'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial researchers have successfully secured more than $8 million in federal funding.
Memorial is among the first universities in Canada to create and adopt a formal research agreement that recognizes Indigenous data sovereignty.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from vice-president (research)
Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), provided this update on March 27.
Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), provided this update on March 19.
The deadline for submissions for the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award is extended from April 15 to May 15.
The deadline for submissions for Memorial's top institutional honour has been extended from April 1 to May 1.
The following is an update from the Office of the Vice-President (Research), dated March 17, 2020.
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.
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.
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).
Memorial is encouraging its nearly 100,000 alumni to participate in international surveys ranking post-secondary institutions worldwide.
A new agreement will see Memorial increase its research collaborations and attract more high-quality graduate students from West Africa.
Dr. Paula Mendonça has been appointed as Memorial’s first director of innovation and entrepreneurship.
A leading international Indigenous expert is “keenly” interested in learning how Memorial engages with Indigenous communities.
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).
A new year means a new call for two separate funds open to members of the university community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial researchers and students looking to showcase their research and creativity can now enter a national image contest with top prizes up for grabs.
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.
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.
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.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its eighth annual Storytellers contest, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students.
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.
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.
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).
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.
A pair of Faculty of Science researchers will appear in this week’s episode of The Nature of Things.
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.
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.
Memorial’s business faculty has achieved its highest success rate in 10 years in a 2019 national funding competition.
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.
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.
Members of the university community are welcome to submit proposals for two separate funds: the Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and the Conference Fund.
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.
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.
A unique pan-Canadian research initiative based at Memorial is being recognized as one of the most impactful research collaborations in the country.
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).
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.
Early-career researchers are encouraged to submit applications for a prestigious faculty honour.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The dean of the School of Music is receiving a coveted national award.
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.
Memorial ranks among Canada’s top post-secondary institutions that have increased their output in top-cited journals over the past decade.
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.
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.
Justin Pater has some sage advice for those crossing this year’s stage at spring convocation: patience and resilience will lead to great things.
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.
To motivate researchers to pursue commercialization and continue to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture, Memorial has adopted a new creator-owned intellectual property (IP) model.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial is seeking nominations for the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics, an important institutional award celebrating ethical research leadership.
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.
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.
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.
In 2005 Dr. Annie Mercier was sent a strange video: sea cucumbers rolling around at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Dr. Kati Szego is the latest recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics.
Memorial recognized some of its newest outstanding research leaders and emerging innovators during a celebration recently.
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.
An assistant professor in the School of Music is among a roster of worldwide performers recently named a Buffet Crampon Artist.
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),
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).
Three visiting international researchers at Memorial are working to come up with new ways to tackle plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
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.
Two Memorial researchers are being recognized for their transformative research to advance the understanding of the brain, in illness or health.
The School of Music is welcoming its first Indigenous artist-thinker as part of a new residency program.
Memorial students are encouraged to submit their innovative ideas to a national contest aimed at making communities more accessible.
A new funding agreement aims to increase student mobility and research collaborations between Latin America and a group of Canadian universities, including Memorial.
A group of faculty are exploring Memorial’s role in Newfoundland and Labrador during a trio of free events taking place next week.
Applications are being accepted until April 1 for the Ocean Frontier Institute’s (OFI) Seed Fund.
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.
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.
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.
Nominations are open for Memorial’s most prestigious faculty award -- the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship.
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.
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.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) wants Memorial students and post-doctoral scholars to take to Twitter to show off their research.
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.
Members of the university community are invited to submit applications for two separate funding opportunities.
A group of researchers is using cutting-edge technology to provide critical training to health professionals at home and abroad.
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).
Applications to OFI’s Visiting Fellows Program are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2019.
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).
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.
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.
Dr. Max Liboiron has received a national honour for her leading-edge research and community engagement.
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.
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 Inc. states that from fiscal years 2013-17, Memorial ranked No. 1 in growth, with an increase of 160.2 per cent.
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 Canadas 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.
Memorial’s reputation as a national and international post-secondary leader is further bolstered by new data released this fall.
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.
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.
Memorial’s reputation as a national and international post-secondary leader is further bolstered by new data released on Sept. 26.
Applications are now being accepted for the following funding opportunities: Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and the Conference Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A $7-million contribution from Emera Inc. to Memorial University will support innovation and entrepreneurship programming in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Max Liboiron has been appointed associate vice-president (Indigenous research) pro tempore effective Sept. 1 until Aug. 31, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Research is a way of life for Memorial University couple Amanda Crompton and Marc Bolli.
Black holes and green chemistry are the areas of focus of two early-career researchers receiving prominent academic awards totaling nearly $300,000.
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.
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.
An Honorary Research Professor in the Faculty of Medicine has been named an officer of the Order of Canada.
However, 40-70 per cent are not aware they’re infected.
Memorial University improved its global score among two of the most widely observed rankings of world-wide universities.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fifteen ocean research projects based in Atlantic Canada have received more than $25 million in funding.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS) has made several enhancements to its online presence.
Memorial is calling on alumni around the world to help raise the university’s international profile.
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.
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.
Memorial’s vice-president (research) is contributing his time and expertise to an ocean technology innovation cluster.
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.
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.
Those interested in applying for two separate funding opportunities have until Feb. 15 to submit their applications.
Two members of the Memorial community are among 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.
Memorial is home to its own incredible marvels – our researchers. Internationally-acclaimed specialists, experts, problem solvers, fact finders, inventors, life savers and innovators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Several members of Memorial’s research community showcased the value and importance of the global fishery during a special event recently.
A World Fisheries Day Celebration took place on Nov. 21 in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation on the St. John’s campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) have entered into a formal partnership to deliver entrepreneurial programming in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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.
Dr. Kathy Hodgkinson is this year’s winner of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial is accepting applications for the Vice-Presidents Council (VPC) Cross-campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Dr. Ray Gosine takes visiting professor post at the University of Toronto.
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.
This fall Arctic researchers are invited to submit their best Arctic shots for the International Arctic Change 2017 Conference Photo Contest.
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?
What is striped, grows to be five feet long and has big chomper teeth all over the roof of its mouth?
The Atlantic wolffish.
You don’t have to be a war veteran to suffer from post-traumatic stress or panic.
Could you outfit your children in winter coats if all you had were six partridges and two gallons of blueberries?
A group of archaeology students and their advisor excavated the site of St. Pierre’s old airport, known as Anse à Bertrand, this summer.
Doctoral student attracted to expertise, value and structure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three students. Three ideas. One company.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
HeyOrca knows that after delivering on your promises, the second most important factor in client retention is successful communications.
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, 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.
A federal investment of nearly $3 million will advance important health-related studies led by Memorial researchers.
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.
A pair of Memorial master’s students are among 25 finalists from across Canada taking part in a prestigious annual research competition.
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.
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.
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.
Five Memorial researchers will take up residence on historic Fogo Island for month-long research retreats this year.
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.
The Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database (AFRED), which matches researchers with available equipment throughout the region, officially launched this week.
Nominations for Memorial’s most prestigious faculty award, the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship, close April 1.
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.
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).
A Memorial faculty member and composer is up for two Junos at this year’s awards show.
Memorial wants to improve its research data management services with a little help from the university community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Memorial’s lead on sustainable aquaculture within the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), Dr. Matt Rise of the Department of Ocean Sciences is excited about the opportunities the new initiative will bring.
It’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pair of graduate students say their research could have significant implications for Canada’s justice system.
While many seniors living with diabetes express an interest in changing their diets to improve their health, most don’t know where to start.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund are now accepting applications. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A series of seven town hall-style meetings hosted by Memorial University are taking place this week in communities in central and western Newfoundland.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nineteen students were presented with Ocean Industries Student Research Awards (OISRA) at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus March 7.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new album funded through a research project based at Memorial has just been nominated for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Genesis Centre, Memorial’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential, is accepting applications for its Evolution Program.
Memorial is consulting with its internal stakeholders on proposed changes to a federal framework on research.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
The Memorial Researcher Portal is now accepting registration for new accounts and training sessions: https://rpresources.mun.ca/ . 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.
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.
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’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.
The Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters is now available. To access the online version, click here.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial has welcomed a new research chairholder.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A PhD student in Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine has won first place in the Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.
Click here to check out the latest issue of Prescience, the Faculty of Science Magazine.
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.
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 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.
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).
“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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A graduating business student has won Memorial University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Prize in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research essay.
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.
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 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.
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.
It started with a question posed by Dr. Fadi Khraim, a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Memorial University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has a new research chair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Anna O'Grady, a second year joint physics and applied mathematics student will spend the summer researching astronomy at Yale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harsh weather environments provide a particular challenge for researchers creating amphibious aircrafts.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students interested in doing a PhD centred on Arctic shipping and operations have yet another reason to consider Memorial University.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
An Engineering Perspective
Thursday, 7:00 pm. January 30, 2014, Greenwood Inn, Corner Brook
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, http://www.card-arctic.com/Arctic%20Research%20Careers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Research Talks public lecture featuring Dr. Anne Snowdon
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newfoundland and Labrador dialects are known worldwide for their distinctiveness and regional diversity.
The online Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador (www.dialectatlas.mun.ca/) 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.
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.
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.
Joshua Green has published his first book, Music-making in the Faroes in June 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kati Szego of the School of Music at Memorial University has been named the editor of the prestigious journal Yearbook for Traditional Music.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.’
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
At the recent Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) annual meeting, representatives from Memorial University received significant acknowledgement of their work.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. 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).
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.
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.
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