On Tuesday August 26, 2014, MSc candidate Rachel McMillan successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Rachel's thesis title was Family structure as a predictor of organized sport participation and sedentary screen time in Canadian youth. Drs. Joan Almost (School of Nursing), John Freeman (Education)
On Thursday July 17, 2014, MSc candidate Christine Collier successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Christine's thesis title was on e arly detection of progressive chronic kidney disease by monitoring change in eGFR in CKD stages 1, 2 & 3. Drs. Wendy Wobeser (Medicine), Patrick Costigan (Kinesiology and Health Studies)
Congratulations to Allison Maier (MPH -2011) and Kristi Randhawa (MPH -2012) and their Practicum Preceptor, Dr. Anna Majury for their publication, Bacteriological testing of private well water: A trends and guidelines assessment using five years of submissions data from southeastern Ontario in the May/June issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.
On June 6, 2014 the Department of Public Health Sciences held a Convocation Reception for recent MPH, MSc (Epidemiology) and PhD (Epidemiology) graduates. Department Head, Will Pickett, noted: "I am very proud of our graduates, who all are a credit to the Department. Congratulations on this important accomplishment".
On Wednesday June 11, 2014, MSc candidate Shari Thomas successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Shari's thesis title was The influence of Toxic Metals on Small for Gestational Age. Drs. Stevenson Fergus (Kinesiology and Health Studies), Ian Casson (Medicine) as a Methodologist.
On Friday June 20, 2014, MSc candidate Lidija Latifovic successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Lidija's thesis title was The influence of alcohol consumption, smoking and physical activity on peripheral blood leukocyte telomere length. She was supervised by Drs. Will King and Tom Massey, and her examiners were Drs. Cheryl King-VanVlack (Rehabilitation Therapy), Louise Winn (Biomedical Sciences), Ian Janssen (PHS), and Heather Stuart (PHS). Lidija has gained employment with Cancer Care Ontario as a Research Assistant. Congratulations Lidija.
Public Health Sciences welcomed external reviewers to Carruthers Hall on May 28th and May 29th as part of the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Process (QUQAP) review of the graduate programs within our Department.
Drs. Kathy Speechley (Western University), Sentil Senthilselvan (University of Alberta) and Marcia Finlayson (Queen’s) spent two days meeting with Deans, faculty, students and staff to learn about our MSc, MPH and PhD programs. They will submit a review by the end of June.
Several of the Department's MSc and PhD students attended the Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics conference at McMaster University on May 10, 2014.
On Thursday May 15th, the department gathered for a full-day educational retreat to discuss our graduate programs.