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Announcements from the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
The Vice-Principal (Research) portfolio has recently undergone an externally-driven review, designed to align services with the University’s New Budget Model, as well as with the Senate-approved Queen’s University Strategic Research Plan (SRP). The Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss is pleased to announce the new organizational structure of the portfolio and to welcome new positions that place the office in a position to better serve clients and to implement the vision embodied in the Strategic Research Plan.
The re-envisioned University Research Services represents an amalgamation of the current Office of Research Services and eQUIP Task Force. Over the next number of weeks, the restructured services and the relocation of offices will be detailed on the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) website.
Cynthia Fekken and Yolande Chan — Associate Vice-Principals (Research)
On the unanimous recommendation of the Associate Vice-Principal (Research) Advisory Committee, Dr. Liss is pleased to announce the appointment of Cynthia Fekken as Associate Vice-Principal (Research) for a five-year term effective April 1, 2013.
Dr. Fekken will be responsible for implementation of the SRP, developing strategic faculty relationships, integrating strategy and operations within the VPR portfolio, as well as acting as the designate of the Vice-Principal (Research).
Dr. Fekken joined the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) November 1, 2012, as the interim Associate Vice-Principal (Research) after 11 years of service as associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Fekken, who holds a BA, MA and PhD in psychology, all from Western University, joined Queen’s University in 1983, and is a tenured full professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests focus on personality theory and psychological assessment, with recent work focusing on a malevolent set of subclinical personality traits known as the “Dark Triad.” Dr. Fekken is also a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists and has consulted with a variety of professional, governmental and community organizations about psychological assessment systems.
Also on the unanimous recommendation of the Associate Vice-Principal (Research) Advisory Committee, Dr. Liss is pleased to announce the appointment of Yolande Chan as Associate Vice-Principal (Research) for a three-year term effective July 1, 2013.
Dr. Chan’s responsibilities as the second AVPR are to advance the social science and humanities research priorities and themes emerging from the Strategic Research Plan; to provide leadership on Queen’s Research Centres and Institutes; and to design the Institute for Advanced Research/Studies as described in the SRP.
Dr. Chan is an E. Marie Shantz Professor MIS in the Queen's School of Business. She holds a PhD from the Richard Ivey School of Business, an MPhil in Management Studies from Oxford University, and SM and SB degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Chan recently served as director of The Monieson Centre, Queen’s School of Business. Her research interests include digital technology strategy, knowledge management and innovation. She sits on several editorial boards and has published her research in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly Executive.
Karina McInnis — Executive Director, University Research Services
On behalf of the Search Committee for the Executive Director, Research Services, Dr. Liss is pleased to announce that Karina McInnis has been named the executive director of University Research Services. Ms. McInnis is presently the interim director of the Office of Research Services, and has been appointed to this new role in the re-envisioned University Research Services after a search committee representative of the university community at large conducted a national search facilitated by Laverne Smith and Associates.
Ms. McInnis began her progressive career serving the research enterprise at Queen’s in July 2000 as a program coordinator with the eQUIP Task Force. In 2006, Ms. McInnis moved to the Office of Research Services as a major projects advisor. Since that time, she has assumed roles with increasing strategic, management and leadership responsibilities. She was promoted to assistant director in 2007, associate director in 2008, and served as the interim director of Research Services since December of 2011. During these years, she has collaborated with many colleagues across campus and externally on numerous committees as a member and chair.
Prior to joining Queen’s, she worked as a research assistant at the Royal Military College of Canada focusing on geosynthetics applications and technology. She furthered her association with the discipline as production editor of Geosynthetics International (an international peer-reviewed journal) and as editor of IGS News (official newsletter of the International Geosynthetics Society). The IGS recognized Ms. McInnis’s contributions with their 2007 Service Award.
Ms. McInnis received both her Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering (1993) and Masters in Public Administration (2011) from Queen’s University. She has been a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1996.
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
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Faculty of Health Sciences
Robert J. Connelly — Head, Department of Paediatrics
Robert Connelly has been appointed head of the Department of Paediatrics at Queen’s University, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital for an initial term from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018. These appointments are announced by Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s, and Sherri McCullough and Tom Buchanan, Chairs of the Boards of Directors for Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals.
Dr. Connelly obtained his Bachelor of Science in physical therapy in 1986 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1990 from the University of Toronto, followed by a rotating internship at the University of Toronto and Toronto East General Hospital. He completed specialty training at Dalhousie University in paediatrics in 1995 and in neonatal-perinatal medicine in 1998. Dr. Connelly was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Queen’s and as a neonatologist at Kingston General Hospital in 1999. He has been the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit since 2005 and the interim program medical director for paediatrics at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals, as well as deputy head of Queen’s Department of Paediatrics since 2012.
Dr. Connelly received his Master of Business Administration from Queen’s in 2012 and he has been promoted to the rank of associate professor effective July 1, 2013.
Dr. Connelly has published articles, presented at national and international conferences and participated in many multi-centred clinical studies in neonatology. He has worked to advance his specialty as a member of the National Neonatal Resuscitation Executive Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society and a member of the Specialty Committee for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. At a local level, Dr. Connelly has served on numerous departmental, university and hospital committees and he has been the treasurer for the Clinical Teachers Association of Queen’s since 2009.
Having been extensively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, Dr. Connelly has been recognized for his contributions as a recipient of both the Aesculapian Society Lectureship Award and the Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award. He served as Paediatric Residency Program Director from 2000 to 2005 and he is involved in numerous continuing professional development initiatives. He was a member of the Paediatric Exam Committee and Chair of the MCQ Test Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and he remains active as a Royal College examiner in paediatrics.
In making this announcement, the provost and board chairs would like to express their appreciation to Kimberly Dow for providing interim leadership of the department over the past 10 months.
Graeme N. Smith — Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Graeme Smith has been appointed head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen’s University, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital for an initial term from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018. These appointments are announced by Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s, and Sherri McCullough and Tom Buchanan, Chairs of the Boards of Directors for Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals.
After obtaining a combined MD/PhD at the University of Western Ontario in 1992, Dr. Smith completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Queen’s University. This was followed by a two-year fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Smith joined the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen’s University in 1999 as an assistant professor. He was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2005 and to the rank of professor in 2008. He holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Diagnostic Radiology.
A clinician scientist, Dr. Smith established and is director of the Queen’s Perinatal Research Unit that combines basic science and clinical research laboratories. His research focuses on pre-eclampsia as a marker of cardiovascular disease and potential therapeutics for its treatment. His primary research interests pertain to adverse pregnancy outcomes as a marker of future maternal health. He developed the Mothers Health Education, Research and Screening (MotHERS) Program to improve maternal health and outcomes.
Dr. Smith has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and he has been/is involved in over 50 peer-reviewed grant funded studies. He has supervised more than 12 graduate students, both MSc and PhD, and dozens of medical student and resident and research trainees. Dr. Smith’s research has been funded by a wide variety of sources including continuous funding since 2000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He has also been the recipient of numerous research awards, including a CIHR New Investigators Award, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award, the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada Researcher of the Year Award, as well as the Basmajian Research Award and the Chancellor’s Research Award from Queen’s University.
In making this announcement, the provost and board chairs would like to express their appreciation to Michael McGrath for his excellent leadership and contributions during his eight-year tenure as head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Stephen D. Bagg — reappointed Head, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Stephen Bagg has been reappointed head of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Queen’s University, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care Centre for a second term from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018. Dr. Bagg has served in this capacity since 2008. These reappointments are announced by Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s, and Sherri McCullough, Tom Buchanan and Glen Wood, Chairs of the Boards of Directors for Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care Centre.
Dr. Bagg first came to Queen's University as a graduate student following completion of a BSc (kinesiology) in 1980 from the University of Guelph. He received an MSc (anatomy) in 1982 and an MD in 1986 from Queen’s. Dr. Bagg joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as an assistant professor in 1990 and he was subsequently promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2003. Since 1990, Dr. Bagg has also served as the medical director of the St. Mary’s of the Lake Stroke Rehabilitation Service. From 1999 to 2003 he was medical director St. Mary’s of the Lake Sports Medicine Centre and from 1988 to 2011 he was also the hockey team doctor for the Queen’s Golden Gaels.
Dr. Bagg’s clinical, educational and research activities have been focused primarily on stroke rehabilitation, including the development and evaluation of novel approaches such as the use of botulinum neurotoxin for spasticity after stroke, recovery using the KINARM robotic device and mental imaging. He has contributed to Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences education enterprise at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels as Program Director, and he has furthered the scholarly activity in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as director of research. Dr. Bagg is a highly regarded lecturer, delivering courses, clinical skills training and workshops in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy. In 2011, he received the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences Clinical Skills Teaching Award.
Dr. Bagg has helped to advance his profession as a volunteer on a number of national and provincial committees, including as chair of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Stroke Special Interest Group and chair of the Royal College Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Examination Committee.
More appointments in the Faculty of Health Sciences:
- Lisa Jong, Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Radiology
- Timothy J.H. Chaplin, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
- Andrew K. Hall, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
- Conor J. McKaigney, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
- J. Gordon Boyd, Assistant Professor, Medicine-Neurology and Critical Care Program
- Allison B. Ashworth, Assistant Professor, Oncology
- Krisotpher S. Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine
- Sonal Varma, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine
- Michael A. McIsaac, Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences
- Deborah Tregunno, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
- Heidi Cramm, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
- Sarah J.T. Guilcher, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
- R. Scott McClure, Assistant Professor, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery