Archive: 2022

The Department of Gender Studies recently announced Taylor Cenac as the new Black Studies Program and Administrative Assistant.

Environmental DNA is becoming a mainstay for non-invasive, reliable, and cost-effective surveys of at-risk and invasive species, pathogen detection, and biodiversity assessment.

Advocacy walk held in support of grassroots movement of Indigenous men and boys seeking to end violence against women and children.

Returning this year and related to Queen’s Global Summer, registration is now open for the Feminist Transformative Practices in Research: Decolonial, Indigenous, and Intersectional Approaches to Gender/Sex/uality In/Justice summer session.

By: Shona L.van Zijll de Jong, Adjunct Professor, Geological Sciences and Engineering

Large earthquakes can wreak enormous violence upon lives, livelihoods, infrastructure and the environment. High-density urban populations in the relatively small, seismically active areas of British Columbia and the Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa corridor leaves residents extremely vulnerable to earthquakes.

With the first year of Healthy Communities programming for FAS faculty and staff complete, a new line-up of offerings is getting underway. Things kick off on Wednesday, May 18 with a special, interactive keynote session featuring one of Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre’s (IRC) facilitators, Linda Allen-Hardisty.

What happens when undocumented Bangladeshi and Pakistani men in Greece pick up their cell phones to record their lives as migrant agricultural workers?

“This will let the people learn how we live our lives here,” said one of the men, referring to the photos and videos they were taking. For the workers, these serve as evidence of their migrant existence.

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers multidisciplinary Honours Plans where students can combine studies in two distinct areas of the student’s choosing. Senate recently approved a name change for the plan to Joint Honours from the archaic Medial terminology.

A stack of books with a diploma and graduation cap.

Four Queen’s researchers receive $100,000 each to build new research programs.

The Government of Ontario recently announced the results for the sixteenth round of its Early Researcher Awards (ERA), which provide early-career scholars across the province with funding to build research teams. Four Queen’s researchers received $100,000 each to structure programs that will investigate topics in machine learning, agriculture, astroparticle physics, and natural products.

Queen’s marks MMIWG2S day of awareness with red dress exhibit and invites campus community to join Moose Hide Campaign advocacy walk.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is excited to announce a shift to digital for several processes that will enhance students’ experience while moving through their Queen’s University studies.

Kingston has officially been ranked the most gender diverse city in Ontario, according to the 2021 Census. It made the list for having the largest proportion of transgender and non-binary people in Ontario and has the fifth most gender diverse urban centre in Canada.

The 2021 Census also revealed that approximately one out of every 300 people in Canada aged 15 and older were either transgender or non-binary.

Students, faculty, and staff involved in the Masters of Earth and Energy Resource Leadership (MEERL) program recently had the unique opportunity to consider the energy future of Kosovo and the ideas generated could potentially be used to shape Kosovo’s energy policies.

Arts and Science Undergraduate Society event reduces waste by allowing students to drop off, pick up, and donate items as the end of the academic year approaches.

Miranda Gavidia has been named the new Senior Staffing Officer within the Faculty of Arts and Science. The position is responsible for leading the effective coordination of all administrative processes and activities related to staffing for academic faculty within the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Miranda Gavidia standing in front of a blue wall

Stéfanie von Hlatky named Associate Dean Research

With the announcement of Nicholas Mosey moving into the role of Faculty Associate Dean (Global Engagement), starting on July 1, the Faculty of Arts and Science has announced Stéfanie von Hlatky as the new Associate Dean (Research).

Almost three years ago, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report and among its findings, the report identified resource extraction as a site of gender violence.

Governor General Mary Simon speaks about Indigenous reconciliation, policy making, and climate change at the Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker Series.

It all began with a plate of biryani.

A close up shot of a heaping plate of biryani arrived in Professor Reena Kukreja’s WhatsApp account from Anayat (pseudonym), an undocumented male migrant from Pakistan. Her curiosity aroused, she texted back, “yeh kya ha?” or “what is it all about?” He called me right back and said, “Biryani. I made it. It’s my ammijan or mother’s recipe.” He appeared proud that he had made the biryani the exact way his mother had taught him and that it tasted just as if his ammijan had cooked it.

Sahiba Gulati is the recipient of the Margaret Hooey Governance Award for her role as a student Senator for the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society.  

Queen’s graduate student Ampai Thammachack named a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth for continuing efforts to raise awareness for mental health and combatting stigma.


Queen’s graduate student Ampai Thammachack was recently selected as a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth for founding not-for-profit organizations Step Above Stigma and The Glass Slipper Organization and continuing to support the causes. (Supplied Photo)

Hannah Beddow is one of 20 students from across the country who will pursue a fully-funded master’s degree at McGill University. 

Hannah Beddow, a fourth-year life sciences student, has been selected as a McCall MacBain Scholar and will pursue a fully-funded master’s degree in speech-language pathology at McGill University. (Supplied Photo)

Virtual event features Queen’s experts discussing the genesis and the impacts of the current global crisis.

The Dean’s Changemaker Challenge hosted its final pitch competition on Wednesday with two businesses each receiving an investment of $7,500 from a panel of expert judges. The final event marks the culmination of two ASCX courses – ASCX 200 and 300 - that were offered for the first time in the fall of 2020.

Queen’s receives $3 million from the New Frontiers in Research Fund programs for projects pushing the frontiers of knowledge and pioneering solutions to overcome challenges brought on by the pandemic.


Queen’s researchers are developing out-of-the-box solutions to wicked problems. 

The Department of Psychology Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee has launched a new Name Pronunciation Project. To support department members’ sense of belonging and community-building, the proposed name pronunciation guides (phonetic spelling and audio recording) are included on staff and faculty member profiles, as well as graduate student profiles, on the department’s website.

Four students are getting set to join the Tricolour Society and receive the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, the highest honour bestowed on a Queen’s student, for initiatives ranging from creating a more diverse and equitable campus to helping feed struggling students.

The Three Minute Thesis graduate student competition tests the ability to present one’s research projects in a clear, concise way in only 180 seconds.

For the first time in 10 years, the campus will be bustling with activity in the summer months as the Faculty of Arts and Science has added nearly 40 courses for the summer term.

The redevelopment of a summer term supports the FAS Strategic Plan guiding principle of continuous learning, professional development and global engagement as well as its strategic priority of enriching the student experience by offering them both for-credit and non-credit opportunities.

The Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award recognizes undergraduate, graduate, or professional teaching that has had an outstanding influence on the quality of student learning at Queen’s University.  


Fiona Kay, a professor in the Department of Sociology, is this year's winner of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award. (Queen's University)

Faculty of Arts and Science researcher Gabor Fichtinger, Canada Research Chair in Computer-Integrated Surgery, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.

Queen’s University announces the reappointment of Dr. Barbara Crow for a second term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) effective July 1, 2022. Dean Crow’s reappointment is for a term of three years ending June 30, 2025, at which time Dr. Crow has indicated her intention to retire and focus on her research.

To help enhance support for researchers and support staff, the Faculty of Arts and Science has added Dawn Free to the team in the position of Research Grants Coordinator.

United Nations World Water Day on March 22 gives us an opportunity to reflect on a critical resource many of us never think about – water. The theme this year is Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible. Groundwater is underground and is therefore invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere.

The Queen’s University Human Rights and Equity (HREO) office is hosting a series of events on March 2, to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) has announced that former student leader and advocate Catherine Haba, Artsci’22, is the recipient of the prestigious TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement at Queen’s University.

International Women’s Day – March 8 – is an opportunity to recognize women’s achievements in our community and around the world, as well as to reflect upon the ongoing efforts to achieve equity for women.

Farah Mohamed, Artsci’93, is a strong believer in women empowering women.

Her networking and passion for helping others has led to a long list of impressive jobs, including director of communications for the Deputy Prime Minister and chief administrative officer of the Malala Fund (the organization co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai).

Queen's University is committed to ensuring students receive the academic accommodations they require to help them overcome barriers they face to education due to disabilities. Queen’s is enhancing the academic accommodation process by adopting Ventus Accommodation Management for Students, an online portal for managing accommodations.

Over the past month, a range of Queen’s research experts have been focused on the escalating crisis between Russia and the Ukraine, which has now become a full-scale military conflict. Featured in local, national, and international media, their voices have helped us in understanding the history between the two countries, how this war will be fought and financed, as well as the role sanctions against Russia may play in bringing it to an end.

Two upcoming workshops with The Conversation Canada will highlight how Queen’s researchers can help bridge the gap between academia and the public. 

The University Global Coalition has declared this week UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action and Awareness Week. The week helps promote awareness of the SDGs among students in higher education and inspire them to work towards understanding and addressing issues of global significance in their local community.


Left to right: 
Ifeoluwatari (Tari) Ajadi, Kaitlind Peters, Sefanit Habtom, Melanie Manitowabi, Johannah Bird, Nataleah Hunter-Young


Left to right: Lara Aluko and Carli LaPierre

Sunday marks the United Nations World Day of Social Justice – an international day recognizing the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections.

Choosing a degree plan is one of the largest academic decisions students make during their time at Queen’s. Following last year, which saw the event held online for the first time due to the pandemic, the eighth annual Faculty of Arts and Science Majors Night was held using the virtual platform, Brazen.

An internationally recognized architectural firm that has won some of the top accolades in its field will be overseeing the design phase of Agnes Reimagined, an initiative that will breathe new energy — and a revolutionary new mission — into the public, university-affiliated art museum.

The Faculty of Arts and Science subsidized the attendance fee of students attending the 10th annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference: Above and Beyond (WISE), recently held virtually from Toronto. The funding was provided through the Faculty’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenization Fund.


Faculty of Arts and Science Associate Dean (Research) Nicholas Mosey has taken a new position within the Faculty Associate Dean (Global Engagement), starting on July 1. The new position will oversee and provide strategic leadership for global engagement in FAS.

Stephanie Forster Limage was selected to help drive technological innovations which have a social impact and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Stephanie Forster Limage, a third-year Global Development Studies student, and the CEO and founder of the not-for-profit Give + Share, was selected by the United Nations Development Program for a fellowship with with China’s International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges. (Supplied photo) 

As part of our coverage of Black History Month, Katherine McKittrick, the Canada Research Chair in Black Studies, talks about the evolution of the field and how we must harness this moment across academia.

To recognize World Cancer Day, Queen’s is highlighting current partnerships and research projects to develop novel treatments, support better outcomes, and advance quality of life for people with cancer globally.

Art of Research Photo: Immunofluorescence Stain by Shakeel Virk and Lee Boudreau, CCTG Tissue Bank

Four new faculty members have joined the Faculty of Arts and Science as Queen’s National Scholars (QNS) in Black Studies, a first for Queen’s University, and an additional three faculty members in Black Studies have joined FAS departments.

An opening ceremony will launch weeks of scheduled activities across campus and city.

Artist, poet, and Queen's alumna Britta B will share a spoken word performance as part of the virtual opening ceremony.

More than two dozen Queen’s instructors have been nominated as Classroom Champions for Mental Health.


A total of 28 Queen’s instructors have been nominated by students and teaching assistants as the inaugural Classroom Champions for Mental Health. 

 For more than 10 years now the Bell Let’s Talk campaign has been raising awareness, increasing understanding, and opening dialogues about mental health.

For more than 10 years now, Heather Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Chair at Queen's University, has worked to foster discussions and raise awareness about the social and structural stigma surrounding mental illness. (University Communications)

The Faculty of Arts and Science Classics department recently welcomed visiting scholar Dr. Lisa Maher, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley and unveiled a new bursary, Classics Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award.

Mental Health Promotion Week offers virtual events and initiatives to support mental health at Queen’s.

During Mental Health Promotion Week supports and resources available to students, staff, and faculty at Queen's University is highlighted while also raising awareness about mental health and stigma.

The deadline to add winter 2022 courses is Friday, January 21. You may be wondering what courses are still available to fill your timetable. To save you time manually searching through SOLUS, we’ve compiled a list of courses that are still open for enrolment and have no prerequisites. Please note, all the below courses are 3.0 units.

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Queen’s University and the Faculty of Arts and Science is proud to announce a partnership with world-renowned Canadian photographer, and Queen’s Honorary Doctorate recipient (2007),Edward Burtynsky to help realize his new public art piece titled Standing Whale.

With more than 120 online courses on offer and over 130 of experience in distance learning, Arts and Science Online (ASO) is renowned for its innovative and diverse approaches to education.

Students chose online learning for a variety of reasons, including distance students pursuing a degree, a professional looking to earn a certificate or an on-campus student looking for interesting courses to take during their studies.

As part of a bundled science announcement made today by the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne five researchers at Queen’s University have been named Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) – including two new appointments and three renewals. The prestigious honour recognizes outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.

With support from the Government of Canada's New Frontiers in Research Fund, new research extending the lifespan of metals could save billions across the infrastructure, microchip, and health care industries.

The Faculty of Arts and Science has subsidized the attendance fee of 25 students attending the 10th annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference: Above and Beyond. The funding will come from the Faculty’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenization Fund.

The Faculty of Engineering is also providing funding for 25 students to attend the conference.

Eight members of the Queen’s graduate community are working together to foster a culture of belonging for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


The inaugural Graduate Inclusivity Fellows (GIF) are, clockwise from top left: Adaku Echendu; Andrés Ramos; Sabrina Masud; Jacob DesRochers (PhD, Education); Nishana Ramsawak; Allen Tian; Jodi Webber; and Suyin Olguin. (Submitted photos)

The Government of Ontario today announced it is introducing updated public health measures to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and preserve hospital capacity. The measures will take effect Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 and remain in effect until at least Jan. 26, 2022.

The government has announced a series of targeted time-limited measures. Those that may directly impact campus operations include: