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Principal Woolf’s Report to the University Senate

April 30, 2013

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In addition to his written report, Principal Woolf provided the following updates:

Honours and Awards:

I would like to draw Senate’s attention to some honours and awards that have been received by members of our community in the last month:

  • Political Studies professor John McGarry (Political Studies) has won one of five Canada Council Killam Prizes for his research on power-sharing and conflict resolution. The $100,000 Killam Prizes are one of Canada’s most distinguished awards for outstanding career achievements in health sciences, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Dr. McGarry won the prize in the Social Sciences.
  • Queen’s University professors have won three of the five national research and outreach honours awarded by Partners in Research.  They are James Low from Obstetrics and Gynecology, John Smol from Biology and Peter Taylor from Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Stephen Archer, Head of the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University, was recently awarded the Heart of Gold award for his volunteer work for the American Heart Association.
  • Queen’s medical student and global health advocate Paxton Bach is the first recipient of the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership from the Canadian Residence Matching Service.

Government Update 

Provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa will bring down his first budget on Thursday.  It is expected that the focus of this Budget will feature new funding priorities that are consistent with the new Ontario Government’s Speech from the Throne while juggling commitments to stave off a spring election.  A new Youth Jobs Strategy directed at jobs, innovation and entrepreneurship for youth, is expected to support young entrepreneurs at universities and colleges through a Youth Innovation Fund.

University Council Reform

Finally I would like to remind Senators again that voting on new University Council by-laws is underway and will close on May 6. These by-laws will implement University Council’s new mandate which was overwhelmingly endorsed by the membership by a vote of 92 to 11 at the beginning of April.  Please direct any questions that you have on this matter to Celia Russell, Secretary of University Council, in the Secretariat. 

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