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Queen’s remembers pathology pioneer Daria Haust

Dr. Daria HaustThe Queen’s community is remembering Daria Haust, who passed away on Jan. 11, 2022, at age 100.

A legend in the field of modern pathology, Dr. Haust was a distinguished scientist and medical educator, and brought the study of pediatric pathology to the global stage. Widely respected for her teaching ability, she was a revered mentor whose passion and devotion to duty greatly influenced many of her colleagues and students at Queen's University and Western University. 

Until her passing, Dr. Haust remained an Adjunct at Queen’s Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. Dr. Haust generously donated funding for the Dr. M. Daria Haust Pathology Summer Studentship, an opportunity available to first or second-year Queen’s medical students that provides them with funding to undertake a 10-week studentship in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. The Haust Trust Fund supports scholarships for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students (MSc; PhD) studying pathology in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. The Dr. M Daria Haust Lecture series honours Dr. Haust's scholarly achievements, her contributions to her profession, and her passionate devotion to the department and Queen's.  

Dr. Haust is counted among the founders of pediatric pathology. A festschrift (a collection of writings) in her honour was published in Pediatric Pathology and Molecular Medicine in 2002 with contributions from 10 esteemed international scientists.

“Under her influence, pediatric pathology became a discipline in its own right and became recognized as such in many foreign countries where it had hitherto been neglected or even ignored,” writes Christian Nezelof, the late French pathologist who paid Dr. Haust tribute.

Dr. Haust, a native of Poland, graduated with distinction from the Medical School of Heidelberg University (Germany) in 1951. After immigrating to Canada with her husband in 1952, she completed a rotating internship at Kingston General Hospital in 1953. Following a year of atherosclerosis research with Robert More, she enrolled in the General Pathology Residency and Graduate School programs at Queen's. In 1959, she obtained specialty certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and an MSc from Queen's. 

“Dr. Daria Haust was an immensely distinguished and beloved member of our department in the 1950s and 1960s and a staunch advocate for pathology ever since. Her contributions to our department live on in our memories and as scientific and financial contributions that support our mission” writes David Berman, Head, Queen’s Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. 

After a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric pathology with Benjamin Landing at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Dr. Haust joined the Faculty of Medicine at Queen's in 1960 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1967, moving thereafter to Western, obtaining full professorship in 1968. 

Dr. Haust had a distinguished career in basic research in several areas including atherosclerosis (the thickening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque), the process of elastogenesis (the formation of elastic fibre in heart valves etc.), and the pathogenesis of several genetic diseases. She was a highly regarded educator and played important roles in the establishment of national and international scientific societies. She also served on several editorial boards of scientific journals and lectured around the globe throughout her career. 

In 2007, Dr. Haust's extraordinary career culminated with her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada. 

Celebrating Black History Month at Queen’s

An opening ceremony will launch weeks of scheduled activities across campus and city.

Artist, poet, and Queen's alumna, Britta B.
Artist and poet Britta B will share a spoken word performance as part of the virtual opening ceremony.

On Feb. 1, Queen’s will mark the start of Black History Month celebrations with an opening ceremony that launches the month’s calendar of activities. The virtual gathering will feature a panel discussion on Black health and wellness by prominent campus leaders and change advocates, and a spoken word performance by award-winning artist and poet Britta B.

“This virtual opening provides an opportunity for us as a community to gather and collectively reflect on the depth of meanings that Black History Month holds,” says Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion), whose office is leading the event. “I welcome everyone to join us as we seek to engage in a thoughtful and celebratory start to the month’s activities.”

Emceed by Jermaine Marshall, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Advisor, the panel event will bring together Dr. Wanda Costen, Dean of the Smith School of Business; Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Senior Advisor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiatives with the Faculty of Health Sciences; Samara Lijiam, Social Issues Commissioner of the Alma Mater Society; and Ayden Adeyanju-Jackson, EDI Student Assistant with the Yellow House, for a discussion on Black health and wellness. Their conversation is set to explore the complex meanings of and challenges to Black wellness at both an individual and institutional level. The opening ceremony is open to anyone who registers to attend and will run from 5-6 pm ET. 

The ceremony will serve as the launch of a broad calendar of events to be held by groups across Queen’s and Kingston in celebration of Black arts, culture, history, research, community, and more. Throughout February, the schedule will be open for new submissions, so check back often for new ways to get involved.

Among February’s itinerary are Black fashion events, art exhibitions, educational panels and anti-racism sessions, Black queerness and selfcare workshops, as well as dance and music expos. 

Queen’s is also sponsoring the Canadian Black Scientists Network’s BE-STEMM 2022 event — an interdisciplinary event created to highlight the excellence of Black Canadians working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine/Health. The virtual program will run from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. A Leadership Summit on the last day will focus on practices and programs for promoting inclusion that supports and encourages Black Canadians in STEMM.

“Black History Month provides us with an important opportunity to reflect on the experiences, accomplishments, and contributions of Black community members here in Canada, abroad, and right here at Queen’s,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “We must also use this time to critically examine the inequities, particularly the barriers of discrimination, that Black community members face, and to commit to action ways to ensure they are dismantled once and for all.”

Register to attend the online opening ceremony, and check the full schedule of Black History Month events once it goes live on the Human Rights & Equity Office website following the ceremony. If you would like to add your event or activity to the calendar, please use the submission form.

Record 502 student-athletes earn Academic All-Stars honours

A total of 502 varsity student-athletes are being recognized as 2020-21 Academic All-Stars, having earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average over the past academic year at Queen's University.

“During a time of unparalleled obstacles to educational, athletic and personal goals, these 502 students displayed the commitment and perseverance that make them fantastic ambassadors for their peers, our Gaels teams, and the university,” says Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “The drive, energy, and teamwork displayed by this group to excel in both the Academic and Athletic arenas – particularly during a pandemic – truly embodies the meaning of student-athlete."

Over 50 per cent of Queen's student-athletes earned Academic All-Star recognition, a new record for our program.

“We are thrilled to celebrate and recognize our Academic All-Stars who represent the initiative and ambition of our students. Queen’s is among the top five schools in Canada for the number of Academic All-Stars,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, Ann Tierney. “Congratulations to all recipients and I would also like to acknowledge and thank our coaches, academic advisors, Athletics and Recreation and Student Wellness Services staff, and our faculties and departments, who together create the environment that makes it possible for our student-athletes to excel at this level.”

The varsity clubs with the highest GPAs were Field Hockey and Triathlon, while the highest GPAs from varsity teams were from Men’s Soccer and Men’s Hockey and Women’s Soccer (tied).

In addition, Queen’s Athletics and Recreation has named the 2020-21 Nixon Academic Leadership Awards, given to a male and female athlete from a varsity team and club, who exemplify achievement in academics, community service, and fair play in their sport. This year's recipients are Azalea Walc (Triathlon), Rory McEwen (Fencing), Laura Yantha (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field), and Alexander Pipchuk (Men’s Rugby). These awards are named in honour of benefactors Gord and Janet Nixon.

View the full list of Queen’s 2020-21 Academic All-Stars.

Steven Smith appointed as Deputy Vice-Principal Research

Steven Smith
Steven Smith is the inaugural Deputy Vice-Principal (Research) for Health Research.

Reflecting the importance of health as an interdisciplinary research strength and recognizing its significance in a post-pandemic world, Vice-Principal (Research) Nancy Ross is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Smith as the university’s inaugural Deputy Vice-Principal (Research) for Health Research.

In this new role, Dr. Smith will work closely with the research community, faculties, and affiliated hospitals (Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care) to provide institutional leadership for the coordination and attraction of resources and partnerships to expand and amplify Queen’s health research strategy and profile.

As the Vice-Dean (Research) for Queen’s Health Sciences since January 2020, Dr. Smith has served the Queen’s research community in many capacities. With the support of David Pichora, President and CEO of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), Dr. Smith will continue to serve as Vice President, Health Sciences Research at KHSC, and, with the support of the Board of Directors of the Kingston General Health Research Institute (KGHRI), as President and CEO of the institute.

Dr. Smith completed his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at Western University, where he also earned his PhD in 1998. Before joining Queen’s Department of Biochemistry in 2001, Dr. Smith completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford as a Burroughs Wellcome Hitchings-Elion fellow and McGill University as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Smith has taken on several leadership positions while at Queen’s, including as Associate Head for the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (2011-2016) and Director of Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences (2017-2019).

An expert in structural biology and biochemistry, Dr. Smith is widely recognized within the scientific community for his research contributions. In 2009, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Research Award. He is the recipient of a Queen’s Health Science’s Mihran and Mary Basmajian Research Award and a CIHR New Investigator Award. In recognition of his commitment to student learning experience, Dr. Smith has earned several accolades, including the Queen’s Health Sciences Education Award and the Life Science Student Choice Teaching Award.

For more information on the appointment, visit the Vice-Principal (Research) Portfolio website.

Instructors honoured for championing student mental health

More than two dozen Queen’s instructors have been nominated as Classroom Champions for Mental Health.

Seated students are seen from the back of a classroom
A total of 28 Queen’s instructors have been nominated by students and teaching assistants as the inaugural Classroom Champions for Mental Health. 

An instructor’s work does not simply conclude at the end of a lecture. The journey to a successful session – or term for that matter ­– often requires a holistic approach. An approach that includes a key element: championing mental health.

The Student Mental Health Network is honouring Queen’s educators working to support and advance the mental wellbeing of those in their classrooms. These instructors have been named Classroom Champions for Mental Health.

A total of 28 instructors were nominated by students and teaching assistants for this honour. Those who submitted nominations shared stories of the positive impacts instructors made on the mental health of students.

“Mental health determines everything we do in life. Even when thinking that you are doing fantastic, this still involves mental health,” says Daphne Brouwer, a professor in the Department of Philosophy. “And when not doing so great, it can take over your life in ways that is hard to talk about. Mental health is, however, never an individual thing, and the only way to improve it is by sharing it. It is for this reason that mental health should be recognized more, accepted more, and worked on more. Not only for us as students and educators, but also for us as human beings that are trying to stay alive. One day after another.”

The Student Mental Health Network is a caucus of student and staff leaders working to advance student mental health. The project aligns with the objectives and values outlined in Queen’s Campus Wellbeing Framework and Queen’s Strategy, including promoting a culture of health and well-being across campus.

Classroom Champions for Mental Health is co-led by the Campus Wellness Project’s undergraduate student intern, a position partially funded by Bell Let’s Talk and coordinated through Student Affairs.

“The Classroom Champions for Mental Health project showcases educators who have made a significant contribution to student mental health,” says Linda Cheng, QUIP student intern, Project Coordinator of the Campus Wellness Project, and Co-Lead of the Student Mental Health Network. “The student submissions and insights on how these educators view and approach mental health, really show how a small action can create a large impact. For example, taking a couple of minutes before class to ask how everyone is doing or telling students they’re available to talk and/or listen.”

Elizabeth Baisley, a professor in the Department of Political Science, focuses on three areas to help their students. First is making sure students have a manageable workload; Second, classes are designed by using the principals of universal design for learning. Built into the curriculum is the assumption every student will experience some form of an accommodation need; and final, Dr. Baisley reduces the stigma that comes with mental health issues through regular conversations with the class.

“To me, mental health is about the parts of health that tend to be ignored by focusing solely on physical health. This includes emotional, psychological, social, and sometimes even spiritual wellbeing,” Dr. Baisley says.

Educators who are nominated as Classroom Champions will be profiled on the Campus Wellbeing site and social media (Instagram: @campuswellbeingproject) during Mental Health Promotion Week (Jan. 24-28). Students will have the opportunity to nominate additional Classroom Champions later this term.

Jodi Basch, an instructor and PhD student in the Faculty of Education, provides students with resources to support their own mental health. Additionally, Basch empowers students to share those tips with their peers.

“Just as we have a physical immune system, it is important to recognize that we also have a psychological immune system,” Basch says. “It is important to be kind to ourselves through the challenges that we will all inevitably face and allow our psychological immune system to do its job. Some days it may feel as if we have more reserve than others and other days it may feel like any challenge will push us over the edge. If we discover what we need on both the good and the bad days, it will be easier to live both presently and authentically.

The next round of Champions for Mental Health will open this spring, and will be open for students to nominate staff and instructors.

For more information and resources on mental health efforts at Queen’s, please visit the Wellbeing Resources page on the Campus Wellness Project site.

‘Polishing the Chain’ ceremony renews bonds between Queen’s and Indigenous communities

Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa - Friendship Wampum belt
The Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa - Friendship Wampum Belt - was presented to Queen's by the Clan Mothers at Tyendinaga, and the Grandmothers' Council.

A special ceremony took place ahead of the Jan. 25 meeting of Queen’s Senate, to highlight the continuing bond between the university and local Indigenous communities.

The ‘polishing the chain’ ceremony is a reminder that the relationship between Queen’s and Indigenous peoples is ongoing and not merely a moment in time.

The ceremony revisits the promise of the Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa (friendship wampum belt), which was presented to the university as Queen’s marked its 175th anniversary during a Senate meeting on March 7, 2017. The Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa was presented by the Clan Mothers at Tyendinaga, and the Grandmothers' Council of Katarokwi.

The belt is now placed at the head table during every Senate meeting as a reminder that the university sits on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory as well as the commitments made to each other over the years.

As part of the ceremony, Elder Allen Doxtator - Te howis kwûnt, offered the words before all else in English and Oneida.

Wampum are traditionally beads made from quahog shells. Belts made of wampum are used to mark agreements, contracts, and commitments between peoples and nations and are of particular significance when associated with treaties or covenants.

Students helping students

Peer Wellness Coaching offers virtual support to improve physical activity, sleep and mental health.

A young woman interacts online via a laptop computer.
Peer Wellness Coaches help inspire other Queen’s students to be more physically active, decrease their sedentary time, and sleep better. (Unsplash/Brooke Cagle)

Mental health is strongly connected to good sleep habits, physical activity and stress management, but it can be hard to start and maintain positive health behaviours on your own.  Working with someone who can help you set and achieve goals can help, especially if it’s a peer who can relate to your experience. This month, as Queen’s marks Mental Health Promotion Week, Health Promotion in Student Wellness Services is promoting its new Peer Wellness Coaching initiative to further support student wellbeing.  

The program empowers students by facilitating one-on-one conversations aimed at improving sleep strategies, increasing light and moderate physical activity, and reducing sedentary time. These three movement behaviours align with the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults, which Queen’s researchers Dr. Jennifer Tomasone and Dr. Robert Ross helped develop. Students can book 10-to-30-minute one-on-one virtual sessions with a trained Peer Wellness Coach who will use evidence-based strategies and a multiculturally-aware lens to guide an open, confidential dialogue about how to build new skills and track progress toward short and long-term goals.

“Health and wellness affect every area of life, and I am so excited to help others to build self-confidence and self-efficacy in working toward their goals,” says Peer Wellness Coach Chelsea, a third-year Health Studies student.

Thirteen undergraduate students were selected and trained for this inaugural year of the program. Having experienced the stress of balancing academic workloads and healthy lifestyle choices firsthand, the coaches are well suited to inspire their peers to be more physically active, decrease their sedentary time, and get better sleep.

The 24-hour movement guidelines can help all adults increase their knowledge and understanding of what they can do throughout their day to stay healthy.

Importance of Sleep

As devices such as smart phones, tablets, and television become more integrated in our daily routines, so does the need to improve sleep hygiene. This generally consists of three components: improving sleep quality, having consistent bed and wake times and sleeping 7-9 hours each night. Providing guidance on how to identify and manage disruptions to these components of sleep is an important step in reducing stress, improving cognitive function, and feeling more energized throughout the day.

Importance of Activity

For many, the switch to remote learning has increased screen time while limiting opportunities for vigorous and moderate physical activity. From the release of stress-relieving endorphins that comes from this type of movement, to reducing the likelihood of disease and illness, physical activity contributes to current and future health. Learning how to fit different forms of physical activity into our schedules can improve overall mood and help support mental health.

Action Planning

Identifying an area you want to work on allows for a sense of satisfaction as you make steps towards completing goals. Establishing timelines and frequently checking in on progress allows for strategies to be adjusted and refined as you pursue healthy outcomes. Over time the practice of following an action plan increases self-awareness and promotes positive coping strategies to deal with stress.

Students can book a Peer Wellness Coaching appointment, and visit the Student Wellness Services website to learn more about the program.

Mental health in the spotlight

Mental Health Promotion Week offers virtual events and initiatives to support mental health at Queen’s.

Mental Health Promotion Week offers virtual events and initiatives to support mental health at Queen’s.
During Mental Health Promotion Week supports and resources available to students, staff, and faculty at Queen's University is highlighted while also raising awareness about mental health and stigma.

Queen’s University’s annual Mental Health Promotion Week is a time to reflect on personal mental health and work towards creating a community of care. Built to surround Bell Let’s Talk Day (Jan. 26), Mental Health Promotion Week aims to address the stigma associated with mental illness while raising awareness of supports and resources available to students, staff, and faculty. The week-long event takes place Jan. 24-28 with various initiatives to increase social connections and improve emotional, physical, and mental health. 

Our goal is to spotlight some of the amazing mental health promotion efforts at Queen’s, especially the work done by student leaders and student staff,” says Kate Humphrys, Health Promotion Coordinator, Student Wellness Services (SWS).We hope this week helps to keep the conversation going on this crucial topic all year long.”

Postsecondary education can be a stressful time for students, particularly with changes to learning formats and public health guidelines. As the university enters its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health education and advocacy continue to be an important focus at Queen’s. Encouraging open, respectful, and inclusive conversations, Mental Health Promotion Week is about feeling connected even during times of social distancing and remote learning.

“We know mental health is critical to our overall well-being and sometimes we can focus on personal care activities that help maintain good mental health but other times, it may not be enough,” says Beth Blackett, Health Promotion Special Projects, Student Wellness Services When someone is struggling, they often need a community of care that can help them find the necessary supports and resources. Mental Health Promotion week helps highlight some of those supports and reminds everyone that it is OK to talk about mental health, reach out when we need help and most importantly to support each other.”

Working to create an environment where everyone feels safe and accepted is paramount to ensuring everyone can achieve their full potential as healthy, resilient, and inspired members of the Queen’s community. Acknowledging the intersectionality between mental health and other areas of wellness, Student Wellness Services, along with various student-led groups and departments on campus, has created a number of virtual challenges, events, and workshops designed to stimulate discussion and social engagement.

Events and Initiatives

  • This year, in collaboration with the Queen's Student Mental Health Network, the Campus Wellness Project will be announcing nominees for Classroom Champions for Mental Health. Classroom Champions recognize professors, instructors, and TAs who create learning environments where student mental health is valued and supported.
  • Participate in the Get Active Challenge by registering for a virtual fitness class at the ARC, hosted by Athletics and Recreation. 
  • Get involved in the Rest & Relax Challenge by booking a Peer Wellness Coaching session or Professional Healthy Lifestyle appointment to learn strategies to improve sleep patterns.  Attend a workshop on how to create a customized self-care plan sharing evidence-based strategies to manage stress, or learn how to support someone who is struggling by enrolling in a seminar on identifying and responding to students in distress or crisis.  Find your safe-space through trauma informed writing exercises and guided mediation.
  • Grab your paper and writing utensils and create some beautiful affirmation art with the Queen's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Services. Connect with LGBQT community members by joining discussions about queer survivorship, hosted in collaboration with Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. Finding Your Joy Through Music encourages BIPOC students to come together and share their favourite songs from their playlist. Take a professionally-facilitated mindfulness session to visualize and promote positive self-growth. 
  • Visit the virtual photo booth available on Bell Let’s Talk Day, and take part in a digital scavenger hunt focusing on BIPOC resources. Drop by one of the various in-person locations on campus to pick-up Bell swag, including toques and speech bubbles. Go online and download the Bell Let’s Talk Tool Kit and see how you can further support mental health.
  • Nourish yourself by registering and picking-up a free Fresh Food Box containing all the produce and key ingredients needed to prepare a healthy meal, or check out the Food Access Resource website for more tips on where to find healthy, affordable foods. Join in on Stories Spark Change featuring conversations with internationally renowned author Roxane Gay and best-selling author Eternity Martis on healing and sexual violence.
  • Embrace nature by exploring the outdoors in the Get Outside challenge.

Learn more about the virtual events being offered across campus on the Mental Health Promotion Week webpage. Events will continue to be added throughout the week.

Additional Resources

Queen’s students can access support from the AMS Peer Support Centre, and  Student Wellness Services Mental Health Services website.  Additional resources include Empower Me, a 24/7 phone service that allows students to connect with qualified counselors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues, and TAO (Therapy Assistance Online), an online, mobile friendly library of engaging, interactive pathways that promote wellness.

Nominations for Margaret Hooey Governance Award due Jan. 28.

The nomination period deadline for the Margaret Hooey Governance Award is Jan. 28, 2022.

The award, established in 2018 by the estate of Margaret Hooey (LLD’02), the long-time secretary of Queen’s, recognizes a student enrolled in any degree program who has made an outstanding contribution to the good governance of the university through work with Senate or any committee of the Senate.

Nominations can be submitted to the University Secretariat at senate@queensu.ca.

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).

Application forms and further information are available on the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

Senate committee vacancies now posted

The University Secretariat invites all faculty, staff, and students to put their names forward for membership on Senate committees. Senate is Queen’s highest academic governing body and its committees deal with issues related to academic programs and their review, educational equity, residences, student aid, the library, and research.

All existing vacancies are listed on the vacancies page. The application deadline is Feb. 25, 2022.

  • Committee terms are usually for two years, with the number of meetings per year depending on the particular committee’s area of responsibility.
  • Most terms will start Sept. 1, 2022, but any exceptions are listed next to the committee name on the vacancies page.
  • Note that Individuals holding an appointment at the level of Associate Dean, or equivalent, and above (e.g., Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Principal, Associate Vice-Principal, Dean, Vice-Dean, University Librarian, Associate University Librarian, University Archivist, Associate University Archivist) are not eligible to serve as a faculty senator or as a faculty member on a Senate committee.
  • An informational panel hosted by the Senate Governance and Nominating Committee will be held on Feb. 3, 2022 at 1 pm and all applicants are invited to attend.

Senate committees discuss issues of broad interest to the academic community and make recommendations on policy and practice that are essential to the university's operations and evolution.  Committee work allows you to directly affect the way Queen's functions as a teaching and research institution, and as a community of scholars, students, and staff.

Contact senate@queensu.ca if you have any questions.

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