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Quid novi: what's new on campus February 2018

Quid novi: what's new on campus February 2018

[photo of RSC fellows]
Bernard Clark

Richard Bathurst, Anne Croy, Robert Morrison, Karen Yeates, and Katherine McKittrick

New RSC Fellows

In September, three Queen’s professors were elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest honours for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Richard Bathurst (Civil Engineering) has made contributions to the advancement and understanding of modern civil engineering geosynthetic reinforced earth retaining structures and slopes. Cross-appointed to the Royal Military College of Canada, his work demonstrates a multi-disciplinary approach to the design, analysis, and sustainability of these structures. His contributions also include themes related to earthquake geotechnical engineering, probabilistic design, full-scale model earth structure testing, materials testing, soil-structure interaction, transparent surrogate granular soils, and granular particle mechanics.

Anne Croy (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) is a world leader in reproductive sciences where she has made key contributions with her descriptions of uterine natural killer (uNK) cells recruited to the uterus in early pregnancy. Dr. Croy showed the key angiogenic actions of uNK on vessels supplying the placenta and deduced major pathways by which this is accomplished. Most complications of human pregnancy are linked with incomplete remodeling of vessels called spiral arteries – a process initiated by the uNK cell.

Robert Morrison (English) is a leading scholar of British Romantic literature, and the world’s foremost authority on the 19th-century English essayist and opium addict Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859). The author of several scholarly editions of De Quincey’s writings and the definitive The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey (2009), Dr. Morrison is widely credited with bringing De Quincey off the margins and into a position of literary and cultural prominence.

The RSC also named Karen Yeates (Medicine) and Katherine McKittrick (Gender Studies) to the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Members of the college are research leaders who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement.

Dr. Yeates’ implementation science research program brings health-care expertise toTanzania and other nations using mobile phone technology. She is recognized as a leader in the field of mobile health research and has been praised internationally for her contributions to disease screening and prevention.

Dr. McKittrick’s scholarly work looks at the links among the theories of race, liberation, and creative texts in relation to the fields of geography, cultural studies, black studies, and gender studies. Her most recent book is Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis (Duke University, 2015).

IEEE Fellow, Dr. Karen Rudie

[photo of Dr. Karen Rudie]

Karen Rudie, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and cross-appointed to the School of Computing, has been named as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for her “contributions to the supervisory control theory of discrete event systems.”

As a result, Dr. Rudie joins a very small group of women to receive the honour. As of 2017, there were fewer than 400 women listed among some 10,000 IEEE Fellows worldwide.

“I’m a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society,” says Dr. Rudie. “There are only 26 IEEE Control Systems Society Fellows in the world who are women, and I’m the only one from Canada.”

New fellows are nominated by their professional peers. IEEE Fellowship signifies collegial approval and validation of a researcher’s complete body of work.

“Professor Rudie is the world’s authority on decentralized control of discrete-event systems,” writes IEEE Control Systems Society President Edwin Chong. “The IEEE Control Systems Society is proud of her contributions and happily celebrates her elevation to the rank of IEEE Fellow. The number of IEEE members being elevated to the rank of fellow is fewer than one in a thousand.”

Dr. Rudie will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Miami in December.

The IEEE is a professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000-plus members in 160 countries, the association is an authority on a wide variety of areas including aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications, biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes about 30 per cent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields and has developed more than 1,300 active industry standards.

New Rhodes Scholar

Iain Sander, Sc'17, has been selected as a 2018 Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Sander is the university’s 58th Rhodes Scholar. He will begin his studies at Oxford University this fall. He graduated
with first-class honours in Chemical Engineering and received the Medal in Chemical Engineering and the Society for Chemical Industry Merit Award. At Oxford, he plans to study orthopaedic biomechanics to help improve the health, lives, and independence of individuals with disabilities.

This is the second straight Rhodes Scholar for Queen’s after Claire Gummo, a Political Studies and Gender Studies student, received the prestigious scholarship in 2017. The Rhodes Scholarships are considered the oldest and most prestigious international scholarships for outstanding scholars from any academic field of study. Funded by the estate of Cecil J. Rhodes (the Rhodes Trusts), 11 Rhodes Scholars are selected each year from across Canada to outstanding students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as “leaders for the world’s future.”

In memoriam

Gerald Hodge, Professor Emeritus (Urban and Regional Planning), died Nov. 18.

Gerald Tulchinsky, Professor Emeritus (History), died Dec. 13.

Bill Morley, former curator of Special Collections, died Dec. 19.

Dan Usher, Professor Emeritus (Economics), died Dec. 27.

Freddy Moller, retired professor (Biochemistry), died Dec. 28.

John Roder, former professor (Microbiology and Immunology), died Jan. 6.

If you have memories of these individuals you’d like to share, email review@queensu.ca.


[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 1-2018]