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National award for nursing professor

Dr. Lan Gien, School of Nursing, received the prestigious Centennial Award from the Canadian Nurses Association, presented at a ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 26. The event was part of the association’s year-long program of activities created to mark its 100th anniversary.

The Centennial Awards were created to honour exceptional registered nurses whose work has had a positive impact on nursing and on the lives and health of Canadians. Recipients were nominated for the one-time-only award by their peers in recognition of their contributions to the profession, the workplace and the health system.

During her 30-year career with the School of Nursing, Dr. Gien has made a significant contribution in advancing excellence in international health and research. She has been the director or co-director of teams that procured over nine million dollars in research grants for projects in Canada and abroad.

Her research is targeted towards community issues, such as reducing poverty, controlling HIV/AIDS, helping ethnic women access information on pre-post natal care and breastfeeding, training primary health-care workers and understanding how resource depletion affects communities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Finland and Vietnam.

Dr. Lien has also conducted research to identify the needs of multicultural women and developed a cross cultural resource kit for ethnic women experiencing abusive relationships in Canada. She has authored over 115 scientific communications including 20 books or book chapters.

Prof donates prize to community group

A well-known community group is able to ensure families have food on their tables this holiday season thanks to the efforts of a Memorial professor.

Dr. Wade Locke, who teaches in the Department of Economics, today donated a cheque for $1,000 to the Community Food Sharing Association.

Dr. Locke received this year’s President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service at a ceremony in November.

The honour includes a $1,000 award which Dr. Locke donated to the association.

He said the group was an “obvious choice,” when he decided to pass the money onto a worthy organization.

Dr. Locke presented a cheque to Eg Walters, general manager of the association.

He said he wanted to try and help families who need a helping hand and “to show some Christmas concern and spirit for people who are less well off.”

Collaborative research culminates in major award for profs

More than 30 publications and presentations on whaling history over 20 years have resulted in a lifetime achievement award for two members of the Memorial community.

Dr. Chesley Sanger, a professor emeritus from the Department of Geography, and Dr. Anthony Dickinson, a professor of biology and executive director of the International Centre, were recently honoured for their collaborative research into 20th century whaling, a significant component of global maritime trade and employment, including for this province.

The pair received the 24th annual L. Byrne Waterman Award at the 33rd annual Whaling History Symposium of the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass.

Both have completed extensive research into whaling history individually and as a team.

Most recently, their book Twentieth-Century Shore-Station Whaling in Newfoundland and Labrador (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005) garnered stellar reviews, including the 2006 Keith Matthews Award presented by the Canadian Nautical Research Society for the best book published in 2005 on a Canadian maritime history topic.

The L. Byrne Waterman Award was established in 1983, and is presented at the Whaling Museum’s annual Whaling History Symposium each October in recognition of outstanding contributions to the study of whaling.