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Chemistry professor says our community has come far, but still has a way to go

As the Memorial community celebrates Pride, the Gazette spoke with Dr. Erika Merschrod for some perspective on being out professionally and personally, how being out is a uniquely specific experience for each person, the impact of youth on the cultural shift towards greater inclusion of all sexual identities and singing in a queer choir at the rainbow flag-raising on Confederation Hill on Friday, July 12, at 12 p.m. (you’re invited!).

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Chemistry professor receives national honour for student-focused work

The Department of Chemistry’s Dr. Chris Flinn has received the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Canadian Society for Chemistry Faculty Advisor Award.

The award is presented to a faculty advisor who has demonstrated exceptional performance working with students. Recipients can only be nominated by members of their student chapter. It was presented in June at the Canadian Chemistry Conference, which brings together more than 2,500 participants from government, industry and academia, though Dr. Flinn was unable to attend.

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Earth Sciences graduate student dives off Galapagos in submersible

It’s an image those who have seen it will never forget: the moment a submarine’s windows reveal their first glimpse of the ocean floor.

Earth Sciences graduate student Sarah Moriarty got to experience the rare sight for herself this spring on a research cruise north of the Galapagos Islands.

 

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Memorial collaborating with NRC to lead ocean engineering, technology and science research

Amid a flurry of congratulatory handshakes, group photos and facility tours, business leaders, researchers and students celebrated a new era in the partnership between Memorial and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the federal government’s largest science and research organization.

The Karluk Collaboration Space officially opened in St. John’s on Friday, June 28, formalizing the collaboration between Memorial and the NRC to lead innovation in ocean engineering, technology and science.

 

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Memorial grads sing at Carnegie Hall

Les Ms., an all-women’s choir based in St. John’s and directed by Dr. Valerie Long, preformed in Carnegie Hall this past March. 

The Les Ms. singers include Memorial graduates from the Faculty of Science, School of Music, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Business Administration.

 

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Memorial ranks high in publication output growth

Memorial ranks among Canada’s top post-secondary institutions that have increased their output in top-cited journals over the past decade.

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), based at Leiden University in The Netherlands, recently published its 2019 world ranking of university research output.

From 2006-09 to 2014-17, Memorial had the second highest rate of growth in publications in Canada in the fields of life and earth sciences, and mathematics and computer science and the fourth highest rate of growth in publications in the field of social sciences and humanities research.

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Biology alum releases his third book

Don MacLean (MSc. Biology ’85) is releasing his third book, With These Hands: Traditional Arts, Crafts, and Trades of Atlantic Canada. 

The retired Director of Inland Fisheries with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has published two other books, Discover Nova Scotia Sportfishing in 2003 and A Little Thing I Tied Myself: Atlantic Canadian Fly Tiers and Their Flies in 2006.


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Eastern Edge Robotics seeks fifth international title in Tennessee

Memorial’s Eastern Edge Robotics team is looking for its fifth world championship at the 2019 MATE International ROV Competition this week.

The team consists of 22 post-secondary students enrolled in a variety of programs at the Marine Institute and Memorial, including Computer Science students Nana Abekah and Keith Sutherland.

 

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Post-doc representing Memorial at Nobel Prize winner meet up

A Memorial researcher is headed to Germany this summer to exchange ideas with some of the world’s most accomplished scientists.

Dr. Robie Hennigar, a Banting Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, is attending the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. He will have the rare opportunity to meet top researchers in the field of physics, present his research findings and build his professional network.

 

 

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Combining biology and algorithms to solve complex medical challenges

Can powerful machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques be used to understand what genes are responsible for disease?

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More than $2 million federal investment for diverse research projects

Memorial is welcoming two new Canada Research Chairs whose leading edge work will focus on developing new drugs for cancer treatments and better ways of monitoring the ocean ecosystem.

Dr. Michael Leitges has been named a tier one Canada Research Chair in Cell Signaling and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Heather Reader has been named a tier two Canada Research Chair in Chemistry of the Ocean and Atmosphere, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.

Tier 1 chairs are seven-year awards for $200,000 each year with the possibility of one seven-year renewal; while tier two chairs are five-year awards for $100,000 each year with the possibility of one five-year renewal.

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Moroccan graduate student mastering ocean management and marine conseration

Spending more than a year on a Moroccan fishing vessel in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean inspired Mostafa El Halimi to further his education and learn more about managing the world’s ocean resources.

Originally from Tangier, Morocco, he completed Memorial’s English as a second language program in 2017 before starting a master’s in marine studies (marine spatial planning and management) at the Marine Institute (MI).

Mr. El Halimi graduates from his program this spring and is already planning to return to Memorial. This time, he’ll pursue a master’s in environmental science with the Faculty of Science.

 

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Improving fisheries monitoring, bycatch policies for emerging Arctic fisheries

Dr. Brynn Devine is starting the next chapter in her fisheries science career.

Armed with a Memorial University doctorate in biology and a 2019 Liber Ero post-doctoral fellowship, she’ll build upon some of the research she did at the Marine Institute’s (MI) Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER), where she completed her PhD work.

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Graduate-led design for accessibility wins student design competition

An innovative student group won the third annual Memorial University Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Design Competition recently.

It was the feather in the cap for the group of spring graduates, who all picked up degrees during convocation ceremonies this week.

 

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Study shows guided self-help helps with binge eating problems

Several years ago, Dr. Jacqueline Carter-Major realized the focus of her research needed to change.

At the time, the professor of psychology had just moved back to Newfoundland and Labrador to teach at Memorial.

 

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Biology student recognized for sharing knowledge with focus on youth

Biology PhD student Travis Heckford is this year’s recipient of the Wild Things Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship recognizes the enthusiasm and efforts of a student whose volunteer activities have helped to conserve or enhance nature in the province. It is presented annually by Nature Newfoundland and Labrador (Nature NL).

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Unique field trip opportunities for N.L. junior high schools

Junior high school students participated in field trips hosted by three departments in the Faculty of Science recently.

During the month of May, members of the Biochemistry, Biology and Chemistry departments brought almost 1,600 students from 12 Eastern Newfoundland schools to the St. John’s campus – some from schools two hours away.

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