An interdisciplinary approach for the Future of Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures.

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Dr. Paul Foley: Photo by Grenfell Campus

This week’s Insight-blog article is a celebration, not only for Dr. Paul Foley, but also a commemoration of World Oceans Day, which was this past Monday, June 8.

2019 Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Research Award recipient, Dr. Paul Foley (Environmental Policy Institute), is a distinguished scholar with publications in journals such as Marine Policy, New Political Economy, and Fish and Fisheries. Dr. Foley has extensively worked, not only on research, but also with students in the Environmental Policy Institute, the Environment and Sustainability Program, and the School of Fisheries at the Fisheries and Marine Institute. The accolade is awarded every year to one faculty member through a nomination process by their colleagues.

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From the Archive: INSIGHT-FELL Newsletter, November 2018.

From the Archive
This edition of the INSIGHT-FELL Newsletter was originally published in November 2018. The most recent edition of the Newsletter (November 2019) can be found here. You can also subscribe to get email updates by emailing us at research@grenfell.mun.ca and stating you would like to subscribe.

November 2018

Welcome to INSIGHT-FELL, an online research newsletter that highlights the exciting, dynamic, and multi-disciplinary research of Grenfell Campus’s students, staff, and faculty. An initiative of the Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies’ office, the newsletter focuses on our individual and group research projects and provides opportunities to share information and connect with each other. Please find links to the content of this INSIGHT-FELL issue below, which covers research from winter and summer 2018.

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NSERC Discovery Grant: A Paradigm of Illumination and Communication

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Dr. Telex Magloire N. Ngatched; Photo submitted by Dr. Ngatched.

 

Wireless communication has grown exponentially in the last couple of  years. Research and technology have worked hand-in-hand to accommodate data traffic needs and are currently using 4G networks. Due to the projected demand for bandwidth-intensive media and devices, industry and academia will continue their efforts to ensure that technology keeps up with the projected need for more powerful communication networks.

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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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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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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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Happy Holidays from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies! (Podcast)

In this special holidays podcast we talk with Dr. Kelly Vodden and Ken Carter, of the Grenfell Office of Research and Graduate Studies and Office of Engagement, about the various roles the offices play both on, and off, campus. We discuss some of the research projects which are being coordinated by these offices; from work with Indigenous organizations, and work to build links with industry and government agencies like the CFS, to the new Aging Research Centre and partnerships that help local regions thrive. We also chat about the exciting new MFA program at Grenfell and how graduate studies is growing on campus.

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