Archive: 2021

The Queen’s community is remembering Kamila Lebel-Farrell, who passed away suddenly after collapsing while exercising outdoors on Wednesday, June 9.  Kamila was 19 years old. 

The Faculty of Arts and Science stands in solidarity with the statement made by the Queen’s University Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) regarding the horrific killing of four members, and the severe injury of one member, of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, on June 06, 2021.

Six research projects at Queen’s have received funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund’s (NFRF) 2020 Exploration competition, a program that encourages scholars to take risks, and that fosters discoveries and innovations that could have significant impacts on our world.

The Faculty of Arts and Science stands in solidarity with the statement made by Principal Patrick Deane, Provost Rahswahérha Mark Green, and Kanonhsyonne Janice C. Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) regarding the 215 Indigenous children found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Faculty of Arts and Science researcher Sari van Anders has earned the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) inaugural Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionary award.

This award was designed to complement the first 50 years of the PHS, an internationally renowned research institute led by some of the world’s foremost experts in understanding sexual and gender health.

Held on May 20 during Asian Heritage Month, the Asian Gold Ribbon Campaign urged individuals, organizations, and communities to demonstrate solidarity again Asian racism. The Campaign is a platform developed for social change and to initiate wide-spread visibility against anti-Asian racism.

The recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Awards have all stepped up during one of the most challenging periods for the Queen’s community.

Students are selected for their distinguished service to the university in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities, with the three tenets being service, leadership, character.

The 2021 and 2020 are both being recognized as last year’s awards were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a year filled with challenges the Queen’s University Dan School of Drama and Music is presenting the inaugural Watershed Festival – Reimagining Music Theatre.

The first of its kind, the online celebration explores all things music theatre and brings together the worlds of opera, musical theatre, and those pushing the boundaries far beyond these traditional music boxes.

After successfully developing and implementing a new graduate student initiative in 2018, Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students, and awarding it to a total of eight previous fellows, this year the Faculty of Arts and Science is expanding the program. It will now include three new Pre-doctoral Fellowships in Black Studies as well as three Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students.

Fine Art (Visual Art) students in the Faculty of Arts and Science had an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by professional artist and this year’s Koerner Artist in Residence Zachari Logan, a Canadian artist working mainly with large-scale drawing, ceramics, and installation. His work is found in many collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

The Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) is committed to supporting our people and building strong, healthy communities. Not only is supporting our people one of the four strategic priorities in our Strategic Plan, the need to build strong, healthy communities was amplified by the pandemic in the past year and a half.  Supporting our people and building healthy communities is reflected in many of the themes that emerged from our Town Halls, Community Assembly meetings, Dr.

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will soon present its first-ever exhibition of masterpieces by the world-renowned artist Rembrandt van Rijn, marking the country’s first major loan exhibition focused on Rembrandt since 1969. Co-curated by Queen’s Professor Stephanie Dickey, Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition charts the central decades of the artist's career within the context of the thriving Amsterdam art market, bringing Rembrandt’s art into context alongside works by other artists who were his friends, followers, and rivals in Amsterdam.

Four new Queen’s National Scholar positions have been announced within the Faculty of Arts and Science bringing the QNS total to five following the earlier announcement of a QNS Chair in Black Studies within FAS, a first for Queen’s University.

Additionally, in response to the importance of appointments in the area of QNS interest this year, the Faculty of Arts and Science is approving an additional two Expressions of Interest to proceed to the advertisement stage for appointment in July 2021.


Applications are now open for the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program, a one-year, salary paid, career apprenticeship.

Restore Our Earth is the call to action for Earth Day 2021 and a series of projects in buildings utilized by Faculty of Arts and Science researchers are putting the institution on the right path to achieve the goals outlined in the Queen’s Climate Action Plan including reducing greenhouse gas emissions 70 per cent by 2030 and being carbon neutral by 2040.

Lourdes Pérez Montalvo, professor and Vice Dean of Research, Graduate Studies and International Relations at the University of Havana’s Faculty of Philosophy and History passed away April 15 in Havana. Generations of Faculty of Arts and Science students will know Professor Pérez as the Havana coordinator of the Queen’s/University of Havana exchange program, and the FAS course Cuban Culture and Society.

Times Higher Education 2021 Impact Rankings illustrate Queen’s role in advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

A new research project at Queen’s University is working to better our understanding of the earth’s formation, evolution, and future with a particular focus on the importance of the moon.

As new technologies develop, designing them for human benefit can be a complex challenge. Neurotechnology, considered any tool used to measure, intervene on, or artificially stimulate brain function, is an emerging technology with extensive potential societal impact. It has already demonstrated advanced applications to help those with neurological disorders, while also attracting the eyes of Silicon Valley and those with interests in its surveillance and personal augmentation potential.

Faculty of Arts and Science professor Christopher Bowie is the first Queen’s University researcher to receive the Dr. Samarthji Lal Award, an annual award of $25,000 that is given to a researcher who is making an outstanding contribution in the field of mental health.

Through his innovative Action-Based Cognitive Remediation program, Dr. Bowie is working to achieve long-standing improvements in functioning for those with schizophrenia and mood disorders.

Bev King, Faculty of Arts and Science, has announced her retirement from the position of Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning, effective today.

Bev started at Queen’s University in 1979 on her birthday, March 8, and she leaves behind an enormous legacy, putting the university on the map as a leader in online and distance education.

Each year, teaching awards at Queen’s University are conferred to educators and staff who have excelled in fostering innovative, interesting, and inclusive learning environments.

In particular, the past year has been particularly challenging for the university’s instructors as the majority of programs and courses had to be switched to remote formats in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When campus shut down one year ago, the senior leadership team was faced with a daunting task. Along with switching the academic year to an online model and working with staff as they transitioned to working at home, there was the Queen’s University research community to consider as access to research spaces was shut down.

Just over one year ago, Queen’s University went remote due to the growing pandemic. Students moved from the classroom to their homes, faculty made the switch to teaching remotely and staff began working from home to provide support.

Faculty of Arts and Science doctoral student Alexandra Walters has been named a finalist for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholars (PETF) program. The Kinesiology and Health Studies student is one of only 36 candidates to be named as a finalist for the Scholarship and Engaged Leadership program. More than 600 applications from around the world were received for this honour.

By Michael Onesi

Chris Herd, Artsci’97, is hoping to answer a fundamental question humanity has wondered for centuries: Is there life on other planets?

Herd, a planetary geologist and one of the world’s top experts on meteorites from Mars, is working with NASA on the Mars Perseverance rover, which landed on the red planet on Feb. 18 after a 470-million-kilometre journey. He is involved in collecting rock samples that will advance the project’s primary mission: to search for signs of microbial life.

Queen’s University researchers and partners are monitoring the health and movements of polar bears in an innovative approach to studying climate change in the Arctic.

It has been one year since the world turned upside down. With the global pandemic growing, the senior leadership team at Queen’s University made an unprecedented decision on March 13, 2020 to send staff, faculty, and students home with no real idea of what the future held.

In the fall of 2020 Dr. Wendy Craig (Psychology) began to probe the impact of Covid-19 on the Faculty of Arts and Science community. Through a series of ThoughtExchanges she gathered insights into the ways in which the pandemic was changing people’s lives and challenging the norms of just one year ago.

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.