Dr. Iain McGaw recently travelled to the island of Saba to participate in the outreach program Sea and Learn on Saba, hosted by the Sea and Learn Foundation.
The Faculty of Science hosted its annual Dean’s List and Awards Ceremony last month. The Dean’s List recognizes the top 10 percent of students of students.
Dr. Jingjing Zheng is Memorial University’s first-ever recipient of the Borealis AI Fellowship.
Dr. Zheng completed her PhD in Computer Science at Memorial this summer. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics at the University of British Columbia.
Two Memorial-led projects that tackle plastic waste have topped a national climate competition.
A University Research Professor has received national recognition from the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada.
Fifth place out of 250 international teams.
It was a strong performance by Memorial biology students Ali Tawfiq Salman, Sarah Ahmed Duraid, Basel Mohamed and Abedalaziz Mohammad Altawabini at IgNITE 2022, one of the most diverse and prestigious medical research competitions in North America.
As if having cancer wasn’t hard enough, nearly 20 per cent of cancer survivors who have issues falling or staying asleep also have trouble remembering things, paying attention and concentrating.
Imagine sitting back on a hot summer day and cracking open a locally produced beer made with all N.L.-sourced ingredients.
Faculty of Science researchers hope to get one step closer to that ideal by searching for wild yeasts from an unexpected source: the oceans around Newfoundland and Labrador.
A newly uncovered fossil site in Conception Bay North is one of the most exciting discoveries in the province since Mistaken Point.
Gem exploration may become cheaper and easier thanks to work taking place in Memorial’s Faculty of Science.
Researchers in the faculty’s Department of Earth Sciences developed a new method of analyzing fine-grained sediment.
Word came late on a Friday night in April 2022.
Katherine Dibbon, a joint bachelor of arts/bachelor of science student at Memorial, had been waiting to hear back on her application letter to the Killam Fellowships Program.
The solution to one of the biggest global issues may be found here at home.
Memorial is playing a vital role in an extensive program aimed at curbing the effects of climate change.
Research teams from various disciplines are participating in the Transforming Climate Action (TCA): Addressing the Missing Ocean, a program recently awarded $154 million from the federal government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF).
As an Indigenous youth from the NunatuKavut Inuit community in southern Labrador, Amelia Jones was taught respect for her elders.
During her time at Memorial, the bachelor of science (honours) student became engrossed in researching the neural and molecular underpinnings of memory across the lifespan.
Spring graduate Sydney Hillier was halfway through her undergraduate degree when she was in a car accident in 2018.
The traumatic event sidelined her plan to complete a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry (nutrition) at Memorial University.
Liam Gregory has been named Memorial’s latest Rothermere Fellow.
It is one of the university’s most lucrative and prestigious awards.
Mr. Gregory, who is originally from St. John’s, graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons.), majoring in biochemistry, from Memorial in 2019. He completed a master’s degree at the University of British Columbia in 2021 and is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Xianta Jiang, an assistant professor of computer science in the Faculty of Science at Memorial, was recently awarded $237,750 by the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF).
The funding is to create an artificial intelligence interface for controlling prosthetic hands, enabling amputees to operate an artificial limb as easily as their intact hand without requiring surgery.
Science Rendezvous is the marquee event kicking off Science Odyssey, a national celebration of science and technology running May 6-21.
The free Science Rendezvous event takes place on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Representatives from the faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine and the School of Pharmacy will present exciting and interactive exhibits and activities for people of all ages.
Memorial is supporting Arctic Inuit communities’ needs for safe and cost-efficient shipping while helping to make Canada a global leader in climate science, innovation and solutions.
Thanks to the largest research grant it’s received in its history, the university is playing a major role as co-leader and collaborator on two research projects receiving unprecedented federal support.
The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Science celebrated its annual research day recently.
The event showcased research conducted by master’s and honours students and honoured staff and student achievements.
His name might not be in the closing credits of some of the latest film productions, but that doesn’t mean Masoud Zare didn’t play a part in bringing them to life.
The Department of Earth Sciences is hosting its second prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-doctoral Global Fellowship recipient in recent years.
Last summer, master’s student Jenit Thomas completed a work term with Greensmith in Freshwater, Placentia Bay.
Student-led companies focused on engineering software and waste management efficiency were the big winners at the 2023 Mel Woodward Cup.
The Leach’s storm petrel is a common seabird along the coasts of Newfoundland and southern Labrador, and through the Atlantic provinces — but, like numerous bird species, is becoming less so.
An expert in food insecurity will give a free public lecture on the Memorial St. John’s campus.
Dr. Valerie Tarasuk is a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She will give the annual Faith Elizabeth Winifred (Rusted) Bayley Nutrition Lecture on March 22.
A Canadian expert in issues relating to energy and natural resources will present the 2023 Dr. and Mrs. Satti Paddi and Parvati Reddy Public Lecture.
Dr. Normand Mousseau of the Université de Montréal is being hosted by the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science, on Tuesday, March 21.
Memorial University is developing a retirement plan for the Ocean Sciences Centre seals, with the best interest of the animals in mind.
Seals have been a fixture of the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) since 1989, when Babette (1988–2021), a one-year-old female harp seal, was captured with her pup in the Magdalen Islands. She was joined by Tyler, a male harp seal, captured as a white coat in 1990.
Memorial University is partnering with a Bahamian school to create a tropical marine ecophysiology laboratory to study the environmental impacts of climate change on local marine species.
The collaboration is being led by Dr. Kurt Gamperl, University Research Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences in the Faculty of Science, and Dr. Nick Higgs, director of research and innovation at the Cape Eluethera Institute (CEI), which is part of the Island School in the Bahamas.
A federal government investment will support technology training and upskilling education in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Find Your Future in Tech program, funded with $27,172,355, will be administered by TechNL, a not-for-profit industry association.
Private and public sectors, together with Memorial University and other educational institutions, are collaborating to offer meaningful opportunities to continue to build and reinforce a robust technology sector in the province.
What can gastropod mucus teach us about the physical properties of water?
Surprisingly, quite a bit.
Dillon Hanlon is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography in the Faculty of Science.
He’s been using a highly specialized form of spectroscopy to look at the slimy secretions.
A new video series highlights research teams studying techniques and technologies to aid in oil spill response in this country.
The Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) produced five videos in partnership with research teams.
The Memorial-led projects received funding under Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI).
An article led and written entirely by students and post-doctoral fellows in the Faculty of Science was published in a leading scientific journal recently.
Bibliometric Investigation of the Integration of Animal Personality in Conservation Contexts was released on Oct. 26 in Conservation Biology.
The authors are primarily from the Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology (CABE) interdisciplinary graduate program, and included others from the departments of Biology and Ocean Sciences.
For the past three years, a team of paleontologists in the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, have been conducting geoconservation at one of the most unique fossil sites in the province.
An expert panel, which included Earth Sciences professor Dr. Sue Ziegler, has released its report assessing the extent to which nature-based climate solutions can help Canada meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.
President Vianne Timmons honoured the exceptional and exemplary at the 2022 President’s Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Winners from the Faculty of Science include Dr. Joshua Rash, Psychology, President's Award for Outstanding Research; Dr. Kurt Gamperl, Ocean Sciences and Dr. Duncan McIlroy, Earth Sciences/Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station, University Research Professor; Dr. David Churchill, Computer Science, President's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Faculty) and Dr. Rick Goulding, Physics and Physical Oceanography and Yellow Martin, Psychology, President's Award for Exemplary Employees - Champion of Service.
Breakthroughs in everything from improvements to prosthetic hands to the identification of emerging environmental pollutants.
Six of the seven Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) through its 2022 Discovery Research Programs Competition to researchers at Memorial were in the Faculty of Science.
For the third year in a row, Memorial University is home to a Loran scholar this fall.
After a rigorous screening process, bachelor of science student Sarah Janes is one of 36 award recipients selected from more than 5,100 applicants and 90 finalists.
The Loran Award, administered by the Loran Scholars Foundation, is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive one-of-a-kind undergraduate merit-based award, valued at $100,000 over four years.
Demonstrations from leading scientists. Visits to world-class laboratories and science universities. International cultural interaction.
This past summer, two Memorial science students participated in a science “camp” they’ll never forget.
Jake Breen and Charlotte Campbell represented Memorial University at the 63rd annual London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) from July 27–Aug. 10.
Five Memorial University professors have been accorded the designation professor emeritus/emerita, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.
The new professores emeriti are Dr. Noreen Golfman, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences;Dr. William (Bill) Montevecchi, Faculty of Science; Dr. June Harris, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Ursula Kelly, Faculty of Education; and Dr. Thomas Michalak, Faculty of Medicine.
A Marine Institute research scientist has been named the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation chair in Qikiqtani inshore fisheries science, training and education.
Dr. Scott Grant has been appointed to the role.
He holds a bachelor of science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a master of science degree from Trent University and a doctoral degree from Memorial University. He is also cross-appointed with the Department of Biology in Memorial’s Faculty of Science.
Ashley Nickson completed four courses at the Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station this summer — the first time they were offered since 2019.
Ms. Nickson says the two-week long field courses in Norris Point, N.L., on Newfoundland’s West Coast, gave her the opportunity to be in the field almost every day.
Environmental science alumnus Dr. Tomás Araya Schmidt received his doctorate in fisheries science during Memorial's fall convocation on Oct. 20.
The Faculty of Science held its annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony recently, recognizing the top 10 per cent of its students.
In addition, the awards honour the service, scholarship and teaching of faculty and staff.
An upcoming fast-paced and story-filled public lecture will explore what resilience means to children from many different backgrounds.
Dr. Michael Ungar, Dalhousie University, will give the Dr. Patricia Canning Memorial Lecture in Child Health and Development on Oct. 5
Three research teams in the Faculty of Science are kicking off the fall semester on a high note.
They have secured a total of $286,834 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for cutting-edge scientific tools and equipment.
The investment will enhance research facilities and labs with sophisticated infrastructure for studies broadly focused on mineral exploration, climate change and nanoparticles.
Twenty research teams are getting a crash course on all things ocean this fall.
The groups, from seven universities across the country, are among the latest cohort participating in Lab2Market Oceans.
The seven-week program, hosted by Memorial and part of the Ocean Startup Project, provides post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and faculty the opportunity to explore their ocean research ideas in a new way.
The Canada Research Chair in Biological Oceanographic Processes and a professor of ocean sciences at Memorial is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in the Marine Sciences.
The award is being presented to Dr. Uta Passow by the Royal Society of Canada and recognizes her significant contributions to our understanding of the ocean and its ability to respond to anthropogenic changes such as climate change and oil pollution.
A Memorial professor has received national recognition for his "game-changing" research in the mining industry.
Dr. Stephen Butt, an engineering professor cross-appointed with the Department of Earth Sciences, is the recipient of the 2022 Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Award in Design and Industrial Practice.
For a group of Memorial students this past spring, a field studies course took them to one of the biggest cities in the world — and beyond.
The fourth-level pilot course, Field Studies in Nutrition and Food (Biochemistry 4242), included a two-week trip to the U.K. in May, based at Memorial’s Harlow Campus.
Two incoming first-year students at Memorial University have been named 2022 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.
Jason Matthews is the recipient of an $80,000 award and joins Memorial with plans to pursue a bachelor of science degree with joint honours in computer science and statistics.
It’s a Memorial milestone.
Four leading women researchers are receiving one of the country’s top academic honours — all at once.
The early-career researchers are among 2022’s inductees to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (RSC).
The honorees include Dr. Sheila Garland, associate professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, who is cross-appointed to the Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine.
Five research teams are benefitting from a substantial investment to advance projects aimed at finding solutions to health challenges and training the next generation of scientists.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently awarded Memorial a total of $1,921,253 in grants.
The funding will support studies focused on better understanding heart disease, HIV infection, stroke, neonatal nutrition and opioid policy
To honour an exceptional wife, mother and scholar, Dr. Doris Babstock's husband and their children established a scholarship in her name to support other students who, like her, find themselves on non-traditional academic paths.
On Aug. 5, 2022, for the first time, women’s teams rowed the long course on Regatta Day. Team Verso took first place with a time of 10:28, with three other women’s crews participating.
Each member of Team Verso are also members of the Memorial community — something they say factored into the historic moment in a number of ways.
Wide-eyed children holding sea stars. Building knowledge in marine research. Hosting the community to share a song or story.
The Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station (formerly the Bonne Bay Marine Station), is celebrating all this and so much more during its 20th anniversary.
Science alumna Dr. Mikaela Murphy hopes she is setting an example for other family physicians who want to come to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Murphy is an international medical graduate (IMG) who returned to her home province to complete her residency and hopefully set up practice here.
For the first time in its 41-year history, all four recipients of the Alumni Tribute Awards are women.
The awards recognize alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields, are committed to their alma mater and have made outstanding contributions to their communities.
Memorial is the only Canadian university included as one of the world’s best for the study for marine/ocean engineering in an annual publication of world university rankings — and it’s the fifth year in a row to do so.
Memorial places 38 among the top 50 universities as part of the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) in the category.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ (HSS) new certificate in the history and philosophy of science and technology is of broad interest to students of science, engineering, medicine, humanities and social sciences.
The program will challenge students to think critically and analytically about the consequences of past, present and future technological innovations on human existence, and the world we inhabit.
The famous Hubble deep field was first observed in 1995 when the telescope was pointed at a dark patch of the universe and stared for 10 straight days at a tiny patch of sky near the Big Dipper.
On July 11, 2022, the now-largest optical telescope in space, the JWST, released its own deep field image that is much bigger, more detailed, and more exciting than the one from Hubble and shows us a view of the universe as it was 4.6 billion years ago, at the same time the sun was being formed and the Earth was being born.
The first annual Student Design Showcase brought in more than $23,000 in sponsorships, donations and in-kind support for student teams at Memorial.
The event, held on May 18, was organized by Memorial’s Student Design Hub, a collaborative manufacturing and assembly space on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.
Memorial University has received funding for a new Centre for Artificial Intelligence on the St. John’s campus.
The centre will build partnerships with industry and the province’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through collaborative projects, outreach and continuing education, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer related courses. It will also serve as a collaborative space for seminars that bring together AI-related researchers and students across campus for teamwork.
Since the creation of the Faculty of Science’s doctor of psychology (PsyD) program in 2009, 21 of the 36 graduates, or nearly 60 per cent, have stayed in Newfoundland and Labrador.
However, the suspension of one of the province’s two residency programs for clinical psychologists may have an impact on the number who choose to remain in the future.
When Dr. David Pike stepped into the Henrietta Harvey building in June, he saw a sign that read “Everyone is welcome here” on a rainbow Pride flag.
“It stopped me in my tracks,” he said. “It shouldn’t have, but it did. I’ve been working in this university for over 20 years and it was the first time I’ve seen a message like that in my building, telling me I am welcome here.”
Newfoundland and Labrador teams captured major awards this past weekend at the 2022 MATE ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) World Championship in Long Beach, Calif.
In 2021, a family friend, who was teaching at a small school in northern Quebec, reached out to Roshni Kollipara and Evan Langille for help coming up with fun science experiments for her Grade 5 class.
Ms. Kollipara, a PhD student in the Division of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Mr. Langille, a PhD student the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, quickly got to work.
Memorial researchers, including those in the Faculty of Science, have secured nearly $8 million in competitive funding for research projects ranging from childhood amnesia to ocean biodiversity to renewable energy systems.
In total, NSERC is investing $7,900,226 at Memorial.
A creative assignment in a chemistry class got students learning about how scientific concepts are viewed by other cultures, or how scientists from other cultures contribute to scientific knowledge.
Chemistry 1051 students were asked to present a biography of an Indigenous; person of colour; a woman, trans or non-conforming or non-binary scientist; or how a science concept is relevant in their culture or another culture.
A team of Biology students made an impressive showing at a recent international medical case competition.
IgNITE is one of the most diverse and prestigious research competitions in North America, hosting students from across the world.
A final gift from the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP) will enable the Department of Ocean Sciences to continue offering ocean education programs to Newfoundland and Labrador high school students.
The newly established J. Roger Pearson Graduate Award in Ocean Education and Outreach was created to honour and recognize the founding director of the OLP, which recently completed its mandate.
A new research unit based in the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre has been producing significant results.
The Psychosocial Collaborative Research Unit (PCRU) at the SWCC launched in October 2020, with the goal of supporting students, faculty and applied researchers with an opportunity to conduct collaborative applied research in the areas of clinical, social and health psychology.
More than $18-million industry and government investment strengthens Memorial's computational infrastructure
On Friday, May 27, Memorial welcomed more than $18 million for two new initiatives – the Centre for Analytics, Informatics and Research (CAIR) and the Accelerated Analytics and Machine Learning (AAML) project.
The initiatives will focus on innovation and research in such diverse fields as data science and astrophysics, genetic analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning, image analysis and scientific computing.
Dr. Pat Gagnon has teaching in his blood.
The 2021 recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Faculty of Science is the son of teachers and spent many meals discussing the occupation with them and how they dealt with issues that arose in and out of the classroom.
Students in an Earth Sciences class had a rare opportunity recently to use geophysical data to look beneath the sea floor.
A group of visiting scientists from PanGeo Subsea led hands-on demos with the Seismic and Potential Field Methods in Geophysics (EASC 3170) class using data collected by the company’s unique acoustic imaging technology.
Atlantic Canadians have one of the highest risks of dying from cancer in Canada and every year, around 1,600 annual cancer deaths are from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Research is, therefore, critical to address the effects of cancer on this region’s population. Specifically, research that can deliver more personalized and effective treatments with fewer side-effects, as opposed to a one-size fits-all treatment. This is called precision medicine.
On Saturday, May 14, everyone is invited to an open house event that will take place under and around the blue whale skeleton that hangs in Memorial's new Core Science Facility.
Come learn the story of the whale skeleton and take part in interactive learning opportunities, and have lots of fun along the way.
The Faculty of Science held its first interdisciplinary research conference April 8-9.
Scientific Endeavours in Academia (SEA) brought together undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty from across the faculty’s nine departments and five interdisciplinary graduate programs.
The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Science celebrated its 12th annual Research Day recently and recognized both student research and staff teaching.
Memorial continues to earn favourable grades when it comes to the study of a variety of subjects.
According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2022, Memorial earned positive results in a number of individual areas, including ranking among the top 451-500 international universities for the study of mathematics and tying for No. 19 in Canada.
Here at Memorial, projects are being led by Dr. Sohrab Zendehboudi, associate professor and research chair, Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and co-principal investigators Drs. Karl Jobst and Lindsay Cahill, assistant professors, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.
Five Indigenous academic staff members have officially joined the Memorial community - including one in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.
For Dr. Imran Hack (B.Sc.’74, MD’79), giving back to Memorial is a way to repay the kindness he received as a student and a newcomer to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Memorial University recognized five individuals that have demonstrated excellence in teaching and graduate supervision with a series of four President’s Awards recently. They include Dr. Christina Thorpe, Psychology, and Ed Whalen, Biology.
A well-known health researcher is taking on a new leadership role.
Dr. Sherri Christian, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, has been named assistant scientific director in Newfoundland and Labrador for the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI).
After many delays due to COVID-19 restrictions, Dr. Vianne Timmons enthusiastically handed out the 2021 President’s Awards to outstanding employees during a luncheon March 9 at the Signal Hill Campus.
Among those recognized from the Faculty of Science are Dr. Eric Vander Wal, Biology, President's Award for Outstanding Research; Dr. Brent Snook, Psychology, University Research Professor; Dr. Christina Thorpe, Psychology, President's Award for Distinguished Teaching; Edward Whelan, Biology, President's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Lecturers and Instructional Staff); Heather Fifield, Biochemistry, President's Award for Exemplary Employees, Champion of Service.
A number of outstanding faculty researchers are recipients of 2021 President’s Awards.
An ocean sciences doctoral student is shining a light on the Bahamian black land crab — literally.
So why is an ocean sciences student interested in a terrestrial animal?
Three new course-based, master’s programs offered at Memorial University will help meet growing demand across technology sectors in the province.
Students can choose among a master of applied science in software engineering, a master of data science and a master of artificial intelligence.
An investment of more than $345,000 for specialized tools and high-tech equipment will transform cutting-edge projects led by two early-career researchers, including Dr. Lindsay Cahill in the Department of Chemistry.
Three graduate students are pursuing training as cancer researchers, thanks to new awards from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI).
The funding supports projects such as developing better screening guidelines for colorectal cancer patients; the creation of an app to help treat insomnia among cancer patients; and investigating the role of novel genes in head and neck cancers.
Today, Feb. 11, is the seventh International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
It’s a day to recognize the important role women and girls play in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to promote full and equal access to participation of women and girls in science. Despite their significant progress towards participation in STEM higher education, women and girls are still under-represented in the field.
Recognizing the role of women and girls in accelerating progress towards the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal No. 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, this year’s focus is on the theme Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Water Unites Us.
Many of this year’s slate of Memorial women scientists are studying, researching and teaching on the subject of water. Meet them below, keep an eye out for them on Memorial’s social channels today and happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
An earth sciences professor has joined an expert panel working towards determining if and how ecological carbon sinks can help Canada meet its greenhouse gas emission commitments.
It’s required work in the international effort to curb ongoing climate change.
The shift to online learning at Memorial University gave Dr. David Churchill an opening he’d been waiting for.
Years of livestreaming and interacting with fellow video gamers online meant when the change occurred, Dr. Churchill was in a better position than most.
Memorial researchers are making a global impact — something that is being noted in the top tiers of academia.
A total of 69 current and past faculty members from a variety of disciplines and subject matters are included on the World’s Top 2% Scientists list, recently published by Stanford University.
Memorial University is pleased to announce that three new course-based master’s programs have received Senate and Board of Regents approval and will welcome their first students for September 2022.
Students will be able to choose among a master of applied science in software engineering, a master of artificial intelligence and a master of data science.
More than 50 graduate students are sharing more than $1.9 million in funding to support diverse research projects ranging from exploring Islamophobia to social entrepreneurship.
Graduate students based in the faculties of Business Administration, Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Applied Science, Education and Science, and the schools of Music, Social Work, Science and the Environment, Fisheries and Fine Arts are among those receiving support.
A novel study led by a Memorial University researcher has revealed aging might not be inevitable.
University and community researchers tackle coastal community sustainability through two-eyed seeing lens
Memorial and a consortium of university-affiliated and community-affiliated researchers from Mi’kmaw communities across Newfoundland have been awarded nearly $15 million through the federal New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF).
The Department of Ocean Sciences has announced the death of one of its seals.
Babette, also known as Babs or Girlie, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 22 under the care of Memorial University’s Animal Care Services veterinarians.
An international team of scientists, including from Memorial University, has taken a major step in deep-sea exploration by sampling Earth’s last truly remote and inaccessible seafloor environment: the depths of the Arctic Ocean.
This fall, Dr. John Jamieson, an associate professor of earth sciences and the Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology, was part of an expedition that was the first to dive to a hydrothermal vent field under the polar ice cap.
Researchers, students and staff looking to highlight new perspectives on scientific research can enter a contest for a chance to win cash prizes.
The Board of Regents has approved changes to the tuition rates for new students enrolling in select course-based graduate programs, effective fall 2022.
For current students, a grace period of two years will be provided to allow students to finish their programs.
Creating a scholarship or award is doing more than financially supporting a student’s journey to higher education.
In certain circumstances, such as those of Xiaolei Li (M.Sc.’16) and Fereshteh Shahhoseini, receiving funding can be a life-changing event.
Memorial University held the official opening of the spectacular Core Science Facility today as federal, provincial and university representatives celebrated the construction of this sophisticated research and teaching building.
As part of Research Week, Memorial is celebrating support from the provincial government that will enhance the university’s reputation as an international innovation leader.
On Nov. 26, Andrew Parsons, minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, announced nearly $1.2 million in funding for four projects involving researchers based in the faculties of Medicine, Science, and Engineering and Applied Science and at the Marine Institute.
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.
Memorial University has not one, but two, Loran Scholars this year.
Malorie Osmond and Madison Malloy are two of the 30 Loran Scholars for 2021, having been selected from 72 finalists and more than 6,000 applicants.
The Loran Scholars Foundation, established in 1988, is a national charity that works with universities, donors and volunteers across the country to find and nurture young people who demonstrate the qualities and values of the foundation, including integrity, compassion, determination and a high level of personal autonomy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Memorial is encouraging nominations for its most prestigious award for research.
University Research Professors (URP) have acquired a designation above the rank of full professor.
The award goes to faculty members who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship in their field, including graduate student supervision and other mentoring activities, and whose research and/or creative activity is of a truly international stature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal and professional development. Life education. Celebrations and stimulating discussions.
For the month of October, the Office of Alumni Engagement is offering a slew of events that ignite the mind.
More than 20 research teams from across the country are taking part in a unique, Memorial-led program.
Lab2Market is a team-based, experiential learning program that trains PhDs and post-doctoral scholars to become future corporate innovators.
Memorial is one of only four universities in Canada currently offering the program
Now that the Core Science Facility is open to the public, many members of the community will want to check out the impressive building.
But before you go inside, be sure to take in the learning experience available outside.
Three doctoral students are continuing their innovative studies at Memorial this fall thanks to securing prestigious awards.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, valued at $50,000 per year for three years, aims to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain outstanding doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.
In total, the Government of Canada is investing $450,000 at Memorial.
Dr. Liam Morrissey is living a dream many aspiring scientists have — and he knows it.
“It sometimes feels a little too good to be true,” said the born-and-raised Newfoundlander and Labradorian and three-time alumnus of Memorial (B.Eng.’14, M.Sc.’16 and PhD’21).
The majestic blue whale skeleton hangs from the double-height atrium of the Core Science Facility (CSF) as if it were swimming, making visitors feel as if they are watching it from underwater.
The entire 6,500-pound skeleton measures 25 metres long — about two school buses — and is the centerpiece of Memorial’s newest facility; its pose reflecting Memorial’s motto Provehito in Altum, Latin for “launch forth into the deep.”
Atlantic researchers – including those at Memorial University – are receiving $3.6 million in new provincial and national funding focused on cancer research.
Memorial is part of the Atlantic Cancer Consortium (ACC), a group of doctors and scientists at leading cancer centres, hospitals and research institutes in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador focused on providing improved cancer outcomes and advancing the quest to deliver precision medicine to cancer patients across the region.
Five diverse Memorial projects are benefitting from more than $970,000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Senior university leadership, along with members of the provincial and federal governments and donors, were on hand Tuesday morning for a sneak peek of the blue whale skull that will be a cornerstone of the Core Science Facility.
Memorial employees have consistently risen to challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Memorial is featuring some of those stories, including this one submitted by the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography's Dr. Kelly Shorlin, on a new website, Exemplary together.
Memorial University has announced the recipients of the 40th annual Alumni Tribute Awards.
Among them, Dr. Liquin Chen PhD'93 (Chemistry) has been named Alumnus of the year.
With the official opening of Memorial University’s new Core Science Facility (CSF) scheduled for September, units moving into the building are busy this summer packing up and moving equipment and supplies.
The 480,000 square feet building is the university’s biggest infrastructure project for the St. John’s campus since 1961. It will provide modern and collaborative research and laboratory teaching spaces primarily for the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
Jake Breen visited Memorial University for a summer volleyball tournament when he was 13.
He liked the atmosphere in St. John’s and on campus and thought it would be a great place to live and study.
This fall Mr. Breen is coming back to Memorial, this time as science major.
Metricsflow, a N.L.-based Genesis graduate company, is prioritizing privacy by improving its website’s user experience.
Recent backing from GoAhead, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund, will strengthen the company’s cookieless analytics platform. The startup previously raised a round of financing in 2020.
The company’s co-founders are Memorial alumni Isaac Adejuwon (B.Eng.’16) and Bukunola Ladele (B.Sc.’15).
Memorial continues to be recognized among the best global post-secondary institutions for the study of a variety of subjects.
It ranks in 20 of the 54 categories assessed as part of the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
The rankings are an objective and independent assessment of a university’s performance. Its methodology includes a number of indicators such as research output; research influence; international collaboration; research quality; and international academic awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers and graduate students will continue to benefit from a unique scientific ocean drilling program thanks to a renewed partnership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The scientists say rapid changes to the global ocean are having significant implications on the health of the planet and society.
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.
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.