Research Week 2019

Events will be added as details are submitted.

Research Week runs Nov. 12-18, 2019

You're invited to a variety of events on the St. John’s Campus, at the Marine Institute, at Grenfell Campus, at Signal Hill Campus and at the Labrador Institute as we celebrate Research Week during the week of Nov. 12-18, 2019.

Those who are organizing events should send the title of the session, date, time and location, as well as a short description, to Please send no later than Nov. 1 in order to have details added to the event calendar below.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
The School of Social Work Research Poster Display Running Nov. 12-30 School of Social Work, St. John's Campus.
Faculty from the School of Social Work will have their latest research posters showcased in St. John’s College. Students, staff and faculty at Memorial are welcome to drop by to see the important research happening at our school.
CREAIT Open House 10am-noon Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives, room IIC-1001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John's Campus.
Drop by to learn about the CREAIT Network and its facilities. Visit the MicroAnalysis Facility to see a demonstration of some of the many research tools and instruments that are available for researchers, students, and other users. Researchers can also visit the Centre for Chemical Analysis, Research and Training (C-CART, in room C-1027 in the Chemistry-Physics Building) and the Earth Resources Research and Analysis Facility (TERRA, in room ER-5005 in the Earth Sciences Building).
The School of Music presents a Music Research Gallery 1130am-2pm D.F. Cook Lobby, School of Music, St. John's Campus.
The School of Music presents a diversity of student research topics from composition to ethnomusicology in a gallery format designed to inspire collaboration, start conversation and spark curiosity.
Dr. Irène Oore and Dani Oore present Genocide and Improvisation: Listener and Teller Noon Suncor Energy Hall, School of Music, St. John's Campus.
This event explores elements of Dr. Irène Oore’s book The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust, from which she and son Dani, a post-doctoral fellow in ethnomusicology, will read, perform soundscapes, original compositions and improvisations.
Greenland’s Social and Political Challenges: Life on the Margins of an Arctic Society 12-1pm The Nexus Centre, room SN-4022, Science Building, St. John's Campus.
Dr. Steven Arnfjord, associate professor and head of Social Sciences at Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) will speak about his research on social policy challenges in Greenland. Given Memorial’s strategic research focus on the North, this is a unique opportunity to hear research perspectives from another northern environment. This event is organized by Dr. Julia Christensen, Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Policy in the Department of Geography and the Nexus Centre.
Report: Msɨt No’kmaq/All My Relations 12-1:30pm Room AS-2011, Arts and Science Building, Grenfell Campus.
Please join Dr. Kelly Vodden, associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus) research and graduate studies; Kelly Anne Butler, student affairs officer-Aboriginal affairs; and Elder Calvin White and Arlene White of the Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Cultural Revival Committee for a report and further discussion on the recent collaborative symposium on Indigenous research ethics and methodologies. Bring your lunch! Light refreshments to be provided.
Research Week screening of The Films of Fogo Island 12-2pm The Dr. Richard Fagan Lecture Theatre, room IM-101, Faculty of Medicine, St. John’s Campus
You’re invited to a lunch-time screening of this new documentary produced and directed by Dr. Jeff Webb, professor, Department of History, and Derek Norman, Memorial film unit co-ordinator with HSS Films, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Learn more here.
Networking event co-hosted by Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Human Kinetics and Recreation and Science 1-4pm McCann Centre, room ED-2030B, Education Building, St. John's Campus.
Researchers from every faculty are invited to give a brief description of their current or emerging research projects or interests. The intent is to foster collaborative research teams à la “disruptive” or unexpected kind. The session will include discussion on recent funding initiatives that invite “outside the box” research teams to tackle high impact topics. RSVP to 864-7623 or email
The Aging Research Centre-Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL) awards reception 330-530pm Grenfell Campus and Faculty of Medicine, St. John's Campus.
ARC-NL will host a "dual campus" videoconference awards reception to recognize the recipients of its 2019 research grants and fellowships. At Grenfell Campus, the reception will be held in the Fine Arts atrium. At St. John's Campus, it will be held in room 5M-101 in the Faculty of Medicine. Please note: Due to room constraints, there are limited spaces left to attend this event at either location. Please contact if you are interested in attending.
Labrador Life-Writing Traditions 6pm Labrador Institute (College of the North Atlantic Building), 219 Hamilton River Road Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
What better way to celebrate Research Week than through the joy of stories? Morgon Mills shares an academic point of view on reading and thinking about Labrador books. He ponders old and new ideas about our region's rich literary traditions, ancient, continuing, and contemporary, celebrating the diversity of local voices, discovering common ground and exploring what makes Labrador’s bibliography as a whole so uniquely powerful.
Science on Tap 6-9pm Bitter's Pub, St. John's Campus.
Ever wonder how your body gets what it needs? The mass transportation system in the human body directs blood pumped by the heart to a vascular tree that leads to microscopic blood vessels known as the microcirculation. Join Dr. Graham Fraser, assistant professor, Cardiovascular Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, for a discussion on how the body senses what it needs from these precisely controlled microvascular networks and what happens when that system is impaired.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Nature Masterclass 830am-430pm Location will be communicated to successful applicants. 
Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS) Open House and Coffee Break 10-1130am Room IIC-2015, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John's Campus.
Drop by and meet RGCS research administrators during a special Research Week open house. Join us for coffee and treats, and put your name in for a Bookstore giveaway.
Department of Technical Services Open House 1030am-noon Various locations on St. John's Campus. Please see below.
You're invited to drop by and meet Technical Services staff during a special open house. Staff be on-hand at the:

- Main Mechanical Shop, S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building, room EN-1023;
- Main Electrical Shop, Chemistry-Physics Building, room C-1041;
- Glass Blowing and Other Mechanical Shops, Chemistry-Physics Building, rooms C-1028, C-1030 and C-1045;
- Audiovisual and Microscope Repair, Science Building, room S-1051; and the
- Cryogenics Plant, Chemistry-Physics Building, room C-1000.
Tour the Centre for Health Informatics and Analytics (CHIA) super computer that’s helping enhance health care in NL 11am-2pm CHIA, Faculty of Medicine, room 4M-401, St. John's Campus.
Join Quality of Care NL, NL SUPPORT and the CHIA staff as we showcase the work we are doing to improve the health care system in Newfoundland and Labrador! Tour the super computer, a next generation health informatics and data analytics hardware and software platform, that helps researchers and clinicians understand and enhance the delivery of health care. Chat with researchers about the latest health care research and view the interactive displays that we use to empower the public to play a larger role in their own health care.
Medical Graduate Student Society (MGSS) Lunch & Learn for graduate students 12-12:30pm Room 1M-114, Faculty of Medicine, St. John's Campus.
Spending a lot of time in front of the computer? Having pain? This session, presented by the MGSS, is for you. Learn how to set up your workstation in a way to decrease pain and discomfort on a low budget. Snacks provided or bring your own lunch.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to RVSP to via Facebook.
Marine Institute School of Fisheries Lunchtime Seminar Series with Danielle Quinn 12-1pm Hampton Hall, Marine Institute.
Hosted by the Fisheries Graduate Student Association, this week’s seminar focuses on supervised machine learning to facilitate cryptic skate classification and observer training in real time. The inability to differentiate accurately and confidently among morphologically similar species that overlap spatially constrains effective conservation and management strategies. Machine learning offers a promising alternative to statistical inference techniques. By applying supervised machine learning to decipher this classification problem, researchers have generated predictions of species’ classification with equal or higher accuracy than alternative methods. The seminar will explore the strengths, limitations, and potential application of routines for retroactive and on-the-ground differentiation of Cryptic Winter Skate and Little Skate populations in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada, explaining its broader application for a wide range of classification challenges. Ms. Quinn will also explore the development of a web-based application that gives users access to these routines, and discuss the increasingly important role of interactive user interfaces in wildlife and fisheries science.
Research Café Show & Tell Poster Display 12-3pm Faculty of Nursing, room 3454, St. John's Campus.
Faculty members will display a research poster and give a short talk about the research with discussion. Coffee and treats will be served.
Brown bag lunch with VPR 1230-130pm Earth Sciences Lounge, room ER-4065, Earth Sciences (Alexander Murray) Building, St. John’s Campus.
Grab your lunch and drop by to chat with Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research).
Innovation Mobilization Funding Program Lunch and Learn 1pm Suncor Energy Room, room EN-2100, S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus.
The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office is hosting this lunch and learn about Springboard Atlantic’s Innovation Mobilization (IM) program. The IM program provides funding for academic researchers in support of industry engagement and the advancement of ideas and knowledge transfer. The session is open to principal investigators, grant facilitators and project managers interested in commercializing the outcomes of Memorial-led research projects. Please RSVP to by Nov. 8 and identify any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Research Data Management: Why it matters and what you need to know 1-2pm Room 5M-101, Faculty of Medicine, St. John's Campus.
Research Data Management (RDM) is an integral part of a research project, but has not been given much attention up until recently. This session, hosted by Memorial University Libraries, will discuss why you should care about RDM, what it entails, how to follow best practices and how to find resources to help you develop data management plans.
Faculty of Science Research Forum for faculty and undergraduate students 3pm Innovation Hall, room IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John's Campus.
Faculty members will provide short presentations on their research interests so undergraduate students can see the range of research activities occurring within the Faculty of Science. The presentations will give students considering graduate studies a chance to find potential career and research opportunities. A reception and networking opportunity will follow in the Bruneau Centre Atrium, which will also include displays highlighting the large Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) research projects based at Memorial. Be sure to visit the displays and speak with the research participants.
A celebration of student research 4pm Third floor, Arts and Science extension, Grenfell Campus.
Undergraduate and graduate research poster presentations will be displayed. Coffee and tea will be provided. All are welcome!
Research Week reception 6pm Third floor of the Arts and Science extension, Grenfell Campus.
Following the student poster presentations (please see above), everyone is invited to join the Grenfell Campus community for a light reception. Cash bar will be available. All are welcome!
Research Gong Show 7pm Room AS-2026, Arts and Science Building, Grenfell Campus.
Join Grenfell Campus researchers for some enlightening fun! Researchers have been invited to present their research in just five minutes, or they’ll be “gonged!” All are welcome!
Canada Ocean Lecture Series with Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research) 7-9pm The Celestial Gallery, Johnson GEO Centre, Signal Hill Campus.
Title of lecture: On the edge: Positioned in one of the richest ocean ecosystems on earth, learn how Memorial’s physical location inspires its researchers to lead critical marine and ocean-related research. Free to attend. Parking is available in the Johnson GEO Centre parking lot. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.
Better Breathing Choir 7:30pm Choral room, room MU-1032, School of Music, St. John's Campus.
The Better Breathing Choir is part of a research project looking at the benefits of singing for wellbeing, funded by the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music. Join choir members for breathing exercises, warm-ups, and singing.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Engaging Ideas hosted by the Faculty of Business Administration 8-10am Room BN-4000, Faculty of Business Administration, St. John's Campus.
This session will focus on entrepreneurship.
The Role of Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education in Facilitating Economic, Social and Cultural Development in Peripheral Regions 8am-9pm Emera Innovation Exchange, Signal Hill Campus, 100 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s.
This conference is jointly sponsored by the CARE (Collaborative Applied Research in Economics) initiative in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; SITA (Scholarship in the Arts); and the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland. The conference is open to the general public, students, staff and faculty members. The conference program is available online.
Nature Masterclass 830am-430pm Location will be communicated to successful applicants.
Visual Arts Open Studios 11:30am-1:20pm Room FA-330, Fine Arts Building, Grenfell Campus.
Fourth-year visual arts students will host open studios. Refreshments will be available. Students will be in their studios for conversation about their art practice and visual research.

C-CORE Lunch and Learn: The Biomass Satellite Mission - Measuring the World’s Global Carbon Cycle 12-1pm Campbell Boardroom, C-CORE Building, St. John's Campus.
The Biomass satellite is the European Space Agency’s 7th Earth Explorer mission. This mission will measure the worldwide spatial distribution and dynamics of forest Biomass in order to improve current assessments and future projections of the global carbon cycle. This will be achieved using a P-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), providing global maps of forest Biomass stocks, forest disturbance and growth. The mission is slated for launch in 2022. A calibration transponder is now being designed and built by C-CORE to help monitor mission heath and maintain the calibration accuracy of the Biomass satellite. This presentation will provide details of Biomass, how it operates and helps reduce uncertainty in the global carbon cycle, and C-CORE’s contributions to the mission. Everyone welcome to attend.
Ocean Safety Talks Research 12-1pm MI Conference Centre, Marine Institute.
You’re invited to Ocean Safety Research Talks presented by the Marine Institute’s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre Research Unit. Dr. Heather Carnahan and Dr. Michael King will speak about their research into Parabolic Flight and insight into experiencing zero gravity. The talk will be followed by an open house in the unit’s Ocean Safety Lab, room W-2047, for refreshments and to talk with researchers about their work to improve the safety for people who work and play on the ocean.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) Lunch and Learn
1230-2pm NLCAHR Boardroom, 95 Bonaventure Avenue, suite 300, St. John's.
Join NLCAHR for this interactive lunch and learn session, which will outline how researchers at NLCAHR, together with community and health system partners, are involved in two programs that support health and well-being in Newfoundland and Labrador by taking an inclusive approach to research and collaboration. Available by webinar.
RSVP to attend.
FLIRT (Friday Light Informal Research Talks) on Thursday 1230-130pm Room AS-2011, Arts and Science Building, Grenfell Campus.
David Pike will present a talk titled Chip Firing and Carbon Dioxide Sequestration. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!
Fisheries in a Changing World 2-3pm MI Conference Centre, Marine Institute.
Join Dr. Tyler Eddy, the Marine Institute's newest researcher, for this engaging discussion. Dr. Eddy recently joined the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, and is developing a program investigating interactions between fisheries, climate change and ecosystems in Newfoundland and Labrador. Changes in fish populations and coastal fishing communities became a strong interest during his undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University, where he completed a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Marine Biology. He then went on to do his PhD in New Zealand to study different approaches to fisheries management and marine conservation including ecosystem-based fisheries management, rights-based fisheries and marine protected area impacts on ecosystems and fisheries. Following his PhD, Dr. Tyler held a postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University and was a Nereus Program Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia and the University of South Carolina. His postdoctoral research has focused on emerging shellfish fisheries, climate change impacts on fisheries, and ecology and fisheries at the Galápagos Archipelago.
How Digital Research Tools Can Help You in Your Research 3-4pm Room SN-2098, Science Building, St. John's Campus.
This session is presented by ACENET. Do you have large data sets that you would like to mine and analyze in innovative ways? Are you trying to model something that’s too complex for your desktop? Do you want to look for patterns in visual imagery, reveal trends in spatial data, or perform quantitative analysis of digitized texts? Perhaps you want to build a web-based research or analytical tool and don’t know where to start. This orientation session will introduce you to the terms and concepts around high performance (HPC), supercomputing and big data analytics, the resources available within Compute Canada and ACENET, what they do and how they apply to various types of research. It will also provide some illustrative examples of how researchers and students across the sciences and humanities are using digital tools, and how to get started.
The Science and Start-up Social 5-7pm The Bier Market, 135 Harbour Drive, St. John's
Connect with Memorial, the Creative Destruction Lab and Springboard Atlantic for an evening of networking and discovery. This event, co-ordinated by the  Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, will bring together several Memorial research labs, their students and members of the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. Please confirm your attendance by Nov. 4 registering here. Creative Destruction Lab and Springboard Atlantic have partnered together to explore the science and tech‐based research taking place in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE) session: Keeping your business legit
530-730pm MCE, room EN-3075, S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus.
This free workshop is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of early-stage startup incorporation, protecting intellectual property, managing your finances, and much more! You will also get a chance to ask all your burning questions to an accountant and a lawyer. Pizza and water provided.
Community Archaeology in Labrador: Past Projects and Future Prospects 6pm Labrador Institute (College of the North Atlantic Building), 219 Hamilton River Road Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Learning about the past is a great way to understand the present and the future. During this presentation, Dr. Scott Neilsen will discuss archaeological research in Labrador - both past and present - through the lens of “community”; and will introduce an exciting new opportunity for community-led archaeological and heritage research in the region.
Friday, Nov. 15
The Role of Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education in Facilitating Economic, Social and Cultural Development in Peripheral Regions 9am-5pm Emera Innovation Exchange, Signal Hill Campus, 100 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s.
This conference is jointly sponsored by the CARE (Collaborative Applied Research in Economics) initiative in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; SITA (Scholarship in the Arts); and the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland. The conference is open to the general public, students, staff and faculty members. The conference program is available online.
Guest lecture by Visiting Scholar  Dr. Vikram Athalye, Department of Physics, Cummins College, Pune, India 11am-noon Room BN-4000, Faculty of Business Administration, St. John's Campus.
Please join Dr. Athalye for a special discussion. The title of his presentation is Quantum Physics and its applications in fields outside of its natural remit: a brief survey of its uses in the humanities and the social sciences. More details are available here.
Faculty of Science 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Noon Room C-2039, Chemistry-Physics Building, St. John's Campus.
Join the Faculty of Science as it hosts its Three Minute Thesis (3MT®). The deadline for Science students to submit their completed application form and slide is Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon. Contact Nancy Bishop, for details.
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science presents From lab bench to store shelves: A translational R&D model and methodology 12-1pm Room EN-4000, Faculty/Staff Lounge, S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus.
Lunch and learn presented by Dr. Carlos Bazan, assistant professor and engineering chair in entrepreneurship.
Canada Research Chair Panel Discussion: Health and Wellbeing 12-130pm Room 1M-102, Faculty of Medicine
Panelists include 

- Dr. Touati Benoukraf, Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics for Personalized Medicine;
- Dr. Julia Christensen, Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Public Policy;
- Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity;
- Dr. Craig Moore, Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Repair; and
- Dr. Benjamin Zendel, Canada Research Chair in Aging and Auditory Neuroscience.

You're invited to join these five leading researchers for an interactive dialogue on health and wellbeing. Light lunch will be provided. While this event is free, space is limited. Please e-mail by Nov. 12 to register.
FLIRT (Friday Light Informal Research Talks) 1230-130pm Room AS-2011, Arts and Science Building, Grenfell Campus.
Catherine Chambers will present a talk titled Equitable Governance in Icelandic Fisheries and Aquaculture. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!
Powered by Grenfell: Launch of the 2016-2018 Research Report 2pm Fine Arts Atrium, Grenfell Campus.
All are welcome for the launch of Powered by Grenfell: Research and Graduate Studies Report 2016-2018. A light reception will take place following remarks.
Research Happy Hour! 4-6pm The GCSU Backlot, Grenfell Campus.
What better way to clew up a week of research than by socializing with friends and colleagues! Snacks will be provided. ID for 19 required.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Sunday, Nov. 17
Third annual Faculty of Medicine Open House 1-430pm Faculty of Medicine, St. John's Campus.
Everyone welcome! This family-friendly event includes a Body Works exhibit; teddy bear clinic; research demonstrations; information booths for public education and community programs; artwork created by faculty, staff and learners; and games and activities for all ages. Parking is available on the third floor of the parking garage on Arctic Avenue through the back entrance.
Monday, Nov. 18
2019 Elizabeth R. Laird Public Lecture: Materials for Tomorrow, Today 7-9pm Innovation Hall, room IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John's Campus.
Join Dr. Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Departments of Chemistry and Computer Science, University of Toronto, as he argues one must go beyond simple computational screening approaches, followed by traditional experimentation for materials discovery. Admission is free and all are welcome. Limited free parking is available in Lot 17. A reception will follow.

Please check back for updates, additional events and information. Please note, sessions are subject to change.