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YEAR IN REVIEW: Bevy of awards for Queen's in 2014

Royal Society of Canada
Nine Queen’s University faculty members have been elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada, the highest number of inductees the university has had in one year. Front from left, are: John Burge (Music); Wendy Craig (Psychology); W. George Lovell (Geography); and Erwin Buncel (Chemistry). Back row: Roger Deeley (Cancer Research Institute); Francois Rouget (French); and Ian McKay (History). Absent: Myra Hird (Environmental Studies) and Peter Milliken (Policy Studies). (University Communications)

A number of Queen’s faculty earned prestigious awards throughout 2014, including a record number being elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Recognition came in many forms and at various levels; all of them were exciting for the recipients as well as the Queen’s community.

The Gazette takes a quick look at some of those awards:

Royal Society of Canada record

A total of nine Queen’s University faculty members were elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the highest number in one year for the university. Fellowship in the RSC is one of the highest recognitions for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, and the social and natural sciences. The nine newest fellows from Queen’s brought a wide range of research interests including health, environmental issues, history, bullying prevention and chemistry.

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Queen's names Canada Excellence Research Chair

The arrival of Gilles Gerbier at Queen’s University in September shone a little light on the search for dark matter, invisible particles that exist in space. Dr. Gerbier joined Queen’s as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Particle Astrophysics and is working both in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy and at SNOLAB in Sudbury, researching the mysteries surrounding dark matter.

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Four new Canada Research Chairs for Queen's

A quartet of Queen’s professors was named Canada Research Chairs in October, while two current Queen’s chairholders had their positions renewed. Chairholders are leading researchers in their areas and improve Canada’s depth of knowledge in the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

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Research leaders earn prestigious medals

A pair of Queen’s researchers were honoured by the Royal Society of Canada as Guy Narbonne (Geological Sciences) received the Bancroft Award for publication, instruction and research in the earth sciences and his contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of the subject of geology while John McGarry (Political Studies) received the Innis-Gerin Medal for his contribution to the literature of the social sciences.

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James Low named member of the Order of Canada

Emeritus professor James Low was named a member of the Order of Canada in July for his contributions as an academic and as the founder of the Museum of Health Care in Kingston. The award is the second highest honour of merit in Canada and is given to those who make a major difference in Canada through lifelong contributions in their field. Six Queen’s alumni were also appointed as officers of the Order of Canada.

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Baroque expert elected to Institut de France

Gauvin Bailey (Art History) earned some recognition outside of Canada as he was appointed to the prestigious Institut de France. The Alfred and Isabel Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Dr. Bailey was elected as a “correspondant-étranger” (foreign correspondent) of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (Humanities) of the Institut de France, one of the most-respected and oldest learned institutions in the world, having been founded in 1663.

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