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Shining a light on a piece of Queen’s history

  • Principal Daniel Woolf stands alongside Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack after unveiling a new plaque on the statue of Venus that was brought into the University Club 38 years ago by their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.
    Principal Daniel Woolf stands alongside Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack after unveiling a new plaque on the statue of Venus that was brought into the University Club 38 years ago by their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.
  • Mati Bernabei speaks at a special event honouring her father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, hosted at the University Club.
    Mati Bernabei speaks at a special event honouring her father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, hosted at the University Club.
  • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks to Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack during a special event honouring their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, who once taught the principal at Queen's.
    Principal Daniel Woolf speaks to Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack during a special event honouring their father, former Classics professor Richard Bernabei, who once taught the principal at Queen's.
  • Barbara Reeves (Classics) points out some details in a poster highlighting the replicas within the Department of Classics to two attendees of an event honouring former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.
    Barbara Reeves (Classics) points out some details in a poster highlighting the replicas within the Department of Classics to two attendees of an event honouring former Classics professor Richard Bernabei.

The history of Queen’s is long and colourful and because of this, unfortunately, some of the personalities that are part of that 175-year story have been forgotten.

Recently, the Department of Classics and the University Club honoured a past professor and shone a light on one of his contributions during his time at Queen’s with a special event hosted by the University Club.

[Queen's 175]Richard Bernabei was a Classics professor at Queen’s from 1965-78, and during that time he had an impact on many of his colleagues, as well as students, including current Principal Daniel Woolf, who spoke at the event.

Organized by Barbara Reeves (Classics), an associate professor and coordinator of Queen’s Classics at 175, the event was aimed at remembering Dr. Bernabei’s contributions inside and outside the lecture hall, including a Venus de Milo statue that he “smuggled” into the University Club in 1979 that has become a fixture of the building.

At the event a plaque was unveiled for the statue.  

“Dr. Bernabei impacted a lot of students, including Principal Woolf. He donated this statue which has been admired for the past 38 years by people at the University Club, not necessarily knowing about him but they have benefitted from it, and yet we don’t know him,” Dr. Reeves says, adding that she felt it was important to provide some recognition.

The event attracted a wide range of Queen’s community members including former colleagues, friends and Dr. Bernabei’s daughters – Mati Bernabei and Gina Jack.

“There were people from all across campus, and that was wonderful,” Dr. Reeves says. “It was not a departmental function. There were people from everywhere who were interested in the statue, who were interested in Queen’s history.”

The wording on the plaque matches a request written in a letter 25 years ago by Dr. Bernabei’s ex-wife Wilma, who was a long-time Queen’s employee, as well as the university’s first employment equity officer. 

With the statue being a part of their history, the University Club paid for the plaque and the reception and helped promote the event.

It was also a special event for Dr. Bernabei’s daughters providing an opportunity to reconnect with Queen’s and to tell their family’s story.

“The reception in honour of our father was deeply moving for us,” says Mati Bernabei. “He was still a young man when he died, and my sister and I were just teenagers. The circumstances of his death were difficult – grief weighed heavily at the time. But now, 38 years later, this event provided my sister and I, and our father’s friends and former students, an opportunity to celebrate his life, his art, and his passion for teaching.”

“I have no doubt that he would be absolutely delighted that it was Venus who brought us all together,” says Gina Jack. “When he brought her to the University Club he was extremely ill – nonetheless, he hatched a plan, and snuck his beloved Venus into her rightful home. The reception, and the plaque, honouring her, and establishing her place officially as a permanent resident of the club, was the perfect way to honour our father.”

An international learning experience

[Ajay Agarwal]
Ajay Agarwal (School of Urban and Regional Planning), centre, and a group of his students visit Auroville during the SURP 827 International Planning Project course trip to India. (Supplied Photo)

When students from the School of Urban and Regional Planning return to India this year, they will once again be gaining hands-on experience while working on a real planning project.

Queen's In the World

The students of the SURP 827 International Planning Project course will also be gaining valuable international experience, learning the intricacies of working in a new environment, in a cultural setting different from their own.

This experience is what has made the course so successful, explains Associate Professor Ajay Agarwal, who created and continues to deliver the course as it enters a fifth year.

For this work, Dr. Agarwal received the International Education Innovation Award, which recognizes excellence in the internationalization of curriculum in programs or courses. It is one of the six Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards.

The opportunity to travel to India and work on a project with community members has been an important draw for the course and SURP, which was recently integrated into the Department of Geography and Planning, Dr. Agarwal says. Increasingly, planning firms are working on a global scale. While a head office may be located in a city like Toronto, the firm can be working on projects anywhere around the world.

“I personally think that for students who want to practice planning, the course widens their view of the world, because many of our students have always lived and worked in Canada,” he says. “Really, in a global setting, where firms from Canada do projects all over the world including planning projects, it is very important for these students to get outside their comfort zone and face the challenges of working in a foreign environment, which includes language, culture, customs, habits, everything. That gives them the confidence of being able to work on a project that has any magnitude of challenge.”

Through the course students learn to be adaptable and creative in finding solutions and to manage any adversity they may face.

Receiving the award has helped raise the profile of the course and SURP within the university and, on a personal level, has provided some “external validation” for the work he has done over the years, Dr. Agarwal adds.

Through the nomination process, Dr. Agarwal has received valuable feedback about the course from past students, many of whom are now working in international planning. All of those who responded said it was a positive experience and many added that the course has helped them within the job market. This positive reputation has resulted in a growing interest in the course.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say it has become one of the most popular courses we offer at SURP,” Dr. Agarwal says.  “Quite a few students now say that they chose Queen’s over other universities for this graduate program in planning because of that international experience that we offer.”

The Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards, created in 2015, recognize individuals and teams who have shown exceptional innovation and leadership in teaching and learning on campus. The awards are administered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The International Education Innovation Award honours the outstanding efforts of an individual or any combination of faculty, staff, and/or student team who contributes to the creation or revitalization of a course or program of international learning at Queen’s, in alignment with the Queen’s University Comprehensive International Plan (QUCIP).

Nominations for the 2017 award are currently being accepted. All nominations should be sent electronically in PDF form to inforef@queensu.ca no later than Tuesday, Aug. 1, by 4 pm. For more information about the award and the nomination form and process, visit the CTL website.

Chipped Off returns to the stage

Local theatre group brings unique production to the Isabel.

For the fourth year in a row, Chipped Off Performance Collective is welcoming the community to another unique production at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Opening this week, the local theatre group, headed by Kim Renders, a professor in the Dan School of Drama and Music, presents Rhinoceros or What’s Different About Me? The play revolves around the 1959 avant-garde play penned by Eugene Ionesco, in which each of a town’s residents is replaced, one by one, by a rhinoceros.

Joining the production of Rhinoceros are (l to r): Amie Bello, Kim Renders and Hannah Smith.

The collective first took shape five years ago, when Queen’s student Dan Vena approached Renders about directing a play he wrote.

“He said he was tired of not seeing himself or his community represented on Kingston’s stages,” Renders explains about staging How to Bake a Pie in Ten Steps or less: A Transgender Fairytale in 2013.

This year, Renders decided to mount an adaptation of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, shortly after the election in the United States.

“The play provides the skeleton for the production but it’s the community pieces that actually fill it out,” she says . “It’s going to be a very eclectic show with many different components including multi-media, monologues and poems among other performance pieces.”

While the production brings together community members from 14 to 80-years-old, Renders says this isn’t just a local talent show.

“There are about 50 community members involved in the show, including a significant numbers of professionals providing the artistic support,” she says. “The show is also all about creating a voice for individuals from all corners of the community and bringing them together through artistic expression, to be a part of something bigger.”

The show runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 14-16, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Admission is $15.

Chipped Off Performance Collective believes in the power of art and performance to surprise, enlighten, provoke, astonish, challenge and change. We are committed to presenting work that speaks to the needs and concerns of underrepresented or marginalized communities in Kingston. Embracing a feminist and queer perspective at all times, Chipped Off Performance Collective works to grow and diversify the range of local artistic, cultural, and theatrical production available to Kingston audiences.

A teaching and learning innovator

[Richard Ascough]
Richard Ascough, Director of the School of Religion, has won three teaching awards in less than a year, including, most recently, the D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. (University Communications) 

It has been a banner year for Richard Ascough in terms of teaching awards.

First, the director of the School of Religion received the Fall 2016 Frank Knox Teaching Award from the Alma Mater Society (AMS) for RELS 321 – Greek and Roman Religions, a course he taught in the fall semester. He then received an Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA).

Now, he has received a third prize: the D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Many studies have shown that developing innovative teaching and learning methods helps increase engagement and interaction for students. But as Dr. Ascough explains, “The challenge is always how do you get a humanities course, especially one focused on antiquity, to be interactive and problem based,” he says. “I came up with assignments that get students working at their group tables, get them interacting with each other in a smaller group, and then in some form in the larger classroom.”

One assignment had students debate which goddess is better, Cybele or Isis, after conducting research through pre-class readings and online resources. Another assignment had students recreate an initiation ritual for each of the seven grades in the cult of Mithras. Very little is known about the rituals. But that’s not the point, Dr. Ascough says.

“Who knows, one of them may have got it right!,” he says. “It’s more about the process of how the rituals form and what do rituals do. We debrief about that afterward. It’s the skill of how do you use disparate archeological and literary data to create and present a hypothesis.”

In winning the award Dr. Ascough will be attending the STLHE annual conference being held June 20-23 in Halifax along with a two-year membership. It’s an exciting prospect as he has long been involved in pedagogy, published on the subject and run workshops. He’s also sure that the opportunities will provide great experience as he takes on a new role at the university.

“Professionally I am becoming associate dean (teaching and learning) in the Faculty of Arts and Science as of July 1,” he says. “So to have affirmation about some of the innovative things I’ve tried as I am stepping into a role where I may be able to help facilitate this with others is very important.”

In nominating him for the various awards, students praised his ability to integrate lecture material, class discussions, and in-class assignments to create an engaging environment where they are able to learn from the instructor as well as each other. Other students added that they appreciated that he is always willing to make time for them.

That engagement is a key to long-lasting learning, Dr. Ascough explains.

“When students are excited about what they are doing then they are more engaged and by engaging more I think the learning is able to go more deep with them, particularly with the skills they are learning in my class: analysis of data, being able to formulate arguments and then articulating those arguments. That to me is what engaged learning does.”

On top of the recent recognition, Dr. Ascough has also received Queen’s top two university-wide teaching awards – the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000) and the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award (2009). 

A week of honours for Art McDonald

  • University of Toronto Chancellor Michael Wilson confers an honorary degree upon Arthur McDonald, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics on Thursday, June 8.
    University of Toronto Chancellor Michael Wilson confers an honorary degree upon Arthur McDonald, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics on Thursday, June 8. (Photo by Lisa Sakulensky)
  • Arthur McDonald receives an honorary degree from McGill University Chancellor Michael Meighen during the convocation ceremony on Monday, June 5 in Montreal.
    Arthur McDonald receives an honorary degree from McGill University Chancellor Michael Meighen during the convocation ceremony on Monday, June 5 in Montreal. (Photo provided by McGill University)
  • Arthur McDonald, third from left, stands with Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Arthur McDonald, third from left, stands with Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

It has been a busy week for Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald, as the Nobel Laureate received three honorary degrees.

Beginning on Monday, June 5 Dr. McDonald traveled to Montreal to receive an honorary degree from McGill University. He then returned home to Queen’s where he was honoured on Wednesday, June 7 at Grant Hall. Then on Thursday, June 8 Dr. McDonald was conferred a third degree from the University of Toronto.

A faculty member of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Dr. McDonald shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his longtime research and groundbreaking findings into neutrinos – sub-atomic particles considered the basic building blocks of the universe.

Dr. McDonald arrived at Queen’s in 1989 and was the inaugural Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics. He also was the co-recipient of the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics and the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

He continues research on neutrinos and dark matter at the SNOLAB underground laboratory near Sudbury and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

Queen's earns two Banting Fellowships

Two postdoctoral fellows earn one of Canada’s top honours for young researchers.

Two young researchers at Queen’s University have been awarded Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships to continue their research. Nicolle Domnik (Medicine) and Sarah Yakimowski (Biology) received two of 70 fellowships awarded across Canada this year.

Dr. Domnik is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Dr. Yakimowski is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The Fellowships are designed to attract and retain top-tier post-doctoral talent, both nationally and internationally. It also positions the winners as leaders of tomorrow.

Nicolle Domnik and Sarah Yakimowski have both earned Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.

“The Fellowship recognizes our top post-doctoral trainees as future leaders in their respective fields,” says Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies. “For Queen’s to earn two this year is a testament to Queen’s being a place where early career researchers can refine their research focus and skills, as well as work alongside leading academics.”

Dr. Yakimowski is working with Robert Colautti (Biology) on a new research project focusing on an invasive species. Amaranthus palmeri is reducing the yield of soybean, corn and cotton across the United States. This crop weed is not yet in Canada but has moved north rapidly over the past 25 years and could have a huge impact on agriculture if it makes it north of the border.

“This weed has been fought with herbicides and, as a result, A. palmeri has evolved resistance. One of my primary goals is to understand how this weed’s reproductive strategies contribute to the origin and spread of herbicide resistance. This could provide insight into novel control strategies,” says Dr. Yakimowski.

A long term goal of this research is to understand whether herbicide resistance evolved once and spread, or whether resistance is evolving independently in many locations.

She adds the funding provides an opportunity to form the basis of her research for the next decade.

Dr. Domnik has always had an interest in respiratory physiology and the Banting Fellowship supports her research with Dr. Denis O’Donnell (Respirology). Her project at Queen’s and its affiliated teaching hospitals, Kingston General and Hotel Dieu, is focused on the impact of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD; a debilitating condition primarily caused by smoking) on breathing mechanics, lung function and respiratory symptoms at night.

“The intersection of breathing mechanics and sleep in COPD is a new and important area of research that I’m excited to explore,” she says. “This award allows me to dedicate myself fully to my research for the next two years, alleviating the stresses associated with funding that many postdocs experience. The Fellowships that Sarah and I have received also speak to the high level of research being done at Queen’s. It’s an honour to receive and I am very grateful for this opportunity.”

For more information on the Banting Fellowships, please visit the website.

Honorary Degree: Frank McKenna

  • Frank McKenna, third from left, stands with Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf and Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University.
    Frank McKenna, third from left, stands with Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf and Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University.
  • Frank McKenna, former premier of New Brunswick and former Canadian ambassador to the United States, smiles at his family before receiving his honorary degree from Chancellor Jim Leech.
    Frank McKenna, former premier of New Brunswick and former Canadian ambassador to the United States, smiles at his family before receiving his honorary degree from Chancellor Jim Leech.
  • Frank McKenna, former premier of New Brunswick and former Canadian ambassador to the United States, speaks at Grant Hall after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University.
    Frank McKenna, former premier of New Brunswick and former Canadian ambassador to the United States, speaks at Grant Hall after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University.
  • Father and son Robert and Andrew Martin are hooded together during Tuesday afternoon's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
    Father and son Robert and Andrew Martin are hooded together during Tuesday afternoon's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.

A leader in the public and private sectors Frank McKenna, the former premier of New Brunswick (1987-1997) and former Canadian ambassador to the United States (2005-2006), was recognized with an honorary degree from Queen’s University on Tuesday, June 6.

Dr. McKenna is currently deputy chair of TD Bank Group, chairman of Brookfield Asset Management, and is on the board of Canadian Natural Resources. He has also previously served as chairman of CanWest Global and served on the boards of Noranda, Shoppers Drug Mart, and General Motors.

He started his post-graduate studies at Queen’s University in Political Studies before attending the University of New Brunswick Law School.

A live feed of each Spring Convocation ceremony will begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each event. For a full schedule of the ceremonies, visit the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

Honorary Degree: Lord John Alderdice

  • Lord John Alderdice, third from left, stands alongside Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech, after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Monday.
    Lord John Alderdice, third from left, stands alongside Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech, after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Monday.
  • Lord John Alderdice speaks at Grant Hall after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Monday for his efforts toward bringing peace to Northern Ireland and around the world.
    Lord John Alderdice speaks at Grant Hall after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Monday for his efforts toward bringing peace to Northern Ireland and around the world.
  • Lord John Alderdice speaks at Grant Hall after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Monday for his efforts toward bringing peace to Northern Ireland and around the world.
    Lord John Alderdice speaks at Grant Hall after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Monday for his efforts toward bringing peace to Northern Ireland and around the world.
  • Claire Gummo hugs Principal Daniel Woolf after he hooded her at Monday morning's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall. A Rhodes Scholar, Ms. Gummo will continue her studies at University of Oxford.
    Claire Gummo hugs Principal Daniel Woolf after he hooded her at Monday morning's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall. A Rhodes Scholar, Ms. Gummo will continue her studies at University of Oxford.
  • Claire Gummo holds her Tri-Colour Award at Monday morning's convocation ceremony alongside Principal Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Rector Cam Yung.
    Claire Gummo holds her Tri-Colour Award at Monday morning's convocation ceremony alongside Principal Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Rector Cam Yung.

Queen’s recognized Lord John Alderdice with an honorary degree during Monday morning’s Spring Convocation ceremony at Grant Hall for his peace efforts in Northern Ireland and around the world.

Baron Alderdice of Knock in the City of Belfast played a significant role in the development of the Irish peace process and the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement as leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. He then stepped down as Alliance Leader and accepted an appointment as Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly. He retired as Speaker and Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2004.

For many years, he served as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy at Queen’s University Belfast and established the Centre for Psychotherapy in Belfast. He continues as an active member of the House of Lords, but has stepped back from front-line party politics to focus on his academic and practical involvement in situations of violent political conflict.

A live feed of each Spring Convocation ceremony will begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each event. For a full schedule of the ceremonies, visit the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

Honorary Degree: Sir David Skegg

  • Interim Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science Gordon Smith hoods Sir David Skegg as Chancellor Jim Leech looks on during Friday's Spring Convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
    Interim Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science Gordon Smith hoods Sir David Skegg as Chancellor Jim Leech looks on during Friday's Spring Convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
  • Sir David Skegg holds up his honorary degree during Friday's convocation ceremony. From left are: Rector Cam Yung; Chancellor Jim Leech; and Principal Daniel Woolf.
    Sir David Skegg holds up his honorary degree during Friday's convocation ceremony. From left are: Rector Cam Yung; Chancellor Jim Leech; and Principal Daniel Woolf.
  • Sir David Skegg speaks after receiving an honorary degree for his work as an epidemiologist and for promoting the Matariki Network of Universities.
    Sir David Skegg speaks after receiving an honorary degree for his work as an epidemiologist and for promoting the Matariki Network of Universities.
  • Graduands look for family members and friends as Rector Cam Yung offers a word of appreciation during Friday's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall
    Graduands look for family members and friends as Rector Cam Yung offers a word of appreciation during Friday's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall
  • A PhD recipient is hooded during Friday's Spring Convocation ceremony at Grant Hall. It was the 11th of the 21 ceremonies being held this spring.
    A PhD recipient is hooded during Friday's Spring Convocation ceremony at Grant Hall. It was the 11th of the 21 ceremonies being held this spring.

Queen’s recognized Sir David Skegg with an honorary degree during Friday morning’s Spring Convocation ceremony at Grant hall.

An epidemiologist and public health physician based at the University of Otago in New Zealand, Sir David Skegg’s research focuses mainly on the causes and control of cancers, especially breast and cervical cancer, and the use of epidemiological methods to study benefits and risks of medicines.

As vice-chancellor of the University of Otago from 2004 to 2011, he took a strong interest in opportunities for international collaboration. He promoted discussions that led to the establishment of the Matariki Network of Universities, of which Queen’s and the University of Otago are founding members.

Spring Convocation continues next week with ceremonies being held on Monday at 10 am and 2:30 pm.

A live feed of each Spring Convocation ceremony will begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each event. For a full schedule of the ceremonies, visit the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

A matter of physics

It started with a bang (the big bang that is) and ended amongst the stars.

Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald delivered the Herzberg Memorial Public Lecture at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Monday, as part of the Canadian Association of Physicists Annual Congress, being hosted at Queen’s May28-June 2.

[Art McDonald]
Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald delivered the Herzberg Memorial Public Lecture at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Monday. (Photo by Alex Hanes)

The CAP Congress is the most important physics conference in Canada. Every year, hundreds of Canadian and international physicists descend on the host university to communicate, present, exchange ideas, promote new research, and discuss the role of physics in Canada. This science-filled week also includes a public lecture with a speaker chosen for their merit, his or her impact on the physics community and dedication to inspiring the next generation of young innovators.

The lecture was named in honour of Nobel Laureate Gerhard Herzberg, a longstanding member of the CAP, in recognition of Dr. Herzberg’s known desire to increase public science engagement and appreciation of science amongst the public, and, particularly, youth.

Dr. McDonald continued this theme by appealing to the younger members of the audience with jokes, a promise that “science is fun,” and reminding everyone that they are sitting in a room full of “geeks looking for WIMPs” (weakly interacting massive particles). He also gave an overview of SNOLAB’s new neutrino experiment, SNO+, as well as the current dark matter program underway there. 

Dr. McDonald also discussed the history of the now completed SNO experiment, making sure he gave credit to the more than 270 people who made it possible. He made a point to acknowledge that more than 200 of the collaborators were students and post-docs; reinforcing that contributions from all levels are important.

For their work and discoveries on neutrinos Dr. McDonald and his group were awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Takaaki Kajita of Japan.

After the completion of the SNO experiment the facility was expanded into SNOLAB with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a programme designed to “welcome the world to Canada”.

Dr. McDonald reiterated the importance of this initial investment and pushed home the message that “we need to be global in our outlook, in our diversity and our collaborations.”

For more information visit the CAP website.

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