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    Operating at a higher level

    Contributions to computer-assisted surgery earns Randy Ellis a fellowship with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

    Queen’s University computing professor Randy Ellis has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The honour recognizes Dr. Ellis’ exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.

    Dr. Randy Ellis (Computing) is one of only seven Canadians to hold a fellowship in both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

    “I am very pleased and honoured to be named a fellow of the ASME,” Dr. Ellis says. “Even though this is an individual honour, I see it as recognition of my research group’s collective efforts over the past 25 years.”

    Dr. Ellis, who holds the Queen’s Research Chair in Computer-Assisted Surgery, was nominated for his ongoing work in the field. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Ellis and his research partners have produced more than 300 scientific contributions detailing technical improvements to the technology integrating 3D imaging, surgical planning and intraoperative navigation.

    These developments were translated into clinical practice in one of the world’s first computer-assisted surgical suites, which was designed and commissioned by Dr. Ellis at Kingston General Hospital. These breakthroughs can be traced back to a “chance conversation” in the lounge of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

     “I was talking with one of my PhD students about how to find faults in robotic joints. We were overheard by someone from the bioengineering side who asked if we could apply that math to human joints, and the research took off from there,” he says.

    This is the second notable fellowship Dr. Ellis has received this year. He was previously named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), making him one of only seven Canadians to hold both distinctions.

    Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries.  It serves to promote the art, science and practice of multidisciplinary engineering around the globe. To learn more about ASME, please visit www.asme.org.

    SPORTS ROUNDUP: Queen’s takes down No.4 Brock

    [Men's Basketball]
    Tanner Graham of the Queen's Gaels drives to the basket against the Brock Badgers during Saturday night's game at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

    Men’s Basketball

    The Queen's Gaels men's basketball team (4-1) recorded its biggest victory of the season on Saturday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) by defeating the CIS No. 4 ranked Brock Badgers (3-1) in thrilling fashion, 87-81. Sukhpreet Singh tallied a team-high 18 points, Tanner Graham and Patrick Street added 17 and 16 respectively for the Gaels. On Friday, the Gaels lost 84-71 at home to the No. 9 McMaster Marauders (4-2).

    Women’s Basketball

    The Queen's Gaels women's basketball team (4-1) had its regular season winning streak snapped at four games on Saturday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC), falling to the CIS No. 7 ranked Brock Badgers (3-1) 69-50. Emily Hazlett and Abby Dixon each tallied 13 points for the Gaels. On Friday the Gaels defeated the McMaster Marauders (4-2) 60-53.

    Women’s Volleyball

    The Queen’s Gaels women’s volleyball team (4-4) battled back after losing the opening set to clinch a 3-1 win against the Guelph Gryphons (3-4) Saturday, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19. Shannon Neville was a key player for the Gaels as she recorded 16 kills while picking up 20 digs.

    Men’s Volleyball

    The Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team (7-1) extended its winning streak to six games on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC), with a straight sets sweep of the Guelph Gryphons (2-6) 25-17, 25-15, 25-20. Marko Dakic recorded a game-high 12 points while Chris Brunet picked up nine kills, and Mike Tomlinson added five kills and two solo blocks for Queen's.

    Women’s Hockey

    The Queen's Gaels women’s hockey team (7-1-2-1) suffered their first home loss of the season at the hands of the No. 5 Western Mustangs (8-0-3-0) by a score of 4-1 on Saturday night at the Memorial Centre in Kingston.

    Men’s Hockey

    The Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (8-3-0) fell 4-2 on the road Saturday to the Guelph Gryphons, snapping a three-game winning streak, which included a 4-3 defeat of the No. 8 Western Mustangs (9-3-0) on Thursday.

    Nominations invited for Senate position

    Nominations are requested for one faculty member, librarian, or archivist to serve on Senate for a three-year term commencing Sept. 1, 2016.

    This position is an at-large seat for Senate and is open to a faculty/librarian/archivist from any department at the university.

    Nomination forms and information about eligibility and the nomination process are available online or by contacting the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095.

    Nominations must be received at the University Secretariat, Suite F300 Mackintosh-Corry Hall, by 4 pm on Friday, Dec. 18.

     

    Fit Tip: Rake away to good health

    Along with the rainbow of autumn colours comes a lot of yard work, at least raking is good exercise. Doing it yourself is a great way to ‘Get Your 150’.

    Here are some safety tips for raking leaves.

    - You can burn nearly 300 calories during an hour of raking so make sure to warm-up! Don’t forget to stretch your shoulders, neck, and back. Side bends and knee-to-chest lifts help loosen you up prepare for the raking, bending, and lifting you'll do.

    - Stand upright and rake leaves to the side of you, changing side and hand grip every so often. When picking up leaves remember to bend at the knees - not the waist. Never twisting to toss leaves.

    - Take a rake break! Remember to rest for 10 to 15 minutes and stay hydrated. If you feel stiff, stretch to release tension.

    Power outage for several West Campus locations on Nov. 25

    Utilities Kingston has scheduled a power outage on Wednesday, Nov. 25 beginning at 9 am for eight hours that will affect the following buildings:

    • Coastal Engineering Laboratory and GeoEngineering Laboratory
    • Richardson Stadium
    • West Campus Storage

    All of the buildings listed above will be closed for the full duration of this planned outage. Staff working out of the buildings should ensure that computers and sensitive equipment are powered off prior to 9 am on Wednesday, November 25.

    Questions or concerns regarding this outage should be directed to Utilities Kingston by phone at 613-546-1181 x 2442.

    Rankings show Queen's 'diversity of strengths'

    A new ranking of university programs by Maclean’s has Queen’s making the top 10 in all 10 categories.

    Offered for the first time alongside the magazine’s annual university rankings, Maclean’s ranked universities in 10 different undergraduate programs – biology; business; computer science; education; engineering; environmental science; geology; mathematics; nursing and psychology.

    “Queen’s continues to be recognized as one of Canada’s leading universities,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “To be ranked in the top 10 of all 10 categories speaks to the diversity of strengths that help set Queen’s apart.”

    Large research-intensive universities, such as the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and McGill University, all had strong results as the indicators with the most weight measured research impact. Despite being a medium-sized university, Queen’s was ranked in the top 10 for all the programs, with the best result being second place for geology.

    Jean Hutchinson, Head of the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, says that the rankings have “validated” the department’s efforts.

    “We work very hard in Geology at Queen's both in the classroom and in the field to ensure what we are doing has impact. The incredible dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni have resulted in a superb learning environment,” Dr. Hutchinson says.

    Queen’s Program Rankings

    • Geology – 2
    • Education – 5
    • Business – 6
    • Engineering – 7
    • Psychology – 7
    • Biology – 8
    • Computer Science – 9
    • Nursing – 9
    • Environmental Science – 10
    • Mathematics – 10

    Maclean’s program rankings combine five indicators that are assigned a weight to come up with an overall score. Three indicators are based on data provided by Amsterdam-based Elsevier from their Scopus database, one of the most comprehensive compendiums of peer-reviewed literature in the world, with metrics calculated by its SciVal Analytics. The other two indicators are based on a survey of more than 1,200 deans, chairs, and professors at more than 80 schools asking them to list which schools offered the best programs and were doing the best research.

    In the Maclean’s 2016 university rankings, released earlier, Queen’s led the way in student satisfaction among Canada’s medical-doctoral universities, while holding its fourth-place overall position within the category.

    Talking about who 'We Are'

    The Equity Office has recently launched a new blog called We Are with the aim of providing a safe space where the many voices that make up the Queen’s community can have a conversation around equity, diversity and inclusion.

    [Equity Blog - We Are]
    We Are is a new blog created by the Equity Office at Queen's to have conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion. 

    As Equity Advisor Erin Clow explains, the blog will present a wide range of topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion through monthly postings by different contributors, adding that having such conversations is vital for Queen’s as well as the larger community that surrounds it.

    “We live in a really diverse community and conversations around equity and inclusion are things that we need to be talking about and thinking about, to ensure that Queen’s is an inclusive community for all of its members,” she says. “The blog is a place where the different contributors can lend their voice to these discussions and where we can hear from a diversity of people on these important topics.”

    Dr. Clow says the hope is that more community members will lend their voice to the conversation, offering a diversity of ideas, experiences and perspectives.

    One of the first contributors is De-Lawrence Lamptey, a doctoral student from Ghana at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, who says he got involved with the blog to add to the cultural diversity at the university as well as his own personal experiences.

    “Although Queen’s has more room for improvement as far as cultural diversity on campus is concerned, it is worth showcasing the progress that Queen’s has made in providing a welcoming environment to people of diverse backgrounds,” he says. “I also hope that through my piece, people are inspired to face the challenges of life head on. As we grapple with the challenges of life, even if we don’t get our most desirable outcome, every progress we make dealing with the challenges is worth celebrating.” 

    For further information about We Are, contact Erin Clow.

    Finding beauty in research

    • First Prize: Perfusion of Light – Botterell Hall; Raymond Sturgeon, PhD student, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
      First Prize: Perfusion of Light – Botterell Hall; Raymond Sturgeon, PhD student, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
    • SECOND PRIZE: Santa Fina – Musei Civici, San Gimignano, Italy; Una Roman D’Elia, Department of Art History
      SECOND PRIZE: Santa Fina – Musei Civici, San Gimignano, Italy; Una Roman D’Elia, Department of Art History
    • THIRD PRIZE: Gemini Mirror Reflections – Mauna Kea, Hawaii; Stephane Courteau, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
      THIRD PRIZE: Gemini Mirror Reflections – Mauna Kea, Hawaii; Stephane Courteau, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
    • HONOURABLE MENTION: In Search of Byzantium – Simonopetra Monastery, Mount Athos, Greece; Theodore Christou, Faculty of Education
      HONOURABLE MENTION: In Search of Byzantium – Simonopetra Monastery, Mount Athos, Greece; Theodore Christou, Faculty of Education
    • SHORTLIST: At a Snail’s Pace – Botterell Hall; Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan, Master’s Student, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science
      SHORTLIST: At a Snail’s Pace – Botterell Hall; Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan, Master’s Student, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science
    • SHORTLIST: Coded, I Am – Kingston; Stéfy McKnight, Master’s student, Cultural Studies
      SHORTLIST: Coded, I Am – Kingston; Stéfy McKnight, Master’s student, Cultural Studies
    • SHORTLIST: Leaving home – A microscope slide; Eric Y Lian, PhD student, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine
      SHORTLIST: Leaving home – A microscope slide; Eric Y Lian, PhD student, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine
    • SHORTLIST: Buried Alive – Impala Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, South Africa; Melanie Jansen, Master’s student, Department of Environmental Studies
      SHORTLIST: Buried Alive – Impala Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, South Africa; Melanie Jansen, Master’s student, Department of Environmental Studies
    • SHORTLIST: The Last Tree – Southwest Yukon; Courtenay Jacklin, Student Workplace Experience Program, Department of Geography
      SHORTLIST: The Last Tree – Southwest Yukon; Courtenay Jacklin, Student Workplace Experience Program, Department of Geography
    • SHORTLIST: Borders. What borders? – Apostolos Andreas Monastery, Cyprus; John McGarry, Department of Political Studies
      SHORTLIST: Borders. What borders? – Apostolos Andreas Monastery, Cyprus; John McGarry, Department of Political Studies

    There is a massive amount of research going on at Queen’s University and a recent photo contest has helped provide a view of some of the amazing work being accomplished.

    This September, the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) launched the first Art of Research photo contest, calling on faculty, staff and students to showcase their research, scholarly and artistic work. Dozens of images were received highlighting a wide range of research from microbiology to the humanities, and locations such as a lab on campus to the Ebola outbreak zone in Africa.

    “Our inaugural Art of Research photo contest was truly a great success! We received over 50 entries from students, faculty, and staff that spanned the disciplines, ” says Melinda Knox, co-managing editor of (e)AFFECT, the Queen’s research magazine. “The winning submissions illustrate that research is not just about output: it is also an artistic endeavour and this should be celebrated.”   

    A panel of judges selected the first, second, third-prize winners, as well as an honourable mention. Another six photos were included in a shortlist.

    Shown are the winners and shortlisted photos. See the Research website for the story behind each photo.

    Green your office

    The green office certification program encourages practices that reduce waste and divert it from landfill, save energy, and lower emissions.

    Queen’s has launched a new green office certification program to encourage offices across the university to lessen their impact on the environment.

    The program, which has already been piloted by Physical Plant Services (PPS), is designed to recognize the sustainable practices offices are already doing and to identify further opportunities to create a greener office.

    “Sustainability is an important priority for Queen’s and there is a tremendous opportunity for all of us who work here to help make the university’s daily operations more environmentally friendly,” says Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “The green office certification program aims to get people thinking more about sustainability in the workplace and my office is looking forward to being one of the first signed up to participate.”

    The program, managed by the Sustainability Office, uses a series of checklists to assess an office’s green credentials. Points are awarded for each sustainable practice on the checklists and offices are given a certification level based on the number of points they earn: bronze, silver, gold or platinum.

    Examples of sustainable practises include

    • Setting computers to sleep mode after inactivity
    • Properly disposing of e-waste
    • Turning off lights in unoccupied areas
    • Participating in Queen’s carpool program

    “We successfully piloted the green office certification program here in PPS,” says John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities).  “The process is easy: an initial assessment is done using the program’s checklists and then the participating office decides which other sustainable practices they want to adopt. After six months the assessment is done again to see if you’ve moved up in your certification level.”

    The program awards points for having one or more sustainability ambassadors and for initiatives that help save energy, improve waste diversion and reduction, and promote more sustainable transportation practices.

    “The Sustainability Office is here to guide you through every step of the program. We want it to spark discussions about sustainability and encourage offices to challenge their fellow departments to join.

    - Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager

    “The Sustainability Office is here to guide you through every step of the program,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager. “We want it to spark discussions about sustainability and encourage offices to challenge their fellow departments to join. All offices participating in the program will be recognized on the Sustainability Office website and listed according to their certification level.”

    The program aims to bring sustainability to the forefront in daily office operations and to demonstrate the importance of the entire Queen’s community engaging in sustainability.

    More information about the program is available on the Sustainability Office website. Anyone who would like more inforamtion or who may be interested in participating in the program can contact Aaron Ball by email or at ext. 33379.

    Driver safety workshop

    With the cooler weather quickly approaching, Queen’s is starting to prepare and this includes the university’s drivers.

    The Insurance and Risk Management Team is hosting a short driver safety workshop which is open to all university employees, students and faculty who drive on behalf of Queen’s on university business. This includes those who drive rented vehicles for business as well as those who drive university-owned vehicles. 

    The workshop will be held on Nov. 24 with a choice of two times and locations:

    • 8:30-10 am – Humphrey Hall Auditorium
    • 1-2:30 pm – Ellis Hall Auditorium

    Email insurance@queensu.ca with information on the number of expected to attend and which time.

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