Friday, April 7


Friday, April 7, 2017
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Rocket Room (Upstairs at Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street)

FREE admission

Watch Memorial PhD students present their research in six minutes! In 
partnership with CBC Radio and the School of Graduate Studies


Through a partnership with the School of Graduate Studies and CBC Radio, 8 Memorial PhD students will present their research at this live event.


Vashti Campbell
Faculty of Medicine, Division of Community Health & Humanities


Cultural narratives in psychiatry: Barriers to mental health for communities of colour in Canada
Vashti’s research examines systemic, institutionalized racism in mental health care settings. She explores the effects of transcultural frameworks, institutional policies, and diagnostic texts on psychiatric praxis from the perspectives of mental health care providers and patients. Vashti is conducting an environmental scan of existing policies related to transcultural mental health care, comparing policies and diagnostic methods with evidence-based recommendations, and examining personal narratives of patients and care-providers related to quality of cultural care. Her research contributes to understanding how health care policies and organizational culture affect patient experiences. Nationally, policy discourse related to human and health care rights will be advanced.


Marc Gruell
Faculty of Science, Department of Biology


Bacterial genetics: Using knowledge about bacterial molecules to our advantage
Marc will present his research on bacterial genetics. He is specifically focusing on an essential molecule called Ribonucleic acid, or short RNA, which help regulate proteins. His research concentrates on RNAs that are made by a marine bacterium called Rhodobacter capsulatus by using the latest techniques in molecular biology to find out what these molecules do and how they affect this organism’s functions.


Amanda Hancock
Faculty of Business Administration, PhD in Management


When the same leadership behaviours affect employees in different ways
Leadership style can affect costly employee behaviours such as sick leave, quitting, and presenteeism. Presenteeism describes an employee who is physically present at work, but not performing to their full capacity because they are mentally or physically unwell. While some employees may need a motivational push from their manager or supervisor to work a little harder, there are other employees who could benefit from more rest and recovery. Amanda’s research explores factors that could help leaders move towards a balance of healthy workplace for employees who are either thriving in their jobs, or vulnerable in some way.


Brendan Harvey
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science


The development of an acoustic-based collision avoidance system for unmanned aerial vehicles
Brendan’s presentation provides a summary of research efforts currently underway to develop an acoustic-based collision avoidance system to facilitate the safe operation of unmanned aerial vehicles in uncontrolled civilian airspace. He will give a brief description of the proposed technology, along with the advantages compared to other more conventional and obvious methods. An account of the experiments currently conducted, results obtained, and overall state of system development will also be provided.


Opeyemi Jaunty-Aidamenbor
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary PhD


Socio-economic effects of preferential immigration among skilled workers
Immigration is known to facilitate economic growth and an increasing number of countries and regional governments are implementing measures to facilitate the attraction and retention of skilled immigrants. Newfoundland and Labrador has a demographic future that suggests a huge need to augment its workforce. At the same time, it has witnessed setbacks in attracting and retaining skilled immigrants. Opeyemi will explore what the province stands to benefit from skilled immigration, and what factors must be addressed to enhance attraction and retention of skilled immigrants.


Katherine Morton
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Sociology


Analyzing the buildings of residential schools and what social meaning they hold
Katherine is looking at the physical structures of residential schools and the ways in which they continue to hold power and meaning. In this new era post truth and reconciliation commission, she examines how these crumbling buildings are still significant in the Canadian landscape.


Emma Quinlan
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Sciences


Reverse engineering AID: An important immune system enzyme
In this presentation, Emma talks about the research her team performs in Dr. Larijani’s Lab at Memorial University. They study activation induced cytidine deaminase (AID), an enzyme that prepares our immune system to fight the millions of different foreign invaders we encounter each and every day. In their lab, they are able to manufacture AID from different animals in order to study its evolution. They also study its physical characteristics in order to better understand this important enzyme.


Mingxi Zhou
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Ocean & Naval Architecture


Mapping the underside of icebergs using an autonomous underwater vehicle
A two-meter long, torpedo shaped underwater robot has been modified to map the underside of icebergs autonomously. In this presentation, Mingxi will briefly talk about the motivation behind the project, summarize the recent development and field trials, and talk about the next stage of the project.