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Ph.D. Positions in the NRPOP Laboratory at Memorial University, Canada


Dr. Rune Storesund, appointed as the Adjunct Professor of Memorial University

Congratulations to Dr. Rune Storesund for being appointed as the Adjunct Professor of Memorial University!
Dr. Storesund is the Executive Director of University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and a Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He is also the CEO/President of Storesund Consulting; CEO/President of Storesund Construction, Inc.; and CEO/President of NextGen Mapping, Inc. Dr. Storesund has 20 years of planning, design, engineering, and construction experience in all aspects of civil, geotechnical, water resources, ecological, restoration, and sustainability projects. He has over 15 years of forensic consultation/expert witness experience on over $1 billion in litigation claims. Additionally, he serves as an Independent Technical Peer Reviewer for Battelle Corporation, having peer-reviewed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in excess of $5 billion, including flood protection, coastal storm surge, and ecosystem restoration projects.

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Dr. Bing Chen inducted as Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada

Dr. Bing Chen, professor and head of the Department of Civil Engineering, has been inducted as Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

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LEADERS & PEOPLE 2020 Virtual Symposium has been held successfully on August 31-September 1, 2020.

LEADERS & PEOPLE 2020 Virtual Symposium was successfully held on August 31-September 1. We proudly hosted 2 keynote speeches, 39 technical presentations by young researchers and students from 14 institutions, and 4 roundtable discussion sessions with over 120 registered participants from academia, industry, government and communities within Canada and beyond!
We are very grateful to thank all the participants for attending the LEADERS & PEOPLE 2020 Virtual Symposium! Thanks to our keynote speakers, roundtable facilitators, student presenters, symposium attendees, and volunteers. Your presence and support make this event a great success!

Dr. Bing Chen receives national recognition as a fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)

Dr. Bing Chen, professor and head of the Department of Civil Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).

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PEOPLE Network Workshop Series: Indigenous Engagement in Research has been Successfully Held

PEOPLE Network Workshop Series: Indigenous Engagement in Research has been held successfully on June 8, 2020. Indigenous engagement is a highly important component of research in the PEOPLE Network, and this was a fantastic opportunity to learn about Indigenous engagement and how we can integrate Indigenous knowledge into our research projects. We would like to say thank you to everyone for a great workshop, and an especially big thank you to Mr. Dale Booth and Innovation7 for putting together a great session for us.
We have plans to continue this workshop series as part of our PEOPLE Network. If you have any ideas or topics you would be interested in having addressed in future sessions, please do not hesitate to send us an email at nrpop@mun.ca or peoplenetwork@mun.ca.

The open-access journal Toxics is announcing a new Special Issue entitled "Persistent, Emerging, and Oil Pollutants in Marine Ecosystem and Human Health Risks”

We are pleased to let you know that the open-access journal Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304) is announcing the launch of a new Special Issue entitled "Persistent, Emerging, and Oil Pollutants in Marine Ecosystem and Human Health Risks." Dr. Atanu Sarkar (KS lead on impact evaluation for seafood safety, human health, and coastal communities) will serve as The Guest Editor for this issue. Please see the link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/toxics/special_issues/PEOPs_Marine.
The focused areas are ecotoxicological, occupational, immunologic, epigenetic, metabolic, clinical, epidemiological, public health effects, as well as environmental policy perspectives. Authors are invited and welcome to submit original research papers, reviews, and short communications.
If you have any question on submission and topic, please contact directly to Dr. Atanu Sarkar (atanu.sarkar@med.mun.ca).

[DFO News Release] Government of Canada invests more than $7.3 million in research on oil spill response measures and the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program in Newfoundland and Labrador [More information]


Announcement of NSERC CREATE program in Persistent, Emerging, and Oil PoLlution in cold marine Environments (PEOPLE CREATE)

We are pleased to apprise you that our NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience  program in Persistent, Emerging, and Oil PoLlution in cold marine Environments (PEOPLE CREATE) has been officially announced. Acknowledge NSERC for the support to our PEOPLE Network, which will promote the collaborative consortium with world-class expertise and facilities for leading-edge research on the emerging environmental problems caused by PEOPs, as well as the cross-disciplinary education and training for the next generation of highly qualified personnel and professionals that will make important contributions to the relevant fields for Canada and the world. The NSERC CREATE grant will also support the PEOPLE network events, that include the upcoming PEOPLE Symposium and Workshop, which will be held on Oct. 17-18, 2019 in St. John’s, NL, Canada. They will be key occasions for the Network researchers and trainees to share their research, connect with worldwide scholars, advisors, collaborators, and partners, and engage with the communities.  [More information]

NRPOP Lab

The Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control (NRPOP) Laboratory is founded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Industrial Research and Innovation Funds (IRIF) of Newfoundland and Labrador Government. The lab is equipped with a multi-scale experimental system which can be used to support model development through simulating the transport processes of POPs and their degradation products, testing the effects of pollution control and remediation practices, and gathering data for driving and validating models.

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Team members

The research team comprises academic researchers and their graduate students who are all highly educated and professionally trained, as well as scientists and engineers from governmental and industrial partners

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Welcome to the NRPOP Laboratory website

The Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control (NRPOP) Laboratory is founded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Industrial Research and Innovation Funds (IRIF) of Newfoundland and Labrador Government. With a strong commitment to northern regions, this first-class laboratory aims to conduct integrated modeling and experimental research on the development of innovative investigation, simulation, control and remediation technologies that are applicable to mitigate the contamination caused by persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs are synthetic organic compounds which are non-degradable, persistent in the environment and intensively carcinogenic and toxic to human beings as well as wild lives. Although most POPs have been banned for decades, they still exist as long term hazards due to their persistence and ability of long-range transportation. The research will not only enhance the understanding of the pollution mechanisms but also help governments and industries improve their practices for mitigation of the POPs-related pollution problems, leading to short-/long-term environmental, economic and social benefits.

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