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Media Advisory - Federal government to announce millions in research funding

Monday, January 28, 2019

KINGSTON – The Government of Canada is investing in nearly 3,000 of Canada’s most talented scholars, including faculty, graduate, and post-doctoral students. More than 90 researchers at Queen’s University will receive a portion of that funding.


The Honourable Minister Kirsty Duncan, along with Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council President Ted Hewitt, is officially announcing the funding at Queen’s University. They will be joined by two of the researchers receiving funding: Lee Airton, Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education, and Doctoral Student Christine Moon (Kinesiology).

Moon’s research, which focuses on medical assistance in dying, examines what assisted dying means to racialized Canadians. This is the first ethnographic analysis of assisted dying in Canada and should help shape future public policy.

Dr. Airton’s research explores how "gender expression" is being explicitly defined, and implicitly constructed, in the human rights, diversity, and equity policy documents of Ontario’s 76 publicly-funded school boards. The study will help policymakers in education and other sectors to avoid the conflation of gender expression with gender identity.

Also speaking at the event are:
Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University
Kimberly Woodhouse, Vice-Principal (Research), Queen’s University


The event begins at 9 am on Wednesday, January 30 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Media are asked to assemble at 8:45 am. A media opportunity will take place after the announcement and all media are asked to confirm in advance.


After the formal presentation, Minister Duncan and the other VIPs have an opportunity to tour the Art of Research photo exhibit. After that, the VIP group will tour the Queen’s University Art Conservation labs. This portion of the event is open to the media.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca