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Stage set for tribute concert

Outgoing Principal Daniel Woolf to be honoured in tribute concert by world-renowned jazz singer Claire Martin.

Jazz vocalist Claire Martin (Photo by: BBC Radio Scotland)
Jazz vocalist Claire Martin will perform at a tribute concert in recognition of outgoing Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf. (Photo by: BBC Radio Scotland)

The career of campus’ best-known jazz aficionado will be celebrated next week at a tribute concert headlined by one of the genre’s most acclaimed contemporary voices. Renowned vocalist Claire Martin will perform at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, April 26 in recognition of Daniel Woolf, who is leaving his role as principal and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University after 10 years of service.

“We’re very excited to have Claire Martin performing at the Isabel in celebration of Principal Woolf’s outstanding contributions as head of the university,” says Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. “Widely regarded as one of the planet’s best living jazz vocalists, her music will not only dazzle our audience, it will also serve as a resounding send-off for a Principal whose passion for music – especially jazz – and the arts has been felt across campus throughout his tenure.”

Open to the public, the evening’s events will begin with remarks from Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris and Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), followed by a video tribute to Principal Woolf, that looks back on the many milestones Queen’s has reached under his leadership. Fittingly, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is one of the many iconic buildings conceptualized and constructed during his terms in office.

Multi-instrumentalist Martin Sjöstedt will then join Claire Martin for an intimate performance of legendary jazz standards and inventive re-workings of contemporary favourites. Nicknamed the “First Lady of British Jazz”, Claire Martin has received worldwide acclaim and many awards during her 30-year career, including eight British Jazz Awards. Principal Woolf will interview her on his campus radio show, CFRC’s “Dark Glasses” on Monday, April 22, in advance of Friday’s celebrations.

“We’re looking forward to having members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities join us for what will surely be a wonderful celebration,” says Dr. Harris. “Come enjoy world-class music in this beautiful facility, and let’s pay tribute to Principal Woolf, whose contributions will leave an indelible mark on the history of our university.”

Tickets for the concert are open to the campus and Kingston communities, and the show started Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm. Purchase yours now.

Wilson retires after nearly 40 years as women’s basketball head coach

[Dave Wilson]
Over his career as head coach of the Queen's Gaels women's basketball team Dave Wilson recorded 385 victories and a 100 per cent graduation rate for his players.

After nearly 40 years of coaching women’s basketball at Queen’s University, head coach Dave Wilson announced his retirement on Wednesday.

“This was a very difficult decision and one that my family and I struggled with,” Wilson says. “This is a personal decision and the timing of it now provides an opportunity for myself and my family to do the things we've always planned and looked forward to doing in retirement.”

A strategically skilled leader, Wilson is a respected and celebrated coach who led his players to innumerable successes both on and off the court. He began his coaching career with the Gaels in 1981-82 and has amassed 385 career wins. He led Queen’s to an OUA title in 2000-01 and is a four-time OUA coach of the year. In 2017 he was honoured as the U SPORTS coach of the year after leading the Gaels on home court in the OUA Final Four and to another national championship appearance. Most impressively, his athletes have a 100 per cent graduation rate in his career as a coach.

“Dave Wilson's influence has touched countless people over his nearly 40 years at Queen’s, and the hundreds of student-athletes who have worn the tricolour have benefited from his leadership, passion and commitment,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Queen’s Athletics and Recreation. “He is a tremendous colleague and friend whom we are all better off for having worked with. He leaves a legacy of producing elite women's basketball players and even better people. He has been an outstanding ambassador, advocate and leader for women’s basketball in our country helping to shape the game while serving on countless committees and working at the highest levels of basketball in Canada. We all wish him and his family nothing but happiness in his retirement.”

Wilson served as a member of numerous U SPORTS and OUA committees. Internationally, he has been a key contributor with Canada Basketball working in various coaching roles with both the senior and junior women’s programs, earning a silver and two bronze medals with the junior program at the All-Americas Championship. In 2007 he also served as head coach of the Canadian World University Games team in Thailand finishing seventh.

“I would like to thank Queen’s University for the privilege to work with and for a remarkable community of people,” Wilson says. “I want to thank my staff for their efforts to continually be the best and compete on the biggest stages in basketball while leaving players with life skills they need to succeed after university. I know that the program is in good hands moving forward. Most importantly, it has been an honour to coach the young women that have represented the university so well, not only with their time on the court but by their actions across Canada as players and then as alumni. My family and I look forward to the next stage of our life in retirement.”

James Bambury takes over as the interim head coach for the 2019-20 season and has an extensive coaching background previously serving as an OUA head coach with the RMC Paladins for two seasons before joining Queen’s in 2012 where he has since served as a full-time assistant. A former Gael himself with the men’s program, Bambury also has international experience as head coach of the women’s team at Leeds Metropolitan University from 2008-10, as an assistant coach with England at the 2010 University Games and associate coach of the England U18 national women’s team.

A search for the full-time head coach will commence in March 2020.

Queen’s Athletics and Recreation will announce plans to celebrate Wilson’s career and accomplishments later this fall.

A new honour for John Meisel

  • John Meisel Gate presentation
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf and Dean of Arts and Science Barbara Crow unveil the plaque honouring Professor Emeritus Meisel. (University Communications)
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    Professor John Meisel speaks after the unveiling of the John Meisel Gate, during a ceremony held Monday, April 15 in the Peter Lougheed Room of Richardson Hall. (University Communications)
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    The newly-named John Meisel Gate is located between Dunning Hall and Richardson Hall. It is named after Professor John Meisel, who arrived at Queen's in 1949. (University Communications)
  • John Meisel Gate presentation
    Dean of Arts and Science Barbara Crow speaks about the influence and impact that Professor John Meisel had on Canadian politics throughout his multifaceted career. (University Communications)
  • John Meisel Gate presentation
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf displays the plaque that will be placed by the gate between Dunning and Richardson halls. (University Communications)

Every day, hundreds of Queen’s students, faculty, and staff pass through the black, wrought iron gate located between Dunning Hall and Richardson Hall.

Long a landmark of the university campus, the gate has never had a name – at least until now.

On Monday, April 15, Queen’s dedicated the gate to one of the university’s all-time great professors – John Meisel. During a ceremony at Richardson Hall Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf and Dean of Arts and Science Barbara Crow unveiled a plaque honouring Professor Emeritus Meisel, who first arrived at Queen’s in 1949 and would go on to become one of Canada’s most influential political scientists.

“The courtyard, bordered by Richardson, Dunning, and Mackintosh-Corry halls, has long been one of my favourite places on campus, and over the years the gate itself has acted as a symbolic entrance to the social sciences here at Queen’s,” Principal Woolf says. “I can’t think of a more suitable tribute to Professor Meisel than to name the gate in his honour for all he has done for Queen’s, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Department of Political Studies.”

A pioneer in research into political behaviour Professor Meisel also wrote widely on Canadian elections, political parties, Quebec politics, science policy, and cultural policy. He was the founding editor of two prestigious academic journals, the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the International Political Science Review. From 1980 to 1983 he was chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and later served as president of the Royal Society of Canada.

His contributions to Canada were recognized in 1989, when he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and again in 1999, when he was promoted to Companion, the highest grade in the Order.

In 2017, Professor Meisel was recognized by the Department of Political Studies with the establishment of the John Meisel Lecture Series. Each lecture addresses a timely political controversy and is followed by a town hall-style discussion that is open to both the Queen’s and Kingston community. 

To learn more about Professor Emeritus Meisel, watch this recent video interview.


Queen’s University moves to right historic wrong

Principal Daniel Woolf and Dean Richard Reznick formally apologize for school’s 1918 ban of Black medical students.

  • A century after banning admission of Black students to its medical school, Queen’s University has extended a formal letter of apology.
    Principal and Vice Chancellor Daniel Woolf and Dean of Health Sciences Richard Reznick sign the formal letter of apology during the meeting of Queen's University Senate on Tuesday, April 16. (University Communications)
  • Dean of Health Sciences Richard Reznick
    Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Richard Reznick makes a presentation after signing a formal letter of apology for the 1918 ban on admission of Black students to Queen's University's medical school. (University Communications)
  • Edward Thomas, Daniel Bartholomew
    Present at the signing ceremony was Daniel Bartholomew, centre, son of Ethelbert Bartholomew – an upper-year student whose medical career was abruptly ended by the policy in 1918. (University Communications)

A century after banning admission of Black students to its medical school, Queen’s University has extended a formal letter of apology acknowledging the institution’s past racist actions and repeated failures to hold itself accountable. In an official ceremony, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf and Dean of Health Sciences Richard Reznick signed the letter and expressed profound regret on behalf of the institution for injustices enacted upon its Black medical students, alumni, and prospective applicants.

“We are resolved to confront our past actions, and to more fully understand the meaning of the university’s historical racism, including a commitment to identify its causes and consequences to the best of our ability,” reads the formal apology issued by Principal Woolf and Dean Reznick. “In reckoning with our institutional history, we are committed to acknowledging our failures and to learning from our mistakes. It is our sincere desire to confront this past, learn from it, and never again repeat it.”

In 1918, the Senate of Queen’s University voted to support a motion prohibiting students of African descent from attending its medical school, at the request of the Faculty of Medicine – a ban that went enforced until 1965. According to recent research by Queen’s PhD candidate, Edward Thomas, the ban was put in place to demonstrate alignment with discriminatory policies favoured at the time by the American Medical Association, the organization that ranked medical schools in North America.

Even after 1965, archival evidence suggests the historical facts of the ban were misrepresented by the university when confronted with the issue in 1978, 1986, and 1988. In 2018, once Mr. Thomas presented his research findings to the current Queen’s Senate and brought to light the motion’s continued existence, the university formally rescinded the resolution that enabled the ban.

“As an institution, we can never undo the harm that we caused to generations of Black students, and we have to accept that our actions contributed to the inequities in the medical profession that still exist today,” wrote Dr. Reznick in a blog post published in advance of the ceremony. “I hope, though, that our actions will continue to move the School of Medicine in the direction of greater inclusivity, diversity, and equity.”

The public apology marked the first in a series of necessary steps identified by a commission of Queen’s faculty, students, and staff formed by Dean Reznick to address this historic injustice. Family members of individuals affected by the ban will receive personal letters of apology, and the School of Medicine will soon house an exhibit addressing the ban and its impacts. Course curricula will place greater focus on diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and a symposium examining the past, present, and future of the Black medical student experience is being organized for Winter 2020.

The School of Medicine established a mentorship program in March 2019, through which Black faculty members have volunteered to serve as mentors to Black medical students enrolled at Queen’s as they progress through clerkship, residency, and into the medical profession. The school has also created an admissions award for Black Canadian students entering into the first year of undergraduate medical education. Recipients will be awarded up to $10,000, based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

“The Faculty of Health Sciences has shown great leadership in righting this historical wrong, and I look forward to seeing the implementation of its new programs to support Black student success and diversity in the medical profession,” says Stephanie Simpson, Queen’s Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion). “We owe much to the staff, faculty, students, and alumni who work tirelessly to ensure that this campus is a place where everyone feels welcomed, valued and respected, and able to participate without discrimination.”

For more detail on this matter and on the university’s future steps, read Dean Reznick’s blog post in full.

Sweet delivery

  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    Principal Daniel Woolf hands out cookies to students as they study amongst the bookshelves in Stauffer Library on Sunday, April 14. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    A Queen's student thanks Principal Daniel Woolf after receiving one of the 1,800 cookies he and Julie Gordon-Woolf handed out Sunday. (University Communications)
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    A sweet treat and a little break from studying, Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf hand out cookies for the ninth straight year. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    An appreciative student receives a cookie from Julie Gordon-Woolf during the ninth annual Principal's Cookie Drop at Queen's University Libraries. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    Students in the 1923 Reading Room, also known as the Harry Potter Room, snack on cookies handed out by Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf. (University Communications)
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    Julie Gordon-Woolf hands out one of the 1,800 cookies that she and Principal Daniel Woolf distributed to students as they study for final exams. (University Communications)
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    Sydney Flatt receives the final cookie from Principal Daniel Woolf as he and Julie Gordon-Woolf complete the ninth and final cookie drop during his time as principal.

It’s a cold and dreary Sunday afternoon and Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf are methodically making their way through the various libraries at Queen’s University on a mission of support.

Each time the duo steps into a room, their hands filled with bags of cookies, there is a buzz amongst the many students who are studying for final exams - it’s time for a sweet treat.

In what has become a highly-anticipated tradition for Queen’s students, for the ninth year in a row Principal Woolf and his wife spent the day handing out 1,800 cookies – a record number as the couple mark the final ‘Cookie Drop’ before Principal Woolf completes his second five-year term.

A small, delicious token perhaps, but the reactions of many students show that the snack and words of support are appreciated.

“Having been a Queen’s student myself, I know final exams can be a stressful time,” Principal Woolf says. “Nine years ago Julie and I decided to provide students at Queen’s libraries with a sweet snack and maybe provide that little bit of momentum as they near the end of the academic year.”

The cookies were sponsored by the Principal’s Office, and the Queen's Student Alumni Association helped bag all 1,800.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped Julie and me over the years,” Principal Woolf says. “We have enjoyed seeing all the smiles and the many conversations amongst the bookshelves at Queen’s libraries.”

Queen’s University and PSAC Local 901 ratify first collective agreement for Graduate Research Assistants

Queen’s University, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its Local 901 (Unit1) (“PSAC”), have successfully ratified a tentative agreement for a first collective agreement for graduate students employed as research assistants (“Graduate Research Assistants”). Read more

A unanimous choice for inaugural award

[Concurrent Education student Afsheen Chowdhury]
Afsheen Chowdhury speaks at Senate after receiving the inaugural Margaret Hooey Governance Award. (University Communications)

During her time at Queen’s, Afsheen Chowdhury (ConEd’19), like many students, has been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities.

She has been a residence don for three years, serves as a Board Member for the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre (LGAC) and held several positions on the Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA), for example.

What makes her stand out from other students, however, has been her participation in the governance of the university – student Senator for the Faculty of Education; member and co-chair of the Queen’s University Board-Senate Advisory Committee; member of the Joint Board-Senate Principalship Search Committee; and, perhaps most significantly, member of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE).

For all her contributions and continuing commitment, Chowdhury is the inaugural winner of the Margaret Hooey Governance Award.

The award was established in November 2018 by the estate of Margaret Hooey (LLD’02), the long-time secretary of Queen’s who was admired for her dedication to the university as well as the welfare of her colleagues, students, friends and family. The award is given to a student enrolled in any degree program at Queen’s who has made an outstanding contribution to the good governance of the university through work with Senate or any committee of the Senate.

For Chowdhury, receiving the award has been both exciting and humbling.

“It’s a little surreal. I think it is everything that went into it and this is the end of my journey here, after everything that has happened,” she says. “Receiving an award like this is an important reminder that the work you do has a real tangible impact to the people beyond the borders of that room and beyond the Senate.”

The award committee was unanimous in selecting Chowdhury as the inaugural winner. Letters of support mentioned her “thoughtful comments and opinions,” “impressive insights,” and keen interest in Queen’s governance processes.

While she had already been actively involved in governance at Queen’s, a turning point came when she ran for rector in 2017. During the campaign week she received many messages from students – Muslim students, international students, students of colour – telling her how important it was to see someone just like them standing up and trying to make a difference in the university community.

Ultimately, her campaign was not successful but the experience set her on a new path, one that led her to become a champion for equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at Queen’s.

“We always talk about how representation matters but then you realize that it really does matter. This is about people feeling safe and realizing they can be someone,” Chowdhury says. “That’s when I really started to take it seriously and I said even if I don’t win the election I was still a senator and I’m still going to sit on the principal selection committee. I was going to move forward and I still wanted to do the things that I promised during the campaign.”

As much as she has contributed during her time at Queen’s, Chowdhury is quick to point out all that she has gained, particularly through her various roles with Senate. In the end her time as a senator wasn’t about networking but about personal and community growth.

“I think what really went a long way for me, especially sitting on Senate, was building community and genuine connections. It’s sharing our stories with each other,” she says. “The people who nominated me for this award were my friends, they are people who I had dinner with and it is such a blessing to have friends who are in their 40s, 50s, 60s, who are giving this wisdom but also treating me as an equal and feeling that I can have some wisdom to provide for them. It’s people who genuinely pick you up and pick each other up throughout the process.”

A Pillar of the Queen’s Community

During her more than 30 years at Queen’s, Margaret Hooey, was a valued adviser to four principals and their administrations, and a trusted mentor to students, staff, faculty and trustees. She played a key role in shaping Queen’s modern governances system and was an advocate for the unique form of student government. More than her role as an administrator, she was viewed by student leaders as a mentor and friend. For her contributions and dedication Dr. Hooey received the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award (1992), the John Orr Award (1998), and an honorary doctorate (2002).

Clean idea a winner

A Smith School of Business Commerce student’s idea to reinvent the car detailing business has won top prize at the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition.

[Sawyer Wildgen]
Sawyer Wildgen (Com’19) recently won the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition. (Communications Staff)

Sawyer Wildgen (Com’19), the founder of Cleen Detailing, says the mobile car detailing company has netted a wide customer base, from car buffs to the “mom who wants all the Cheerios out of her vehicle.”

Customers make an appointment online; then one of the company’s car detailing experts shows up at their home or work to clean their vehicle.

“Our customers appreciate the simplicity – the ability to book online, our reasonable prices and friendly service,” he says.

That service includes what the company calls “little big things” that are meant to delight customers. For example, the company’s own branded essential-oil scent is placed in every car. Cleen postcards placed in the vehicle tell the story of the company and allow customers to learn more about the student who cleaned their vehicle.

A Cleen Detailing bag is also left behind, filled with stray objects found during the clean. (Loose change is left in another bag.)

Wildgen started Cleen Detailing three years ago in Ottawa as a way to create a summer job for himself. Last summer, the company employed 25 student car detailers and one full-time manager.

Wildgen hopes to grow Cleen Detailing through franchising to other university students across Canada.

The Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition promotes entrepreneurship among commerce students. It was established in 2008 by Tom Kinnear (Com’66, LLD’02). Teams must have at least one Smith Commerce student as a member. The winner receives $5,000 to further develop their business.

Wildgen intends to use his prize money to write a franchise agreement, develop franchisee-network software, and for online advertising.

The final phase of this year’s Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition took place March 28 at Goodes Hall and saw four teams vie for the top prize.

The other three finalists were:

Lunar is a local shopping rewards program. Members earn points for buying at participating stores in their community. The team: Sam Shore (Com’20), Copeland Lucas (Com’20), and Connor Crowe (Sc’20).

SitterNextDoor aims to modernize the babysitting business. An online platform allows parents to find babysitters in their neighbourhood who fit the parents’ specific needs. The team: Jenny Hua (Com’22), Andrea Hersovich (University of Ottawa), and Jenny Shen (Carleton University).

The Positivity Project lets people send handwritten cards around the world. Cards are created, handwritten, and shipped through the Positivity Project’s website. The team: Aaliyan Khan (Com’22), Claire Mikuska (Com’22), Grace McColl (Com’22), Matt Joyce (Com’22), Lily Irwin (Artsci’22), Randy Shao (Comp’22), Zion Oginni (Comp’22), and Emilie Leneveu (Memorial University).

Finalists were evaluated by a four-person jury: John Arvanitis (Com’93), founder and president of Most Favoured Network; Chuck Dickison, owner of St. Lawrence Pools; David Scrymgeour, adjunct professor and executive-in-residence at Rotman School of Management and advisor with MaRS Discovery District; and JP Shearer, associate director of the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing at Smith School of Business. 

An ‘innovative and collaborative’ educator

Throughout her career at Queen’s University Heather Murray, an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has won a number of teaching awards.

[Heather Murray]
Heather Murray (Emergency Medicine) is the winner of the 2019 Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award.

Described by her colleagues as a “passionate, dedicated, innovative and collaborative,” educator it is perhaps no surprise that Dr. Murray is this year’s recipient of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award, which recognizes undergraduate, graduate or professional teaching that has had an outstanding influence on the quality of student learning at Queen’s.

While Dr. Murray is honoured to receive the award, she is quick to highlight that many fellow faculty and staff members have contributed to her teaching achievements.

“I'm thrilled to be included in the list of stellar educators at Queen’s who have been recognized with this award – it's a huge honour,” Dr. Murray says. “At the same time, I recognize that it takes the collective work of a team to deliver excellent teaching. I'm able to create high quality learning events because of a large amount of background effort from both the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Undergraduate School of Medicine. The environment in my department and at the medical school encourages innovation and excellence. I'm fortunate to work here. It is clear that the learning experience of students is paramount.”

As a faculty member, Dr. Murray has been heavily engaged in teaching, curriculum development and leadership within the Undergraduate Medical Education program at the School of Medicine and has played a significant role in almost every aspect of the curriculum.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“The adjudication committee was particularly impressed with the energy and imagination Dr. Murray brings to educational innovations and her fearless and relentless approach to improving student learning through educational change,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “Dr. Murray is an exemplar for scholarly approaches to educational leadership with her tireless efforts to include clinical reasoning into the medical school curriculum.”

In winning the award several achievements were highlighted.

The first was the development, implementation and evaluation of a new curriculum enhancing the medical student learning of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and critical appraisal of scientific literature. The curriculum has had a lasting impact on student confidence and ability to interpret and apply emerging medical science long after they have graduated from Queen’s.

Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award recipients:
2018 Erik Knutsen, Faculty of Law
2017 Catherine Donnelly, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
2016 Jill Atkinson, Department of Psychology
2015 James Fraser, Physics, Physics Engineering and Astronomy
2014 Stephen Lougheed, Biology
2013 Anne Godlewska, Geography
2012 Lindsay Davidson, Surgery
2011 Brian Frank, Electrical and Computer Engineering
2010 Mark Weisberg, Law
2009 Richard Ascough, Theology/Religious Studies
2008 Bill Newstead, Chemistry
2007 Ron Easteal, Anatomy and Cell Biology
2006 John Smol, Biology

For this work, Dr. Murray was recognized with the inaugural Principal’s Education Award for Curriculum Development.

With the support of a number of Emergency Medicine colleagues Dr. Murray also created a series of Diagnostic Reasoning teaching sessions embedded in the second-year Clinical Skills course. Beyond the lessons, this intervention displayed a vision to realign the clinical skills teaching activities of physicians with educational encounters that are authentic to their clinical practice experience, enhancing the impact of the experience for both student and faculty.

She also designed a new course in the second year of Medical School (Case of the Month) which uses patient illness stories to not only teach fundamental clinical knowledge, but also incorporate complex elements such as legal issues, professionalism, and complex communication.

Dr. Murray says that she works hard to ensure her students understand what she is teaching and, when complete, they will have an appreciation of how these challenging concepts apply to the practice of medicine on a practical level.

“The volume of information medical students receive and are expected to understand is daunting; creating relevance by drawing a line between content and the real world applications is really important,” she says. “I strive to make my learning events engaging. Although I love adding humour whenever possible, more often engagement means adding patient perspectives to the content. At the end of the day, I want my students to become excellent physicians incorporating the best possible evidence while sharing care decisions with their patients. Everything I do works towards that goal.”

Dr. Murray will be recognized during Spring Convocation and will be the featured speaker at the annual teaching awards ceremony in January 2020.

More information about the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award, including eligibility requirements, is available on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

Queen’s remembers Smith Professor Bob Crandall

Bob Crandall
Bob Crandall

Members of the Queen’s community are remembering Bob Crandall, an alumnus and retired professor of the Smith School of Business, who died Saturday, April 4 at the age of 89, in Kingston.

Dr. Crandall graduated from the commerce program in 1951, before earning an MBA and PhD at UC Berkeley. After returning to Queen’s he served as University Bursar in the late 1950s, and was an accounting faculty member at Smith for nearly 30 years until his retirement. In 2016 he was inducted into the Smith Faculty Hall of Fame.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 14 at the Donald Gordon Centre from 1 pm until 4 pm.  

More information is available in his online obituary.


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