Archive: 2020

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green shares an update about academic planning for first-year undergraduate students.

As some of Queen’s incoming students are making decisions about their residence offers, several faculties and schools have worked to finalize their plans for first-year undergraduate programs in the 2021 winter term.

In developing their plans, the faculties and schools followed the following principles:

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Spencer, who has received the 2020 Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) from the Geological Society of America (GSA). 

The Young Scientist Award was established in 1988 to be awarded to a young scientist (35 or younger) for outstanding achievement in contributing to geologic knowledge through original research that marks a major advance in the earth sciences.

Queen's attracts six Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars and one Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow through national programs.

The IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE) has awarded the 2020 TCSE New Directions Award to Dr. Ahmed Hassan of the School of Computing and Dr. Thomas Zimmermann of Microsoft Research.

Award-winning playwright and poet arrived at Queen's in 2003 as a Queen's National Scholar.


Professor Emeritus Daniel David Moses, an award-winning playwright and poet, died Monday, July 13. He was 68.

The Queen’s community is mourning the loss of Indigenous playwright and Professor Emeritus Daniel David Moses. Daniel passed away on Monday, July 13th 2020. 

It was another record-breaking year for the Art of Research photo contest, with more than 100 faculty, staff, students, and alumni submitting engaging and thought-provoking research images. The 2020 competition is the largest in the contest’s five-year history, with images winning 10 category and special prizes.

On behalf of the Queen's Faculty of Arts and Science, the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity (EDII) Implementation Committee stand in solidarity with Indigenous students, staff, and faculty. The defacement of these flags at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is an expression of hate and we unequivocally refute these deplorable actions.

Queen’s University researcher David Lyon has earned the Molson Prize for decades of work in surveillance studies.

The new program is designed to increase access to a Queen’s education.

Among the members of the Class of 2024 are the first-ever Promise Scholars.

From the Gold Rush through two world wars to the dawn of the internet age up until now, Queen’s University has been delivering exceptional distance learning programs.  

This fall, you’ll be doing something you’ve probably never done – an entire semester remotely. It’s okay to be concerned. It’s always reasonable to be concerned in the face of change and new challenges.

Queen's University Biological Station launches video highlighting its role in fostering leading-edge research, experiential learning, science outreach, and biodiversity conservation.

 

University leadership and staff share message of congratulations on National Indigenous Peoples Day, as Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee flags are raised on campus.

A $3.5-million gift in honour of the late Jennifer Velva Bernstein, Artsci’89, will help the Isabel host more artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

A $1 million donation from the Jarislowsky Foundation allows Queen’s to acquire leading-edge technology that will be the only of its kind in Canada


A $1-million gift from The Jarislowsky Foundation will bring leading-edge technology to Canada and help to preserve some of the country’s most important works of art.  

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Hutchinson, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). 

The CAE comprises many of the country’s most accomplished engineers, who have expressed their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of the country and its enterprises. Fellows of the Academy are nominated and elected by their peers, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. 

Principal Patrick Deane announces three new initiatives to further the university’s commitment to fight racism and create a safe and supportive experience for Black students.

The Black Lives Matter protests now happening around the world have also sparked important and timely conversations at Queen’s. Over the past week, the university has heard from students and others that it can, and must, do more to help fight all forms of racism against Black members of our community.

It has come to our attention that some Arts and Science students who recently had their degrees awarded had the designation “With Distinction” omitted from the list on the web (http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/students/convocation/graduates-arts-and-science), and their transcripts. Many of these omissions are an error. The list is being reviewed and all corrections will be made by Friday 12 June.

The murder of George Floyd (Minneapolis), and the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet (Toronto) and Breonna Taylor (Louisville), and the protest and violent unrest that has erupted over the past week highlights the significance of the work of the FAS Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity Implementation Committee and the importance of engaging all members of our Faculty in responding to the continuing issues faced by our community members.

We designed our new, free, non-credit course “Learning and Working in a Digital Age” to assist our incoming students in their transition to Queen’s.

It is an opportunity to learn through Arts and Science Online this summer and to experience remote learning at Queen’s, which we have been doing for over 130 years (since 1889)!

In recent days, like many people, I have watched and read news coverage of anti-racism protests across the United States and in Canada, precipitated by the brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd by police. This appalling event, along with other racist acts experienced daily by Black people in our society, reminds us that we cannot be complacent and must continue to fight racism in all its forms.

Ottawa orders 10,000 ventilators developed by team led by Art McDonald and global collaborators in fight against COVID-19.

An MVM ventilator shown during development.
An MVM ventilator shown during development.

Alice Santilli, a master's candidate in the School of Computing, is the Queen’s Three Minute Thesis winner with her presentation 'Sniffing out breast cancer.'

Sam Hiemstra is now representing the student body as the new Queen’s rector.

We recognize that Queen’s University sits on the land of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

During these challenging times, we issue this statement of solidarity and support to the members of our Queen’s community who have had their inequities amplified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initiative connects student volunteers with alumni over the age of 70 to build intergenerational connections and reduce social isolation.


Laura Tamblyn Watts (Artsci’94) reached out to her alma mater to help create the Queen’s Community Connections Project. (Supplied Photo)

Enrolments are surging in popular online summer courses at Queen’s.

Queen’s University professor Katherine McKittrick has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as an International Honorary Member in social sciences. The award recognizes her research contributions, which are in areas of black studies, anti-colonial studies, cultural geographies, and gender studies.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is making the following remedies available to you if your performance in classes from Winter term 2020 is compromised by the COVID-19 situation.

Dr. Richard Oleschuk (Acting Department Head, Department of Chemistry), joined CTV News Ottawa this week to discuss the work that Queen's and its students are doing to help manufacture hand sanitizer for local Kingston hospitals. 

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Queen’s University has provided $2.18 million and counting in bursaries in response to COVID-19.

Queen’s professor Troy Day is helping Ontario develop models to predict the future of the virus in the province.

As Ontario works to contain the spread of COVID-19, the provincial government is drawing on the expertise of researchers from its universities. Troy Day, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s, has been chosen to serve on the Provincial COVID-19 Modelling Consensus Table.

An interdisciplinary team of Queen’s researchers and industry partners have mobilized to formulate hand sanitizer for Kingston hospitals

This new fourth-year interdisciplinary project experience course allows undergraduate students to work with students from other faculties and programs to address a problem presented by a client. While addressing a real problem from a company, non-profit organization or government, students will learn project management, problem solving, communication, and how to work with clients and stakeholders.

A student in the Department of History was one of the first ever at Queen's to defend her dissertation remotely.

Online courses and programs at Queen’s offer opportunities for summers disrupted by COVID-19.

Faculties at Queen's are seeing an increased demand for their popular online summer courses.
Faculties at Queen's are seeing an increased demand for their popular online summer courses.

Principal strikes new COVID-19 steering committee to plan for 2020/21 academic year.

Dr. Husein Moloo is the co-founder of PurposeMed.
Dr. Husein Moloo is the co-founder of PurposeMed.

 

A Queen’s alumnus has launched a new telehealth service that is keeping hundreds of patients out of emergency rooms and doctors’ offices every week and reducing some of the burden on overworked healthcare professionals.

How the university's researchers are sharing their expertise to help us understand and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Queen's researchers are sharing their expertise during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering commentary and analysis. (Unsplash / Austin Distel)

How the university's researchers are sharing their expertise to help us understand and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Queen's researchers are sharing their expertise during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering commentary and analysis. (Unsplash / Austin Distel)

A team of Canadian physicists, led by Queen’s Nobel Laureate Art McDonald, is part of an international effort to design a ventilator to help in the treatment of COVID-19.

Queen’s University Library continues to provide remote services during the university’s response to COVID-19.

While library locations remain closed at this time, the Queen’s University Library is very much open online, with many supports and resources available to students, faculty, and staff, as outlined on the library’s COVID-19 website.

Vice-Principal (Research) launches funding competition for medical and social coronavirus-related solutions.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, May-June and May-July online summer courses will begin one week later than initially scheduled; in other words, online summer courses that start in May will now begin on May 11. Please see all summer dates and deadlines here.

Student Affairs is coming up with new ways to help students stay connected with Queen’s and adjust to remote learning.

Student Affairs is working to offer their services remotely.

Queen’s has academic support for students as they transition to remote learning. 

Students looking for academic support as they learn remotely can turn to Student Academic Success Services. (Unsplash / Thought Catalog)

Queen’s University researcher Tom Hollenstein on ways of coping with stress as the world deals with the coronavirus.

With the threat of COVID-19 gripping the world, Queen’s University professor Tom Hollenstein uses his research into how we manage emotions to offer insight into how we are dealing with weeks of disruption, near isolation and the threat of getting sick.

Preventative measures at Queen’s are aimed at slowing the rate of infection to ensure the healthcare system can focus on those more seriously affected by the virus.

We understand that the current situation is causing disruption, stress, and uncertainty and we want to let you know that we are here to answer your questions. Please see our Information and FAQs page. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at deanartsci@queensu.ca.

The 14th Annual I@Q Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in Stauffer Library March 12-13, 2020. All are welcome to attend. This  conference celebrates the research of a new generation of scholars. Please join us to listen, learn, and engage with them.

This year’s program includes 34 oral and 21 poster presentations from undergraduate students across the disciplines at Queen’s and Carleton University. Students will present their work in the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library.  

Queen’s increases communication to assist campus in coronavirus preparedness.

Former Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, David Walker, to lead university’s coronavirus response.

As part of Queen's University’s continuing response to COVID-19, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane has appointed David Walker as Special Advisor to the Principal on Planning and Preparation for COVID-19.

Queen’s University administrators are actively monitoring reports on the evolving outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 that can cause acute upper respiratory illness and pneumonia. Protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty is a primary concern, and we are continuously assessing what may be required in response to any spread of the virus.

For more information, see https://safety.queensu.ca/coronavirus and https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness.

New Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green surprised with ceremony of celebration and recognition.

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green receives a ribbon shirt from Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill). (University Communications)

Ten graduates — including an employment law pioneer and dedicated Indigenous leader — and one organization will be honoured by the Queen’s University Alumni Association on April 4.

A pioneer in employment law in Canada and a former grand chief dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous peoples across Canada are among this year’s Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) award recipients.

The Introduction of a BA Minor/General in Black Studies

In addition to looking back into history this month, scholars in the Faculty of Arts and Science are looking forward to developing a new BA Minor/General in Black Studies with a target launch date of fall 2021. Katherine McKittrick, one of the key players in its development and a Professor in the Gender Studies Department, explains the main driving forces behind this exciting initiative and gives more insight into its benefits for students, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the university as a whole.

New promotional campaign highlights the impact of Queen's research.

Every day, cutting-edge and impactful research is being conducted at Queen’s, and the university wants everyone to know about it.

Sixth annual Majors Night will help students connect their interests, goals, and academic options at Queen’s.

Students attending Majors Night in 2018.

Students attending Majors Night in 2018.

The Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) application period is open until March 2, 2020. 

USSRF recipient Clare Simon takes a moment in front of her 2019 poster presentation with her faculty supervisor Dr. Lisa Pasolli.

Student Wellness Services offers a variety of Wellness Groups including a new program that targets students with chronic health conditions.

Wellness groups help students develop new skills and self-care strategies in a supportive environment.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research funds $3.95 million in grants to seven Queen’s Researchers.

Seven Queen’s University researchers are contributing their knowledge in the areas of melanoma, intensive care unit survivors, postoperative pain, diabetes medication, Indigenous public health, and depression thanks to funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dear all members of Queen’s University,

The current outbreak of novel coronavirus is raising concerns across the globe. While it is understandable that in some circumstances people may respond with fear, it is always important, especially in a university, to make decisions based on information and facts. At Queen’s, we are monitoring the evolving situation very carefully and are being guided by experts in the field. At this time, the health risk to our community from coronavirus remains low. 

On behalf of the Faculty of Arts and Science, we offer our condolences to the family and friends Bethany Qun Yi Yan, who died on Sunday, January 26.

Bethany was a fourth-year Concurrent Education student pursuing French and History in the Faculty of Arts and Science and a member of the award-winning varsity cheerleading team.

The Queen’s community is remembering Bethany Qun Yi Yan, who died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Bethany Qun Yi Yan, a fourth-year Concurrent Education student and a member of the varsity cheer team at Queen's, died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Bethany started at Queen’s University in 2015. She was a fourth-year Concurrent Education student and was pursuing French and History in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

IGnite: Research Stories to Inspire Generations will feature talks on neutrinos, fundamental building blocks of the universe, and molecular interactions

Groups across campus prepare to take part in mental health conversations for Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Student groups and university offices are working to make the most of Bell Let's Talk Day.

Increased investment by businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich means Queen’s is eligible to receive up to 10 Schulich Leaders each year.

More future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math will be coming to Queen’s, thanks to the generosity of one of Canada’s top philanthropists.

Queen's alumni will return to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 16-18. (University Communications / Photo by Suzy Lamont)

Queen's alumni will return to campus for Homecoming on Oct. 16-18. (University Communications / Photo by Suzy Lamont)

Queen’s Homecoming 2020 will take place Oct.

We're hosting focus groups to hear your ideas about how we should deliver advising services and to learn the best way for our office to communicate with you about our services.

Over the last decade, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) has taken advantage of a unique piece of research infrastructure and set out on a new mission.

Mark Chen, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, holds a photomultiplier tube (PMT). PMTs are very sensitive light detectors, capable of sensing single light photons and producing an electrical pulse that travels to the data acquisition electronics.

Faculty of Arts and Science student Amir Moradi among the 176 people (including 57 Canadians) who perished on Jan. 8 near Tehran.

Queen’s is joining universities across the country to honour victims of the Iran plane crash that left no survivors last week.

On Jan. 8, 176 people, including Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science student Amir Moradi, were killed when their plane was shot down near Tehran.

Queen’s student will discuss environmentally friendly food business at a city symposium.

Devon Hawkins will be speaking at the Kingston Climate Change Symposium.

Devon Hawkins will be speaking at the Kingston Climate Change Symposium.

New research from Queen’s University says the answer depends on your culture.

New research from Queen’s University has revealed the way people evaluate an opponent in a competition can be drastically different depending on cultures.

Hundreds attend the vigil to remember student Amir Moradi and the other 175 people killed in the plane crash in Iran

Amir Moradi, a student in the Faculty of Arts and Science, died in the plane crash in Iran on Wednesday, Jan. 8. (Communications Staff)

On behalf of the Faculty of Arts and Science, we offer our condolences to the family and friends of Amir Moradi and to all the members of our community mourning loved ones and colleagues who perished in the tragic plane crash in Iran.

We encourage you to join us at the vigil being held by the Iranian Student Association for all of the individuals who perished in the crash. The vigil will take place at 5 p.m. today in the John Deutsch University Centre.

Queen’s mourns loss of student enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Queen’s University is mourning the loss of one of its students who was on board the plane that crashed in Iran on Wednesday.

The Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing brings together leaders in research, education, and industry as well as students for inspiration and engagement.