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Queen’s remembers Mariana Pradier Silva

Dr. Mariana Pradier Silva
Dr. Mariana Pradier Silva

The Queen’s community is remembering Dr. Mariana Pradier Silva, professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization physician who passed away on Sept. 4, 2021 in Kingston.

Dr. Silva graduated with her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1981 and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. She joined the Department of Pediatrics at Queen’s University and the medical staff at Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital (now Kingston Health Sciences Centre) in 1988.

Dr. Silva was one of the earliest recognized specialists in the field of hematology/oncology specifically trained in pediatrics. Upon arriving in Kingston, she began working to create a pediatric hematology/oncology program.

She built a service dedicated to the assessment and care of children with diagnoses of various types of cancer, and hematologic disorders. At the time, the Cancer Centre was located at Kingston General Hospital, and Pediatrics was located at Hotel Dieu Hospital, resulting in challenges to coordination of care and the need to convince hospitals with different missions to jointly build an important service. Dr. Silva worked through these challenges, building bridges between the two institutions and creating effective teams across both sites to care for children. Through her persistence, the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre Ontario formally created a Pediatric Oncology Program in 1995 with Dr. Silva serving as head. A recognized Pediatric Oncology Division was created in 2000.

As the only pediatric hematologist/oncologist in Southeastern Ontario for more than 30 years, Dr. Silva carried an immense clinical load, caring for many of the sickest children in the region. She was “on duty” 24 hours a day, every day of the year. She built teams of professionals that were aligned to pediatric hematology and oncology and fostered their development as clinicians. Her loyalty and dedication to her team members was obvious to all.

"Mariana's dedication was endless — to her patients and families, to the students under her care and to her colleagues. I often joked with her that I'd need to hire three people to do all that she did in a day! She has touched the lives of so many during her incredible career here at Queen's and has left a legacy in the care of children and in the education of future pediatricians," writes Dr. Robert Connelly.

Dr. Silva’s devotion to evidence-based care is evident in the Pediatric Oncology Program today. She aligned the program closely to the work of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) to ensure patients received the best possible care. Her work with COG meant that pediatric oncology patients had access to the latest clinical trials, ensuring excellent care was always available now and into the future. She was involved in more than 150 grants and more than 100 peer reviewed publications in addition to numerous posters, projects, and abstracts. She has been a highly-sought speaker provincially, nationally and internationally, with dozens of invited presentations.

Dr. Silva taught thousands of students, residents, and others. Her teaching style is described by her learners as tough, but fair, and always aimed at ensuring their current and future success. Even the shortest periods of slower activity in the clinic were seen as opportunities to teach, with impromptu lectures, card cases and white board at the ready, and questions geared to challenging learners at all levels. Her skills in resident education saw her appointed Residency Program Director for Pediatrics from 2005-2009, during which she set out to modernize and solidify the program. Her dedication to resident education was recognized by a Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award in 2009.

Dr. Silva had a remarkable career in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Her work ethic was unmatched and her persistence indefatigable. She has left an indelible mark of distinguished and devoted service on the department, forever grateful colleagues and countless patients and families who benefited from her care.

Senate staff position election result

The result of the special by-election for Staff Senator at Large is now official.

Karalyn McRae will now serve a term as a member of University Senate effective immediately to Aug. 31, 2022.

More information about University Senate is available on the Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.
 

For the Record – Sept. 16, 2021

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

Headship Search Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering

Brian Amsden’s term as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering ends June 30, 2022.

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the department, and to assist the Provost and Vice Principal (Academic) in the selection of a department head.

Members of the bargaining unit will elect five members. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Department of Chemical Engineering and faculty from cognate disciplines, for membership on the selection committee.

Nominations should be sent to Kevin J. Deluzio (Chair), c/o Jenica Brady (jenica.brady@queensu.ca) Staffing Officer, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by Oct. 1, 2021.

Appointments

Successful applications for Renewal/Tenure/Promotion 2021

Reappointment/Renewal

Sheela Abraham, Faculty of Health Sciences
Thomas Abrams, Faculty of Arts and Science
Claire Ahn, Faculty of Education
Muhammad Zulfiker Alam, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Mohammad Abdel Rahman Auais, Faculty of Health Sciences
Levente Balogh, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Laurent Karim Beland, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Chantelle Jae Capicciotti, Faculty of Health Sciences
Samuel Dahan, Faculty of Law
Rylan Graham Egan, Faculty of Health Sciences
Ben Ewing, Faculty of Law
Vahid Fallah, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Luis Flores, Faculty of Arts and Science
Laurie Gedcke-Kerr, Faculty of Health Sciences
Rebecca Hall, Faculty of Arts and Science
Anna Harrison, Faculty of Arts and Science
David Hauser, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ardi Imseis, Faculty of Law
Janet Jull, Faculty of Health Sciences
Shideh Kabiri Ameri Abootorabi, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Karen Lawford, Faculty of Arts and Science
Eun-Young Lee, Faculty of Arts and Science
Murray Lei, Smith School of Business
Stephanie Martel, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ian Matheson, Faculty of Education
Kristin Moriah, Faculty of Arts and Science
Suraj Yogindra Persaud, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Catherine Pfaff, Faculty of Arts and Science
Carolyn Prouse, Faculty of Arts and Science
Roshni Suresh Rainbow, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Laura Rees, Smith School of Business
Brad Rodgers, Faculty of Arts and Science
Tim Salomons, Faculty of Arts and Science
Michelle Searle, Faculty of Education
Jeremy Stewart, Faculty of Arts and Science
Greg van Anders, Faculty of Arts and Science
Aaron Vincent, Faculty of Arts and Science

Continuing Appointment and Promotion to Associate Librarian

Francine Berish

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Karine Bertrand, Faculty of Arts and Science 
Bronwyn Bjorkman, Faculty of Arts and Science
Julia Brook, Faculty of Arts and Science
Pilar Camargo Plazas, Faculty of Health Sciences
Francesco Cellarosi, Faculty of Arts and Science
Kenneth Clark, Faculty of Arts and Science
Claire Davies, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Vincent Gerard DePaul, Faculty of Health Sciences
Qingling Duan, Faculty of Health Sciences
Paul Elliott, Faculty of Arts and Science
Nader Ghasemlou, Faculty of Health Sciences
Colin Grey, Faculty of Law
Nicolas Lamp, Faculty of Law
Felicia Magpantay, Faculty of Arts and Science
Norma Moellers, Faculty of Arts and Science
Claudio Palomares Salas, Faculty of Arts and Science
Mark Ormiston, Faculty of Health Sciences
Michael Reyes, Faculty of Arts and Science
Michael Sartor, Smith School of Business
Jennifer Tomasone, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ashwini Vasanthakumar, Faculty of Law
Jacob Weinrib, Faculty of Law

Tenure

Catherine Donnelly, Faculty of Health Sciences

Promotion to Librarian

Amy Kaufman

Promotion to Associate Professor

Genevieve Digby, Faculty of Health Sciences
Melinda Fleming, Faculty of Health Sciences
Andrea Guerin, Faculty of Health Sciences
Jason Izard, Faculty of Health Sciences
Paul Malik, Faculty of Health Sciences
Laura Marcotte, Faculty of Health Sciences
Cathy McLellan, Faculty of Health Sciences
Shaila Merchant, Faculty of Health Sciences
Glenio Mizubuti, Faculty of Health Sciences
Tarit Saha, Faculty of Health Sciences
Gavin Wood, Faculty of Health Sciences
Jeff Yach, Faculty of Health Sciences
Boris Zevin, Faculty of Health Sciences

Promotion to Professor

John Allingham, Faculty of Health Sciences
Laurence Ashworth, Smith School of Business
Jeffrey Collins, Faculty of Arts and Science
Andrew Craig, Faculty of Health Sciences
Chris DeLuca, Faculty of Education
Allan English, Faculty of Arts and Science
Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Faculty of Arts and Science
Lisa Guenther, Faculty of Arts and Science
Brendon Gurd, Faculty of Arts and Science
Thomas Hollenstein, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ben Kutsyuruba, Faculty of Education
Yongjun Lai, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Devon Lin, Faculty of Arts and Science
Tara MacDonald, Faculty of Arts and Science
Joshua A Marshall, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Jeffrey Masuda, Faculty of Arts and Science
Anton Ovchinnikov, Smith School of Business
Itisha Pande, Faculty of Arts and Science
David Parker, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ryan Riordan, Smith School of Business
Darryl Robinson, Faculty of Law
Matthew Rogalsky, Faculty of Arts and Science
Jonathan Rose, Faculty of Arts and Science
Kim Sears, Faculty of Health Sciences
Christopher Smith, Faculty of Health Sciences
Jagdeep Walia, Faculty of Health Sciences
Christine White, Faculty of Health Sciences
Kevin Woo, Faculty of Health Sciences
Zhongwen Yao, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

Second-Year Stride

Second-Year Stride Week offers in-person and online programming, resources and events to help second-year students settle into campus life and community.

The transition from first to second year is already a significant milestone, and this fall many second-year undergraduate students are on campus for the first time.

To ensure this cohort has the skills, tools, and knowledge they need to feel confident about the year ahead, units across Student Affairs have collaborated to create Second Year Stride: How to Prep, What to Expect, an online information hub that includes a week of programming later this month.  

Second-Year Stride Week runs September 20-24 and features in-person and online events and workshops on topics including Second-Year Writing, Living a Financially Healthy Life, and Jump Start Your Career. There are also in-person drop in events, including Assignment Planning and Healthy Habits, and Off-Campus Living: Avoiding and Managing Conflicts.

Second-year students received information about the initiative over the summer and were invited to join peer-led Campus Tours over the Labour Day Weekend.

“Second-Year Stride offers opportunities for students to make meaningful connections with peers, familiarize themselves with the campus and the Queen’s community, and feel prepared to tackle their academics,” says Susan Korba, Director, Student Academic Success Services (SASS).

As part of Second-Year Stride, SASS has developed a new online mini-course, Levelling Up: Essential Skills for Second-year Success. In this series of short lessons, students can learn more about core second-year topics, such as interpreting professor feedback, developing critical thinking skills, integrating complex research into academic writing, and building a friendly scholarly community.

In addition, SASS and Student Wellness Services have created a playlist of Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) sessions and exercises designed to help students develop key academic and wellness practices.

“Students entering their second year of studies at Queen’s face an exciting and significant transition,” says Johanna Amos, an academic skills and writing specialist with SASS. “We have been so excited to develop targeted information, resources and skill-building opportunities for second-years through collaborations with the AMS and with our colleagues across Student Affairs, including the Student Experience Office (SEO), Yellow House, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, our Off-Campus Living Advisor, Support Services and Community Engagement, Student Wellness Services, Career Services, and the Queen’s University International Centre.”

Visit the Second-Year Stride web hub on the Student Experience Office website for more information and resources.

Resources to promote inclusive hiring practices

Thousands of jobs are posted on Queen’s University job boards each year, and hundreds of recruiters and employers reach out to meet and hire Queen’s students and new graduates.

To help promote inclusive hiring, staff in Career Services, a unit in Student Affairs, has worked with colleagues in the Smith School of Business Career Advancement Centre, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Corporate Relations Office, and the JD Career Development Office in the School of Law to develop a shared strategy to support EDII in on-campus student recruitment.

Their work had four goals:

  • Develop a cross-campus approach to working with employers to ensure a recruitment environment free of harassment and discrimination  
  • Create processes and employer education that help employers reach and support students from equity-deserving communities, with a student-centred approach 
  • Educate and support students about assessing opportunities and making decisions about their engagement with employers 
  • Build supports to encourage and engage employers in diversity and inclusion actions 

The first step was to collaborate with the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, Student Accessibility Services (QSAS), and the Yellow House to co-create procedures and employer resources:

Smith School of Business is also providing a forum for student clubs to connect and network with companies across many industries through the Student Diversity Group Fair.

“Our corporate partners are excited to attend this event as they support equity-deserving communities and understand the advantage of attracting and securing a diverse workforce,” says Andrea Cuthbert, Director, Corporate Relations, Smith School of Business.

Launched last year, the event saw student groups including the Smith Black Business Association (SBBA), Q+, Queen’s Conference on Indigenous Reconciliation (QCIR), Queen’s Commerce Mental Health Association (QCMHA) and more, present their clubs and their plans to corporate reps from 57 companies, offering insight to these potential employers on how they could get involved and tap into this talent-base. This year’s fair is set for Oct. 28

“Ultimately, the shared goal is to ensure that Queen’s students and new graduates have access to great employment opportunities with organizations that foster equity, fairness, and safety, and that any employers who wish to hire equity-deserving students are well supported in their recruiting,” says Carole Morrison, Associate Director Operations and Business Development for Career Services.

Together the group is helping to set expectations and foster strong, inclusive recruiting on campus and at our virtual events.

Over 32,000 Queen’s community members have declared vaccination status to date

96 per cent of employees and 94 per cent of students report full vaccination.

Over 6,000 more Queen’s community members declared their vaccination status this week, bringing the total number of students and employees reporting to over 32,200.

Employees comprise 5,600 of those who have filled out the required form — 96 per cent of whom are fully vaccinated and another 2.7 per cent partially vaccinated.

More than 26,600 students have declared their vaccination status, with 93.7 per cent reporting full vaccination and another 4.7 per cent partially vaccinated.

Only 1.4 per cent of students and 1.1 per cent of employees have stated they are not vaccinated. Individuals within the Queen’s community must submit their Vaccination Status Declaration Form no later than Sept. 13, 2021.

Tower crane removal to close Albert Street at Union Sept. 13-14

Removal of tower crane requires Albert Street closure south of Union Street for vehicle and foot traffic.

Albert Street, immediately south of Union Street, will be closed to vehicle and pedestrians traffic on Monday, Sept. 13 and Tuesday, Sept. 14. The street adjacent to the student residence construction site is being closed for safety while a mobile crane is used to help dismantle the large tower crane that has been in use there.

The closure will not impact access to the laneway immediately south of Union Street but will limit access and egress to the south on Albert Street. It will remain accessible from Union Street only.

Similarly, cars exiting the Tindall Field underground parking lot will only be able to exit to the south along Albert and will not be able to exit northward to Union Street. Traffic will need to detour from the west via Queen’s Crescent and Collingwood Street, Bader Lane, and University Avenue to the east, or Albert Street and King Street to the south.

Advancing Truth and Reconciliation

Queen’s preparing activities, resources, and learning opportunities ahead of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This year, the last day of September will mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a newly designated day of remembrance to honour victims and survivors of Canada’s Indigenous residential school system.

In support of this important moment of reflection and learning, units across Queen’s are preparing several activities and opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn, engage, and act toward advancing reconciliation both on and off campus.

This effort is being led by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII) with planning and ongoing partnership and support for this year’s events provided by the Chancellor, the Principal, the Provost as well as the Associate Vice-Principal Teaching and Learning, the Vice-Principal (Finance & Administration), University Relations and Procurement Services.

“While discoveries of mass and unmarked graves at former residential school sites may have shocked the consciousness of many Canadians this year, Indigenous communities have for years spoken of the abuse and atrocities that occurred at these places,” says Principal Patrick Deane. “Positive change can only be sought through listening, understanding, and respectful action. Queen’s is deeply committed to this task, and we urge all of our campus community members to become involved in advancing this crucial work.”

On Sept. 30, the university is planning for a commemorative moment of silence, as well as a traditional Indigenous ceremony at which the campus community can reflect on the legacy of residential schools and re-affirm its commitment to reconciliation.

Queen’s students, faculty, and staff are asked to wear an orange shirt on that day, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation falls on what has been Orange Shirt Day—a grassroots action created in 2013 calling for people to wear orange shirts as a show of solidarity with survivors and in honour of their healing journeys. The university is distributing 10,000 orange shirt decals to members of our campus community along with 4,000 orange T-shirts to staff and faculty. These items are meant to help create a visual reminder of the commitment made to advance reconciliation. Prior to receiving an orange T-shirt, recipients will be asked to sign a commitment to advance reconciliation – not just on September 30, but beyond. Offices interested in obtaining T-shirts and/or decals for distribution to staff in your units, please complete this short sign-up survey at your earliest convenience. Quantities are limited and T-shirts/decals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“A new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation meets an important recommendation that will serve as an annual reminder that reconciliation is an ongoing process informed by truth,” says Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation). “It is important for all of us in the Queen’s community and in Canada to strive daily to create a more positive, harmonious, and thoughtful future together.”

To learn how you can you can become involved in on-campus events in support of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and to explore learning resources, visit the Office of Indigenous Initiatives website. The page will be updated over the coming weeks as more events and recognition activities are confirmed and unveiled, so check back regularly.

For the Record – Sept. 9, 2021

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

Headship Search Committee, Department of Urology

Dr. Robert Siemens’ second term as Head of the Department of Urology will end on June 30, 2022, and a Search Committee is to be established to make a recommendation to the board chairs of the participating hospitals and the provost of Queen’s University on its future leadership. The Search Committee, which is being established in accordance with the Senate document governing the Appointment of Clinical/Academic Department Heads is to be comprised of:

  • the Chief of Staff (or delegate) of each participating Hospital
  • one representative of each participating Hospital selected by its Board
  • one member selected by the Department of Urology
  • one Head of a Clinical Department, selected by the Chiefs of Staff of the participating Hospitals and the Dean
  • the Dean of the Faculty (or Vice-Dean)
  • Two members of the faculty, one of whom shall be from the Department of Urology, appointed by the Dean
  • two learners, one of whom shall be enrolled in a graduate, or post-graduate medical program, to be selected by the respective groups.

Following approval of the composition of the committee, the membership will be announced in the Queen's Gazette and the appropriate Hospital circulars.

At this time, nominations to the Headship Search Committee are invited. Additionally, faculty, staff, students, residents and all other members of the hospital and university communities, are invited to submit their comments, in writing, on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Urology, as well as the names of possible candidates for the headship and the reasons for supporting each nominee.

Written submissions are to be directed to the co-chairs c/o Crystal Tripple, Staffing Officer, at ct82@queensu.ca. Responses received will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the review committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Headship Search Committee, Department of Ophthalmology

Dr. Martin ten Hove’s second term as Head of the Department of Ophthalmology will end on June 30, 2022, and a Search Committee is to be established to make a recommendation to the board chairs of the participating hospitals and the provost of Queen’s University on its future leadership. The Search Committee, which is being established in accordance with the Senate document governing the Appointment of Clinical/Academic Department Heads is to be comprised of:

  • the Chief of Staff (or delegate) of each participating Hospital
  • one representative of each participating Hospital selected by its Board
  • one member selected by the Department of Ophthalmology
  • one Head of a Clinical Department, selected by the Chiefs of Staff of the participating Hospitals and the Dean
  • the Dean of the Faculty (or Vice-Dean)
  • Two members of the faculty, one of whom shall be from the Department of Ophthalmology, appointed by the Dean
  • two learners, one of whom shall be enrolled in a graduate, or post-graduate medical program, to be selected by the respective groups.

Following approval of the composition of the committee, the membership will be announced in the Queen's Gazette and the appropriate Hospital circulars.

At this time, nominations to the Headship Search Committee are invited. Additionally, faculty, staff, students, residents and all other members of the hospital and university communities, are invited to submit their comments, in writing, on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Ophthalmology, as well as the names of possible candidates for the headship and the reasons for supporting each nominee.

Written submissions are to be directed to the co-chairs c/o Crystal Tripple, Staffing Officer, at ct82@queensu.ca. Responses received will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the review committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Screen yourself for COVID-19

Queen’s updates SeQure app to support faculty, staff, students, and others returning to campus for fall term.

Photograph of a phone displaying the SeQure app
The SeQure app can be downloaded on the Campus Security website and device app stores.

With the fall term underway, Queen’s is reminding members of the campus community to download or update SeQure, the university’s mobile safety app, and use it to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire before coming to campus.

Faculty and staff are required to use SeQure. Students, contractors and service providers, visitors, and volunteers should conduct a daily self-assessment before they attend university property. They are encouraged to use SeQure to complete their assessment questionnaires. Alternatively, they can use the Ontario government self-assessment tool.

“Regular health screening will help us to ensure that we are keeping our community safe as we return to campus,” says Kim Murphy, Executive Director, Risk and Safety Services. “The SeQure app provides users with a quick and simple way to complete this screening before coming to campus in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.”

The assessment questionnaire focuses on symptoms, travel, and potential exposure to the virus.

If the app indicates it is safe to proceed, users will see a ‘green badge’ appear with a QR code, which will expire after 24 hours. After that time, users will need to take the assessment again before coming to campus. Athletics and Recreation (A&R) will be actively checking for valid QR codes on SeQure to grant admission to the Athletics and Recreation Centre and all A&R programs, whether they are indoor or outdoor.

For those without a cell phone or tablet, a web version and a document version of the assessment are also available.

The COVID assessment feature of SeQure is updated periodically. Users should ensure they have the latest version by checking for updates in the “About/Preferences” section of the app.

SeQure also provides quick access to Campus Security and Emergency Services resources, including the campus security emergency line, and student government services such as AMS Walkhome.

To download the SeQure app for iOS or Android, visit the Campus Security website, or search for it on your device’s app store.

Learn more about Queen’s health and safety measures on the Safe Return to Campus website.

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