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Three of the five faculty members receiving the Prize for Excellence in Research at fall convocation are from the Faculty of Arts and Science:
For Dr. John Burge (Music), the Prize signifies the synergy between research and creative activity. He is recognized internationally for his musical output for vocals and instruments. Since 1987, 120 works composed by Dr. Burge have been premiered and he has been teaching in the School of Music for over 25 years.
Dr. Troy Day (Mathematics & Statistics), generally agreed to be the leading theoretician in the field of evolutionary epidemiology, has written two textbooks: one on mathematical modeling and one a revision for life science students of a major calculus text. Dr. Day’s work uses mathematics to understand and predict the selective response of pathogens to public health interventions.
Dr. George Lovell (Geography) is considered one of the leading authorities on the indigenous Maya people, their experiences under colonialism and their cultural survival. He is winner of the prestigious Killam Reseach Fellowship, and has published 10 books and more than 100 articles on his field of research.
Of the six Queen’s researchers who received a total of $1.3 million this year in support of their research, three were from the Faculty of Arts and Science:
Dr. Steven Fischer (Kinesiology & Health Studies) is focused on creating a healthier Canada. His grant is being used to open a Movement for Performance Biomechanics & Ergonomics Laboratory. He is using human movement research to reduce and prevent work-related injuries.
Dr. Linda Booij (Psychology) is developing a biological test to identify people at risk of major depression and aggression. Such a test would help to arrange early treatment options that could help with these disorders. Her goal is to improve the health of Ontarians and reduce the burden on the Province’s economy when it comes to mental illness.
Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi’s (Chemistry & Physics) goal is to alleviate the burden of rising health care budgets. He is developing a new point-of-care (POC) devise that can be applied to a wide range of medical testing applications. Currently, POC devices are used for one type of testing, like a blood glucose meter for patients with diabetes. The new device will be able to analyze two different properties of the blood, increasing the power of the POC to provide more information.
Dr. John McGarry (Political Studies) is one of five researchers in Canada to earn the 2013 Killam Prize. The $100,000 Prize acknowledges his contributions to peace processes in Northern Ireland and other areas of political unrest worldwide. Dr. McGarry is also among a select group of 28 recipients awarded the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. This prestigious award recognizes significant contributions to scholarship, arts and science, as well as service rendered to one’s peers and one’s community.
Gauvin Bailey (Art History) has enriched understanding of the global diffusion of Renaissance and Baroque Art with his foundational work on the hybrid cultures of Latin America and Asia. From 2010-2011, Bailey held the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
Philip Jessop’s (Chemistry) revolutionary contributions have resulted in technologies that address human needs while reducing environmental impact. Dr. Jessop is the holder of a Canada Research Chair in green chemistry and holds outright or has a share of 16 grants, including major funding from NSERC, CFI/OIT, the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Killam Research Fellowships. As one of the world’s most recognized green chemistry researchers, his discovery of switchable solvents was listed in the Canadian Chemical News journal as one of the 20 key chemical discoveries in Canada of the last 100 years. Dr. Jessop has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and has obtained sixteen patents.
Fred Lock (English) is a leading authority on 18th century British literature, politics and ideas. His two-volume biography of Edmund Burke has been acclaimed as the “definitive” study of the most intellectual British politicians.
Carlos Prado (Philosophy) has made substantial contributions to contemporary philosophy and to applied ethics. His publications on Michel Foucault have contributed enormously to demonstrating the relevance and significance of the French philosopher’s work for contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. Dr. Prado’s publications on suicide in dire medical circumstances have enlarged the debate about suicide to include rationality as well as its ethical justification.
One of the world’s leading celebrations of technology, the T3 Gadget Awards, named the PaperTab’s collaborators, Plastic Logic and Dr. Roel Vertegaal (Computing), top gadget innovators in 2013. The PaperTab can be folded and put in your pocket and was developed in the Human Media Lab at the School of Computing. It has a flexible, organic, thin transistor with a Core i5 processor driving it that is likely to be in every home in ten years’ time.
Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung (Kinesiology) and Dr. Nick Graham (Computing) were awarded an Innovation Grant by the Canadian Cancer Society that will enable them to examine whether an interactive exergame bike, that can be used to play against others over the Internet, results in greater use and fitness compared to an exergame bike without the online play capability. Children are the primary interest of the study.
Dr. John Smol’s (Biology) lifelong research has been instrumental in helping the world understand global climate issues and the effects of contaminants on the Arctic environment. The Garfield Weston Foundation has awarded Dr. Smol the annual Weston Family Prize for lifetime Achievement in Northern Research for his work focused on the impact of environmental change on Arctic freshwater ecosystems.
Suning Wang (Chemistry), an award-winning researcher in luminescent material, has devised an elegant process that creates a powerful tool for making graphene-based materials. Chinese company Tiajin Jet-Mate Technology has signed an agreement with Queen’s PARTEQ Innovations to become a partner in commercializing these unique chemical compounds, which will be used in invisible inks and paints because of their transparency under white light and their vibrant colours under black light. Dr. Wang’s discovery was ranked as “highly important” by the prominent international journal Angewandte Chemie.
Dr. David Lyon (Sociology), Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre, was the only Canadian of 51 academics and practitioners that was inducted as an academician into the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. This honour is in recognition of his participation in international research in surveillance studies, which includes border and airport controls, social media, video camera surveillance and identification systems. Dr. Lyon is a past Canada Council Killam Research Fellow, which allows Canada’s best scientists and scholars to devote two years to full-time research.
High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL)
A cluster of fast and powerful Sun computers at five Ontario universities and two colleges. HPCVL provides reliable, secure computing, storage resources, and support for over 130 Canadian research groups.
John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (Faculty of Arts and Science)
Promotes research and discussion of Canadian economic policy issues and fosters training in, and understanding of, such issues.
Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) (Faculty of Arts and Science)
Examines social, technical, political, geographical, psychological, ethical, economic, and military dimensions of surveillance.
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory (SNOLAB)
An international facility for astroparticle physics research.