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Friday Light Informal Research Talks or FLIRTs are for Grenfell researchers and partners to share their work with others. 

Join us on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. for FLIRT online! Presentations will be conducted via Webex (streamed live to the Grenfell Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/grenfellcampus/). 

FLIRT is supported by the Grenfell Offices of Research and Engagement.

Should you have any questions, or would like to do a presentation you can contact the FLIRT Committee:


Join Us Friday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. for FLIRT - we are pleased to have Geoff Rayner-Canham joining us tomorrow (Friday) at 12:30. You'll be able to join in from Grenfell's Facebook Page, or on Webex

Geoff will be presenting work that he and Marelene Rayner-Canham have done examining the life of Polly Porter. See below for more information:

Title: "The Amazing Career-Path of Polly Porter (1886-1980)"

summary: "Despite being denied grade-school education by her parents, Polly Porter authored an academic book by the age of 21.  After travels to the U.S. and Germany, she was awarded a B.Sc. and later a D.Sc. from Oxford University based on her research, completing her career as an Honorary Research Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.  This presentation will highlight some of her adventures.


Join Us on Friday, Sept 25 at 12:30 p.m. via Webex here or on Facebook Live


Jackie-Ray Bauman is a current graduate student at the Environmental Policy Institute of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Environmental Governance where she developed her interest in resource-dependent communities, sustainable livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation. Her research interests at Grenfell have centered around coastal communities in Newfoundland that have taken an active role in governing marine resources and conserving the health of marine ecosystems. She loves being by the ocean and is passionate about stewardship for the Gulf of St Lawrence. Her favourite part about being in Gros Morne is watching the waves and being able to spot so many different birds, whales, and other marine life. What makes the area the most special is recognizing how connected communities are to the ocean and appreciating how resilient the way of life is here.

captain.jpgRebecca Brushett | Executive Director of Atlantic Healthy Oceans Initiative (AHOI)

Shortly after high school in her hometown of Marystown, NL, Rebecca set her eyes on Halifax, NS to complete her B.Sc in marine biology at Dalhousie University. Now almost 15 years later, she has been awarded a B.Ed in Secondary Education from MUN, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Policy from MUN Grenfell Campus for her work on marine spatial planning for the Gros Morne Region. Throughout this time she also gained years of experience studying Gray Whales, zooplankton and red fish off Vancouver Island, worked at the Ocean Sciences Centre in St. John's to better understand the productive waters of Bonne Bay in Gros Morne, NL, taught as a high school science teacher as far north as St. Anthony and throughout every community of Gros Morne, held a seat at the Oceans Summit during the G7 in Halifax to discuss ways to reduce plastic impacts to our marine environment globally and now, working again in western NL to make the Gros Morne Region plastic waste free. Although her home base is in Norris Point, NL, she also works remotely for the Ecology Action Centre as their Sustainable Fisheries Coordinator to help promote healthy commercial fisheries within the Gulf of St. Lawrence and, as their marine planner for Gros Morne who will be working with the communities to create a sustainable marine plan for the region that looks after the people and the long-term health of our oceans together. In March of 2019, Rebecca created AHOI because she felt there was a gap that not only promotes and builds prosperous coastal communities but also, respects and looks after the health of our coastal and marine ecosystems surrounding the Gros Morne region.


Angie Payne is the Public Outreach Education Officer for the Parks Canada sites in Western Newfoundland and in Labrador.  She has been with the Parks Canada Agency for twenty years and still loves it as much as the first day she showed up at Gros Morne.  Working on the Dark Sky Preserve was an educational and exciting challenge and as Gros Morne National Park moves towards dark sky compliance, she looks forward to the day when the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada announces that the park is the newest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada.


Dr. Svetlana Barkanova is a Professor of Physics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus, which now hosts a new program in Subatomic Physics and Astrophysics supported by one of the largest campus-based telescopes in Canada. An internationally-knowns researcher, she is on a quest to discover and understand the basic laws that govern the universe, such as the nature of Dark Matter, internal structure on the protons and neutrons and fundamental symmetries. Dr. Barkanova is also an award-winning teacher and enthusiastic science promoter leading a novel science outreach program for underrepresented youth in Western Newfoundland, especially girls and Indigenous students.

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