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Study predicts 'downsizing' to smaller animals over next century

Researchers, including one from Memorial University, are forecasting a worldwide move towards smaller birds and mammals over the next 100 years.

Dr. Amanda Bates, Canada Research Chair in Marine Physiological Ecology, and associate professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, joined with geographers, biologists and oceanographers at the University of Southampton on a paper published recently in the journal Nature Communications.

 

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More than $8 million in federal investment energizes discovery-based research

Memorial is receiving a major research boost.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada(NSERC) is investing more than $8 million into areas ranging from climate change and marine biodiversity to agricultural management to learning and forgetting in extreme environments.

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International exchange experience ignites Earth Sciences graduate's passion for geology

Melissa Mills fell in love with geology while taking courses as a University of Colorado exchange student with the National Student Exchange program.

The Grand Falls-Windsor native had started a general science degree at Memorial’s Grenfell Campus, but this spring she will pick up a B.Sc. (Hons.) in earth sciences with a minor in ocean sciences during the afternoon session of convocation at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on May 28.

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Federal program to bring greater diversity to university research

Memorial is embracing a new federal pilot program to make university research more inclusive.

Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada is inspired by the United Kingdom’s internationally recognized Athena SWAN program.

 

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Study shows immediate response to invasive species can pay off

A new study shows that invasive species can have a dramatic impact on native species — and that a strong proactive response can help mitigate those impacts.

Dr. Amanda Bates is the Canada Research Chair in Marine Physiological Ecology and an associate professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science.

 

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Funding will engage youth in modern science, marine science projects

New federal funding is allowing Memorial to continue fostering the next generation of young innovators and cultural leaders through a series of unique community programs.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is investing a total of $64,000 into a pair of projects focused on engaging youth throughout the province.

Grenfell Campus was awarded $34,000 for the project Open Space: Engaging Teens in Western Newfoundland in Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, was awarded $30,000 for the project Opening the World of Marine Science to Rural Newfoundland.

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Memorial to host fun-filled day of science promotion

Memorial University is opening its doors once again for Science Rendezvous.

The marquee event of Science Odyssey, a nation-wide celebration of science and technology taking place May 4-19, kicks off on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the St. John’s campus.

 

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Capelin at risk from dispersants used to treat oil spills

Two new papers on the toxicological effects of chemical dispersants on capelin reproduction have shown that capelin are at high risk if oil spills occur near spawning areas — and not just from the oil.

The first paper was released in October, while the more recent was published last month. Both stem from experiments led by Dr. Craig Purchase, an associate professor with the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, at Memorial, in the summer of 2016.

 

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Celebrating a decade of research and teaching achievement

The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, celebrated its 10th annual research day recently and created a new student award to recognize the milestone.

The day-long event showcased research conducted by master’s and honours students, including talks by seven graduate students and poster presentations of final research projects from 42 undergraduate students.

 

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Biology students create first-of-its-kind provincial biodiversity report

A group of Memorial students have created a comprehensive biodiversity report of wildlife in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The report was launched at an event on campus on Thursday, April 4.

Modeled after the Living Planet Index created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the report details changing population trends and explanations for why these changes are occurring.

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Study shows cancer-related insomnia can be treated without medication

A study conducted by a team from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Pennsylvania, and including a Memorial University researcher, has found that cancer-related insomnia can be effectively treated without medication.

The study, titled CHoosing Options for Insomnia in Cancer Effectively (CHOICE): A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Acupuncture and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, was published April 9, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Marathon of Hope cancer network bringing hope to cancer patie

As cancer researchers and clinicians, we know that three of the most common questions people ask when faced with a cancer diagnosis have to do with their treatment options.

What will the treatment consist of? How will it affect their quality of life? Will it be effective?

 

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Precision medicine: Memorial to join national cancer network

Memorial University is set to join hospitals, cancer centres, universities and research institutes from across Canada to improve delivery of personalized and precision medicine to cancer patients.

The pan-Canadian Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network, led by the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) was announced today at an event in St. John’s.

 

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The Whale Man: The exceptional legacy of Dr. Jon Lien

Where the icy waters of the Atlantic meet the rocky shores of Newfoundland and Labrador, one man used his empathy, work ethic and education to leave a whale of a legacy.

Though he is well-known for his time spent on the ocean, Dr. Jon Lien grew up in Clark, S.D., working on family farms and developing a love for animals. In 1968, after completing his doctoral studies in animal behaviour at Washington State University, he applied for post-secondary teaching positions in Winnipeg, Montreal, Hong Kong and Chile.

 

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Quirky behaviour indicates major implications for prized luxury seafood

In 2005 Dr. Annie Mercier was sent a strange video: sea cucumbers rolling around at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Sea cucumbers – sausage-shaped marine animals with soft, cylindrical bodies – can usually be found on the seafloor where they gather together in large herds. Suckers on their tube feet allow the animals to stick to the ocean floor as they crawl along in search of food.

 

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Canadian Space Agency funding research into finding extraterrestrial life

Dr. Penny Morrill’s latest research project may help detect life on other planets.

The associate professor of earth sciences in the Faculty of Science recently received a grant from the Canadian Space Agency, through its Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) funding initiative, for a project titled the Study of Electrical Potential, Remote Sensing and Preservation of Biosignatures at Sites of Serpentinization, or SERP.

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Saluting new and established researchers for exceptional contributions

Memorial recognized some of its newest outstanding research leaders and emerging innovators during a celebration recently.

Drs. Neil Bose, vice-president (research) and Noreen Golfman, provost and vice-president (academic), co-hosted a breakfast to acknowledge the university’s newest Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), as well as the recipients of the 2019 Terra Nova Young Innovator Award and the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics.

 

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