Cross-campus initiatives and conference funding proposals due June 17

The Memorial community is invited to submit proposals for a pair of university funds. The latest application deadline for both the Cross-campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund is Monday, June 17.


Submissions for Terra Nova Innovator Award due June 3

Proposals are being accepted until June 3 for a faculty award that provides critical financial support to early-career researchers. The Terra Nova Innovator Award (TNIA), which is valued at up to $50,000, recognizes emerging faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.



Upcoming presentation on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance grants program

NSERC invites Memorial University researchers to attend a virtual information session on March 20 to learn more about its Alliance grants program.


Deadline extended for research awards

The deadline for submissions for the President’s Award for Outstanding Research (PAOR) and University Research Professor (URP) has been extended to Friday, March 1.


Honouring remarkable researchers

Nominations are being accepted for awards that recognize Memorial’s top researchers. The President’s Award for Outstanding Research (PAOR) and University Research Professor (URP) have been presented since 1984. Nominations are due Jan. 31.



Research Week: get ready to celebrate

Let’s celebrate the innovators, artists, critical thinkers and all those who support Memorial’s leading-edge research activities.

Our sixth annual Research Week celebrations take place Nov. 20-24.



Get involved in #researchweek2023

Get ready to shine the spotlight on research! Our sixth annual Research Week takes place Nov. 20-24.


Join the conversations during Research Week 2023

Save the date and get your ideas together! Memorial’s sixth annual Research Week will take place Nov. 20-24.


Feedback welcome on draft Research Data Management Strategy

Members of the university community are invited to provide input on a pan-university document currently under development. A draft of the institutional Research Data Management Strategy is available online.


Terra Nova Innovator Award proposals due June 16

Proposals are being accepted for a faculty award that provides critical financial support to early-career researchers.

The Terra Nova Innovator Award (TNIA), which is valued at up to $50,000, recognizes emerging faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.


Feedback welcome on draft Institutional Research Data Management Strategy

Members of the university community are invited to provide input on a pan-university document currently under development.


Funding available: Applications due March 17 for pair of funding opportunities

Members of the Memorial community are invited to submit applications to the Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund.




Research Week: Thank you message from Dr. Tana Allen

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped make our fifth annual Research Week a huge success! 


Nominations open for Memorial research awards

Members of the university community are encouraged to submit nominations for the President’s Award for Outstanding Research (PAOR) and University Research Professor (URP).


Stellar scholars: Quartet of researchers elected to Royal Society of Canada’s Class of 2022

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).


Outstanding achievements: Engineering associate deans and alumna inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s associate dean (research), associate dean (graduate studies) and an alumna are the newest fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).


Challenging the status quo: Faculty award for 'game-changing' excellence in equity projects

On Wednesday, May 18, Memorial is hosting an information session regarding the the inaugural Robbins-Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity.


Strong showing: Memorial among top worldwide universities in key subject areas

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.



Transatlantic collaboration: MI signs MOU with Norwegian university's department of marine technology

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed March 21 between the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University and the Department of Marine Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).



'Longer, fuller lives': Trio of graduate researchers receive funding for cancer research breakthroughs

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.


Cultural nuance: Guggenheim Foundation honours sociologist for Ghanaian intimate partner violence research

The Guggenheim Foundation has selected Dr. Eric Tenkorang as a recipient of its Distinguished Scholar Award. He will receive as much as US$90,000 over two years to help further his research into a link he’s uncovered between lineage and intimate partner violence (IPV) in sub-Saharan Africa.


Incredible growth: Memorial earns top spots in annual Research Infosource rankings

Memorial leads all Canadian universities with medical schools when it comes to corporate research income growth over a 20-year period.

Better with age: Science researcher finds fish do not age like mammals and birds

A novel study led by a Memorial University researcher has revealed aging might not be inevitable. The international collaboration links more than 40 years of measurements from individual animals in the wild with state-of-the-art modern scientific techniques.


Quality and impact: $1-million federal investment strengthens Memorial's health research capacity

Two researchers at Memorial are receiving a significant boost for their leading-edge studies. Drs. Daniel Fuller and Benjamin Zendel have been renewed as Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), which are five-year awards for $100,000 each year.


Sustainable solutions: 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).



Got a story? National contest seeks Memorial submissions for best storytellers

Memorial students looking for a challenge are encouraged to enter a unique contest celebrating research communications. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its ninth annual Storytellers challenge.


Op-ed: Dr. Neil Bose -- Research Week highlights Memorial's commitment to making the world a better place

Memorial is a big place. We’re spread out over multiple campuses and buildings. It’s hard to keep up with what’s on the go, even if it’s just happening down the hallway or a click away online. Which is why creating a sense of community is so important in an institution like ours – and why events like Research Week are so valuable.



Remarkable researchers: Nominations due Nov. 30 for institutional research awards

Nominations are being accepted for a pair of institutional awards celebrating remarkable researchers: the President's Award for Outstanding Research and University Research Professorship.


Matchmakers: Program provides MBA students, startups with 'invaluable' experience

With a glance out a window at Signal Hill Campus, Dr. Sid Eskandari says the future for the province’s startup sector is as bright as its iconic view. As founder and CEO of HYKE Technologies Inc., Dr. Eskandari (PhD’18) credits Memorial for helping empower entrepreneurs like him.



Forefront of innovation: Nearly $1-million infrastructure investment big boost for cutting edge research

Five diverse Memorial projects are benefitting from more than $970,000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). On Aug. 11, the CFI announced the latest results of its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), which provides foundational support to Canadian researchers.



'Undeniable passion': Acting director appointed to specialized research centre

A researcher based in the Faculty of Medicine has taken on a new leadership role. Dr. Rick Audas is the new acting academic director for Memorial’s Research Data Centre (RDC), a facility housing in-depth Statistics Canada data.


July 5, 2021, statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from the vice-president (research)

Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), is pleased to provide a new update regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.


'Engine of innovation': Pair of scientists receive $1-million Canada Research Chairs 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.



Point person: A Q&A with graduate student librarian Dr. Natalia Barykina

Meet Dr. Natalia Barykina, Memorial's new graduate studies librarian.



March 30, 2021, statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from the vice-president (research)

Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), has announced for the St. John’s Campus an expansion of access to on-campus research spaces, resumption of more low-risk fieldwork, as well as resumption of low-risk research involving interactions with research participants. Researchers at Grenfell Campus and the Marine Institute Campus should contact their research offices to confirm processes for those campuses.


New statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from vice-president (research)

On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), issued a new statement about a revised and simplified process regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.

High-profile honour: John Lewis Paton award nomination deadline is April 1

Nominations are being accepted for Memorial’s most prestigious institutional award.

The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship is presented to a faculty member who embodies Memorial’s mission, demonstrating exceptional teaching, undertaking world-class research and sharing their knowledge and expertise nationally and internationally.


New statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from vice-president (research)

Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), has issued a new statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.



Research in review 2020: A year of record highs, historic approvals and innovation in a crisis

In spite of living and working through an unprecedented pandemic, Memorial steered through a year of uncertainty, leading the Atlantic region in sponsored research income and seeing the expansion of several key research initiatives.


Clear signals: Collaborative forum to help connect provincial innovation ecosystem

A Memorial initiative aims to bring together Newfoundland and Labrador’s thriving innovation ecosystem to build on recent successes and to set a solid foundation for the future of innovation in the province. The Signal Initiative co-ordinates a group of members of the provincial innovation ecosystem and Memorial for discussion and collaboration, all with the goal of supporting and strengthening innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Adapting to change: Safe, thoughtful and engaging research continues on critical studies

If the pandemic has proven anything, it’s the creativity and resilience of our researchers. As part of Research Week 2020 celebrations, you’ll learn about some of the innovative and practical ways researchers have been able to continue their collaborations and conduct their work.



Record high: External research funding at Memorial hits $130-million mark

For the first time, Memorial’s total research funding has topped more than $130 million.

Proposals welcome: Vice-Presidents Council funds accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for two separate funding opportunities. The deadline for the Vice-Presidents Council Cross-campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund is Oct. 15.


Class of 2020: Award-winning sociologist and geographer elected to Royal Society of Canada

A pair of internationally respected researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is receiving one of Canada’s top honours for emerging scholars.


State-of-the-art support: 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.



Pursuit of knowledge: 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.



Studying the stressors: Nearly $1 million in federal funding to examine correctional officers' mental wellness

Dr. Rose Ricciardelli, an award-winning Memorial researcher, is leading a three-year study to assess changes in mental health and well-being among correctional officers in Canada. Dr. Ricciardelli and her collaborators recently received a total of $989,557 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), securing one of the agency’s Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants.



Finest faculty: Nominations for John Lewis Paton professorship extended to May 1

The deadline for submissions for Memorial's top institutional honour has been extended from April 1 to May 1. 

'Tireless advocate': Scientist recognized for dedication, contributions to genetics research

The newest recipient of an award celebrating research leadership is showing no signs of slowing down — despite retiring last year. Dr. Elizabeth Dicks says she’s “honoured and delighted” to be chosen as the latest recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics.



'People, talent and ideas': 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.


'Effective leadership': Director of innovation and entrepreneurship appointed

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




A sea change: New technology, knowledge and ocean-related research

If the past 10 years have proven anything, it is that Memorial researchers have a strong connection to our world’s ocean. In fact, more than 40 per cent of our research is ocean-related.


Expanding focus: Program will train academics to become next innovators

Memorial is one of three Canadian universities that will offer a pilot program to teach academics how to recognize the commercial potential of their research.



Top communicators: Federally funded contest looking for best student storytellers at Memorial

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


In her element: Memorial University's globally recognized ocean tech reputation attracting young innovators from around the world

Marjan Taghi Boroojerdi has traded the hot dry climate of Tehran for the cold icy waters off North America’s harsh northeast coast.



Power in numbers: Alumni play critical role in raising Memorial's international ranking

Memorial is hoping its nearly 95,000 active alumni living around the world will continue to promote their alma mater in an effort to raise its global profile.


Ocean investment: $8.5 million in federal-provincial funding for Marine Institute expansion at Holyrood

The Fisheries and Marine Institute received a combined $8.5 million federal-provincial investment for the next phase of development at the Holyrood Marine Base.


Field of leaders: Federal investment of nearly $600,000 in high-tech research labs and equipment

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).


Inaugural residency: Leading Indigenous artist helping create new music studies curriculum

The School of Music is welcoming its first Indigenous artist-thinker as part of a new residency program.



One-of-a-kind: 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.




Passionate researchers use 3D printing technology to advance health care

A group of researchers is using cutting-edge technology to provide critical training to health professionals at home and abroad.


Infusion for innovation: Significant federal investment fuels discovery research across disciplines

Research ranging from developing sustainable road pavements for harsh Canadian climates to evolutionary drivers of variation in bat migration are among more than 60 projects receiving roughly $8.8 million from the Government of Canada.


New round: Applications accepted for conference and cross-campus funding

Applications are now being accepted for the following funding opportunities: Cross-Campus Initiatives Fund and the Conference Fund.


Geneticist named an officer of the Order of Canada

An Honorary Research Professor in the Faculty of Medicine has been named an officer of the Order of Canada.


Sudden cardiac death genetic research team lauded by Governor General

A team of researchers are winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards for their groundbreaking discovery that’s saving the lives of those affected by a deadly genetic disease.

The Faculty of Medicine’s Drs. Terry-Lynn Young, Kathy Hodgkinson, Sean Connors and Daryl Pullman are the first recipients from Memorial to receive this prestigious award.



Providing seed money for innovative, ocean-related research projects

While large, multi-year research projects serve as the cornerstone of the Ocean Frontier Institute’s work, a new funding program has been launched that helps smaller marine-based projects, move forward and grow.



Unique contest aims to showcase nationally funded projects

A research team in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation is getting creative in an effort to show the impact of federal funding on their research.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Activity and assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, and his team are taking part in the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) #IAmInnovation Twitter contest.


Nearly $2 million in federal funding for social sciences and humanities research at Memorial

The federal government is investing nearly $2 million into 34 diverse research projects led by Memorial, ranging from employment discrimination to photography in graphic memoirs to wildlife management in Atlantic Canada.  

Applications due Dec. 4 for Terra Nova Young Innovator Award

Young faculty members looking to make an impact with their research are being encouraged to apply for one of Memorial’s prestigious research awards. Applications for the 2017 Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, valued at up to $50,000, are due Monday, Dec. 4.



$4.8 million from Canada Foundation for Innovation 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.



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.


Eureka moment: Verafin: From mining robots to fighting crime

Local tech company Verafin credits Memorial with much of its success since launching 14 years ago.

When three Memorial engineering graduates set out to start a tech company using robotic research completed while still students at Memorial in 2003, they had no idea that they would end up employing the technology they developed for the mining industry to fight money laundering and fraud.


X-ray diffractometers and environmental archaeology

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.


Simulation collaboration combines forces to improve rural health care

Seas are rough and he is thrown overboard. Luckily, the man is rescued from the frigid water, but his life is still in danger.

He requires treatment on board by the ship’s doctor who, due to the remoteness of their location, is the only person available to assist. What steps must the captain and ship’s doctor take together to ensure the safety of the patient?


Nunatsiavummiut media, archives and heritage

Imagine if most of the historical records about your people were originally written in a language other than your mother tongue.

That’s the case for many Inuit in Northern Labrador. Although the Labrador Inuit have a rich oral culture, their written history was mainly documented by Moravian missionaries.


Celebrating Grenfell's 125th with travelling clothing exhibit

Could you outfit your children in winter coats if all you had were six partridges and two gallons of blueberries?


Your personal trail guide: No Wi-Fi or data required

How did two international computer science students, one from South America and one from Asia, get together to start a company to improve hiking experiences in Newfoundland?

Selling solutions: Entrepreneurial work terms go beyond solving problems

Imagine if you were an engineering co-op student embarking on your third or fourth work term. Imagine now that you didn’t have to apply for jobs and do interviews. No prep. No nerves. No uncertainty.

Now imagine that you could take your own idea, start a company and not have to worry about the money to do it.



Ambassador explores research strengths, facilities and partnerships

Thailand’s ambassador to Canada is interested in research at Memorial.

During Vijavat Isarabhakdi’s first official visit to campus on June 28, he met with Drs. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research), pro tempore; Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Dr. Lesley James, assistant professor and Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, to discuss the university’s research strengths and facilities.


Canada Research Chair receives funding for healthy cities initiative

Ever wish your neighbourhood was more user friendly?

Wider sidewalks, more streetlights, healthier food options? These amenities may not only make you happier, they may also make you live longer.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Population Physical Activity, and an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial, is testing this theory as part of a national group that recently received federal funding.




Medical breakthrough: Researcher discovers gene mutation linked to hearing loss in N.L. children

A PhD researcher in the Faculty of Medicine has discovered a gene mutation that is linked to significant hearing loss in young children in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The mutation is in a gene known as CLDN14.

“Although this mutation has been identified in The Netherlands, Iceland and Denmark, this is the first time it has been shown to cause early onset hearing loss,” said Justin Pater, who is completing his degree under the supervision of Dr. Terry-Lynn Young in the Discipline of Genetics.


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.



Most northern employee monitors ice for safe travel

Andrew Arreak is doing his utmost to keep the Inuit community of Pond Inlet safe.

As the local research co-ordinator for SmartICE (Sea-ice Monitoring and Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments), Mr. Arreak is combining traditional ice knowledge with the latest technology in satellite tracking and ice sensing equipment to map ice conditions in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.



Social sciences fundamental to Ocean Frontier Institute success

Protecting marine life, promoting sustainable resource development and addressing issues around climate change aren’t the only things that add up to safe and sustainable ocean development.

Coastal communities are also a fundamental part of the equation that will be addressed by the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI).

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, of Memorial’s Department of Geography, will lead the OFI’s research into sustainable fisheries and oceans, along with a team of colleagues from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. 


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.


Memorial, Nunatsiavut highlight Inuit traditions over four days

It has taken months of planning, but a circle of loyal volunteers and a handful of staff are ready to welcome delegates from around the circumpolar world to the 20th biennial Inuit Studies Conference.

More than 400 Inuit, researchers, artists, community leaders, tradition-bearers and students will participate in the four-day event, which is being hosted by Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government. The conference is taking place Oct. 7-10 on the St. John’s campus.



Exploring maintenance and repair in a tech-dependent society

It’s often hidden — and sometimes even invisible — but most of us can’t live without it.

It’s the high-tech infrastructure we’ve come to depend on to keep our lives running smoothly: from fibre-optic cables to sophisticated laboratory equipment to heating and cooling systems. We’re a society that depends on critical equipment and expensive machinery 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

But what happens when it stops working or needs repairs?

A small group of researchers and community colleagues will explore that topic during a two-day workshop this week called The Ends of Repair.


Sudden passing

A message from President Kachanoski to the Memorial community.

Excitement mounting: 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.



Engineering-led research could have big impact on shipping industry and environment

A research project led by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has the potential to make a significant impact on the worldwide shipping industry while helping protect the environment.

Dr. Heather Peng, associate professor in the Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, has developed a new computer simulation tool that could help transform how large boats operate. It’s all part of a growing area of research called green ship technology.



Unique research partnership on Fogo Island proves productive

Four Memorial researchers recently spent month-long retreats at one of the four corners of the world.

Drs. Mark Stoddart, Sociology; Natalie Slawinski, Business; Maura Hanrahan, Grenfell Campus; and Ursula Kelly, Education are the inaugural recipients of Fogo Island Research Fellowships.

According to the Flat Earth Society, Fogo Island is home to one of the four corners of the Earth.


Erin Mobley represents Memorial at national research event

Master’s student Erin Mobley goes before a panel of expert judges on Monday, May 30, representing Memorial at a national research event.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is hosting its 2016 Storytellers Challenge in Calgary, Alta. Ms. Mobley, a researcher in the Department of Gender Studies, was named a finalist in April, receiving a $3,000 prize and a chance to compete against 24 other finalists at this year’s challenge, which is taking place during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.



Tracking down genes behind highly prevalent deadly disease in N.L.

While diet plays a role in the prevalence of colorectal cancer this province, the high frequency by which Newfoundlanders and Labradorians contract the disease led some researchers at Memorial, including Dr. Patrick Parfrey of the Faculty of Medicine, to believe there’s something bigger at play.


New research chair named for vice-president (research)

A new research chair in Quebec has been named after Memorial’s vice-president (research). The Dr. Richard J. Marceau Chair on Wireless IP Technology for Developing Countries was announced last week by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), a post-secondary engineering school in Montreal.


Teaching children the path from the field to the fork key to better health

A PhD student from the Faculty of Medicine says there needs to be a culture shift in how we understand school food. Emily Doyle is examining the school food system in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a $40,000 research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Memorial-led hearing loss research focus of R&D centre in Central N.L.

A team of researchers—led by Memorial—is setting up shop in Central Newfoundland to study families from this province with genetic forms of hearing loss. Their goal is to try and model hearing defects and develop better algorithms for hearing aids and other devices. If they’re successful, the research could improve the lives of people here at home and around the world.


Banking on brighter futures

A research team in the Faculty of Business and Administration -- led by Dr. Tom Cooper -- is examining the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal entrepreneurs in accessing financing from mainstream banking institutions.


Behind bars: PhD researcher examining effects of prison life post-incarceration

Gritty dramas such as Oz and the binge-worthy documentary Making a Murderer offer glimpses into prison life. What they don't do is accurately portray the true realities—and effects—of life behind bars, says a Memorial researcher.

Grand slam: Four new Canada Research Chairs named

Memorial has hit a proverbial grand slam with the appointment of four professors as Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence. Memorial is now home to a total of 15 CRCs.


ACENET appoints new CEO, strengthens vision for growth

Ann MacKenzie is big on numbers. The newly appointed CEO of ACENET, a consortium of universities in the region offering advanced research computing resources, has a clear vision to grow the 13-year-old organization.



Report into academic misconduct completed

Following the conclusion of litigation against Memorial University in late July, the university has concluded its investigation into alleged academic misconduct by Dr. R.K. Chandra, a retired medical clinical faculty member.


Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters now available

The Fall 2015 issue of Research Matters is now available. To access the online version, click here.


Vice-president (research) appointed to board of governors for the Council of Canadian Academies

Dr. Richard Marceau, Memorial University’s vice-president (research), was formally appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) board of governors today, Tuesday, July 28.


National engineering academy inducts three individuals with ties to Memorial

The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) inducted a number of alumni, faculty members and longtime Memorial University supporters to its membership at its 2015 annual general meeting and symposium in Hamilton, Ont., today, Thursday, June 4.


Memorial University awarded two Canada Research Chair positions

Two Memorial University professors with the Faculty of Medicine have been named Canada Research Chairs. The designation is one of Canada’s highest honours in research excellence.

Research in Focus: fourth installment released

Research in Focus is a four-part video series that recognizes the research aspirations of each of Memorial’s campuses and faculties. The video series aims to unite student, staff, faculty members and university supporters in the collective goal of growing research, as a part of Memorial’s Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-2020.


Research in Focus: Nursing, Pharmacy, Music and Faculty of Business Administration

“Our mission is to provide world-class education, to provide research that is both rigorous and relevant and to engage in ways with the community to increase the social and economic wellbeing of the province,” said Dr. Wilf Zerbe, dean, Faculty of Business Administration.



Dr. Larry Felt named the recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics

A dedicated researcher and faculty member for more than 38 years, Dr. Felt has rigorously applied research ethics methodologies not only to his own research.

Video series recognizes Memorial's ambitious goal of doubling research

The first instalment features Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Fisheries and Marine Institute; Dr. James Rourke, dean, Faculty of Medicine; and Dr. Kirk Anderson, dean, Faculty of Education.



Memorial's science and engineering researchers take home Discovery Grants

Memorial researchers collected a combined total of $976,000, which will further the discoveries of research in fields related to science, engineering and mathematics.  The researchers received 35 Discovery Grants: 25 from the Faculty of Science and eight from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and one each at the Marine Institute and Grenfell Campus.


Integrated approach

Researchers at Memorial University are using unconventional methods to seek answers to their questions, and they’re doing so with the help of the Core Research Equipment and Instrument Training Network (CREAIT).


ACEnet announces 2015 Research Fellowships for students

ACEnet will offer Research Fellowships commencing in 2015.

The program is open to students in any discipline, and the awards are designed to further research projects that utilize advanced computing resources provided by ACEnet/Compute Canada.  

Graduate students are eligible for a $20,000 award over two years and undergraduate students can receive a $4000 award for a four-month period. Graduate students require matching funds from their research supervisor or home institution, while undergrads will need at minimum an additional $2000 of funding. 

The program will be formally launched in October, 2014, with a January 31, 2015 deadline for submissions. 

Click here for more details related to the ACEnet 2014 Research Fellowship Program.

To express interest in the program, please contact



Technical Services sets the bar high, but accurately, with ISO 9001:2008 registration

The ISO 9001:2008 registration, which Technical Services received February 2014, is a globally recognized standard for quality management that delivers on high customer service.

Business student awarded top university prize for research paper

A graduating business student has won Memorial University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Prize in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research essay.


Dr. Richard Marceau celebrates one year as vice-president (research)

Dr. Richard Marceau was joined by his colleagues and friends today to celebrate his one-year anniversary as vice-president (research) of Memorial University.

Dr. Marceau is pictured here with wife, Sheila Jones Marceau. 



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.


Data traffic

The Internet has become the place to watch high-definition television and videos, play games and listen to music. As the reasons to log on become greater every year, so does the number of users and the data traffic.

Galactic reach

Anna O'Grady, a second year joint physics and applied mathematics student will spend the summer researching astronomy at Yale.

Dr. Laurie Twells published in Canadian Medical Association Journal

The School of Pharmacy's Dr. Laurie Twells has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) for her research in obesity rates in Canada.


Genesis Centre graduates environmental monitoring company

EMSAT Corporation recently graduated from Memorial University’s Genesis Centre.
The Genesis Centre is Memorial’s business support network for technology-based ventures that have high growth potential and are seeking business guidance and capital.
EMSAT’s graduation comes as a result of the company’s recent success with its pilot partner, Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). EMSAT completed phase one of a pilot project with AITF in March of 2013 to develop an interface for an integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) monitoring system.
Where history and biology intersect: decoding the source of the 1918 flu epidemic

The groundbreaking research of a Memorial University history professor on the 1918 flu epidemic is highlighted in the most recent online issue of National Geographic magazine.


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.



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.


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.

Should market forces dictate decisions on oil? Vice-president (research) publishes op-ed

Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), Memorial University, and president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, has co-authored an op-ed in the Hill-Times with Dr. Clement W. Bowman, a leading authority on energy, petroleum and the oil sands in Canada.

In it, they assert that market forces should not dictate decisions on major investments in the petroleum industry. Instead, they see an opportunity for Canada to leverage its resources to undertake projects that build the country as a nation, similar in scale to the Canadian Pacific Railways or the St. Lawrence Seaway.


Now seeking ideas and input for Engage Memorial Week, 2014

We're seeking ideas for Engage Memorial 2014!

Engage Memorial is a week of learning about, and celebration of, public engagement collaborations between the Memorial University community and the broader community. Memorial’s Office of Public Engagement is working with individuals and groups throughout the university to plan a week of exciting and informative events; we’re requesting expressions of interest from departments, units and groups who wish to lead an Engage Memorial activity.



Language researcher receives prestigious national award

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie joins four other scholars from Canadian universities who have been awarded prestigious Impact Awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities.

The professor of linguistics and her team were awarded the $50,000 Insight Award at a ceremony held at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, Que., on Tuesday, Oct. 15.


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.


Hormone may protect against development of insulin resistance during weight gain

Farrell Cahill, a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Guang Sun in the Faculty of Medicine, has discovered evidence that may shed new light on how the hormone adiponectin may aid in the attenuation of insulin resistance development during weight gain. The study, titled Short-term Overfeeding Increases Circulating Adiponectin Independent of Obesity Status, was published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE on Aug. 30.

Ethnomusicology scholar recognized by prestigious bi-national organization

Dr. Marion MacLeod, a graduate of the School of Music, has been named Fulbright Scholar.

She recently received her doctorate in Ethnomusicology from Memorial and holds an MA in music history from the University of Ottawa and two degrees from the University of Windsor – one in education and one in piano performance. The Fulbright Scholarship is for one year, but she intends to continue her research at the University of Chicago for two years with additional funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

“Many American vocal genres are defined by their timbre – that is, the colour of their sounds. Timbre is stylistic, but is often seen as a lifestyle marker and is described in socially suggestive terms,” she explains. “My project, entitled Sounding and Resounding Race Through Timbre, will study timbral and ideological nuances in music ranging from mountain music to Motown and examines often contradictory ways they are taught and performed when "covered" by choral ensembles.”

An active and diverse singer, pianist and accordionist in a variety of musical genres, Dr. MacLeod was awarded both a doctoral and post-doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has presented her work for the International Council of Traditional Music, the American Historical Association, the International Association of Popular Music and the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Fulbright Canada is a joint bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange.

Fulbright Scholar Awards enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers, and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or the full academic year. This award can be held at any university, research centre, think tank or government agency. 

Food addiction and the development of human obesity

A new paper from the laboratory of Dr. Guang Sun, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial, shows that food addiction is an important contributing factor in the development of obesity.

“Our findings are the first of their kind in the world,” said Dr. Sun. “We have shown that food addiction is indeed an important contributing factor in the development of obesity. The prevalence of food addiction was 5.4 per cent and increased concomitantly with obesity status defined by either body mass index (BMI) or body fat percentage.”



Honorary research professor publishes new book on offshore structures

Dr. Arisi Swamidas, an honorary research professor with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has teamed up with former colleague, Dr. D.V. Reddy, a professor of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering and director, Center for Marine Structures and Geotechnique at Florida Atlantic University, to publish a book on offshore structures.


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).

Thirty researchers in the Faculties of Arts, Engineering and Applied Science, Medicine and Science and at Grenfell Campus earned a combined $975,000 to support innovative and creative research projects. These range from projects investigating how black holes interact with their environment to fish metabolism under adverse conditions, and from the principles of memory to cryptography. A list of all funded projects is below.



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.

Research funding available for drinking water projects

Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.

The Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open! The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.


League of Extraordinary Researchers lauded

Memorial University has distinguished itself again this year with compelling and creative marketing and communications work. The university was recognized recently with several awards bestowed by an international association of educational institutions, including one for the League of Extraordinary Researchers

The awards were given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)  in its 2013 CASE District I Awards program. 



Researchers study when and where people are active

Researchers from the School of Nursing are looking for volunteers to take part in a research study that focuses on physical activity. It's part of a national study led by Dalhousie University with collaborators from across Canada.

The purpose of the study is to identify where individuals with heart disease are physically active and to find out whether these places differ for men and women. 



Dr. Brian Veitch appointed Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research
Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has a new research chair. Dr. Brian Veitch, a professor of ocean and naval architectural engineering, has been appointed the new Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research.
Next vice-president (research) announced

Dr. Richard Marceau will be the next vice-president (research) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The appointment was announced today by Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial’s president. Dr. Marceau will succeed Dr. Christopher Loomis. The appointment was approved by Memorial’s Board of Regents and is effective June 1, 2013.

Dr. Marceau comes to Memorial from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), where he currently serves as provost and vice-president (academic). In that role he directed UOIT’s explosive growth since 2005 from 1,800 to 9,200 students, from 60 to 170 faculty members, a doubling of undergraduate and graduate programs and a significant increase in research and design chairs (from one to 14).




New award to recognize excellence in teaching and learning, research and public engagement
The John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship was unveiled at a special event at Memorial’s St. John’s campus on Dec. 13. This award, named after the founding president of Memorial University College, recognizes those who distinguish themselves across the continuum of teaching and learning, research and public engagement.


Memorial receives more than $825,000 to attract and retain top researchers
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.