Sincere thanks to everyone who helped make our fifth annual Research Week a huge success!
It’s a Memorial milestone.
Four leading women researchers are receiving one of the country’s top academic honours — all at once.
The early-career researchers are among 2022’s inductees to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (RSC).
Outstanding achievements: Engineering associate deans and alumna inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s associate dean (research), associate dean (graduate studies) and an alumna are the newest fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).
On Wednesday, May 18, Memorial is hosting an information session regarding the the inaugural Robbins-Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity.
Memorial continues to earn favourable grades when it comes to the study of a variety of subjects.
According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2022, Memorial earned positive results in a number of individual areas.
Transatlantic collaboration: MI signs MOU with Norwegian university's department of marine technology
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed March 21 between the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University and the Department of Marine Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
'Longer, fuller lives': Trio of graduate researchers receive funding for cancer research breakthroughs
Three graduate students are pursuing training as cancer researchers, thanks to new awards from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI). The funding supports projects such as developing better screening guidelines for colorectal cancer patients; the creation of an app to help treat insomnia among cancer patients; and investigating the role of novel genes in head and neck cancers.
Cultural nuance: Guggenheim Foundation honours sociologist for Ghanaian intimate partner violence research
The Guggenheim Foundation has selected Dr. Eric Tenkorang as a recipient of its Distinguished Scholar Award. He will receive as much as US$90,000 over two years to help further his research into a link he’s uncovered between lineage and intimate partner violence (IPV) in sub-Saharan Africa.
Memorial leads all Canadian universities with medical schools when it comes to corporate research income growth over a 20-year period.
A novel study led by a Memorial University researcher has revealed aging might not be inevitable. The international collaboration links more than 40 years of measurements from individual animals in the wild with state-of-the-art modern scientific techniques.
Two researchers at Memorial are receiving a significant boost for their leading-edge studies. Drs. Daniel Fuller and Benjamin Zendel have been renewed as Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), which are five-year awards for $100,000 each year.
Sustainable solutions: University and community researchers tackle coastal community sustainability through two-eyed seeing lens
Memorial and a consortium of university-affiliated and community-affiliated researchers from Mi’kmaw communities across Newfoundland have been awarded nearly $15 million through the federal New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF).
Memorial students looking for a challenge are encouraged to enter a unique contest celebrating research communications. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its ninth annual Storytellers challenge.
Op-ed: Dr. Neil Bose -- Research Week highlights Memorial's commitment to making the world a better place
Memorial is a big place. We’re spread out over multiple campuses and buildings. It’s hard to keep up with what’s on the go, even if it’s just happening down the hallway or a click away online. Which is why creating a sense of community is so important in an institution like ours – and why events like Research Week are so valuable.
Nominations are being accepted for a pair of institutional awards celebrating remarkable researchers: the President's Award for Outstanding Research and University Research Professorship.
With a glance out a window at Signal Hill Campus, Dr. Sid Eskandari says the future for the province’s startup sector is as bright as its iconic view. As founder and CEO of HYKE Technologies Inc., Dr. Eskandari (PhD’18) credits Memorial for helping empower entrepreneurs like him.
Forefront of innovation: Nearly $1-million infrastructure investment big boost for cutting edge research
Five diverse Memorial projects are benefitting from more than $970,000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). On Aug. 11, the CFI announced the latest results of its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), which provides foundational support to Canadian researchers.
A researcher based in the Faculty of Medicine has taken on a new leadership role. Dr. Rick Audas is the new acting academic director for Memorial’s Research Data Centre (RDC), a facility housing in-depth Statistics Canada data.
July 5, 2021, statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from the vice-president (research)
Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), is pleased to provide a new update regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.
A major federal investment is ensuring two researchers will further their research ranging from climate change to marine mineral resources. Drs. Alex Bihlo and John Jamieson have been renewed as tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC). Tier 2 chairs are five-year awards for $100,000 each year.
Meet Dr. Natalia Barykina, Memorial's new graduate studies librarian.
March 30, 2021, statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from the vice-president (research)
Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), has announced for the St. John’s Campus an expansion of access to on-campus research spaces, resumption of more low-risk fieldwork, as well as resumption of low-risk research involving interactions with research participants. Researchers at Grenfell Campus and the Marine Institute Campus should contact their research offices to confirm processes for those campuses.
New statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from vice-president (research)
On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), issued a new statement about a revised and simplified process regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.
Nominations are being accepted for Memorial’s most prestigious institutional award.
The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship is presented to a faculty member who embodies Memorial’s mission, demonstrating exceptional teaching, undertaking world-class research and sharing their knowledge and expertise nationally and internationally.
New statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from vice-president (research)
Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), has issued a new statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.
In spite of living and working through an unprecedented pandemic, Memorial steered through a year of uncertainty, leading the Atlantic region in sponsored research income and seeing the expansion of several key research initiatives.
A Memorial initiative aims to bring together Newfoundland and Labrador’s thriving innovation ecosystem to build on recent successes and to set a solid foundation for the future of innovation in the province. The Signal Initiative co-ordinates a group of members of the provincial innovation ecosystem and Memorial for discussion and collaboration, all with the goal of supporting and strengthening innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador.
If the pandemic has proven anything, it’s the creativity and resilience of our researchers. As part of Research Week 2020 celebrations, you’ll learn about some of the innovative and practical ways researchers have been able to continue their collaborations and conduct their work.
For the first time, Memorial’s total research funding has topped more than $130 million.
Applications are now being accepted for two separate funding opportunities. The deadline for the Vice-Presidents Council Cross-campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund is Oct. 15.
A pair of internationally respected researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is receiving one of Canada’s top honours for emerging scholars.
State-of-the-art support: More than $830,000 for critical equipment and infrastructure for 'bold' research
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is providing more than $830,000 for critical infrastructure and equipment for five specialized research projects based at Memorial.
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.
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.
The deadline for submissions for Memorial's top institutional honour has been extended from April 1 to May 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its eighth annual Storytellers contest, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students.
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.
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.
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).
The School of Music is welcoming its first Indigenous artist-thinker as part of a new residency program.
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.
A group of researchers is using cutting-edge technology to provide critical training to health professionals at home and abroad.
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.
Applications are now being accepted for the following funding opportunities: Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and the Conference Fund.
An Honorary Research Professor in the Faculty of Medicine has been named an officer of the Order of Canada.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 University has awarded the contract for construction of the Animal Resource Centre (ARC), a research and teaching facility. Olympic Construction was the successful bidder.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Could you outfit your children in winter coats if all you had were six partridges and two gallons of blueberries?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters is now available. To access the online version, click here.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
To express interest in the program, please contact email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anna O'Grady, a second year joint physics and applied mathematics student will spend the summer researching astronomy at Yale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).