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Letter to the editor: November 2016

Letter to the editor: November 2016

On the cancer care and research issue

Dear editor,

Thank you for the coverage of research in the Review and in particular for the stories about the excellent basic and clinical research at Queen’s and the work of the professors, staff, and students. A clear and important contribution to research on a global scale. However, I was disappointed to note that not one of the laboratory photos showed people wearing safety glasses. As a former industrial research manager, such photos imply to the industrial world that we are not sufficiently concerned about safety in student training and in our operations. I am sure that laboratory workers at Queen’s are safety-conscious but the photo record does not so indicate. I would implore you to screen future laboratory photos to ensure that researchers are wearing eye protection in promotional pictures and news articles.

Bruce Hutchinson, PhD
Associate R-P (Research) (retired 2004)

Dr. Hutchinson’s letter prompted a very useful discussion among me and my campus colleagues. We all appreciate seeing our photos through the lens of someone experienced in both the Queen’s research environment and in the industrial world. My colleagues at (e)AFFECT, The Complete Engineer, and other campus publications and I also strive to portray our subjects – researchers, professors, and students – in their working environments, as much as possible.

At the same time, our photos, we agree, do not necessarily aspire to capture “research in action” in a true photo-journalism sense. We respect the rigorous health and safety policies and procedures that are in place in Queen’s workplaces and that our researchers, teachers, and students follow. We will work to provide context and parameters to the photographs that accompany our research stories. This includes such measures as ensuring that photos commissioned for specific stories are not re-used for stories or ads that seek to portray research or laboratory work at Queen’s that, under normal working conditions, have stringent health and safety measures in place.

-AG

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 4-2016]