A new generation of leaders

A new generation of leaders

Royal Society of Canada recognizes five Queen’s University faculty members in the New Scholars, Artists and Scientists program

By Anne Craig

September 13, 2016


See also:
Royal Recognition:
Five Queen’s University professors elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada. (September 7, 2016)

Five Queen’s University faculty members have been named to the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists program. The new program recognizes an emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership and seeks to gather scholars, artists and scientists at a highly productive stage of their careers into a single collegium where new advances in understanding will emerge from the interaction of diverse intellectual, cultural and social perspectives.

“The College opens the doors of the RSC to early and mid-career scholars and researchers, and provides them an opportunity to contribute to the promotion of learning and research, an important mandate of the Society,” says Dr. Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “The researchers elected as part of the 2016 Membership are great representatives of the diverse range of leading edge and innovative research being undertaken by our younger colleagues on campuses across Canada.”

The Royal Society of Canada's College names (l to r): David Murakami Wood, Stephanie Belanger. Amir Fam and Christian Leuprecht to the program of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Missing from the photo is Parvin Mousavi. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

The new members are:

[Stephanie Belanger]
Stéphanie Bélanger (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Stéphanie Bélanger

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research; Department of French, Royal Military College of Canada

As a specialist in the testimony of war, soldier identity, army culture and military ethics, Dr. Bélanger makes a unique and impactful contribution to the Canadian community of researchers in her field of studies. She also makes significant contributions to the international community in the areas of military ethics and testimony of war.

“Being a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is an extremely humbling experience that reflects the very cordial relationship between the leaders and the academic communities at Queen's University, who has always been very welcoming and supporting of my visions, and at the Royal Military College of Canada‎ (RMC), who trusted me in representing them at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, which I co-funded and of which I am co-scientific director,” says Dr. Belanger.

[Amir Fam]
Amir Fam (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Amir Fam

Civil Engineering

Dr. Fam is an internationally-recognized authority in the field of fiber-reinforced polymer stay-in-place structural forms and tubes for concrete bridge columns and decks – an area of major current significance as it revolutionizes the way bridges and structures are built, rendering them immune to corrosion and deterioration, hence generating greater longevity and improved safety.

“I am delighted and honored to receive such a recognition though I truly feel I am receiving this on behalf of a larger group, including my current and past graduate students and post-docs. I am particularly glad that my field, civil engineering and specifically structures and infrastructure engineering, is recognized through this award.”

[Christian Leuprecht]
Christian Leuprecht (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Christian Leuprecht

Political Studies

Dr. Leuprecht is one of Canada’s most prolific scholars in the comparative study of security and defence. He has made innovative contributions to applying network science to transnational illicit networks, clustering heterogeneous semi-structured national security datasets, cybersecurity, the governance of borders, national security policy and administration and political demography.

“The study of security and defence often reminds me of theology: lots of propositions, but little evidence to support any of them. The RSC’s recognition draws attention to the importance of genuine, robust, and methodologically innovative research and affirms the Queen’s-RMCC nexus is as a world class hub for generating this field,” says Dr. Leuprecht, who is also a professor at RMC.

Parvin Mousavi (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Parvin Mousavi

School of Computing

Dr. Mousavi has pioneered a field of inquiry for precise management of complex human disease and personalized computer-assisted diagnosis and therapy. Her innovative research uses machine learning methods on big data – from diverse modalities of medical images and omics profiling – to build comprehensive models for disease diagnosis and intervention, while uniquely incorporating patient-specific information.

Dr. Mousavi is currently on sabbatical and unavailable for comment.

[David Murakami Wood]
David Murakami Wood (Photo by Bernard Clark)

David Murakami Wood


Dr. Murakami Wood is an interdisciplinary scholar in surveillance studies, an emerging field that he has helped to define. With a consistent focus on informing public and policy debate, he is addressing key issues of democracy and human rights in relation to security, surveillance, identity and privacy. His work has covered new surveillance technologies, the globalization of surveillance, and comparative studies of surveillance in global cities.

“This is recognition for all the work the Queen’s Surveillance Studies Centre has done,” says Dr. Murakami Wood. “I also want to mention and thank my mentor David Lyon and the excellent group of graduate students we work with.”

Visit the RSC website for more information.