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Campus News: Winter 2023

Architect rendering of a new residence building

Endaayaan-Tkanónsote student residence – winner of a Livable City Design Award

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Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III will relive and re-imagine some of the classic artists in jazz and popular song, including Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Peggy Lee.

Campus landmarks lauded by Livable City Design Awards

Two campus buildings are being recognized for their contributions to the Kingston cityscape and the community. Mitchell Hall and the Endaayaan-Tkanónsote student residence are among the winners of the 2023 Kingston Livable City Design Awards.

The awards – given by the City of Kingston’s Planning and Services Department – are intended to highlight new buildings in the city that make a significant contribution to its visual identity and the quality of the environment for the community. Endaayaan-Tkanónsote is the university’s newest student residence, opening in the fall of 2022 with 334 fully equipped rooms. The former Physical Education Centre (PEC) was reopened in 2019 as Mitchell Hall after a complete overhaul.

It incorporates heritage features from the original 1930 building it replaced, most notably its Kingston limestone exterior. The design complements the Collegiate Gothic architecture that defines many iconic Queen’s buildings. 

Dates for next three celebrations announced

It’s time to start planning for the next three Homecomings as Queen’s has announced dates for the next three years. The third weekend of October has been selected, allowing thousands of alumni to plan to return to campus on the following dates: 

  • Oct. 18–20, 2024 (Milestone reunion for graduating class years ending in 4 or 9)
  • Oct. 17–19, 2025 (Milestone reunion for graduating class years ending in 0 or 5)
  • Oct. 16–18, 2026 (Milestone reunion for graduating class years ending in 1 or 6)

“Announcing dates three years in advance will allow Queen’s to more effectively co-ordinate with reunion volunteers, hospitality, and city partners,” says Queen’s Advancement Associate Vice-Principal Leigh Kalin, Artsci’92. “We also hope the advance notice gives our volunteers extra time to plan and create an even better Homecoming experience.”

Cathleen Crudden receives prestigious Polanyi Award

A world-leading expert in the field of materials science and organic chemistry, Professor Cathleen Crudden is the recipient of one of the most prestigious research awards in Canada: the John C. Polanyi Award. Awarded annually by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the honour recognizes her innovative and impactful approach to protecting metal surfaces using organic molecules. Dr. Crudden’s trailblazing research innovation demonstrated that an extremely thin carbon layer applied to metal surfaces can protect them from oxidation and extend their lifespan. The discovery has applications spanning fields from infrastructure, clean energy, and electronics manufacturing to cancer diagnostics and treatment.

Vice-Principal (Research) receives international recognition

Nancy Ross, Queen’s Vice-Principal (Research), has been awarded the 2023 Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography from the American Association of Geographers. The annual international accolade recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancements of health and/or medical geography research. Before joining Queen’s in 2021, Dr. Ross had a 20-year career as a researcher at McGill University. Dr. Ross’s research is built on the premise that if we can understand and modify the geographic, social, and economic factors that influence health outcomes, we can improve the health of whole populations and reduce burdens on health-care systems.

Renowned immunologist to join Cancer Research Institute

One of Canada’s most esteemed immunologists and a world leader in the fields of immunology and inflammation is coming to Queen’s to advance critical research on cancer and chronic disease.

Dr. Paul Kubes, Artsci’84, MSc’86, PhD’88, will join Queen’s Health Sciences and the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Immunophysiology and Immunotherapy

Dr. Kubes is receiving $8 million over eight years to support his research, as announced on Nov. 16 by the Honourable Terry Beech, Minister of Citizens’ Services, on behalf of Minister François-Philippe Champagne of Innovation, Science, and Industry, at Simon Fraser University. 

Dr. Kubes’s research program is at the forefront of real-time imaging of the immune system. Changes in a person’s immune-cell biology can alter the stability of the body’s chemical and physical state, leading to disease. Understanding how and why these changes occur to our stable state can help decipher the complex immune pathways involved in cancer, infection, and chronic disease.