Archive: 2022

ASUS celebrates 132 years with first all-women executive, council

 

Eight Queen’s students and researchers have been recognized nationally with Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Now entering its fourth year, the Faculty of Arts and Science Grad Mentor program is a peer mentoring program that connects prospective students with current MA and PhD students to aid them in their decision-making process.

Prospective students can connect with a mentor (general or program specific) to chat about the application process, what student life is like, and any other questions they may have.

By: Julia Brook & Colleen Renihan

Digital programming and virtual interactions, initially considered to be stop-gap measures during the first few waves of the pandemic, may now be an important part of supporting many people’s health and well-being — including the well-being of older adults.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, group musical activities moved online, prompting a wave of virtual choir experiments and virtual orchestra offerings.

A true champion for women in the technology industry, Faculty of Arts and Science Professor Wendy Powley has earned yet another honour for supporting gender diversity in computing.

Computer Science Canada / Informatique Canada (CS-Can/Info-Can), a national professional organization for computer scientists that works with academic institutions, government agencies, industry, and other related professional societies to represent the computing research community and advocate for excellence in computer science education, recently honoured Powley with the Distinguished Services Award.

The former speaker of the Ontario legislature and the creator of an Indigenous charitable foundation focused on reconciliation are two Queen’s alumni who are among the 24 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

Founded in 1970 by Stanley Lash as an independent interdisciplinary school within the School of Graduate Studies, the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. More than 60 students, faculty, and alumni gathered to celebrate the milestone event and participate in a series of panel discussions.

Special ceremony marks Chancellor Sinclair’s 2021 appointment and celebrates Indigenous culture.

Navigating the world of online academics can often be a challenge but Arts and Science Online (ASO) Student Engagement Lead Heather Carter makes the process seamless. With a focus on recruiting and supporting online undergraduate students, Carter works tirelessly to facilitate ASO’s student’s integration into the university community.

By: Laurence Ashworth

Canada has some of the highest interchange fees in the world. Interchange fees are the fees businesses pay each time their customers pay by credit card.

The Queen’s community will gather in Grant Hall on Friday, Nov. 11 to mark Remembrance Day.

The service will start at 10:50 a.m., with doors opening at 10:30 a.m.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. The event is also open to the Kingston community.

To learn more about the Queen’s community’s contributions to the Canadian effort during First World War and Second World War, visit the Queen’s University Archives website.

The Michael Condra Outstanding Student Service Award is presented annually to Queen’s staff or faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to providing outstanding service to students, outside of a teaching role.

This award was established by the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs to honour the significant contributions and impact of Michael Condra during his 30 years at the university. Dr. Condra was the long-time director of what is now Student Wellness Services, and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology.

Faculty of Arts and Science researcher John Smol has joined elite company by recently earning the Rick Battarbee Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA).

When most people think of artificial intelligence (AI) they picture robots from Hollywood blockbusters or science fiction, but in reality, machine learning is already being used for many real-life applications. Parvin Mousavi, a professor in the Queen's School of Computing, is one of the researchers on the forefront of AI developments and is working to advance next generation medical interventions.

A fire chief, a doctor who advocates for financial literacy, and a medical student who hosts free prenatal workshops for homeless and low-income women are among seven members of the Queen’s community named to the 2022 list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.  

Principal Patrick Deane - Oct 26, 2022

This past week has been a very difficult one for Jewish community members. South of the border, antisemitic hatred has been given a platform by public personalities, and that has had a chilling effect across the country and the world. Sadly, Queen's has also seen the emergence of this sentiment with swastika graffiti and messages of violence at various locations on campus and more recently reported through social media.

Throughout 2022–2023, the Black Studies program is hosting a series of screenings, conversations, and celebrations to mark the launch of the new interdisciplinary program at Queen’s University. This past weekend, the Black Studies Collective (Taylor Cenac, Katherine McKittrick, Daniel McNeil, Dalitso Ruwe, and Vanessa Thompson) hosted two events: an evening of art, music, poetry, and film on Friday to celebrate the inauguration of Black Studies at Queen’s, and a celebration of new research and books in Black Studies on Saturday.

Daniel McNeil, director of Queen’s new Black Studies program, is passionate about exploring connections and the transfer of ideas across the Atlantic.

Daniel McNeil
Daniel McNeil

Two Faculty of Arts and Science students were named Regional Winners and three FAS students were earned Highly Commended honours at this year’s Global Undergraduate Awards. The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit is the world’s leading academic awards program which recognizes top undergraduate work and shares this work with a global audience.

The Queen’s University Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) celebrated 85 years of success last week, using the event to reflect on the early days of the Centre and start planning for the future. Now housed within the Faculty of Arts and Science, the IRC was created to provide challenging and innovative educational programs to advance the skills and expertise of organizational leaders through training and practitioner-focused research, enabling them to contribute to the success of their organizations.

As a Canada Research Chair, Queen's researcher Stéfanie von Hlatky works to identify ways in which military organizational culture can be made more equitable for marginalized groups.

With funding provided by TD Friends of the Environment and support from the Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Culture and Language Centre in Tyendinaga, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s University and in partnership with the Kingston Indigenous Language Nest (KILN), the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) has created four multi-lingual interpretative signs and five trail app stations reflecting local Indigenous cultural heritage.

Faculty of Arts and Science researchers Carolyn DeLoyde and Betsy Donald have created a dashboard website that contains a wealth of information about the Kingston community from the perspectives of economic and social change, health, mobility, environment, and other sectors of the community. 

Information contained on the dashboard updates in real time.

Faculty of Arts and Science Dean Barbara Crow has been reappointed for a second term effective July 1. After the recent announcement, Dean Crow discussed what the next three years would look like and reflected on her accomplishments in her first term.

Dean Barbara Crow

Dressed in orange, campus community members gather to reflect on residential school legacy and commit to ongoing learning and collaboration.

Recipients of Queen’s access and diversity scholarship programs gathered for a reception that offered inspiration, community building, and meaningful connection.

Promise Scholars, Commitment Scholars, Karta Scholars, and Principal's Global Scholars, along with deans and staff members, gathered together during the reception in Mitchell Hall.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is excited to launch the second phase of the Transforming the Academic Calendar project. This phase launches CourseLeaf CIM, software that will streamline and digitize the University’s curriculum management, integration with PeopleSoft, and improve transparency in curriculum governance contributing to students’ smooth progression through their degree plans.

The Faculty of Arts and Science Fine Art (Visual Art) Program announced two students, Meenakashi Ghadial and Jobelle Quijano, have won a Elizabeth Greenshield Foundations Grant, one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging representational artists, as well as one of the most substantial.

Always a hub of activity, the lobby in Humphrey Hall has a new addition, a mural that represents a space of sharing and mutual respect between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the Ojibways, and Haudenosaunee.

A new central calendar highlights initiatives and opportunities for equity-deserving students and allies.

A fourth year Faculty of Arts and Science student and FAS Student Ambassador has set herself up for success. Inika Chikarmane, a School of Computing student, recently completed her second internship at Microsoft and was offered a full-time job with the company upon graduation.

Campus-wide activities readying to commemorate the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Queen’s is taking part in Consent Awareness Week to help make campus safer and more inclusive.


Queen's is providing opportunities for discussion and learning as it works to build a community of consent.

Queen’s University joins with those in the UK, Canada, and around the world who are mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has died at the age of 96.

Earlier this year, the world observed her Platinum Jubilee which marked her 70th year as Queen, the longest reign of any British monarch. Her commitment and dedication to her country and people was acknowledged worldwide.

The Queen’s community is remembering alumna Margaret Light (Arts'47) as a passionate arts supporter who helped the next generation of Queen’s-trained art conservationists better preserve and restore textiles, paintings, and sculptures.   

Light passed away peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Aug. 12.


CO2L Tech team members Tu Nguyen Anh Tran-Ly, and Cao-Thang Dinh present during the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition.

With her late husband Alfred (BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86), Isabel Bader (LLD ’07), transformed Queen’s University in many ways, from its physical campus to the educational opportunities it offered its students.

A new podcast focusing on free expression has been launched by Dax D’Orazio, Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science and Research Affiliate with the Centre for Constitutional Studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.

An innovative music program created in the Faculty of Arts and Science is expanding its reach to support more older adults.

Two major national research facilities affiliated with Queen’s University have been awarded $120 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Every year, Queen’s Student Affairs celebrates extraordinary contributions made by student leaders at Queen’s to support their peers, and local community members and initiatives.

The Student Recognition Awards honour student recipients – individuals or groups - of the Peer Leadership Award, the Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, Indigenization (EDII) Impact Award, and the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award. Nominations are submitted by students, faculty, and staff.

A group of fourth year environmental studies students were challenged by Professor Kristen Lowitt to address food security issues within the local Kingston community as part of the Special Topics in Environmental Science course.

The result was six experiential learning projects that examined the impacts of COVID on the local food system, developed a local food strategy for Kingston, created lesson plans for food literacy, and developed land tenure models for Indigenous food sovereignty.

Queen’s is honouring six outstanding members of the Queen’s community – including three alumni – with the Distinguished Service Award for the lasting impact they made throughout their time at the university.

Student Academic Support Services (SASS) , in collaboration with FAS, has created a unique resource to help prepare incoming students for the transition to university and academic life. Academics 101 is an engaging and interactive resource that introduces students to the key learning and writing skills they’ll need to succeed at Queen’s University.

Student studying on campus

I lost my talk
The talk you took away.
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school.

You snatched it away:
I speak like you
I think like you
I create like you
The scrambled ballad, about my word.

Two ways I talk
Both ways I say,
Your way is more powerful.

So gently I offer my hand and ask,
Let me find my talk
So I can teach you about me.

The idea that online learning ‘doesn’t teach people to think’, which was suggested by one of our peers recently, is short-sighted and false.

Valerie Wood, Laura Shannon
Queen's University

Faculty of Arts and Science Professor Emeritus John Berry has earned a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). 

After spending one year with Four Directions as the Indigenous Programs and Events Associate, Jenna Kring has joined the Faculty of Arts and Science as the Academic Advisor for Indigenous Students. While easing into their new role with FAS, Kring is also wrapping up a few unfinished projects at 4D in their position as the Indigenous Events and Programs Associate.

COVID presented many challenges within academia, not the least of which was working with international students to ensure they received a quality education.

Daralyn Auld joined the Faculty of Arts and Science in May 2020 as the Academic Advisor for international students. She provides academic advising for undergraduate students on all Faculty programs, regulations, and policies, and participates as a member of the advising team of the Student Services division of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Student entrepreneurs take note!

Upper-year students now have a variety of new options to personalize their learning path and enjoy improved opportunities for an entrepreneurial experience.

With the announcement of the Standing Whale project last fall, the Faculty of Arts and Science is preparing to offer students in the humanities, social science, creative arts and natural sciences the opportunity to engage with this unique art installation through the interdisciplinary projects course ASCX 400.   

After officially being accepted as an Employee Resource Group in December of 2020, the Queen’s University Association for Queer Employees (QUAQE) has continued to grow and thrive while creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace for 2SLGTBQ+ employees at Queen’s University.

The group has been in existence for about 15 years.

Ten ‘blue sky’ courses have been selected for the Principal’s Impact Courses (PIC) initiative this year. The programs will use funding creatively to support the development of educational experiences that push the boundaries of teaching and learning.

Courses receiving funding range in topic from impact-driven leadership to the effect of humanitarian crises on health and health systems.

Three early-career researchers are recognized for advancing research and discovery in their respective fields

Three researchers have been awarded with the university’s highest internal research award, the Prize for Excellence in Research. Jennifer Tomasone (Kinesiology and Health Sciences), Cao Thang Dinh (Chemical Engineering), and Chantelle Capicciotti (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Chemistry, and Surgery) are early-career researchers that have demonstrated significant contributions to research in their fields: physical activity, renewable energy, and glycobiology.

On June 21, people across the country will be marking National Indigenous Peoples Day. It’s an opportunity to honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

In his role as Queen’s University Chancellor, the Honourable Murray Sinclair, shared his thoughts on the importance of sustaining the national push for reconciliation.    

“Education got us into this mess, and education will get us out of this mess.”

These words from Queen’s University Chancellor Murray Sinclair are the words that Megan Rook lives by. She is the first successful graduate from the Indigenous Studies Major program and will receive her degree on June 20, 2022.

A decade working in museums, art galleries, and heritage sites across the United Kingdom, Canada, and Turkey has led Simge Erdogan-O'Connor to Kingston where she is now working as the manager and curator of the Murney Tower Museum.

Simge Erdogan-O'Connor, manager and curator of the Murney Tower Museum

With a reimagined focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the annual Queen's Art of Research photo contest reveals seven winning images.

Four Arts and Science students were fully funded by FAS to attend the annual Cansbridge Fellowship Conference. The Fellowships help widen students’ academic networks and accelerate their careers while surrounding them with like-minded and passionate change-makers

Name change reflects the UK campus’s close connections to Queen’s, its high level of academic courses, and unique on-campus experience.

Wastewater surveillance involves testing sewage to obtain data about a population’s health. While the technique is decades old, it has gained recent international prominence for its ability to predict pandemic surges, detect new SARS-CoV-2 variants and provide useful data when traditional testing methods reach capacity. With its success, the field is expanding.

Dr. Nicholas Mosey, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), has been appointed as Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Mosey will hold this position on an interim basis while Deputy Provost Teri Shearer serves as interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

An evolution of the Human Mobility Research Centre, the Centre for Health Innovation connects researchers from across disciplines to tackle the most pressing human health challenges.

Just months after launching a chapter aimed at connecting the university’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two spirit, and other identifying (LGBTQ2S+) students, alumni, faculty, and staff, Stacy Kelly, Artsci’93, says the group is answering an important need in the community.

PhD Candidate Meghan BurryFaculty of Arts and Science PhD candidate Meghan Burry is introducing a unique cultural studies course to the Department of English curriculum this year focusing on the literacy legacy of music icon Taylor Swift.

The course, Taylor Swift’s Literary Legacy, will explore Swift's cultural impact by examining her songs, videos, and movies as literature.

A range of resources and activities are available at university and through the City of Kingston.

The brand-new Experience Ventures program has come to a close with 270 students and five FAS departments taking part. Due to the success of the program, it’s been renewed for two more years.

Experience Ventures creates paid entrepreneurial-focused placements with innovative companies in Canada. The program aims to inspire creativity, resiliency, and vision to shape the future with the right skill set. The goal is to empower students to develop and apply entrepreneurial skills no matter their career path.

In March 2020 Cuban jazz pianist Aldo López-Gavilán performed at Queen’s University in Kingston, in what was the last live concert many of us saw for the next 2 years. The audience included 30 students who learned the next day we could not continue our Cuban Culture course in Havana as we had the previous 12 years. Last week, some of those same students attended Aldo's concert at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano as we resumed our course in Havana this May.

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.

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: