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Quid novi: what's new on campus November 2017

Quid novi: what's new on campus November 2017

New centre for patient-oriented research

Home to one of the country's top 40 research hospitals and to a world-renowned university, Kingston has long been recognized as an important centre for health research in Canada.

That reputation is reaching new heights with the opening of the W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research. The new centre positions Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), Queen's, and the KGH Research Institute as international leaders in partnering with patients to improve health knowledge and outcomes.

The state-of-the-art centre brings together for the first time the facilities, equipment, and research projects that require direct patient involvement into a single space. Located within KHSC's Kingston General Hospital site and adjacent to Queen's campus, the facility is situated to give clinician-scientists, researchers, and research volunteers a safe and accessible environment where patients can be consulted, assessed, and monitored as they take part in research studies.

"This centre is the realization of our commitment to patient-oriented research," says Roger Deeley, Vice-President of Health Sciences Research at KHSC and Vice-Dean of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences. "It expands opportunities for patients to take part in the discovery process, and it provides a stimulating environment for collaboration. This will lead to innovation, better treatments, and improved outcomes for patients and their families. It also provides the ideal environment for multi-disciplinary approaches to research and a solid training ground for future clinician-scientists and researchers."

Roger Deeley speaks during the grand opening. Photo credit: Matthew Manor/KHSC

At 10,000 square feet, the centre increases research space at the KGH site by 25 per cent. Facilities include shared research labs and workspaces, patient examination and procedure rooms, comfortable waiting areas for patients and their families, a biohazard Level 2 preparation area, as well as the capability to conduct early-stage clinical trials, crucial steps in the development of new drug and device treatments and therapies.

"Research has become an increasingly collaborative pursuit that not only requires clinician-scientists from partner institutions to work more closely together, but also for researchers and patients to become more deeply involved in the discovery process," says John Fisher, Vice-Principal (Research). 'This new centre will strengthen the collective efforts of Kingston's world-class scientific community and ultimately provide patients with improved health care and quality of life."

"This represents a significant milestone in health research at KHSC. The centre will become a major hub for clinical research as we further integrate research between Queen's and our academic hospital partners," says Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. "Ultimately, the work of the centre will translate into improved patient outcomes in our community and will help us to both educate future scientists and recruit leading researchers from around the world."

Constructed at a cost of $4.2 million, the centre's creation was made possible through generous gifts from more than 150 donors, including $1 million from the W.J. Henderson Foundation and $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, awarded to Dr. Stephen Vanner Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit) and Dr. Douglas Munoz (Centre for Neuroscience Studies).

"This facility reflects a significant commitment by individuals and organizations, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, clinician-scientists and researchers, and donors including the W.J. Henderson Foundation. Their support made this centre possible, and we are profoundly grateful to them," says Dr. Deeley.
John Pereira

Queen's remembers

[photo of the first Queen's remembers plinth]

Queen's Remembers is an initiative commemorating those who have made significant contributions to the history of Queen's. These groups are recognized through plinths installed across campus. The first plinth was unveiled in October, honouring the Indigenous Peoples upon whose traditional lands Queen's was built – the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee. The plinth is located on McGibbon Walk, between Douglas Library and Ontario Hall.

Building new social networks

The World Link program helps international students at Queen's make an easier transition. Front row: Mofiyinfoluwa Badmos, Qihui Chen, Julie Yaqi Hao, Lucie Ma, Sarah Sinaga, Jing Wang. Back row: Isabella Asselstine, Elaine Sandness, Hana Stanbury. Photo credit: University Communications

It can be tough adjusting to a new campus, community, and country all at once, but that's the reality faced by many international students.

The World Link program aims to ease what can be a significant transition, with workshops and social activities on and off campus; it also works to create a sense of belonging among all participants.

Facilitated by the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC), in partnership with Student Wellness Services, the Student Experience Office, and the Human Rights Office, the semester-long transition program is now offered in the fall and winter terms. It connects students with other transition programs and has been enhanced to focus on the appreciation of diverse cultures, intercultural communication skills and competencies, resiliency, and the links between academic and personal success. All events are co-led by students.

Julie Yaqi Hao is in her second year of a Master of Education program. She is an international student from China who volunteers with World Link because she says peer support can play a significant role in helping new students adjust. "I first had to conquer my fear of the unknown and re-establish my confidence," she says. 'Then I created my social network. I received support from the QUIC and the World Link program, which is so inclusive. People respect each other. Other students can feel our passion and learn our personal stories. This is the most powerful influence to help new students move forward."

World Link invites undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students in all years and programs to participate. Jing Wang is a teacher candidate in the concurrent education program. She grew up in Toronto, went to high school in Shanghai, and spent a semester on exchange in Germany. This is her second year volunteering with World Link. "Many international students experience cultural shock and homesickness, and talking with other students can help," she says. "We really want Canadian students to come to World Link, because they can support their peers' transition, and they get to make friends with people with really interesting backgrounds! This kind of program really brings our community together."

Promoting intercultural dialogue is a theme that runs through all World Link activities.

"We are very excited to offer more opportunities for students to get together and talk about their cultures, their experiences, and their goals," says Mofiyinfoluwa Badmos, QUIC International Programs Assistant. "We have designed the program this year to provide more opportunities for discussion and skill development that will promote an inclusive campus environment."

Learn more about the QUIC: quic.queensu.ca.

Honorary degrees

The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees invites nominations for the award of honorary degrees to be presented at the university's 2019 convocation ceremonies.

Nomination forms are available online or upon request from 613-533-6095.

Nominations must reach the University Secretariat by March 1, 2018.


David Elder

David Elder, Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Fellow in the School of Policy Studies, died Aug. 14 in Ottawa. Beloved husband of Patricia Solomon, father of Laurent Elder (Hanna Button), and grandfather of Sebastien Elder.

A graduate of McMaster University, B.A. (Hon) French and German, and of University of Toronto, M.A. French Literature, a Teaching Fellow in the Department of French at Victoria College, and instructor in the French Department at UBC. David joined the Department of External Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer in 1973 and enjoyed 20 rewarding years in the Department, with memorable assignments in Ottawa as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister, for the Hon. Don Jamieson and the Hon. Flora MacDonald, and Director of International Economic Relations in the Economic Policy Bureau. International assignments included the Canadian Embassy in Dakar, Sénégal; the Canadian High Commission in Harare, Zimbabwe; and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (1989-1993).

In 1993 David was assigned to the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations, Security and Intelligence and later Director of Operations, Machinery of Government. From 1998 to 2001 he was Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, Machinery of Government, a position he felt privileged to hold given Machinery's role in providing advice to the Prime Minister on the organization of government and mandates of Ministers. He retired from the Privy Council Office in 2004 after 30 years of dedicated public service in the Federal Government.

He returned to academic life at Queen's University as a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies in 2001 and later Adjunct Professor. Of the courses he taught, he most valued Approaches to Policy Analysis, which he co-instructed with Prof. Robert Wolfe from 2002 to 2015, for the opportunity it offered to share his knowledge of design and implementation of public policy, to introduce his students to public servants he knew, and to convey the value of a career in Public Service.

In honour of David's contribution to Queen's University, the School of Policy Studies has established the David Elder Award in Global Public Policy. Should you wish to contribute to this award, donations may made at givetoqueens.ca/DavidElder.

T. Kurt Kyser

T. Kurt Kyser, a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, died Aug. 29 while teaching in Bermuda. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and pioneering geochemist, Dr. Kyser arrived at Queen’s in 1995 and would soon create and direct one of the leading geochemistry laboratories in North America, the Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research.

Dr. Kyser was a world-renowned researcher whose creativity and gift for solving scientific problems produced more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters, and technical reports. Over his career Dr. Kyser received numerous awards and was a Queen’s Research Chair, a Queen’s National Scholar, a Killam Research Fellow, a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and recipient of the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. He also was the past president of the Mineralogical Association of Canada and was active in numerous organizations and societies.

Dr. Kyser completed his bachelor’s at the University of California, San Diego, and earned his master’s and PhD from the University of California, Berkley. Throughout his career he collaborated with colleagues worldwide and believed strongly that field geology is fundamental to geochemical research.

Dr. Kyser is survived by his wife and partner in science and life, April Vuletich.

James Leith

James Leith, Professor Emeritus (History), died Oct. 7 at home. He is remembered lovingly by Marc, Matthew, Sasha, Misha and Carole, and his two great-grandchildren.

Herbert Grant Sampson

[Grant Sampson]
Grant Sampson

Herbert Grant Sampson, Professor Emeritus (English Language and Literature), died Oct. 23. Pre-deceased by his parents, Herbert Arthur Sampson and Evelyn Grant Fuller. Dr. Sampson was a respected and admired member of Queen's Department of English from 1954 until his retirement in 1996. He also served, from 1965 to 1987, as director of the University's Performing Arts Office. In that role, he acted as a concert impresario, travelling often to New York City to engage the most prominent and promising artists to perform at Queen's.

He is deeply missed by his large circle of friends, his adopted family, The Pickerings, Hector, especially Vera, Steve and Emmy and their girls, Gracie and Lily.

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

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 4-2017]

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