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Quid Novi: what's new on campus May 2016

Quid Novi: what's new on campus May 2016

[Principal Woolf, Janet McDonald, Justin Trudeau, Art McDonald, Kirsty Duncan]
Photo courtesy House of Commons

Principal Daniel Woolf, Janet McDonald, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Dr. Art McDonald, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, on Parliament Hill on March 8.

Fêted on Parliament Hill

On March 8, the Government of Canada honoured Nobel laureate Art Mcdonald, Professor Emeritus (Physics) and his SNOLAB collaborators. The researchers received a standing ovation from members of parliament during Question Period. Dr. Mcdonald also met with the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, who presented him with a certificate of recognition from Prime Minister Trudeau. Later, the Queen’s delegation attended a reception hosted by the Speaker of the House, the Honourable Geoff Regan, and the Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable George Furey.

Sexual violence policy approved

Queen’s University’s policy on sexual violence was approved by its Board of Trustees in March. The development of the policy was an iterative process and involved extensive onsultation with campus stakeholders.Student involvement, a requirement of the Ontario government’s proposed sexual iolence legislation, Bill 132, has been considerable, and has included student representatives on both the working group and the implementation team.

The policy aligns with the province’s proposed legislation as it is currently drafted, as well as with recommendations from the working group, input from the implementation team, and best practices across the sector. Depending on the final version of the legislation and accompanying regulations, modifications to the policy may be necessary.

The policy outlines the options that are available to anyone who has witnessed or experienced sexual violence and the university’s responsibilities relating to awareness, education, training and reporting. Learn more about the Sexual Violence policy...

Climate action plan

In March, Principal Woolf released Queen’s Climate Plan (CAP). The CAP aims to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 35 per cent from 2008 levels by 2020, and by 70 per cent by 2030. it also sets out Queen’s aspiration for climate-neutrality, or net-zero emissions, by 2040.

The university is taking further steps to reduce energy consumption and gHg emissions through a $10.7-million energy conservation program. in partnership with Honeywell, an energy services company, Queen’s will implement more than 170 energy conservation measures in 66 campus buildings to help move the university closer to its emissions reduction target for 2020.
Read the Climate Action Plan.

[Jonathan Rose]
Professor Jonathan Rose

A notable appointment

The Bank of Canada has asked Queen’s professor Jonathan Rose to guide public consultation as it selects a Canadian woman to feature on a new bank note.

“I jumped at the opportunity,” says Dr. Rose (Political Studies), who will serve on the expert panel with Barbara Crow, a professor at York University. “It’s the first time a central bank anywhere has used a public engagement strategy to solicit advice on who should be the face of its money, and it’s always great to be involved in a novel project.”

The Bank of Canada invited citizens to nominate women from Canada’s past who are deserving of the recognition. An independent advisory council of eminent Canadian academic, cultural and
thought leaders will develop a shortlist of candidates and submit them to the governor of the Bank of Canada. Dr. Rose and Dr.Crow will guide the work of the advisory council during the selection process.

China and Hong Kong delegation

A delegation led by Principal Woolf and Provost Alan Harrison travelled to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in March, meeting with officials from Tongji, Fudan and Beijing Normal universities as well as the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, the Ministry of Education and the China Scholarship Council.

The trip also provided the opportunity to connect with Queen’s alumni and students on exchange in Asia, as well as prospective students and their families. as part of the Beijing alumni reception, Principal Woolf was presented with a cheque from Beijing alumni to endow a fund that will support student mobility between China and Queen’s.
Learn more about the trip in the Queen's Gazette.

In Memoriam

Clifford Crawley, Professor Emeritus (Music), died Feb. 1.

Ted Bond, Professor Emeritus (Philosophy), died April 8.

Kenneth Russell, Professor Emeritus (Chemistry), died April 10.

Anthony Daicar, retired associate professor (Medicine), died April 15.

If you have memories of these or other Queen’s professors you’d like to share with us, please email review@queensu.ca.

 

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 2-2016]