Research Week 2022

Design featuring green, yellow and white colours, along the words Thank you, Research Week 2022

Thank you message from Dr. Tana Allen, acting vice-president (research)

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped make our fifth annual Research Week a huge success! I appreciate everyone – on each of our campuses and from the wider community – who organized, hosted, promoted and participated in the 70 events. Your involvement, ideas and passion for research enrich our celebrations. It was inspiring to see so many activities. I was delighted to attend several and meet members of our research community. For those who attended events, please complete a feedback survey. Your views will help inform future Research Week activities. Thanks once again for being a part of Research Week and see you next year!


Memorial's fifth annual Research Week celebrations took place Nov. 21-25, 2022. Please see Archived Events Calendar below.


We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

Events Calendar

Monday, Nov. 21
Tuesday, Nov. 22
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Thursday, Nov. 24
Friday, Nov. 25

Monday, Nov. 21

HSS Showcase Poster Display

All week

Throughout Research Week, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be displaying posters from research projects that are part of our HSS Showcase. While you’re out and about, please stop by the Founders' Gallery (the main foyer of the Arts and Administration Building, St. John's Campus) and read through the amazing variety of research being done in the faculty. The display also contains a how-to guide explaining how Humanities and Social Sciences researchers can add their projects to the HSS Showcase.

Inaugural Women's Health Research Event 9-11am

This event will take place in room PE-2001, the Physical Education Building, St. John's Campus. An exercise session will start at 7:30am in the Physical Education Gymnasium.

Dr. Laurie Twells, assistant dean of clinical research and professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Dr. Katie Wadden, assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, will facilitate a discussion on critical topics in women’s health research. Participants will engage in small group brainstorming activities designed for a diverse group to co-produce a vision for the future of women’s reproductive health and social care. The event will create a space for researchers and community members to discuss preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, maternal health and well-being. The vision of the organizers is to produce a collective voice specific to women’s reproductive health challenges in Newfoundland and Labrador to present to the Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition.

If you are a researcher, clinician, student, patient, community member, or tech-minded person and are interested in women’s health, this event is for you!

Ever wondered what clinical exercise interventions involve? If so, join our pre-meeting exercise session at 7:30 am in the Physical Education Gym. Researcher-Kinesiologist Nicole Hollohan will lead this session and instruct us through a protocol designed for women living with obesity and experiencing infertility. It will involve a 30-minute low-impact body-weighted exercise session. Please bring water and a mat!

Did you know in 2021, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) launched a new national Women's Health Research Initiative? Come to this event and learn about it! Coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided in the lobby of the Physical Education Building.

Get the scoop on research: 30 years of impact 10-11am

It has been 30 years since the creation of the Office of the Vice-President (Research). In that time, Memorial’s total research income has grown from approximately $30 million per year to more than $175 million.

In recognition of this special anniversary, join Dr. Tana Allen, acting vice-president (research), and staff from the Research Portfolio for an informal celebratory kick-off to Research Week. Drop by to meet some of the employees who champion and support Memorial's research activities and for some ice cream treats.

This event will take place in the Office of the Vice-President (Research), room IIC-3003, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John's Campus.

How to Navigate Research and Evaluation Approval Processes for Health Data: An Interactive Q&A Session 11am-noon

This event is hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, Eastern Health, Central Health, Western Health and Labrador Grenfell Health

This session will be a brief overview of how to navigate approval processes to access health data for secondary use in NL. This will focus on a collaboration by five health data custodians in NL: Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, Eastern Health, Central Health, Western Health and Labrador Grenfell Health to streamline the data access process for the secondary use of health data. The majority of the session will be interactive and will offer an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about approval processes to access health data for their research or evaluation projects.

The session will be held via Teams. Please use this link to access the session: Click here to join the meeting. If you have any trouble accessing the session, please contact

Memorial Geographers are all over the map for Research Week 2022 11am-2pm To celebrate Research Week 2022, Geography students, faculty and staff and map librarians will showcase their research and services on the Giant Floor Map of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The university community are invited to walk all over our province and adjacent seas to learn about the diverse geographical research being conducted here in our own backyard — from northern housing to plastic pollution monitoring, from climate change impacts on our seabed, forests and coasts to church-flipping, to mention just a few. Geographers literally #ThinkOutside in diverse field locations and communities around our province (and the globe).

Come join us on the Fiesta Deck, 3rd floor, of the QEII Library.
Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 1130am  This event will take place in room C-2039, Chemistry-Physics Building, St. John's Campus.

Applications must be received by noon, Wednesday, Nov. 9. Details and application form are available here.
Research Week Lunch and Learn Session hosted by Engineering Research Office Noon You're invited to join Dr. Andrew Vardy for a session entitled: From cleaning to construction: Towards swarms of robots that can manipulate their environment.

Location: room EN-4000, S. J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus.
Meet the training animals 12-1pm Animal Care and Veterinary Resources is hosting this session, which will take place in room 1850 of the Health Sciences Centre. Directions: please go straight down the long corridor from the Faculty of
Medicine atrium, wait outside the room, and a technician will meet you there. Please note that this is a scent-free session. Come cuddle with the superheroes of science and learn about how Memorial University provides various types of enrichment to lab animals used for science.
MUN ALUM 101: Demystifying university research  1-2pm  Just in time for Memorial University’s fifth annual Research Week celebrations, join Acting Vice-President (Research) Dr. Tana Allen to discover what university research really entails and why it matters. Dr. Allen will use her own research journey as a classical archaeologist and social historian to highlight what skills make a successful researcher and will explain why research and teaching are so connected at the post-secondary level. This event is one of many sessions taking place during Research Week 2022.

Registration details are available here.
Seafood Processing for the Blue Economy (session 1) 1-215pm Join the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development for the first in an exciting three-part webinar series as its experts discuss new innovations in seafood for the blue economy. Other sessions are taking place on Nov. 23 and Nov. 25. Please see below. Each session will include a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session/panel discussion.

This session will feature Dr. Heather Burke, director of the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development. 

The log-in instructions for this virtual session are available here
3MT Three Minute Thesis at Grenfell Campus  2-330pm Grenfell Campus's graduate students will compete in a 3 Minute Thesis event in room FC-3019. All are welcome! 
Incorporating environmental DNA for improved benthic habitat mapping 215pm Rylan Command, a research assistant in the 4D Oceans Lab at the Marine Institute, will deliver this virtual presentation. He completed his B.Sc. in biology with a minor in statistics at the University of Victoria (2018) and is currently finishing his M.Sc. (Fisheries Science and Technology) at the Marine Institute. His thesis research utilizes cabled seafloor observatories to study seafloor populations and community dynamics and their response to ocean change at various temporal scales. He is currently researching how to integrate environmental DNA into marine benthic habitat mapping.

The log-in instructions for this virtual session are available here.

Complex coastal seascapes harbour high marine biodiversity upon which humans derive numerous ecosystem services. Maps of benthic habitats are an important tool used by stakeholders, managers, and policy makers to inform coastal development and conservation efforts. Video and still imagery of the seafloor is a common method of collecting information about the occurrence and distribution of benthic organisms. However, imagery data sets often have low taxonomic resolution and systematically underrepresent local biodiversity. Recent advances in environmental genomics have enabled rapid and accurate detection of a wide range of taxa with high taxonomic resolution from environmental DNA (eDNA) extracted from water samples. Targeted-sampling of eDNA has been applied to mapping the distribution of individual species, but to our knowledge, broad-spectrum biodiversity data has not been utilized in habitat mapping. In this talk, I describe our approach to combine an eDNA-based biodiversity assessment with previously collected high-resolution video ground-truth data and present preliminary results demonstrating the benefit of metabarcoding data for improving benthic habitat mapping.
Linguistics Graduate Student Research: A Video Showcase 3pm This is a hybrid event that will take place in room SN-3058. For those wishing to attend remotely, please contact Dr. Sara Mackenzie, associate professor and head, Department of Linguistics, at by Nov. 21 for the log-in instructions.

The Linguistics Department will be holding a screening of a series of short videos showcasing graduate student research. Students have produced videos highlighting their research in the areas of language documentation, language acquisition and theoretical linguistics. The screening of five videos will take approximately 30 minutes. It will be followed by general discussion. 
Points to Consider When You Want to Hire From a Grant 3-4pm This virtual session will be presented by the Department of Human Resources, Faculty of Science and Research Initiatives and Services (Michael Kielly, Alex King, Gina Jackson and Cathy Perry).

To register, please e-mail

This session will highlight important points to consider when hiring staff from a research grant. The event will provide information on grant administration, guidelines for employment of grant employees and human resource policy related to hiring staff. This session will clarify the hiring process, saving valuable time for researchers that want to hire research staff.
Community Farm-Based Research in Labrador 6-8pm Atlantic; 630-830pm Newfoundland The Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems and the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies are excited to be hosting researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the first cohort of the John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation (JJBFF) Research Grant recipients for a virtual presentation and discussion about fostering innovation and resilience in Northern agriculture through community-farm based research. In this session, you’ll learn about what community farm-based research can look like, and how it can support and enhance local food systems and food sovereignty. A Q&A period will follow each presentation, where you will be able to ask questions, share ideas, and connect with the researchers leading this work.
  • 6-6:05pm: Opening remarks by Jamie Jackman.
  • 6:05-6:20pm: Darren Dinsmore, Imperative Inputs and Essentials to Agricultural Success.
  • 6:20-6:35pm: Beth Evans & Adrian Unc, Recovery of soil biological quality during boreal forest regeneration: a case study from Labrador, Canada.
  • 6:35-6:50pm: Linda Jewell, Sidd Paul, & Ed Greogorich, Sustainable soil management for on-farm agricultural climate solutions through AAFC’s Living Laboratories initiative.
  • 6:50-7:05pm: Maxwell Locke & Adrian Unc, The conversion of boreal forest to agricultural fields in Labrador: an exploratory study on soil carbon, health and fertility.
  • 7:05-7:20pm: Carolyn Parsons, Dena Wiseman, Karen Compton, Kyla Malo, Linda Jewell, Sean McCann & Julia Wheeler, AAFC Entomology at the Pye Centre: insect exclusion and intercropping.
  • 7:20-7:35pm: Joshua Smee, Nourishing collaboration: understanding how healthcare and traditional foods could connect in Labrador.
  • 7:35-7:50pm: Julia Wheeler, Linda Jewell, Dena Wiseman, & Karen Compton, An overview of season extension technologies for Northern vegetable production.
  • 7:50-8pm: Closing remarks

 This public session will be held virtually via Zoom. Join the event via this link.

Tuesday, Nov. 22
Strategic Research Areas Panel 9-10am

The Grenfell Strategic Research Areas Committee invites everyone to join and learn about the various projects currently underway. Everything from climate change and agriculture to health/wellness and forestry. The event will be online. Please email for the link.

How Public Engagement Makes Research Better: A Research Week Engage Memorial Panel 10-1130am

Memorial University is, and always has been, home to faculty, students and staff who make public engagement a fundamental aspect of their research. According to the results of the recently published Public Engagement Framework evaluation, public engagement has been successfully incorporated into the fabric of Memorial’s academic work. Faculty, staff, and members of the public agree that there is a high need for public engagement at the University, and a staggering 90 per cent of surveyed Canadian universities rate our public engagement as higher than other universities.

Public engagement is a key part of the academic’s toolkit: not only does it support academic success, but it also helps faculty fulfill more intrinsic goals, including making a positive difference in the world, and contributing to the province and our communities. That said, as with all human relationships, public engagement can be complex and challenging too.

Join us for a multidisciplinary panel discussion hosted by Dr. Margaret Steele, dean of Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine, and hear how Memorial researchers have incorporated and navigated public engagement in their research, and what they’d like to see for the future of engaged research at Memorial. 

Registration details are available here.

Grants Webinar: SSHRC Connection Overview 1030-1130am

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' two grant facilitation officers will provide an overview of the SSHRC Connection Grant application, including purpose, details, application components and navigating how to collate contributions and request letters of support in preparation for submission.

Attendance is open to all Memorial applicants.

This is a virtual session. Join the event via this SSHRC Connection Overview link.

Department of Technical Services' Show and Tell 11am-3pm

Drop by and meet staff from the Department of Technical Services, who will be on site near The Landing, third floor, in the University Centre on the St. John's Campus. You will have the opportunity to learn more about Technical Services and its facilities and specialized equipment, and how the unit supports Memorial's diverse research activities.

Virtual brown bag lunch with the VPR  12-1pm 

Grab your lunch and join Dr. Tana Allen, acting vice-president (research), for an informal virtual brown bag lunch. There is no set agenda other than an opportunity to have a casual discussion with Dr. Allen. Faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs are invited to attend. Please email by Friday, Nov. 18, for the log-in instructions.

The World is Running Out of Antibiotics  12-1pm Host: Quality of Care NL

Did you know that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes drugs that we rely on, such as antibiotics, to become ineffective and infections to become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat? In fact, the World Health Organization has declared that AMR is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. Nov. 18-24 is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and Quality of Care NL will be sharing some of our research about how antibiotics are used here in Newfoundland and Labrador and what we – the public and health care providers – can do to help reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics leading to AMR. We’ll be joined by Dr. Peter Daley, an infectious disease physician and co-chair of the Provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee.

Register for this webinar here.
National Housing Day: Quantifying Housing Needs in Western Newfoundland  1-3pm The proponents of a study on housing needs in the Corner Brook area will present their survey results at the new Centre for Research and Innovation. All are welcome. 
NRC-Memorial Karluk Collaboration Space: Working Together to Advance Research Excellence 2pm This will be a virtual presentation open to all members of the Memorial community.

In 2018, to celebrate the many years of collaborative research between the National Research Council and Memorial University, the two organizations formalized their relationship by creating the Karluk Collaboration Space. The Karluk Collaboration Space hosts, co-ordinates and promotes collaborative research projects between the National Research Council of Canada’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre (NRC-OCRE) and Memorial University. Since 2018, OCRE has worked with 25 Memorial graduate students, who collaborated with NRC-OCRE researchers on 15 research projects, further solidifying our commitment to work together and provide opportunities to mentor students entering their field.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Karluk Collaboration Space, the key research focus areas and the benefits to students. It will also include a high level overview of NRC-OCRE and our local, world-class facilities on the Memorial campus, as well as highlights of some ongoing Karluk student projects. To conclude, NRC will discuss its plan to extend its collaborative research with multiple faculties within Memorial; how students and professors can get involved and whom they could contact about future projects.

This will be a ½ hour presentation with an additional ½ hour for questions and answers.

Learn more about Karluk Collaboration Space and the Memorial partnership prior to the event to pique your interest.

To learn more about the Karluk Collaboration Space, how you can be a part of this community, and how to connect to this session, please email:
Subjectivity in Multi-Criteria Reconnaissance Mapping of Slope Failure Potential in Costal Environments. A Case Study of the Bay of Islands, Western Newfoundland 2pm Caroline Lee, a graduate of the Master of Applied Ocean Technology program at the Marine Institute, will deliver this virtual presentation. As a graduate student, she focused on ocean mapping techniques and conducted research into methods for the remote mapping of submarine slope stability in coastal environments. Previously, she earned her bachelor of science (honours) degree from the University of Toronto in Geology and Geographic Information Systems.

The log-in instructions for this virtual presentation are available here.

This will be a presentation of research and findings on the use of remote multi-criteria methods for assessing slope failure potential in the Bay of Islands, Western Newfoundland, using multibeam bathymetry and analog sidescan sonar data, completed as a Master of Applied Ocean Technology capstone research project in the School of Ocean Technology.
Teaching Enhancement through Scholarly Inquiry 2-3pm This is a hybrid event hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) where individuals can join in-person or remotely through WebEx. The in-person event will take place in the McCann Centre, room ED-2030B, Education Building, St. John's Campus.

For those wishing to attend remotely, please contact Keith Power at by Nov. 21 for the login instructions.

Do you have a question about teaching and learning that you would like to answer? Are you curious about testing out a new teaching strategy? Do you wonder whether your teaching is having a meaningful impact on your students? Do you simply want to become a better teacher? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), a systematic approach to enhancing our understanding of student development in higher education through scholarly inquiry. Join us for this event to learning more about the SoTL. You will learn how CITL is supporting the SoTL research and educator professional learning at Memorial University through its new and innovative Teaching Enhancement through Scholarly Inquiry (TESI) Program. Attendees will be introduced to the SoTL and why it matters; and will learn about the TESI Program and how they can participate in the program to further their own personal research and teaching goals. Current TESI Program participants will be on hand to share their experiences and offer insights on how the program is supporting them as they aim to foster better learning for all.

For additional information, please contact Keith Power at
Be a surgeon! 2-3pm Animal Care and Veterinary Resources is hosting this session, which will take place in room 1850 of the Health Sciences Centre. Directions: please go straight down the long corridor from the Faculty of
Medicine atrium, wait outside the room, and a technician will meet you there. Please note that this is a scent-free session. Come learn how to suture using DASIE. DASIE is a surgical model that allows students to develop their surgical and suturing skills without using animals. DASIE is an excellent tool as it replaces the need for lab animals, an important component of the three Rs of research required by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).
Networking for Success! 3-630pm                Hosted by the Research Innovation Office. Location: Room CSF-1302, Core Science Facility, St. John's Campus.

Informal conversations at events or trade shows with industry and funders can be daunting for researchers. This event will address topics such as how to convey the importance and impact of research to non-technical folks. And how to “work the room” to build a supportive network that might lead to collaboration opportunities.

During this session, you will hear from Kraken Robotics, Newfoundland Power Inc. and Bounce Health Innovations about their successes, challenges and best practices when it comes to networking with the research community. This will be followed by a workshop facilitated by Dr. Dawn Henwood that will provide faculty and graduate students with an experiential learning opportunity to build and explore their networking skills. The workshop will include a blend of theory, targeted skill development, hands-on practice, and reflection. As part of the session, participants will engage in a simulation of a networking event, followed by a debrief.

This event is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Food and beverages will be provided.

To attend, please sign up here

Speaking of Engineering Public Lecture

7pm Have you ever wondered … why artificial intelligence and software engineering are everywhere

Join us for a discussion on Memorial’s new Centre for Artificial intelligence, and our new master’s programs in artificial intelligence and software engineering, led by program co-chairs Dr. Lourdes Pena-Castillo, Faculty of Science, and Dr. Stephen Czarnuch, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. All are welcome.

Speaking of Engineering is hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Professional Engineers & Geoscientists Newfoundland & Labrador.

This will be a hybrid event. Guests may attend in person. The lecture will take place in room EN-2006, in the S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus or via Webex

Reception to follow. Admission is free and all are welcome. Free parking in lot 60. 

Wednesday, Nov. 23
Research Initiatives and Services (RIS) virtual coffee break  10-11am  In recognition of Research Week and all the contributions of the research community, RIS is holding a virtual coffee break to reconnect with faculty research offices. There is no set agenda for the break but rather an opportunity for faculty grant facilitators and associate deans to drop-in and say hello to/chat with Dr. Tana Allen, acting vice-president (research), Dave Miller, director, RIS and RIS staff members. We look forward to you “dropping in” and saying hello. If you are interested, please email by Nov. 21 for the log-in instructions for this virtual meet-up. 
Research Week Lunch and Learn Session hosted by Engineering Research Office Noon You're invited to join Dr. Liam Morrissey for a session entitled: Novel Approaches to Understanding the Interaction of Materials with the Space Environment.

Location: room EN-4000, S. J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus.
Ocean Safety Research at Memorial’s Marine Institute 12-1pm Learn about the Marine Institute’s multidisciplinary approach to Ocean Safety Research with Drs. Liz Sanli, Jennifer Smith and Rosemary Ricciardelli, faculty at the School of Maritime Studies. Undergraduate, graduate students and post-docs are invited to attend. Please contact by Friday, Nov. 18 to register. 

The log-in instructions for this virtual presentation are available here.

Dr. Liz Sanli studies performance, learning and behaviour change in complex, work-related contexts.  Her current research focuses on the understanding of fundamental processes, such as attention and motivation as well as cognitive ergonomic principles and how they contribute to complex skill performance, learning, and retention over time. She aims to understand realistic, situation-based training and education and the impact it has on performance and learning. She is an instructor (research) with the School of Maritime studies.

Dr. Jennifer Smith is an instructor (research) with the School of Maritime Studies. Her research evaluates the effectiveness of simulation technologies for maritime training applications. This involves conducting experiments using simulators to study human factors issues in the maritime workplace and to understand the current and future needs of maritime education and training. She looks at how to adapt training technologies to meet the complex needs of seafarers and how these technologies can help seafarers manage the ongoing transformation of the maritime workplace in response to automation, digitalization, and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Rosemary Ricciardelli is professor (PhD, Sociology) in the School of Maritime Studies and Research Chair in Safety, Security and Wellness, at the Marine Institute. Elected to the Royal Society of Canada, her research centres on evolving understandings of gender, vulnerabilities, risk and experiences and issues within different facets of the criminal justice system and among mariners. She has published 12 books, 205+ journal articles and 50+ chapters all in the areas of PSP, criminalized persons and wellness – broadly defined. As a sex and gender researcher, her interests lay in the social health, identity construction, and lived experiences of individuals. She leads a longitudinal study on the mental health and well-being experiences of correctional officers employed by Correctional Services Canada.

HSS Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) 12-2pm Memorial University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will hold its first Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) as part of its 2022 Research Week celebrations. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

The competition will be held at the Nexus Centre, room SN-4022, Science Building, St. John's Campus.
From Transactional to True Relationship: Research Impacting Indigenous Groups (RIIG) Policy as a game-changer to how we do research in/and with Indigenous communities 1230-2pm Memorial is leading a two-phased consultation plan, meeting with targeted internal and external stakeholders, to gather input and ideas related to its RIIG Policy.

RIIG is a groundbreaking policy for Memorial with the intent and commitment of ensuring that all research impacting Indigenous communities, cultures and lands be grounded in ethical and respectful conduct. Read more in a recent Gazette news story.

As part of Research Week, you’re invited to join this virtual discussion.

You’ll hear from panelists: 

To request log-in instructions for this virtual session, please email

Bring Your Ideas! The Research Exchange Group on Mental Health 1230pm The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research will host this session via Zoom. Log-in instructions are available here. Meeting ID: 867 8010 5498 | Passcode: 264881

The Research Exchange Group on Mental Health brings together university and community partners who share an interest in research, practice and public policy related to mental health and wellness. All are welcome to attend its regular meetings. The group is seeking new ideas as it re-convenes this year under the leadership of Brittany Howell, policy planning and research analyst at Eastern Health. Ms. Howell is a passionate advocate for mental health, health equity and well-being. She holds a master's of science in Pharmacy (Health Outcomes) from Memorial and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont. Please join us to share your ideas as we develop a new roster of community-engaged bi-monthly meetings for 2023. We’d like to hear YOUR ideas for activities and presentations you’d like to see roll out for this group- all you need to bring is your curiosity and your interest!
2022 Brosnan Lecture in Biochemistry
Antibiotic Resistance Up Close: A Structural Biologist View on a Global Health Threat
1-2pm  This lecture is taking place in room CSF-1302, Core Science Facility, St. John's Campus. 

Dr. Albert Berghuis, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, is delivering this year's lecture.

The dangers antibiotic resistance poses to human health needs little introduction. Statistics, such as that already over one million deaths annually are directly attributable to resistant bacteria, have been well publicized. The WHO has advocated a multi-pronged approach to address this global health threat, which includes developing new medicines. Dr. Berghuis’s lab uses structural biological approaches to examine various mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, with the objective of informing the development of new therapeutic options for treating bacterial infections. Notably, they have examined enzyme-mediated resistance to aminoglycoside and macrolide antibiotics. Their findings have underscored the difficulties of drug development in the contexts of widespread multi-drug resistance, but have also revealed viable avenues to combat resistance.
Seafood Processing for the Blue Economy (session 2) 1-215pm Join the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development for the second in an exciting three-part webinar series as its experts discuss new innovations in seafood for the blue economy. The session will include a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session/panel discussion.

This session will feature Pete Brown, mechanical engineer, Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development.

The log-in instructions for this virtual session are available here.
Tech Talk 3-4pm Animal Care and Veterinary Resources is hosting this session which will take place virtually via WebEx. Zahra Aghaei, a former graduate student of the Department of Chemistry at Memorial, will speak about her research on the effects of micro and neoplastics on fetal and placental growth. Ms. Aghaei completed her master's degree under the supervision of Dr. Lindsay Cahill and now works with Animal Care and Veterinary Resources. Click here to view a related journal article. To register, please email with the subject line reading “Registration for Tech Talk”.
Book Launch with Pam Hall and Jerry Evans: Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, Chapter III, Miawpukek - The Middle River 3-5pm Join artists Pam Hall and Jerry Evans in conversation as they launch their new book, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, Chapter III: Miawpukek - The Middle River.

The latest chapter in Pam Hall’s ambitious series, co-authored with Jerry Evans, presents a remarkable and respectful collaboration between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous artist. From canoe-building to berry harvesting, from preparing moose nose to reclaiming language and traditional cultural practices, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, Chapter III - Miawpukek - The Middle River vividly presents the rich, place-based knowings and doings of this Indigenous community on the south coast of Newfoundland.

Q&A, book signing, mingling, and refreshments to follow. Copies of Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge will be available for purchase.

This event is open to the public. It will take place in the Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall, St. John's Campus. Brought to you by Memorial University Press and Breakwater Books LTD.
School of Graduate Studies InfoMingle 330-5pm This event will take place in room IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre, St. John's Campus.

Are you curious about graduate school or wondering how an advanced degree could be rewarding? Are you wondering about options after a bachelor’s degree? In this open info session, we will cover reasons you might consider going to graduate school, different program options, general admission requirements for graduate programs, and specific advice to increase your chances for admission. There will also be a Q&A period for you to ask questions. Refreshments will be provided while you mingle with SGS staff and representatives from various academic units.

Registration is available here.

The Gong Show! 5-7pm Taking place in the Grenfell Campus Dining Hall/Backlot, join researchers as they compete in the Gong Show! They will present five slides in five minutes, or they’ll be gonged!
Re/Thinking Solidarity: Women, Activism, and Creating Non-Colonizing Relations 7pm This event takes place at The Community Room, St. John’s Farmers’ Market, 245 Freshwater Road, St. John's. Doors open at 630pm.

On the heels of recent revelations of past and ongoing injustices, reconciliation and solidarity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is increasingly urgent. But it is a complex endeavour. In her new book, The Solidarity Encounter: Women, Activism, and Creating Non-Colonizing RelationsDr. Carol-Lynne D’Arcangelis, assistant professor, Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, grapples with this key tension: colonizing behaviours that result when white women centre their own goals and frameworks as they participate in activism with Indigenous women and groups. Dr. D’Arcangelis links interviews with activists and her own self-reflections to current scholarship to take readers into the fraught terrain of solidarity organizing.

Join Dr. D’Arcangelis for an author talk followed by a roundtable with special guests Joanne Harris (Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaw), Beth Jacobs (Anishinaabe), and Andrea Procter (white settler) who will reflect on how the book relates to their Indigenous/Non-Indigenous solidarity experiences.

There will be light refreshments.
FoM Brewing Research 7-9pm Please join the Assistant Dean of Clinical Research, Dr. Laurie Twells, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine, along with clinical faculty and research support staff to meet and brew up research ideas, build collaborations and discuss how our office can support your research efforts! All welcome to join.

Location: Quidi Vidi Brewery, St. John's. Parking is limited. 
Thursday, Nov. 24
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science's Annual Research Day 10am-2pm This event is a great opportunity for students to showcase their ongoing research and projects to the university community and the public, and for professors to engage their industry partners. Students are also encouraged to present the impact of their research and explain complex information in lay terms.

This event will take place in the main foyer of the S. J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus.
Core Research Equipment and Instrument Training (CREAIT) Network open house and lab tours 10am-noon CREAIT Network lab co-ordinators will guide you through a short 15- to 20-minute tour of their facilities, discussing the equipment and current research. Tours will start in the Whale Atrium, first floor, Core Science Facility, and the Earth Science Atrium, fourth floor, Alexander Murray Building. More information about CREAIT is available here.
Enhance your Research with CAIR 11am-noon  Hosts: CAIRNL SUPPORT

CAIR is the Centre for Analytics, Informatics and Research, a high-performance computing centre with the capacity to rapidly process, analyze and store vast amounts of data. Located on the St. John's Campus, CAIR provides Memorial researchers with access to one of Atlantic Canada's fastest computing environments! Join us during Research Week for an introduction to CAIR’s services and staff, and learn more about how the powerful hardware and software provided by IBM Canada can enhance your research.

Register for the webinar here.
Pop-up book sale & coffee break with Memorial University Press 11am-2pm Join Memorial University Press for a pop-up book sale and coffee break in the Lower Atrium of the Bruneau Centre, St. John's Campus. Come and see what Memorial’s publishing, find out more about the process, or chat with our academic editor about your own project. Books will be for sale (cash or credit only), coffee and snacks provided.
Open Studio 1130am-120 pm In celebration of Research Week, the fourth-year BFA Visual Arts students at Grenfell Campus will host this event in room FA-330.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to drop by and see visual and material research in action!
How to Leverage ITB (Industrial & Technological Benefits) Noon Hosted by the Research Innovation Office. This is a virtual session.

ACOA helps promote and connect post-secondary institutions to defence procurement opportunities. This presentation will provide invaluable information to the Memorial community on programming as well as how to connect with ITB opportunities.

This webinar will feature an overview of the Industrial & Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, the Government of Canada's defence procurement process, and the Atlantic Canada’s Opportunities Agency (ACOA) role in leveraging ITB benefits to support regional capacity building. ACOA’s officials will be on hand to speak to defence procurement programs and industry engagement as we explore potential areas of collaboration between defence contractors, ACOA and Memorial University.

To attend online, please sign up here.
Recommendations to Canadian Post-secondary Institutions on Preparing a Skilled Cyber Security Workforce Noon The Marine Institute invites you to this session by Angela McAllister, a cyber security professional who has been working in the field of cyber security for 15 years. She is a supervisor at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security working with the academic and health sectors to help secure their networks. Prior to her current role, Angela held the positions of communications security technologist, information technology security analyst, and information technology technical writer. Angela is also a professor of communications, electronics and computer applications at Algonquin College. Angela holds a Master of Technology Management, a Bachelor of Technology, a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology and a C.E.T. designation.

With the increase of cyber-attacks, there is a need for businesses, agencies and government departments to hire cyber security professionals to protect their networks and their intellectual property. However, there is presently a global shortage of cyber professionals to fill the roles and perform the needed tasks. This presentation will discuss the results of an environmental scan of current cybersecurity programs as well as surveys of academic and industry professionals. The results of the study can help Canadian post-secondary institutions develop a workforce that is skilled and innovative in the field of cyber security. The results include recommendations, based on surveys of industry and academic professionals combined with an analysis of workforce development guidance publications from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, to technical departments of Canadian post-secondary institutions on program changes that will increase the number of graduates that have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to design networks and devices that can withstand an ever changing cyber threat landscape.

The location for this session will be the Marine Institute's mainfloor boardroom, room C2204, Ridge Road Campus.
Ready, Set, Connect: A Science Career Networking Event 12-2pm This event will take place in The Landing, room UC-3015, University Centre, St. John's Campus.

Science students and graduates will have an opportunity to pitch their skills and experiences to industry professionals from various companies that hire for science backgrounds. During the event, groups of students and graduates are matched up with participating industry professionals at tables. The industry professionals move to another table approximately every seven minutes until everyone has been acquainted. 

Bios of the presenters can be found here.

To register for this event, click here
Advance Care Planning for the End of Life 1230pm The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research will host this session via Zoom. Log-in instructions are available here. Meeting ID: 825 2349 5428 |Passcode: 849012.

In this presentation of the Research Exchange Group on Palliative and End of Life Care, we’ll talk about planning for end of life. Death is an inescapable but unifying human experience. The journey there, however, is uniquely personal.  Value-based advance care planning is a process that can support one’s journey, ensuring who they are is reflected in their care plan. As part of a Master’s of Social Work Pathways project, Alison Judd has created an educational module to improve healthcare professional’s communication and understanding for value-based advance care planning. Improving healthcare professional’s communication around death, dying and value-based advance care planning is the primary goal of the education module. Learn about this project as Alison shares her research and practice in supporting improved end of life care in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Knowledge (Ex)Changes Everything 130-430pm In this Research Week session, taking place in the R. Gushue Hall Mezzanine, St. John's Campus, the Faculty of Education presents a number of its research projects followed by a moderated stakeholders panel and discussion. If you would like to learn about education-focused research or identifying research synergies with community stakeholders, you are welcomed to attend. Please RSVP to
Non-traditional Forms of Knowledge Mobilization 2-330pm Join five Grenfell faculty researchers who share their work outside the scope of traditional ways of knowledge mobilization. Those interested in attending can join via this WebEx link
Tour of the Animal Resource Centre 2-3pm Instructions regarding a meeting point and directions will be provided upon registration. Take a tour of Memorial’s new state-of-the-art animal research facility and learn about all it has to offer. This new facility will support research in medicine, psychology, biology and biochemistry and the development of highly qualified professional medical residents and graduate students skilled in emergency, trauma, and surgical procedures. Registration for this event is required. To register, please email with the subject line reading “Registration for ARC tour”.
Whale of a Time – Take 2! 5-7pm The Faculty of Science is inviting all faculty, staff and students to a social in recognition of Research Week 2022.

Location: Whale Atrium, Core Science Facility.

RSVP by Nov. 18 to attend.
An Evening with the Faculty of the Labrador Campus 7-8:30pm Atlantic; 7:30-9pm Newfoundland The Labrador Campus and the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies is delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the community-led and community-based research of the Labrador Campus faculty. In this session, Dr. Amy Hudson will discuss her research on a collective Inuit history of NunatuKavut, Dr. Sylvia Moore, Dr. Jamie Snook, and Dr. David Borish will discuss their work to support Inuit educators in developing teaching resources and land-based learning activities, and Dr. Scott Neilsen will discuss his archaeological research with the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. A Q&A period will follow each presentation, where you will be able to ask questions, share ideas, and connect with the researchers leading this work.
  • 7-7:05pm: Opening remarks by Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo
  • 7:05-7:30pm: Dr. Amy Hudson, Inuit Stories of home.
  • 7:30-7:55pm: Dr. Sylvia Moore, Dr. Jamie Snook, & Dr. David Borish, Caribou-based Learning
  • 7:55-8:20pm: Dr. Scott Neilsen, Cultural Resources Management at Archaeological Site FjCa-51 in Sheshatshiu, Labrador: preliminary results and future plans.
  • 8:20-8:30pm: Closing remarks

This public session will be held virtually via Zoom. Join this event via this link.

Friday, Nov. 25
School of Pharmacy Annual Research Day Poster session 830-1130am

Keynote speaker 1-2pm
Poster session (Undergraduate & Graduate Students). Location: Faculty of Medicine foyer, Health Sciences Centre (top of stairs, near main cafeteria). 

Presenter: Dr. Michael Doschak

Title: Synthesis of Bone-Seeking Peptide Hormone Analogues and In-Vivo Pharmacodynamic Evaluation Using Micro-Computed Tomography

Location: Lecture Theatre E, Room 2956, Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Michael Doschak is a tenured full professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His research program is centered on the impact of drugs on the mineralized tissues of the body. To that end, in 2007 he established and continues to manage the Pharmacy Micro-Computed Tomography (micro-CT) Imaging facility, to facilitate the pharmacodynamic modeling of labeled drugs and tissue specific dose-response outcomes. During the 9 months of his sabbatical research residence here (October 2022 – June 2023), Dr. Doschak has set up the first micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging lab at Memorial University. 
Engaging ideas 9-11am Location: Faculty of Business Administration Boardroom, room BN-4000.

You're invited to Engaging Ideas, the Faculty of Business Administration’s research and industry engagement series. This series aims to bridge the gap between industry and research and provide a forum to discuss practical uses and real-world implications of the exciting research being conducted in the business faculty and at Memorial. The topic of this session is Technology in the Workplace.

To register, e-mail by Nov. 21.
Patrick and William 2022 at-sea survey 10-11am This session will take place in the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries Seminar Room. 

Speakers will include: Tasha Harrold, project manager; Alannah Wudrick, M.Sc. student; and Rachel Forbes, M.Sc. student.

Learn about the recent 2022 at sea survey onboard the Patrick and William during Fall 2022.  A group of scientists, students and staff spent over a month onboard the Patrick and William in three marine conservation areas: NE NL Slope, Hopedale Saddle and Funk Island Deep. A collection of non-extractive and minimally invasive technologies were employed to gather data to be used in helping establish a long term monitoring program for marine conservation areas, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
How to Find Employment Opportunities in the Field of Science (Virtual)  11am-noon                            Discover tips, strategies and resources to find employment in the field of science. Learn about organizations that hire for science backgrounds and hear from science students/alumni to learn about their job experiences and how you can navigate your own job search as a student and graduate.

Register here.
A Special Talk  from the UK about Autistic Identity and Addictions 1130am The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research will host this session via Zoom. Log-in instructions are available here. Meeting ID: 892 3667 0963 |Passcode: 771597.

In this presentation of the Research Exchange Group on Autism, David Gray-Hammond (he/him) a consultant and advocate in the fields of Autistic mental health, well-being, and addictions will speak about his work in the UK. David works as a young person’s mentor for Gecko Community CIO, where he supports neurodivergent young people with trauma and burnout. He is also working with Gecko to set up a project to support young substance users with matters of addiction and criminal exploitation. After overcoming addiction and psychosis himself, David was diagnosed Autistic. Tanya Adkin is an Autism specialist, trainer and consultant who has worked with vulnerable groups in varying capacities for the past 17 years. She has dedicated the past 7 years to working specifically with Autistic people and their families. Tanya offers a unique and holistic perspective a professional, an Autistic adult and a parent of Autistic children. As an Autism specialist, Tanya’s work is varied: she works with and takes referrals from a number of professionals such as consultant psychiatrists, social workers, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups etc. Tanya works with families, professionals, children, young people and adults, and is often seen as a link between Autistic people, their families and services. We will hear Tanya and David’s personal stories as they provide a session on Autism 101: Understanding why Autistic people may become addicted to substances. In addition, we will look at the service landscape, knowledge gaps, research gaps and service gaps.
Research Week Lunch and Learn Session hosted by Engineering Research Office Noon You're invited to join Dr. Cui Lin for a session entitled: Understanding Field Rock Stress in Underground Excavations for Safe and Sustainable Mining.

Location: room EN-4000, S. J. Carew (Engineering) Building, St. John's Campus.

Biology and Ocean Sciences: Environmental change and marine life 12-130pm This event will take place in room CSF-1302, Core Science Facility, St. John's Campus.

The Departments of Biology and Ocean Sciences will offer several short presentations by students and faculty related to the theme of environmental change and marine life. This will be followed by a reception in the Whale Atrium where people can interact with the presenters and other members of the departments (and enjoy some pizza).
Headline vs. the Full Story: Data Provides the Context You Need 1230-130pm Ever see news headlines and statistics about population and wonder how it applies to a local area?

Let’s dig deeper into trending headlines and statistics by using data to uncover important local context. Join us to walk through techniques that can help you find and use federal, provincial, regional, and community level data. You’ll learn more about the different levels of stories in Newfoundland and Labrador, and how data can enhance your place-based research.

RAnLab invites you to bring your questions and a computer if you’d like to follow along. We’ll provide pizza! 

This event is taking place in room SN-2041, Science Building, St. John’s Campus and will also be streamed online.

Register now.

Presented by the Regional Analytics Laboratory (RAnLab)

FLIRT! 1230-130pm

Join Dr. Gabriela Sabau, professor, School of Science and the Environment, as she presents "Sustainability and Sustainable Development: Critically Discuss the Difference."

The Webex link is available here.

Seafood Processing for the Blue Economy (session 3) 1-215pm Join the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development for the third in an exciting three-part webinar series as its experts discuss new innovations in seafood for the blue economy. Another session is taking place on Nov. 25. Please see below. The session will include a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session/panel discussion.

This session will feature Dr. Deepika Dave‌, research scientist, Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development.

The log-in instructions for this virtual session are available here
Reflecting on COVID-19 and Preparing for the Next Pandemic 2-4pm

This session will be moderated Dr. Michael Grant, associate dean, Division of BioMedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. 

The log-in instructions for this virtual presentation are available here.

Panel theme: As we move through our third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is beginning to feel normal again. We now have an opportunity to reflect on the pandemic and ask ourselves how we can use what we have learned to prepare for the next one. In this session, we have assembled a group of Canadian virologists who have been actively involved in many aspects of the pandemic. We will hear their reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic and about some of their research on current and potential emerging viruses.

Panelists: (10 minute presentations ~45 minutes)

International Perspectives Round Table 2-430pm This event will take place in The Landing, third floor, University Centre, St. John's Campus.

International students and alumni at Memorial are invited to attend this exciting Career Month event featuring an array of guest speakers who will offer their insights on how to find a career and establish yourself as an international "Come-From-Away." This special occasion will feature mini-presentations and a moderated Q&A session, followed by a networking session for panelists and attendees to interact with one another. Light refreshments will be available.

Registration is free but recommended to guarantee your seat.
Research Celebration Reception 5-7pm The Faculty of Business Administration is holding a Research Celebration Reception in the RBC Atrium to recognize the amazing research contributions of our faculty members over the 2021-2022 academic year.

All faculty members will be highlighted at this celebration.

If you would like to attend and help us celebrate our research accomplishments, please RSVP to by Nov. 21.
2022 George Story Lectureship with Dr. Kristina Fagan Bidwell
7pm  This year’s guest lecturer is Dr. Kristina Fagan Bidwell, a member of NunatuKavut, which represents the Southern Inuit community in Labrador. Dr. Bidwell grew up in Newfoundland, studied English at Memorial, and has been a scholar of Indigenous literatures based at the University of Saskatchewan for over twenty years, most recently as Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Storytelling. She is currently a visiting researcher at Memorial. She will be discussing how Indigenous-led literary collaborations can amplify Indigenous voices in NL, and counter the historic erasure of Indigenous people from the provincial narrative.

Location: Signal Hill Campus, St. John's. 

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






President Timmons invites researchers, staff, students, postdoctoral fellows and community partners to organize and host sessions – either individually or as a unit – as part of Memorial’s fifth annual Research Week celebrations.

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Research Week 2022