Queen's University

For the Record: November 17, 2011

Thu, 11/17/2011


Faculty of Health Sciences

• Vikaash NC Kumar, Diagnostic Radiology (September 1)
• Dusan Kolar, Psychiatry (October 1)
• Melissa Rousseau, Medicine–General Internal Medicine (November 1)
• Michele N. Boyd, Psychiatry (November 1)
• Pallavi S. Nadkarni, Psychiatry (November 1)
• Christopher M. Wallace, Surgery–Neurosurgery (November 1)


Prizes for Excellence in Research 

The winners of the 2011 Prizes for Excellence in Research are Dr. Zongchao Jia (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) and Dr. Victor Snieckus (Chemistry).

The winners will deliver public lectures in spring 2012.



Faculty and students required to serve on Senate committees

Committee service is a valuable way in which members of the university community participate in the governance of Queen's. Senate committees discuss issues of broad interest to the academic community, and make recommendations on policy and practice that are essential to the university's operations and evolution.

At this time the Senate Nominating Committee seeks faculty who are willing to put their names forward for committee service, for the University Promotions Committee (must be a tenured professor), the University Promotions Advisory Committee (must hold the rank of full professor) or the Information Technology Committee beginning immediately. Terms are usually for two years, with the number of meetings per year depending on the particular committee's area of responsibility. As well, students are required for the Senate Orientation Activities Review Board (SOARB) and the Queen's University Engineering Society Services Incorporated (QUESSI) and the University Council on Athletics and Recreation. You can click on the committee name to read the terms of reference and composition. An online application form is at the bottom of the vacancy list. For a list of vacancies and application forms, visit the website.

Community members are urged to consider putting their name forward, either for a committee dealing with a subject that is of immediate interest or concern to you, or for a committee dealing with a subject that you know is important. Either way, committee work allows you to directly impact the way Queen's functions as a teaching and research institution, and as a community of scholars, students and staff.

Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.

If you wish to discuss the opportunity of serving on a Senate committee, please feel free to contact the Secretariat Office at (613) 533-6095.


Call for nominations for the Human Rights Initiative Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Queen’s Human Rights Initiative Award. The award honours the commitment made by individuals, groups and organizations toward making Queen's a more welcoming and inclusive place for people of all backgrounds and identities.

"Community participation is essential to the fulfillment of ideals set out in documents like the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights," says Stephanie Simpson, Associate Director, Human Rights Office. “Human rights principles need to be transformed into activities that make a difference in people's everyday lives. The Human Rights Initiative Award formally recognizes and celebrates initiatives that have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of equality and human rights at Queen's University."

Nominations for the Queen's Human Rights Initiative Award will be considered on the basis of the originality of the initiative, its positive impact on the university community, its sustainability, and how it has encouraged partnership/cooperation among community constituents. Past award recipients include the Queen's Health and Human Rights Conference, QUIC English Conversation Group, the QUMSA Campaign for a Hate-Free Campus, and the ReelOUT Film Festival.

Full details and nomination forms can be found on the Human Rights Office website. The deadline for nominations is November 30. The award is normally granted on December 10 each year to coincide with the anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.

Nominations of initiatives developed by Kingston community members will be considered provided the initiative was directly intended to benefit the Queen’s community.

Please direct any questions about the Queen's Human Rights Initiative Award to the Human Rights Office at (613) 533-6886 or hrights@queensu.ca.


Pension plan AGM to be held in December

The annual meeting of the Queen's Pension Plan will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, December 2 in Room 101 Kingston Hall. All plan members are invited to attend.

Campus flu shot clinics scheduled

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFLA) Public Health will host a public walk-in clinic on Wednesday, November 30 from 9:30 am to 5 pm in the new School of Medicine building (15 Arch Street).

In addition, Health Services will hold walk-in clinics for students on Friday, November 18 and Friday, November 25 from 3-4:30 pm at the LaSalle Building (146 Stuart Street).

Proper hand washing, coughing etiquette, and keeping shared surfaces clean are also important ways community members can protect themselves and others from getting the flu:

Wash your hands regularly:
• Before eating, and after coughing, sneezing and using the washroom;
• Use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds;
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze:
• Sneeze into a tissue or into your upper sleeve rather than your hand;
• If you use a tissue, deposit it in a trash receptacle and wash your hands immediately.
Keep shared surface areas clean:
• Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces can help stop the spread of influenza.

For more information about preventing the flu, and for more community flu shot clinics, visit the KFLA Public Health website.


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