Queen's University

For the Record: March 7, 2013

Date: 
Thu, 03/07/2013

Appointments

Scott Yam — Associate Dean (International and Special Projects), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Yam as the inaugural Associate Dean (International and Special Projects) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science for a five-year term effective March 1, 2013.

Dr. Yam holds a BEng in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, and an MSc and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. From 2000 to 2003, he worked as a Sprint Fellow at the Sprint Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) in Burlingame, California. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's as an assistant professor in 2004, and was promoted to associate professor in July 2010. He spent his sabbatical as a consultant for a technology incubator in Asia (ASTRI in Hong Kong), and has served as consulting professor at Nanjing University in China.

An active researcher in the areas of optical communications and sensing, Dr. Yam has more than 70 refereed technical journal and conference publications, two patents and one pending patent application. In April 2010, he became the director of the NSERC CREATE initiative for Next Generation Optical Networks, which aims at revolutionizing training in optical communication in Canada by formalizing graduate industrial internship, and introducing an online common graduate course which pools six faculty experts from Queen’s, McGill and Laval on the simulation and modelling of optical systems and devices. To date, the project has impacted more than 45 trainees at the MSc, PhD and postdoctoral levels, involving more than 15 collaborators from the industry, academia and government organizations from across North America, Asia, and Europe.

Currently the editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Canada e-newsletter, and active in the organization of various international and local technical conferences in optics and electrical engineering, Dr. Yam was the past-chair of the IEEE Kingston Section, and has served as reviewer for various high-impact society journals and conferences. He is a recipient of the Young Scientist Award and Student Paper Award from the IEEE LEOS Japan Chapter. Since 2007, he has been working on various international initiatives on behalf of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, visiting more than 20 universities in East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East.

Dr. Yam had spent time living and working in six countries on three continents. During his third year as an undergraduate, he went on a 16-month work/ study exchange in Germany, which saw him producing essays on the portrait of female protagonists in the 18th century “Sturm und Drang” literature, and ambushed by the travel bug in the Jordanian red desert of Wadi Rum. In his new role, he hopes to re-create similar experiences for willing and curious engineering students, and impact the international graduate and undergraduate enrolment in the faculty.

Other appointments in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science:

  • Carlos Escobedo, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering (May 1, 2013)

Faculty of Health Sciences:

  • Stephen Z. Grahovac, Diagnostic Radiology (February 4, 2013)

Committees

Advisory Review Committee — Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

In accordance with Queen’s University Senate Policy on “Procedures Governing the Establishment, Reporting and Review of Research Centres, Institutes and Other Entities at Queen’s University,” Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), is pleased to announce the membership of the advisory committee for the review of the proposal for formal institute status of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research.

Members of the committee are: 

  • Marcia Finlayson, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Geoffrey Hodgetts, Professor and Director, Medical Education, Department of Family Medicine (Chair)
  • Rosemary Jolly, Professor, Department of English and School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Mel Robertson, Head, Department of Biology
  • Heather Stuart, Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology and Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair
  • Sonja Verbeek, Director, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) (Secretary)

Members of the university community are invited to submit their comments on the present state and future prospects of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research to Dr. Geoffrey Hodgetts, Committee Chair, either in writing c/o Sonja Verbeek, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research), 251 Richardson Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, or electronically to sv4@queensu.ca by Monday, March 25, 2013. Comments will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the Advisory Review Committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered. For more information on the Institute, please visit the institute’s website.

Advisory Committee — Canada Excellence Research Chair in GeoFluids in Sedimentary Basins

Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), is pleased to announce the membership of the committee, which he has asked to advise him in the search for an individual to take up a Canada Excellence in Research Chair in GeoFluids in Sedimentary Basins.

Members of the committee are:

  • Irène Bujara, Director, Human Rights Office
  • Ryan Dhillon, Graduate Student Representative, Department of Geological Science and Geological Engineering
  • Mark Diederichs, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Cynthia Fekken (Chair), Associate Vice-Principal (Research) and Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Jean Hutchinson, Department Head, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Heather Jamieson, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Kurtis Kyser, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Robert Lemieux, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Steve McKinnon, Associate Head and Professor, Department of Mining Engineering
  • Kent Novakowski, Department Head, Department of Civil Engineering
  • • Brian Surgenor, Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Studies and External Affairs), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Marianne Ferris (Secretary), Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

The Vice-Principal (Research) would like to extend his thanks to the members of this committee for their willingness to serve.

Advisory Committee — Canada Excellence Research Chair in Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy

Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research),is pleased to announce the membership of the committee, which he has asked to advise him in the search for an individual to take up a Canada Excellence in Research Chair in Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy.

Members of the committee are:

  • Mark Chen, Professor, Department of Physics
  • Marc Dignam, Professor, Department of Physics
  • James Fraser, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
  • Stephen Hughes, Professor, Department of Physics
  • Geoffrey Lockwood (Chair), Department Head and Associate Professor, Department of Physics
  • Heidi Penning, Equity Office
  • Anne Topper, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
  • Lawrence Widrow, Professor, Department of Physics

The Vice-Principal (Research) would like to extend his thanks to the members of this committee for their willingness to serve.

Update: Advisory Committee – Appointments, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), has appointed an advisory committee to provide advice on two appointments: the interim appointment of Associate Vice-Principal (Research) (AVPR) Cynthia Fekken, and the appointment of a second AVPR, who will be primarily dedicated to supporting and advancing the activities of the social sciences and humanities research community at Queen’s. The second appointment will be at 0.6 full-time equivalent (FTE).

The membership of this committee has been revised. Members are:

  • Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Jay Handelman, Associate Dean (Research), School of Business
  • Margaret Harrison, Professor, School of Nursing
  • James Lee, Vice-Provost (International)
  • Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), Chair
  • Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education
  • Heidi Penning, Equity Advisor, Equity Office
  • Jill Scott, Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Troy Sherman, Municipal Affairs Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
  • Matthew Shultz, VP Campaigns and Community Affairs, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
  • Brian Surgenor, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Sonja Verbeek, Director, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research), Secretary

Submit Comments – Interim Appointment of Associate Vice-Principal (Research)

Faculty, staff, students, residents and other members of the university are invited to submit comments on the present state and future prospects of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) and to provide feedback on the appointment of Dr. Fekken as AVPR for a five-year term.

Statements of Interest – Appointment of Second Associate Vice-Principal (Research)

We also invite interested candidates in the second AVPR role to submit a statement of interest (no more than six pages), specifically commenting on their ability to advance and support the strategic priorities of the Queen’s Strategic Research Plan, particularly within the social sciences and humanities priorities and themes and supporting the development of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Queen’s University. A new revised position description is available on the VPR website. We welcome recommendations for this second AVPR role from the university community. Please note this position is for an initial appointment for three years.

Send all submissions and feedback by March 12, 2013, to Steven Liss, Committee Chair, either in writing c/o Sonja Verbeek, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research), 251 Richardson Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, or electronically to sv4@queensu.ca. Responses will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the advisory committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Update: Search Committee — Executive Director in the Office of Research Services

A search committee has been established for the position of executive director in the Office of Research Services.

The membership of this committee has been revised. Members are: 

  • Jo-Anne Brady, Vice-Provost (Planning and Budgeting)
  • Irène Bujara, Director, Human Rights Office
  • G. Cynthia Fekken (Chair), Associate Vice-Principal (Research) and Professor, Department of Psychology
  • John Fisher, Director of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Robert Lemieux, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Kimberley McAuley, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Monica St. Pierre, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Edward Thomas, Assistant Director, Industry Partnerships
  • Marianne Ferris (Secretary), Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Headship Selection Committee — Jewish Studies Program

Howard Adelman’s term as director of the Jewish Studies Program is scheduled to end on June 30, 2013. Dr. Adelman is willing to consider reappointment.

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, an abridged selection committee will be struck to assist the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in the reappointment process.

The committee will be chaired by Associate Dean Gordon Smith.

To assist in this consultation process, you are invited to make recommendations of individuals to serve on the abridged selection committee, to express your views on the present state and future prospects of the Jewish Studies Program, and whether you favour renewal of the present director. If you wish to offer comments on these matters, please be advised that your letter will be reviewed by the committee and will become part of the record of decision-making. Please send all comments to the attention of Ms. Diane Reid reiddm@queensu.ca by March 22, 2013.

Under Article 41.3.3, if the Head indicates that s/he wants to be renewed, “the Abridged Selection Committee shall consult with the members of the Department, and if it concludes that there is a clear departmental consensus in favour of renewal, it shall recommend to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) that the Head be renewed.” If the Committee concludes that there is no clear consensus for renewal, a full committee shall than be constituted.

Nominations

2013 Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

The School of Graduate Studies provides this award to recognize outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring graduate students through their training. Excellence is judged on the quality of supervision and mentorship in facilitating the acquisition of skills and resources needed for the student to succeed as scholars and professionals. Characteristics include availability, timeliness and quality of guidance and feedback, responsiveness to student needs, and enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge. In addition, the supervisor must promote timely completion of the thesis and encourage the career development of the student through the provision of leadership and support in academic matters such as publishing, presenting, and applying for funding. Preference will be given to faculty members who have displayed sustained mentorship activity over many years.

For further details and a nomination form please visit the SGS website. Complete nomination packages must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies no later than 4:30 pm, Monday, May 6, 2013.

Brockington Visitorship, the Chancellor Dunning Trust and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund

The University Secretariat is calling for proposals for the Brockington Visitorship, the Chancellor Dunning Trust and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund. Please send one electronic copy of submissions to senate@queensu.ca.

The Brockington Visitorship
The Senate Committee on Creative Arts and Public Lectures invites nominations for the Brockington Visitorship. The terms of reference are “to invite a person of international distinction to come to Queen’s University to deliver a public lecture and to meet formally and informally with faculty and students.” Online proposals will be accepted for up to $7,000. Deadline: March 31.

The Chancellor Dunning Trust
The Senate Committee on Creative Arts and Public Lectures invites nominations for the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture. The terms of reference are “to identify and invite a person of distinction to be the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecturer. The Chancellor Dunning Lecturer will be expected to deliver a public lecture that promotes the understanding and appreciation of the supreme importance of the dignity, freedom and responsibility of the individual person in human society.” Online proposals will be accepted for up to $16,000. Deadline: March 31.

George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund
This fund provides grants to support public performances and exhibitions for the benefit of the Queen’s and broader Kingston communities. Online applications are welcome from Queen’s community members. Course-related activities and projects that focus on research, composition, creation or production do not qualify for support. Deadline: March 31.

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