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    Giller Prize recipient visits Queen’s

    Andre Alexis discusses the inspiration for Fifteen Dogs with Queen’s English graduating class.

    Andre Alexis, winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize, visited Queen’s University on Tuesday to deliver a guest lecture and take part in a book signing. Mr. Alexis kept a packed audience at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre riveted as he discussed the inspiration for writing Fifteen Dogs, which included a local tie.

    “I got the inspiration for writing Fifteen Dogs while I was taking care of 11 huskies in Sharbot Lake,” Mr. Alexis says. “The feeling of being with those dogs in that environment was an essential part of how I felt about the writing of the novel. My first novel was written at Sharbot Lake, and I knew nothing. I still feel that I know nothing, but now I am paid for what I know.”

    In his prize-winning novel, 15 dogs in a veterinary clinic in Toronto are granted the gifts of reason and language by the Greek gods Hermes and Apollo. The novel follows the pack as they explore these fundamentally human abilities and the differing paths it places them on. Mr. Alexis said that the book, like his previous works, allows him to explore the concepts of God, love and power in different settings in an attempt to better understand all three.

    “I had a set of concerns about love, about God and about power that you can see across the books I’ve written,” he says. “My work is a constant confrontation with my religious beliefs, maybe because in some ways I haven’t gotten over the loss of the belief I had when I was younger. This constant confrontation, which each of the five novels include, is either a way of saying goodbye to the notion of the divine or keeping it close so I don’t have to.”

    Mr. Alexis’ visit was facilitated by the Department of English Language and Literature, which has hosted the recipient of the Giller Prize annually for nine years.

    Current issue of For the Record

    For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination 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.

    The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Feb. 4. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Feb. 2. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer months.

    Submit For the Record information for posting to Communications Officer Wanda Praamsma


    Faculty of Health Sciences

    New appointments in the Faculty of Health Sciences:

    • Mohammad Habib, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry – Jan. 1, 2016
    • Glykeria Martou, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Plastic Surgery – Jan. 11, 2016
    • Michael McDonnell, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine – Nov. 15, 2015
    • C. Janet Lui, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hematology/Oncology & Ethics – Dec. 1, 2015
    • Don Thiwanka Wijeratne, Assistant Professor, Medicine, General Internal Medicine – Oct. 1, 2015
    • John Gonder, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology – Sept. 15, 2015
    • Francisco Vera-Badillo, Assistant Professor, Oncology – Sept. 15, 2015
    • Robert Bechara, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Gastroenterology – Nov. 1, 2015
    • Sita Bhella, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hematology/Oncology & Ethics – Nov. 15, 2015
    • Birgit Frauscher, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Division of Neurology – Dec. 1, 2015
    • Mark Ormiston, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Medicine and Surgery – Oct. 1, 2015
    • Lenora Duhn, Lecturer, School of Nursing – Jan. 1, 2016


    Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships — applications invited

    The Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) provides an opportunity for any continuing undergraduate students at Queen’s to develop their research skills under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Over the course of the summer, students will develop a research project in social sciences, humanities, or creative arts. Students may consider projects in disciplines outside their own field of study or outside of their focus study areas, as well as those directly connected to their prime area of study. 

    Nineteen fellowships are available on campus and two (with the possibility of up to five) of the 2016 fellowships will be offered to students whose projects take place at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England.

    Applications are due March 11, 2016. More information, program guidelines and application forms are available here

    Senate committee vacancies posted – apply now

    The Senate Governance and Nominating Committee invites faculty, staff, and students to put their names forward for membership on Senate committees. All existing vacancies are listed on the vacancies page.

    • 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, 2016, but any exceptions are listed next to the committee name on the vacancies page;
    • Application forms are available on the Secretariat website for faculty, staff, and students.
    • NEW: You can apply for a Chair position if you are interested in serving as a committee chair. Chair vacancies are listed on the vacancies page and require a different application form.

    Applications are due Feb. 10, 2016.

    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.

    Human Resources

    Successful Candidates

    Job Title: Admission and Recruitment Assistant (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Undergraduate and Admission Recruitment
    Competition: 2015-320
    Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

    Job Title: Events Assistant (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
    Competition: 2015-327
    Successful Candidate: Mugaya Bagambiire (Residences)

    Job Title: Administrative and Financial Assistant (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Anethesiology and Perioperative Medicine
    Competition: 2015-303
    Successful Candidate: Angela Lees

    Job Title: Recruitment Representative (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment
    Competition: 2015-315
    Successful Candidate: Michael Benincasa (Undergraduate Admission)

    Job Title: Bioinformatics Specialist
    Department: High Performance Computing Virtual Lab
    Competition: 2015-265 & 2015-R026
    Successful Candidate: Jeffrey Stafford

    Job Title: Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Queen's University International Centre
    Competition: 2015-307
    Successful Candidate: Carli Chan

    Job Title: Web/Application Developer (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Smith School of Business, Technology Services
    Competition: 2015-316A
    Successful Candidate: Brian Petersen

    Job Title: Manager, Alumni Marketing and Communications
    Department: Office of the Vice Principal, Advancement
    Competition: 2015-264
    Successful Candidate: Michael Beleza

    Job Title: Multimedia Support Analyst (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    Competition: 2015-292
    Successful Candidate: Simon Bailey

    Job Title: International Student Advisor (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Queen's University International Centre
    Competition: 2015-324
    Successful Candidate: Olumide Bolu

    Job Title: Manager, Finance
    Department: Division of Student Affairs
    Competition: 2015-184
    Successful Candidate: Rosanne Gandl Black

    Job Title: Ethics and Office Assistant (USW Local 2010)
    Department: University Research Services
    Competition: 2015-266
    Successful Candidate: Elizabeth Heinricks

    Job Title: Manager, Business Coaching Group
    Department: Smith School of Business
    Competition: 2015-282
    Successful Candidate: Dan Dolan

    Job Title: Senior Communications Officer, Principal's Office
    Department: University Communications
    Competition: 2015-288
    Successful Candidate: Emma Woodman (Faculty of Health Science Office Ops)

    Job Title: Research Assistant
    Department: Student Affairs
    Competition: 2015-309
    Successful Candidate: Matthew Stewart

    Job Title: Assistant, Athletic Therapy Services (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Athletics and Recreation
    Competition: 2015-290
    Successful Candidate: Sharon Welsby

    Job Title: Caretaker (CUPE 229)
    Department: Physical Plant Services
    Competition: 2015-276 (A-D)
    Successful Candidate: Chad Luck, John Bastos and Shaun Vanhooser

    Job Title: Caretaker (CUPE 229)
    Department: Physical Plant Services
    Competition: 2015-276 (A-M)
    Successful Candidate: Craig Neuper, Lorne HT Johnston, Shawn Peters, Patricia Belisle, Jay Whalen, Lorrie-Anne McCullough, Jason Ridge, Daniel Moore, Patricia Vankoughnett, Dustyn Werden, Peter Way, Catharine Holsgrove and Sean Yateman

    Job Title: Planner (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Campus Planning and Developmnent
    Competition: 2015-283
    Successful Candidate: Tony Gkotsis

    Job Title: Tenant and Landlord Relations Manager (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Housing and Ancillary Services
    Competition: 2015-310
    Successful Candidate: Anne Brown (Community Housing)

    Job Title: Associate Director, Finance and Administration
    Department: Athletics and Recreation
    Competition: 2015-237
    Successful Candidate: Linda Melnick

    Job Title: Manager, Career Services
    Department: Smith School of Business
    Competition: 2015-297
    Successful Candidate: John-Paul Shearer (BCC Commerce & MIB)


    Advocate aims to inspire accessibility action

    Long-time disability rights advocate David Lepofsky will visit Queen’s on Jan. 22 to speak at an Accessibility Café event hosted by Accessibility Queen’s and the Equity Office. 

    “We are excited for David to share his insights and perspective with the Queen’s community,” says Andrew Ashby, Accessibility Coordinator in the Queen’s Equity Office. “I would encourage students, faculty and staff to attend and learn more about the ways in which they can help improve accessibility for 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities.”

    [David Lepofsky]
    David Lepofsky, a long-time disability rights advocate, will speak at the Queen's Accessibility Café on Jan. 22.

    Mr. Lepofsky, a blind lawyer living in Toronto, has been involved in accessibility advocacy for many years. In the early 1980s, he participated in campaigns to get disability equality included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code. From 1994 to 2005, he led the fight to win enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

    He currently serves with several organizations in addition to his work as a visiting professor of legal ethics and public interest advocacy at the Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Lepofsky is chair of the non-partisan group Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance as well as co-chair of Barrier-Free Canada, which is calling on the federal government to develop a national disabilities act.

    “It was through grassroots public forums and meetings like this upcoming Accessibility Café that we won the enactment of the AODA in 2005, and it will be through these kinds of events, and the tenacious energy that bursts from them, that we will get Ontario back on schedule for full accessibility,” Mr. Lepofsky says. “Each person can help, and my goal is to offer attendees tips on how they can quickly make a difference.”

    The Accessibility Café will take place on Friday, Jan. 22 from 1-3 pm in Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202. Visit the Queen’s Accessibility Hub for more information about the talk.

    Feedback invited on draft sexual violence policy

    Queen’s University is seeking comment on its updated draft sexual violence policy, which has been modified to align with the recently introduced provincial legislation and policies at other universities in Ontario.

    “This policy will be a critical component in our continuing work on sexual violence prevention and response,” says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison. “It aligns with provincial legislation, recommendations from the university’s Sexual Violence Prevention Working Group, and best practices across the sector.”

    An implementation team, chaired by the provost, has been in place since July, advancing the working group’s recommendations. The draft policy, and all sexual violence education and training programs and initiatives that have been implemented to date, have been developed with extensive student input and involvement.

    Most recently, Queen’s announced the creation of a dedicated Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator position. The coordinator will be a central point of contact for students, staff and faculty and will lead campus-wide education, response, support, training and advocacy activities. The university has also introduced new education programming for students during Orientation Week, created new resources and training for students, staff and faculty, and worked to enhance the profile of sexual violence support services on and off campus with a new poster and updates to the Green Folder resource.

    The draft sexual violence policy articulates the university’s commitment to addressing sexual violence and the comprehensive supports that will be offered to individuals who have experienced sexual violence. It also outlines the university’s responsibilities relating to awareness, education, training, and reporting.

    The Queen’s community is invited to comment on the draft policy by emailing policies@queensu.ca until Feb. 2, 2016.

    Review the draft policy

    A new model of medical education

    Queen’s University to lead the way in establishing Competency-Based Medical Education framework.

    Queen’s University School of Medicine announced Tuesday that it will play a leading role in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s initiative to transform specialty education from a time-based system to a competency-based medical education system.

    A Queen's medical resident takes part in a practical skills training session. The Competency-Based Medical Education program uses more frequent testing and skill-based, as opposed to time-based, measurements for progression. (Photo credit: Coady Nickerson)

    Under this new model, residents are promoted once they have demonstrated competency in a given field, rather than on a set timeline. As of July 2017, all incoming Queen’s residents will start their training using a competency-based medical education (CBME) model, making Queen’s the first medical program to complete the transition to the new model.

    “One of the pillars of our strategic plan is to advance new ways of training,” says Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s.  “As such, the opportunity to help lead in a fundamental transformation of how we prepare the specialists of the future, is not only exciting, but exactly what we said we would do as part of our planning process.”

    In addition to skills-based promotion, the CBME training model also calls for more frequent and meaningful assessments, ensuring that competent residents will move through training in a more individualized and efficient manner, saving valuable resources and promoting excellence in their paths to independent practice.

    “Queen’s institutional approach captures the hearts and minds of our entire medical school by engaging all of our educational leaders and faculty at once,” explains Damon Dagnone, Faculty Lead for CBME at Queen’s. “We began working with our teaching hospitals on a centralized approach over 18 months ago, engaging our faculty, resident trainees, the Royal College, patients and their families, and other Canadian medical schools along the way. This is a journey of discovery we are all taking together.”

    The Royal College mapped out a multi-year transition for all residency programs in Canada in 2014. However, in consultation with the Royal College, Queen’s University’s School of Medicine took on a leadership role by designing and implementing a parallel accelerated path to CBME, making a commitment that all incoming Queen’s residents will start their training using a CBME-based model by July 2017.

    The university’s application to accelerate the transition was approved by the Royal College this past November.

    “Here at Queen’s we have the extraordinary educational leadership to accomplish this, in addition to an incredibly dedicated teaching faculty who are universally committed to the best education for our residents. We all share the same goal, and that is to graduate specialists who are more skilled and more knowledgeable than we might have ever imagined. That’s our goal, and that is why I am so excited about our CBME initiative,” says Dr. Reznick.

    Gaels upend No. 2 Rams in women's basketball

    [Women's Basketball]
    Jenny Wright of the Queen's Gaels women's basketball team, seen here earlier this season against the Brock Badgers, is now tied with Liz Boag for second on the Gaels all-time scoring list. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

    Here's a quick recap of the Queen's Gaels teams that were in action over the weekend:

    Women’s Basketball

    The No. 10 Queen's Gaels women's (8-1) basketball team picked up arguably their biggest win of the season on Saturday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, defeating the No. 2 ranked Ryerson Rams (6-2) by a score of 80-74.

    Fifth-year senior Jenny Wright tied Liz Boag's 1,055 career point total with a team-high 20 points. Wright and Boag sit tied for second on Queen's all-time scoring list behind Brittany Moore, who finished her five-year career with 1,652 points. Robyn Pearson picked up her second straight double-double, with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with five assists and five steals.

    On Friday, Pearson hauled in 20 rebounds and put up 11 points as the Gaels earned a dominant 57-33 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues.

    Men’s Basketball

    The Queen's Gaels men's basketball (6-3) team dropped their second game in as many nights, falling 97-81 to the CIS No.5 ranked Ryerson Rams (6-1) on Saturday evening at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

    On Friday, the team fell 85-84 to the Toronto Varsity Blues (3-4) in a tightly-contested match at the Goldring Centre

    Fourth-year forward Ryall Stroud tallied a team-best 25 points against the Rams and Sukhpreet Singh recorded a game-high 24 points versus the Blues.

    Men’s Hockey

    The Gaels men's hockey team (11-5-1) fell short of a thrilling comeback in a 3-2 double overtime loss to the No. 5 UQTR Patriotes (18-3-1) at the Memorial Centre on Saturday.

    Peter Angelopolous and Slater Doggett scored for the home side wihile Kevin Bailie stopped 54 of 57 shots.

    On Friday, the Gaels tumbled to the Concordia Stingers 4-3. Eric Ming, Spencer Abraham and Alex Stothart scored for the Gaels and Bailie made 38 saves.

    Women’s Hockey

    The Queen's Gaels (8-1-3-2) pushed the York Lions (2-4-6-2) to overtime but fell 2-1 for an upset loss on the road.

    Clare McKellar scored the lone goal for the Gaels, scoring on a third-period penalty shot for her third goal of the season.

    Men’s Volleyball

    The Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (8-3) managed to take the first set against the undefeated No. 1 McMaster Marauders (12-0) on Friday night but were unable to maintain the momentum, losing  in four sets (25-27, 25-21, 25-16, 28-26) in Hamilton.

    Mike Tomlinson led the Gaels offense with 14 kills, also scoring a service ace in the match. He was supported by Marko Dakic who chalked up 12 kills, seven digs and two aces.

    Women’s Volleyball

    The Queen’s Gaels women’s volleyball team (7-5) opened their 2016 schedule Friday night with a straight-sets road win (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) against the Lakehead Thunderwolves (4-8).

    Shannon Neville led the Gaels with 13 kills while Franzi Wilhelm contributed 28 assists as well as four digs and two kills.

    Allergy review committee continues to seek input

    The committee that is reviewing on-campus practices and procedures relating to services for students with severe allergies is holding another open consultation session later this month.

    [Leonard Hall]
    An open consultation session is being held by the committee that is reviewing on-campus practices and procedures relating to services for students with severe allergies. (University Communications)

    The committee invites students, staff, faculty, parents and other interested parties to a meeting on Tuesday Jan. 26, 1-2:30 pm in 401 Gordon Hall.

    “We have been hearing from students, families, medical experts and stakeholder organizations with the goal of continuing to improve the services we provide to students with severe allergies,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney, who is chairing the review committee. “This upcoming meeting is another opportunity to talk with individuals who can provide us with information and advice that will assist us with the report we will be submitting to Principal Daniel Woolf later this term.”

    The committee is also looking across the post-secondary education sector to consider model practices at other institutions related to communications, education, awareness programming, health management, outreach, residence and campus-wide food service policies and practices, training and emergency response.

    The university has already begun increasing its outreach to all students to encourage those with severe allergies to contact Hospitality Services, if they haven’t done so. More signs have been installed in residence dining halls to further remind students to speak to a chef.

    “Many students eat the food served on campus, whether they are in first-year and eating regularly in the dining halls, or are upper-years or graduate students with off-campus meal plans or who may grab a snack on campus,” says Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Housing & Ancillary Services. “It’s important for all students with severe allergies, as well as faculty and staff, to get the information they need to be safe and healthy when they eat on campus. We are eager to talk to individuals to give them information and advice and make sure they are aware of the services we provide.”

    More information about the review is posted to the Division of Student Affairs website.

    To request a private meeting with the committee or to provide a written submission, comments or questions, please email vpdean.sa@queensu.ca

    Fit Tips: Realistic resolutions

    With the aim of helping faculty, staff and students "Get Your 150" (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering Fit Tips each week.

    It’s that time of year again, resolution time! 

    Don’t be discouraged by failures of the past, look towards 2016 as an opportunity to improve on something awesome! (that’s you)

    Here are a few tips to help you rock your resolution:

    1 – Be realistic, set achievable goals. Instead of saying you want to lose 30 pounds this year. Set a goal of 2.5 pounds each month and focus on that month.
    2 – From wearable tech to apps on your smartphone, use technology to remind you to be active and ‘Get Your 150’.
    3 – Schedule check-ins on your calendar. Once a month ask yourself, how’s your resolution going? Leave encouraging notes to keep you motivated.  
    4 – Don’t let a little slip stop you. Life is busy, don’t let a short fall in your goal be the end of your resolution. Look at the next day as a fresh start to your goal.

    January edition of Life Lines

    [Life Lines]
    Read the January edition of Life Lines online.

    As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Life Lines

    The newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The current newsletter, entitled “Talking about Mental Health,” focuses on the warning signs of mental health issues and how best to support someone dealing with a mental health concern.

    For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit queensu.ca/humanresources/employees/efap.html.

    For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

    Two books make top-100 political list

    [SPS Books]
    Thinking Outside the Box, edited by Keith G. Banting, Richard P. Chaykowski and Steven F. Lehrer (McGill-Queen’s University Press) and Toward A Healthcare Strategy for Canadians, edited by A. Scott Carson, Jeffrey Dixon, and Kim Richard Nossal (Queen’s McGill University Press), were included in The Hill Times Top-100 Political Books of 2015.

    Two books from the Queen’s School of Policy Studies have been included in The Hill Times Top-100 Political Books of 2015.

    In the annual list Thinking Outside the Box, edited by Keith G. Banting, Richard P. Chaykowski and Steven F. Lehrer (McGill-Queen’s University Press) placed 88th while Toward A Healthcare Strategy for Canadians, edited by A. Scott Carson, Jeffrey Dixon, and Kim Richard Nossal (Queen’s McGill University Press) was ranked 90th in the annual list. The Hill Times is an independently-owned newsweekly covering the Canadian government and politics. 

    “Being included in The Hill Times list is great news for the School of Policy Studies and Queen’s,” says Dr.  Carson, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and executive director of Queen’s School of Policy Studies. “This recognition demonstrates that the collaborative academic work produced here at Queen’s University is being read, and, more importantly, informing Canadian policy.”

    “Thinking Outside the Box” originated in a conference celebrating the research and policy contributions of Tom Courchene, the founding director of the School of Policy Studies. As Keith Banting, Professor of Political Studies and Policy Studies, observes, “the title of the book perfectly captures the inventiveness and creativity of Tom’s policy research.”

    Toward A Healthcare Strategy for Canadians is the result of the Queen’s Healthcare Policy Change Conference Series, a joint initiative by the Queen's School of Policy Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences and The Monieson Centre for Business Research in Healthcare at Smith School of Business, which brought together 385 senior Canadian and international leaders from business, healthcare delivery, government and academia to explore mobilizing change and how to manage and govern a pan-Canadian approach to healthcare.

    A companion volume focused on implementation, Managing a Canadian Healthcare Strategy, will be published in 2016.

    Both books are part of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies Series, a premier publisher of policy-related material in Canada, on McGill/Queen’s University Press. 


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