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Family donates 1 million to UNB in honor of Andrew and Marjorie McCain

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 4, 2010

Category: UNB Fredericton

The family of Andrew and Marjorie McCain have made a $1 million donation to the University of New Brunswick in support of the Human Performance Laboratory, housed in the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER. In recognition of these two hardworking and loyal New Brunswickers who believed in the value of education, the university has named the facility The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory. A high-tech facility with state-of-the-art equipment, The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory will allow UNB to expand its research opportunities and increase the quality of life for New Brunswickers. It is the only one of its kind in Canada and one of only a few in the world. Bisected by a walking track, the Human Performance Laboratory will allow people to be monitored and analyzed in a natural environment. A cutting-edge motion capture system will be used to track movements and record data related to joint loads, muscle activity and much more. "The Human Performance Laboratory has the potential to have a huge impact in the lives of those who struggle with mobility issues," said Kathy McCain, daughter of Andrew and Marjorie. "To have a facility of this caliber will be good not only for UNB but the province as well. I am quite confident that our parents would be very proud to be associated with such an important centre of excellence." The McCain family history in, and commitment to, New Brunswick is as deep and abiding as UNB's own 225-year legacy. The construction of The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory marks an important step in the journey UNB is taking toward a brighter and better future. Through their support, the McCain Family is recognizing UNB's strategic initiatives and collaborative goals within, and beyond, the province of New Brunswick. "With the generous support of the McCain family, the Human Performance Laboratory will strengthen UNB's research abilities and develop stronger partnerships with the community," said UNB President Eddy Campbell. "Recognizing Andrew and Marjorie McCain in this way is a testament to their memory and celebrates our shared vision of a stronger, healthier New Brunswick."

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Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. With more than 12,500 full- and part-time students from more than 100 countries, UNB has the best student-to-faculty ratio of Canada's comprehensive universities, according to Maclean's magazine. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts over 75 per cent of the province's university research. UNB has more than 60 research centres, institutes, groups and major projects.

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