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Grant will make Inuit art exhibition a reality

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre has received a substantial grant of $261,937 from the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, it was announced Friday.

[Norman Vorano]
Norman Vorano is the Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art.

The grant, the largest received by the gallery from this source, will be allocated over a three-year period. It supports an extraordinary exhibition of graphite drawings under the title Drawing from the Past: Picturing Inuit Modernity in the North Baffin Region, 1964. The show will be featured at the Agnes in 2017, with a national tour to follow.

Created in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and the Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Facility in Clyde River, Nunavut, Drawing from the Past will examine a tumultuous era in the history of Canada’s Arctic through the display and interpretation of a unique collection of Inuit drawings made in 1964. The drawings, created by Inuit men and women from the North Baffin communities of Clyde River, Pond Inlet, and Arctic Bay, document the thoughts, apprehensions, memories and observations of Nunavummiut during a time of social upheaval. The pieces entered the collection of the Canadian Museum of History in 2014.

Norman Vorano, Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art, will lead the project. The exhibition is the first effort to bring this collection to the public in 30 years. Dr. Vorano says the project represents a special opportunity.

“The partnership with Piqqusilirivvik will ensure an informed, culturally rich interpretive framework for presenting these drawings, and opens a new channel of engagement with Canada’s Aboriginal population,” he says. “Reflecting contemporary discussions in curatorial practice, the exhibition seeks a realignment of the relationship between Indigenous and settler perspectives on non‐Western art through an emphasis upon the intangible elements of visual arts — the stories, memories and voices associated with the drawings.”

Agnes Director Jan Allen points out that the cultural exchange embedded in Drawing from the Past takes the work of the gallery in a new direction.

“With the support of MAP and the help of our partners, these drawings — tangible traces of cross‐cultural encounter from half a century ago — will come to life through reflective interviews with the people of their community of origin,” she says. “In conceiving this project, Norman Vorano has cultivated a fresh collaborative approach that promises to be revelatory for all involved.”

In addition to his role at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Dr. Vorano is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Queen’s University.

For more information, contact Diana Gore, administrative coordinator, at (613) 533.2190 or diana.gore@queensu.ca.

 

 

Open Access: The good, the bad and the unknown

To mark Open Access Week (Oct. 19-15) University Research Services and the Queen’s University Library are hosting a special panel discussion entitled “Open Access: What it is, what it means for you and why you should care.”

[Open Access Panel]
Taking part in the panel discussion on open acces are, clockwise from top left: Kerry Rowe; David Murakami-Wood; Jeremey Geelen; Rosarie Coughlan; Brian Hole; Jeff Moon; Nasser Saleh; and Simon French. 

The panel brings together a range of different perspectives on open access, including funders, publishers and Queen’s authors and will be held  Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Lunch: 12:30-1 pm, discussion 1-2:30 pm), in The Peter Lougheed Room of Richardson Hall.

The discussion is expected to be highly relevant to all researchers, whether faculty member, student, post-doctoral fellow, or research associate;

“The ways in which knowledge is created and exchanged is evolving.  Many international funding agencies, including Canada’s federal Tri-Agency have implemented policies requiring awarded research publications to be made freely accessible online to the widest possible audience,” says event organizer, Rosarie Coughlan, Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Queen’s, and a member of the panel. “We are keen to bring all stakeholders to the table in exploring the impact of recent open access requirements and what this means for Queen’s faculty and researchers.” 

Along with Ms. Coughlan, panelists include: Simon French (Rehabilitation Therapy); David Murakami-Wood (Sociology); Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering); Jeff Moon, Data Librarian and Academic Director - Queen's Research Data Centre; Nasser Saleh, Head, Engineering and Science Library and Ambassador: The Open Science Framework; Jeremey Geelen, Policy Analyst at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); and Brian Hole - founder and CEO of Ubiquity Press, via Skype from the UK.

Open Access Week is an annual international event that explores research dissemination, impact and other related topics.  For more information visit library.queensu.ca/scholcomm/open-access/OpenAccess2015.

Countdown on to 175th anniversary

Queen's 175th Anniversary

With just one year to go until Queen’s 175th anniversary, David Walker can feel the excitement building.

“I sense the momentum spreading across campus and in the community,” says Dr. Walker, Chair, Queen’s 175th Anniversary Executive Committee. “I am encouraged to see individuals and groups come forward with innovative ideas for marking the 175th anniversary in their respective areas.”

On this day 174 years ago, Queen’s received its Royal Charter after petitioning Queen Victoria in London. The university will celebrate the 175th anniversary of this occasion in 2016-17, with most of the celebrations taking place during the academic year, September to April.

Work continues on a significant anniversary project: highlighting 175 seminal moments from Queen’s history. The curation team has whittled the list down after receiving hundreds of submissions from alumni, staff, students and community members. University Historian Duncan McDowall is currently drafting short descriptions of the moments that will be featured on many different platforms when they are unveiled during the 2016-17 academic year.

“175 moments can’t possibly capture everything that has happened at an institution like Queen’s that’s so rich in history,” says Dr. Walker. “That being said, I think people will enjoy exploring the evolution of Queen’s through these milepost moments,” Dr. Walker says.

I am encouraged to see individuals and groups come forward with innovative ideas for marking the 175th anniversary in their respective areas.
David Walker, Chair, Queen's 175th Anniversary Executive Committee

In other 175th anniversary news, Senate recently voted in closed session on the honorary degree recipients for 2016. Senate agreed to award all honorary degrees in 2016 to Queen’s alumni in celebration of the Queen’s 175th anniversary. The honorees will be announced publicly in the New Year. It is anticipated that those hosting these distinguished alumni recipients might wish to build a special event around the occasion to mark the anniversary year, says Dr. Walker.

Also in 2016, Queen’s and Perth, a small village 85 km north of Kingston, will erect joint plaques honouring William Morris, a founding father of both the university and the town. William Morris played a key role in establishing Queen’s College as chair of the first Board of Trustees and he was an early settler of Perth. The Queen’s plaque will be situated outside of Morris Hall, a student residence on campus.

Visit the Queen’s 175th anniversary website for more information about the celebration and a calendar of events.

Getting a jump on job search

For many graduate students the next big step is entering the job market. To help them get started the School of Graduate Studies is hosting its second annual Career Week for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows from Oct. 19-23.

[SGS Career Week]
The School of Graduate Studies is hosting its second annual Career Week for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows from Oct. 19-23. (University Communications)

The week is comprised of a series of workshops that focus on how to apply skills acquired during graduate training to various career options and how to best market those skills.

“Graduate study is not only about pushing the boundaries of discovery and deepening knowledge and its application, it’s also about preparing our students for what comes next,” says Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “The SGS Career Week provides a series of workshops and hands-on sessions designed to expose students to the skills and strengths acquired in their academic training that will position them for success in a variety of career settings and to learn strategies for networking, self-marketing, and career planning. It’s a fantastic opportunity to think about the future and where your graduate degree might take you.”

Workshops will cover a wide range of topics including how to utilize online tools to promote your skills in a changing labour market, jobs in academia, teaching dossiers, and identifying your skills.

There will also be special sessions for graduate coordinators and students with guest speaker Anne Krook, who has extensive experience in the post-secondary and IT sectors.

The week will conclude with a networking reception on Friday, Oct. 23 from 4-5:30 pm at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Participants will meet local employers and alumni of Queen's graduate programs to expand their network and explore career opportunities. In this guided networking event, each employer or alumnus will offer up a valuable tip for finding a career that perhaps students and post-docs never knew they were trained to do.

With such a broad range of topics and information, graduate students are sure to find something of value.

A full schedule of the week's events can be found online at queensu.ca/exph/career-week/.

Q&A: Get to know Sir Terry Matthews

Get to know one of Canada’s preeminent technology entrepreneurs in this Q&A interview, following his Principal’s Forum speech. Sir Terry offers lessons learned over a lifetime of entrepreneurship.

Q: Was there any advice you wish someone had given you before you started your first company, or was entrepreneurship something you always aspired to?

[Sir Terry Matthews]

A: No, I think it was in my blood from the get-go. In the area I was brought up, there were engineering companies all around me. From a very young age, I could pull apart a machine, I could fix a radio, I could fix a vehicle, an engine, an axle. It was in the blood. So I think there’s something in the DNA. You have to choose people or give them the opportunity. Some people will have a go and make it, and some people just can’t because they’re just too risk averse.

Q: If you had to live your life over again, but becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t an option, is there anything else you would have liked to do as a career?

A: It’s such a pleasurable thing to put a team together to fight and grow and be successful. I don’t think I would want to have gone down a different track. I might have been an explorer of some kind, but it could not be passive. I’m not a passive person. Inherently, I’m able to take risks, judge what the risks are, and judge what I consider to be the worst case and the best case. I’ll go for the best case if I can live with the worst case. If I can’t live with the worst case, I won’t do it.

Q: What common traits have you noticed that highly-successful people seem to share?

A: It’s all over the map. Some people are very arrogant, but they wind up doing very well. Some people are dishonest and create an aura. Personally, I don’t like that. I think it’s good to be humble. I’d rather drive a half-ton, rusted truck than a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. If you set yourself up, you might be torn down.

Q: You have many different projects on the go. What do you do to relax?

A: That is what I do to relax. That’s my hobby. I like Business. If I retired… well actually, I am retired. I retired in 1978 when Mitel went public and my hobby is to create businesses. Enjoy what you do. If you don’t enjoy it, do something else!

Q: If you could only leave behind one lesson for the next generation of entrepreneurs, what would you want it to be?

A: Have a goal. Be brave enough to have a goal.

 

Leading the celebrations of women in computing

[Wendy Powley]
Wendy Powley, a research associate and adjunct lecturer in the School of Computing and the Faculty of Education, was recently appointed as chair of the ACM-W Celebrations committee, a subgroup of the Association for Computing Machinery. (University Communications)

For years Wendy Powley (School of Computing) has worked toward attracting more women to the field of computing, at Queen’s, in Ontario and across Canada.  

A big part of this effort was founding and organizing the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing (ONWIC), a conference that draws female students from across the province to gain experience, receive support and make valuable contacts.

Ms. Powley, a Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Computing and the Faculty of Education, also continues to play a key role in Women in the School of Computing (WISC) at Queen’s, an informal support and social group for all women, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, in the School of Computing.  

So it perhaps wasn’t much of a surprise that she was recently appointed as chair of the ACM-W Celebrations committee, a subgroup of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

Having organized such Celebrations since 2010, she’s ideally suited for the role.

Ms. Powley will not only coordinate the organization of the Celebration in Canada, but she will oversee ACM-W Celebrations that occur annually worldwide. In the 2015/2016 academic year there are at least 10 Celebrations planned across the United States as well as Celebrations in Europe (2), India (2), Puerto Rico, Cuba and, of course, in Canada. In her new position, Ms. Powley will play a key role in encouraging new Celebrations in an effort to broaden their reach. She will share her expertise with Celebration organizers and ensure that the resources provided by the ACM-W such as funding, swag, web hosting, and emotional support reach each and every Celebration organizer.   

“Communication with my ACM-W mentors was crucial during the organization of our first Celebration. Kind offerings of advice, encouragement, and validation kept me going,” Ms Powley says. “That will be a big part of my role – to inspire and motivate others.  Organizing a Celebration is a huge undertaking, but I want them to know that in the end they will have no regrets. It is incredibly satisfying to provide an inspirational experience that will have a lasting impact on young people.”

It was the ACM-W Celebrations model that got ONCWIC started at Queen’s in 2010 – that along with a very keen group of student helpers from WISC. Each year since 2010 the conference has been hosted by a different university and has been growing in popularity. This year the conference has a new identity  the “Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing” and will become a national annual conference. It is expected to attract more than 500 women from across the country.

Queen’s continues to play a prominent role in the conference through Ms. Powley’s organizing role as well as the number of participants – a contingent of 60 at the most recent event.

This prominence is a positive for Queen’s as well as for the School of Computing.   

“Being visible at the Celebration as a very large group speaks volumes that women are welcome here at Queen’s in Computer Science,” Ms. Powley says. “It’s a way to retain our women as well.  Our first year students who attend find the event very inspiring as they see many positive female role models and learn of the vast opportunities available in the field.   We hope this has a lasting effect”.

So far the efforts have been successful at Queen’s. With approximately 35% of the undergraduates enrolled in computing programs being female, it is believed that Queen’s has the highest percentage in Canada. With the national average in North America hovering around 15%, there is still much work to be done.

She sees the ACM-W Celebrations as a key part of finding a long-term solution. 

“We need to be actively involved in encouraging women to come into the field. We are all consumers of technology. It only makes sense to ensure that there is diversity among its creators,” she says. “Ideally, the way to get more women into the field is to get more women into the field.”

Ms. Powley in her new role at ACM-W intends to ensure this happens.

To learn more about ACM-W visit women.acm.org.

A forum for innovation

Canadian tech mogul Sir Terry Matthews talks entrepreneurship at the Principal’s Forum.

Canadian technology mogul Sir Terry Matthews discussed entrepreneurship and stressed the importance of rapid growth during a public lecture in the Goodes Hall Commons on Oct. 15.

[Sir Terry Matthews]
On Thursday, October 15, Canadian technology mogul Sir Terry Matthews visited Queen’s to deliver a public lecture in the Goodes Hall Commons on entrepreneurship and the importance of rapid growth.

The speech, part of the Principal’s Forum lecture series, touched on the importance of creating a sense of camaraderie and ownership amongst a corporate team. He also explained how a small company can compete with large, established players.

“A little company can be quick, can be nimble and can adjust to what the market needs,” said Sir Terry.

Sir Terry addressed an engaged audience in the Goodes Hall Commons, delivering a lively discussion entitled “Go Global Fast.” Speaking for almost an hour, without notes or prepared remarks, Sir Terry shared his experiences in entrepreneurship and lessons learned for the next generation of innovators. Repeatedly, Sir Terry addressed the need for companies to grow rapidly to stave off competitors in a diverse and global marketplace.

“You have a product that meets 100 per cent of the market’s needs, and you own the Ontario market,” he said.“ Meanwhile, a company out of Silicon Valley has a product that meets 80 per cent of the market’s needs, but they already own the U.S. market, the U.K. market, Europe, Asia…and so on. You won’t last.”

Prior to his public talk, Sir Terry led a roundtable discussion with students, faculty and local entrepreneurs. Topics included the domestic and global challenges facing entrepreneurs, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship amongst students and the lessons Sir Terry has learned over his career.

Sir Terry Matthews is the founder and chairman of Wesley Clover International, an investment management firm and holding company. Since 1972, Sir Terry has either founded or funded more than 100 companies, including Newbridge Networks, which he started in 1986 and has since grown to be a leader in the worldwide data networking industry, and Mitel, a current world leader in the design and manufacture of enterprise communications systems and software.

The Principal’s Forum is a lecture series in which notable guests are invited to campus to give a public address on matters of Canadian import. Past speakers have included world-renowned scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty, His Excellency the Governor General, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, and the Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick MSP, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Grilling for the United Way

The Queen’s campaign for the United Way is well underway and will get a boost Thursday with a barbeque lunch at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue, from 11 am to 3 pm.

[United Way BBQ]
Student volunteers will be serving up hamburger and hot dogs Thursday in support of the United Way. (Supplied Photo) 

Hosted by the Alma Mater Society, student volunteers will be serving up hamburger and hot dogs throughout the afternoon, with proceeds going to the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington. Donations will also be accepted.

The United Way Campaign at Queen's has set a goal to raise $300,000 from students, staff, faculty and retirees. Queen’s is a key partner in the annual campaign, comprising 10-15% of the total raised each year.

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington funds agencies that help 75,000 people locally each year, including 13,775 school students who were provided nutritious food to help them learn better at school, 1,810 children and youth who were healthy, active and safe by participating in afterschool activities, 250 seniors who were dealing with elder abuse issues found a new sense of safety, and 1,705 people found a place to call home with emergency, transitional or affordable permanent housing.

Donation can be made online at https://andarweb.unitedwaykfla.ca/quregistration through payroll deduction or credit card. If you would prefer to make your gift by cheque or cash, please pick up a form at the Human Resources reception desk in Fleming Hall, Stewart-Pollock Wing or request, through the online system, a form to be sent to you. You have the option to make a one-time gift or, back by popular demand, choose to have your pledge automatically renewed each year.

For any questions, send an email to queensunitedway@queensu.ca.

Faculty of Health Sciences stays in demand

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University continues to be in demand with thousands of students applying to the professional programs in medicine, nursing, and physical and occupational therapy.

This year, the School of Medicine reviewed over 4,800 applications for its 100-seat program.

For example, the School of Medicine reviewed over 4,800 applications for its 100-seat program, while the School of Nursing reviewed over 1,100 applications for its 94-seat program. Likewise, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy reviewed over 1,900 applications for 140 seats in the physical and occupational therapy programs combined.

Add to this hundreds of graduate students now enrolled in an array of programs, including nursing science, rehabilitation science, and science embedded in the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Biomedical and Molecular Science, and Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and the faculty is a busy, active, and vibrant community. In addition, this past July, approximately 150 new residents studying in postgraduate medical education programs were welcomed to Queen’s.

“Between new and returning students, the Faculty of Health Sciences is home to approximately 3,000 learners,” explains Dean Richard Reznick. “Our students will spend the next two to four years gaining the foundational skills of their discipline.”

This year also brings with it a reason to celebrate, as the School of Nursing will be marking its 75th anniversary. Celebrations begin in November with the Kingston Nursing Student Conference, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7. A number of events are planned throughout 2016 and the information is available on the web site of the School of Nursing. 

In anticipation of its 75th anniversary, the School of Nursing launched the Queen’s Nursing Project (QNP) earlier this year. Each week throughout 2015, the QNP profiles a different graduate from a Queen's nursing program, showcasing the various interesting and fulfilling careers that nursing programs open doors to.  More information on the QNP can be found at www.queensnursingproject.ca

Queen’s remembers Principal Emeritus Ronald L. Watts

Ronald Lampman Watts, the 15th principal of Queen’s University, died Friday, Oct. 9. He was 86.

Ronald L. Watts served as the 15th principal of Queen's University.

Dr. Watts, who served as Queen’s principal from 1974 to 1984, was also one of Canada’s leading experts on federalism.

“On behalf of the entire Queen's community, Julie and I extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Watts' wife Donna and the entire Watts family,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Dr. Watts was a beloved and respected member of the Queen’s community, and will be sorely missed. He was also an enormously influential figure in the debates on federalism in Canada over several decades, a greatly respected international consultant on governance, and a fine teacher, many of whose students went on to successful careers in academe, the private sector and the public service.”

Born in Japan to Canadian Anglican missionary parents in 1929, he was educated at the University of Toronto (BAH’52) and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship (BA’54, MA’59, PhD’62).

He arrived at Queen’s University in 1955 as a lecturer in philosophy, but moved to the Department of Political and Economic Science in 1961. Dr. Watts took an interest in the administration and students of Queen’s, serving as a residence don in McNeill House and helping to plan the many residences built during the 1960s.

He was appointed Dean of Arts and Science in 1969 before becoming principal five years later. At 45, he was the youngest principal since George Monro Grant assumed the office nearly 100 years earlier.

During his time as principal several buildings were expanded including Botterell Hall, a nine-story medical sciences building located next to Kingston General Hospital.

Faced with reductions in government funding Dr. Watts also launched a campaign to cut costs, such as reducing energy consumption, while also maintaining the quality of teaching and research at Queen’s. His second five-year term was highlighted by laying the plans for the Queen's National Scholars program to attract outstanding young faculty members as well as starting the planning for the establishment of the School of Policy Studies.

Dr. Watts’ main academic interest was the comparative study of federal political systems. After retiring as principal, he served as director of Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, senior adviser to the federal government on constitutional affairs, and consultant to governments all over the world, including Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom.

He also published a number of books, including New Federations: Experiments in the Commonwealth, Multi-Cultural Societies and Federalism, Administration in Federal Systems, and Comparing Federal Systems.

Dr. Watts received five honorary degrees and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979 and a Companion in 2000.

A celebration of Dr. Watts' life will occur in Grant Hall on Friday, Oct. 30 at 11 am with a reception to follow in the atrium of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

 

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