More than $3 million in federal funding to propel science and resaerch

Significant funding from the Government of Canada is ensuring Memorial researchers remain at the forefront of discovery and insightful studies.

On June 15, François-Philippe Champagne, minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced investments supporting Canadian innovators.

Here at Memorial, researchers successfully secured a total of $3,283,862 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Researchers in the faculties of Engineering and Applied Science; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; the Marine Institute; and the School of Science and the Environment at Grenfell Campus are among those benefitting from the support.

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Pair of scientists receive $1-million Canada Research Chair investment

A major federal investment is ensuring two researchers will further their research ranging from climate change to marine mineral resources.

Drs. Alex Bihlo and John Jamieson have been renewed as tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC). Tier 2 chairs are five-year awards for $100,000 each year.

Dr. Bihlo, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, continues his work as Memorial’s Canada Research Chair in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing.

Dr. Jamieson, assistant professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, has been renewed as Memorial’s Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology.

Both researchers were initially appointed as CRCs in 2016.

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Study casts doubt on how ocean currents operate, role in climate system

A new study has cast doubt on the view that variations in the density of some of the deepest currents of the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean are caused by winter surface conditions and represent changes in the strength of the meridional overturning circulation (MOC).

The meridional overturning circulation is characterized by a northward flow of warm, salty water in the upper layers of the Atlantic, and a southward flow of colder, deep waters.

The research, published recently in Nature Communications, is the result of the international effort of 15 research institutes and was led by Dr. Feili Li and Prof. Susan Lozier from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with Dr. Brad DeYoung, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at Memorial University.


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Psychology researcher finds memories can start from age two-and-a-half

What is your earliest memory?

According to Dr. Carole Peterson, a University Research Professor in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Psychology, the answer is: it depends.

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Scientists unite to determine environmental lessons learned from the anthropause

The concurrent confinement of 4.6 billion humans under the COVID-19 pandemic provided a unique opportunity to learn how human pressures impact wildlife and the environment.

Dr. Amanda E. Bates, a marine ecologist at Memorial University, as well as master’s students Brandy Biggar and Mary Clinton and PhD student Cerren Richards with the Department of Ocean Science and Rylan Command, a master’s student at the Marine Institute’s School of Ocean Technology, joined a global working group of 340 scientists to study this anthropause — or halt to normal human activity — seeing it as a unique opportunity to explore interactions between human presence, wildlife and ecosystems.


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Students seek community volunteers for citizen science project

A pair of undergraduate students are looking for volunteers to join a project examining food prices in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Willa Neilsen and Morgan Davidson are working with the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), led by Dr. Max Liboiron, associate professor, Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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Patience, forgiveness key to achieving a degree with mental illness, says spring grad

Amanda Parsons came to Memorial University to feel closer to her late father, who was born in this province.

Born in British Columbia, the spring bachelor of science (chemistry) graduate started at Memorial right out of high school, but eventually found the pressure of her studies unmanageable.

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International student collects a Memorial master's degree -- for the second time

When Mostafa El Halimi’s brother convinced him to move to Canada with him to continue their education, he knew exactly where he wanted to go.

“I knew when I came to Canada that I was going to study something related to the ocean, because it had become a lifestyle to me,” said Mr. El Halimi, who graduates with a master in environmental science degree this spring.


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Joyce Foundation Bursary recipient does not, will not, quit

Adversity didn’t slow Blake Colbran’s educational and personal journey towards greatness. In fact, it only propelled it.

A 2019 recipient of the Joyce Foundation Bursary at Memorial University, Mr. Colbran’s mantra is “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”


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Chemistry researcher receives $655,900 to advance decarbonizing N.L. oil and gas

Dr. Michael Katz, Department of Chemistry, has been awarded funding for a proof-of-concept project that would see metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) used to separate carbon dioxide (CO2) from offshore oil and gas exhaust streams.

He's receiving $655,900 from the offshore research, development and demonstration (RD&D) component of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) to develop a small-scale filtration system to separate CO2 from a simulated exhaust stream.


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Canadian Nutrition Society gives top honour to Biochemistry fauclty

The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) has bestowed its top honour on two Memorial researchers.

Professor emerita Dr. Margaret Brosnan and Dr. Robert Bertolo, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, are the newest recipients of the CNS-SCN Fellow Distinction Award.


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