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Memorial University of Newfoundland

As Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university, Memorial has a special obligation to the people of this province. Established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives on active service during the First and Second World Wars, Memorial University draws inspiration from these shattering sacrifices of the past as we help to build a better future for our province, our country and our world.

We are a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary, public, teaching/research university committed to excellence in everything we do. We strive to have national and global impact, while fulfilling our social mandate to provide access to university education for the people of the province and to contribute to the social, cultural, scientific and economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

The Memorial experience goes beyond academics; it invites a discovery of self, community and place. At Memorial, we celebrate our unique identity through the stories of our people – the work of scholars and educators, the ingenuity of students, the achievements of alumni – and the impact we collectively make in the province, the country and the world. Memorial is the natural place where people and ideas become.

Memorial University has more than 18,500 students and 5,200 faculty and staff spread across four campuses and nearly 85,000 alumni active throughout the world. From local endeavors to research projects of national concern, Memorial’s impact is felt far and wide.

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Cannabis use negatively affects performance on driving-related cognitive tasks. (Shutterstock)

Cannabis-impaired driving: Here’s what we know about the risks of weed behind the wheel

Cannabis use doubles the risk of a fatal or serious-injury car crash, but some people believe it’s safer than alcohol-impaired driving. Here’s what you need to know about cannabis behind the wheel.
Lights from police vehicles illuminate Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., in the evening following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Why it’s grim, but unsurprising, that the U.S. Capitol attack looked like it was out of a ‘zombie movie’

The popularity of zombie apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narratives has emerged from some of the same economic and cultural currents that gave rise to Trump’s presidency.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address talking up his latest passion – creating a virtual reality “metaverse” for business, entertainment and meaningful social interactions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Facebook’s rebranding is anything but ‘meta’

To be meta about Meta would involve reflecting upon the fact that Facebook is a company that designs technology around people.
The consensus-based nature of the UN climate change summits means any single country with a significant fossil fuel interest can either weaken or sink an otherwise stronger multilateral agreement. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Climate change denial 2.0 was on full display at COP26, but there was also pushback

The recent climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, shows that climate change deniers have shifted their tactics to thwart the efforts of countries to phase out fossil fuel use.
Older adults can experience negative health effects due to social isolation. (Shutterstock)

Online arts programming improves quality of life for isolated seniors

Social isolation in older adults can contribute to negative health outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, but an arts-based program can alleviate some of the loneliness.
Scientist Michelle Murphy says we should ‘value wastelands …and injured life.’ Here, collected plastic from the shoreline of Hamilton, Ontario is sorted by colour. Jasmin Sessler/Unsplash

Why pollution is as much about colonialism as chemicals — Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 11

In this episode, two Indigenous scientists running collaborative labs to address our climate crisis offer some ideas for environmental justice, including a redefinition of pollution.
In this episode, two Indigenous scientists offer a different theory of pollution — one that includes colonialism at its root. This understanding may help us make a better future. Here, logging activities in Australia. Matt Palmer/Unsplash

Why pollution is as much about colonialism as chemicals — Don’t Call Me Resilient transcript EP 11

Colonialism is manifested by the way pollution impacts the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Two Indigenous environmental scientists discuss how they’ve overcome obstacles in their research.
Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau durant son discours de la victoire, dans la nuit du 20 septembre, à Montréal. Il est entouré de sa femme, Sophie Grégoire, et de ses deux enfants, Xavier et Ella-Grace. La Presse canadienne/Sean Kilpatrick

Pourquoi les Canadiens profitent – en général – des gouvernements minoritaires

Le Canada a élu un autre gouvernement libéral minoritaire. Voici un aperçu des avantages et des inconvénients des gouvernements minoritaires canadiens au fil des ans.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets commuters at a Montréal Metro station the day after the federal election that saw him win re-election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Why minority governments have been good — and sometimes bad — for Canada

Canada has elected another Liberal minority government. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of Canadian minority governments over the years.
While Canadian universities are paying more attention to anti-racism and equity, more must be done to incorporate those values into the education students receive. (Shutterstock)

In times of racial injustice, university education should not be ‘neutral’

Universities can ensure students in all disciplines are learning how to contribute to a world that they and future generations want to live in.
Play will be essential to give children space to work out anxieties, and will also provide many other social and cognitive benefits. (Shutterstock)

This back-to-school during COVID-19, bolster children’s mental and emotional well-being through play

Communicating clearly with children and providing space for them to play will be vital during back-to-school and beyond as children manage stressors associated with COVID-19.
Justin Trudeau boards his campaign plane in Toronto on Aug. 17. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Rhetoric Check: Historically, how important is the 2021 Canadian election?

Is Justin Trudeau correct about the importance of this election? Nobody has a crystal ball to foresee what the government will do in the future. But it’s certainly important to Trudeau’s legacy.
Research shows women job-seekers are turned off by job postings that use the type of language that appeals more to men. (Piqsels)

How to avoid gender bias in job postings

The language in job postings may be hampering the efforts of organizations in male-dominated industries to create more gender-diverse workforces.
Instead of returning to the northern research status quo, researchers should make community health and well-being the top priority. Above: Nain, Nunatsiavut. Christina Goldhar

‘Return to normal’ travel and research may bring hazards to northern, Indigenous communities

Summer 2021 is too soon for southern-based researchers and travellers to return to northern, Indigenous communities in the wake of COVID-19, for research fieldwork or leisure.
The principles of diversity, equity and inclusivity are important, and taking action so that Canadian politics are not dominated by one segment of society is necessary to democratize our institutions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Make way! Creating space for change in Canadian politics

If we are to transform the culture of Canadian political institutions, we must take immediate, deliberate and intentional action by engaging more women, BIPOC and marginalized people.

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