banting fellowship

Dr. Trevor VandenBoer is the recipient of Memorial University’s first Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The objective of the Banting program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, develop their leadership potential and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. Only 70 of these are awarded annually at a value of $70,000 a year for two years.


Memorial's science and engineering researchers take home Discovery Grants

Memorial researchers collected a combined total of $976,000, which will further the discoveries of research in fields related to science, engineering and mathematics.  The researchers received 35 Discovery Grants: 25 from the Faculty of Science and eight from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and one each at the Marine Institute and Grenfell Campus.

Researcher named finalist for prestigious social sciences award

Kirk Luther, Faculty of Science, is among three finalists for the SSHRC Talent Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral scholarship or fellowship holder.

Memorial researchers awarded funding for social sciences research

“Considering that so much of our population lives in rural communities, it’s vital that we support research that is dedicated to understanding and addressing both the challenges and opportunities inherent in rural settings,” said Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research). “Being able to take part in impactful research among the most talented scholars across the country, and being able to effect change in areas of need, speaks to the calibre of expertise and talent of Memorial’s researchers.”


Researchers win prestigious award from top U.S. journal

“We knew heading into the review process that we were advocating something quite radical, and that many may not be ready to accept what we’re trying to put forward,” said Dr. Kirby Shannahan. “Ours is a unique perspective of the buyer-selling relationship as it argues to make the customer an integral part of the personal selling process. This new perspective allows for customers and salespeople to be active participants in and contributors to the personal selling and organizational learning process.”

Memorial University's vice-president (research) addresses long-term, sustainable energy opportunities for Canada

Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Powerhouse” builds on Canada’s historically successful ‘big project innovation strategy’ to point the way forward for unleashing its economic potential across the nation, while building a foundation for a more sustainable long-term energy future.”

Integrated approach

Researchers at Memorial University are using unconventional methods to seek answers to their questions, and they’re doing so with the help of the Core Research Equipment and Instrument Training Network (CREAIT).


ACEnet announces 2015 Research Fellowships for students

ACEnet will offer Research Fellowships commencing in 2015.

The program is open to students in any discipline, and the awards are designed to further research projects that utilize advanced computing resources provided by ACEnet/Compute Canada.  

Graduate students are eligible for a $20,000 award over two years and undergraduate students can receive a $4000 award for a four-month period. Graduate students require matching funds from their research supervisor or home institution, while undergrads will need at minimum an additional $2000 of funding. 

The program will be formally launched in October, 2014, with a January 31, 2015 deadline for submissions. 

Click here for more details related to the ACEnet 2014 Research Fellowship Program.

To express interest in the program, please contact


New appointments to the Governing Council of CIHR

Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, an associate professor of genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, is one of three Canadian women appointed on June 26 to the governing council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The appointments are for three-year terms.

Colony of Avalon recognized by Faculty of Arts

Dean of Arts Dr. Lynne Phillips (far right) presents Colony of Avalon board member Maureen Sullivan (centre) the 2014 Faculty of Arts Community Research Engagement Award. Dr. Barry Gaulton (far left) nominated the Colony of Ferryland for the award.


Five fellows from Memorial University inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

 Dr. Ray Gosine, associate vice-president (research); Charles Randell, president and chief executive officer, C-Core; Earl Ludlow, president and chief executive officer, Newfoundland Power; Gilbert Bennett, vice-president, Lower Churchill Project, Nalcor Energy; and Ross Peters, former dean of engineering, Memorial University, were honoured as fellows  in John’s at the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Technical Services sets the bar high, but accurately, with ISO 9001:2008 registration

The ISO 9001:2008 registration, which Technical Services received February 2014, is a globally recognized standard for quality management that delivers on high customer service.

Business student awarded top university prize for research paper

A graduating business student has won Memorial University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Prize in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research essay.


Funding for students supports multiple sclerosis research

Undergraduate students Anthony Parrell and Megan Kirkland are among five students in Atlantic Canada who won $5,000 each to conduct research on multiple sclerosis. The awards are from the endMS Research and Training Network, a nationwide initiative formed to accelerate discovery in the field of multiple sclerosis in Canada.


Provost Appoints Steering Committee to draft a new Strategic Internationalization Plan

A new steering committee, commissioned by the provost and vice-president (academic), Dr. David Wardlaw, will lead consultations for the development of a Strategic Internationalization Plan. The steering committee and the process for creating the plan were approved by the Vice-Presidents Council at a meeting on May 26, 2014.

Memorial University research suggests new approach to planning and economic development in Atlantic Canada

Research from the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland suggests that a change in the traditional approach to regional planning and development may enhance economic success for communities and regions across Atlantic Canada.

Dr. Richard Marceau celebrates one year as vice-president (research)

Dr. Richard Marceau was joined by his colleagues and friends today to celebrate his one-year anniversary as vice-president (research) of Memorial University.

Dr. Marceau is pictured here with wife, Sheila Jones Marceau. 



Canada Foundation for Innovation funds four Memorial research projects

Four Memorial researchers have received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in a funding competition meant to help institutions attract and retain some of the world’s most talented researchers.


Simple technology at the heart of unique research project

It started with a question posed by Dr. Fadi Khraim, a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Memorial University.


Human dimensions research empowers wellbeing

In 2009 Canadian folksinger Taylor Mitchell was attacked and killed by coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. She was the second person and first adult in North America to be the victim of a fatal coyote attack.



Prescription meds as deadly as street drugs

Just because some drugs are legal, it doesn’t mean they can’t be abused.

A goal of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is to educate the public on the importance of drug awareness, and the dangers of drug abuse – not only of illicit drugs, but also of prescription drugs. 


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

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

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

Researcher honoured for outstanding dissertation paper

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

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

RDC invests in mining and petroleum-related R&D at Memorial University

Five Memorial-led research projects recently received a boost from the Research & Development Corporation (RDC). RDC is investing more than $475,000 in five research and development projects related to mineral exploration and development. The projects are aimed at enhancing exploration efforts, improving environmental mitigation strategies and strengthening R&D opportunities through the purchase of specialized equipment. 

Obesity rates a weighty issue

For every green smoothie recipe, there’s a brand new deep-fried, double-patty, fast food phenomenon (with extra bacon) waiting to be snatched up at a drive-thru window near you.


Remembering Dr. Priscilla Renouf

It is with great sadness that Memorial University marks the passing of one of our finest teachers and researchers. Archaeology Dr. Priscilla Renouf passed away Friday, April 4, after a long battle with cancer.

Can blueberry extract prevent Parkinson's?

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

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


Support breeds prevention - fostering supportive communities to prevent youth mental health and addiction issues

To say that mental health and addictions issues amongst youth across North America are a troubling trend is like stating the sun is hot or the rain is wet.


The 'hero' ship of Russia and Newfoundland and Labrador

At a time when tensions between Russia and the rest of the world are strained, Memorial University recently hosted two Russian filmmakers who came away greatly impressed by the wealth of the university’s archives. Their visit revealed some of the unexplored and unexpected historical bonds between Russia and Canada and, in this case, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ice mechanics chair appointed at Memorial University

Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has a new research chair. 

Graduate student receives scholarship honouring late Beothuk scholar

Master of arts student Jeralyn Bohms from the Department of Archaeology received the 2013 Pioneer’s Scholarship at an event earlier this month held in honour of the late Beothuk scholar and former Memorial faculty member Dr. Ralph Pastore.

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.

Doubling scholarly output by 2020

A major new initiative aimed at strengthening all aspects of research at Memorial University was recently unveiled in draft form. Called the Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-2020, this plan builds on the Research Strategy Framework and charts the course for a historic transformation of Memorial’s research activities and impact.

Data traffic

The Internet has become the place to watch high-definition television and videos, play games and listen to music. As the reasons to log on become greater every year, so does the number of users and the data traffic.

Cleaning up contaminated environments safely

We all know when an oil spill occurs, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible. But, what about the process used to clean it up?

Like riding a bike

Dean Heather Carnahan is currently featured in an international research publication, talking about  her work on acquiring motor skills and how we retain them. More specifically haptic skills and its use in teaching motor skills in the work place.

Galactic reach

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

An Arctic pioneer at Memorial

Dr. Jean Briggs has led the kind of life that a movie could be made of.

Dr. Briggs spent several years early in her anthropological career in two remote Arctic camps, documenting behaviour, language and customs of the Inuit people who lived there. And for three and half decades, while a faculty member at Memorial, she lived happily alone in her home on the Cape Spear peninsula without running water or road access.


Dr. Laurie Twells published in Canadian Medical Association Journal

The School of Pharmacy's Dr. Laurie Twells has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) for her research in obesity rates in Canada.

RBC - Harris Centre Water Research and Outreach Fund now open

Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.

The Harris Centre invites you to apply to the Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund. The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.



The social cost of northern development

Canada’s North offers tremendous potential for development. But northern development often comes with significant social and environmental costs, particularly for Aboriginal communities. That’s just as true now as in 1948 when Giant Mine opened in Yellowknife. 

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.

Genesis Centre graduates environmental monitoring company

EMSAT Corporation recently graduated from Memorial University’s Genesis Centre.
The Genesis Centre is Memorial’s business support network for technology-based ventures that have high growth potential and are seeking business guidance and capital.
EMSAT’s graduation comes as a result of the company’s recent success with its pilot partner, Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). EMSAT completed phase one of a pilot project with AITF in March of 2013 to develop an interface for an integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) monitoring system.

Advanced engineering research and training for harsh weather aircraft

Harsh weather environments provide a particular challenge for researchers creating amphibious aircrafts.

Uncovering the mysteries of the earth

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

Memorial's leadership in the Arctic

Two of Memorial’s senior leaders are taking active roles in Arctic-related organizations. Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), is newly appointed to the board of directors for ArcticNet, while Dr. Keith Chaulk, director of the Labrador Institute, is currently serving as vice-president (Indigenous) for the University of the Arctic (UArctic).

Speaking the language of the north

Polar sovereignty, oil and gas exploration, northern sea routes, Arctic ecology, the Arctic Council, Russian-Canadian co-operation and controversy, and now the Winter Olympics in Russia – Russian is truly a language of northern significance.

Where history and biology intersect: decoding the source of the 1918 flu epidemic

The groundbreaking research of a Memorial University history professor on the 1918 flu epidemic is highlighted in the most recent online issue of National Geographic magazine.

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

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

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


Hibernia support to bolster geophysics program at Memorial

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

Arctic research project to provide unique opportunity for doctoral students

Students interested in doing a PhD centred on Arctic shipping and operations have yet another reason to consider Memorial University.

No place like home? The newcomer experience in Labrador West

The -30 C degree temperatures and snow-covered landscape of Labrador West might be a vastly different image of home for many of the newcomers in Labrador West, but, for the growing population of temporary foreign workers in the booming mining region, that is the new reality. At a Harris Centre Regional Workshop last March, however, local participants expressed concerns that newcomers are not being integrated as well as they could be into the local community.


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).

Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator Facility under Construction at Marine Institute

A new simulator facility at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland will provide offshore operators with advanced and customized training for the supply and support of offshore facilities and production platforms.

 The Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator Facility was made possible by donations of $4.4 million from the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) and $750,000 from the provincial government’s Infrastructure Funding Program.   The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, is providing more than $1 million to the Marine Institute (MI), which mainly supports the simulator, and also includes smaller components related to helicopter safety training, and planning and design components related to MI’s Holyrood Marine Base. 


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.

Geographer Awarded Arctic Inspiration Prize

SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) of the Nunatsiavut Government and its principal research partner Dr. Trevor Bell of Memorial University’s Department of Geography, will share the 2013 Arctic Inspiration Prize along with two other Canadian research teams.

Memorial Presents: The Facts About Fracking

An Engineering Perspective

Thursday, 7:00 pm. January 30, 2014, Greenwood Inn, Corner Brook

Arctic research positions available

The Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD) is looking for Arctic researchers to fill open positions. CARD has a specific mandate to attract world-class expertise, to foster rising research stars and to develop the next generation of arctic experts.

They are seeking to hire a post-doctoral research assistant and four graduate students to work with a highly skilled team of engineers and scientists. If you have excellent technical skills and are self-motivated, an excellent communicator and a team player, then one of these positions may be for you.

Details on the available positions are available online,

CARD is a research and development initiative dedicated to responsible, cost-effective hydrocarbon development in Arctic regions. It is an initiaitve of C-CORE, an international leader in R&D that is based at Memorial University. 



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.

Fifth annual SPARKS Literary Festival reveals line-up

This year the SPARKS Literary Festival, in collaboration with the Irish Newfoundland Association, is bringing a prominent Irish writer to join the festivities on Sunday, Jan. 19. Poet, editor, and director of the Muenster Literary Centre Patrick Cotter will read from his work, along with 15 other writers.

Math/music student province's newest Rhodes Scholar

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

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

National expert on health innovation to visit Memorial

A Research Talks public lecture featuring Dr. Anne Snowdon 

Arts award highlights community contributions to research

The Mamu Tshishkutamashutau/Innu Education (MTIE), the Labrador Innu School Board, was recently honoured as the first recipient of the Faculty of Arts' Newfoundland and Labrador Community Research Engagement Award.


Faculty member makes important contribution to nephrology health care

A faculty member at Memorial's School of Nursing received an award at the 2013 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists conference held recently in St. John’s for a paper deemed to...."have made the most significant contribution to the field of nephrology health care."  


Memorial grads, faculty recognized at Mineral Industry Awards

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

Exploring the lives of Canadian Commuters: Memorial researcher’s work featured on CFI website

The work of Dr. Barbara Neis, professor in the Faculty of Arts and project director of the On the Move Partnership, is the subject of a feature story on the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) website.

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

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

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

Using computers to make better computers

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

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

Should market forces dictate decisions on oil? Vice-president (research) publishes op-ed

Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), Memorial University, and president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, has co-authored an op-ed in the Hill-Times with Dr. Clement W. Bowman, a leading authority on energy, petroleum and the oil sands in Canada.

In it, they assert that market forces should not dictate decisions on major investments in the petroleum industry. Instead, they see an opportunity for Canada to leverage its resources to undertake projects that build the country as a nation, similar in scale to the Canadian Pacific Railways or the St. Lawrence Seaway.


Now seeking ideas and input for Engage Memorial Week, 2014

We're seeking ideas for Engage Memorial 2014!

Engage Memorial is a week of learning about, and celebration of, public engagement collaborations between the Memorial University community and the broader community. Memorial’s Office of Public Engagement is working with individuals and groups throughout the university to plan a week of exciting and informative events; we’re requesting expressions of interest from departments, units and groups who wish to lead an Engage Memorial activity.


Memorial releases Face Forward: President’s Report 2013

Memorial University has released its annual retrospective publication, this year titled Face Forward: President’s Report 2013.President Kachanoski marked the occasion by taking the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Kevin O’Brien on a tour of the online report at Confederation Building today.

The report provides an overview of the university’s accomplishments across the span of teaching and learning, research and public engagement, as well as the work undertaken in administrative support and infrastructure development.


Two 2013-14 Harris Centre Applied Research Funds Now Open

The 2013-14 Harris Centre Strategic Partnership - Harris Centre Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.

Also, the 2013-14 Harris Centre MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.

Memorial supports findings of expert panel on Canadian ocean science

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) recently released a report on the current status of ocean research in Canada. The report said that due to its geography and historical capacity, Canada not only has remarkable opportunities in ocean science, but a necessity to seize these opportunities to use and protect the ocean.

The report was initiated by the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU), a consortium of nine universities who play an active role in ocean research across the country. This assessment of ocean science in Canada is part of an ongoing strategy to increase awareness of the importance of oceans and ocean-related research to Canada’s future.


Collaborative research empowers and protects Indigenous communities

The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) Project has received $50,000 as the inaugural recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Partnership Award.

Dr. Daryl Pullman, professor of ethics in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, is a team member of IPinCH, which promotes a model of collaborative research that empowers and protects Indigenous communities, while also enriching scholarly inquiry. Dr. George Nicolas, an archaeologist at Simon Fraser University, is the principal investigator of IPinCH.



Language researcher receives prestigious national award

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie joins four other scholars from Canadian universities who have been awarded prestigious Impact Awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities.

The professor of linguistics and her team were awarded the $50,000 Insight Award at a ceremony held at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, Que., on Tuesday, Oct. 15.


Hebron Diversity research grant recipients announced

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

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

Memorial-founded website encouraging citizen scientists to get involved

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

$890,000 investment in student-led oceans research

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

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


Translating decades-old data into a media-rich environment

Newfoundland and Labrador dialects are known worldwide for their distinctiveness and regional diversity.

The online Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador ( will help preserve the rich cultural heritage of this province by documenting the regional distribution of the many traditional linguistic features that characterize English in Newfoundland and Labrador.



Research & Development Corporation invests $3.7 million in research

The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) is investing $3.7 million in Memorial University to support 34 academic-led research projects aimed at solving technical challenges and closing knowledge gaps. The research is being conducted in a range of areas, including natural resource industries, manufacturing and health and life sciences. These projects have secured additional investments totalling $6.3 million through federal funding, private sector investment and other sources.

Vice-president (research) published in Hill-Times

Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research) at Memorial and president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, believes the time is right for Canada to shift from being a world energy superstore to becoming a true world energy superpower. 

 He, with co-author Dr. Clement W. Bowman, recently published an article in the Hill-Times, a weekly paper focused on Canadian politics and government.


Student Publishes Book on Music in the Faroes

Joshua Green has published his first book, Music-making in the Faroes in June 2013.

Memorial in Labrador

To ensure Memorial is serving the public good throughout the province, the university is seeking to understand the current activities and future opportunities in Labrador within the context of the university’s three guiding frameworks: teaching and learning, public engagement and research. Ultimately, the goal is to strengthen the university’s engagement in Labrador.

Hormone may protect against development of insulin resistance during weight gain

Farrell Cahill, a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Guang Sun in the Faculty of Medicine, has discovered evidence that may shed new light on how the hormone adiponectin may aid in the attenuation of insulin resistance development during weight gain. The study, titled Short-term Overfeeding Increases Circulating Adiponectin Independent of Obesity Status, was published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE on Aug. 30.

Memorial partners with St. John’s community alliance to address drug addiction

A community challenge requires a community solution. That’s the approach a St. John’s community alliance has taken to address the issue of drug abuse and addiction among youth.

Kati Szego Named Editor of Prestigious Music Journal

Dr. Kati Szego of the School of Music at Memorial University has been named the editor of the prestigious journal Yearbook for Traditional Music.

Memorial to host extractive industries workshop

Research partners Drs. Arn Keeling, Department of Geography, and John Sandlos, Department of History, are co-hosting an upcoming workshop examining extractive industries, such as mining, oil and gas, in the Arctic that has been organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) based in Munich, Germany.

Two members of the Faculty of Medicine receive highest honour

Dr. Jane Green and Dr. Proton Rahman of the Faculty of Medicine were inducted as fellows in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) on Sept. 19. Election to fellowship in the CAHS is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it an agreement to serve the academy and the future well-being of the health sciences. 

Public lecture to discuss ecology and conservation in Great Bear Rainforest

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

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

PhD candidate wins northern studies scholarship

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

Memorial sociologist named to Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Barbara Neis of the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Sociology has been named Memorial’s latest fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

In citing Dr. Neis’s groundbreaking contributions, the RSC states that “her pursuit of community-engaged, international research has had worldwide impact. She has helped explain why fish stocks collapse, shown how fishermen's ecological knowledge can inform science and coastal governance, advanced our understanding of gender and fisheries, and increased the visibility, quality and relevance of research on marine and coastal occupational health.” 


Memorial sociologist named to Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Barbara Neis of the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Sociology has been named Memorial’s latest fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

In citing Dr. Neis’s groundbreaking contributions, the RSC states that “her pursuit of community-engaged, international research has had worldwide impact. She has helped explain why fish stocks collapse, shown how fishermen's ecological knowledge can inform science and coastal governance, advanced our understanding of gender and fisheries, and increased the visibility, quality and relevance of research on marine and coastal occupational health.” 


Food addiction and the development of human obesity

A new paper from the laboratory of Dr. Guang Sun, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial, shows that food addiction is an important contributing factor in the development of obesity.

“Our findings are the first of their kind in the world,” said Dr. Sun. “We have shown that food addiction is indeed an important contributing factor in the development of obesity. The prevalence of food addiction was 5.4 per cent and increased concomitantly with obesity status defined by either body mass index (BMI) or body fat percentage.”


Ethnomusicology scholar recognized by prestigious bi-national organization

Dr. Marion MacLeod, a graduate of the School of Music, has been named Fulbright Scholar.

She recently received her doctorate in Ethnomusicology from Memorial and holds an MA in music history from the University of Ottawa and two degrees from the University of Windsor – one in education and one in piano performance. The Fulbright Scholarship is for one year, but she intends to continue her research at the University of Chicago for two years with additional funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

“Many American vocal genres are defined by their timbre – that is, the colour of their sounds. Timbre is stylistic, but is often seen as a lifestyle marker and is described in socially suggestive terms,” she explains. “My project, entitled Sounding and Resounding Race Through Timbre, will study timbral and ideological nuances in music ranging from mountain music to Motown and examines often contradictory ways they are taught and performed when "covered" by choral ensembles.”

An active and diverse singer, pianist and accordionist in a variety of musical genres, Dr. MacLeod was awarded both a doctoral and post-doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has presented her work for the International Council of Traditional Music, the American Historical Association, the International Association of Popular Music and the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Fulbright Canada is a joint bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange.

Fulbright Scholar Awards enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers, and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or the full academic year. This award can be held at any university, research centre, think tank or government agency. 

Food addiction and the development of human obesity

A new paper from the laboratory of Dr. Guang Sun, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial, shows that food addiction is an important contributing factor in the development of obesity.

“Our findings are the first of their kind in the world,” said Dr. Sun. “We have shown that food addiction is indeed an important contributing factor in the development of obesity. The prevalence of food addiction was 5.4 per cent and increased concomitantly with obesity status defined by either body mass index (BMI) or body fat percentage.”


Faculty of Arts researcher shortlisted for national award

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie and her team are finalists for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Award in recognition of their groundbreaking work on the preservation of the Innu language.

The award is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.



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.

Memorial advances core sciences infrastructure project

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

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

CAREing about productivity

CARE, an initiative of the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Economics, has commissioned a report that puts Newfoundland and Labrador’s productivity front and centre.


Honorary research professor publishes new book on offshore structures

Dr. Arisi Swamidas, an honorary research professor with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has teamed up with former colleague, Dr. D.V. Reddy, a professor of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering and director, Center for Marine Structures and Geotechnique at Florida Atlantic University, to publish a book on offshore structures.

Memorial partners with Eastern Health on Molecular Imaging Program

An update was provided July 11 on the new Molecular Imaging Program that will provide the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with state-of-the-art technology to greatly improve the diagnosis and treatment of certain illnesses, such as cancer.

“The Faculty of Medicine and Memorial University are pleased to partner with Eastern Health to fully capitalize on this significant and strategic investment by the provincial government,” said Dr. James Rourke, Faculty of Medicine. “The best health care requires up-to-date facilities and excellent health care professionals who are informed by research and education. This project addresses all of these requirements.”


New funding to study community impact of arsenic poisoning in North West Territories

A researcher in Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts has received a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Dr. John Sandlos of the Department of History has received $200,000 over three years for his project, Toxic Legacies: Community Perspectives on Arsenic Pollution at Yellowknife’s Giant Mine.


Memorial researchers involved in unique mining innovation partnership

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

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

Collaboration is key to successful regional governance, says Memorial University report.

A report released by Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development (the Harris Centre) takes an in-depth look at communities across the province and identifies successful approaches and challenges to regional governance. The report examines regional collaboration as an important strategy for rural communities facing social, economic and ecological change.

Federal support for graduate scholarships

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $572,500 in scholarships to 27 Memorial students.

The scholarships were awarded under the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships for master’s and doctoral students, and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship program.



Memorial welcomes new vice-president (research)

Dr. Richard Marceau began his term as vice-president (research) on June 1, 2013, and he’s already begun sharing his vision for research at Memorial and actively engaging with Memorial’s internal and external partners.

“Memorial has a very strong record of research excellence, and I hope to bring my own active contribution to this long tradition” he said. “I especially plan to emulate my predecessor’s stellar example of partnership with faculty members, faculties, deans, other vice-presidents, and the provost with the objective of intensifying research activities at Memorial University.



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

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

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

Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization appointed at Memorial University

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

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

Fishing gear devastating to seabird population

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

Project contributes to high returns of endangered salmon

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

Memorial launches Into the Deep: Research Report 2013

Memorial University has gone digital with the 2013 Research Report. The theme, Into the Deep, is rooted in Memorial’s motto, Provehito in Altum (Launch forth into the deep), which aptly captures the spirit of discovery inherent in research. It features researchers from all campuses of Memorial University. The development of the report was led by Dr. Christopher Loomis, who served as vice-president (research) from 2002 to May 31, 2013. 

Tapping into the source

Folklorists Dr. Philip Hiscock and Dale Jarvis have teamed up for a perfect summer research project.

They will be tapping into traditional knowledge around wells, springs and natural water sources within the St. John’s area with help from the Harris Centre’s RBC Drinking Water Research and Outreach Fund.


Acknowledgement for Memorial anthropologists

At the recent Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) annual meeting, representatives from Memorial University received significant acknowledgement of their work.





Earth Sciences to receive RDC funding for mining project

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

Canada Foundation for Innovation invests in Memorial’s research infrastructure

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

“Funding from the CFI is critical to attracting and retaining top researchers and building Memorial’s research capacity,” said Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research). “The support from CFI equips our researchers for solving some of the world’s greatest problems, such as transforming atmospheric CO2 into value-added products. The competition for research funding is increasingly intense, and I’d like to congratulate the recipients for their vision and success.”


Investment of more than $3 million to support facility at Memorial University

To support research and identify new ways to optimize oil recovery, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HDMC) are investing $1.635- and $1.7-million respectively for the creation of a state-of-the-art enhanced oil recovery research facility at Memorial University's St. John's campus. 

Researchers work with students to create space experiments

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

Researcher wins prestigious award for excellence in ocean sciences

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

Psychology student wins SSHRC storyteller competition

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

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


Funding boost for science and engineering research at Memorial University

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

Thirty researchers in the Faculties of Arts, Engineering and Applied Science, Medicine and Science and at Grenfell Campus earned a combined $975,000 to support innovative and creative research projects. These range from projects investigating how black holes interact with their environment to fish metabolism under adverse conditions, and from the principles of memory to cryptography. A list of all funded projects is below.


Potential impacts of GM fish interbreeding with 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.

The paper, titled Hybridization Between Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon and Wild Brown Trout Reveals Novel Ecological Interactions, was released at midnight on Wednesday in the Royal Society journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The lead author is former Memorial undergraduate student Krista Oke, who did her honours thesis with Dr. Ian Fleming of the Department of Ocean Sciences. In addition to Dr. Fleming, the other co-authors are Dr. Peter Westley and Dr. Darek Moreau, former PhD students of the university.



Hibernia enhancing geosciences field school program at Memorial University

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

Cross-Campus Initiative and Conference Fund call for proposals now open

Applications are now being accepted for the Vice-Presidents’ Council Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.

The Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund is meant to encourage and build on existing strategic relationships between Memorial's campuses: the St. John's campus, the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus, Harlow and the Labrador Institute. $50,000 will be allocated annually as one-time support for new initiatives that are clearly and demonstrably strategic for the units. 



Researcher finds many factors impact work satisfaction for older rural workers

Research exploring how rural workers in Newfoundland and Ireland view the quality of their professional lives has been published in a major international journal.

The Nuanced Nature of Work Quality: Evidence from Rural Newfoundland and Ireland, co-authored by Dr. Gordon Cooke, associate professor of industrial relations at Memorial Faculty of Business Administration, has been published in the current issue of Human Relations.




New season of Mini-Med School begins at Faculty of Medicine

Members of the public with an interest in health, medicine and what the future of health research has in store were in attendance recently as the new season of Memorial University’s Mini-Med School began at the Faculty of Medicine in St. John’s.

The first of seven weeks of presentations, a recent session featured Faculty of Medicine professors Dr. Shakti Chandra and Dr. Bill Eaton.



Doing it better: Engineering professor receives the 2013 Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice for making our world a more sustainable one

Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a process engineering professor at Memorial, received the 2013 Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice for her major contributions to the field of contaminant removal from gas streams, biofuel from processing waste and emissions from offshore oil and gas operations.


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

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

Accidental entrepreneurs find success predicting stock market

What do you do if your temporary job in academia is coming to an end? Start a company. Or, at least that’s what some do. Dr. Garnett Wilson, a former post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science, found himself to be an accidental entrepreneur. He had been hoping to stay on as faculty when his fellowship came to end, but as the time approached there were no available vacancies on faculty.

“He was working with me as a postdoctoral fellow on a project with Verafin Inc., a company founded to investigate money transaction verification and fraud detection for the banking industry,” explained Dr. Wolfgang Banzhaf, current acting head of the Department of Computer Science. “That got us to thinking, why don’t we take our genetic programming and machine learning backgrounds, which we were using to predict and trace fraud, to predict time series in the stock market?”




The art of Physics

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

First research chair established in the Faculty of Business Administration

Memorial University today announced a $500,000 contribution to Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial University from Power Corporation of Canada.

Memorial has designated this funding to the university’s Faculty of Business Administration to support the establishment of a Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency. Dr. Jeffrey Pittman is the inaugral chairholder. Along with teaching in Memorial’s Faculty of Business, Dr. Pittman will undertake original research and integrate research from various disciplines concerning the role of corporate governance in Canada and beyond.

This is the first research chair to be established in Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration.


From a Twillingate Garden to Cambridge University

When it comes to his predilection for archaeology, geographic location had much to do with Robert Anstey's burgeoning career.

Memorial's latest Rothermere Fellow got his first taste of digging up the past as a young boy when out harvesting vegetables with his grandfather and father in their Twillingate garden. Their potato bed turned out to be a Dorset Palaeoeskimo site where he and his father (who had worked as an archaeology assistant on a Maritime Archaeic burial site in the 1960s) discovered several stone tools. 


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

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

The storytellers: two Memorial graduate students named finalists in SSHRC competition

Two Memorial University students are among the top 25 in a nationwide competition to showcase how social sciences and humanities research is positively affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.

Kirk Luther, Faculty of Science, and Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, School of Graduate Studies, were selected for their creative and compelling entries to Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) competition for post-secondary students.


Earth Sciences students recognized

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

Research funding available for drinking water projects

Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.

The Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open! The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Safety and integrity highlighted by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

On March 19-20, approximately 120 researchers and practitioners came together at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s for the first annual Workshop on Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments. The workshop on safety and integrity had a tall agenda and exceeded expectations, according to Dr. Faisal Khan, who is the Vale Research Chair in Process Safety and Risk Engineering and chair of process engineering at Memorial University.



Biomedical researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator

Dr. Mani Larijani, an assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases and oncology in the Division of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, has received the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award in recognition of his research.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recognizes and supports an outstanding and emerging researcher whose innovative work has the potential to significantly impact society. The prestigious award, valued at $50,000, is funded by the Terra Nova development, an offshore oil field operated by Suncor Energy.

Research & Development Corporation invests $2.9 million in Memorial projects

Two funding announcements in recent weeks have given Memorial researchers a major boost.

On March 11, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) announced $1.3 million in 12 health-related research projects. That news came on the heels of a Feb. 28 announcement of $1.6 million for nine research projects led by Memorial researchers.


RDC invests $1.6 million in R&D at Memorial University

Deepwater seabed surveying, navigation and control systems for field robots and improving cyber security measures are among the nine academic-led research and development projects at Memorial University that received more than $1.6 million in total funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) recently. 

League of Extraordinary Researchers lauded

Memorial University has distinguished itself again this year with compelling and creative marketing and communications work. The university was recognized recently with several awards bestowed by an international association of educational institutions, including one for the League of Extraordinary Researchers

The awards were given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)  in its 2013 CASE District I Awards program. 



Memorial researchers receive CIHR funding

Two researchers at Memorial University have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the most recent competition. Dr. Thomas Michalak, Canada Research Chair in in Viral Hepatitis/Immunology, received an operating grant of $648,584 over five years. Dr. John-Michael Gamble, assistant professor at Memorial’s School of Pharmacy, received an operating grant of $150,524 over two years.


Celebrating research at the School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy at Memorial University held its annual research poster competition on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the school’s professional practice lab. This year’s competition featured eight posters, with five submissions in the undergraduate student category and three in the graduate student category.

Researchers study when and where people are active

Researchers from the School of Nursing are looking for volunteers to take part in a research study that focuses on physical activity. It's part of a national study led by Dalhousie University with collaborators from across Canada.

The purpose of the study is to identify where individuals with heart disease are physically active and to find out whether these places differ for men and women. 



Dr. Brian Veitch appointed Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research
Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has a new research chair. Dr. Brian Veitch, a professor of ocean and naval architectural engineering, has been appointed the new Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research.
Next vice-president (research) announced

Dr. Richard Marceau will be the next vice-president (research) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The appointment was announced today by Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial’s president. Dr. Marceau will succeed Dr. Christopher Loomis. The appointment was approved by Memorial’s Board of Regents and is effective June 1, 2013.

Dr. Marceau comes to Memorial from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), where he currently serves as provost and vice-president (academic). In that role he directed UOIT’s explosive growth since 2005 from 1,800 to 9,200 students, from 60 to 170 faculty members, a doubling of undergraduate and graduate programs and a significant increase in research and design chairs (from one to 14).


School of Nursing researcher profiled on national website
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) profiles Dr. Wendy Young and the research project she leads that looks at ways to help older Canadians with age-related illnesses stay digitally connected.
Researcher makes significant progress in prostate cancer research

Dr. Ken Kao and his team at Memorial University have made an important discovery that could lead to better detection and treatment methods for those diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The two-year research project is funded in part through the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC), a provincial Crown corporation.

Diet high in processed meat associated with poor survival from colorectal cancer

Research on colorectal cancer and dietary patterns shows that a diet high in processed meats is associated with worsened disease-free survival. The research was carried out by an interdisciplinary research team at Memorial University and the University of Toronto.


Breaking science
To watch Tony Ingram dance is like watching a moving work of art. The B.Sc. alum looks like his body is moving involuntarily, in one fluid motion. Ingram, now a HKR graduate student is part of growing trend called breaking or b-boying/b-girling.
New program brings international students to Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is going international. A new program sponsored by Memorial’s Strategic Internationalization Fund has been allowing the department to bring in a number of foreign students for short-term research opportunities.
Sociologists take care of pets
Sociologists at Memorial University are hoping a new study on domestic animal policy will encourage wider public discussion about the responsibilities of pet ownership. Taking Care of Pets: Institutional Policies, Perceptions and Practices regarding Domestic Animal Welfare in Newfoundland and Labrador is a result of a partnership between the university and the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.



School of Nursing faculty member heads up award-winning research team
School of Nursing faculty member Dr. Wendy Young and her team of researchers from Memorial win an award for assessing age-friendliness in St. John's.
New award to recognize excellence in teaching and learning, research and public engagement
The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship was unveiled at a special event at Memorial’s St. John’s campus on Dec. 13. This award, named after the founding president of Memorial University College, recognizes those who distinguish themselves across the continuum of teaching and learning, research and public engagement.


Driven to improve the world
Mechanical engineering student Laura Pittman has adjusted exceptionally well to university life. The St. John’s native, who began a bachelor of engineering degree at Memorial in Sept. 2007, has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships, been named to the Dean’s List every year, earned national recognition this past February when she won the 2011 Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) Co-op Student of the Year award – a first for a Memorial University student – and earlier this month she was named the newest Rhodes Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador.
RDC supports researchers
The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is investing more than $5.3 million into research and development (R&D) projects at Memorial University in areas relevant to offshore petroleum, ocean technology, healthcare, aquaculture and other natural resource industries.
Student researchers awarded more than $865,000 for ocean-related projects
Twenty-one Memorial students received a significant boost to their ocean-related research projects, thanks to the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC) 2012 Ocean Industries Student Research Awards. Six doctoral, 12 master's and three undergraduate students – as well as their research supervisors -- are receiving a total of $866,333 towards their research projects.
Engineering student next Rhodes Scholar
A student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial has been selected as the next Rhodes Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador to study at the University of Oxford in England.
Vice-president (research) talks ocean innovation in Halifax
Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research) at Memorial University, was a featured panellist at the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce Atlantic Prosperity Summit in Nova Scotia in October.
Hibernia investment boosts Memorial's offshore R&D capacity
New investments in Memorial University of Newfoundland's research and development (R&D) capacity may hold the key to producing additional oil offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is investing $11.8 million in laboratory equipment and research for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), enabling a new area of research in the province for the first time.
Research shows police warnings not easily understood
You’ve seen it on countless television programs – a suspect is arrested and read their rights. But just how much do you know about what your rights actually are? Dr. Brent Snook, an associate professor of psychology, says the answer may be surprising.
Memorial receives more than $825,000 to attract and retain top researchers
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.
Sociology faculty member awarded Queen's Jubilee Medal
Dr. Barbara Neis of the Department of Sociology was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal at a recent ceremony. She was nominated by Gerry Rogers, member of the House of Assembly for St. John’s centre. In her remarks at the ceremony, Ms. Rogers cited Dr. Neis’ commitment to collaborative research projects that are closely tied to the desire to improve conditions for workers and communities.
Science retiree wins Royal Astronomical Society award
Congratulations to Fred Smith, retired from the Dean of Science office, on receiving the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Service Award.
Engineering graduate improving life at sea
Memorial University engineering alumnus Peter Gifford is the winner of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC’s) 2012 Innovation Challenge Award and for the Ottawa-native who, as a small boy, loved to tinker with gadgets to figure out how they worked, winning this prestigious award in recognition of his invention, the TranSPAR Craft, was both exciting and humbling.


Physics prof renewed as Canada Research Chair
Dr. Lev Tarasov, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography has been renewed as the Canada Research Chair in Glacial Dynamics Modelling.
New economics initiative at Memorial to address provincial and regional issues
Researchers and students working on applied economics issues at Memorial University have received a boost from the federal government’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the provincial government and Husky Energy. The groups are making a combined investment of $685,000 to fund the development of the Collaborative Applied Research in Economics (CARE) consortium, an initiative that is designed to mentor economics students and support professors engaged in applied economics research at Memorial.
Vice-president (research) receives major award


Dr. Christopher Loomis, Memorial's vice-president (research), received one of the highest scholarly honours in Canada when he was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in Ottawa, Ont., on Sept. 20. 
This distinction is awarded to those with a history of outstanding performance in academic health sciences. Fellows are selected through a competitive peer-review process based on a demonstrated record of leadership, excellence and commitment to advancing the field.



Chemistry researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator
Chris Kozak, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, is the newest Terra Nova Young Innovator.



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