September 28, 2012 – In the academic sector, summer is the time where many professors step out of the classroom and into their research. For three faculty members at First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) summer 2012 proved to be busy and rewarding.
Dr. Olga Lovick received grants for four separate language studies: a study Upper Tanana Athabascan stories; the development of an Alaskan Athabascan grammar database; an audio/video conversational analysis of Dëne S??iné; and developing a museum-quality exhibit of Last Tetlin culture for the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Lovick is an Associate Professor at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv). Born and raised in Germany, she has worked with Athabascan groups in the US and Canada since 2003.
The Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network received a grant of $1.5 million over five years to establish its proposed Aboriginal HIV and AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre. FNUniv’s own Kim McKay-McNabb, M.A., is a co-investigator on the grant that is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Ms. McKay-McNabb is originally from the Sakimay First Nation.
Dr. Lesley McBain was awarded the 2012 Vera Roberts award of $8,000 by the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN) to further her historical research project, “Nursing in Northern Company Health Care Facilities”. Dr. McBain is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies with FNUniv. This fall Dr. McBain will take up a position as a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Lynn Wells, Vice President Academic for FNUniv, extended congratulations to the faculty members of their achievements.
“This is a demonstration of the ever-increasing bench strength we have here at FNUniv. More and more, our university is host to world-class researchers receiving funding and distinctions for projects of international significance. Olga, Kim, Lesley and all of the other faculty members who are achieving great things are not only bringing honour and distinction to themselves but to our whole university as well. We are proud to have them as members of our FNUniv family,” said Wells.
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