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

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).


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International researchers working to solve marine plastic pollution

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

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has awarded Memorial with three Blue Charter fellowships, which aim to support world-class research and innovation in marine plastics by providing 38 academics with short-term placements at member universities across the Commonwealth.

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Federal government celebrates investment for health-related research

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

Seamus O’Regan, minister, Indigenous Services, was on the St. John’s campus to highlight the Project Grant: Fall 2018 competition results from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


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Seeking citizen mosquito collectors in N.L. and St. Pierre and Miquelon

If a relaxing evening in the backyard has ever been ruined by the incessant buzz of a mosquito, now’s your chance to get a little revenge.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Mosquito Project is looking for citizen scientists to collect mosquito samples this summer in Newfoundland and Labrador and the French territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon.


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Emerging health researchers receive grants to advance brain studies

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

Dr. Francis Bambico is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, and Dr. Matthew Parsons (B.Sc.’04, M.Sc.’06, PhD’11) is an assistant professor in the Division of BioMedical Sciences (neurosciences), Faculty of Medicine.


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'From MDs to basic chemists': Researchers tackle antimicrobial concern

Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928 was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 20th century.

The laboratory-curiosity turned life-saving drug has saved countless lives. However, over-prescribing and over-use is decreasing its effectiveness and antibiotic-resistant diseases are on the rise.


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Graduate student video up for national NSERC prize

A video by a Memorial graduate student is in the running for a national contest.

Science, Action! is a video contest organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). It challenges post-secondary students to film a 60-second video of NSERC-funded research about the people, research and innovations that are transforming the way Canadians live and work.

Zoe Zrini is a marine biology master’s student at the Ocean Sciences Centre at Memorial. Her video – Life of a Lumpfish Under Pressure – is one of 40 chosen to go forward for public voting. Watch the video below.



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Rethinking the conservation value of old-growth forests

New research from two Canadian biologists, including one from Memorial University, is recommending a paradigm shift in how old growth forests in North America are assessed and managed.

Dr. Yolanda Wiersma, a landscape ecologist in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, and Dr. Troy McMullin, a lichenologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, are proposing a lichen-focused system in a paperpublished in the Ecological Society of America journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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PM visits Core Science Facility work site

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Memorial’s St. John’s campus today.

The Government of Canada has invested $99.8 million in the Core Science Facility and today Gary Kachanoski, president of Memorial, Iris Petten, chair of the Board of Regents, and Ann Browne, associate vice-president (facilities), welcomed Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Seamus O’Regan and MP Nick Whalen to the construction site.


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Provincial Parkinson Society supports research into degenerative disorder

The research lab of Dr. Brian Staveley, a professor of Biology in the Faculty of Science, has been granted $10,000 by the Parkinson Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to continue their work investigating molecular mechanisms of the disease.

The funding was presented by the provincial society’s vice chair and executive director, Jane Macdonald and Derek Staubitzer, respectively.


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Applications accepted until March 31 for OFI Seed Fund

The ocean research world is not short on great ideas. What it is short of is the funding that’s required to put those great ideas to work.

And that’s where the Ocean Frontier Institute’s (OFI) Seed Fund comes in.


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

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

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Connecting to Labrador roots while helping lead critical marine research

It’s an opportunity most undergrads never get.

Little wonder, then, that Natasha Healey jumped at the chance to help run one of Memorial’s most progressive science labs – one of only two in Canada and one of four such facilities in North America.

The third-year undergraduate geography and earth sciences student in the bachelor of science program manages the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist, anti-colonial lab specializing in monitoring plastic pollution.

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Discovering deep Atlantic currents in international ocean study

After an extensive multi-year study, researchers have some surprising insight into the critical role the Atlantic Ocean plays in regulating the Earth’s climate.

Dr. Brad deYoung, professor, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science, is the only Memorial scientist part of the international study that includes researchers from seven countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, France and China.


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Intellectual property officer empowering young women to learn code

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

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

Her curiosity continues today. For the past couple of years, Ms. Strickland has volunteered with groups aimed at encouraging more young girls to get involved with science and coding.


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Ocean Sciences faculty member still inspired by the 'magic' of science

Family vacations to the seaside captured Dr. Annie Mercier’s imagination as a child.

She would spend hours exploring the shoreline, studying tidepools and the animals they contained.

“Discovering the ocean was like magic for me,” she said. “That became the basis of my interest in science.”

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Psychology student Memorial's latest Killam recipient

Julia Rose is back from an unforgettable four months in South Carolina.

The fourth year psychology student and resident of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s is Memorial University’s latest Killam Fellowship recipient. The scholarship program allows exceptional undergraduate students to participate in a bi-national academic exchange between Canada and the United States.


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Q&A with the Labrador Institute's 2019 International Indigenous Intern

As the Labrador Institute’s 2019 International Indigenous Intern, Michelle Saunders is creating new ways to incorporate her heritage into her future career and sharing her experiences with the Indigenous youth of Labrador.

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Next generation of social scientists and humanities researchers secure federal funding

On Jan. 30, Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science and Sport, announced more than $141 million to support nearly 3,000 of Canada’s most talented scholars.

At Memorial, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is investing a total of $1,314,178 into studies led by early career and emerging researchers.

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

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

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Mentoring program brings emerging researchers to Norwegian Arctic

A Memorial University research assistant is one of 31 individuals worldwide who participated in an early career mentoring program in the high North recently.

The Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders program is aimed at young scientists and professionals and featured a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia.


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Providing visually-impaired students the tools to work independently

Earth Sciences master’s student Gabriel Sindol is extremely near-sighted, which can make some of his hands-on research difficult.

His supervisor, Dr. Mike Babechuk, wasn’t aware how much of an issue his eyesight was until Mr. Sindol was sent to Dublin, Ireland, to collect data and they discovered certain laboratory tasks were extremely challenging for him.



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