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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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.



Memorial's most cited researcher recognized for 'unsurpassed' contributions

One of Memorial University’s most prolific and best-known researchers is being recognized at home and internationally for his work.

Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi is a University Research Professor with the Department of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Science who specializes in food science, nutrition and agriculture.

In February he was named the 2020 Dean of Science Distinguished Scholar Medal recipient; this month, he received the 2021 Award of Merit from the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS).

He has also been named the American Chemical Society’s United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service 2021 Sterling Hendricks Memorial Lectureship Award Recipient.


Astronomy scholar discovers new type of star

A Memorial Faculty of Science alumna has made a discovery that can potentially reveal what the universe is made of.

Anna O’Grady (B.Sc.’16), originally of Kilbride, is currently an astronomy PhD student at the University of Toronto.

In October she published a paper in The Astrophysics Journal confirming the existence of a new type of star known as a super asymptotic giant branch, or super-AGB, star.


National recognition, funding for improving lives of people impacted by cancer

A Memorial researcher is among the first winners of a lucrative award from that recognizes her leading-edge work for cancer survivors.

Dr. Sheila Garland, a clinical psychologist and associate professor, psychology, Faculty of Science, who is cross-appointed to the Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, is among 15 inaugural recipients of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Emerging Scholar Award.

Valued at $120,000 per year, the award is tenable for five years.


OP-ED -- Critical minerals: Will N.L. seize a 'once-in-a-century' opportunity to help build a better world

On March 11 the federal minister of Natural Resources, our very own Seamus O’Regan, announced Canada’s list of 31 critical minerals (not to quibble, but they are really elements; minerals are composed of elements).

Other G-7 nations and the European Union have developed their own sets of critical minerals. For example, the U.S. has 35 minerals deemed critical to U.S. security and economy, and the EU defines a list 30 critical raw materials.


Measuring Success: Increasing quantitative literacy in Biology

The Department of Biology at Memorial has a strong history of providing quantitative training opportunities to students.

But demand for these skills has increased enormously with the advent of open data and programming software.

Dr. Amy Hurford is an associate professor jointly appointed in the Faculty of Science’s departments of Biology and Mathematics and Statistics. She is leading an effort to increase quantitative skills from first to fourth year in the biology curriculum.


Memorial PhD student mentoring Indian women in STEM

When Shivani Semwal was an undergraduate student in her home country of India, she had no idea what she wanted to do after she finished her program.

Through her family network, she met Darshana Joshi, an Indian graduate student completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Ms. Semwal says Ms. Joshi became her mentor and helped her realize what she wanted to do.

Memorial researchers conducting survey on animal-assisted therapies for families of children with autism

Memorial researchers are conducting a needs assessment on animal-assisted therapies for families of children with autism spectrum disorder.


Research into animal adaptations may relate to human diseases

Can the way animals adapt to different environmental conditions provide information about certain diseases in humans?

Madhushika Silva believes it can.

The Memorial student is currently completing a PhD investigating muscle protein structure and function under the supervision of Dr. David Heeley in the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science.

Ten Thousand Coffees platform connects students with alumni

A Memorial triple alumna and Rhodes Scholar compared her recent experience with Ten Thousand Coffees to a MasterCard advertisement.

“Priceless,” said Dr. Ann Colbourne (B.Sc.’80, B.Med.Sc.’85, MD’87), who noticed the mentorship opportunity in an Memorial alumni email she received last December.


Global partnership strengthens Memorial's marine geoscience research

Researchers and graduate students will continue to benefit from a unique scientific ocean drilling program thanks to a renewed partnership.

Memorial and the Canadian Consortium for Ocean Drilling (CCOD) are maintaining participation in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) until at least 2023.

Researcher receives (USD)$150,000 to examine impacts of pandemic

An associate professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, has been selected by The Pew Charitable Trusts as a recipient of the 2021 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation.

As one of nine international conservation researchers awarded the fellowship this year, Dr. Amanda Bates will receive $150,000 over three years to examine the long-term impacts of the pandemic lockdown on marine systems worldwide.


Mel Woodward Cup invests $40,000 in student-led hearing loss, health tech companies

Robin Murphy learned about the risks of hearing loss and the importance of protecting against it while growing up.

A startup he founded to do just that won $25,000 in seed funding last night at the 2021 Mel Woodward Cup (MWC) finals, a pitch competition for student entrepreneurs at Memorial University.

Align Canadian immigration, diversity and employment policy, say academic staff members in co-operative education

This past year has been especially challenging for international co-operative education students, say two Memorial academic staff members.

Theresa MacKenzie and Rebecca Newhook are academic staff members in co-operative education for the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) and Science.

More than $6.7-million investment in facility to address modern environmental challenges

Memorial is celebrating a major federal investment for state-of-the-art equipment to be housed in a new multidisciplinary research centre.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than $518 million on March 3 to support the infrastructure needs of universities and research institutions across the country. The funding comes from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s Innovation Fund.

The CFI is investing a total of $6,773,058 for the Atlantic Canada Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry Centre (ACESCentre), which will be located in the Core Science Facility.



Ocean deep, provincewide: Teaching Tuesdays with Danielle Nichols

When the global pandemic began, the Faculty of Science’s Department of Ocean Sciences saw an opportunity.

The department based in the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay investigated something it wanted to do for a long time: Rework its successful and popular hands-on marine biology program for high school students to a remote delivery option.

Biochemistry PhD graduate takes regional 3MT competition

It may have taken him a while to get there, but it was worth the wait for Dr. Olatunji Anthony Akerele.

The recent PhD (biochemistry) graduate won first place in the 2020 Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition hosted by Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Akerele was also honoured with the People’s Choice award for his presentation, Omega-3 Intake During Pregnancy: Finding the Perfect Maternal Diet for Brain Health.

Physics alumnus grateful for guidance from meteorologists, professors

Aspiring meteorologist Jordan Ford discovered one of the most popular routes to achieving his dream started with a Memorial University bachelor of science degree, with a major in physics.


Acting Dean of Science to host undergraduate student town halls

Dr. Travis Fridgen, Acting Dean, Faculty of Science, will host two Virtual Town Halls for undergraduate students.

The first event, aimed specifically at first-year students, will allow the newest members of our science community to ask questions and raise concerns based on their own unique perspective. The one-hour session will take place on Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. 

The second town hall welcomes all science undergrads, including first-year students, and will take place on Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. 

A message to students from the Acting Dean of Science

Dear Students,

Happy New Year and welcome back to classes this semester. We are two full weeks into the semester, and I hope you are all building upon the successes you had in the Fall semester.


Graduate student receives scholarship for childhood cancer research

A doctoral student in the Department of Biochemistry has received a substantial graduate scholarship from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI).

The BHCRI’s Cancer Research Training Program will provide PhD student Modeline Longjohn with $35,750 over two years while she completes her doctorate at Memorial.


Study shows climate change affecting future health of Arctic fish

Researchers say they have evidence linking climate change to a decline in Arctic charr, a cold-water fish found in many northern locations, including Labrador.

Memorial and the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) played a major role in a paper published Jan. 11 in the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change.

The scientists say rapid changes to the global ocean are having significant implications on the health of the planet and society.




Science instructors, students adapt well to remote teaching and learning environment

It’s been a difficult semester for teaching staff and students, but amidst the uncertainty there has been a silver lining.

Justin Pittman is a lab instructor with the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science. He says much of what his department has created to aid with remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic will have value for years to come.


Return to campus update

The initiative to return staff to campus will resume in the new year, based on public health directives and COVID alert levels. 

Former head of European Research Council reflects on time at Memorial

Dr. Donald Dingwell (B.Sc.(Hons.)’80) says there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t think about Newfoundland and Labrador, its story and its place in the world.

Currently a full professor and chair of mineralogy and petrology, and director of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Munich, Dr. Dingwell grew up in Corner Brook and graduated from Memorial University in 1980 with a B.Sc.(Hons.), majoring in Earth sciences (geology/geophysics).

Professors engage students by incorporating art into chemistry

Professors in the Department of Chemistry have gotten creative in engaging first-year students during this year of remote learning.

Dr. Chris Kozak says a session at the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition inspired him to reach out to his colleagues about incorporating an element of ‘art’ into their course.


Memorial researchers on the World's Top 2% Scientists List

Researchers from Memorial University are on the World’s Top 2% Scientists list.

The list, which was published recently by Stanford University, includes 159,683 researchers that represent the top two per cent of the most-cited scientists in the world across various disciplines.

The list identifies 64 Memorial researchers from various faculties and schools, including 37 from the Faculty of Science. 


Research shows how management tools can meet sustainability goals

Department of Geography research is giving some of the first guidance to decision-makers on how the United Nation’s sustainable development goal for the oceans might be achieved.

In a paper published on Dec. 14, Julie Reimer, a geography PhD candidate, outlines how common management tools can help Canada succeed in meeting ocean sustainability targets and that some targets for critical ocean issues, like reducing ocean pollution, aren’t likely to be met using our preferred tools.


Memorial researchers encouraged to submit vibrant images to national contest

Organizers of a unique contest that combines creativity and science are looking for the best eye-catching images from Canadian researchers.

Science Exposed is organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and L’Association de promotion et défense de la recherche en français (Acfas).

Individuals or groups can enter for a chance to win cash prizes of $2,000.


Memorial rises in prestigious Research Infosource rankings

Memorial maintains its ranking as one of Canada’s top 50 research universities, moving up two spots on a national listing of leading post-secondary institutions.

Research Infosource released its yearly figures today, Dec. 8.

It ranks Memorial No. 18 among this country’s top research universities, with $160,636,000 in sponsored research income reported for fiscal year 2019, an increase of 37.5 per cent over fiscal year 2018.


Researchers find climate shapes initial steps of soil formation in boreal forests

Researchers from Memorial University, the University of Helsinki and other colleagues have found that climate warming is changing the way one key soil formation process is carried out in boreal forests.

Dr. Lukas Kohl, a recent PhD graduate from Memorial, is principal author on a paper recently published in the journal Global Change Biology.

President's Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision

Dr. Christina Bottaro, Department of Chemistry, has an impressive record as a graduate supervisor. With 39 students supervised at all levels, Dr. Bottaro is a longstanding and dedicated graduate supervisor and the 2020 recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision.

University Research Professor

Dr. Stephen Piercey, Department of Earth Sciences, has been named University Research Professor in recognition of his seminal scientific contributions as an economic geologist, groundbreaking research discoveries and raising Memorial’s worldwide reputation for visionary earth sciences research.

President's Award for Outstanding Reseach

Dr. Shawn Leroux, Department of Biology has received the 2020 President’s Award for Outstanding Research for insightful contributions to the field of ecosystem ecology, the formation of an innovative research program and a robust research record.

President's Award for Distinguished Teaching

Dr. Kris Poduska, Department of Physics and Physical Oceangraphy, has received the 2020 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching for her dedication to the success of every student, her commitment to continual teaching development, and her influence which extends beyond her classroom.

President's Awards 2020 to honour 17 outstanding recipients

The 2020 President’s Awards will be presented to 17 individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to our students, our university or our communities on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Science alumnus headed to Oxford as N.L.'s 2021 Rhodes Scholar

Jevon Marsh was stunned when he received the call telling him he was Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest Rhodes Scholar.

“I was absolutely speechless. It was completely unreal,” he said. “They actually said they would call me back because I was not in any mental space to go through the logistics.”

Considered to be one of the most prestigious international scholarship programs, the Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers all tuition and fees, plus recipients receive an annual stipend.


Delayed winter 2021 semester start

The official start date of winter 2021 classes in most programs at the St. John's campus, Grenfell Campus and Marine Institute will be moved to Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.


More than $1.6-million provincial investment strengthens research expertise

The provincial government is investing more than $1.6 million in funding for eight projects to celebrate Research Week.

The projects are leveraging more than $2 million from national and other sources and are led by researchers based in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine, Science and at the Marine Institute.

The announcement was made by Andrew Parsons, minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, on Nov. 25.


Chemistry alumnus gives back to the university that made him a success

Dr. Liqin (Larry) Chen (PhD’93) didn’t have much when he arrived in Canada from China in 1990 to begin a PhD at Memorial University.

In fact, he spent the entire day walking around Pearson Airport with his suitcase because he couldn’t afford a hotel room while waiting for a flight to St. John’s.Thirty years later, he’s the head of TLC Pharmaceutical Standards, a multimillion dollar international pharmaceutical company, and says he owes much of his success to his time at Memorial.

Safe, thoughtful and engaging research continues on critical studies

If the pandemic has proven anything, it’s the creativity and resilience of our researchers.

Over the last several months, members of our research community have re-envisioned, modified and found ways to (safely) continue their activities and studies, complying with public health and university guidelines.


Return to campus postponed

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 throughout Newfoundland and Labrador at this time, Memorial University is postponing the return to campus initiative for non-academic staff scheduled for this week.

This applies to all campuses and locations. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Reminders for employees gradual return to campus

All employees should already have discussed their gradual return to campus plans with their supervisor starting the week of Nov. 23.

Winter fees

Memorial students will not be charged the Distance Education Administration Fee and Recreation Fee for the upcoming semester.

Virtual lecture to focus on journey of insulin through the body

An upcoming virtual lecture will outline the various stages of insulin’s journey through the body and the cell biology that underlies its interaction with each organ.

Dr. Amira Klip, a senior scientist in the cell biology program of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and a professor of paediatrics, biochemistry and physiology at the University of Toronto, will give the 2020 Brosnan Lecture in Biochemistry on Nov. 24.


PhD researchers secure $360,000 for complex societal studies

Six doctoral students at Memorial are receiving a total of $360,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for their studies.

Recipients are based in the departments of Geography, English and Archaeology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science; and School of Music.

Medical students receive help from national association

Dr. Dave Lundrigan (B.Sc.’05, MD’17) is a busy guy.

Like most of us, Dr. Lundrigan has a mortgage and bills to pay. But the fourth-year psychiatry resident is also working 50-60 hours a week while he and his wife wait for baby No. 3 to arrive.


Scientists create surprising new material from mussel shell waste

Memorial scientists studying other uses for mussel shell waste have created a new material with surprising properties.

The increased production of shellfish worldwide to meet global needs for protein is leading to significant volumes of shells, which are rich in biorenewable calcium carbonate, being discarded.

Dr. Jennifer Murphy (PhD’19) was originally transforming the shells with acetic acid (vinegar) to make calcium acetate.



Alumna, N.L.'s chief physician named top family physician

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have heard from Dr. Janice Fitzgerald almost every day since March, when she became the face, and voice, of the province’s COVID-19 updates.

Now, Dr. Fitzgerald (MPH’16, MD’94, B.Sc.’90) is being recognized nationally with a Family Physician of the Year Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).


Demonstrating hydrothermal fluid circulation in 3D

A Memorial doctoral student has created an empirical 3D model to demonstrate how hydrothermal fluid circulates beneath the seafloor.

Chris Galley, who is under the supervision of Drs. Colin Farquharson and John Jamieson in the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, achieved the first-time feat.


Memorial maintains favourable rank among prestigious international universities

Memorial continues to be recognized as one of the best universities in the world.

The Times Higher Education (THE) world subject rankings 2021 were released on Oct. 28.

Memorial places among the top 251-300 global universities for the subject of engineering and technology. That is an increase from 2020’s ranking of 301-400. Within the engineering and technology category, 1,098 universities were ranked this year, up from 1,008 last year.


First-year science student receives $100,000 Loran Award

Lydia Hardy says she was in disbelief when she learned she was named a 2020 Loran Scholar.

“I honestly didn’t think I had a chance of being selected. I was honoured to even be considered among the final group,” she said. “When I found out that I had been selected, I was elated.”


New approach needed to reverse unprecedented biodiversity loss: scientists

A researcher from the Faculty of Science is among a large international group of experts who are recommending how to save nature from extraordinary biodiversity loss.

Dr. Paul Snelgrove, University Research Professor, departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology, is co-author of a new paper in the journal Science, which concludes that policy-makers must identify multiple conservation targets if we are to curb nature’s decline.

New graduate from Mexico City will dedicate his career to the planet

Sebastian Reyna Martinez wants to make the world a better place.

Now that he is officially receiving his parchment for a bachelor of science degree this month as part of Memorial’s fall Class of 2020, he is setting his sights on doing just that.

Computer science students take first place in Minecraft competition

A team of Memorial students has won first prize in an international artificial intelligence (AI) competition in procedural content generation.

Q&A with Student Wellness & Counselling Centre director, Dr. Ken Fowler

Dr. Ken Fowler, a professor with the Department of Psychology, joined the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC) as director on Aug. 1, 2020, in the midst of preparing for a primarily remote fall semester for students across all campuses.

Program focusing on training PhDs, post-doctoral scholars to become corporate innovators

Devon McGrath grew up in rural Nova Scotia with business in his blood.

Now the PhD student in the Faculty of Science is learning how to take his passion for entrepreneurship to the next level.

Mr. McGrath is among those selected for Lab2Market, a team-based, experiential learning program focused on training PhDs and post-doctoral scholars to become future corporate innovators.


Memorial University announces professores emeriti

Sixteen Memorial University professors, including our own Dr. Margaret Brosnan, Biochemistry; Dr. Mary Courage, Psychology; Dr. Peter Pickup, Chemistry and Dr. Wlodek Zuberek, Computer Science; have been accorded the designation professor emeritus/emerita, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

Math professor finds Cameroonian students 'spontaneous and interactive'

When Dr. Marco Merkli agreed to teach a three-week course at Cameroon’s African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, scheduled to start in late February 2020, the mathematics and statistics professor had no idea the planet would soon become embroiled in a global pandemic.


'Super star' seabird biologist recognized with national mentoring award

Dr. Bill Montevecchi, a research professor with the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, has received one of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists’ top honours.

The Jamie Smith Memorial Mentoring Award in Ornithology recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the mentoring of new generations of ornithologists.

Update on winter 2021 semester

Memorial will continue to operate in a primarily remote teaching and learning environment for the winter 2021 semester. This decision was taken in a special meeting of the university Senate today. Read more in the Gazette.

Cross-campus effort ensures high school students up to speed on math

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Newfoundland and Labrador schools in March, some high school students were left wondering if they would be prepared for university studies in the fall.

At Memorial, high level talks on that very question began almost immediately between senior leadership and faculties.


Memorial researchers collaborate to advance artificial intelligence

Faculty members from various disciplines at Memorial and a leading expert from the University of Notre Dame are coming together for a one-day eSymposium on artificial intelligence (AI).


Investigator researching novel neuroprotective agents for preterm babies

One of the most common pregnancy complications is giving birth too early.

In Canada, eight per cent of babies are born prematurely and, while survival rates have improved dramatically, the risk of severe disability from brain injury remains high.


Biochemistry student making 'noise' about inequality of fertility care

During the winter semester of my third year at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mohammad Saad Khawer applied for a Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) position.

He came across a research position for a project titled, A Community-based Exercise Program for Women with Obesity-related Infertility.


Non-medical face masks mandatory beginning Aug. 24

Since early July, Memorial has strongly encouraged wearing non-medical masks while on campus. Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 masks must be worn in public indoor spaces in Newfoundland and Labrador as issued in a special measures order by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chief Medical Officer. Therefore, non-medical masks will be mandatory beginning on Monday for Memorial faculty, staff, students and visitors.

More than $830,000 for critical equipment and infrastructure for 'bold' research

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is providing more than $830,000 for critical infrastructure and equipment for five specialized research projects based at Memorial.

The new funding comes from the CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), which provides foundational support to Canadian researchers to think big and innovate.

Those benefitting from the new funding include researchers in the faculties of Science, Medicine and Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the School of Pharmacy.


New MD graduate receives not one, but two, prestigious awards

Dr. Travis Pickett (MD’20) is the recipient of the prestigious Memorial University Chancellor’s Undergraduate Award and the Fry Family Foundation Undergrad Leadership Award.

Dr. Pickett is an alumni of the Department of Biochemistry and was selected as Memorial’s most outstanding undergraduate student leader.


Fellowship of $40,000 to support round-the-world soil sampling

A Memorial student is one of two Canadian recipients of the Kimberley Foundation’s Hugh Morris Fellowship – valued at a maximum of $40,000.

Jeremiah Vallotton is an environmental science PhD candidate in the Faculty of Science.

The fellowship supports a graduate student at a Canadian university to “undertake a program of self-guided travel and experiential learning for studies related to earth, geology, environment, water, alternative energy, climate change, sustainability or the social impact, social sciences or design sciences concerned with earth, sustainability or environmental issues.”


New study confirms Newfoundland as home to world's oldest animal fossils

The island of Newfoundland is famously known as “The Rock”, but new research reveals that it is the fossils from “The Rock” that are capturing the attention of scientists worldwide.

An international research team, including geologists from Memorial, has concluded fossils from within the province are the world’s oldest evidence of animal life. The study focuses on the southern shore of the Avalon and Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.

Update on university travel outside of Newfoundland and Labrador during COVID-19

Memorial University continues to actively monitor the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. Requests for university travel within and outside of Canada deemed essential for student academic progression, research purposes, and faculty and staff activities, will be supported with certain key elements in place (e.g. proof of health insurance coverage) in advance of the travel, and travel request approval from the dean or director of a unit.

Memorial graduate student receives 'life-changing' Rothermere Fellowship

Gerissa Fowler (B.Sc.’16) has been named this year’s Rothermere Fellowship recipient, one of Memorial’s most prestigious and lucrative scholarships.

Originally from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and an alumna of the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, she is currently finishing a master’s degree in genetics with the Faculty of Medicine.


Harris Centre connects with local experts on N.L. economy post COVID-19

Trying to predict the economic future of Newfoundland and Labrador has never been an easy task.

And given the current global situation, assessing what the future might hold has become even more difficult – but essential.

To explore and elaborate on this important topic, Memorial’s Harris Centre has launched a special series of public forums.


Dr. Ken Fowler to lead Student Wellness and Counselling Centre

The search committee for the role of director of the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC) has completed its work and recommended Dr. Ken Fowler for the position.

President Vianne Timmons approved the appointment on July 14, 2020. Dr. Fowler’s appointment as director is effective Aug. 1, 2020 until July 31, 2023.


ESL program helps students and families grow in unexpected ways

Memorial’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program recently opened up its classes to spouses of students and it’s already having a big impact on its participants.

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the ESL program to lose four summer programs, the team decided to turn the challenges into positive outcomes by offering the open spots to the spouses of international students.

COVID-19 prevention best practices

The province has been successful at flattening the curve of COVID-19. It’s important to continue to be vigilant and ensure we keep in mind that preventing another outbreak or minimizing impacts will depend on our collective adherence to best practices.

A message to science students regarding the fall semester

The fall semester at Memorial University, including in the Faculty of Science, will continue to be primarily a remote teaching and learning environment for students. As previously stated, full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021. 

Faculty and staff are working toward ensuring that your courses are of the same high quality and academic standard that you are used to, but delivering them in way that is mostly new to us all; via remote instruction. This includes courses that involve labs.

While inter-provincial travel is beginning in select areas, many of our out-of-province and international students remain unable to return to Newfoundland and Labrador. Additionally, opening up travel increases the risk of a second wave of the virus – which may lead to the province raising the alert levels if deemed necessary. Shifting from face-to-face back to remote teaching and learning in that instance would be time consuming and disruptive.

Offering remote teaching and learning at this time ensures equitable access to our high quality programming for all students, while helping to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Please note – Limited forms of necessary on-campus activity in the fall semester will occur in a measured and safe manner that adheres to the provincial health directives. 

In the Faculty of Science some students conducting honours research projects will be allowed to come to campus to carry out research that cannot be conducted remotely. Such students will be contacted by their departments in the coming weeks.



Laboratory instructors get creative to teach remotely

Instructors in the Faculty of Science are getting ready to teach laboratory courses online this fall.

In May, Memorial University confirmed in-person, on-campus classes wouldn’t resume before January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant new and returning students would be continuing remote learning in place of face-to-face classes in September.

Research shows Beothuk, Maritime Archaic peoples have modern relatives

A Memorial University researcher has identified living persons with DNA sequences identical or nearly identical to Beothuk and Maritime Archaic sequences.

“That indicates those lineages are still in existence – meaning their descendants are in the general population,” said Dr. Steve Carr, a professor of biology in the Faculty of Science.

Correction: Update on fall semester

Students in designated courses in Engineering will have limited forms of in-person, on-campus lab activities which will be communicated separately from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to students. Incorrect information appeared in an earlier Newsline message.


Music and science co-create robot percussionist

Editor’s note: This story was originally slated to run in early March 2020, prior to the pandemic shutdown.

A hand-sized robot sits on the head of a drum and taps along with a human player.

It is mobile, moving around the drum, the sound of its motion contributing to the music.

It can improvise, helping the musician explore new directions. It can also work in co-ordination with multiple robot drummers, each responsible for a certain instrument or part of a composition. It even has applications in music therapy.

Next-generation researchers awarded significant federal funding

How species respond to climate change and creating population models for flatfish on the Grand Banks are some of the diverse projects led by future research leaders benefitting from more than $750,000 in scholarship and fellowship funding.

Critical funding empowers researchers to take risks and make big discoveries

Memorial researchers have successfully secured more than $8 million in federal funding.

Research ranging from better understanding of how climate change affects fish ecology in Northern Labrador to improving oil spill response in harsh environments are among more than 40 awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

In total, NSERC is investing $8,084,955 at Memorial.


Op-ed: The Island of Newfoundland needs more protected areas, says advisory council

Amidst all the dire stories and turmoil reported in the media in our province recently was one particular long-awaited news story.

The provincial government released its Protected Area Plan for the Island of Newfoundland document for public consultation.


Student-led health tech companies win $40,000 seed funding at Mel Woodward Cup

Innovative business ideas focused on health technology and nutrition won the top prizes at the 2020 Mel Woodward Cup (MWC), hosted by the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE), yesterday.

Nucliq Biologics Inc. captured the top prize of $25,000 for its plan to develop a gut check analysis kit that provides detailed analysis of gut microbial diversity, particularly of use for people suffering from digestive disorders.

Nucliq is co-founded by Purvikalyan Pallegar, a PhD candidate in biology, and alumna Nikitha Kendyala (PhD (biochemistry),’19). The company incorporated in 2019.


Statement of Strike for Black Lives

One of the Faculty of Science’s greatest strengths and, indeed, that of Memorial University, is the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students.

While we are blessed with this diversity, we still see the effects of racism in our community, our country and around the world. It is shameful that it takes the deaths of fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, children, cousins, and friends for action to be taken.

Along with our professional affiliations, such as the Canadian Association of Physicists, the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, the Canadian Society of Zoologists, and many more, the Faculty of Science denounces anti-Black racism and invites all faculty, staff, and students to support and participate in the Strike for Black Lives organized by U.S. physicists ( on June 10, 2020.

This is a stressful time for many and Memorial is here for you. Anyone who is need of support is encouraged to contact the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre for supports, the Employee Assistance Program and the 24 hour mental health crisis line (1-888-737-4668 or text “talk” to 686868).

Travis Fridgen
Acting Dean of Science

AUS suspends competition until January 2021

Atlantic University Sport has announced the decision to suspend all conference regular season and postseason competition until January 2021. 

Update: Guiding Principles for Living with COVID-19 in our communities and more

Newfoundland and Labrador continues to operate under Public Health COVID-19 Alert Levels, which outline services, businesses and functions allowed to operate at each alert level. The province is currently scheduled to move to Alert Level 3 on Monday, June 8. Work is ongoing at Memorial to implement a phased resumption of on-campus academic, research and administrative activities, in consideration of government’s five-level approach.

MD-PhD spring graduate integrating genetics and family medicine

Daniel Evans is one of only three people to complete the MD-PhD program in the Faculty of Medicine.

For the spring graduate, this means he can be a physician and a scientist, something he always knew would be his path.



Spring biology graduate achieves academic goal - eight years later

Chris Hearn doesn’t give up.

It’s a trait that has served the new spring biology (ecology and conservation) graduate well over the eight – yes, eight – years it took him to complete his B.Sc.

His route to graduation may have been circuitous, but he says his extended path was typical to his general life approach.


Revised opening schedule for Core Science Facility

Memorial University has revised the construction completion date for the Core Science Facility to spring 2021.

The official opening is scheduled for the 2021 fall semester.

In order to minimize disruption to the academic schedule, the building must open at the start of a semester.

Three years after the award of the contract, the construction costs remain on budget with a global construction cost of $325 million.


Memorial's Pension Plan during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are living in unprecedented socio-economic times. As a result, many pension plan members, both retired and still working, may be concerned about their pension and their own long term financial security.

As you might expect, the Memorial University Pension Plan, like many others across the country, has experienced some financial challenges due to the investment market turmoil brought on by the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and world oil prices.

Memorial experts partnering with community volunteers in pandemic response

Memorial is collaborating with a group of private-sector volunteers to ensure the province has an adequate supply of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis.

Researchers and technical staff from a variety of disciplines are assisting TaskforceNL to design, fabricate and test PPE such as gloves, masks, gowns and face shields.

Memorial is also providing the group with important processing and design strategies and vital insights into research related to the pandemic.

Memorial to offer remote program delivery for fall 2020

Memorial University will welcome new and returning students to a primarily remote teaching and learning environment for the fall semester. Full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021.

Chemistry laboratory steps up to fill hand sanitizer gap

Part of fighting the spread of COVID-19 is good and regular hand washing.

When soap and water are unavailable, though, we rely on alcohol-based hand sanitizer — resulting in scarcity in the supply.

Like some local breweries and distilleries who are using their equipment to supply emergency personnel with hand sanitizer, Memorial has found an on-campus solution for the university’s needs.

Memorial’s Department of Chemistry has manufactured 20 litres of hand sanitizer and remains at the ready to produce additional batches should they be required.

COVID-19 update to university

As we approach Monday, May 11, and the scheduled move to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 as outlined by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, many of you may wonder what that means for Memorial. At this point, none of the restrictions currently in place at Memorial will change if the Level 4 status is implemented by the province on May 11.

More to success than money, says new graduate and student entrepreneur

Spring graduate Jan Mertlik says Memorial has provided him with a “bulletproof portfolio.”

Now that the undergraduate computer science student has completed his program at Memorial University, he’s confident in the skills and knowledge he’s gained here.


Raising awareness of mental health challenges for those with rheumatoid arthritis

One morning in December 2017 everything changed for Dalainey Drakes.

Upon waking up, the 22-year-old found she couldn’t walk, or even stand, on her own without excruciating pain.

It took months of self-advocating before getting a diagnosis of aggressive onset rheumatoid arthritis, or RA.



Mentorship in the digital age

Alumni Engagement and Student Life have partnered with Ten Thousand Coffees, a digital mentorship tool that links mentors with students and early career professionals, thanks in part to the generosity of RBC Future Launch.

Guide to Financial Supports and Programs

Student Life has created a comprehensive Guide to Financial Supports and Employment Programs.

Self-Service Grading Option page extended for 24 hours

As this has been an unprecedented semester and some instructors will not be able to submit Winter 2020 grades until April 25, the Student Self-Service Grading Option page will remain available to students for an additional 24 hours, closing on Sunday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m. (NDT).

Status of fall 2020 semester

Memorial University is actively considering scenarios for innovative program delivery for the fall 2020 semester. We are committed to providing students with full access to our quality academic programs, despite the challenges that may come.

Building update April 16: Further building access controls for all campuses

Message from the President and Provost

Due to the unprecedented emergency situation that has resulted in the declaration of a Public Health Emergency in Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University is enacting further measures related to buildings access on all our campuses to enhance social distancing and keep our community safe. By ensuring we are aware of who is on campus, we are better able to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students who must come to campus.

Update on general admissions for 2020-21 academic year

On Tuesday, April 14, Memorial’s Senate waived the undergraduate general admission overall average requirement of 70 per cent for Newfoundland and Labrador high school students in the graduating class of 2020 who apply to attend Memorial University in the 2020-21 academic year (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021).

Reminder: Personal protective equipment (PPE) collection

As a reminder, Memorial continues to identify and collect personal protective equipment (PPE) which may be held by units throughout the university.

St. John's campus revised building hours

Effective April 9, Memorial is phasing in reduced building access on St. John's campus, beginning with reduced building hours. Buildings will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and will be locked on weekends and holidays. 

Student emergency funds

Many students are facing a range of stressful disruptions in their lives as a result of the worldwide health pandemic. Cancellation of all in-person classes, a full move to remote learning and having to quickly vacate residences – combined with isolation measures, job loss and travel bans – have created particular hardships for students who lack other supports.

A message from Dr. Vianne Timmons

As we start the week, I wanted to pause for a moment to express a sincere thank you to the hundreds of critical employees who have been working tirelessly and constantly since the start of Memorial’s COVID-19 response.

Update on student fees and PAS/FAL choice

Suspension of two student fees for spring semester and update on PAS/FAL choice


Spring registration update

Information on revised start date for Spring registration for graduate and undergraduate students

Bonne Bay Marine Station Public Aquarium postpones opening

To assist with proactively preventing the spread of COVID-19, the seasonal re-opening of the Bonne Bay Marine Station’s Public Aquarium, which was previously scheduled for May 16th, has been postponed until further notice.

Message to the university community from Dr. Gary Kachanoski

This has been a momentous week at Memorial as the first week of remote instruction draws to a close. I want to send a heartfelt thanks to all of our students, faculty and staff for your patience, hard work and perseverance in making this transition happen. It has taken an army of people to get us here, and the job is certainly not over yet. We must continue to work together toward the successful completion of the winter 2020 semester for our students.

Update on Feild Hall residence, research and the Writing Centre

Update on Feild Hall residence; on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants; and the Writing Centre

Statement on Feild Hall residence

The health and safety of our students is our primary concern during these unprecedented times. In consultation with Memorial University, The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) has given notice to Feild Hall residents notice to vacate the building. This decision was made based on health and safety considerations. Memorial has made an offer to relocate students to another residence, MacPherson Hall. The university is providing each of the residents a room at a discounted rate so that they will pay no additional rent. As well, the university will provide the students, at a discounted rate, access to the university meal plan.

Direct deposit forms required by March 27

A reminder to employees and pensioners who are currently paid by cheque, you are required to move to direct deposit to ensure pay cheques continue during this uncertain and evolving situation.

Identification and collection of PPE

Memorial’s emergency operations centre (EOC) is identifying personal protective equipment (PPE) which may be held by units throughout the university.

Student Update

Information on counselling services and computer labs

Faculty and staff update on critical functions, remote work and prioritizing work assignments

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to work together to transition our operations while maintaining our commitment to support students, faculty and staff. Over the past week you’ve likely had questions about what you should be working on from home. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and your managers have been working to identity what functions are most critical at this time, and how we continue our work during this uncertain time.

Updates on enrolment verification, remote academic advising, bookstore resources

This update includes information about Registrar's Office and School of Graduate Studies processing times, remote academic advising options at all campuses and resources available for students from the bookstore.

Processing and service times for Registrar's Office and School of Graduate Studies

Most of the Registrar’s Office staff and School of Graduate Studies staff are working remotely. As a result, processing and service times for many of our services have increased, including requests for enrolment verification letters, official transcripts, supporting admission documents, etc. As we continue to practice social distancing, we are discouraging students from coming on campus at this time to drop off or pick up documents. Please do not visit our offices at this time.

Health Research Ethics Authority Research Ethics Office

The Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) Research Ethics Office (REO) has been closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19. In light of recent restrictions, the REO of the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) wishes to advise researchers that, effective immediately, their research protocols must be modified or delayed to avoid face-to-face personal interactions with research participants.

UPDATED INFORMATION: Classrooms, teaching labs and study rooms closing on all campuses

Updated opening hours and occupancy limits for computer labs that remain open for students who do not have personal computer access for remote learning.

Update on spring semester, spring convocation and MUNSafe

Memorial’s spring semester, including intersession and summer session, will continue with remote instruction of all courses at all campuses. This means in-person on-campus courses will not resume before September 2020 Additionally, Memorial will will postpone Spring Convocation 2020 ceremonies that were scheduled for May 14 in Corner Brook and May 26-29 in St. John’s.


Science researcher creates app to explain math behind social distancing

A Memorial expert in theoretical ecology, evolution and epidemiology created an app to communicate some of the basic concepts behind the impact social distancing has on flattening the curve.

Using protective practices, such as deliberately increasing the physical space between people, is believed to help slow the rate of infection so hospital resources don’t get overwhelmed.

But many ask: Does it really work?


Classrooms, teaching labs and study rooms closing on all campuses

Effective tomorrow, Monday, March 23, instruction at Memorial University officially resumes remotely.

Accessible remote teaching and learning guidelines

The Blundon Centre has developed guidelines to assist faculty and instructors with incorporating accessibility into remote teaching and learning approaches.

Message from the President to the University Community

This has been an unprecedented week for our university and our communities. I hope you are each taking care of yourselves, practicing social distancing and hand washing, and doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Course Evaluation Questionnaires

Memorial will not administer Course Evaluation Questionnaires (CEQs) for the winter 2020 semester. 

Supporting research activities during COVID-19

As Memorial and the world assess the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial is committed to supporting our researchers in continuing their research activities.

Academic updates

Spring semester registration, waived regulations and more information for students

Update for students, employees and instructors

Information for instructors, remote workers, students and employees.

Update on final exams for Winter 2020 semester

Students are advised that there will be no final exams taking place on campus in April. This includes both on campus and online invigilated exams. A proposal regarding final exams has been approved.

Update from the Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Activities for faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) in all research laboratories will be suspended from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, onward.

Update for employees regarding work arrangements

Following the message earlier today regarding suspension of classes, employees should consult with their managers immediately regarding their work arrangement.

Update on suspension of classes and change in library hours - 12:55 p.m.

Based on ongoing consultation with units and a determination of their ability to be responsive, and the evolving public health environment, Memorial University has moved up the timeline for suspension of all classes. As of end of day Tuesday, March 17, all classes (in person and online) on all campuses will be suspended. Unless your individual instructor has advised otherwise, all academic programming, including midterms and evening classes, will go ahead today, March 17. Remote delivery of classes is scheduled to resume on Monday, March 23, as previously announced. Students with questions about their classes should contact their instructor.

Update on COVID-19 response - March 16

This important update includes information for students, faculty and staff. Of particular note: all students who reside on the island of Newfoundland are required to vacate student residences by end of day, Friday, March 20. Childcare Centre is closed immediately until further notice. Memorial is encouraging remote work with the understanding that university priorities are the health and safety of students, faculty and staff; maintaining the academic integrity of the semester; and critical university operations. To allow for social distancing and to help employees manage the current demands, employees are asked to work with their supervisor to facilitate remote work arrangements where operationally feasible. Unless you currently have arrangements with your supervisor, report to work as scheduled.

International Women's Day: Celebrating Memorial University's entrepreneurial trailblazers

As International Women’s Day approaches on March 8, the Gazette is celebrating six entrepreneurs in the Memorial community - including alumna from physics and biochemistry.

Read on to learn about their companies, the work they do and what being a female entrepreneur means to them.


Memorial University sleep study to help cancer survivors

A new study called Addressing Cancer Treatment-related Insomnia Online in Newfoundland and Labrador, or ACTION, aims to increase access to a treatment to improve sleep and investigate whether it can also improve cognitive impairments in cancer survivors across the province.

Public lecture to discuss 'What's a healthy food?'

An expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy and food and nutrition regulations will give a free public lecture on the Memorial St. John’s campus.

Dr. Mary L’Abbé is a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She will give the fifth annual Faith Elizabeth Winifred (Rusted) Bayley Nutrition Lecture on Monday, March 9.

The talk, titled, The Great Debate: What’s a Healthy Food?, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001, on the St. John’s campus. The lecture is open to all and will be followed by a reception. Parking is available in lot 17.


Memorial Researcher named advisor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada

One of Memorial University’s leading ocean experts will soon use his knowledge to help strengthen science within the federal government.

As the newly appointed departmental science advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Dr. Paul Snelgrove will report to the department’s deputy minister, Timothy Sargent.


Dr. Mark Abrahams appointed provost and VPA pro tempore

The Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. Mark Abrahams as provost and vice-president (academic) pro tempore effective May 1, 2020.

Currently the dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Abrahams will serve in the role for one year or until the search for a new provost and vice-president (academic) is completed, whichever is sooner.


Partnership to build research and academic connections in Nigeria

A new agreement will see Memorial increase its research collaborations and attract more high-quality graduate students from West Africa.

Memorial signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nigeria’s National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) on Feb. 13. Established in 1992, NASENI’s mandate includes areas such as research, production and reverse engineering.

Feb. 11: Celebrating those leading the way for future generations

Today marks the fifth annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

It’s a day to celebrate the women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and encourage the next generation of girls to follow in their footsteps.

Meet just some of the women faculty, staff and students of Memorial learning and working in science.


Blundon Centre: Accessible education at Memorial a shared responsibility

As the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre continues to provide support for more and more students, close collaboration with other faculties and units has become essential.

The centre recognizes individuals or groups who contribute to the development of equitable and accessible learning and living environments for Memorial students at an award ceremony each year.

This past October, the Department of Biology took home the 2019 Glenn Roy Blundon Award for its efforts in improving accessibility and ensuring all students receive the same laboratory experience.


Memorial University unlocking the secrets of the world's ocean

As mysterious as the moon, and in many ways less sampled, the ocean holds many secrets.

Memorial University, recognized globally as a leader in ocean research, is well-positioned to crack those secrets, and has spent the last decade doing just that.

In fact, more than 40 per cent of Memorial’s research relates to oceans – and in the Faculty of Science that number reaches nearly 70 per cent.

In the last 10 years, Memorial has completed, begun or reinvested in multiple major ocean research partnerships. Dr. Paul Snelgrove, a member of the departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology, has been at the forefront of some of the university’s biggest ocean projects.


'Cutting new trails' in assessing Northwest Atlantic fish stocks

Dr. Noel Cadigan and a team of Marine Institute (MI) researchers are trying to build better models to assess Grand Banks fish stocks.

These new models will account for how fish productivity – such as reproduction, growth and mortality rates – varies over time and space in the mathematical and statistical calculations used to evaluate those stocks.

Director of innovation and entrepeneurship appointed

Biology alumna Dr. Paula Mendonça has been appointed as Memorial’s first director of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Mendonça is responsible for facilitating and supporting the university’s strategic and long-term approach to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship activities across its campuses, while interacting with regional and national partners. She began on Dec. 18.


More than $1.8-million investment for Alzheimer's disease, brain repair and chronic pain research

Memorial researchers are advancing critical health-related studies that matter to Canadians thanks in large part to more than $1.8 million in new funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Josh Rash, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, is one of three recipients. He secured $696,150 to evaluate the efficacy of oxytocin on pain and function among individuals who experience chronic pain.


World's first bioengineered animal approved as food has Memorial roots

It’s been a long and winding road to bring the life’s work of a Faculty of Science researcher from an experiment in a lab to the kitchen table.

Dr. Garth Fletcher, head of the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, along with Dr. Choy Hew, a former Department of Biochemistry researcher, co-invented the technology behind the world’s first bio-engineered animal approved for human consumption.

Although it was approved as food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, it will finally reach American customers for the first time late this year.

Mapping the value of N.L.'s untapped sea urchin population

What comes to mind when you think about Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishery? Cod and shrimp, scallops and lobster, most likely.

Dr. Patrick Gagnon, a faculty member in the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, says there is great potential for another sea creature to help boost the province’s economy: the prickly green sea urchin.




President's awards handed out to top educators, researchers and staff

The Faculty of Science was well represented at the 2019 President's Awards ceremony at Signal Hill Campus on Dec. 12. 

Dr. Travis Fridgen, Department of Chemistry, received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching and Dr Valerie Booth, Department of Biochemistry, received the Outstanding Graduate and Postgraduate Supervision Award, while Ernest Stapleton, Supply Chain Management group, received the President's Award for Exemplary Service. 

Greenland ice losses faster than expected, say researchers

Researchers from Memorial University have joined a team of 96 polar scientists from 50 international organizations to produce the most complete picture of Greenland ice loss to date.

The Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) team, which includes Dr. Lev Tarasov, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science, and his graduate student Benoit Lecavalier, combined 26 separate surveys to compute changes in the mass of Greenland’s ice sheet between 1992-2018.


Graduate students sharpen analytical skills on OPE work term

As a research tool, surveys are invaluable for gathering information from a sample of people and can provide a critical source of data and insight.

Although mobile technology makes survey taking easier, shorter attention spans can impact how many people begin and complete surveys. Asking the right questions, concisely, is critical.

To that end, the Office of Public Engagement hired graduate students from Memorial’s Master of Applied Psychological Science (MAPS) Program and the Department of Sociology to apply proven evaluation techniques when it launched a survey project this year.


Ocean Sciences students make waves with new undergraduate society

What do you do when you discover your department doesn’t have a student society? You create one, of course.

Carter McNelly and Élie Pellerin are now executives on the Ocean Sciences Undergraduate Society - OceanUS. 

Biologist identifies new bird species by tail sounds and calls

The unique sound made by the tail feathers of the male snipe, also known as a snite or twillik, has allowed Dr. Ted Miller, Department of Biology, to recognize a new species of the bird.

N.L. metals will be critical for green economy, says geologist

Dr. Stephen Piercey believes that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have an opportunity to contribute greatly to the coming green economy and do so in a technically, environmentally, socially, and fiscally responsible manner.

As society transitions away from the existing petroleum economy, the world-class mineral resources of this province will be increasingly required to transform global infrastructure.



Educators honoured for effective teaching, positive impact on students

Each year, Memorial University recognizes individuals that demonstrate excellence in teaching and graduate supervision with a series of four President’s Awards.

These awards honour faculty members and instructors who have varied professional experience, but a few outstanding traits in common.

Two faculty members in the Faculty of Science recently received one of these awards.

Science professors using Snapchat to connect with students

Some professors in the Faculty of Science are meeting their students in their natural environment: Snapchat.

Federally funded contest looking for best student storytellers at Memorial

Are you a Memorial student who is up for a challenge?

Then get creative and tell a compelling story in three minutes or 300 words as part of a national contest looking for Canada’s top research communicators.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its eighth annual Storytellers contest, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students.


Biochemistry student studying nutrition in Hawai'i on academic exchange

Amelia Lacey will likely spend some time studying on a beach in the Aloha State during the winter 2020 semester.

The fourth-year biochemistry major and St. John’s resident will study at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa as one of 20 top Canadian students receiving a Killam Fellowship from Fulbright Canada this year.


World Fisheries Day: Highlighting sustainability and equity

Reducing waste and gender inequality in worldwide fisheries are some of the issues Memorial researchers will focus on during a free public event next week.

The research initiatives Too Big To Ignore and the On the Move Partnership, as well as the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), are jointly organizing the event, Towards Zero Waste in Our Fisheries.

It takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 5-9 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation on the St. John’s campus. The event is part of World Fisheries Day celebrations, taking place on Nov. 21.

Faculty of Science to host 3MT competition

The Faculty of Science is hosting its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Friday, Nov. 15 at noon in C-2039.

This competition, which is for students of the faculty only, is a research communication competition where students are given three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.


Memorial researcher studies generational impacts of stress

If you’re prone to getting a good fright from goblins, ghouls and other spooky characters at Halloween, Dr. Jacqueline Blundell can explain the science behind your fear.

It’s a topic she’s been studying since 1998, first as a student in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, and now as an associate professor in the department.

Science researchers featured on The Nature of Things on Oct. 25

A pair of Faculty of Science researchers will appear in this week’s episode of The Nature of Things.

The episode, which airs Friday, Oct. 25, on CBC Television, is titled First Animals. 

Citizen science app expanded to include N.L.-specific debris

An app used by citizen scientists around the globe to report coastline pollution now allows users to record the specialized marine debris often found in this province.

It’s all thanks to the efforts of a group of Memorial researchers.


Health inequality in children topic of public lecture

The 2019 Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Public Lecture in Child Health and Development will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Dr. Frank Elgar, McGill University, will present Health Inequality in Children and Youth and the Wealth of Nations at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001. A reception will follow; limited free parking is available in lot 17.

Remembering Judy: Thirty-nine years since tragedy on the parkway

Memorial has unveiled a storyboard in memory of Judy Lynn Ford, a Faculty of Science student who was killed crossing the Prince Philip Parkway on Oct. 17, 1980.

The unveiling event took place on Oct. 17, 2019, the 39th anniversary of the accident. The new storyboard is located in the pedway to the Chemistry-Physics building near the University Centre food court.


A psychology graduate's long road to a PhD

Lynn Frizzell always intended to get a PhD, but “life happened.”

While it may have taken her a few years longer than expected – 11 of them, in fact – she will receive her PhD in psychology (developmental) during fall convocation at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Oct. 17.

Public lecture to discuss protein behaviour in living cells

An upcoming public lecture at Memorial University will focus on understanding how proteins behave in the crowded micro-environment of living cells.

Dr. Gary PIelak, Univeristy of North Carolina, will present the 2019 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Public Lecture, titled Understanding Protein Behaviour in Cells, on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001. Admission is free and all are welcome. A reception will follow.

Dr. Pielak will also give a research talk, titled Tardigrade Proteins and Desiccation Tolerance on Friday, Oct. 18, in C-2045.


Eighty-year old convocation gown worn by fourth generation graduate

When Tiffany Small crosses the St. John’s Arts and Culture stage to pick up her B.Sc.(Hons.) in biology (marine) on Oct. 17, she will be literally carrying decades of family history on her shoulders.

The 80-year-old black robe she’ll be wearing has made an appearance at convocation many times by several members of her family.

Student organization in 'upper echelon' of geology students globally

A group of geology graduate students have found great success with a student organization.

The Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) is the largest scientific organization for mineral deposits research in the world, with over 6,500 members from all over the globe.

The group of students from the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, who comprise the organization’s Memorial chapter is led by society president Carly Mueller.

How community engagement at NLCAHR builds research potential

Dog whisperers, pet owners, neuroscientists, psychologists, veterinarians and people who work with therapy animals.

They’re all members of a newly formed research exchange group, facilitated by Memorial’s Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR), dedicated to learning how the bonds between people and animals affect the health and well-being of both.

The group is convened by Dr. Gail Wideman, associate professor, School of Social Work, and Dr. Carolyn Walsh, associate professor, Canine Research Unit, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science.


Alumni Profile - Frank J. Ryan

Frank J. Ryan grew up in St. John’s, NL. He graduated from Memorial University with a B.Sc.(Hons) in 2011, majoring in Earth Science and minoring in Business Administration. In 2014, he completed an MBA at Memorial with a focus in finance and leadership.

Students, staff and faculty honoured at Faculty of Science awards

The dean of the Faculty of Science recognized 283 students representing the top 10 per cent in the faculty during the annual Dean’s Awards ceremony recently.

During the event, Dr. Mark Abrahams also presented the Dean of Science Book Prize; the Lou Visentin Award, recognizing students who have held a place on the Dean's List for four consecutive years; the Co-op Student of the Year Award; as well as the Dean's Distinguished Service, Scholar and Teacher awards.

Memorial University researcher co-ordinates global ocean observation

A global team of scientists, including a researcher from Canada’s Memorial University of Newfoundland, is bringing the world together in a co-ordinated effort to observe the Atlantic Ocean.

Dr. Brad de Young is a professor with the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science.

He’s helped develop the vision for AtlantOS, the All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System, which aims to establish a sustainable, multidisciplinary, multi-thematic system supported by countries around the Atlantic, building on the observing platforms, networks and systems already in place.


Thirteen Memorial faculty members receive high honour

Thirteen Memorial University professors have been accorded the designation professor emeritus/emerita, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

In the Faculty of Science, the new professores emeriti are Dr. Ali Engin Aksu, Department of Earth Sciences; Dr. John T. Brosnan, Department of Biochemistry; Dr. William Driedzic, Department of Ocean Sciences and Dr. Raymond A. Poirier, Department of Chemistry.

Memorial leading Atlantic Canadian mathematical collaboration

Memorial's Department of Mathematics and Statistics is home to a new collaborative research group.

Groups, Rings, Lie and Hopf Algebras is funded by the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) and is administered by Dr. Yorck Sommerhäuser.


More than $5.5 million in federal funding to focus on enhancing oil spill response measures

The federal government is investing more than $5.5 million into multidisciplinary research led by Memorial that focuses on techniques and technologies to aid in oil spill response in Canada.

Six new projects, funded under Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI), aim to ensure Canadians have access to the best scientific information and methods available to respond to oil spills by supporting collaborative research among oil spill experts both in Canada and worldwide.

First-year students awarded $180,000 in scholarships choose Memorial

Two first-year students at Memorial University have been named 2019 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.

Established in 2012 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages Canada’s most promising high school graduates to purse degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and become the next generation of innovators.



York vision program 'totally reshapes' science students career planning

Two science students have new insight into the wide range of research areas involved in vision research.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship external deadline is September 27th, 2019. However, the internal deadline for Science student applicants to submit the full package to the Dean of Science office is September 20, 2019.

Earth scientist tracing origins of Maritime Archaic copper artifacts

Uncovering a mystery thousands of years old.

That’s what Dr. Derek Wilton, Honorary Research Professor in the Faculty of Science’s earth sciences department, is doing in collaboration with The Rooms’ museum division.



More than $2 million federal investment creating new knowledge at Memorial

New federal funding is accelerating diverse research projects ranging from social enterprise in rural Newfoundland and Labrador to research focused on women, feminism and philosophy.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced a total of $2,273,242 on July 17 for 40 Memorial-led projects.


Speaking out against Romanian research minister's anti-science stance

In the fall of 2018 the Romanian minister of Research and Innovation, Nicolae Hurduc, publicly expressed doubts as to the evolutionary connection between chimps and humans.

Ad Astra, a Romanian organization that supports and promotes scientific research, were so concerned by these statements, they reached out to eight international experts in evolutionary biology to counter any resulting public misunderstanding and published their responses in a news release and in a letter to Nature magazine.

Dr. Steve Carr, a professor of biology in Memorial University’s Faculty of Science, was one of those experts.

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!).

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.

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.



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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.



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?

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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).

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.

Telling the Ocean Frontier Institute story through video

In the leadup to World Oceans Day celebrations on June 8, consider taking time to reflect why sustainable ocean practices are so essential.

While the Ocean Frontier Institute’s (OFI) main mandate is to enhance the sustainable development of the North Atlantic Ocean through research, the organization also has a key role in using communications to mobilize knowledge and enhance public understanding of how and why, our ocean is changing.



Chemistry-physics graduate follows 'wise advise' to graduation

Kazakhstan native Andrey Zelenskiy originally planned to study chemistry and biology — but all that changed when he got to Memorial University.

“In high school, I hated physics with all my heart, but in my first year at Memorial, I had an opportunity to take Physics 1050 with Dr. James Munroe,” he said. “He reintroduced me to the subject in a way that left me possessed with unending curiosity and excitement.”


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.



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.


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.

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.

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?


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.



Researcher honoured for pioneering scientific contributions

A chemistry professor at Memorial is “excited and surprised” to be named the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual Winner), presented by the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Dr. Fran Kerton is the second female and the only person outside of Ontario and Quebec to receive the honour.


Psychology study shines a light on the N.L. mother experience

The motherhood experience of women in Newfoundland and Labrador is the focus of a recent Memorial University study.

Dr. Julie Gosselin, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, and Shannon Bedford, a doctoral student in the PsyD program, spent three years collecting data from more than 1,000 biological, adoptive, married, single, separated, divorced and widowed mothers and stepmothers of children 18 years and under from across the province.


Memorial researcher helping focus global attention on need for ocean observation

A global team of researchers, including Dr. Brad deYoung from Memorial University, is hoping to bring the world together in a co-ordinated effort to observe the Atlantic Ocean.


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).


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.

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).


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.


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.


'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.


Graduate student video up for national NSERC prize

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

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. 



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.


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.


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.


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.


$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.

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.

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.


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.


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.”

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.





Accomplishments and achievements round out another positive year

From a big jump in research funding to a big role in a national marketing campaign, 2018 marked an incredible 12 months for scholarship, discoveries and innovation at Memorial.

“When you reflect on the past year, it is inspiring to see how our teams of multidisciplinary researchers are helping address challenges facing our province, country and the world,” said Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research).


Contest empowers next generation of research communicators

Memorial students with a way with words are encouraged to get creative and take part in a national contest with big prizes up for grabs.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its seventh annual Storytellers Contest, challenging post-secondary students to  show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research affects our lives, world and future prosperity.


Memorial nets $10.2 million to support innovative fish and seafood sector

Memorial University received more than $10.2 million in federal-provincial funding this month, including more than $1.3 million for the Department of Ocean Sciences, for research and projects contributing to a more sustainable fish and seafood sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Memorial honours exceptional faculty and staff at special ceremony

Dr. Gary Kachanoski recognized outstanding educators, researchers, staff members and community partners during the 2018 President’s Awards ceremony at Signal Hill Campus on Wednesday evening, Dec. 12.

Several members of the Faculty of Science were honoured including: Dr. Bill Montevecchi, Psychology, Biology and Ocean Sciences, recipient of the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship; Dr. Yuanzhu Chen, Computer Science; President's Award for Distinguished Teaching; Beth Ann Austin, Mathematics and Statistics, President's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Lecturers and Instructional Staff); Dr. Ronald Haynes, Mathematics and Statistics, President's Award for Outstanding Research; Dr. David Pike, Mathematics and Statistics, University Research Professor; Dr. Sheila Garland, Psychology and Oncology, President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships; and Mary Flinn, Chemistry, President's Award for Exemplary Service. 

Genetic analysis gives insight into island caribou population

A genetic study has given Memorial researchers new insight into the origin and evolution of the Island of Newfoundland’s caribou population.

Their findings are available in a recently published paper based on Corinne Wilkerson’s (M.Sc.’10) thesis and co-authored with Dr. Steve Carr, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, and Shane Mahoney (B.Sc.(Hons.’77), M.Sc.’80), a conservationist/wildlife manager.


MD student and Science alumnus off to Oxford as N.L.'s latest Rhodes Scholar

From a bachelor of science in psychology (B.Sc.’17), specializing in neuroscience, to the doctor of medicine program at Memorial, Matthew Downer’s curriculum vitaeis longer than most people twice his age.

His latest achievement? He’s just been named Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2019 Rhodes Scholar.


Biologist publishes research on animal influence on the carbon cycle

Animals influence carbon cycling across landscapes in ways that could impact climate change.

That’s the finding of a new paper published today in Science magazine.


Cash prizes up for grabs as part of national research contests

Budding filmmakers and amateur shutterbugs are encouraged to show Canadians why research matters as part of two competitions launched by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Science Exposed is a photo contest which challenges post-secondary students to showcase research through a vibrant image. They can enter on their own or as a group.


Dr. Sean Brosnan creates legacy for biochemistry at Memorial

Dr. Seán Brosnan is retiring after 46 years with the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science.

Widely respected by students and faculty alike, Dr. Brosnan has cemented his legacy as a researcher and educator. But, he has decided to take it a step further.


Montevecchi featured on Funk Island research and education website

Ever wonder what it would be like to study seabirds on an isolated seabird island?

Funk Island, a small ocean rock outcrop, is a spectacular and remote seabird breeding site in the North Atlantic. Located 40 kilometres off the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland, it is home to massive colonies of murres and gannets.

Job Posting: Teaching Term Appointment

The Department of Computer Science at Memorial University invites applications for a three-year Teaching Term position at the rank of Lecturer, starting May 1st, 2019. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to teach courses at the undergraduate level, along with normal administrative responsibilities.

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Job Posting: Mathematics and Statistics Head

Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Headship is for a renewable three-year term and is to be filled at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. 

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New paper says race to conserve marine biodiversity may backfire

Canada’s race to meet biodiversity conservation targets could jeopardize the very goal it is trying to achieve.

That’s the message in a new paper co-authored by a Memorial researcher.


Science students recognized for commitment to environment

A provincial conservation organization has recognized two Memorial University science students for their volunteer efforts.

NatureNL presented scholarships to Alexandra Hayward, a fourth-year biology student, and Kelly Young, a recent biology graduate and current environmental science master’s student, at a recent event on the St. John’s campus.


Memorial students tops in Atlantic competition four years running

For the fourth year in a row, Memorial University students have taken the top prize at a regional math competition.

Each year the Science Atlantic Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Conference opens with problem-solving and computer programming competitions. The math competition gives teams of two from universities across Atlantic Canada three hours to solve eight questions with nothing but pencils and paper.



Ocean Sciences Centre to launch Reef Life Survey Canada

Memorial University is set to launch a Canadian branch of the Reef Life Survey on Oct. 22.

The Reef Life Survey (RLS) program started at Australia’s University of Tasmania and is a volunteer-driven citizen science program in which trained divers undertake more than 11,000 biodiversity surveys of coral and rocky reefs from 54 countries around the globe.


Significant federal investment fuels discovery research across disciplines

More than 60 projects research projects at Memorial University are sharing roughly $8.8 million from the Government of Canada.

The funding comes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and supports early-career and established researchers, as well as the next generation of innovators.

The investment will propel and energize studies in the faculties of Engineering and Applied Science, Medicine, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of Pharmacy and Grenfell Campus.

Gravitational waves the focus of upcoming public lecture

Dr. Laura Cadonati, a professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, will explain how gravitational waves can unlock the mysteries of the universe at an upcoming public lecture at Memorial University.

The 2018 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Public Lecture, titled Seeing with New Eyes: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe with Gravitational Waves, on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001. A reception will follow and limited free parking is available in lot 17. All are welcome.

Faculty of Science to host 3MT competition

The Faculty of Science is hosting its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Oct. 22 at noon in C-2039.

Students interested in applying must do so before the Oct. 18 deadline. 

Students, staff and faculty honoured at Faculty of Science awards

The annual Faculty of Science Dean’s Awards ceremony was held on Memorial’s St. John’s campus and saw Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of the Faculty of Science, recognize 282 students representing the top 10 per cent in the faculty.



Public lecture to discuss impact of social and emotional learning on youth

A Harvard professor of education, Dr. Stephanie Jones, will give the 2018 Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Lecture in Child Health and Development. 

The Science and Practice of Social, Emotional, and Character Development in Schools, will take place Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001.


Search for Earth's twin subject of upcoming public lecture

A woman known as the ‘astronomical Indiana Jones’ will give the 2018 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture.

Dr. Sara Seager, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001.

Week-long festival highlights regional science

Memorial University is ready to celebrate the fifth annual Science Literacy Week.

It kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 16, in Newfoundland and Labrador with a science fair at the Avalon Mall’s Centre Court and continues with 35 activities across the region.


First-year students 'honoured' and 'grateful' to receive scholarships

Two first-year students at Memorial University have been named 2018 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.

Celina Melindy and Alexandra Janes will receive the scholarships, valued at $100,000 and $80,000, respectively.



Memorial alumni acknowledged for extraordinary achievements

Aspiring astronaut. Serial entrepreneur. Education advocate. Lifelong leader.

Memorial University announced the recipients of its 37th annual Alumni Tribute Awards, recognizing alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields, are committed to their alma mater and made outstanding contributions to their communities.

The 2018 recipients are Bethany Downer, B.Sc.'16, Paul Antle, B.Sc.’85, Fred Cahill, B.Eng.’80 and Sharron Callahan, BA’68.

Nominations were open from Jan. 30 until April 13, 2018, and submissions reviewed by an independent panel of Memorial alumni who comprise the Tribute Awards Selection Committee. The committee’s recommendations were officially submitted to Memorial on June 29.

Non-profit organization awards support to salmon researchers

A trio of researchers engaged with fieldwork throughout Atlantic Canada have received 2018 grants of $63,300 for their ongoing projects from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation.

Memorial ranks high for ocean technology-related research in world university rankings

Memorial is the only Canadian university to make the list of the world’s top post-secondary institutions for the study of marine/ocean engineering.

Memorial placed 38 among global universities ranked in the Engineering field as reported last month by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which included 44 top universities in its marine/ocean engineering listing.


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award for study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is for two years in the first instance. University and College fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, Rhodes Scholars receive a monthly stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses.

The external deadline for full application including extended résumé, personal statement, letters of reference and endorsement from the University President, is September 28th, 2018. However, the internal deadline for Science student applicants to submit the full package to the Dean of Science office is September 21, 2018.

If you are a senior undergraduate Science student considering an application for the Rhodes Scholarship, please contact both your Department Head and Dr. Travis Fridgen (Associate Dean of Science) as soon as possible.


Physicist collaborates with Australian university to improve thermal imagers

A Memorial researcher is partnering with his Australian colleagues on a novel technology that could greatly increase the speed and sensitivity of thermal imagers.

Dr. Todd Andrews of Memorial’s Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science, along with University of Western Australia (UWA) researchers Dr. Adrian Keating, Dr. Giacinta Parish and Dr. John Dell were successful in receiving a three-year grant from the Australian Research Council totalling approximately CDN $420,000.



Federal funding enhances Memorial's international reputation for critical health-care research

Improving access to primary health care, a better understanding of the hepatitis C virus and enhancing access to mental health programming within Indigenous communities.

These three Memorial-led research projects are receiving a major boost from the federal government.


Emerging science researchers net nearly $300,000 in lucrative federal funding

Black holes and green chemistry are the areas of focus of two early-career researchers receiving prominent academic awards totaling nearly $300,000.

Memorial University recognizes six professores emeriti

Six Memorial University professors have been accorded the designation professor emeritus/emerita, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

Memorial's PsyD program receives Canada's highest accreditation level

Memorial University’s doctor of psychology (PsyD) program has been awarded the highest level of accreditation in Canada.

This is the first time a PsyD program outside of Quebec has received accreditation from the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the first PsyD program the organization has recognized at a university that did not already have a CPA-accredited PhD program in clinical psychology.


Science alumna joining ‘sea women’ on Arctic voyage

A Faculty of Science alumna is joining an all-female Arctic expedition in August to participate in snorkelling safaris and ocean education programs with Inuit youth and elders in Nunavut and Greenland.

Sarah Walsh is the only Newfoundlander among the Sedna Epic Expedition’s 16-member team of volunteers that hails from other parts of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.


Coral reefs losing ability to keep pace with rise in sea levels

Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, leaving tropical coastlines and low-lying islands exposed to increased erosion and flooding risk, new research suggests.


New research shows early organisms grew big to spread offspring

Some of the earliest complex organisms on Earth — and possibly some of the earliest animals to exist — got big not to compete for food, but to spread their offspring as far as possible.

International experts convening in St. John's to solve offshore challenges

Researchers and industry are partnering for a workshop and research symposium with the aim of saving billions of dollars for the world’s oil and gas industries.

International experts will be in St. John’s June 26-27 for the event, which is being co-hosted by Memorial and Genome Canada. The focus will be on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC): the deterioration of metals caused by metabolic activity of microorganisms.


Graduate students best in the world in field development challenge

A team of Memorial graduate students has won the 2018 European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers’ Laurie Dake Challenge.

On June 11 the Memorial Aion Energy Team was one of eight international teams that presented fully integrated development and evaluation plans to a jury at the event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Memorial was one of two Canadian universities to compete in the final challenge.


Second Memorial professor receives international recognition for graduate support supervision

It’s official: Dr. Brent Snook is a great mentor.

The professor of psychology in the Faculty of Science was recently recognized by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) with the Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award, given for outstanding support of a graduate student or students from course completion through research and placement.


Single parent, PhD student finds personal and professional support

In 2012 Hayley Alloway was living on a small farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio, and homeschooling her children – aged six, four, two, and five months.

She’d been a stay-at-home mom for seven years following her graduation from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in animal behaviour, but decided it was time to go back to graduate school. She soon discovered that not all universities were welcoming to a mom with a young family.


Team effort to ensure student graduates with her class

Lauren Winsor’s transcript arrived in the nick of time.

At 5:05 p.m. on Friday, May 25, Memorial’s Office of the Registrar received the B.Sc.(Hons.) psychology student’s grades from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, paving the way for her to graduate a mere four days later at Memorial’s spring 2018 convocation ceremonies.


Psychology recognizes student, staff research and achievement

The Department of Psychology recognized student and staff achievement recently at the ninth annual Psychology Research Day.

The event included morning talks from undergraduate honours and graduate students. In the afternoon, 42 honours students presented posters of their final research projects.


Public lecture unravels the secrets of crystallization

Dr. Fiona Meldrum, University of Leeds, will present the Job Public Lecture From Sea Urchins to Snowflakes: Unravelling the Secrets of Crystallization, on June 27 at 2 p.m. in SN-2109


Biology master's degree graduate mentors, inspires young women in science

Maegwin Bonar is a “wild” woman – a wildlife biologist, that is.

As one of few women in a field still very much dominated by men, the new master of science spring graduate has been a positive example for young women interested in biology and ecology, says her supervisor, Dr. Eric Vander Wal.


Memorial scientist calls on world to act on conserving space sites

A scientific study led by Memorial University has concluded global action is required to protect a number of significant geological features on Mars, the moon and other planets and celestial bodies.

Master’s student discovers lichen diversity in N.L.'s boreal forest

Lichens play an important role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s approximately 38 million hectares of boreal forest.

Since moving to the province to begin a master’s degree in biology under the supervision of Dr. Yolanda Wiersma, Rachel Wigle has been involved in a number of rare lichen projects


Be your own boss, then become someone else's

What do three graduate students in marine biology, biomedical engineering and epidemiology have in common besides late nights, research and thesis writing?

Answer: A penchant for entrepreneurship, which Memorial’s Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) aims to channel.


Science alum makes plans to protect, conserve right whales

Stacey Rehel, a Science alum currently pursuing a master of marine studies at the Marine Institute, is helping to develop a marine spatial plan to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales off Canada’s East Coast.


Art and words welcome Indigenous students at QEII Library

A penciled sketch wrapping around the main concrete pillar in the Queen Elizabeth II Library lobby begins to take shape.

Inuit artist and Biology student Jessica Winters uses black paint and a fine brush to slowly fill in her design. As hours pass, symbols emerge: a tent, evergreen trees and, facing north, an inukshuk.


Science Odyssey week kicks off with festival of events on May 12

Science Rendezvous, the marquee event kicking off Science Odyssey week, will take place this weekend on the St. John’s campus.

Representatives from the faculties of science, engineering and applied science, and humanities and social sciences will present exciting and interactive exhibits and activities for people of all ages.


Paper reports marine protected areas vulnerable to climate change

A new paper is warning marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly at risk from climate change.

Dr. Amanda Bates is the Canada Research Chair in Marine Physiological Ecology with the Department of Ocean Sciences. She co-authored the paper, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week.


Graduate student nabs top prize in national video research contest

Master’s student Jenna MacKinnon is the winner of a $3,000 prize as part of a national video contest highlighting research in the North.

Five new Canada Research Chairs bolsters Memorial’s international profile

New federal investments totalling more than $4.5 million will enhance Memorial’s research expertise in areas ranging from climate change to health care to oceans research.

Five new Canada Research Chairs (CRC) — one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence — have been appointed at Memorial. The results were made available on Thursday, May 3.



Public lecture to discuss role of infant diet on food allergies

A free public lecture on the St. John’s campus will shed light on the connection between infant nutrition and food allergies.

Dr. Catherine Field is a professor in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Science at the University of Alberta. She will give the fourth annual Faith Elizabeth Winifred (Rusted) Bayley Nutrition Lecture on May 15.


Federal funding to attract top researchers, provide infrastructure

Canada’s minister of Science and of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announced the latest results of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) on April 11.

In total, Kirsty Duncan announced more than $42 million for 37 universities across Canada to support 186 new research infrastructure projects.


Songbirds at the Botanical Garden spill their love secrets

The Botanical Garden on Mt. Scio Road in St. John’s is, arguably, one of the most romantic places at Memorial to take a date.

The same also applies if you’re a chickadee.

Joyce Family Foundation bursary creating conditions for success

Adrianna Warren has encountered a great deal of adversity in her life.

However, thanks to a strong work ethic, positive attitude and the help of the Joyce Family Foundation Bursary, the second-year Science student is rising above that adversity and exploring opportunities that she once believed were out of reach.


Memorial houses Canadian chair, office of international ocean drilling program

Memorial University is the new home of the Canadian Consortium for Ocean Drilling (CCOD).

Dr. John Jamieson, assistant professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, at Memorial and the Canada research chair in marine geology, is the new drilling consortium chair and Canada’s representative to the IODP.

Lasting legacy: Edith and Robert Skinner

The Skinners were a quiet couple, but their generosity knew no bounds.

Married for 64 years, Edith and Robert Skinner spent most of their married life in Pasadena on Newfoundland’s West Coast, where they successfully operated the Lakeland Lodge and Motel, as well as hunting and fishing camps in Labrador.

Generations of Memorial University students and researchers will benefit from the legacy established by the Skinners.


Ocean Frontier Institute invests $25 million in ocean research projects

Fifteen ocean research projects based in Atlantic Canada have received more than $25 million in funding.

The investment is expected to advance understanding of atmospheric and ecosystem change while also identifying ways to grow resource development in a sustainable way.


Outstanding in her field

Dr. Aimée Surprenant is being recognized for her outstanding leadership.

In July, the professor of psychology and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial will receive the 2018 Richard Tees Distinguished Leadership Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) at their annual meeting.


Researcher part of 'dream team' investigating opioid prescribing

Dr. Joshua Rash may have only been at Memorial for a few months, but he is already putting the university on the map.

A clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, Dr. Rash is also a member of a dream team of Canadian researchers and partners investigating health-care provider knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices surrounding the prescription of opioids for the management of chronic non-cancer pain.


Discovering his passion

An alumni of the Department of Psychology has been awarded the 2018 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning.

The award was presented to Matthew Downer, an undergraduate MD student, at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus recently.


Power line corridors and how they affect wolf-moose interactions

Daniel Dupont wears many hats.

The Métis man is a part-time PhD candidate in the Faculty of Science’s Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology program who also works as a provincial wildlife biologist in Manitoba.

For the past few years, Mr. Dupont has been working with that province’s Indigenous and other communities to find out why Manitoba’s moose population is on the decline in some areas.


Conne River's Se't A'newey Kina'matino'kuom students sail on floating classroom

A partnership in Conne River is taking learning to new depths.

A floating classroom is in development by the Miawpukek Mi’kmaw Mawi’omi of Conne River for students at Se’t A’newey Kina’matino’kuom, and schools throughout the Bay D’Espoir region. That’s right: floating.


Physics researcher creates model to explain Saturn's space storms

Pictures of Saturn have been mystifying scientists ever since they were beamed back to Earth from NASA’s Voyager mission in 1981 and, more recently, the Cassini mission in 2006.

The strange, hexagon-shaped jet stream circling the planet’s north pole and a huge, hurricane-like vortex at the pole have inspired many theories. The pictures also show much smaller vortices covering the entire surface of the gas giant.


Top honour for student cancer researcher

Third year Biology undergraduate student Junbum (Kevin) Im, researches DNA-mutating enzymes that cause and exacerbate cancers including lymphomas, breast, ovarian, lung cancers and melanomas.

These enzymes work by mutating the DNA of cancer cells which causes cancers to become drug-resistant, therefore much harder to treat and more aggressive.

Third of our lives

Sleep. Why do we do it? How do we do it? And how can you fix it if it gets off track?

Those questions, and more, will be answered by Dr. Sheila Garland at an upcoming public lecture at Memorial.


Chemistry team develops 'intelligent' material to test for bee-harming pesticides

More than a decade after beekeepers first raised the alarm about a dangerously low global bee population, much progress has been made in understanding the mystery of colony collapse.

report from the European Food Safety Authority, published on Feb. 28, points squarely at neonicotinoids, some of the world’s most widely used insecticides, as a major cause — and is expected to lead to a total ban on their use when European Union nations vote on the issue next month.

Memorial hosts Budget 2018 discussion on St. John's campus

The single largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history was among the key highlights of Budget 2018 that federal government cabinet members discussed during a visit to the St. John’s campus on March 6.


Sustainable aquaculture: Identifying the impacts of escaped hatchery fish

Memorial experts are working hard to figure out the issues created by an increasing reliance on farmed fish. The Department of Ocean Sciences has been working to identify the impacts of escaped hatchery fish and provide information to industry regulators, so they can better manage those risks.


Alzheimer's researcher named 2018 Terra Nova Young Innovator

A lucrative faculty award is empowering a Memorial researcher to better understand — and potentially find a cure — for the world’s most common neurodegenerative disease.

Dr. Matthew Parsons (B.Sc.’04, M.Sc.’06, PhD’11) is this year’s recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award (TNYIA), which recognizes and supports outstanding young faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.


Memorial expertise to support industry-led Atlantic Canadian ocean supercluster

Through the Innovation Supercluster Initiative, Canada is investing in an industry-led ocean supercluster.

The initiative will focus on the sustainable development of the ocean industries in Atlantic Canada and position the region as a world leader.

Federal funding boost to expand digital programming for youth

An engineering outreach office at Memorial University has received a federal funding boost of $95,000.

Memorial Engineering Outreach (MEO) is benefitting from CanCode, a $50-million fund announced in the 2017 federal budget to support the development of coding and digital skills for youth across Canada.



$1.9 million in federal funding strengthens health research at Memorial

A new investment by the Government of Canada will energize Memorial’s research expertise while further boosting its international reputation for innovative health-related studies.

A trio of researchers received $1.9 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the major federal agency responsible for funding health and medical research in Canada, on Jan. 24 to advance their studies.


A voyage of reconciliation, community engagement and science

On Oct. 19, in Campbell River, B.C., I stepped foot onto the Polar Prince for the first time.

I had been following the journey of this ship for months as it travelled from Toronto towards Victoria, along the three coasts of Canada and through the Northwest Passage, as part of the Canada C3 expedition.



Study's co-investigators bring credibility and trust to research process

A recently published paper with ties to Memorial University has a unique twist.

Instead of focusing solely on findings, it describes the experience of patient advisors involved in a research project.


Memorial honours exceptional faculty and staff at special ceremony

Dr. Gary Kachanoski has presented the President’s Awards for 2017, honouring outstanding educators, researchers, staff members and community partners.

Dr. John Hanchar, Department of Earth Sciences, was named University Research Professor - a title given to a faculty member who has demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature. 

Lumpfish and the eye doctor: A Medicine and Science collaboration

Lumpfish, the dull, lumpy bottom feeders with warty heads, are not only an integral part of the provincial economy — their roe is prized in Asia as an alternative to caviar — they are also the subject of innovative research being done at Memorial that will assist both the aquaculture industry and provide insight into dietary effects on vision.


Alumni turn heads with wind- and water-powered electronics charger

A group of alumni turned entrepreneurs didn’t have to look far for inspiration for their latest product.

Living in a country with the most water in the world — and its windiest province — they were literally surrounded by it.

Now, a piece of technology Seaformatics Systems Inc. developed is set to revolutionize how outdoor adventurers stay connected to wireless devices.

Nature powered

The St. John’s-based startup with roots at Memorial has developed a hand-held water turbine, allowing people to charge electronic devices with water and wind.

“We’re producing a suite of turbine products that allow our customers to harness renewable energy in the form of flowing water and wind to power and recharge standalone devices such as personal electronics — think cellphones, cameras and GPS — as well as batteries in watercraft and RVs, and river- and ocean-going sensing systems and observatory nodes,” Andrew Cook, company co-founder and Memorial alumnus, told the Gazette recently.

“Our first product, the WaterLily micro turbine, can capture energy from a flowing river or can be suspended in a windy area to recharge USB re-chargeable devices such as cellphones, action cameras and portable battery banks.”


Co-operative education program work-term fee increase approved

On Dec. 7 the Board of Regents approved an increase in the co-operative education work-term fee from its current rate of $323 per work term to $600 per work term for all domestic full time undergraduate co-operative education program students, effective September 2018.

Green mineral analysis method saving money and time

One of Dr. David Grant’s hunches could end up having a major impact on the international research community while bringing global recognition to Memorial.

Online resources integrate active learning in large-size classes

Memorial’s biology department is tackling a big issue for students taking its introductory course. Each semester, approximately 700 students enrol in Biology 1001. That means, on average, there are about 200 students in each section sitting in a fixed-seat lecture theatre with one professor to teach them.

Investigating optimal conditions for raising GE salmon

A Memorial master’s student is helping AquaBounty Canada to determine the best growing conditions for transgenic Atlantic salmon.


Year at International Space University brings alumna closer to the stars

It’s been a busy year for Bethany Downer.

Last summer Ms. Downer, B.Sc.’16, moved to Strasbourg, France, to begin an M.Sc. degree at the International Space University (ISU).

Are Bahamian spider crabs a cure for a common aquaculture problem?

A five-month sabbatical in the Bahamas has led to a new research area and a new graduate student for Dr. Iain McGaw.  

Earth sciences graduate student mapping ore deposits in real time

A Memorial graduate student is helping gold prospectors in Central Newfoundland zero in on new deposits — and fast. Sam Ybarra, a master’s student in the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, who hails from Columbus, Mississippi, is using infrared spectroscopy to collect mineralogical and geochemical data in real time.

More than $1.6 million in federal funding for three Canada Research Chairs

Memorial is home to three new Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence.

The appointments are for tier 2 chairs, which are five-year positions worth $100,000 each year with the possibility of one five-year renewal.

Federal, provincial investments to build artificial intelligence research

Groundbreaking research in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) are helping to create a more robust, innovative Atlantic economy.

New chair of Animal Care Committee named

Dr. Darlene Skinner of the Department of Psychology is Memorial's newest chair of the Animal Care Committee.

The Animal Care Committee is responsible for the ethical assessment of all protocols for animal care and use in research and teaching at the St. John’s, Ocean Sciences Centre, Marine Institute and Grenfell campuses.

Artificial intelligence subject of upcoming public lecture

Artificial intelligence is the subject of an upcoming public lecture on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, dean, Faculty of Science for the University of Alberta, will deliver The Games Computers (and Humans) Play on Nov. 16th at 7 p.m. in IIC-2001. 



Summer research internship 'life-changing' for science student

Jevon Marsh would like to see more undergraduate students take advantage of opportunities to study and do research abroad.

He spent 12-weeks completing a student research position in Germany this summer, an experience he says was “life-changing.”

$4.8 million from CFI for critical marine research

Memorial University has received a major award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for its development of autonomous marine observation systems (DAMOS).

The 2017 Innovation Fund (IF) awards, announced on Oct. 12 in Winnipeg, Man., by Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, must illustrate global leadership, partnerships and benefits for Canadians.


Psychology student Memorial's latest Killam recipient

As Memorial University’s latest Killam fellow, Lauren Winsor will begin a cross-border adventure at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in January.

Students, staff and faculty honoured at Faculty of Science awards

The annual Faculty of Science Dean’s Awards ceremony was held on Memorial’s St. John’s campus and saw Dr. Mary Courage, dean of the Faculty of Science, recognize 271 students representing the top 10 per cent in the faculty.


OFI leading the way in Canada's blue economy

One year ago, the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) launched with an unprecedented $220 million in funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and various private and public-sector organizations.


President of American Physical Society to speak at Memorial

The president of the American Physical Society will give the 2017 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Public Lecture at Memorial.

Dr. Laura H. Greene, will give a talk titled, High-Temperature Superconductivity: The Dark Energy of Condensed Matter on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation.

Unique collaboration opens up world of ocean sciences to teachers-in-training

A group of education students will take part in hands-on field experiences to explore how integrating the ocean into the K-12 science curriculum can become a valuable supplement to classroom instruction.


A summertime sail in search of Nordic black smokers

Memorial’s Dr. John Jamieson spent some of the warm summer months on a cold-water cruise — Arctic cold.

The professor of earth sciences joined a multidisciplinary research team aboard the research vessel R/V G.O. Sars, led by chief scientist Dr. Rolf Pederson, director of the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen, Norway.



Montevecchi's 'eureka moment': Seabirds, fisheries and climate change

When Dr. Bill Montevecchi set out to study the foraging habits of gannets in the late 1970s, he had no idea he’d end up discovering that seabirds are excellent indicators of ocean health and climate change.

NSERC funding empowers Memorial researchers to better the world

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has announced almost $7 million in federal funding to support more than 65 research projects at Memorial.

Tender awarded; new construction to begin on Animal Resource Centre

Memorial University has awarded the contract for construction of the Animal Resource Centre (ARC), a research and teaching facility. Olympic Construction was the successful bidder.


Computer science professor sought after AI consultant

This summer, Dr. David Churchill, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Science, worked with Blizzard Entertainment and Google DeepMind on the creation of a new artificial intelligence (AI) interface for StarCraft 2.

Atlantic Canadian teaching award 'icing on the cake' for math professor

Dr. Danny Dyer was presented with the 2017 Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Distinguished Teaching Award on Sept. 21, in honour of the work he has done to provide students with the best opportunity for success, and for the positive effect he’s had on teaching and learning in the wider university community.

Enactus launches mini-hydroponics unit for individuals, small families

Enactus Memorial has launched a mini-hydroponics unit targeted at small families and individuals interested in growing their own produce.

The undergraduate student group, which includes students from the faculties of business, science, engineering and applied science, and humanities and social sciences, now has four-pod units available for purchase.


Science doctoral students recipients of Vanier Scholarships

The Faculty of Science is home to two new Vanier scholars.

Ernest Awoonor-Williams, a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, and Christina Prokopenko, a PhD student in the Department of Biology, are the latest recipients of the prestigious graduate scholarship.


Grad students and post-doctoral fellow receive prestigious academic awards

On Sept. 14 Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, was on the St. John’s campus to announce 166 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients and 70 new Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship recipients across the country for a total investment of $34.7 million.


Memorial to celebrate week-long festival of science

Memorial University is ready to celebrate the fourth annual Science Literacy Week.

This week-long blitz of science-based activities highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast


First-year students awarded $180,000 in STEM scholarships

Two first-year students at Memorial University have been named 2017 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.

This year, there were more than 1,300 Schulich Leader Nominees from across Canada vying for 50 scholarships, valued at up to $100,000 each. 

Biology professor to be named professor emeritus

Dr. Michael Collins, Department of Biology, will be accorded an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members at convocation cermeonies in St. John's on Oct. 19. He is one of four Memorial University professors being recognized with the designation professor emeritus


Post-doctoral scholar creates low cost, efficient water analysis

Stefana Egli is so excited about her polymer coating that she carries a little glass slide wherever she goes.

“It’s like my baby,” she said, fishing one out of her pocket.

The “baby” is more commonly known as a MIP, or molecularly imprinted polymer, that allows for portable cost-effective water analysis. When exposed to water, the MIP, which is smaller than a quarter, can absorb certain compounds that normally dissolve in water.


The Atlantic Wolffish - A face only a mother could love

What is striped, grows to be five feet long and has big chomper teeth all over the roof of its mouth?

The Atlantic wolffish


Technology trailblazer to be recognized for exceptional achievements

Catherine Courage, B.Sc.(Hons.)'97, will be one of the recipients of Memorial University's 36th annual Alumni Tribute Awards.

The awards recognize alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields, are committed to their alma mater, and made outstanding contributions to their communities.


Memorial researchers receive funding to purchase what they need to save the world

Federal funding for research infrastructure and equipment was recently announced.

Two groups of Memorial researchers together received more than $375,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) awards presented at Laurentian University.


Using mathematical biology to help control infectious diseases

Can a Memorial University mathematical model predict and help control the spread of malaria in Africa?

Dr. Xiunan Wang, who uses mathematical models to study biological problems, thinks so.


Effective communication 'critical' to building trust, researcher says

Dr. Brett Favaro wants to share a secret.

He knows that if scientists can communicate their ideas effectively, they are more likely to succeed.


$4.4 million boost for aquaculture research led by Memorial

Drs. Kurt Gamperl and Mark Fast have been awarded $4.4 million as part of a pan-Atlantic research initative to improve the health and welfare of cultured Atlantic salmon using geonomics and other biotechnologies.


Scholarship supports research connecting N.L. and Ireland

Dr. Stephen Piercey, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, was one of this year’s recipients of the Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship.

He travelled to Ireland for three weeks in May to focused on two projects with collaborators at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

Visiting experts test Memorial's absolute gravity reference station

Two experts brought a high accuracy absolute gravity meter to the St. John’s campus recently.

Jason Silliker and Rachel van Herpt, of the Canadian Geodetic Survey of Natural Resources Canada, brought their FG5-236, a.k.a. “Gertrude”, to Station 991399 for a 24-hour-long set of measurements in May.


Testing balsam fir restoration treatments in 'spruce-moose' meadows

Over the past few years, experimental restoration to support Parks Canada Ecological Integrity targets in Terra Nova National Park was implemented by Dr. Luise Hermanutz, Department of Biology, and her graduate student, Louis Charron, with the support of park staff.

High school students put detective skills to work during lab field trip

Students from local high schools descended on the Department of Biochemistry recently to try out their scientific and detective skills.

For the first time, the department opened its doors to students from O’Donel and Holy Heart for a daylong field trip. It saw them role play as junior crime scene investigation agents tasked with determining if a local fisherman had a freezer full of flounder or near extinct Atlantic Bluefin tuna.


Local tech company receives $2 million in follow-on funding

HeyOrca knows that after delivering on your promises, the second most important factor in client retention is successful communications.

“Effective communication is vital to a successful client-marketing agency relationship,” said Joseph Teo, CEO, or, chief executive “orca” of the social media planning company and a graduate of Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration.


Psychology researchers kick off unique study of young adults with cancer

A psychology researcher is partnering with Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) on the biggest young adult cancer study ever.

Dr. Sheila Garland and her research group will be the first to explore the physical, social, financial and emotional challenges faced by young adults diagnosed with cancer and compare them to their non-cancer peers.


Memorial partners with Dalhousie, NOAA on Gulf of Main expedition

From today, World Oceans Day, until June 22, Canadians have the opportunity to explore the ocean with world-leading researchers in the Gulf of Maine.

Oceana Canada will broadcast the expedition in real time as researchers from both sides of the border explore rare habitats and species at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.


Science alumna finds opportunities in ocean mapping

When Sarah Walsh finished her bachelor of science with a focus in marine biology at Memorial in 2013, she wasn’t sure what her next move would be.

She did know, however, that ocean technology would be part of her future.


Swiss summer research position to focus on retinal degeneration cure

Lauren Winsor is one of 22 students with an international summer research position at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, known in English as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.


Studying invertebrates' ability to adapt to climate change

Toronto native Justine Ammendolia grew up next to Lake Ontario, but she always dreamed of the sea.



Ice core analysis study evaluates past temperatures, Greenland melt

A new paper led by Memorial researchers has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper reconstructs past temperatures from an ice core, identifying a warmer past and demonstrating that the Greenland ice sheet is susceptible to rapid melt in a warming world.

N.L. Beekeeping Association seeking research collaborators

Newfoundland and Labrador is one of a few places on Earth still unaffected by many of the diseases and other problems affecting honey bee populations elsewhere.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association (NLBKA) has identified several research priorities concerning honey bees and wild pollinator species in Newfoundland and Labrador and is interested in working with researchers at Memorial University to fill in knowledge gaps and help address current apicuture challenges.



Memorial study says songbirds being left behind by climate change

A new paper co-written by Memorial University researchers argues that some migratory birds are failing to keep pace with a rapidly changing climate.

Trio of Memorial photos finalists for federal award

Three images connected to Memorial are shortlisted for a national contest.

Science Exposed, organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, highlights top images featuring scientific research in all fields of study.

A total of 20 images have made the final cut. 


Outreach aids students' exploration of ocean science and technology

This spring, Memorial researchers and alumni are participating in an educational series to explore the exciting world of ocean science and technology with students from across the province.

Bonne Bay Marine Station, Grenfell Campus receive $1 million

The provincial and federal governments announced an investment of more than $1 million in projects for Memorial University’s Bonne Bay Marine Station and Grenfell Campus May 13.

$4.9 million in federal-provincial funding to accelerate new technologies

A team of Memorial researchers and a Genesis Centre client have received combined federal-provincial support of more than $4.9 million.

The funding will allow for the development of new technologies to test water for contaminants and for creating holographic displays.

New database helps researchers discover funding opportunities

Researchers looking for funding opportunities have a new tool at their disposal.

Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS), a unit within the Vice-President (Research) portfolio, has launched a new searchable database, which allows researchers to easily find details on internal and external funding opportunities.


Archaeology student recognized for self-directed learning

A bachelor of arts (honours) student completing a major in archaeology, a minor in biology, and a diploma in applied ethics from the Department of Philosophy has been awarded the 2017 Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning.

The award was presented to Daniel Rees at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus.

Memorial-partnered research leads to approval for camelina oil fish feed

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has approved the use of mechanically-extracted camelina oil as a feed ingredient for farmed salmon and trout.

The decision follows a recently completed large-scale study of camelina oil managed by Genome Atlantic. Dr. Chris Parrish, Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, was one of the study’s principal researchers.


Memorial to participate in Science Rendezvous

Science Rendezvous, an all-ages and free public event, will allow participants to do fun and safe hands-on science activities on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

Visitors will get to watch a chemistry magic show, explore a travelling touch tank, discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, take part in interactive physics demos, and much more on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking will be available in lot 15B.

Workplace-oriented mindfulness training program offered to students

A number of graduate and undergraduate students took part in a 10-week workplace mindfulness course this semester.

The course, which included a 90-minute session per week and a two-hour capstone session at the end, was offered to students engaged in co-op work terms, internships or field placements for their respective programs in the School of Social Work, the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Science’s Department of Psychology.


Tender awarded, construction to resume on Core Science Facilty


Memorial University has awarded the main construction contract for the Core Science Facility to Marco Services Limited.

The contract, known as CP-3R, is for the remaining work on the building. Construction will resume on the project this spring. It is slated to open for the fall semester in 2020.


Six countries team up to conduct climate change research

A team of scientists from six countries — with a unique Memorial University connection — will depart from St. John’s, N.L., on April 27 on a trans-Atlantic voyage that’s studying the impact of climate change on the ocean.

The research being conducted on-board the Celtic Explorer is a Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) survey, being led by the Marine Institute of Galway, Ireland.


Doctor Who writer inspired by professor's swarm robotics research

This weekend’s episode of the long-running hit British television show, Doctor Who, will have a special connection to one Memorial University researcher.

The season’s second episode will see “The Doctor” visiting the colony world of Gliese 581 D, a bright, sunny world tended to by a swarm of tiny bird-like robots called Vardies. The Vardies, it just so happens, are named for Dr. Andrew Vardy, a professor jointly appointed with the faculties of Science and Engineering and Applied Science.

Psychology hosts annual research day to recognize student work

The Department of Psychology celebrated their best and brightest on April 6, as the unit held their eighth annual research day.

The event showcased research conducted by master’s and honours students, with seven second-year master’s students holding talks in the morning followed by an afternoon poster session representing the work of 48 honours students.

Biochemistry prepares for 50th anniversary reunion

On July 1, 2017, Memorial University will mark a special milestone.

On that date, the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, which first opened on July 1, 1967, will turn 50 years old. To commemorate, the department is hosting a reunion weekend Sept. 8-10 and hopes to reconnect with many former students, staff and faculty.


Seven extraordinary honorary degree recipients announced

Along with the newest cohort of spring graduates crossing the stage, Memorial University is presenting seven extraordinary people with degrees honoris causa at spring convocation ceremonies.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Calvin White, a Mi’kmaw elder; Dr. Frank Hayden, founder of the Special Olympics; Moya Greene, president and CEO of the Royal Mail; Bob McDonald, popular host of the national science radio program, Quirks and Quarks; gardener Ross Traverse; businessperson and philanthropist Donald Lawson; and Marilyn Churley, environmentalist and politician.

Memorial graduate students among top research storytellers in Canada

A pair of Memorial master’s students are among 25 finalists from across Canada taking part in a prestigious annual research competition.

Laura Fallon and Meagan McCardle — both graduate students in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science — were selected from nearly 200 entries for the 2017 Storytellers Challenge sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SHHRC).


Department of Computer Science adds specialized majors

The discipline of computer science is a rapidly expanding frontier, and Memorial’s Department of Computer Science is evolving right along with it.

Following an academic program review and consultation, the department has decided to provide the option of more specialized majors in its undergraduate program, starting with the introduction of two new majors this fall.



Ocean Sciences Centre reunion to celebrate 50th anniversary

Now faculty and friends of the Ocean Sciences Centre are being invited back to celebrate achievements and memories from the past 50 years at a reunion scheduled for Sept. 8-10.


Top 10 finish for hyperloop pod team

After devoting nearly 10 months to the building their hyperloop pod, a team of nine students from Memorial University travelled to Los Angeles in January to test drive it.

The event, hosted by SpaceX at a mile-long track built adjacent to their Hawthorne, California headquarters, marked the first time this mode of transportation, was tested anywhere in the world.


Turning spiny marine organisms into economic opportunities

A Memorial researcher is investigating a new opportunity he hopes will help diversify the range of seafood produced in Newfoundland and Labrador for worldwide distribution.

Graduate Studies, CBC Radio bring doctoral research to public airwaves

Completing a PhD takes years, but some Memorial doctoral students will be presenting their research in just three minutes.

Through a partnership with the School of Graduate Studies and CBC Radio, 10 PhD students will be featured on CBC’s On the Go program at the end of March and beginning of April.


Earth Sciences paper makes cover of Geology

Dr. John Hanchar, a professor of Earth Sciences, and his former graduate students, Chris Fisher and Stacy Phillips, recently had a paper published in the journal Geology, the premier journal in the Earth Sciences. 

Public lecture to discuss impact of brain function on education

The inaugural Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Lecture in Child Health and Development will take place on March 28. 

The lecture, titled Why should educators care about cognitive neuroscience?, will be given by Dr. Daniel Ansari, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University.

One of two blue whale skeletons on display at ROM

An exhibit opening March 11 at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) provides a sneak peek at what visitors to Memorial University can expect to see three years from now.

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story tells the story of two blue whales that washed ashore in Western Newfoundland in April of 2014.


New program offerings boosting Memorial's strength in oceans

This September, students can begin studies in one of three brand new science majors: ocean sciences, ocean sciences (environmental systems) and marine biology.

Joint degree in science, humanities and social sciences approved

Students with a strong interest in arts and science no longer have to choose between the two degrees.

Memorial’s Senate recently approved a proposal from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for a new joint degree program.


Federal funding empowers researchers, brings new equipment

Eleven Memorial researchers working on five diverse projects will receive more than $680,000 in new federal funding, allowing the teams to purchase sophisticated new tools, technology and equipment.


Biology professor breathing new life into Memorial's herbarium

An assistant professor in the Department of Biology is hoping to give new life to an old collection.

Dr. Julissa Roncal has been given responsibility for Memorial’s herbarium, the largest in the province.

Earth sciences professor in running to become next Canadian astronaut

Dr. John Jamieson could be the next Canadian to go into space.

This week, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the assistant professor of earth sciences and Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology has made the short list of a year-long campaign to find its two newest “star” candidates.


A Q&A with Dr. Craig Purchase, fish expert and national committee volunteer

Spawning season is a busy time in Dr. Craig Purchase’s world.

But despite a near around-the-clock schedule ferrying salmon gametes from the lab to the river, the evolutionary ecologist sat down with the Gazette recently to share some insight into another one of his roles: volunteer for a national organization dedicated to the scientifically sound classification of wildlife species at risk.



Research shows first burrowing animals helped engineer explosion of life

New Memorial University research has identified how the first burrowing animals helped engineer the explosion of life as we know it.


Public lecture to discuss the Labrador Sea's role as planet's 'lungs'

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Ocean Science and Technology will deliver the 2017 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture at Memorial University on Jan. 31.

Dr. Douglas Wallace's public lecture, titled Vital Signs: Watching the Deep Ocean Breathe in the Labrador Sea, is hosted by the Faculty of Science and the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.


Textbook, new graduates to support mental health services

A new book co-written by a faculty member in the Department of Psychology may provide a useful guide for mental health professionals.

In late December, associate professor Dr. Julie Gosselin, director of clinical training for the doctor of psychology (PsyD) program at Memorial, released A Systematic and Integrative Model for Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Planning. It’s the first in a collection that will be released over the coming year.


Views on social mobility shape Americans' faith in the status quo

Psychologists at Princeton University and Memorial University have found that how Americans view social mobility affects their willingness to defend the basic underpinnings of American society — such as social and economic policies, laws and institutions.

Science alum intern puts education to work under the sea in the Philippines

Christa Sandall may hail from landlocked Alberta, but salt water seems to run through her veins.

Since graduating from Memorial with a bachelor of science in marine biology last June, she has been living and working in the island country of the Philippines.


Program for faculty provides introduction to graduate student supervision

This fall marked the launch of a new program for Memorial’s faculty that provides an introduction to important aspects of graduate student supervision.

Developed by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), the Program in Graduate Student Supervision is the first training program of its kind at Memorial, and also unique among Canadian universities.


New psychology lecture series in memory of Dr. Patricia Canning

The Department of Psychology will remember a late faculty member with a new annual lecture series in her name.

Dr. Patricia Canning passed away in November 2015.

The Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Lecture in Child Health and Development was established through generous gifts and pledges from her family and friends. The first lecture in the series will take place in March 2017.


Recent office move reveals vintage Memorial University postcards

Thanks to a recent office change in the Chemistry-Physics building, a stack of the vintage postcard booklets came to light. Scenes of student life and campus features are pictured on the front of each; Memorial’s ceremonial crest and directions for postage and the address are found on the back, plus the former names of some buildings and spaces.


Composer, chemist named 2016 Terra Nova Young Innovators

Creating a cleaner, greener future and designing a unique hands-free musical instrument.

Both are cutting-edge projects being led by two researchers who are this year’s Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recipients. The award recognizes and supports outstanding young faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.

Valuable and unique insight to academic literature on climate change

A new book, co-edited by Memorial biology PhD candidate Laura Siegwart Collier, adds a valuable and unique insight to the academic literature on climate change.

In The Caribou Taste Different Now: Inuit Elders Observe Climate Change, Inuit elders and knowledge holders from eight Canadian Arctic communities — Kugluktuk, Baker Lake, Pangnirtung, and Pond Inlet in Nunavut; Umiujaq, Kangiqsujuaq, and Kangiqsualujjuaq in Nunavik; and Nain in Nunatsiavut — share their observations of climate change, including how it is affecting traditional ways of life.



Lowering our carbon footprint

We generate waste every day, most of which go to incineration landfill sites. And while we are always trying to find ways to reduce waste, researchers at Memorial University are investigating ways to use the waste we generate in a sustainable way.

GEO CENTRE exhibit deep-sea corals and sponges to light

A new multimedia exhibit is creating awareness of Atlantic cold-water corals and sponges in the waters off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and their importance to the health and integrity of the marine ecosystem.

Gardens of the Deep was unveiled at a recent event and is a collaboration between the GEO CENTRE and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Memorial University, Oceans Learning Partnership, The Production Group, World Wildlife Fund Canada, the provincial Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


Award-winning researcher part of a corrosion project that received $7.8 million in federal government funding

Dr. Faisal Khan, head, Department of Process Engineering and director, C-RISE, is part of a collaborative research project involving four universities in Alberta and Atlantic Canada.

Researchers at Memorial University are involved in all stages of the project, which involves identifying the microbes, studying the chemical compositions of the microbes and how they cause corrosion. Dr. Khan and team, which includes Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Christina Bottaro, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science will be examining how microbes cause corrosion.

Board approves senior appointments; VPR search set to begin

At its regular meeting on Dec. 1, Memorial’s Board of Regents approved the appointments of Dr. Mark Abrahams as associate vice-president (research) pro tempore and Dr. Mary Courage as acting dean, Faculty of Science.

Both appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Dr. Abrahams, who currently serves as dean of science, will replace Dr. Ray Gosine, who was named vice-president (research) pro tempore in October. Dr. Courage, University Research Professor, Department of Psychology, will replace Dr. Abrahams.



Faculty serving in voluntary capacity to establish N.L. nature reserves

When it comes to creating protected areas in Newfoundland and Labrador, four Memorial faculty members are on the job – even though it’s not in their job descriptions.

As researchers and educators in the Faculty of Science, Drs. Luise Hermanutz, Bill Montevecchi, Yolanda Wiersma and Len Zedel contribute to the global body of scientific knowledge every day.


Urban contaminants making their way up to northern communities, into food chain

Flame retardants might help save your couch from an unattended candle, but Memorial research shows that some of the chemicals found in our household items are building up in the planet.

Dr. Cora Young, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, studies the long-range transport of contaminants found in consumer products.


Youth field school recognized for innovation in STEM education

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Oceans Learning Partnership’s (OLP) Coastal Explorers field school has been named one of five winners of the second annual Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Innovative Education Award for innovation in youth programming and environmental STEM education.

The program was chosen from 120 applicants submitted from across North America and will receive a grant of $50,000 USD to expand their programs. 

Mobilizing knowledge to protect and enhance the East Coast Trail

Students from across the St. John’s campus are working together to help map the East Coast Trail from Topsail to Cappahayden.

The internationally renowned trail system, which highlights the natural beauty of the Island of Newfoundland’s east coast and draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the world, consists of more than 300 kilometres of developed trail.


Transitioning from fossil fuel to renewable energy

Memorial University, with the support of St. Bonaventure’s College, and facilitated by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research group, For a New Earth, will host a town hall meeting on the theme What Is A Green Economy? on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Graduate students playing key role in OFI's multidisciplinary research

Enthusiasm and optimism.

In the past two months, those are the two words Dr. Aimée Surprenant has heard the most when it comes to the single largest federal investment for research at Memorial.

Unusual discovery off N.L.'s coast sparks new ocean research

During one of Dr. Patrick Gagnon’s very first scientific dives in Newfoundland and Labrador, he came across a strange sight that inspired an entirely new line of research.

The professor of ocean sciences was exploring the waters off the coast of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s when he found red stone-like structures blanketing the sea floor at depths of 10-25 metres.


Diving deep into Canada's first Marine Protected Area

This summer, faculty from Memorial’s earth sciences department sailed on a research cruise to Endeavour Ridge, Canada’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Located 250 kilometres offshore from Vancouver Island, B.C., and 2,250 metres below the ocean’s surface, Endeavour is a seismically and volcanically active area of the sea floor with hydrothermal venting.



Justice Malcolm Rowe graduated with degrees in arts, science

It’s not only the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that has its first Supreme Court justice.

Justice Malcolm Rowe, an alumnus of Memorial University, holds bachelor’s degrees in both arts (political science) and science.

Solving the mystery of 570-million-year-old Mistaken Point fossils

Scientists at Memorial University may have solved a mystery at the province’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mistaken Point.

Namely, what were the giant Ediacaran fossils found on the southern tip of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, and why are they so large?


New funding aimed at reducing co-infection in Atlantic salmon

Research co-led by the Faculty of Science could lead to healthier fish and significant savings for the Canadian aquaculture industry.

Dr. Matt Rise, professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, and a team of collaborators from University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and industry partner EWOS/Cargill, have received $4.5 million in funding to develop new therapeutic diets for farmed Atlantic salmon.


Understanding how proteins may end Alzheimer's, Parkinson's topic of upcoming public lecture

Protein molecules perform an astonishing range of functions in all forms of life — from the digestion of food and the replication of genes to the propagation of signals in cells and the nervous system.

A public lecture on Memorial’s St. John’s campus will illustrate examples of these versatile molecular machines and how they are generated and how they exert their functions. Dr. Ben Schuler is professor of molecular biophysics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and is the 2016 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Memorial Lecturer.


Ocean Frontier Institute-led research to change global aquaculture industry

As Memorial’s lead on sustainable aquaculture within the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), Dr. Matt Rise of the Department of Ocean Sciences is excited about the opportunities the new initiative will bring.


Academics, research and service celebrated

What may have been the largest group of students ever admitted to the Faculty of Science Dean’s List at one time was honoured at an event on Sept. 20.

Annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony was held on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus and saw Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of Science, recognize 281 students who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty.


Ocean Frontier Institute providing critical mass to tackle larger problems

Dr. Paul Snelgrove is hoping the new Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) will help Memorial solve a historical challenge.

$2.1 million federal investment empowers social sciences and humanities researchers

Social entrepreneurship, child psychology and politics in the era of globalized finance are among 22 new research projects receiving more than $2.1 million in federal funding.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced the investment on Sept. 9, awarded through its Partnership Development Grants, Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants. A combined total of $2,106,183 for was announced to Memorial.


Memorial and province set to benefit from Ocean Frontier Institute

The largest single federal investment for research in Memorial’s history is stirring up excitement and opportunities for future research growth.

The federal government announced on Sept. 6 nearly $100 million for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnership between Memorial, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The investment was made through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

Students, staff sought for annual Ronald McDonald House fundraiser

There’s a good chance if you grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador, or are raising children here, you have stepped through the doors of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.


Memorial University and partners celebrate Science Literacy Week

For one week in September, universities, libraries, museums and other partners will put on a nationwide festival of science.

Science Literacy Week highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science outreach from coast-to-coast. It runs Sept. 18-24 and begins in Newfoundland and Labrador with a fun science fair with hands-on demonstrations, science story times and shows from 12 to 5 p.m. at the GAP Court in the Avalon Mall, St. John’s.


Two first-year students awarded prestigious Schulich Leaders Scholarships

Julie Young and Mackenzie Grace, two incoming first-year students at Memorial University, have been named 2016 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.

The annual scholarship program encourages Canadian high school graduates to embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in their future careers. 

Public lecture to discuss effectiveness of multivitamins

Are multivitamins effective? Are we consuming too many and can they cause harm?

Those are a few of the questions which will be answered at a free public lecture on the Memorial St. John’s Campus on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in room IIC-2001.


Historic investment creates Ocean Frontier Institute

Memorial is celebrating a milestone that will see researchers and graduate students from multiple disciplines undertake some of the world’s most ambitious research aimed at unlocking the secrets of the North Atlantic.

Government of Canada invests more than $14 million in Memorial infrastructure

More than $14 million in new federal funding will expand Memorial’s research infrastructure.

The investment will replace two of Memorial’s aging animal research care facilities to ensure the university can continue to conduct its biomedical research activities and continue to offer certified degree programs. 



New students invited to attend Science welcome event

The Faculty of Science is hosting a welcome event for all incoming undergradute studenst with an interest in science.

Everything Science 2016 will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 6 as part of Memorial's orientation activities. 


Collaborative research focused on improving young people's understanding of legal rights

A pair of graduate students say their research could have significant implications for Canada’s justice system.

Meagan McCardle and Kirk Luther are working on a unique collaborative project in the Faculty of Science aimed at improving young people’s understanding of their legal rights.


Applications now accepted for Terra Nova Young Innovator Award

Applications are currently being accepted for a prestigious $50,000 research award for talented emerging researchers.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award is presented to a Memorial faculty member on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor Energy as operator.


Psychology scholar Memorial University's newest Killam Fellow.

Matthew Downer, a Faculty of Science student, has received a prestigious Killam Fellowship to spend a semester as an exchange student in the United States.

Science, Medicine networking event helps grow research productivity

Faculty members in Science and Medicine came together recently for a special networking event.

For the first time, researchers in both units sat down to discuss their individual areas of research and possible opportunities to work together.



Two students to broaden horizons at London science conference

Two Memorial University students will represent Canada while taking the trip of a lifetime this summer.

Anton Afanassiev and Noah Taite will represent Canada at the 58th annual London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) from July 27-Aug. 10. The forum is a world leading event for the globe’s most promising young scientists.

Biology professor co-authors paper about bird and dinosaur vocalization

Imagine a 10-ton dinosaur cooing like a dove. Such a low-pitched sound could have travelled for long distances, like the hoots of large owls or calls of howler monkeys.

Six Memorial University professors named professor emeritus

Six Memorial University professors have been accorded the honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

The six individuals will be publicly recognized as professores emeriti at a future session of convocation.


Core Science Facility tender cancelled; will be revised, re-issued

Memorial University has cancelled the major construction tender for its Core Science Facility (CSF) because the bids received for this work were higher than expected.

Faculty-student Tely 10 team raising funds for young adults with cancer

Bright and early on Sunday, July 24, Dr. Sheila Garland, a number of her students and all of the Team Memorial participants will be at the starting line in Paradise for the 89th annual Tely 10 road race.



Memorial-invented equipment tested in world's largest flume tank

Researchers at Memorial are encouraging people to do their part to help protect the ocean and environment.

An interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Max Liboiron, Sociology; Dr. Paul Winger, Marine Institute (MI); and Dr. Josh Lepawsky, Geography, were at the MI’s flume tank on Wednesday, July 13, to test new surface trawls, invented by Memorial to monitor marine plastics.


Science and art merge during annual Biomedicine symposium

Biomedical sciences and art are not two things that normally fit together.

But from July 7-8, the Faculty of Medicine did just that. BioMedicine 2016 is a symposium that highlights research by graduate, postgraduate and undergraduate trainees in biomedical sciences. The illustration and artwork competition is a component of the symposium that gives researchers the opportunity to present their work with an artsy twist.


Psychology students take top honours in national evaluation competition

The second time was the charm for a team of psychology graduate students vying for the national title in the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Student Evaluation Case Competition finals recently.

Olivia Cleary, Laura Fallon, Sandra Parsons and Marshal Rodrigues, along with last minute addition Lauren Matthews, are all masters of applied psychological science (MAPS) students. They took top honours at the society’s annual conference, this year in St. John’s in early June, beating out two other teams from the University of Guelph and the University of Saskatchewan.


Bell Island soldier among first to receive facial reconstruction during First World War

Private George Joseph Stone’s misfortune was to have much of his face shot off.

As horrific an event it was, in actuality, the timing was fortuitous.

The young Royal Newfoundland Regiment soldier was almost fatally injured at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1st, 1916. But due to a “lucky” coincidence, a New Zealand surgeon named Harold Gillies had recently begun asking for those with severe facial injuries to be sent to him in England for treatment.


Human predators subject of upcoming public lecture

When people think of predators, they often think of wolves or sharks, maybe spiders. Few would identify our own species as a predator.

At an upcoming public lecture on Thursday, July 7, Dr. Chris Darmiont, University of Victoria will argue that not only do humans function as predators, but their impact is one of a ‘super predator’ – a predator of predators, one with the largest menu list on the planet and especially impactful in the oceans.

Actor/environmentalist Greg Malone to emcee lecture

When Greg Malone was approached to get involved with the upcoming Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) conference in St. John’s, it was an easy decision to become involved.



Quick facts about the new Core Science Facility

The Core Science Facility, scheduled for completion in 2019, will provide modern research and laboratory teaching spaces primarily for the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.


Memorial researchers receive more than $6.7 million from NSERC

Nearly $7-million in new federal funding will accelerate more than 50 individual research projects on three of Memorial’s campuses in areas ranging from resource management to ocean sciences to enhanced oil recovery.

Federal and provincial funding supports construction of core science faclity

Memorial’s state-of-the-art Core Science Facility has received $125 million in joint federal-provincial funding, an unprecedented level of support that will significantly advance Memorial’s teaching, learning and research capacity across multiple disciplines.


Faculty members eagerly anticipating Core Science Facility

Dr. Fran Kerton has been watching the construction of the new Core Science Facility on the St. John’s campus with interest.

The chemistry professor will be moving into the facility when it is completed in 2019, and her twitter feed, @ChemMouse, often features photos of the latest progress on the site.


Memorial's musical connection to Somme commemorations

On July 1, when most Canadians are gearing up for Canada Day celebrations, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will be marking a more somber event–the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Three Memorial University staff members and a student will be among those gathering for commemoration events at the Newfoundland Memorial in Beaumont-Hamel, France.


Science of Networking: Tips for new grads about hidden job market

Some students have a career lined up after convocation.

But many students detest the dreaded question: “So, what are your plans after graduation?”

Searching for a job can become a full-time job in itself, especially since at least 70 per cent of jobs are not formally advertised, says Kristen Roberts, career development co-ordinator for the Faculty of Science.


Non-native wildlife invasion

Newfoundland and Labrador is a hot-spot for visitors but a research team has uncovered just how popular the island portion of the province is for non-native terrestrial mammals.

Science student's love of research takes him from a B.Sc. to the Ivy League

Cole Walsh didn’t come to Memorial University with the intention of doing research. In fact, he’d be the first to tell you he didn’t even know what research was when he started his undergraduate degree at Grenfell Campus.

Memorial team makes second attempt for national evaluation title

For the second year in a row, psychology graduate students from Memorial University are competing in the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Student Evaluation Case Competition finals.


Computer science alumnus bringing programming to all ages

Every two weeks, in a computer lab on the St. John’s campus, a group of dedicated programmers get together to share their knowledge and skills with the general public.

Code Club is just one service provided by CodeNL, a group dedicated to improving computer programming education in Newfoundland and Labrador.


International student will always call Newfoundland and Labrador home

Tanaya Chatterjee loves The Duke of Duckworth pub, 120s, moose, salt fish and Jigg’s dinner and calls Newfoundland and Labrador home.

It doesn’t really matter to her that she was born in Calcutta, India, and has only lived in the province for three years while working on a doctor of psychology.


Faculty of Science's Dr. Aimee Surprenant appointed dean of Graduate Studies

The search committee for the dean of the School of Graduate Studies has completed its work and has recommended Dr. Aimée Surprenant for the position.

Economics major banking on 'eureka' moment at Stanford, Yale

Michael Sullivan is a numbers guy.

His enthusiasm for the patterns and theorems of mathematics combined with an interest in history has provided the St. John’s native with a perfect match for his abilities: the study of macroeconomics.


Biochemistry researcher honoured by American university

Dr. John (Sean) Brosnan has been inducted as a Fellow of the Texas Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS).

Faculty of Science holds first teaching and learning retreat

The Faculty of Science held a teaching and learning retreat to give faculty, sessional instructors and contractual employees the chance to talk about their discipline and relate some of their best teaching experiences, while sharing tips and tricks.

Killam Fellowship program provides international exchange

Joshua Lehr and Alicia Morry are Memorial’s 2016 Killam Fellows.

Mr. Lehr, a third-year science student majoring in behavioural neuroscience and mathematics, has spent the winter semester at the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Morry, a fourth-year student currently working on two degrees, a bachelor of science in earth sciences and a bachelor of arts (hons.) in archaeology, has just begun a semester at the University of Washington.


Science student recognized with self-directed learning award

Nicholas Brown is a creative and critical thinker, an explorer and an adventurer, and is someone who persistently seeks the answers to questions that interest him in his field of study.

He is also the recipient of the inaugural Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning. 


Starting the conversation about mental illness

Chelsea Bishop’s first few years at Memorial were tough ones.

The St. John’s resident was certain a biology degree was for her. But she struggled with classes and her grades were slipping, until she reached out for help.

Researchers contribute to new Nunatsiavut Government science report

University Research Professor Dr. Trevor Bell is the academic program lead for a new science report on Lake Melville that in part examines the human health risks associated with methylmercury exposure in Labrador from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Psychology grad student combines academics with entrepreneurship

Ross Connolly leads a double life.

By day the third-year graduate student is working towards a PhD in experimental clinical psychology, researching attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as it relates to substance abuse. However, at night he’s a successful entrepreneur, designing and manufacturing handmade boutique speakers and guitar cabinets.


Memorial University to hold spring convocation ceremonies

Some 2,500 degrees will be awarded to graduating Memorial University students during 12 sessions of convocation at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre on May 12 and at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from May 31-June 3.

Biochemist receives fellowship from American university

Dr. John (Sean) Brosnan has been inducted as a Fellow of the Texas Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS).

Science Rendezvous - A hands-on celebration of science

Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, explore microscopic pond life, make slime, solve puzzles and more during Science Rendezvous 2016.

This free, all-ages public event, hosted by the Faculty of Science, will give participants the chance to do fun and safe hands-on science activities Saturday, May 7, on the St. John’s Campus.


Young alumni develop technology to transform oil industry

Tucked away in a small well-used lab along the ground floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building, a trio of eager young scientists have big plans to transform the province’s oil industry.


Student researchers - and storytellers - in the national spotlight

Two master’s students have landed themselves on a prestigious national research list.


Peering into the Past

You’ve probably heard of people reading used tealeaves to predict the future, but one Memorial researcher is using seashells to peer into the past.

Student volunteers make a difference during midterm break

More than 120 students and staff from Memorial University volunteered one day of their midterm break to help six community partners in 11 off-campus locations recently.


Public lecture to discuss new medical technologies for cancer imaging

A public lecture on the Memorial University St. John’s campus will explore new medical technologies including for cancer imaging,

Titled Optoacoustic imaging and spectroscopy: Lightning and thunder in tissues, the lecture with Dr. William Whelan takes place April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001. 

Fogo Island's geologist-in-residence program a big draw for alumni

You’ve heard of writers-in-residence and artists-in-residence, but how about geologists-in-residence?

Since 2013, Memorial University alumni have played a large role in a unique variation on the residency program on Fogo Island, through a project developed in conjunction with the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Inn.


Research chair sailing off coast of Fiji, exploring underwater volcanoes

Memorial University is partnering with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Johnson GEO Centre and Oceans Learning Partnership to live broadcast a deep-sea expedition in the South Pacific on March 29.

Galactic potential

Bethany Downer’s childhood dream of blasting off into space is one step closer.

The fourth-year Memorial student may be currently in the midst of finishing up a bachelor of science degree in geography, but she has already turned her mind to the fall. It’s hard not to blame her: she will begin a master of space studies at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, this September.


Memorial University Earth Sciences professor named Terra Nova Young Innovator

Environmental geochemist Dr. Penny Morrill, an associate professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, is the latest recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, supported on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor as operator.

Swarm robotics: Looking to insects for robotic inspiration

An interest in ants and bees might be considered al ittle odd for an engineering professor.

But Dr. Andrew Vardy, an associate professor who is joint appointed with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Faculty of Science’s Department of Computer Science, is quick to point out that engineers can learn a lot from these social insects.


Memorial University researchers benefit from federal infrastructure funding

Research aimed at improving the health and well-being of people living with life-threatening diseases and protecting critical marine resources are among projects led by Memorial University benefitting from new federal funding totalling $347,200.


Students receive awards to explore N.L.'s ocean industries

Nineteen students were presented with Ocean Industries Student Research Awards (OISRA) at a ceremony on the St. John’s campus March 7.


More than $6.5 million announced for natural resources research

With a combined investment of more than $6.5 million from the federal and provincial governments, Memorial University is advancing critical research focused on Canada’s valuable natural resources.


National gathering in underwater science taking place

For the first time, Memorial University will host the annual general meeting of the Canadian Association for Underwater Science (CAUS).


Physics scholarship and public lecture named for Reddy family

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is now home to a new annual lecture and undergraduate scholarship.


Six universities, one mission

OpenLoop, a team comprised of members from six different universities including Memorial, has been given the go-ahead to move to the next stage of the SpaceX hyperloop competition – actually building the pod.

The team will also be invited to test the pod in July on a mile-long track currently being built adjacent to SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters.


Memorial students compete in pod design competition

A team of Memorial University students has joined counterparts from five American universities to work together on a preliminary design of a hyperloop pod.

The pod would run on a subsonic air travel system currently being developed by billionaire investor and businessman, Elon Musk. 

Memorial to host healthy oceans public lecture

An upcoming public lecture at Memorial will discuss the role of marine biodiversity in the health of Canada's oceans.

Dr. Paul Snelgrove, will deliver the Canada Oceans Lecture on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in IIC-2001.  




Physics holds annual awards ceremony

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography held their annual scholarship awards ceremony and lunch on Dec. 2.

International collaborative research to fine-tune fish feeds

Researchers in the Department of Ocean Sciences are collaborating on a $3.8 million international partnership to assess the effects of various diets on fish health at a molecular level.


Late Earth Sciences professor to be inducted in the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

This January, the late Dr. Harold (Hank) Williams, of the Department of Earth Sciences, will be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame “recognizes and honours the legendary mine finders and builders of a great Canadian industry.”


Memorial University researcher invents first genetically modified animal approved as food in the U.S.

The life’s work of a Memorial University of Newfoundland researcher has taken a long road from an experiment in a laboratory to kitchen tables in the United States.

Dr. Garth Fletcher, head of the Department of Ocean Sciences, along with a former Department of Biochemistry researcher, Dr. Choy Hew, co-invented the technology behind the first genetically modified animal approved as food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday.


Alumna named Miss N.L. set to inspire others

A Memorial alumna is savouring the glory of being named Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, a role she hopes will bolster the profile of several volunteer groups and inspire young women to focus on educational goals.

Students receive cash, prizes at annual conference

Kazuhito Mizutani, an international student form Yokkaichi, Japan, has received the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch Silver Jubilee Scholarship.

The award was presented recently in St. John’s at the Mineral Resources Review.

Q&A with alumnus Dr. Jay Kalra

Recognized in his adopted hometown of Saskatoon as a community builder, social advocate and cultural ambassador Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, M.Sc.’72, PhD’76, B.Med.Sci.’79, MD’81, can add a new honour to his list of achievements: Outstanding Community Service Award recipient.


The magic of waves

Dr. John Page, a distinguished professor emeritus with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba will deliver the Faculty of Science’s 2015 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture on Nov. 12.

New Memorial apps support statistical learning

Statistics deals with the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.

Because it applies across disciplines, statistics is often incorporated as a compulsory course in many academic programs. But as students will attest, it is one of the most difficult courses to learn and even professors agree that teaching an introductory statistics course is challenging. 

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is trying to change that. 


Science to host public and research lecture with American theoretical physicist

The Faculty of Science will host a research and public lecture with Dr. Sylvester Gates Jr., an American theoretical physicist on Oct. 26.

Dr. Gates will also receive an honorary doctor of science degree from Memorial at the 3 p.m. fall convocation session on Oct. 23.

Research investigates invasive species impacts on Newfoundland's terrestrial mammal food web

Dr. Shawn Leroux and Justin Strong, a former undergraduate student in his lab, recently released a paper investigating the impacts of invasive terrestrial mammal species on Newfoundland’s terrestrial mammal food web.


Science stores locations to close for one week

To facilitate the consolidation of the Faculty of Science's Procurement Services and Stores operations, stores locations in the Chemistry-Physics and Science buildings will be closed Friday, October 9 and will not reopen until Monday, October 19.

Those who use these facilities should plan in advance for this closure by insuring sufficient stocks of consumables are on hand to last throughout the closure.

Science celebrates academic achievement and service

It was a full house for the recent Dean of Science Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Over 280 students, who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty, were admitted to the Dean's List, possibly the largest number at one time.


Memorial facilities to participate in national Science Literacy Week

Memorial University’s Faculty of Science, Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Library, the Botanical Garden and Let's Talk Science have joined forces with the Johnson GEO Centre and St. John’s Regional Library to host a series of science themed events during the week of Sept. 21st.

Graduate student rediscovers history

Two 18th-century cannons precariously perched along the rugged cliffs of Ferryland are just some of the historic gems a Memorial alumnus has rediscovered as part of fieldwork research for his master’s degree.

Nutritionist and former Olympian to give healthy eating lecture

A free public lecture on the Memorial St. John’s campus will shed light on the role of nutrition in our health, with a particular focus on heart health.

Dr. Benoît Lamarche will give the second annual Faith Elizabeth Winifred (Rusted) Bayley Nutrition Lecture on Sept. 15.


RDC announces investment in support of salmon aquaculture industry

The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) announced a research and development (R&D) investment of $258,000 to support the growth of the salmon aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Along with government and industry partners, the total project value is $991,000. 



Four outstanding alumni to be recognized for tremendous contributions

Trailblazers. Innovators. Visionaries. Ambassadors.

Four exceptional alumni are being honoured for their countless impacts on communities around the globe, individual accomplishments and dedication to their alma mater.


Researchers find new uses for forestry residues

Every spring the smell of red bark permeates the St. John’s campus as landscapers begin the annual task of weeding and tidying up Memorial University’s flowerbeds.

But two researchers are trying to find other, more valuable, uses for the residues left behind from the province’s lumber and pulp and paper industries. 


New scientific diving course puts marine life at students' fingertips

In June a group of undergraduate and graduate students braved the three-degree waters of the Atlantic Ocean daily for two weeks as part of a new course.


Faculty, alumni recognized at PEGNL conference

Earth Sciences associate professor Graham Layne was recently awarded the Teaching Award from the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador at their recent annual conference on June 5th.

Earth Sciences prof named Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Dr. Stephen Piercey, a professor of Earth Sciences and the NSERC-Altius Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Deposits, was recently elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Professor emeriti recognized

An Earth Sciences faculty member has been accorded the distinction professoremeritus, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

Dr. Jeremy Hall, Department of Earth Sciences, will be publicly recognized at a future session of convocation.


Force of Nature

For Dr. Sean McGrath, Pope Francis’s recent comments on climate change couldn’t have come at a better time.

The philosophy professor is convening The Future of Nature, a transdisciplinary event to be held at Memorial’s Grenfell Campus and Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point from Sept. 10-13.


Science 1807 - Safety in the Scientific Laboratory

There is a new required course for students taking any biochemistry lab course or honours dissertation course. 

Effective for the fall semester, Science 1807 - Safety in the Scientific Laboratory is a non-credit requirement for all students taking biochemistry lab courses.


Biomedical research symposium taking place in St. John's

Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine is hosting a two-day biomedical research symposium called BIOMEDICINE 2015 on July 9-10.  

Memorial researchers developing diabetes complication predictor

Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the world.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Memorial is studying the genetic variants, clinical data and hospitalization records of T1D patients from across the province in an attempt to find correlations that will enable them to predict complications in other patients.

Online Ocean Science course receives national award for use of technology

An online Ocean Sciences course has been recognized for its innovative use of educational technology. 

Oceans 1000: Exploration of World Ocean, received the award from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. 


Killam scholar's American study exchange experience of a lifetime

Sean Leonard almost threw the most ‘amazing’ opportunity of his life away.

In the fall of his third year at Memorial, the recent biochemistry B.Sc. graduate received a letter from the university telling him he was eligible to apply for a Killiam Fellowship.

Memorial receives more than $6 million to support innovative research related to natural sciences and engineering

Faculty members and graduate students from Memorial University are among the recipients of grants and scholarships awarded recently by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

PhD graduation celebration

Biochemistry professors Janet Brunton and Rob Bertolo had a lot to celebrate at Memorial University’s recent convocation.

Three of the students they co-supervised, Matthew Nosworthy, Laura McBreairty and Jason Robinson, all picked up their PhDs during the May 26th ceremony.


Visiting chemistry professor to give lecture series

The 30th recipient of the Department of Chemistry's Job Visiting Professorship is Dr. Philip Nigel Bartlett. He will give a series of four lectures at Memorial University, July 6-8. 


Student created social media marketing tool makes waves

Two Memorial graduates are finding success with a new social media management tool they created for marketing agencies and freelance marketers.


OSC field services divers deliver the deep sea

After 35 years with the Ocean Science Centre’s field services unit, diver Robert (Bob) O’Donnell has hung up his dry suit for the last time.

The dive shop, now maintained by dive technicians Andrew Perry and George Bishop, first opened at Memorial in the early 70s.


Wedding party reunion surprise for honourary degree recipient

A unique reunion took place backstage following the Tuesday, May 26th Convocation ceremony at Memorial University.

Dr. Mary Gordon, who received a honourary doctor of laws degree at the 3 p.m. session, was surprised with a re-enactment of her wedding photo from May 1971.  


Landslide prediction model leads to science fair success

After seeing his birth country of India repeatedly battered by landslides over the past year, Gonzaga High School Student Nitish Bhatt focused his attention on ways to predict when future landslides could occur.


Biochemistry alumna wins Eastern Regional 3MT Competition

A Biochemistry alum has won first place in the Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Forging a new path

Some might think it’s ironic Ryan Murphy will soon begin a master’s in strategic foresight and innovation at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U).

Carbon studies look at climate change impacts across Earth's critical zone

Researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences have been studying southern sites in the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect to predict how climate change will affect areas further north.

Psychology students among Canada's best in program evaluation

Four psychology students are preparing to represent Memorial University in round two of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) 2015 Student Evaluation Case Competition.

Biology grad students hold eighth annual symposium

The 8th Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium was held on April 16th, 2015.

The symposium, designed by graduate students for graduate students, represents an opportunity for Biology Graduate Student Association members to share their research with the department and the larger university community.

To the seashore

The students tentatively grip their scalpels. The herring lie waiting on the lab tables.

“Alright, let’s look at some fish,” calls one of the instructors. They set to work, gently scraping scales from the flesh.

Science featured in Research in Focus video series

Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of Science, is featured second instalment of Research in Focus, a four-part video series that recognizes the research aspirations of each of Memorial’s campuses and faculties.


Positive footprint

When geography student Bethany Downer became inspired to start a non-profit organization while attending the 2014 Impact Youth for Sustainability conference in Guelph, Ont., she couldn’t have anticipated the impact her decision would have.


Canadian climate change scientist co-hosting panel discussion on climate change

Dr. Catherine Potvin, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests and a professor of biology at McGill University, will be at Memorial on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in SN-2025 for a Biology Graduate Student Association panel discussion on climate change.


Dr. Hugh Anderson creates a legacy for science students

Although he never met Dr. Hugh Anderson, second-year science student Brandon Eastman says he is grateful for the legacy the late professor emeritus has left at Memorial.

Mr. Eastman is one of 13 recipients of a new endowed scholarship for chemistry students set up in Dr. Anderson’s name.

Memorial students hit the mark in target shooting

Memorial students Ben Taylor and Samantha Marsh are among the best in the country when it comes to target shooting.

Memorial University student wins prestigious Prime Minister's Volunteer Award for Let's Talk Science outreach

Cody O’Brien, a Memorial University of Newfoundland biochemistry major and avid Let’s Talk Science volunteer, has been named Community Leader (Atlantic) in the 2015 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards.

'Challenge and reward'

Tyler is stalling. His training session is over, but he’s hanging on. His shiny, mottled head pokes above water, and his dark eyes size up the teaching assistant who has been trying to lure him from the tank. 

Science featured in Research in Focus video series

The second instalment of Research in Focus has been released. Research in Focus is a four-part video series that recognizes the research aspirations of each of Memorial’s campuses and faculties.

A West Coast winter exploration

Thirty students and post-doctoral fellows from the Department of Biology travelled to the province's West Coast during the recent midterm break to visit Memorial's Bonne Bay Marine Station and to Gros Morne National Park and Marble Moutain to try their collective hand at ice fishing, snowshoeing, sledding and downhill skiing.

Enhanced extraction in N.L.'s first heavy oil field

Researchers at Memorial University are looking towards the future to come up with new enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods to extract more oil out of the unique Hebron field, the first heavy oil field in the province.


Hospitality NL recognizes Bonne Bay Marine Station with sustainable tourism award

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador has presented The Bonne Bay Marine Station with its Sustainable Tourism Award. 

The award recognizes an industry operator who has made strides in sustainable tourism practices and continually works toward the protection of our natural and cultural resources.


Reducing challenges related to reservoir souring

A team of science and engineering faculty recently established a $3.4 million collaborative research partnership with Suncor Energy Inc. to identify the mechanisms, impacts and potential solutions related to offshore reservoir souring.

Biochem prof receives Memorial's most prestigious award for faculty

Dr. Seán Brosnan, Department of Biochemistry, has been awarded the 2014 John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship, Memorial’s newest and most prestigious award for faculty. 



Celtic connections

When Dr. Craig Purchase’s new PhD student was given an unexpected chance to study in Ireland, he had no idea it would open the doors to an Irish research opportunity of his own.

Measuring success

When the Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) needed professional, but inexpensive consultants to assist them in evaluating one of their long-running programs, the not-for-profit group turned to Memorial University for support. 


Questions pose no problem for newest Rhodes Scholar

Devin Grant has always enjoyed looking for answers.

That appreciation will serve Mr. Grant well as Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2015 Rhodes Scholar.

Ocean ambassador

David Belanger has seen the wonder and amazement on people’s faces when they get their first up-close look at the North Atlantic marine environment.

'Phon' call

It might not cause quite as big a splash as a new version of the iPhone but a second iteration of the Phon software system is a major deal for researchers studying phonetics and phonology, especially in the areas of language acquisition and speech disorders.


New co-op program for biology

A small group of Biology students recently began a course that may ultimately change their career path forever.

Jaime Wilson, Jessica Hackett, Phillip Hillier and April Hall are the first participants of a new biology co-operative education program at Memorial.

Fishing for data

There are few who know the waters around Fogo Island better than the men and women who turn to it every day for their livelihood. 

A project just getting underway at Memorial University is hoping to draw on that knowledge. 


National honours for Memorial University researchers

Memorial University researchers received two of five national research awards presented today, one of them regarded as the highest honour a researcher can receive in the social sciences and humanities.

Memorial social sciences and arts students awarded scholarships and fellowships

A group of graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students at Memorial have received more than $1 million in funding from a Canadian research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

RDC announces $1 million for students in ocean industries research

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University, hosted an announcement recognizing a $1-million investment in the ocean industries, including offshore petroleum, aquaculture and fisheries on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Sixteen Memorial students were recognized as part of the Research & Development Corporation’s Ocean Industries Student Research Awards.



Ocean Sciences wraps up field trip program for high schools

The Department of Ocean Sciences is about to wrap up a two-month long joint collaboration with the Oceans Learning Partnership that offered high school students and their teachers an opportunity to discover the diverse and fascinating world of ocean science.

Science postdoc receives Memorial's first Banting fellowship

Dr. Trevor VandenBoer is the recipient of Memorial University’s first Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The objective of the Banting program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, develop their leadership potential and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. Only 70 of these are awarded annually at a value of $70,000 a year for two years.

Memorial to receive funding to enhance aquaculture industry

Memorial University is among 12 industry-academic partnerships that received funding through Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP), announced Oct. 15 by The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) in Guelph, Ontario.

Caribbean coral reef inhabitants critical in determining future of reefs

Memorial University geographer Dr. Evan Edinger is involved in a research project out of the University of Exeter that has found species that live in and erode coral reefs will play a major role in determining the future of reefs.

Biophysics symposium brings researchers together

Memorial University held a Biophysics Symposium on Oct. 4.

The conference was an opportunity to stimulate discussion between researchers in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, medicine, computer science and pharmacy.


Psychology alumna wins $150,000 Vanier Scholarship

Christine Fontaine, an alumna of the Department of Psychology, has received a Vanier scholarship worth $150,000 to continue her studies in behavioural neuroscience at the University of Victoria.


Environmental protection on a nano-scale

Even a small amount of oil spilled in a marine environment can have a devastating impact. So small, in fact, that Memorial researchers are working at the nano-level to create sensors for use in harsh environments.

Academics, research and service lauded at annual awards ceremony

It was standing-room only at the annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 23, as parents, employees and friends joined the Faculty of Science to celebrate student, faculty and staff achievement.

Projects to study Labrador Sea's role in Earth's climate system

Memorial University is at the centre of two international, multi-million dollar projects to get a better understanding of the role of the Labrador Sea in the Earth’s climate system.

Dean's Awards Ceremony to take place

The Faculty of Science Dean's Awards Ceremony will begin Tuesday evening, Sept. 23rd, at 5 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, IIC-2001. Parking for invited students and their guests will be available in Lot 15B.

Science and Engineering researchers take home Discovery Grants

Researchers and graduate students from Memorial University are among the recipients of Discovery Grants and graduate-level scholarships awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Remembering history - 50th anniversary of Grand Banks sea adventure

In the life of every university there are legends – tales of high adventure and discovery – some passed on from generation to generation, some lost in the passage of time. This summer marked the 50th anniversary of one of those events.

Memorial to showcase oceans research at international conference in St. John's

Researchers from across Memorial University will showcase the latest oceans research and technology at an international conference in St. John’s this week.

The Oceans ‘14 Marine Technology Society/ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MTS/IEEES) Conference will bring together leading experts from around the world to address challenges and identify solutions related to oceans. 


Memorial researcher named finalist for prestigious social sciences award

Kirk Luther, a Memorial University researcher, has been named a finalist for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Awards.

Memorial students, alumni to participate in Fulbright Canada programs

Fulbright Canada has announced this year’s cohort of participants in the foundation’s educational and cultural exchange programs, and Memorial University is well represented.

Touch tank visit helps child overcome sensory issues

Seven-year-old Jayden Druggett has something in common with his favourite animal, the moon snail. Both need a little extra coaxing to come out of their shells.

And even though his mother, Jenny Purcell, says he is completely obsessed with snails, one thing she never, ever thought he would be able to do was hold one.


Faculty of Science welcomes new students

The Faculty of Science is hosting a welcome event for all incoming undergraduates with an interest in science. 

Everything Science 2014 will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd at 9 a.m. in the Science Building Lobby and room SN-2109.


Fossil discovery reveals earliest evidence of animals with muscles

A fossil discovered in Newfoundland and Labrador may contain one of the first animals on earth and, quite possibly, the oldest evidence of muscle tissue ever recorded.

Memorial students, alumni to participate in Fulbright Canada programs

Fulbright Canada has announced this year’s cohort of participants in the foundation’s educational and cultural exchange programs, and Memorial University is well represented.

Hibernia investment grows enrichment program at Memorial

Memorial University will help cultivate the next generation of innovators in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a $2.85-million investment from the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC).



Proposed uranium mine creates opportunity for unique research collaboration

Ordinarily Dr. Derek Wilton, a professor Earth Sciences, might not be expected to have much in common, with Dr. Atanu Sarkar, a public health physician in the Faculty of Medicine.

But a potential uranium mine in Labrador is bringing together these two very different researchers at Memorial.

$2.3 million to overcome challenges in oil and gas sector

An announcement of $2.3 million investment in 17 Memorial-led R&D projects was made on the St. John’s campus July 8. The projects will address opportunities and challenges related to harsh and Arctic environments.

Biochemistry welcomes new department head

The Department of Biochemistry welcomes Dr. Mark Berry as its new head of department. Dr. Berry took up his new position on July 1. He succeeds Dr. Phil Davis who served as acting head for just over three years.


Pychology grad student takes people's choice award in national competition

Kirk Luther, a PhD candidate in Memorial’s Department of Psychology, has taken home the People’s Choice Award from the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

New university medals recognize dichotomy of Math/Stats

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics saw three new convocation awards handed out to students this year.

The new medals highlight the diversity of students in the department and were given out at convocation to three well-deserving recipients - Anthony Payne, Jason LeGrow and Michael Grudich.

Memorial representatives to advise government on wilderness and ecological reserves

Memorial University is heavily represented on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ecological Reserves Advisory Committee.

Minister Joan Shea, Environment and Conservation, recently announced the appointment of 11 individuals, a number of whom have direct ties to Memorial.

Concept design phase of core sciences building nearing completion

The concept design phase of the new 425,000 sq. ft. core science facility is expected to wrap up in July.

On June 25th, three concepts will be presented in a Town Hall session to the Memorial community, with the goal of establishing a preferred scheme based on the strengths of each design.

Artist blends music and science into art

Grenfell alum Kyle Bustin is making his mark on the St. John’s Campus.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate recently finished a graffiti-style mural in the tunnel connecting the Science and Music buildings commissioned by the two academic units.

Memorial scientists play key role in World Oceans Day celebrations

Dr. Annie Mercier of the Department of Ocean Sciences will open this year’s World Oceans Day celebrations with a presentation on a largely unknown feature of our cold Atlantic waters – beautiful deep-sea corals.


First science fair scholarship winner announced

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce the first recipient of its new Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair scholarship, Mark Hewitt, a Grade 12 student at Bishops College.

Memorial grad student competing for national honours

Memorial University’s own Kirk Luther is one of 11 finalists currently competing in Canada’s first ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT) national competition.

View his video or vote for him as the People's Choice at

A chemical change

Jennifer Smith is on the verge.

The Mount Pearl resident graduates this month from Memorial with an honours degree in chemistry and a minor in math. This fall, she begins a new and eagerly anticipated academic adventure at the university, the start of medical school.

Memorial and Royal Ontario Museum partner to keep whale in province

Memorial University and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have reached a tentative agreement that will see the remains of one of the blue whale carcasses on the province’s west coast come to the university.

Successful launch of climate change and the ocean exhibit at Bonne Bay Marine Station

Celebration was in the air on Saturday at the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival in Norris Point – representatives of Memorial University and the provincial government officially launched a new exhibit about climate change and the ocean.

Memorial researchers set sail with students

Memorial University scientists and researchers will join young students onboard the Coastal Explorers program this summer as they get an up close look at the marine environment of Conception Bay.


Memorial winner of Eastern Canadian Three Minute Thesis contest off to nationals

Kirk Luther, a PhD candidate in Memorial’s Department of Psychology, has won the first ever Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

He will now represent Eastern Canada at the national competition, which will be virtually hosted in May by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.

Unique workshop prepares mosquito researchers to ID species posing risk

Researchers at Memorial are educating themselves to be able to identify the large variety of species of mosquito in the province.

The goal is to be better prepared to recognize the potential health risks they can pose through mosquito borne diseases.

Psychology holds annual research day

On April 2, the Psychology department held its 5th Annual Psychology Research Day. The event showcased the research conducted by master’s and honours students in the department.

Maternal consumption of omega-3 may prevent neurological disorders in offspring

Formed during late pregnancy and early post-natal periods, the brain relies heavily on the accumulation of DHA, a clasic form of omega-3, which can only be obtained through the mother's diet.

Researchers at Memorial are studying whether or not increased consumption during those times can help prevent neurological diseases or disorders in offspring later in life.

Researcher honoured for outstanding dissertation paper

Dr. Amy Hurford has won the R.A. Fisher Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.

The award is presented annually for an outstanding PhD dissertation paper published in the journal Evolution during a given calendar year.

Can blueberry extract prevent Parkinson's?

Can blueberry extract prevent or reduce the effects of Parkinson’s?

A new paper suggests that a diet supplemented with blueberry extract may indeed have a positive impact on a fruit fly model of Parkinson Disease.


Creator of glycemic index to give inaugural nutrition lecture

Dr. David Jenkins, Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism will give a free public lecture titled, Diet and Chronic Disease in the 21st Century on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001.

In his talk, he will discuss the effect of diet on modifying the progression and severity of chronic diseases.

Physics department rewards student success

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography had the pleasure of recognizing student achievement at a recent awards ceremony.

Galactic reach

Anna O'Grady, a second year joint physics and applied mathematics student will spend the summer researching astronomy at Yale.


Uncovering the mysteries of the earth

Tens of thousands of years ago, the Northern Hemisphere was covered by continental glaciers. These glaciers acted like bulldozers, pushing dirt and rocks across the land and dumping them kilometres away, leaving a mystery for those who look for and study mineral deposits: How to tell if there is a hidden deposit buried metres below.

FaceForward goes 'Up North' with the Faculty of Science

In honour of this month's FaceForward theme, Memorial Up North, the Faculty of Science is sharing some of the best related stories from our news archives.

Lenny the seal dies at Ocean Sciences Centre

The Department of Ocean Sciences is sad to announce the death of one of its seals. 

Millennium, nicknamed Lenny, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6.  Staff and volunteers of the seal facility at the Ocean Sciences Centre are deeply saddened by the loss.

Ocean Sciences researcher receives guest professorship 'by the hand of the King'

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) has appointed Dr. Ian Fleming the first holder of its Wallenberg Professorship.

Dr. Fleming was invited to KLSA’s 202nd commemorative meeting in Stockholm in late January to recognize the announcement in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.


Hibernia support to bolster geophysics program at Memorial

Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences will use a $1.98 million contribution from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) to create the Hibernia Project Geophysics Support Fund to enhance geophysics education and research.

Marine biologist honoured with mentor-student scholarship

M.Sc. Biology candidate, Victoria Howse was honoured as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Dr. Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship during a presentation with the family of Dr. Jon Lien and Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute).

ACOA announces support for Ocean Sciences Centre

Rob Moore, regional minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), has announced an investment of $110,000, to allow Memorial University's Ocean Sciences Centre to enhance its capacity to respond to the needs of the provincial aquaculture industry.



Biology PhD candidate to earn degree from two universities

Jake Coates, a PhD student in the Department of Biology has entered into a relatively unique agreement, enabling him to have his PhD degree awarded by two universities – Memorial University and Macquarie University in Australia.

Math/music student province's newest Rhodes Scholar

Anthony Payne of Pasadena is Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest Rhodes Scholar.

Currently in his fifth year of study at Memorial University, Mr. Payne completed a Bachelor of Music this past April and will finish a Bachelor of Science this spring.

Science alum wins Vanier scholarship

A science alumnus has received a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Marcus Drover, a chemistry graduate, will receive $50,000 a year for three years to pursue a doctorial degree at the University of British Columbia.


Fifty years of geophysics at Memorial: A celebratory reunion

This fall, the Department of Earth Sciences celebrated 50 years of geophysics at Memorial with a reunion event on Oct. 19.

Math to host workshop in partial differential equations

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be hosting a workshop and short course titled Adaptivity in the Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations.

Organized by the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) Collaborative Research Group in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, the workshop and short course will take place Aug. 17-22, 2014, in St. John's.

Two first-year science students awarded $60,000 Schulich Leader scholarships

Brianna MacKeigan and Grace Marcoux, two first-year students at Memorial University, have been named the 2013 Schulich Leaders, with each being awarded $60,000 scholarships toward their four-year degrees at Memorial.

Memorial grads, faculty recognized at Mineral Industry Awards

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch recognized a number of individuals with ties to Memorial University at their recent 2013 Mineral Industry Awards.

Successful pilot program for schools launched by Ocean Sciences

The Department of Ocean Sciences, in collaboration with the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP), has successfully pilot tested a new program for high school students on land and at sea.

Memorial research on dogs to be featured on The Nature of Things

An upcoming episode of CBC’s The Nature of Things will highlight research being done in the Department of Psychology.

The episode, entitled A Dog’s Life, is a fun and whimsical documentary that looks at interesting current canine behavioural science and debunks a lot of the long held beliefs about ‘man’s best friend.’

Public lecture at Memorial to look at childhood amnesia and eyewitness memory in children

An upcoming public lecture at Memorial University will look at childhood amnesia and eyewitness memory in children.

The inaugural Royal Society of Canada (RSC) New Fellow Public Lecture will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation lecture theatre, room PE-2001 and is free to attend. A reception will follow.

Using computers to make better computers

At the leading edge of  research into the next generation of magnetic hard drives are Profs. Martin Plumer and John Whitehead in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.

They are currently in their fourth year of a collaborative research agreement (CRA) with Western Digital Corporation in a project that uses numerical simulations to study the stability of data stored with ever-smaller bits.

Memorial announces partnership to provide ocean education to high school students

Memorial University is announcing a partnership on an initiative to enhance its public education and outreach activities related to ocean education for secondary schools.

Led by Memorial's Department of Ocean Sciences, the initiative will provide an expanded program of field trips and hands-on activities for high school students across the province.


Science holds first 3MT competition

Congratulations to the Faculty of Science Science Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winner, Morag Ryan, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology, and second place finalist, Robert Di Lorenzo, Chemistry.

Jamie the seal dies at Ocean Sciences Centre

The Department of Ocean Sciences is announcing the death of Jamie the seal on Friday, October 11th. A post-mortem was done on Friday with no cause of death found.

Hebron Diversity research grant recipients announced

Memorial University has announced the recipients of the Hebron Diversity Research Fund Grants. 

Dr. Cecilia Moloney, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr. Francesca Kerton, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, received the non-endowed one-year research Grant A and Grant B, respectively.

Memorial-founded website encouraging citizen scientists to get involved

A website created at Memorial University is geting citizen scientists to contribute to conservation, monitoring and education efforts while creating benefits for local economy and tourism in communities all across Newfoundland and Labrador.

$890,000 investment in student-led oceans research

Student researchers at Memorial have received a funding boost thanks to the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC) Ocean Industries Student Research Awards.

Approximately $890,000 has been awarded to 15 graduate and doctoral students, and their supervisors.

Computer Science partners with software company to develop simulation technology

Memorial University’s Department of Computer Science has entered into a collaboration with a local remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROUV) support system developer.

Plans for core sciences facility and efficiency review announced

Ensuring that Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest post-secondary institution remains ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University announced today the beginning of the design phase of a new core sciences facility and the university’s plans for an overall efficiency review.

Living the map: Memorial faculty and the 50 Pond Project

Since May, Computer Science's Michael Rayment and Marian Wissink, along with Human and Kinetics and Recreation's Dr. TA Loeffler, have been exploring and mapping canoe routes on the Avalon within 75 kms of St. John's. They call it 'loca-venturing'.

Memorial faculty named to Science Atlantic Hall of Fame

Three faculty members at Memorial University were inducted into the Science Atlantic Hall of fame during the annual Dean of Science Awards Ceremony on Sept. 24.

Citizen scientist detects sighting of mosquito thought to be carrier of West Nile

A website set up by researchers at Memorial University,, has demonstrated the power of citizen science to provide early detection of novel species in the province.

A member of the public recently posted a sighting of a mosquito thought to be a possible vector of the West Nile Virus.

Faculty of Science celebrates academic achievement and service

The Faculty of Science celebrated academic achievement and service last week with the annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony and reception.

Research & Development Corporation invests $3.7 million in research

The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) is investing $3.7 million in Memorial University to support 34 academic-led research projects aimed at solving technical challenges and closing knowledge gaps.

Three minute thesis comes to Memorial

For the first time, Memorial Univeristy is participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competiton.

The Faculty of Science will hold a competition for Science students on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Additionally, the School of Graduate Studies is hosting a university-wide competition on Monday, Oct. 21.


Dean's Awards Ceremony to take place today

The Faculty of Science Dean's Awards Ceremony will begin this evening at 5 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, IIC-2001. Parking for invited students and their guests will be available in Lot 15B.

Public lecture to discuss ecology and conservation in Great Bear Rainforest

A public lecture titled Marine-fuelled Ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest will take place at Memorial University.

Professor John Reynolds will deliver his lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 in IIC-2001.

PhD candidate wins northern studies scholarship

Linda Lait, a PhD candidate in Biology, is the recipient of a $50,000 W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Doctoral) from the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS).

Board of Regents approves reappointment of Dean of Science

Dr. Mark Abrahams was renewed as dean of the Faculty of Science for a second five-year term effective Sept. 1.

The Board of Regents approved the renewal, unanimously endorsed by the review committee, at its meeting on Sept. 5, 2013.

Opening up oceans to province's schoolchildren

The Digital Oceans Project is currently prototyping a web portal for schools that will use real-time data and video content from underwater equipment, offshore vessels and onshore sites, including Memorial’s Bonne Bay Marine Station and the Marine Institute’s Holyrood Marine Base, to allow students to participate in real-life university research.


Memorial-led proposal shortlisted for funding by major Canadian institute

A proposal led by Dr. Paul Snelgrove of the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology Department has been shortlisted for consideration by a major Canadian institute of advanced study.

Science students receive Killam Fellowships

Fulbright Canada is continuing a long and successful partnership with Memorial University with the recent announcement of two Killam Fellowship recipients this year, Faculty of Science students Shruti Raheja and Catherine Woodford.

New students invited to Everything Science 2013

Everything Science 2013 is the Faculty of Science's way of welcoming incoming undergraduate students to the faculty.

The orientation event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Science building.

Science student seeking adventure

Memorial student Ryan Dunn embodies the Memorial adventurous spirit.  A fourth-year student in the bachelor of science and geography program, he has always been fascinated with maps.

Memorial advances core sciences infrastructure project

Memorial University has decided on the location of planned core sciences infrastructure on its St. John’s campus.

The new building, which will be located on the north side of campus, on what is now Lot 16/16A, will house various units within Memorial’s faculties of Science and Engineering and Applied Science.


Memorial to host lecture in mathematical ecology

Memorial University will  host a public lecture with Dr. Simon Levin of Princeton University titled Challenges in Mathematical Ecology: Scaling and Collective Phenomena.

Dr. Levin will discuss the subject of mathematical ecology, one of the oldest in mathematical biology. The lecture will take place Sunday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001.

Chemistry masters student wins prestigous research scholarship

A Chemistry masters student has won a prestigious Julie Payette-NSERC research scholarship. Jessica Besaw completed her undergraduate degree at Memorial in the spring and will begin the second phase of her academic career in September.

The Julie Payette-NSERC Research Scholarship is awarded to the 24 most outstanding applicants in NSERC’s postgraduate scholarships M competition.

Memorial researchers involved in unique mining innovation partnership

Researchers in Memorial University’s Department of Earth Sciences are among those from 16 other universities and 24 leading mining companies across Canada to benefit from the largest Collaborate Research and Development grant ever awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Dr. Steve Piercey and Dr. Colin Farquharson are research partners on the project, which is hoped to increase exploration success rates.


Oh, the places you'll go - with a physics degree

A degree in physics can take you to some unexpected places. Just ask Memorial alum, Dr. Cristina Tollefsen.

Chemistry prof named to NSERC grant panel

Dr. Fran Kerton of the Department of Chemistry has recently accepted an appointment to a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) committee.

Technology developed in Chemistry holds great potential for pharmaceutical and plastics industries

Technology developed in the Department of Chemistry has been in-licenced by GreenCentre Canada (GCC).

GCC believes catalyst technology created by Dr. Chris Kozak and his group is capable of ‘producing fine chemical compounds and well-defined polymers based on iron, a relatively benign and common metal.’

Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization appointed at Memorial University

Dr. Alison Malcolm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been appointed the inaugural Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization.

Dr. Malcolm, who will assume the position in summer 2014, will establish an applied research program relevant to petroleum geology and geophysics, with special emphasis on integrated reservoir characterization.

Fishing gear devastating to seabird population

A new paper published recently by researchers in the Department of Psychology and Environment Canada is providing evidence to support the long-held belief that fishing gear has had a devastating impact on the numbers of Atlantic puffins, common murres, razorbills and northern gannets.

Project contributes to high returns of endangered salmon

A multi-disciplinary and collaborative research project at Memorial University has contributed to 25-year high returns of the endangered Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon to Fundy National Park (FNP) rivers.

Canada Foundation for Innovation invests in Memorial’s research infrastructure

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has invested $436,566 in five research projects at Memorial University.

Earth Sciences to receive RDC funding for mining project

Penny Morrill and Tao Cheng of the Department of Earth Sciences will receive $24,244 from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) to investigate improved methods of remediating acid mine drainage from legacy mine sites.

Researchers work with students to create space experiments

Just before Commander Chris Hadfield blasted off in December 2012 for a five-month mission on the International Space Station, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invited young Canadian students to design their own science experiment for him to do while on board. Memorial researchers helped one Newfoundland school make it into the contest's top 10 - twice!

Researcher wins prestigious award for excellence in ocean sciences

Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced Dr. Paul Snelgrove, a Professor with the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology Department, and former Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, has received the 2013 Timothy R. Parsons Medal. The award was established to recognize achievement in ocean sciences.

Psychology student wins SSHRC storyteller competition

Kirk Luther’s creative and compelling submission to the SSHRC Storyteller competition has won top prize in the nationwide challenge.

Mr. Luther, currently pursuing a M.Sc. in forensic psychology, showcased his research with a video that uses music, text and imagery to clearly explain his project, Creating a Better Tomorrow: Protecting Youth’s Legal Rights.

Funding boost for science and engineering research at Memorial University

Researchers and graduate students at Memorial University received a major boost, thanks to new funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Paper reveals potential impacts of GM fish interbreeding with closely-related species

A new paper by researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, illuminates an over-looked avenue for ecological impacts should genetically modified (GM) animals unintentionally escape containment.


Living the lucky life

Grant Strong lives a charmed life. He is the perfect example of how intelligence and hard work can get you far, but sometimes being in the right place at the right time can help.

The recent Computer Science PhD graduate has just started working at Google's global headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Success on and off the court

It’s been a whirlwind final semester for Grace Fishbein.

And although she has wrapped up a BSc. in applied math and physics with a minor in German, she won’t be there to cross the Arts and Culture Stage with her classmates. Instead she'll be getting ready for her new life in Germany.

Marine public education program to re-open at Ocean Science Centre

The Department of Ocean Sciences' Marine Public Education Program will re-open June 1st and will run until Labour Day weekend. The program, which is located at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay, is a complimentary interactive and interpretive outdoors activity for tourists, school children and local visitors.

Hibernia enhancing geosciences field school program at Memorial University

The Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is contributing $420,000 to enhance the field experience of students and staff at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. The funds will support the Department of Earth Science’s core field schools, the development of a new environmental geology and geophysics field school and field safety leadership training opportunities.

Researchers look to the ocean for new sources of fuels and materials

Researchers at Memorial are looking for unique uses for materials that are generally seen as waste. But unlike other scientists, Dr. Fran Kerton and her green chemistry research group are turning to the oceans, as opposed to the land, for new sources of biomass to make renewable chemicals.


The art of Physics

When the Department of Physics had trouble obtaining artwork for their walls, they decided to look to a new source – their faculty and staff. Currently the department is featuring  works by Fred Perry and Drs. Iakov Afanassiev, Mike Morrow and Chris Deacon.

Earth Sciences artwork features geological beauty of research

Field researchers get many opportunities to see the majestic side of the natural environment that has become their ‘laboratory’, and someone with a good eye can often capture that splendor.

The Department of Earth Sciences has decided to feature some of those moments in an art installation in one of their public spaces.

Public lecture on the beauty and purpose of curiosity-driven research

A leading international expert in molecular chemistry will deliver the 29th Job lecture at Memorial University. On April 29, Dr. Helmut Schwarz will present The Magic of Molecular Soccer: Beauty and Purpose of Curiosity-driven Basic Research.

The Nuclear Future: Can we make it safe?

A public lecture on the Canada’s nuclear future will take place at Memorial University. Dr. David Shoesmith, the NSERC/Ontario Power Generation Industrial Chair in Nuclear Fuel Disposal Studies at the University of Western Ontario, will deliver a lecture titled The Nuclear Future: Can we make it safe? on Thursday, April 25.

Science procurement services amalgamation underway

The first phase of the Faculty of Science’s planned amalgamation and relocation of procurement services is now complete. Renovations to the division’s new home, located on the second floor of the Chemistry-Physics Building, have concluded. A tender has also been awarded for renovations to facilities on the first floor with work expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Earth Sciences students recognized

Shannon Gill and Will Bradford, both graduate students with the Department of Earth Sciences, have been awarded graduate fellowships from the Society of Economic Geologists with funding from the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation (SEGCF).

Earth Sciences holds scholarship ceremony

The Department of Earth Sciences handed out more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards at a ceremony on April 2. Dr. Graham Layne, deputy head of the Earth Sciences department, hosted the event.


Acadia University hosts MUN at Science Atlantic conference

Memorial University was well represented at the recent joint Science Atlantic Aquaculture and Fisheries, Biology and Environment Conference in Nova Scotia.

Physics department holds first scholarship awards ceremony

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography held its first ever scholarship awards presentation ceremony recently. Scholarships were given out on March 13 to three students studying physics at Memorial.

Biology employee receives special recognition

Karen Morris, an employee in the Department of Biology, has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for contributions to her community. She received the award from Premier Kathy Dunderdale at a ceremony on March 1st.

Biochemistry employee recognized for community service

Marie Codner, an employee in the Department of Biochemistry, was recently presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony at the Town of Torbay Council Chambers. Her husband, Barry, also received the award.

Students experience wild mid-term break in Norris Point

The Bonne Bay Marine Station hosted its third annual midterm break event in mid-February. Nineteen students trekked across the island to Norris Point with hopes of skiing, snowshoeing, sliding and studying.

Couple wins distinguished award for nutrition leadership

Drs. Sean and Margaret Brosnan have received the 2012 Danone Institute of Canada Distinguished Nutrition Leadership Award (DNLA) for excellence in nutrition.

This award has been conferred annually since 1998 to members of the nutrition community in Canada who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline.

Earth Sciences and Engineering host joint open house

Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and The Faculty of Science’s Department of Earth Sciences will be hosting a joint public open house on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Engineering and Geoscience Month.

World weather expert to lecture at Memorial

A public lecture on Newfoundland and Labrador’s favourite subject – the weather – will take place at Memorial University.

Dr. Gilbert Brunet, head of Weather Science at the Met Office, will deliver a lecture titled The Mathematical Challenges of Earth-System and Weather Prediction on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001 on the St. John’s Campus.


New director appointed for the Bonne Bay Marine Station

Dr. Robert Scott, an associate professor of resource management and environmental science at Grenfell Campus, was appointed as director of the marine station at a recent Board of Regents meeting. The marine station is located in Norris Point, Bonne Bay, in the middle of beautiful Gros Morne National Park.

Computer Science Society code-a-thon to benefit Autism Society
The Computer Science Society is getting ready to launch a new community initiative they hope will be a great benefit to parents of children with autism. The group is planning a 48-hour code-a-thon February 17-19 to design, develop and test a web-based software application to connect families and therapists.


Award winning documentary has roots at Memorial
New showtimes have been added for Dr. Joel Heath's award winning documentary, People of a Feather. The stunning film describes the vital role of the eider duck to the 800 residents of Sanikiluaq, a community located on one of the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay.
Breaking science
To watch Tony Ingram dance is like watching a moving work of art. The B.Sc. alum looks like his body is moving involuntarily, in one fluid motion. Ingram, now a HKR graduate student is part of growing trend called breaking or b-boying/b-girling.
New program brings international students to Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is going international. A new program sponsored by Memorial’s Strategic Internationalization Fund has been allowing the department to bring in a number of foreign students for short-term research opportunities.



Biology master’s student claims Editor’s Choice Award
MSc Biology student, Kyle Krumsick is no stranger to ecosystems research, and in fact, his life mission is to help sustain the world’s fisheries … one step at a time. He accomplished his first step in June when he submitted his first master’s paper, Atlantic cod feed during spawning off Newfoundland and Labrador, to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Journal of Marine Science. Not only was his article accepted, it also won him an Editor’s Choice Award.
Research shows police interview skills lacking
Interviewing suspects or a witness to crime is a key skill for police officers. Knowing how to extract information - the practices, principles and techniques that work best to get people to provide detailed information - is vital. Dr. Brent Snook, an associate professor of psychology has made a career out of improving the administration of justice and policing.
Computer science student donates prize money to Memorial
When Computer Science graduate student Sahand Seifi learned he won first place in a university and college store association contest, he promptly handed the $3,000 grand prize over to others he thought could use it more.


Researcher hopes to make health impact in India with Omega-3
A biochemistry researcher at Memorial is hoping to make a long-term impact on the health and economic well being of India.
Student researchers awarded more than $865,000 for ocean-related projects
Twenty-one Memorial students received a significant boost to their ocean-related research projects, thanks to the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC) 2012 Ocean Industries Student Research Awards. Six doctoral, 12 master's and three undergraduate students – as well as their research supervisors -- are receiving a total of $866,333 towards their research projects.
RDC Announces Over $1.6 Million in R&D Funding to 18 Newfoundland and Labrador Companies
Making working conditions safer for offshore employees, developing production efficiencies for the lumber industry and advancing healthcare technology are among the 18 business-led projects receiving more than $1.6 million in funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC).
Government investment big news for Computer Science
Government’s recent announcement of a 3.5 million investment into Desire2Learn (D2L) Incorporated is great news for Memorial University’s Department of Computer Science. That’s according to acting department head, Dr. Wolfgang Banzhaf.
Memorial University receives more than $825,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
Nine researchers at Memorial University have received a combined investment of $827,954 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support their innovative research programs. The overall value of these research projects is more than $2 million. The funding was awarded through the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund.
Research shows police warnings not easily understood
You’ve seen it on countless television programs – a suspect is arrested and read their rights. But just how much do you know about what your rights actually are? Dr. Brent Snook, an associate professor of psychology, says the answer may be surprising.
Science retiree wins Royal Astronomical Society award
Congratulations to Fred Smith, retired from the Dean of Science office, on receiving the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Service Award.
Shining light on materials physics
Memorial University professor Dr. Kris Poduska and PhD student Ben Xu recently returned from a trip to the Canadian Light Source (CLS) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where they used some amazing tools for ‘seeing’ atom arrangements.


Latest issue of Prescience magazine released
The Faculty of Science has released the third issue of Prescience magazine. This publication recaps highlights of key news and features about faculty, staff and students from the past year.
Physics prof renewed as Canada Research Chair
Dr. Lev Tarasov, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography has been renewed as the Canada Research Chair in Glacial Dynamics Modelling.
Inaugural presentation of Lien Memorial Scholarship
The inaugural presentation of the Dr. Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship took place recently on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University. The award was established to commemorate the lives of Dr. Jon Lien, and his student Dr. Deane Renouf, both formerly with the Department of Psychology at Memorial.
Protecting our oceans, one polymer at a time
When an oil spill occurs in the marine environment, the impact is huge, not to mention the devastation for marine life. And whether or not a major marine disaster is inevitable with so much activity taking place on our oceans, Memorial University researchers are doing their part to protect our oceans.
Memorial welcomes province's support for new core sciences facilities
The provincial government announcement on Oct. 11 of significant funding support for development of new core sciences infrastructure at Memorial University has been welcomed by the institution's president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Gary Kachanoski.
Research & Development Corporation investment supports Memorial researchers
The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is investing more than $5.3 million into research and development (R&D) projects at Memorial University of Newfoundland in areas relevant to offshore petroleum, ocean technology, healthcare, aquaculture and other natural resource industries.
Science holds annual awards ceremony
The Faculty of Science had much to celebrate recently as it recognized the accomplishments of faculty, staff and students. At an awards ceremony on Oct. 3, Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of science, presented the Dean’s List award, which recognizes the top 10 per cent of students in the Faculty of Science.
A co-worker to remember
When longtime Chemistry employee Viola Martin passed away last November at the age of 47, her friends and colleagues at the university immediately began discussing ways to memorialize her on campus.
Word problems to World problems
The word is getting out – physics is cool. Physics and Physical Oceanography head Brad de Young says that’s the message they’ve been hearing from students at all levels and from the general public as the department continues to work on expanding their public outreach programs in the province.
Memorial professors receive Canada's highest scholarly accolade
Two Memorial University professors, Dr. Peter Pope and Dr. Carole Peterson, have been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their outstanding contributions to research and education by being named to the RSC’s Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Chemistry conference profiles student work in organic chemistry
The Department of Chemistry recently hosted the ninth annual Summer Organic Chemistry Conference on Everybody’s Research or SOCCER, a local conference for undergraduate and graduate students involved in organic chemistry research.
Aquarium proposal supported by Memorial
A proposal by the tiny town of Champney’s West to develop a public marine aquarium and touch tank is receiving substantial support from Memorial University.
Science hosts second annual student orientation
The second annual Science orientation event was a smashing success for the Faculty of Science. Over 150 new students with an interest in science came together on Sept. 4 to find out what the faculty has to offer.


Memorial to lead symposium at World Aquaculture meeting
Dr. Craig Purchase and Dr. Ian Fleming are co-chairing a symposium this weekend at the World Aquaculture meeting in Prague. The Memorial-led initiative stems from an NSERC Strategic Grant.
Potential carrier of West Nile virus found in St. John's
A mosquito that can potentially carry the West Nile virus has been found in St. John’s. While the West Nile virus itself has not been detected, Culex pipiens, one of three species of mosquito responsible for the transmission of West Nile virus, and the primary culprit in Eastern North America, has been found.
Organic farming a science for Memorial professor
Craig and Julie Purchase share a passion for Memorial and for organic gardening. Craig is an assistant professor of biology and ocean sciences while Julie is the chef at Bitters. They currently have over 20 raised beds outside and a 22x11 foot greenhouse made of reclaimed materials.
Discovery could lead to protection for deep-sea corals
A Ph.D. student has discovered that deep-sea cold-water corals are being used as nurseries for certain types of fish. The discovery is making big waves in the ecology community and may lend strength to the argument that these chorals should be protected.
PhD student recognized at earth sciences conference
Stefanie Brueckner, a PhD student with the Department of Earth Sciences, was one of 18 winners for best poster and oral presentations at the Goldschmidt 2012 conference in Montreal.
Chemistry student posters recognized
The Department of Chemistry hosted the annual undergraduate student poster session on August 17th.
Annual summer BBQ says thank you to Memorial employees
Memorial University faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to the annual campus-wide BBQ Thursday, Aug. 23th from 3–6 p.m. in the Paton College courtyard and main dining hall.
Department of Chemistry unveils Computational Chemistry degree programs
The Department of Chemistry is preparing for its first ever offering of their newly minted general BSc and Honours BSc Compuational Chemistry degree programs.
Psychology research unit goes to the dogs
Why do dogs behave as they do? Almost no other species has shared as much of our lives with us as they do, but how much do we really know about them? The Canine Research Unit at Memorial University is trying to answer those questions.
Fullerene breakthrough a result of a multi-year multidisciplinary effort
Science researchers at Memorial have developed the first X-ray structural evidence that C60-fullerene can co-crystallize with corannulene. This finding could prove to be significant to those studying the assembly of fullerene into other arrays for energy applications, such as photovoltaic cells for solar energy, or into fullerene-based vehicles for drug delivery.


Twenty-first century dinosaurs from ‘Hell’
A public lecture, taking place on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, will discuss 21st-century dinosaurs from Hell. That is, Hell Creek, South Dakota. The lecture will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in EN-2006.


Math & Stats to play host to Atlantic summer school and public lecture
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will soon play host to the 11th annual Summer School of the Atlantic Association for Research in Mathematical Sciences (AARMS). Complementary to the AARMS summer school, the organizers have also scheduled a public lecture with Dr. Alberto Elduque.
Public lecture reveals the lighter side of black holes
As part of the 14th Canadian Conference on General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics, Dr. Robert Mann, University of Waterloo, Perimeter Institute, will present a public lecture intended for non-specialists titled The Lighter Side of Black Holes.
Math Placement Test marking error corrected
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is advising students who recently took the Math Placement Test (MPT) that they may have received the wrong test results.
Chevron Canada Limited and RDC announce new research chair
Memorial University’s research capacity in offshore petroleum development continues to expand, with a $1 million investment by Chevron Canada Limited and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC).
New Department of Ocean Sciences approved
For the first time since 1979, the Faculty of Science has added a new department. At a meeting held on May 10, the Board of Regents approved the recommendation of Senate to change the status of the Ocean Sciences Centre from a research unit to an academic unit.
OSC takes public education program on the road
The Public Education Program (PEP) at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) can receive more than 15,000 visitors between June 1st and Labour Day weekend. So when construction at the Logy Bay facility shut down public access to the site last summer, the OSC decided to take the show on the road.


Cultural preservation from a scientist?
John Wejitu Jeddore is a scientist, but he also happens to be an activist for Mi’kmaq culture. The disciplines may seem to come from different worlds, but Mr. Jeddore is seeking a way to interweave the two after he walks away with his BSc (biochemistry) this spring.
Geological community plays host to national conference
The St. John’s geological community is playing host to the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC) during their joint annual meetings May 27-29.
Memorial University research projects receive $8 million from ACOA
Three projects at Memorial University of Newfoundland, including one in the Faculty of Science, have received a combined investment of $8 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The inside story of cells and complex life topic of public lecture
Dr. Martin Brasier, an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, will present a public lecture on the inside story of cells and complex life. The lecture takes place 7 p.m. May 28 in EN-2006.
United Nations International Day for Marine Biodiversity
May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, a global initiative meant to increase our understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
All-ages festival brings science to the public
Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, explore microscopic pond life, and make slime during Science Rendezvous, an interactive all-ages science event this Saturday on the St. John's campus of Memorial University.
Physics/math student wins Killam Fellowship
As the latest recipient of the prestigious Killam Fellowship, Brendan Cooke will get to spend a semester in America. The second year physics/applied math student is excited to hear which of three universities he will attend.


Short and sweet
How will berry plants respond to climate warming? It’s a question biology student Laura Siegwart Collier has been pursuing throughout her three years of graduate work
Crash course in crustaceans
This fall, three Gros Morne Academy Grade 11 students exploring volunteer opportunities for their Career Development class approached Bonne Bay Marine Station. Staff were delighted to have extra help from students who were interested in working in the Memorial University facility.
Deep-sea corals a growing area of expertise at Memorial
Memorial University made an excellent showing at the recent International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals. All of the Canadian attendees were directly connected to Memorial University.
From sea to sky - Science researchers contribute to climate change research
The Faculty of Science’s research contributions to the International Polar Year program has added valuable information to our understanding of climate change impacts on land, sea and air.
Psychology prof receives MUNSU award for contribution to student life
Dr. Aimee Surprenant, a professor in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded the MUNSU Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award. The award recognizes faculty and staff members at Memorial who go above and beyond the call of duty in helping their students achieve both inside and outside of the classroom.
CAP makes donation to Physics scholarship
The Department of Physics recently received $3,850 from the Canadian Association of Physicists towards local initiatives for the promotion of physics or physics teaching.
Earth Science students recognized
The Department of Earth Sciences handed out more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards recently. Graduate and undergraduate students took home top prizes from a number of industry associations and businesses, and from individuals, or in honour of individuals, connected to the department.
Psychology Department holds third research day
The Department of Psychology recently gathered for an impressive display of the variety of research currently being conducted by students and faculty. The third annual Psychology Research Day showcased student talks and poster projects from masters and honour’s students in the department.


Earth Science students win national petroleum geology case study competition
Memorial University students have once again captured the Canadian championship for a petroleum geology case study competition. They will now get to represent the country at the world competition in Long Beach, California this April.
Biologist recognized for role in plant bacteriology
Dr. Dawn Bignell of the Department of Biology has been recognized by the American Phytopathological Society. The group has awarded Dr. Bignell with the Schroth Faces of the Future - New Frontiers in Plant Bacteriology Award for 2012.
Making an impact on space exploration
Fiscally prudent space exploration and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about the moon are creating opportunities for Memorial in the unlikeliest of places.
Finding answers in the forest
The climate change discussion, once focused on mitigation, is now raising the issue of adaption. To inform that dialogue, scientists are attempting to understand how the global ecosystem might respond to a changing climate. Canada's boreal forest is a critical piece of the puzzle.
Paul Snelgrove: A Census of the Ocean
Last July, Dr. Paul Snelgrove delivered a TED Talk where he presented the results of a ten-year project with one goal: to take a census of all the life in the oceans.
RSC expert panel releases final report
The Royal Society of Canada expert panel looking into Canada’s marine biodiversity has released their final report. Dr. Ian Fleming of the Ocean Sciences Centre was one of 10 experts chosen to sit on that committee.


Chemistry department celebrates Be Nice to Ray Day
Today is a special day in Memorial University’s Chemistry Department – a special day that comes along just once every four years – and we’re not talking about Leap Day. Around here, Feb. 29 is better known as Be Nice to Ray Day.
Arctic Adventure
A two-week trip to the Arctic this summer has changed Michael Gardiner’s view of this planet forever. The first year Science student participated in the Students on Ice program.
Chemistry researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator
Chris Kozak, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, is the newest Terra Nova Young Innovator. The award recognizes, promotes and supports innovative new faculty researchers whose work impacts positively on their departments and has the potential to be of significance to society at large.
Exploring the inaccessible
Memorial researchers are working to develop new technologies that will allow autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to be used for resource exploration in difficult areas.
Seeking Associate Dean of Science (Graduate and Research)
Applications and nominations for this position are invited from full-time members of the Faculty of Science at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
Chem-Physics building ‘weathers’ every storm
It’s one of Memorial University’s best-kept secrets: a portable station that sits on the roof of the Chemistry-Physics building quietly keeping track of this province’s favourite subject – the weather.


Science and archaeology can unravel the past
A public lecture entitled, It’s All In The Timing: Understanding the Past Through Radiocarbon and Archaeology, will take place Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, IIC-2001.
Faculty of Science releases strategic plan
The Faculty of Science has just approved a new strategic plan. The document was approved at a Faculty Council meeting on Dec. 21. The plan is to provide guidance to the Faculty of Science for the next decade.



Analytical method will help prevent occupational allergy and asthma in seafood processing workers
Researchers at Memorial University have developed a novel technique that will help prevent occupational allergy and asthma in seafood processing workers.


Physics/Math student is Memorial's newest Rhodes Scholar
Catherine Danielle Leonard is Newfoundland and Labrador’s next Rhodes Scholar. The 20-year old physics and applied math student is in her final year of a B.Sc. at Memorial.
New co-op option in environmental science program links students to industry
Memorial University’s graduate program in Environmental Science is offering a new co-operative education work-term option to graduate students seeking work experience in the environmental industry.


Killam Fellowship winner heading south
Alanna Flynn is Memorial University’s latest recipient of a Killam Fellowship, a prestigious study-abroad program that offers Canadian students a chance to study in the United States.
Science alumna receives Horizon Award for extraordinary achievements

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's recently to celebrate of Memorial University's most accomplished alumni, including Horizon Award winner, Krista Power.

Students, faculty encouraged to consider scientific entrepreurship
Science graduates have opportunities available to them beyond lab work, teaching or working for another company. That's the message offered by an introduction to scientific entrepreneurship workshop held at Memorial University in June.
$2.5 million federal investment in researchers at Memorial
Five top researchers at Memorial University have received a total of $2.5 million in funding from the federal government’s Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program.
Two Memorial professors named to Royal Society of Canada
Two Memorial University professors have been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their outstanding contributions to research and education.
Science hands out recognition
The Faculty of Science celebrated its best and brightest at an awards ceremony on Oct. 5. Recipients of the Dean's List, Visentin Award and Book Prize were announced as well as the Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Service winners.
Memorial University Professors receive high honour
Two Memorial University professors who were recently accorded the designation professor emeritus will be presented to convocation during the 7:30 p.m. session in St. John’s on Friday, Oct. 21.
Dean's Awards Ceremony to recognize best and brightest
The best and brightest from the Faculty of Science will be honoured on Wednesday, October 5 at the annual Dean's Awards Ceremony. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Innovation, room 2001.


Photonic crystal phenomena topic of Laird lecture
Dr. Sajeev John will give the Fall 2011 Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture on Sept. 28. He will discuss the breakthrough in solid-state classical physics which lead to photonic band gap materials.
Arts and sciences
He may have started with finger paints, but today Ian Wilding’s art is a little more elegant. The physics student's preferred canvas is now a computer screen and his chosen medium Photoshop.
Montevecchi to receive lifetime award for natural history contributions
Nature Newfoundland and Labrador will hold an event on Sept. 15 to celebrate Dr. Bill Montevecchi’s lifetime contributions to the well being of the natural history of this province.


Hey Rosetta! records video at OSC
On Thursday, July 28th, the musical group Hey Rosetta! used the seal visitors platform at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay as a background for a portion of their music video "Bandages".
Computer Science to hold open house
The Department of Computer Science will hold an open house beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6.


More than $1.3M in federal research support for Memorial
New funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has pumped $1,318,771 into research projects at Memorial University for the current fiscal year.
OSC temporarily closing public access
Due to ongoing construction at the Logy Bay site, the Faculty of Science will be closing the public education program at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) for the 2011 and 2012 summer seasons, and public access until Jan. 1, 2013.
Childhood memories lost in time
On any given day, Dr. Carole Peterson or her student assistants may be found jumping on beds or playing with Legos. The professor of psychology must go where her interview subjects take her – and things can get pretty interesting when you’re trying to interview a two-year-old.


Butterfly learning garden evolves
A small patch of land just east of the Chemistry-Physics building has been trimmed, weeded, mulched, planted and fertilized into a beautiful Butterfly Learning Garden, thanks to a dedicated team of faculty, staff and students.
Support for R&D in mining and petroleum
Thirteen projects at Memorial have been given a $960,000 boost by the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador. The GeoEXPLORE program is a new directed research program aimed at enhancing geoscience R&D capacity, collaboration and innovation.
Faculty Profile - Dr. Rob Brown
Dr. Rob Brown holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) and a PhD from the University of Ottawa. An assistant professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Brown joined Memorial University in September.


Drugs from natural sources topic of 2011 Job Lecture
Dr. John Vederas will present the 2011 Job Lecture, “Drugs from Bugs and Other Natural Sources,” June 15 at 3:30 p.m. in SN-2109.
Fume hood exhaust system shutdown
The strobic fume hood exhaust fans in the Chemistry/Physics Building will be shut down from June 3 at 5 p.m. to June 5 at 1 p.m.
$1million investment brings new equipment to bolster mineral research
Newfoundland and Labrador's iron ore industry is about to be seen in a whole new light thanks to a more than $1 million infrastructure investment from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Iron Ore Company of Canada.
Stars in his eyes
Sometimes the path to graduation is a straight shot, but other times a student meanders a little along the way. After all, it’s not always easy to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life.
People and science meet for a ‘Science Rendezvous’
Want to have a close encounter with science? An event planned for this Saturday on the St. John's Campus of Memorial University will bring people and science together for a 'Science Rendezvous'.
MUN hosts young science enthusiasts for first All Science Challenge competition
Over 100 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from across the Avalon visited Memorial to participate in a day-long science enrichment competition at Memorial University.


Hebron announces $1.5 million for scholarships and research
The Hebron Project, Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic announced a partnership this week that will provide support for scholarships and research.
Applied research funding available to students, faculty and staff
The Harris Centre’s 2011 Applied Research Fund is now open for applications from Memorial students, faculty and staff.
Familiar face returns to lead Department of Biochemistry
Dr. Phil Davis jokes that his arrival at Memorial University predates most of the buildings and plants on the St. John’s Campus. The new interim head of the Department of Biochemistry came here as an undergrad in 1968, he's been here almost ever since.
Faculty participates in Eastern Newfoundland Regional Science Fair
Students from across the region came together for the April 1st weekend to participate in the Eastern Newfoundland Regional Science Fair.
Faculty Profile - Dr. Lourdes Peña-Castillo
Dr. Lourdes Peña-Castillo is an associate professor jointly appointed between the departments of Computer Science and Biology.


Industry and government to support new research chair at Memorial University
Significant investments from both industry and government totalling more than $2 million will support a new industrial research chair for Memorial University.
Fume hood exhaust system shutdown
The Chemistry-Physics Building fume hood exhaust system will be shut down from 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 20. The purpose of this shutdown is to allow for upgrades to the organic chemistry undergraduate laboratory ventilation/exhaust systems.
Lien scholarship ‘In Good Hands’
A fundraiser for the Dr. Jon Lien memorial scholarship was held at Memorial University. A limited number of tickets were sold on a special painting, "In Good Hands" by Toby Rabinowitz.
Are cows more trustworthy than chemists?
Are cows more trustworthy than chemists? That's the intriguing question answered by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the 2011 Elizabeth R. Laird guest lecturer.


Unique drilling project to improve research at OSC
In the height of summer, in a small parking lot outside of the Ocean Sciences Centre, a unique project began. It was the first of three stages in a major upgrade of infrastructure for the Logy Bay research facility.
Researcher featured on Land and Sea
A professor from the Department of Earth Sciences was featured on CBC Television's Land and Sea. The show, "True Blue" focused on the rock they call Blue Eyes - Labradorite.


Marine interest leads to free tuition
An incoming Biochemistry student, Andrew Sullivan, has been chosen as the first place winner of 2010 Atlantic Canada Marine Biodiversity essay contest.
Memorial appoints new vice-president (academic)
Memorial University has named Dr. David M. Wardlaw as its new vice-president (academic) and pro-vice chancellor. Dr. Wardlaw’s appointment was approved by the Board of Regents on Jan. 25, and he will begin a five-year term in the role on Aug. 1, 2011.
A symphony of snow
Oceanographic research at Memorial into the whispering sounds of snowfall on the surface of the ocean may help develop more accurate ocean modeling which in turn can improve the accuracy of weather prediction.
Uncovering ancient origins
A new technique co-developed by a researcher at Memorial University is allowing archeologists to quickly identify whether the origins of ancient material samples are natural or formed by human activity.
Deadline approaches for RDC Ocean Industries Student Research Awards
Memorial students interested in applying for the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) 2011 Ocean Industries Student Research Awards have until Friday, Jan. 28 to get their application in.
Paul Mezey renewed as Canada Research Chair
Dr. Paul Mezey has been renewed as Canada Research Chair in Scientific Modeling and Simulation.
Research of Scale
Dr. George Miminis, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, has spent a considerable amount of time thinking about musical scales.
Global warming topic of public lecture
Global warming will be the theme of the upcoming CMOS public lecture taking place at Memorial at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 in IIC-2001.



Funding for water-related research now available
Looking for funding for water-related research? The Harris Centre-RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open for applications.
Genetically-engineered salmon makes best inventions list
A genetically-engineered salmon produced at Memorial University has been named one of the 50 best inventions of 2010 by Time magazine.
Funding opportunity for Ocean Industries Research
The Research & Development Corporation has announced details of its 2011 RDC Ocean Industries Student Research Awards competition, aimed at attracting and retaining highly-qualified students pursuing research related to this province's ocean industries sector.
Memorial's president recognizes outstanding employees
Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial University's president and vice-chancellor, has announced the university's outstanding educators, researchers and staff members for 2010.
Computer science week
Computer Scientists cover a broad range of areas of expertise, from mathematicians and artists to environmentalists and entrepreneurs.


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