Department News

It probably shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that Jacqueline Davies considers Socrates one ­of her heroes. She is, after all, a professor of philosophy. But Dr. Davies has another hero, who has influenced her in ways Socrates never could.

Ms. Frizzle, the eccentric, adventuresome ­third-grade teacher from the “Magic School Bus” cartoon series, keeps Dr. Davies inspired as she encourages her students to “take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”

Congratulations to undergraduate Physics Student, Simon Axelrod, who placed first in the country in the 2016 Canadian Association of Physicists University Prize Exam! Simon is awarded the Lloyd G. Elliott Prize, which entails a cash award of $500 and a trip to the CAP Congress this summer.

Check out the Physics website for more information

A new camp offered by Queen’s School of Computing is introducing teens to career opportunities in the field of computer science. 

Thanks to a grant from Google, Wendy Powley, a lecturer in the School of Computing and the Faculty of Education, has worked with a team of Queen’s students to create a summer coding camp for students aged 13 to 17. 

Read the full story in the Queen's Gazette.

Research by post-doctoral fellow Alexander Dececchi challenges long-held hypotheses about how flight first developed in birds. Furthermore, his findings raise the question of why certain species developed wings long before they could fly.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will negatively impact the Canadian automotive industry, according to a new study co-authored by Queen’s researchers John Holmes and Jeffrey Carey who are affiliated with the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) at McMaster University.

The researchers argue that the TPP will undermine the competitiveness of Canadian assembly operations as well as small and medium-sized auto parts plants.

Faculty and students from Queen's Economics Department have swept the top prizes given out by the Canadian Journal of Economics.

Researcher Richard Oleschuk and Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) in Australia are collaborating on the development of the next generation of biochemical instrumentation that will improve the detection of diseases such as cancer.

Dr. Oleschuk (Chemistry) has developed a microscopic straw-shaped glass instrument that can efficiently generate and spray nanometer-sized droplets into spectrometers capable of analyzing biomarkers.

Queen’s University biology professor Lonnie Aarssen has published a study that, for the first time, provides strong empirical support for a correlation between a motivation to seek accomplishment and an attraction to leisure.

“I’ve been interested for quite a while in two motivations that people seem to display – one I call legacy drive and one I call leisure drive,” says Dr. Aarssen. 

Piers Handling (Arts’71) is rather blunt about his Queen’s experience: “It changed my life.”

On Monday, the director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returned to the university to receive an honorary degree.

Handling first arrived at Queen’s in 1967 to study history but by the time he graduated in 1971, he knew that he had found his calling in film.

Read the full story in the Queen's Gazette.

My book, Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette examines the debate surrounding these two controversial queens consort as wives, mothers and mistresses of royal households during the years preceding the English Civil Wars of the 1640s and the French Revolution in the late-18th century, respectively. The book manuscript developed from research undertaken over the course of my MA and PhD in the Department of History at Queen’s University.

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