Dr. Jennifer A. Wadsworth (1992)

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Photograph (right) taken in 1992 shows how Jennifer spent her O’Brien Foundation Fellowship doing field work in the Spanish Pyrenees, with her faithful dog Gamma as her field asssitant.

Dr. Jennifer Wadsworth has been a geologist for over 25 years, with experience both in industry and academia. She currently works as a petroleum geologist for BP America, based in Houston. Prior to that, she worked at Woodside Energy, Baker Hughes, the University of Newcastle (in Australia), and at Imperial Oil (Calgary). She obtained her PhD (Liverpool), MSc (McMaster) and BSc (Western) in Geology, and also did a post-doc at the University of Western Ontario. Jennifer was born in Moncton, New Brunswick but grew up in Campbellton. Her first introduction to geology was a grade-three field trip to look at Devonian fish fossils at the world-famous Miguasha National Park in Gaspe; from that moment she was hooked and continues to search the world for geological marvels and puzzles. Her contributions include a number of published papers focused on proxy methods for understanding global sea level changes over geological time; she has also served as President of the WA Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia from 2010-2012. She is deeply grateful for her 1992 O’Brien Scholarship which provided critical funding for the final stages of her PhD fieldwork on sea level changes and their effects on Eocene deltas in the Spanish Pyrenees. Jennifer is married and has two sons.

David N. Rogers (1982)

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David N. Rogers has both unique and unusual skills. His training in the practice of law includes a Master’s Ticket, LL.M in Admiralty and extensive Trial experience over a 30 year period.

David was educated in public schools in Saint John, New Brunswick and graduated from Saint John High School in 1975. Thereafter, he received training in the Aristotle/St. Thomas Aquinas School of Thought from the Jesuits at St. Mary's University graduating on the Dean's List in 1979. He then entered the University of New Brunswick Law School where he continued to enjoy academic success. David won the Harrison Shield in 1982 and graduated the same year. Fortunately, he received the O'Brien Foundation Fellowship, the MacKenzie King Travelling Scholarship and the Tulane Faculty of Law Entrance Scholarship. These Scholarships allowed him to attend Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and earn an LLM in Admiralty, with distinction, in 1983.

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Dr. Albert D. Fraser (1976)

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Albert D. Fraser was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and received his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Boston University, USA in 1976. He was a post-doctoral fellow in Clinical Biochemistry at the Banting Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto from 1976-78 and was funded by an O’Brien Foundation Fellowship.

Dr. Fraser received professional certification from the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (Toxicological Chemistry) and the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (Forensic Toxicology). He was trained as a laboratory inspector for the US National Institute on Drug Abuse drug testing certification programme (now administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA).

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Dr. Sarah McCleave (1992)

obrien-19-01-2015Sarah McCleave completed a PhD dissertation in musicology at King’s College London in 1993. Her final year of study was funded in part by the O’Brien Foundation. McCleave is the current Director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at Queen's University Belfast. In 2010, she was appointed a co-editor of the Society for Theatre Research's journal, Theatre Notebook.   She continues to develop her interests in theatrical dance of the long eighteenth century through published work which calls on disciplines as varied as source studies, reception history, textual criticism, musical analysis, and gender studies.  In 2013, University of Rochester Press published her twice-AHRB funded monograph, Dance in Handel’s London. In October 2012 she appeared as an invited speaker for the project 'Les Arts Vivants au prisme du genre' (Paris), and was a keynote speaker for 'Plays, Places, and Participants,' at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim, November 2013.  She is also a New Grove contributor, and has published in Dance Research, Music and Letters, The Consort, the Göttinger Handel-Beiträge, and the Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia; her work has also appeared in anthologies issued by the University of Wisconsin Press, Bulzoni Editore, and ARACNE Editrice.  She is a founding member of Irish RISM and was a Council member for the Society of Musicology in Ireland (2003-2006).  McCleave  is twice the recipient of the Society for Theatre Research’s “Anthony Denning” award (1992, 2012). She has acted as a peer reviewer for Music and Letters, the AHRC, SSHRCC, and also the IRCHSS. She served on the committee for the JISC project awarded to the Department of Music, Cardiff University (2011-12). McCleave also has an interest in Thomas Moore (1779-1852), and developing online resources related to the Gibson-Massie Moore Collection at Queen's.

Dr. Shelley Doucet (2009)

dr-shelley-doucette-01Dr. Shelley Doucet named Jarislowsky Chair in Interprofessional Patient-Centred Care

The University of New Brunswick is changing the way people look at health-care through the new Jarislowsky Chair in Interprofessional Patient-Centred Care. The chair, located at UNB Saint John, will be held by assistant professor Dr. Shelley Doucet (BN’05, PhD’10) of the faculty of science, applied science and engineering.

Dr. Doucet will lead an ongoing research initiative aimed at developing and evaluating new interprofessional community-based primary health-care models that are patient-centred. This growing field of study encourages collaboration among health and social care providers across multiple settings to improve patient care and better manage public health resources to sustain the delivery of health-care in the future.

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Beverley G. Smith (1992)

Beverley-GA native of New Brunswick, Professor Smith received his legal education at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick, when that faculty was located in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Following graduation he practiced private and corporate law in the Provinces of New Brunswick, Alberta and Ontario.  Returning to New Brunswick, Professor Smith joined the Provincial Department of Justice and also lectured in various fields of law in the Faculty from which he graduated.

In 1976 Bev became the Director of Law Reform for the New Brunswick Department of Justice, a position he held until 1980 when he joined the Faculty of Law in Fredericton to teach full time.

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Sylvain Poirier, Ph.D. (1986)

Sylvain Poirier photoSylvain Poirier holds a PhD in Parasitology from McGill University (1995) and a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology-Botany from the Université de Sherbrooke (1981). Since 1996, he has held senior management positions related to the development of capabilities in research and industrial services within private and public institutions of NB. He joined the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) in 2005 as head of institutional development (applied research, continuing education, e-learning, international development). He focuses since March 2013 on the development of the entrepreneurship and innovation sector at the CCNB. This involves managing the research office and overseeing social innovation projects as well as strategic projects and initiatives in advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, advanced welding technologies, agriculture, biotechnologies, experimental aquaculture, soil and water conservation, and sustainable development. The CCNB has been ranked among Canada's 50 most active colleges in applied research over the last five years (20th in 2015 and 25th in 2016). Its team of 25-30 employees, dedicated to meeting the needs of SMEs, has generated new revenues and investments of more than $15M during this short period. He has served and still serves on various working groups, advisory committees and councils, both national and provincial.

Dr. J. David Miller (1978)

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Professor Miller received his secondary education at the University of New Brunswick, before studying at the University of Portsmouth in England, where he was also a NATO Science Postdoctoral Fellow. His post-university career at Agriculture Canada in 1982, and became head of the Fusarium mycotoxin program in 1988.  He became a Professor and then NSERC Research Chair at Carleton University in 2000.  Dr. Miller has published more than 300 papers on various aspects of fungi and fungal toxins and has co-written/edited eight books on the public health aspects of fungi and on fungal toxins.  He participated in several International Agency for Research on Cancer Monographs, is co-author of an IARC Scientific Publication on mycotoxins in a developing country context (2012).  He was a member of the drafting committee of the World Health Organization IPCS monograph on fumonisin B1.  He was a member of the Toxicology Study Selection and Review Committee that considers compounds nominated by the US Food and Drug Administration to the National Toxicology program.

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Dr. Tracy Clarke (1998)

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Tracy visited the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) as an external reviewer during 2012. The site is located in the Atacama desert of northern Chile at an altitude of 5058 meters (16597 ft). Walking around the site was an interesting challenge in itself! The array is nearing completion and will be the  most powerful instrument ever built to study star formation in the early Universe as well as planet formation in nearby solar systems.

Dr. Tracy Clarke is a Research Astronomer in the Remote Sensing Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. She served as and the System Scientist for the Long Wavelength Array and is the Project Scientist for Astronomy for a new $1.1M VLA Ionospheric and Transient Experiment being deployed on the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array. Tracy attended the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton campus) where she received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics in 1993. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Toronto, receiving an M.Sc. in Astronomy in 1994. She continued her graduate work at the University of Toronto and, with support from O'Brien Foundation funding (1998), she completed her Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1999.

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Dr. David Bardsley (1975)

Dr. Bardsley was the first recipient of an O’Brien Foundation Fellowship

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Dr. David Bardsley is the founder of Silver Eagle Media, a company dedicated to helping individuals increase their cognitive ability and perform at their highest intellectual level. Diagnosed as mentally retarded and institutionalized as a child, he rose to become an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon; a profession he practiced for 12 years before retiring to follow his passions of learning and physical activity. He has spent the past five years crisscrossing the country presenting to business executives, teachers and parents organizations and has recently authored the book, “The Less Than Perfect Child.” He presents the latest scientific information and evidence based best practices for increasing intellectual ability, at any stage of life, through the use of specific physical activities.

He holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., D.D.S. and Fellowship in Oral & maxillofacial Surgery.