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What is Grad Chat?

A 30 minute radio show featuring one to two graduate students each week.  This is an opportunity for our grad students to showcase their research to the Queen's and Kingston community and how it affects us.  From time to time we will also interview a post-doc or an alum or interview grad students in relation to something topical for the day.

Grad Chat is a collaboration between the School of Graduate Studies and CFRC 101.9FM

How To Sign Up

Just print off and fill in the "Interviewee Form" (70KB).  Return it to Colette in the SGS office at 

Actual interviews are done on Mondays between 10:00am and 12:00pm each week in the CFRC recording rooms.  A schedule will be organised with those who have signed up already.

Opportunities of Grad Chat

  • For grad students to showcase their research to a bigger audience
  • For grad students to practice talking to the media
  • For Queen’s and Kingston to hear about graduate research on campus
  • As a recruitment tool via the podcasts made which will be posted on our website and program websites.
  • For our alumni to talk about what they researched and where they are now to show grad degree employability

Winter 2017 Podcasts

June 20th, 2017

Interviewee - Jhordan Layne

Jhordan Layne. Ph.D. candidate in English Language & Literature, supervised by Dr Chris Bongie

Research: Representations of Obeah in Literature

Overview: I read Caribbean colonial and postcolonial literature from the 18th century to today and I pay particular attention to how they represent Afro-Caribbean religion. I look specifically at obeah, a complex of religious-magical traditions commonly practiced throughout the Anglophone Caribbean. It has been prohibited in many parts of the Caribbean since the 18th century during slavery, and it's still prohibited in many Caribbean countries today. My main research questions have to do with religion and religious freedom. What is it that separates belief systems considered religion from those considered superstition? Why are some beliefs are offered protections and freedoms, while others are prohibited and degraded? Literature helps us answer these questions by offering insight into how perceptions of obeah have developed over the course of 300 years. .

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June 6th & 13th, 2017

Interviewee - Rosanna Brown

Rosanna Brown - M.A. in Art History, supervised by Dr Cathleen Hoeniger

Research: The Cultural Effects of Climate Change

Overview: The destruction of culture has long been a topic of interest for art historians, but research often focuses on damage caused by war or natural disasters. Rosanna’s thesis introduces climate change as a new form of cultural destruction, which damages art and architecture both physically and conceptually. By focusing on the prehistoric archaeological site of Chavín de Huantar in Peru, and the Baroque city centre of Dresden in Germany, she investigates how climate change changes the ways we experience and interpret culture on a planet that is quickly deteriorating.

June 6th, 2017 - Part 1

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June 13th, 2017- Part 2

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May 30th, 2017

Interviewee - Nilita Sood

Nilita Sood - M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine, supervised by Dr Diane Lougheed and Dr John T. Fisher

Research: Sensory Mechanical Responses to High-Dose Methacholine in Healthy Normal Subjects

Overview: NIlita is working on determining the baseline bronchodilating response to high-dose methacholine and will compare it to people with asthma and cough.

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May 23rd, 2017

Interviewee - Victoria Donovan

Victoria Donovan - M.Sc. in Neuroscience, supervised by Dr R.D. Andrew

Research: Lie Low Stay Alive!

Overview: Following on from representing Queen's at the Ontario 3MT, Victoria talks about her experiences of the event and her research on the cortical shutdown in the mammalian brain as an evolutionary conserved survival tactic following traumatic brain injury.

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May 16th, 2017- Live

Interviewee - Louis Zatzman

Louis Zatzman- M.A. in History, supervised by Dr Harold Mah

Research: The Paris Commune

Overview: Louis will look at the similarities and differences of how the Commune was represented by authors, poets, politicians, historians, and other writers.  He will also talk about his new podcast titled "Unraveled"

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May 9th, 2017

Interviewee - Sophie Kenny

Sophie Kenny - Ph.D. in Psychology, supervised by Dr Nikolaus Troje

Research: Perceptual Effects of Inconsistency in human animations

Overview: One method of animating human-like avatars in video games and movies is animation retargeting. For this procedure, the motion of a performer is pre-recorded and later used to animate the avatar. In practice, the body shape of the avatar can be very different from the body shape of the original performer. Such animations are called inconsistent, because they are generated from mismatching shape and motion components. However, in day-to-day life, we experience consistent shape and motion information. As a result, our visual system builds up expectations regarding the way a person should look and move. For her thesis, Sophie conducted psychological experiments to look at the perceptual consequences of reducing consistency of animations. Her goal is to understand how inconsistency changes the observer’s perception and to investigate the extent to which it could be a problem for computer animators.

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May 2nd, 2017

Interviewee - Cindy Xing

Cindy Xing - M.Ed in Education, supervised by Dr Benjamin Bolden

Research: International students’ academic acculturation

Overview: My research explored how Chinese students with limited spoken English experienced Canadian university. I used narrative inquiry, a methodology that involves listening to and analyzing stories. I interviewed Chinese students at a mid-sized Canadian university to listen to their study stories in Canada. In addition to the traditional narrative writing, I used music to re-tell the stories. So my thesis also includes digitally-produced musical representations of the students’ experiences.

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