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UNESCO Discovery Geopark created with support from Memorial researchers and students

This past summer, the Bonavista Peninsula celebrated its first anniversary of achieving a UNESCO designation.

The Discovery UNESCO Global Geopark was built around recent discoveries by, and with support from, researchers and students from Memorial’s Department of Earth Sciences.

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Terra Nova Young Innovator studying link between environmental toxicants and chronic disease

An analytical chemist is launching an ambitious research study focused the effects of indoor pollution, the first of its kind in Canada.

Dr. Karl Jobst, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, is the 2021 recipient of the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, valued at $50,000.

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Medicine researchers identify first gene for common cause of hearing loss

Memorial University and Western University researchers recently published their discovery of the first gene for a common cause of hearing loss in adults.

The study was designed by Nelly Abdelfatah, PhD candidate, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University; Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University; and Dr. Susan G. Stanton, Western University, and published in Human Genetics.

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Contest: citizen geologists challenged to find fossils at Quidi Vidi

What’s better than finding fossils?

Finding fossils and winning a prize!

The Johnson Geo Centre, in collaboration with the Faculty of Science’s Department of Earth Sciences, is challenging the public to play Fossil or Not-a-Fossil and help search for early animal life in the walls and breakwaters around Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s.

 

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Researchers capitalize on scientific machine learning expertise

Memorial can play a big role in the next data-driven scientific discovery, says a Faculty of Science researcher.

Dr. Alex Bihlo, Canada Research Chair in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is spearheading a collaborative research group that’s focused on scientific machine learning.

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Faculty of Science, Landwash Brewery partner on unique new beer

Everything is science … including making beer.

Memorial University’s Faculty of Science recently got first-hand insight into that process recently, following a partnership with Mount Pearl’s Landwash Brewery, which saw a special beer created to promote the faculty.

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Memorial researchers deploy underwater gliders to gauge ocean health

Scientists are immersing themselves into new studies aimed at understanding oxygen dynamics in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The northern region of the gulf is an important ecosystem in the harsh North Atlantic. In September, a team deployed one of Memorial’s eight underwater gliders off the west coast of the island.

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Science Atlantic celebrates 60th anniversary

The Faculty of Science recently recognized Science Atlantic’s upcoming 60th anniversary with a plaque unveiling.

The plaque was unveiled by biochemistry student Zoe Rowe and is located in the lobby of the Chemistry-Physics building.

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Students, staff and faculty honoured at Faculty of Science Awards

The Faculty of Science held its annual Dean’s Awards ceremony recently, recognizing the top 10 per cent of its students.

This year, 363 students made the Dean’s List — the largest number in the faculty’s history.

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A Q&A with 2021 Alumnus of the Year Dr. Liqin Chen

When Dr. Liqin Chen (PhD’93) arrived in St. John’s in 1990 to complete his PhD in chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Laurence Thompson, he had very little.

Thirty years after he left China for a new life in a new country, Dr. Chen is now head of TLC Pharmaceutical Standards, a multimillion-dollar international pharmaceutical company with customers in 75 countries.

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Celebrating a decade of Schulich Leaders Scholarships

Cole Walsh (B.Sc.(Hons.)’16) became a Schulich Leader in 2012, and says he is thankful for the support from the Schulich Foundation.

He remembers driving to the post office every day, eagerly hoping to find a letter telling him he’d been selected.

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Dr. Janice Fitzgerald receives Medicine's honorary white coat

Medical schools began holding white coat ceremonies to welcome their incoming classes of undergraduate students in the early 1990s.

However, Memorial’s tradition of presenting an honorary white coat to a leader in the medical profession in the province is just beginning.

This year’s recipient, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald (B.Sc.'90, MD’94, MPH’16), Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer of health, is the second. This marks a new tradition for the Faculty of Medicine.

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More than $1.3-million provincial investment enhances Memorial's dynamic research capacity

Five leading-edge research projects are benefitting from more than a $1.3-million investment from the provincial government.

Andrew Parsons, minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, announced the funding on Oct. 4.

The projects are leveraging more than $4.3 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and other sources.

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More than $1.3-million provincial investment enhances Memorial's dynamic research capacity

Five leading-edge research projects are benefitting from more than a $1.3-million investment from the provincial government.

Andrew Parsons, minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, announced the funding on Oct. 4.

The projects are leveraging more than $4.3 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and other sources.

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