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Lives Lived: A generous colleague and a beloved and inspiring teacher

Following a prolonged illness, Stanley M. Corbett, the Faculty of Law’s longest-serving Associate Dean, passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on May 18, just 10 days before his 70th birthday. 

Stanley Corbett will be deeply missed by the Queen’s Law community. Faculty, staff and students, like his family and friends, were inspired by his limitless curiosity, touched by his generosity, and delighted by his gentle humour.

[Stanley Corbett]
Stanley Corbett

In Dr. Corbett’s 50-year history at Queen’s University – particularly during his time with the Faculty of Law – he distinguished himself as a scholar, author, teacher, mentor, leader, colleague, and friend. Those campus years included four degrees: BA’66, MA’72, PhD’82, and LLB’95. He started his studies in mathematics before moving to philosophy for post-graduate studies. After several years on faculty at Acadia University, including a term as head of the Philosophy Department, he left that academic career to return to Queen’s for a law degree.

Dean Bill Flanagan, who would become Dr. Corbett’s long-time colleague and friend, first met him in his property law class in 1992 and recalls he was a “terrific student” – which is why he was invited to join the faculty full-time in 1997, just two years after his graduation.

“Stan was a brilliant student,” agrees Professor Emeritus David Mullan (LLM’73, LLD’15), who had him in his first-year public law class. “Later, as a colleague, I benefitted greatly from our many discussions about emerging public law issues and our respective courses.”

Dr. Flanagan sees Dr. Corbett’s overall influence on Queen’s Law as incalculable. 

“It is rare that a single individual has an indelible impact on a school,” he says. “In our case, it is impossible to imagine what our faculty would be like today without Stan’s work here.”

Many of his greatest contributions to the faculty’s future were made as Associate Dean (Academic). He held this top academic post for an unprecedented three terms, starting in 2008, and, in the dean’s words, “always demonstrated skill, good judgment, a sense of humour, and dedication to the school.”

Colleagues also recall that Dr. Corbett routinely carried a heavier-than-usual teaching load, was ready to assist faculty and students with any challenge, and was an accomplished author with a commitment to justice. His 2007 book, Human Rights Law and Commentary (LexisNexis Canada), now in its second edition, is catalogued in more than 100 law libraries across North America, and he published more than two dozen articles, reviews and other materials over his career.

It was under his guidance that the law school expanded from classroom education into blended and online learning; added essential law skills courses to the first-year program; and updated and expanded the curriculum to meet the evolving needs of today’s law students – and the profession itself.

His other main legacy, among many, is as a teacher who shaped his students’ experience of Queen’s Law, both at home and abroad. Dr. Corbett won the Law Students’ Society Teaching Excellence Award three times. 

He was a leader in curriculum planning for the Law school and its Global Law Programs overseas, serving as the latter’s academic director at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle from 2008 to 2014. 

A celebration of his life will be held at Grant Hall in October.

This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on the website of the Faculty of Law.

Reach of libraries increasing

[MArtha Whitehead]
Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian at Queen’s University, was recently elected president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). (University Communications)

Research libraries have witnessed great change in recent years with the increasing influence of digital platforms, but, at their core, they have maintained their focus on access to information and knowledge. 

Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian at Queen’s University, was recently elected president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). Enriching research and higher education is at the heart of CARL, as it works to leverage the opportunities of digital formats and ensure their long-term preservation. CARL members are Canada’s 29 largest university libraries and two federal institutions.

“Many, many years ago it was all about information in physical objects,” Ms. Whitehead says. “Now we care about the physical objects plus the digital environment. The pressure in the digital environment is to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to provide access to that content now and for future researchers.” 

Librarians’ preservation and information management skills have become all the more important in our increasingly digital world as massive amounts of data are created. CARL’s current initiatives include the development of a research data management network called Portage. Ms. Whitehead has been facilitating this project with library colleagues across the country, and with other agencies responsible for high speed computing and networks.

“Research data management is an increasingly important area of focus. It’s about planning how data will be managed and providing the appropriate infrastructure – both human expertise and support and technical resources,” she explains. “You want to decide which data needs to be preserved and how to make it accessible, so you can maximize the benefit of that research by re-using data for new studies or replicating results.”

Research libraries are working at a global scale on information access and preservation. They are also working locally, on their own campuses, with their students and researchers.

A key aspect to the modern library is still spaces conducive to research and studying, to higher learning. At Queen’s, this was made abundantly clear during the Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) consultation process. People want their library to be a place that feels welcoming and inspiring.  

This can be seen in one of the first projects emerging from the Library and Archives Master Plan, the revitalized Lederman Law Library. Creating more study space, improving accessibility and taking care of collections were key factors in the design of renovations taking place this summer.

“You look at some of the great libraries around the world and they are beautiful, amazing places. They make you feel you’re somewhere that’s all about knowledge, learning,” says Ms. Whitehead. “The way that people feel about that hasn’t changed. People still gravitate to that kind of space that you traditionally think of as a library.”

Yet the library is no longer limited to its physical structure and the constraints that imposes. Through the digital environment, Queen’s University Library provides vast amounts of information for its users, wherever they are.

This increasing reach can be seen not only in the virtual expansion but in the staff working across the university fostering greater links and making information more accessible. It’s what Ms. Whitehead calls an increased “embeddedness” and she notes that “the library is everywhere.”

“Our librarians are working with faculty in every discipline and helping students in every discipline,” says Ms. Whitehead. “We have a liaison librarian connected with each department and that person will curate information resources and teach information literacy skills within that context. They work with the faculty members to define learning outcomes and identify individual courses where it makes sense to involve a librarian in a research component.” 

Clearly, at Queen’s and at research institutions across the country, libraries continue to be about providing the people, places and information resources to support excellence in teaching, learning and research.
For more information visit the websites of Queen’s University Library and CARL.


Paddling to victory

[Bob Ross]
Bob Ross (Kinesiology and Health Studies), right, and racing partner Dave Hutchison recently won the 2015 Yukon River Quest. 

“You can never stop paddling if you want to win.”

These words of wisdom are from Bob Ross (Kinesiology and Health Studies), the winner of the 2015 Yukon River Quest, the world’s longest canoe and kayak race. Dr. Ross and racing partner Dave Hutchison finished the race in their tandem kayak in just over 44 hours with a time of 44:51:07.

The race is ranked as one of the top 10 endurance races in the world and was followed online this year by 31,000 people.

“The race takes place on the large and unforgiving Yukon River where you might go 24 hours before seeing another person,” explains Dr. Ross, who was the oldest competitor among solo and tandem boats in the race. “The race attracts only the most serious paddlers from around the world and it’s an amazing journey. We paddled from Whitehorse to Dawson, the trail of the original gold rush.”

To prepare for the race, which takes up to 78 hours for some paddlers to finish, Dr. Ross trained year round and, once spring arrived, spent 15 to 20 hours on the water each week. He also trained in Montana, where Mr. Hutchison lives, for three days.

Dr. Ross says the mental preparation that goes into the race is just as important as the physical preparation.

“At many points in the race you need to dig deep inside yourself to find just a little bit more,” says Dr. Ross. “There are only two stops – a seven-hour break in Carmacks at the 300-km mark and a three-hour break at the 550-km mark. It’s a long race and you have to be prepared.”

In order to keep a non-stop paddling pace, Dr. Ross says he depends on liquid nutrition and pulls water directly from the river and uses tablets to treat it. He positions the hydration hose from his drinking bladder (a lightweight bag that holds water) close to his mouth which allows him to keep his hands on his paddles.

Other than fatigue, the main challenge for the duo was a massive thunderstorm that hit at the 650-km mark when they were starting to get tired.

“The headwind was ridiculous," Dr. Ross says. "The wind was the worst I have ever paddled in.”

For more information visit the website.

Camps offer up summer fun at Queen's

  • [Summer Camps]
    Kids work on their skills in the Kingston FC Soccer Camp, offered by Q Camps, at Queen's University's Nixon Field.
  • [Summer Camps]
    Kids work on their skills in the Kingston FC Soccer Camp, offered by Q Camps, at Queen's University's Nixon Field.
  • [Summer Camps]
    ASUS summer camp staff lead a group of kids through some fun and games at one of the many camps offered at Queen's University.
  • [Summer Camps]
    ASUS summer camp staff lead a group of kids through some fun and games at one of the many camps offered at Queen's University.
  • [Summer Camps]
    Kids taking part in the Field Sports Camp, offered by Q Camps, play ultimate on Queen's University's Tindall Field.
  • [Summer Camps]
    Kids taking part in the Field Sports Camp, offered by Q Camps, play ultimate on Queen's University's Tindall Field.

Throughout the summer Queen’s University is filled with the sounds of kids being active and having fun.

A wide variety of camps for children of all ages are offered at Queen’s, from sports and eco-adventures to geography, art, math, drama and much more.

A full listing of camps, schedules and contact information can be found online.

July edition of the Gazette published

The July edition of the Gazette is now available around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

[The Gazette - July 2015]
Read the July edition of the Gazette online

The newspaper is filled with interesting Queen's-focused items including:

  • A new series called Artists Among Us that feature our colleagues who are pursuing their artistic ambitions along with their career at Queen’s.
  • A two-page feature on what’s new and exciting at the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • A interview with the latest Member of the Order of Canada – Ruth Wilson.
  • Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The Gazette is published monthly during the summer months; the next edition will hit the newsstands on Aug. 11.

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.

Developing a national health care strategy for frail elderly Canadians

The Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN) is a research-focused organization that works to improve health care for an aging population and to position Canada as a global leader in providing the highest quality of care for those in frail health.

The goal of the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN) is the advancement of evidence-based health care practices and policies that improve the treatment and care of frail elderly Canadians.

Supported through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), TVN is a driving force for the advancement of evidence-based health care practices and policies that improve the treatment and care of frail elderly Canadians. In fact, TVN is also supported as a host institution by Queen's and Kingston General Hospital.

“One of the most significant challenges facing Canada’s health care system is the misalignment of health care resources, clinical practices and care options for older Canadians deemed to be frail – a distinct health state characterized by debility, the presence of multiple, chronic health conditions, and higher risk of poor health care outcomes including death,” explains Dr. John Muscedere, Scientific Director of TVN, who also serves as Research Director in the Critical Care Program in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s.

“The number of frail elderly Canadians is expected to double to well over 2 million within the next 20 years,” he says.  “Earlier recognition and assessment of frailty will allow for the widespread integration of holistic models of care that will lead to measurable, significant improvements in health outcomes for Canada’s most vulnerable citizens.”

TVN partners with health care providers, universities, the private sector and community agencies to support research, study medical technologies, share knowledge and train care professionals to improve frail elderly care practices and outcomes across all settings of care.

Recognizing that frail elderly Canadians may be nearing the end of life, TVN is dedicated to their advance care planning and end-of-life care.

In early June, TVN held a national forum to consider what new health tools, practices and policies need to be developed to identify signs of frailty, and how care settings need to evolve to treat and to provide care and comfort to the more than 1 million Canadians now considered in frail health.

Dr. Duncan Sinclair, Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Fellow of the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, and Former Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) and Past Dean, Faculty of Medicine, recently joined TVN’s board of directors and served with Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s, on the steering committee for the national forum.

“’Moving towards a strategy for the care of Canada’s frail elderly’ is the first in a pair of forums focused on developing a national strategy that seek to initiate transformational change in health care for frail elderly Canadians,” Dr. Sinclair says.

“TVN’s essential purpose is to galvanize support for a national strategy within Canada’s multi-jurisdictional system; a complex, health policy challenge requiring a multi-faceted approach and the will to act,” he adds.

For more information on the work of TVN, visit their website.

Fit Tip: Hit the Water

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.

Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to do more for your workout with less impact on your body. When the body is submerged all the way to the neck, it automatically becomes 90 per cent lighter and you only have to bear 10 per cent of your own weight. This means that the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you're overweight or suffer from arthritis. 

In addition to toning muscles like pectorals, triceps and quads, the aerobic aspect of swimming serves to strengthen the heart and can burn up to 680 calories per hour.

The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) offers several options to make a splash in your workout with lane swims, private swim lessons, masters programs, adult stroke improvement, women’s only swim times and daily recreational swimming. 

For more information on our Aquatics Centre please visit gogaelsgo.com/aquatics.

Cut email clutter with new tool

Starting July 2015, Microsoft is enabling Clutter on Queen’s email accounts, a new feature designed to make users’ email life easier and more organized by de-cluttering their inbox.

Clutter filters Office 365 email similar to an anti-spam filter, organizing emails into a Clutter folder where they can be ignored or reviewed at a later time. Clutter will learn which messages are less important to users based on their email reading patterns.

Users can refine the organization process by marking specific emails as “clutter” or “not clutter." If users decide that this feature is not for them, they can simply turn it off at any time in their Office 365 Settings. 

For more information on Clutter, visit the ITS spotlight story. As Microsoft continues to roll out new features such as Clutter, ITS will notify users and information will be available on the ITS Microsoft Office features page.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Support Centre by calling 613-533-6666 during regular business hours or by filling out the online help form.



Student-produced show making an impact

With students and community members packed tightly into The Mansion on Princess Street, the Queen’s Players had their audience howling with laughter, singing at the top of their lungs, and dancing like nobody was watching.

[Queen's Players]
Last year, shows put on by Queen’s Players raised $16,480 for charities. The group’s roots date back to the early 1900s as the Queen’s Drama Guild. 

This was the scene on closing night of the summer show for Queen’s Players, as is the case during their three annual shows.

Founded in the early 1900s as the Queen’s Drama Guild before becoming Queen’s Players in the 1980s, the organization has continued to grow with its robust alumni network, and even includes Queen’s Players Toronto, a group of alum who continue to produce shows for charity and recipients of a Queen’s University Alumni Association Award this year.

“Players is a sketch-comedy, singing, dancing, and acting showcase where all proceeds are donated to various local and international charities,” says Lucas Chabot (Artsci’15), president of the organization. “The show itself uses a lot of humour that Queen’s students can relate to.”

Marketing and promotions director, Kayla Cayabyab (Artsci’15, Ed ’16), describes Players as an opportunity for students to get involved in theatre when they might not typically be able to within their various programs.

“We have many students participate from outside of the drama department,” she says. “It allows students to do something a little out of their comfort zone, meet new people, and have a chance to perform, all in the name of a good cause.”

A completely student run, directed, and produced group, Queen’s Players is the second-most-charitable organization based on campus, having raised $16,840 for charity through last year’s shows.

Though the show is often thought of as being more of a party, Lucas, Kayla, and Vice-President (Administration) Evelyn Popiel (Artsci’14, MSc’16), contend that the charity work is by far the most impactful and important part of the group’s mandate.

Queen's Players Charity Work]“The money goes into Kingston-based organizations, but also to groups based at Queen’s that we continue to fund, like the Q-JUMP program. A lot of the money is raised by Queen’s students, and so it’s important to us that we are able to put a significant amount of the proceeds back into initiatives run by Queen’s students,” Ms. Popiel says.

Mr. Chabot describes Queen’s Players as being a microcosm of Queen’s and the greater Kingston community, bringing students and residents from all different walks of life together to laugh and have a good time. He went on to describe how he has met many of his closest friends through the Queen’s Players experience.

“It’s important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously and are able to poke fun at our own experiences,” he adds.

According to Ms. Cayabyab, the organic nature of each and every show is a cornerstone of what makes the group so special. The cast, directing team, and producers write every line of the script, and the result is a production based in the present on things that the audience will recognize and can relate to. She describes the show as being reflective of how students are feeling about what’s happening at Queen’s and beyond.

Though very proud of everything Players has accomplished thus far, the organization is very excited for what lies ahead. Representative of the spirit of philanthropy and giving within the Queen’s student community, there are plans to further expand the impact of their contributions.

“One thing we really want to do this year is to take Players members to the organizations and groups that we’ve helped fund and interact with them, and really see what our contributions are doing”, Ms. Cayabyab says.

When students return in the fall, it will be time for Players to do what they do best and put together a new cast and crew for their fall show. Ms. Cayabyab has a message for students who are thinking about auditioning, but who might not think they have the technical skills.

“More than anything, when people are sitting on the panel during auditions, they are looking for people who have great energy, positivity, and charisma… We’re not looking for the next Tony Award winner – we’re looking for someone who’s going to bring something unique to the show.”

Learn more about how Queen’s Players is making a difference here

Energy audits resume July 6

Auditors from Honeywell will resume auditing a number of campus buildings on Monday, July 6 as part of a larger energy conservation project that is underway on campus.  This is the second phase where Honeywell is more closely looking at a smaller suite of energy conservation measures and doing more in-depth engineering analysis within selected buildings.  See the full story for more information.

The list below breaks out the types of audits being conducted in each building.  In some cases there is more than one audit type being conducted, so there may be different Honeywell teams coming on different days. The auditors will be wearing either identification badges or clothing with the Honeywell name as they move through each building. There should be no disruptions to the day-to-day activities in these buildings.

Lighting audits (access to all areas including private offices required):
Biosciences Complex / Earl Hall
Beamish-Munro Hall

Water audits (access to all washrooms required):
Old Medical Building
Theological Hall
Carruthers Hall
Kingston Hall
Ontario Hall
Grant Hall
Jackson Hall
Kathleen Ryan Hall
McLaughlin Hall
Clark Hall
Richardson Hall
Dunning Hall
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Stirling Hall
Fleming Hall Stuart Pollock
John Watson Hall
LaSalle Building
Humphrey Hall
Jeffery Hall
Rideau Building
Harrison-LeCaine Hall

Mechanical audits (access to mechanical rooms and roof only) 
Old Medical Building
McLaughlin Hall
Clark Hall
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Dupuis Hall
Goodwin Hall
Chernoff Hall

Anyone with questions about the energy audit or the Energy Matters project can contact Aaron Ball by email or at extension 33379.


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