Archive: 2021

International Women’s Day – March 8 – is an opportunity to recognize women’s achievements in our community and around the world. It is also a time to take measure of the ongoing efforts to achieve equity for women.

As Queen’s University and the Faculty of Arts and Science marks International Women’s Day, the Gazette takes a look back at some of the key accomplishments, events, and women – mentors and role models, visionaries and trailblazers, leaders and supporters, faculty, students and staff – who have helped make a difference over the past 12 months.

Choosing a program is one of the largest decisions students make during their time in university. Majors Night was created to help students ask questions and learn about each program in the Faculty of Arts and Science but due to the pandemic, organizers had to make a quick pivot and organize an online event.

Forty undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) have received funding from the Mitacs Research Training award, FAS, and Queen’s. Mitacs provided half of the funding for the $6,000 award while FAS and the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) provided the other half.

This number represents about 80 per cent of the funding received by the university from Mitacs.

The Queen’s University Writer in Residence Kaie Kellough, the Department of English, and the Faculty of Arts and Science are joining forces to present three unique events including a conversation with the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Souvankham Thammavongsa, author of How to Pronounce Knife.

Past, present, future.

In honour of the 20th anniversary of Black History Month, the Faculty of Arts and Science is examining our history, the work being done today, and projects that provide hope for the future.

The Government of Canada recently announced its investment of $118 million in funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) inaugural Alliance grants program. More than $6 million was secured by 12 Queen’s researchers, with four projects awarded more than $1 million each. Of the 20 projects that received more than $1 million, Queen’s and the University of Calgary tied for attracting the largest individual investments.

With the ongoing pandemic, professors and instructors in the Faculty of Arts and Science have had to rethink the ways they connect with students. Several courses have been adapted to the new world of online learning including redesigning the use of textbooks, using Zoom technology for performances, and exploring archaeology virtually.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021 is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of women working in science and the motivation they are providing for young women just beginning or in the early stages of their careers.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is pleased to announce that Dr. Amitava Chowdhury has been appointed Special Advisor to the Dean on Global and Decolonization Initiatives. This is an exciting new appointment commencing this month. As Special Advisor to the Dean, Dr.

In a new study published in Nature Photonics, lead author Bhavin Shastri (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) worked alongside an international team to examine how neuromorphic photonics, a field that uses light (instead of electronics) and neural “brain-like” networks, could improve the speed and efficiency of computing systems.   

Queen’s University Professor Gauvin Bailey's passion for art history has led him to become one of the leading experts in Southern Baroque art in Europe and globally. His most recent endeavour is working as a consultant and author for a Latin American art exhibition at the Museo de Artes at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile. We talked to him about his career and how this could motivate his current and future students.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is pleased to announce that Dr. William Nelson has been appointed Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) to commence July 1, 2021. Dr. Nelson is currently an Associate Professor in Biology. He has been involved with a number of curriculum and course design initiatives, including leading our Faculty’s largest multidisciplinary project to develop an introductory blended statistics course, both as an instructor and Undergraduate Chair.

Queen’s University announces new Employee Resource Group designed to support LGTBQ2S+ employees

Queen’s University and the Faculty of Arts and Science has officially announced the formation of a new Employee Resource Group (ERG) designed to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace for LGTBQ2S+ employees at Queen’s University.

The Queen’s School of Policy Studies is laying out strategies for building a better society in the wake of COVID-19 in a series of white papers

The COVID-19 Working Groups have already published three white papers on ageing well, the future of work, and the future of governance after the pandemic. (Shutterstock.) 

Created by a Queen’s University student, Bleed the North provides menstrual products to people in need

What started out last March as a small project created during lockdown has grown exponentially into a unique project called Bleed the North, which is committed to ending period poverty and stigma by providing menstrual products to people in need across Ontario.

The Faculty of Arts and Science celebrates 166 student-athletes as all-stars

A total of 426 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Stars, including 166 from the Faculty of Arts and Science. These student-athletes have achieved an 80 per cent average (3.5 GPA) or above over the past academic year and compete on a varsity team or varsity club.

This is a record high number and places Queen’s among the top five schools in Canada for the number of Academic All-Stars.

Researcher Christopher Cotton is one of the authors of “Building the Canadian Shield,” an approach that says a longer lockdown will save more lives and cost less economically

As we settle into the first week of the declared State of Emergency, many Ontarians are wondering what impact the restrictions will have on COVID-19 cases and our local, regional, and national economies.

Dr. Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Political Studies) has been awarded the 2020 Faculty of Arts and Science Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. The award, given annually by the Faculty of Arts and Science, recognizes faculty members who, in the judgement of their graduate students, have made outstanding contributions to promoting graduate student excellence.

The Queen’s community and the Faculty of Arts and Science is remembering Robert (Bob) Pike, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, who died Saturday, Jan. 9. He was 82.

Dr. Pike grew up in England and attended the London School of Economics, graduating with a BA in Economics and Sociology (1961), and then his master’s. He would then travel to Australia and earn the first-ever PhD in sociology from the Australian National University.

P. Andrew Evans is the first researcher at a Canadian university to earn the Harry and Carol Mosher Award

New guidelines provide opportunities for people to get healthy 24 hours a day

Robert Ross, Ian Janssen, Jennifer Tomason, Amy Latimer-Cheung

With COVID-19 posing many challenges to overall physical and mental health, it is more important than ever for people to have a clear understanding of what they can do throughout the day to stay healthy. 

Dr. Jacalyn Duffin earns honour for her leadership role in the field of medical history

Professor emerita Jacalyn Duffin was recently appointed to the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. The announcement was made by Governor General Julie Payette.