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Campus News: Fall 2022

A castle, with a bridge over a moat, and foliage in the foreground.

Photograph by Lucy Carnaghan

On Campus

In just a few weeks, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will echo with the sounds of Stella Chen, an award-winning violinist who is “taking the world by storm.” Chen is just one of the artists alumni can now enjoy via the Isabel Digital Concert Hall.

  • Who: Stella Chen 
  • What: The Soloist Series 
  • Where: The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts 
  • When: Series begins Oct. 13, 2022, Chen performs Dec. 11. 
  • How: Attend these concerts virtually – at no cost – via the Isabel Digital Concert Hall

Herstmonceux campus gets new name

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) – the Queen’s campus located on the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle in the United Kingdom – has a new name. Welcome to Bader College.

The name showcases the campus’s connections to Queen’s and highlights the unique on-campus and academic experience it provides. The name Bader College also honours donors Alfred Bader, BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86, and Isabel Bader, LLD’07, who gifted the campus to Queen’s, and provides an opportunity to restate their vision for the campus as a venue for educating students from around the world, as well as showcasing research strengths and nurturing connections to the U.K. and local communities.

“For more than 25 years, our students attending Queen’s at Herstmonceux Castle have been provided with an immersive and unparalleled academic experience offering access to the U.K. and Europe right outside their door,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “This new name will signal to the international community the importance of the castle to our university and its pivotal role in Queen’s new global engagement strategy.”


  • Woman holding a violin vertically in front of her, against a grey background.

    Award-winning violinist Stella Chen. Photograph by Abigail Kralik.

  • A woman, wearing pearls and a cardigan, smiles at the camera while posing outside.

    Jennifer Tomasone (Kinesiology and Health Sciences)

  • Asian man wearing black-rimmed glasses and a blue shirt against a beige wall.

    Cao Thang Dinh (Chemical Engineering)

  • A woman with brown hair, wearing a red short-sleeve shirt, smiles at the camera.

    Chantelle Capicciotti (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Chemistry, and Surgery)

$1.5-billion facility a boon for Eastern Ontario

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to campus July 13 to announce a $1.5-billion investment that will create hundreds of jobs and boost the economy in the Eastern Ontario region. The funding will support the development of a manufacturing facility in collaboration with Belgium-based Umicore – a leading circular materials and electric vehicle technology company expanding its operations in North America. The new facility will employ around 1,000 people during the construction phase, and several hundred once in operation.

The prime minister was joined at the event by federal, provincial, and other dignitaries, including Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, and Belgium’s ambassador to Canada, Patrick Van Gheel.

Graduate Studies announces new name

Queen’s School of Graduate Studies announced a new name in June. It will now be known as the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA). The change is part of a broader strategy aimed at enhancing the visibility and experiences of post-doctoral fellows, who play vital research and instructional roles at the university.

“Following extensive consultation with current post-doctoral fellows and campus-wide stakeholders, we are proud to announce a new name that better reflects the breadth and depth of our programming and supports,” says Fahim Quadir, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Queen’s community members named to Order of Canada

Three members of the Queen’s community have been appointed to the Order of Canada. Professor Emeritus Ian Hodkinson, the founder of the art conservation program at Queen’s, was appointed an officer in recognition of “his pioneering and extensive contributions to the preservation and conservation of Canada’s cultural heritage.” He arrived at Queen’s in 1969, joining the fine arts program. In 1974, he founded the Queen’s University Master of Art Conservation Program, which offers interdisciplinary and research-based conservation training. Alumna Moira Hutchinson, Arts’64, MA’68, was praised for her work on socially responsible investing, notably through the Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility. The coalition of religious communities, founded in 1975, was one of Canada’s leading anti-apartheid advocates. Queen’s supporter R. Jamie Anderson, a senior adviser with RBC Capital Markets, was honoured for his leadership in Canada’s investment banking sector, as well as his volunteer service. Mr. Anderson, along with his wife, Patsy, Artsci’75, have positively impacted their community and Queen’s through volunteerism, leadership, and philanthropy.

Excellence in Research awards announced

Three researchers have been awarded Queen’s highest internal research award, the Prize for Excellence in Research.

Jennifer Tomasone (Kinesiology and Health Sciences), Cao Thang Dinh (Chemical Engineering), and Chantelle Capicciotti (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Chemistry, and Surgery) are early-career researchers who have demonstrated significant contributions to research in their fields. Dr. Tomasone’s goal is to optimize physical activity participation for Canadians of all abilities. Her research also goes beyond borders to aid efforts in movement guidelines internationally, working with organizations like the World Health Organization. Dr. Dinh has been designated by Web of Science as one of only three Queen’s researchers most cited globally in 2021. His program centres on using renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide, air, and water into valuable chemicals. Dr. Capicciotti is a Queen’s National Scholar whose interdisciplinary research in glycobiology and carbohydrate chemistry has been recognized as innovative on an international scale. Drawing from chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology, she has developed streamlined methods to synthesize complex carbohydrates, as well as novel biochemical tools to study their interactions.

The Prize for Excellence in Research celebrates those with distinguished contributions to their fields, earning their highest degree in the last 10 years.

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