Grenfell in the Community

Let’s Talk Science volunteer Jasmine Pinksen demonstrating solutions density to children by adding different components and then adding grapes to see if they sank or floated; photo by D. Walsh
Let’s Talk Science volunteer Jasmine Pinksen demonstrating solutions density to children by adding different components and then adding grapes to see if they sank or floated; photo by D. Walsh

Grenfell Campus and Let’s Talk Science (LTS) partnered for the yearly Challenge that brings students from schools around the Western Newfoundland area into the university campus to exercise their curiosity.

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Awards Received by Grenfell Researchers – a News Update

Grenfell Campus Research News Update

Dr. Roselyne Okech Receives Female Researchers Award

Dr. Roselyne Okech has received the Female Researchers Award at the 16th Annual Scientific Conference of Montenegrin Sports Academy “Sport, Physical Activity and Health: Contemporary Perspectives.” Held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the conference had 222 delegates, including 72 women, from 42 Countries. Dr. Okech presented a paper entitled Sustainable Sport Hunting Tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador: Focus on the Moose.

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Paper Investigating Effects of Soil Nitrogen on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Published in Nature.com Journal

Peatlands and Climate Change Field Work; Submitted by Dr. Jianghua Wu
Field work; Submitted by Dr. Jianghua Wu

A paper by a Grenfell researcher regarding the effects of soil nitrogen on peatland greenhouse gas emissions has caught the attention of Communications Biology, a Nature.com satellite journal, which publishes papers that “represent significant advances bringing new biological insight to a specialized area of research”, and has been published online.

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Grenfell Graduate Students Making an Impact

Grenfell Campus, Environmental Policy Students at Memorial University Signal Hill Campus in St. John's.
Picture of MAEP students at Signal Hill Campus from Left to right: Tithy Dev, Katherina Wiese, Natasha Pennell, Hailey Morning, Roshayne Mendis, Uwamahoro Clarisse, Rachel Tooby, Naznin Sultana, Victoria Gallagher, Mayra Sanchez, Lukas Bosch, and Jenn Adams; Photo by Lukas Bosch

Grenfell graduate students welcomed Spring by presenting their research in St. John’s during the MAEP Policy Competition, an initiative of the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy program (MAEP), and at the annual Aldrich Conference.

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6-minute insight: Episode IV, Susan Jennings (Video)

This episode interviews Susan Jennings, a stage manager at Grenfell Campus. Susan is tasked with binding together information from directors, actors, and technical theatre personnel so that plays can run smoothly. This information can also be archived for future productions.

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ORCID: A Researchers’ Social Media Platform

ORCID Example Researcher Page
Overview of sample ORCID researcher page; http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5727-2427

Researchers from all over the globe rely on search engines and periodicals when people try to find their work. Often a researcher’s content is spread out over the internet, making it hard to locate as a result. There is an increasing need for researchers to have a one-stop portfolio, with more people becoming published authors and literary works growing in number every day.

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Police Interviews: Children, Seniors, and Psychology (Podcast)

In this new INSIGHT-BLOG podcast we hear from Dr. Kelly Warren, a professor of Psychology at Grenfell Campus. Dr. Warren studies the connections between psychology and law; particularly best practices police can use when interviewing children and seniors who may have witnessed crimes. We also discuss the ethics around such research, connections to the new Aging Research Centre on campus, and effective research methodology.

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Dynamic Connections, Dynamic Materials, and the Making of a Makerspace

Picture of laser-cut rigid heddle backstrap loom used in a Fine Arts fiber-arts class, for demonstration and practice, and to stimulate conversation around innovation; Photo by Maria Kilfoil
Picture of laser-cut rigid heddle backstrap loom used in a Fine Arts fiber-arts class, for demonstration and practice, and to stimulate conversation around innovation; Photo by Maria Kilfoil

Creating mechanical parts and experimenting with complex materials was once the realm of industrial-scale business. But methods for the production of parts and the modification of materials are now cheaper and easier to use, at both benchtop and prototyping scales. Inventions like 3D printers and laser cutters mean that even small-scale businesses and academic centres now have the ability to fabricate intricate and durable objects.

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Silence and Stories: Labour, Marijuana, and Rural British Columbia

Rural British Columbia; Photo by Dr. John Bodner
Rural British Columbia; Photo by Dr. John Bodner

Most studies of the marijuana industry prior to legalization examined the consumer side of the sector. Dr. John Bodner, a Professor of Folklore at Grenfell Campus, was interested in learning more about the labour, lives, and livelihoods of those who illegally produce it. To do so he travelled to rural British Columbia (BC) where the production of illegal marijuana serves as a major part of the underground economies of many small communities.

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Chasing the Gray-cheeked Thrush

A Gray-cheeked Thrush; Photo by Darroch Whitaker
A Gray-cheeked Thrush; Photo by Darroch Whitaker

The Newfoundland Gray-cheeked Thrush is a songbird found breeding across the island, part of the broader breeding range of the Gray-cheeked Thrush which extends across North America along the northern fringes of the boreal forest, and even into Siberia. These island birds have a story which stretches from Gros Morne National Park all the way to Sierra de Perijá National Park in Venezuela, where some spend the winter near the border with Columbia. But their story has not been so happy since the 1980’s, when thrush numbers began to decline on the island – unlike their mainland cousins who seem to be doing okay. Dr. Ian Warkentin, a Grenfell Campus environmental scientist, is working with collaborators, such as Gros Morne National Park’s Dr. Darroch Whitaker, to try and find out why their numbers have dropped.

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