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President's Award for Outstanding Research

The President's Award for Outstanding Research recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines. Each award includes a $5,000 research grant.

Dr. Joan Crane, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Joan Crane graduated from Memorial's Faculty of Medicine in 1989 and in 1994 completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology through Memorial and Dalhousie University. She went on to complete a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Dalhousie in 1996 and a M.Sc. in community health and epidemiology in 1998. Dr. Crane is an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Memorial's Faculty of Medicine, practicing maternal fetal medicine with a cross-appointment in clinical epidemiology. Her research interests include induction of labour, preterm birth prediction and prevention and the use of randomized clinical trials. She has over 80 peer reviewed publications and abstracts, and has received national and international awards from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. One of her co-workers praised Dr. Crane's "outstanding" contribution to research. "Dr. Crane has managed to carry out a very large amount of research, generate grants, and teach critical appraisal and research methods, while at the same time being an excellent clinician."

Barbara Hunt, Visual Arts

Barbara Hunt studied art at the University of Manitoba, receiving a visual art diploma with a thesis in printmaking in 1982. She established herself as a practicing artist in Winnipeg in the 1980s. She then studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, in Vancouver in the early 1990s, and in 1994 received an MFA degree from Concordia University with a concentration in sculpture, ceramics and fibres. There are close ties between Newfoundland and Ireland and, as a descendent of Irish pioneers, she was taught the textile skills expected of women. Living in Newfoundland with its rich tradition of textile practices has inspired her to focus on these practices and materials in her art and research. "Using textiles allows me to express my interest in the routines of everyday domesticity, the cycles of life and death, and the rituals of mourning," explained Ms. Hunt. "In my art practice I attempt to mend separation and to reveal and recuperate the 'feminine' which historically has been discredited. By giving value to the humble and the hand-made, I hope to recuperate lost histories and encourage the reconsideration of traditional rituals within a contemporary context."

Ms. Hunt has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Arts Councils of Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec. She has carried out research in residencies in Canada, Paris and Ireland. She currently teaches sculpture and drawing at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

Dr. Brian Veitch, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Brian Veitch joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in July 1998 as the Terra Nova Project Junior Chair. His goal was to generate new research activity relevant to the offshore petroleum sector, under the broad mantle of ocean environmental risk engineering. In his six years at Memorial, he has developed multidisciplinary research programs that encompass both risks to the ocean environment due to petroleum industry operations, and risks to personnel and installation safety posed by the ocean environment. Dr. Veitch has partnered successfully on many major projects with a wide network of other researchers in the university and beyond. It is the collaborative atmosphere generated by his colleagues and students that he says fosters innovation and provides an exciting, supportive learning environment.