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Quid Novi: what's new on campus, November 2016

Quid Novi: what's new on campus, November 2016

[Architect's rendering of the Innovation and Wellness Centre, as seen from Union St. and Division St.]
(Rendering courtesy of CS&P Architects in association with Montgomery Sisam Architects)

Innovation and Wellness Centre moves forward

Queen’s has received a $31.65-million investment from the Government of Canada under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). The investment, in addition to a $4.9-million investment from the Government of Ontario and the contributions of a number of benefactors, will support two capital projects on campus – the creation of the Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre and a revitalization of on-campus biomedical research facilities.

The Innovation and Wellness Centre, located in the former Physical Education Centre, will support students and faculty and will feature expanded engineering facilities, learning spaces where students can share knowledge, and resources funded by the SIF investment. The centre will be home to an innovation hub – centred around the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre –
and state-of-the-art interdisciplinary laboratories.

These facilities will increase opportunities for research, student design and learning, while also strengthening the university’s position in world-leading research. The innovation and engineering facilities will be co-located with space for Student Wellness Services and the chaplaincy. The wellness centre, funded entirely by philanthropic gifts, will also feature athletic and recreation facilities, the Queen’s University International Centre, and a new exam centre.

The co-location of innovation and wellness services, a recommendation of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, will blend academic, recreational, and other student life activities, and will emphasize to students the important relationships that connect mental health, physical well-being, and academic success. The project will also provide both a short-term and long-term economic stimulus to the Kingston community – through construction jobs and ongoing research and innovation, respectively.

The SIF investment will also allow for the revitalization of campus biomedical research facilities that support research by a number of top-level research groups at Queen’s. The investment will strengthen Queen’s and Canada’s position in world-leading biomedical research – providing Queen’s researchers with the facilities necessary to expand their translational research in areas such as neurological, cardiovascular and cancer research.

The total cost of the two projects is approximately $119 million. In addition to the combined government funding of $22 million for the Innovation and Wellness Centre and $14.5 million for the research facilities announced in October, Queen’s is contributing nearly $45.8 million towards the projects. Nearly $37 million in philanthropic donations were raised by the Faculty of Engineering
and Applied Sciences to support the innovation component of the revitalization project. The campaign, led by alumnus Michael Norris (Sc'75), aimed to promote entrepreneurialism within the faculty, and build on Queen’s standing as the premier engineering program in Canada.

“This generous funding from two levels of government, combined with the passionate support of dedicated engineering alumni like Mike Norris, helps the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science remain a leader in engineering education and research,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “The Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre will play a vital role in the life of our faculty and the university.”

Construction on the Innovation and Wellness Centre began in September and is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

[Architect's rendering of the Innovation and Wellness Centre, as seen from Union St. and Division St]
Architect's rendering of the Innovation and Wellness Centre, as seen from Union St. and Division St. (Rendering courtesy of CS&P Architects in association with Montgomery Sisam Architects)

Inspiring investment for innovation

[Shelby Yee, and Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande]
Shelby Yee, Sc'16, a former QIC participant, joined Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande for the Oct. 31 gift announcement

The Dunin Foundation – established by Andrew Dunin, Sc’83, MBA’87, and his wife, Anne Dunin, Artsci’83 – and Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, PhD’79, and his wife, Jaishree Deshpande, have jointly provided a significant gift to Queen’s innovation connector. in recognition of this support, the university-wide initiative to support student innovation and entrepreneurship will now be known as the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

With the expendable gifts, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre will launch new programs and resources for students over the next five years. the support builds on the investments that the university, the federal and provincial governments, and a number of benefactors have made in this area over the past several years. Most recently, construction began on the new Innovation and Wellness centre on campus that will include an innovation hub centred around the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

“Since our founding several years ago, we have encouraged, enabled, and supported the innovation activities of student, professors, entrepreneurs, and Canadian companies,” says Greg Bavington, Executive Director, Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre. “With the generous support of the Dunins and the Deshpandes, we will move beyond the lean start-up phase of this initiative and rapidly increase Queen’s capacity to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across the region.”

Mr. Dunin graduated from Queen’s with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1983 and an MBA in 1987. He invested in his own automotive parts business in 1989 and grew the company from 50 employees in one location to more than 2,000 employees in 12 locations throughout North America. After selling the business – one of the largest private equity transactions in canadian history – Mr. Dunin went on to invest in a variety of businesses through Bracebridge investments, as well as other causes through the Dunin Foundation.

Dr. Deshpande is an accomplished entrepreneur, starting and investing in several highly successful companies. After earning his PhD in electrical engineering from Queen’s in 1979, Dr. Deshpande built a successful business career as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is best known for co-founding internet equipment manufacturer Sycamore Networks.

Dr. and Mrs. Deshpande co-founded the Deshpande Foundation in 1996 to encourage the use of entrepreneurship and innovation as catalyst for sustainable change in Canada, the U.S., and India.

"International at Home" series

The Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (Iinternational) co-hosts the Queen’s International At Home series with the Isabel Bader centre for the Performing Arts (the Isabel). Departments and units sponsor pairs of tickets, which are then distributed equally to domestic and international students. In addition to student networking and an evening of music at the Isabel, each sponsored ticket includes access to a pre-concert reception, where students can mingle with the artists, alumni, senior university administrators, faculty, and staff.

The series kicked off in October with a performance by cutting-edge classical string band collectif9. It wraps up in March with a concert by soprano Measha Brueggergosman. “This series is about building community at Queen’s. It is a chance to partner with the Isabel and provide a wonderful opportunity to draw domestic and international students together through music. It’s intended to bring students, the Queen’s community, and the Kingston community together to deepen intercultural awareness and build networks,” says Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International).

[Kathy O'Brien chats with PhD students Leena Yahia and Hasan Kettaneh at the first International At Home event at the Isabel. Credit: Garrett Elliott]
Kathy O'Brien chats with PhD students Leena Yahia and Hasan Kettaneh at the first International At Home event at the Isabel. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)

Stubbing out tobacco use

A summit of Canada’s leading health experts spent two days discussing bold ideas and examining a series of recommendations aimed at reducing the rate of commercial tobacco use in Canada to below five per cent by the year 2035. The Tobacco Endgame for Canada Summit, which ran from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 at Queen’s, brought together leading health and policy experts with the aim of developing a strategy to achieve a “tobacco endgame” – defined as commercial tobacco use prevalence of less than five per cent by 2035.

“Achieving this goal towards a commercial tobacco-free future will require us to consider bold, novel ideas,” says Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Head of the Queen’s Department of Oncology and chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the Tobacco Endgame Summit. “There is no current recipe or playbook to achieve a tobacco-free future, but we believe the ideas coming out of this summit represent a strong basis for governments, professional organizations, and advocacy groups to work together towards this important objective.”

The summit was hosted by Queen’s University as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations, as a continuation of the Queen’s tradition of bringing together remarkable people who have helped build Canada as a nation and made significant contributions around the world. For more information on the summit and its outcomes, you can read the summit background paper.

Honorary degree recipients

The following distinguished Queen’s alumni were awarded honorary degrees at fall convocation ceremonies in November.

[Carol Ann Budd]
Carol Ann Budd, Sc’89 (Engineering Chemistry), is a professional engineer and financial consultant. She is also a volunteer on the Queen’s University Aboriginal Council and former co-chair of the Ban Righ Foundation board of directors.
(Photo by Bernard Clark)
Read a Queen's Gazette interview with Dr. Budd.
[Drew Feustel]
Drew Feustel, PhD’95 (Geology), is an astronaut with NASA and a veteran of two spaceflights. Dr. Feustel is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station on the Soyuz 54 launch vehicle in March 2018.
(Photo by Bernard Clark)
Read a Queen's Gazette interview with Dr. Feustel.
[Judith Thompson]
Judith Thompson, OC, Artsci’77 (Drama), is a playwright, director, actor, professor of theatre studies at the University of Guelph, and the artistic director of Rare Theatre, a company with a mandate to give voice to those who are seldom heard.
(Photo by Bernard Clark)
Read a Queen's Gazette interview with Dr. Thompson.
[Michelle MacLaren]
Michelle MacLaren, Artsci’86 (Film), is a director, producer, and executive producer of several acclaimed television series, including Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Westworld. She has received multiple awards for her work, including two Emmys for Breaking Bad.
(Photo by Bernard Clark)
Read a Queen's Gazette interview with Dr. MacLaren
Read the 2014 Review story, "A woman of action."

New RSC fellows

[RSC fellows]
The newest Royal Society of Canada fellows are (l to r); Craig Walker, Joan Schwartz, Troy Day and David Bakhurst. Missing from the photo is Daniel David Moses. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Five Queen’s university professors have been elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest honours for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Daniel David Moses (Dan School of Drama and Music) – After a career of more than two decades as an independent Toronto-based playwright and poet, Daniel David Moses joined the Department of Drama in 2003 as a Queen’s National Scholar. Mr. Moses is an artist, teacher, playwright, poet, and essayist. He has been hailed as a trailblazer for Canada’s First Nations writing
and storytelling community.

Craig Walker (Dan School of Drama and Music) – The director of the Dan School of Drama and Music, Dr. Walker is a leading scholar in Canadian drama as well as a creative theatre practitioner. He has received considerable admiration as a playwright, director, composer, artistic director, and educator.

David Bakhurst (Philosophy) – The Charlton Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s is an internationally recognized scholar who has made unprecedented contributions to the understanding of 20th century Russian thought, as well as to ethics, philosophical psychology, and philosophy of education. His work is highly interdisciplinary and shows remarkable versatility and creativity.

Joan Schwartz(Art History and Art Conservation) – Recognized internationally for her pioneering work as a photographic historian, archival theorist, and historical geographer, Dr. Schwartz has made distinctive, original contributions to scholarship in the history of photography in Canada and professional practice in the management of archives.

Troy Day (Mathematics and Statistics) – Dr. Day is recognized for his interdisciplinary contributions to mathematics and the life sciences, particularly in the area of evolutionary theory. His analyses of a diverse array of topics – including the evolutionary biology of infectious disease and the evolutionary consequences of antimicrobial drug treatment – have greatly advanced our understandings of these subjects.

In Memoriam

Klaus Minde, former head of Child Psychiatry at Queen’s, died July 6.
Read more about Dr. Minde.

David Bonham, former professor (Law and Business) and administrator, died Sept. 11.

Anthony Marshall, Professor Emeritus (Classics), died Sept. 21.
Read more about Dr. Marshall.

If you have memories of these professors you would like to share, please email us at review@queensu.ca.

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