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    A Nobel celebration

    • Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald speaks as Principal Daniel Woolf looks on during Thursday's send-off event at Grant Hall.
      Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald speaks as Principal Daniel Woolf looks on during Thursday's send-off event at Grant Hall.
    • Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald speaks to the gathered crowd during Thursday's send-off event at Grant Hall.
      Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald speaks to the gathered crowd during Thursday's send-off event at Grant hall.
    • Members of the Queen's community gathered to celebrate the Nobel Prize win by Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy).
      Members of the Queen's community gathered to celebrate the Nobel Prize win by Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy).
    • Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald speaks to the dancers and Queen's Bands members who performed Thursday.
      Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald speaks to the dancers and Queen's Bands members who performed Thursday.
    • Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald is interviewed by a number of media outlets following Thursday's send-off event at Grant Hall.
      Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald is interviewed by a number of media outlets following Thursday's send-off event at Grant Hall.

    With the Nobel Prize ceremony just a week away, Queen’s University took time to honour Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) on Thursday with a special send-off event.

    Hundreds of well-wishers filled Grant Hall to mark Dr. McDonald being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, along with Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo, “for their key contributions to the experiments which demonstrated that neutrinos change identities.” The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences made the announcement on Oct. 6.

    “We are here today to honour Professor Emeritus Art McDonald and his extraordinary scientific achievements,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “The dedication, perseverance, and passion for his field that he has demonstrated over many years cannot be overstated. The entire Queen’s community is extremely proud of Dr. McDonald, and of the hard work of everyone involved in the success of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.”

    Dr. McDonald took time to recognize the many contributors to the research, at Queen’s and around the world.

    “I am truly honoured to receive the Nobel Prize in physics,” Dr. McDonald says. “This award represents the culmination of the hard work and perseverance of colleagues at Queen’s and our other Canadian and international institutions that have been so essential for our success. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those at Queen’s who have been so supportive of our research with SNO and SNOLAB over more than 30 years.”

    While in Stockholm, Dr. McDonald will be participating in a number of events throughout Nobel Week, which culminates with the awarding ceremony on Dec. 10 at 10:30 am (EST).

    On Dec. 7, Dr. McDonald will be participating in the Nobel Laureate Press Conference and will deliver the Nobel Lecture in Physics on Dec. 8.

    Each of the events will be livestreamed via the Nobel Prize Organization’s website.

    On the day of the awarding ceremony, the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy will be hosting a special viewing of the broadcast at Stirling Hall, starting at 10:15 am in Lecture Theatre D.

    Talk takes on gendered communication norms

    As part of its ongoing commitment to empower young women at Queen’s through professional development and mentorship, Young Women at Queen’s (YWQ) is hosting its first public event on Thursday.

    Young Women at Queen’s (YWQ) is part of the larger Employee Resource Group initiative aimed at promoting the career development of equity seeking groups on campus. (University Communications)

    The interactive talk, entitled “Breaking the Sound Barrier: Moving Beyond Gendered Communication Norms in Higher Education” and hosted by organizational learning and change consultant Kit Malo, will take a closer look at the current state of gendered communication norms in the higher education workplace, with a focus on how women can move beyond coping strategies into transforming change.

    YWQ was created earlier this year as part of the larger Employee Resource Group initiative to promote the career development of equity seeking groups on campus.

    The event is the first installment of a speaker series aimed at creating a safe space to facilitate dialogue on campus about issues that affect young women in the workplace and throughout their career development.

    “By coming together to recognize and discuss this issue, it is our desire that this talk will motivate the audience to engage in strategies to support young women in their careers,” says Joelle Thorpe, a Clinical Research Associate in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative medicine, as well as one of the event’s organizers. “By creating spaces for this type of facilitated dialogue on campus, we hope that people find a safe and healthy way to have this sort of conversation.”

    Dr. Thorpe adds that Ms. Malo brings a “fresh and balanced perspective” regarding communication in the workplace and is particularly interested in equity, learning, and democratizing the workplace, which aligns well with YWQ’s mandate.

    “We invited Kit to speak to us about gendered communication in higher education because she has expertise speaking to small and large groups of employees about workplace group dynamics, and how to interact effectively with others,” Dr. Thorpe says. “We believe that since clear and effective communication is a skill vital for success in any career, Thursday’s event will be of interest to many in the Queen’s community.”

    Active since February this year, YWQ is comprised of self-identifying women in more junior roles at Queen’s. To date a number of lunchtime meetings have been held as well as a pair of clothing drives to donate work clothes to women in need.

    Thursday’s talk will run from 6-7:30 pm in Dunning Hall 12. For more information about this event, contact Linda Chan: Ext. 79331, linda.chan@queensu.ca. For more information about YWQ, contact Emma Sobel: Ext. 79002, emma.sobel@queensu.ca.

    Queen’s to establish new position dedicated to sexual violence prevention, education and response

    New role aligns with recommendations from working group.

    Queen’s University is creating a dedicated Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator position.  The coordinator will be the central point of contact for students, staff and faculty and will lead campus-wide education, response, support, training and advocacy activities.

    The new position will be housed in a new Sexual Violence Support Office and is the most recent step taken as part of the university’s response to a report and recommendations from its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group.

    An implementation team, chaired by Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison, began its work in July, to advance the working group’s recommendations. The new role aligns with models at other universities, as well as recently introduced provincial anti-sexual violence legislation.

     “Queen’s has enhanced the profile of its sexual violence support services on and off campus, introduced new education programming for students and new resources and training for students, staff and faculty,” says Harrison. “We will continue our work on sexual violence prevention and response, which will include updating our draft sexual assault policy to reflect provincial requirements. The new position will play a leading role in helping us build on our progress to date.”

    For the start of the academic year, the university updated and distributed a “Steps for students to take after a sexual assault” resource poster; updated the Green Folder resource for faculty members, teaching assistants and staff, to provide more detail about the steps students can take if they or someone they know has experienced sexual violence; created and implemented new first-responder and bystander training; implemented new sexual violence-related prevention and education initiatives in orientation week; and hosted a visit and talk by the American gender violence scholar Dr. Rachel Griffin.

    Learn more about Queen’s services and supports involving sexual violence.

    Positive Space session among upcoming HR workshops

    Queen’s Human Resources offers a variety of individual workshops as well as lunch and learn sessions. See below for more information about a few of the upcoming sessions offered from Dec. 10-17. Visit the HR website to view the entire learning catalogue and to sign up.

    Accommodation: Disability, Faith, Gender and More
    Thursday, Dec. 10, 9 am-noon, Seminar Room, Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176

    This course is an introduction to the elements of workplace accommodation. Participants will learn to identify the elements of a good workplace accommodation policy; discrimination in workplace culture, practices, policies, and procedures; workplace barriers to the full participation of persons from equity groups; and the essential elements of return to work programs.

    Queen’s Volunteer Engagement Certificate
    Module 2: Recruitment and Screening, Relationship and Information Management
    Thursday, Dec. 10, 1-3 pm, Seminar Room, Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176

    Learn how to leverage the Queen’s Alumni Volunteer Opportunities Directory (VOD), an online forum for volunteer recruitment, information and professional development. The VOD provides a means for Queen’s staff to post alumni volunteer roles, and for alumni to match their skills, experience and interests with volunteer opportunities that are right for them.

    Personal Resilience
    Friday, Dec. 11, 9 am-noon, Seminar Room, Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176

    Learn how to be more personally resilient in the face of difficulties. In this workshop, participants will learn:

    • What resilience is and the benefits of increased resilience.
    • How to do more than just bounce back from adversity.
    • How to be more aware of your own thinking traps -- and how to get out of them.
    • When to apply resilient thinking skills and turn this skill into a life-long habit.

    Positive Space
    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 9-11 am, Seminar Room, Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176

    The Positive Space program at Queen’s brings visibility and support to queer communities at the university. Members of the Queen’s community can become program participants by attending a Positive Space information session. The session includes an exploration of language and discussion of scenarios, to assure a shared level of familiarity with queer issues, local resources and discrimination policies. At the end of the session, those who wish to become participants can register and receive a sticker to post.

    Interviews: Mastering the Technique
    Thursday, Dec. 17, 9 am-noon, Seminar Room, Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176

    As an essential component of the recruitment process, mastering the interview can increase your chances of getting that dream job. This workshop will cover the following topics: how to prepare for an interview, the different ways interviews can be structured, how to answer those difficult questions, and what an employer can and can’t ask a candidate. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice interview questions in a supportive environment.

    Pick up the Dec. 1 edition of the Gazette

    The Dec. 1 edition of the Gazette is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

    [Queen's Gazette]
    Read the Dec. 1 edition of the Gazette online.

    As always the newspaper is filled with interesting Queen's-focused items including:

    • A closer look at the work being done by Laura Maracle, Aboriginal Student Success Strategist with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.
    • A pictorial look at Fall Convocation.
    • A helpful look at the resources available for dealing with stress around exam period.
    • Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

    The Gazette is published biweekly during the academic year; the next edition will hit the newsstands on Jan. 12.

    Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll or Senior Communications Officer Mark Kerr.

    Also visit the Gazette Online for more stories and photos and follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette


    Pension AGM on Dec. 4

    The annual general meeting of members of the Queen’s Pension Plan, including retired members, has been arranged for Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 am to 11:30 am in the BioSciences Auditorium (Room 1101 – please note the revised start time).

    One of the plan’s investment managers will review recent fund performance and discuss the current investment outlook. Pension Committee members and the plan’s actuary will also be present to answer any questions. In addition, an update will be provided on the plan’s financial status and the progress of a sector-specific jointly sponsored pension plan (the University Pension Project).


    Robertson Davies up close and personal

    A special book launch is being hosted by Queen’s University Library and Kingston WritersFest on Wednesday, marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, Robertson Davies.

    [Robertson Davies]The event, being held at Speaker’s Corner in Stauffer Library from 7:30-8:30 pm, will include a special theatrical reading by Eric Friesen from A Celtic Temperament: Robertson Davies as Diarist, and an onstage conversation with its editors, Jennifer Surridge, Robertson Davies’ daughter, and Ramsay Derry editor of the novels Fifth Business and The Manticore.

    Davies was a student at Queen’s between 1932 and 1935, and his renowned Salterton Trilogy is set in a university town inspired by Kingston, and at “Waverly University,” modelled on Queen’s. While at Queen’s he was active in theater, and a contributor to The Journal.

    “We’re delighted to be partnering with Kingston WritersFest, and to be celebrating a literary figure who means so much to us,” says Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian.

    Tickets are $17 in advance (incl. HST and handling) – $19 at the door – and are available online at kingstonwritersfest.ca and at Novel Idea Books on Princess Street. Free rush seats are available to Queen’s, RMC, and SLC students with valid ID. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

    Queen’s University Library houses Davies’ personal library, which contains more than 5,000 volumes, theatre prints and ephemera. A special open house and tour of Davies' library will be held from 6-7 pm at the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library – located on the second floor of the Douglas Library.

    'Amazing gift' for Queen's

    Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, 1658, oil on canvas, 107.4 x 87.0 cm, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2015 (58-008) (Photo courtesy of Otto Naumann, Ltd.)

    Thanks to Alfred and Isabel Bader, Queen’s art centre has added another Rembrandt painting to its collection – this time a remarkable, late-career masterpiece that had been privately owned and unavailable to scholars for much of its existence.

    Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, signed and dated 1658, will become part of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s permanent collection. The painting is a significant example of a dated portrait by Rembrandt from the 1650s, and one of the last works from the artist’s late career to enter a public collection.

    “I am grateful the Baders have entrusted us with this remarkable work of art,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “This gift distinguishes the art centre at Queen’s as the destination in Canada for the research, study and enjoyment of Rembrandt and his followers, and places the Agnes among the premier university art galleries in North America for the study of European art.”

    Over a period spanning nearly 50 years, the Baders – two of Queen’s most generous alumni and benefactors – have donated to the Agnes more than 200 paintings, including two other works by Rembrandt, Head of an Old Man in a Cap (c. 1630) and Head of a Man in a Turban (c. 1661).

    Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo will be a centrepiece for the many portraits by the artists in Rembrandt’s circle currently in The Bader Collection at the Agnes. I’m truly grateful to Alfred and Isabel Bader for their vision in shaping this collection, and for this amazing gift,” says Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes. “Across the university, researchers from many disciplines, from art and art history to psychology, business, theatre and medicine will take advantage of access to this painting. Most of all, we’ll treasure this piece for its extraordinary quality, and as an example of the highest aspiration of painting, which is to capture the human spirit.”

    The Agnes is currently preparing Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo for installation. The painting will be unveiled to the public in May 2016.

    “This painting is a dazzling demonstration of the artist’s signature ruwe, or rough, style, embodying the painterly brilliance so associated with Rembrandt’s late work. It also beautifully demonstrates the artist’s consummate skill in capturing the psychological presence of his subjects,” says Dr. Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art at the Agnes.

    The Baders’ most recent gift is a significant contribution to Queen’s Initiative Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history. The campaign seeks to nurture a supportive campus community, enhance the student learning experience, and secure a global reputation in discovery and inquiry.

    When asked about the motivation for his generous gift, Dr. Bader explains, “It is the best Rembrandt in Canada, and Queen’s is the best university in Canada. It is very fitting.”

    Alfred Bader (Sc’45, Arts’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) and Isabel Bader (LLD’07) are among Queen’s most generous benefactors, supporting the university for seven decades. They have given back to Queen’s in countless ways: transforming the campus, enriching the student experience, supporting scholarship, and helping to enhance the university’s reputation as a top-tier educational institution. In an extraordinary philanthropic gesture, the couple funded Queen’s purchase of a 15th century English castle – Herstmonceux – that has been meticulously restored and is now home to the Bader International Study Centre. Last year, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts opened, thanks to another transformational gift from the Baders.

    Saying thanks to staff

    Queen’s University will celebrate the contributions of its people during Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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    Queen's employees enjoy last year's holiday reception hosted by Principal Daniel Woolf. The annual event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 8 during Staff Appreciation Day. Employees can also start their day with a free coffee and tour a number of facilities on campus. (University Communications)

    “The Queen’s experience is in part about the dedication, creativity and hard work of its employees,” says Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources). “Staff Appreciation Day provides us the opportunity to express our respect and gratitude for the difference they make every day of the year.”

    Principal Daniel Woolf’s holiday reception – one of many highlights during Staff Appreciation Day – will take place from 11:30 am until 1 pm in the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). Queen’s community members can enjoy a light lunch and the ever-popular chocolate fountain while applauding this year’s recipients of the staff recognition awards.  

    Queen’s employees can start their day with a free medium hot beverage at all Sodexo outlets. Staff Appreciation Day events will also include tours of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Summerhill and Benidickson House, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Miller Museum of Geology, the Queen’s Observatory and the Phytotron, which consists of six climate-controlled greenhouse compartments inside the Biosciences Complex.

    There will also be free fitness classes at the ARC, including yoga, Pilates and an indoor cycle class. Lisa Sansom from the Organizational Development and Learning unit within Human Resources will host a positive psychology workshop at the digital interactive classroom in Ellis Hall.

    Please sign up for these activities through the Human Resources Learning Catalogue.

    IT Support Centre closed two hours Dec. 4

    The ITSC will be closed on Friday Dec. 4 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The following services will not be staffed during that time:

    •         ITSC Call Centre (ext. 36666)
    •         Departmental computer support
    •         Computer service desk/repair (lower level of Stauffer Library)
    •         Walk-in support (lower level of Stauffer Library)
    •         Service provisioning

    All major systems will continue to be monitored for any emergency outages as per normal.  

    Normal operations will resume at 1:30 pm.


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