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    'A person of immense energy'

    Few people knew Flora MacDonald as well as Professor Emeritus John Meisel did. After all, he’s the person responsible for bringing her to Queen’s University and Kingston, where she would eventually embark upon her trailblazing political career.

    [Flora MacDonald]
    Flora MacDonald worked at Queen's University before embarking upon her political career. (Supplied photo)

    Ms. MacDonald, the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kingston and the Islands from 1972 to 1988 and appointed Canada’s first Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1979, died Sunday in Ottawa at the age of 89.

    A close friend, Dr. Meisel says that Ms. MacDonald was a remarkable person and a standout politician.

    “She was a person of immense energy. She was just indefatigable,” he says. “She was a very public-spirited person. When she saw something in the public domain that needed to be done she went around and started doing it.”

    Dr. Meisel first got to know Ms. MacDonald as he researched the 1957 general election for a book. Ms. MacDonald worked as a secretary within the Progressive Conservative party and helped provide the information he requested for various research projects in following years. She was incredibly efficient and impressed him greatly, he says. He told her that if she ever needed a job he would find her a place at the university.

    Several years later and Ms. MacDonald took him up on his offer and Dr. Meisel, now the head of the Department of Political Studies, went to Principal James Alexander Corry and requested that an administrative position be created to allow him to focus more on academic work.

    Principal Corry agreed. It was a decision that would have a lasting impact on the Kingston community as well as Canadian politics.

    During her time at Queen’s, Ms. MacDonald proved popular and was a pillar of strength for the department.

    “She was marvelous. At that time we were having a lot of people arrive, graduate students, and they had to be found accommodation and she did all that,” Dr. Meisel says. “She wasn’t just a secretary. She was really kind of a departmental mother.”

    While she would remain a friend of Queen’s, Ms. MacDonald was destined for a grander stage and after being invited to take a year-long course at the National Defence College in Kingston, she returned to politics, claiming the Progressive Conservative banner for the riding and winning the 1972 election.

    She would then unsuccessfully contend for the party leadership in 1976 and when the party came to power under eventual winner Joe Clark in 1979, Ms. MacDonald would become the Canada’s first female Secretary of State for External Affairs. When the PCs returned to power in 1984 under Brian Mulroney, Ms. MacDonald was named Minister of Employment and Immigration and then Minister of Communications in 1986.

    Dr. Meisel says that one of Ms. MacDonald’s strengths was that she was always so well informed. The reason for that was a skill she learned during her secretary days.

    “She had a wonderful advantage – she knew how to take shorthand,” Dr. Meisel says. “So she always took notes wherever she went. She never missed or forgot anything because she kept notes. She told me that when she was a Cabinet minister she used to take shorthand notes during the Cabinet meetings for herself. So she was always much better informed than other people because she had all these records.”

    Flora McDonald’s funeral will be held this Sunday at 2 pm in Ottawa.

    High praise for admin system project

    A Queen’s Project Portfolio Office-led partnership aimed at increasing collaboration between institutions that use the PeopleSoft administration systems recently earned recognition from chief information officers across Canadian universities.

    [PIF team]
    Estee Joe Matthew, Nick Graham and Anna Geladi from the Project Portfolio Office are developing the Knowledge Content Centre, which will launch this fall. The project is part of the Ontario PeopleSoft Shared Responsibility Initiative, which received support from the Government of Ontario's Productivity and Innovation Fund in late 2013. 

    The Ontario PeopleSoft Shared Responsibility Initiative (OPSRI) was a finalist for a new award launched this year by the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO). The award recognizes initiatives that promote collaboration within the higher education information technology sector.

    OPSRI was developed with support from the Government of Ontario’s Productivity and Innovation Fund in late 2013. The partner institutions have studied ways they could work together to improve the operation of the finance, human resources and student administration systems.

    “Being selected as a finalist will help significantly increase the visibility and awareness of the collaborative project and hopefully lead to more institutions participating,” says Bo Wandschneider, Queen’s Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology Services).

    To support the collaboration efforts, eight institutions are developing the Knowledge Content Centre (KCC). Nick Graham, Knowledge Content Coordinator, is also acting as the project manager for the KCC, which will launch this fall.

    “The KCC is a first step toward increased collaboration amongst institutions as it allows for a better understanding of our similarities and identification of areas where we can most effectively work together,” Mr. Graham says. “Institutions will be able to easily share relevant information, documentation and materials using the web-based platform. Furthermore, we are incorporating elements into the KCC that facilitate improved interaction between staff members across institutions.”

    Mr. Graham notes that the project group has already seen considerable interest in expanding the centre to include non-PeopleSoft content. “It’s exciting that our current partners and even other institutions are beginning to see the potential in the KCC,” he says.

    If you would like more information about the Knowledge Content Centre and Ontario PeopleSoft Shared Responsibility Initiative, you can email the ITS Project Portfolio Office.

    Update on data centre power outage

    On Sunday July 26, 2015 at 11:35 am, the Dupuis Hall data centre’s power was automatically shut down due to fire detection sensors triggering the release of the room's fire suppression system. The root cause has been identified as a compressor oil leak in one of the air conditioning units. 

    Power was restored to the room just before 4 pm, following inspection by both the Kingston Fire Department and Queen's Environmental Health and Safety.

    All systems have since been restored. 


    Current issue of For the Record

    For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

    The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Aug. 27. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Aug. 25. For the Record will be published on a monthly basis over the summer months and bi-weekly beginning in September.

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


    Anne K. Ellis – James H. Day Chair in Allergic Diseases and Allergy Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

    Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne K. Ellis as the James H. Day Chair in Allergic Diseases and Allergy Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences. This appointment is for a five-year period from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2020.

    After graduating in 1995 with her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph, Dr. Ellis came to Queen’s University to pursue her Doctor of Medicine, graduating from the School of Medicine in 1999. She completed her residency at Queen’s University in Internal Medicine in 2003, followed by a research fellowship in Queen’s Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy and Immunology. In 2004, Dr. Ellis became a fellow in training with the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at McMaster University, completing her training in 2006. Shortly afterwards, she completed her Master of Science at McMaster University, graduating in 2008.

    From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Ellis was appointed as a clinical scholar with McMaster University’s Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She returned to Queen’s University in 2008 as an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology within the Department of Medicine, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. She was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Her position is one of a clinician scientist with 75 per cent protected time for research. 

    She has served as the chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology since May 2010, and is the director of the Allergy Research Unit of Kingston General Hospital; the flagship of this research program being the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU), an internationally recognized and validated controlled allergen challenge model of allergic rhinitis. She is also the co-director of the Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Investigator Collaborative (AR-CIC), a national multi-centre network of allergic rhinitis researchers, which receives federal funding via AllerGen NCE. 

    Dr. Ellis also runs a basic science research program centered on the Kingston Allergy Birth Cohort study, a prospective birth cohort that has enrolled over 400 pregnant women to date, in order to study umbilical cord blood biomarkers that could be predictive of future atopic disease in childhood. She has gained particular expertise in the evaluation of epigenetic modifications as they relate to atopic risk and also epigenetic changes that occur as a result of allergic inflammation.   

    At Queen’s, Dr. Ellis has overseen the studies and work of more than 60 students, residents, and other trainees. She served from September 2009 until June 2015 on the FHS Research Advisory Council, and currently sits on the FHS Industry Liasion Council. She has also served as the chair of the Annual Resident Research Day for the Department of Medicine since 2011.

    Outside Queen’s University, Dr. Ellis is an associate editor of Annals of Allergy, and sits on the Board of Directors for both Clinical Trials Ontario, and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She is also an editorial board member of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology, and an editor-at-large for the World Allergy Organization Journal.

    Dr. Ellis is an active member of eight organizations, including the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Thoracic Society. She is also a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 

    Dr. Ellis has been invited to lecture more than 70 times, and is a named author of more than 60 publications. She has also presented 100 abstracts at scientific conferences.

    Mary Acreman – Interim Director, Counselling Services

    Mary Acreman, a senior counsellor in Health, Counselling and Disability Services, has been appointed interim director of Counselling Services, following the retirement of Mike Condra. The recruitment process to fill the positions of director, Counselling Services, and executive director of the Wellness Centre are ongoing.

    Successful Candidates

    Job Title: Assistant Coach - Football 
    Department: Athletics & Recreation 
    Competition: 2015-088 
    Successful Candidate: Ben D'Andrea

    Job Title: Program Associate (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Biology 
    Competition: 2015-083 
    Successful Candidate: Laura Nagel

    Job Title: Departmental Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Campus Planning and Development 
    Competition: 2015-119 
    Successful Candidate: Kathy Polywkan (Campus Planning and Development)

    Job Title: Privacy Officer 
    Department: Legal Counsel & University Secretariate 
    Competition: 2015-060 
    Successful Candidate: Carolyn Ann Heald

    Job Title: Intake Coordinator (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Queen's Student Accessibility Services 
    Competition: 2015-143 
    Successful Candidate: Nicole Begin (Diability Services)

    Job Title: Registered Practical Nurse (OPSEU) 
    Department: Family Medicine 
    Competition: 2015-106 
    Successful Candidate: Amy VanKoughnett

    Job Title: Registered Nurse (ONA) 
    Department: Family Medicine - Queen's Family Health Team 
    Competition: 2015-109 
    Successful Candidate: Kayla Purdon

    Job Title: Coordinator, International Projects & Events (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Office of the Provost & Vice Principal (Academic) 
    Competition: 2015-074 
    Successful Candidate: Csilla Volford

    Job Title: Film and Media Video Technician (CUPE Local 254) 
    Department: Film and Media 
    Competition: 2015-129 
    Successful Candidate: Ryan Randall

    Job Title: Receptionist (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Financial Services 
    Competition: 2015-150 
    Successful Candidate: Withdrawn

    Job Title: Research Administrator 
    Department: Department of Physics/SNO Lab 
    Competition: 2015-075 
    Successful Candidate: Julie McDonald

    Job Title: Project Engineer (Tellurium Purification) 
    Department: Physics- SNO Lab 
    Competition: 2014-205 
    Successful Candidate: Doug Horne

    Job Title: Assistant Coach, Football 
    Department: Athletics & Recreation 
    Competition: 2015-088 
    Successful Candidate: Alex Vertullo

    Job Title: Senior Research Engineer 
    Department: School of Computing 
    Competition: 2014-319 
    Successful Candidate: Withdrawn

    Job Title: Administrative Coordinator (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Agnes Etherington Art Centre 
    Competition: 2015-112 
    Successful Candidate: Diana Gore

    Job Title: Admission Representative (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Office of the University Registrar - Undergraduate Admission 
    Competition: 2015-067 
    Successful Candidate: Rya Marrelli

    Job Title: Associate Director/Practice Manager 
    Department: Regional Assessment Resource Centre 
    Competition: 2014-181 
    Successful Candidate: Rina Gupta

    Job Title: Electrical Engineer 
    Department: Physical Plant Services 
    Competition: 2014-273 
    Successful Candidate: Dan Belisle

    Job Title: Financial Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Queen's School of Business 
    Competition: 2015-140A 
    Successful Candidate: Jennifer Miller (The Monieson Centre)

    Job Title: Study Coordinator 
    Department: NCIC - Clinical Trials Group 
    Competition: 2015-134 & 2015-R016 
    Successful Candidate: Paul Stos (NCIC - Clinical Trials Group)


    Red the colour of the day as bike rally arrives

    • [Friends for Life Bike Rally]
      Riders donning their trademark red outfits cycle in to Queen's University as part of the 17th annual Friends for Life Bike Rally.
    • [Friends for Life Bike Rally]
      Riders check in with Queen's Event Services staff after finishing the third stage of the Friends for Life Bike Rally.
    • [Friends for Life Bike Rally]
      A rider receives treatment from a member of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College intern after arriving at Queen's

    Red riders rolled their way into Queen’s University on Tuesday, making their annual stop as part of the Friends for Life Bike Rally.

    The fundraiser for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) is a six-day ride from Toronto to Montreal and Kingston marks the halfway point.

    “Queen’s University has always been extremely helpful,” says Allan Hooey, the bike rally’s co-chair. “This year they not only helped us around, because of the construction, but literally told us where to go and set up. They did the map and sent it to us.”

    The 17th annual ride involves 201 riders and 101 crew members, who stay in Queen’s residences for the night before hitting the road early Wednesday.

    Organizers say that $1 million of the $1.4 million goal has been raised by participants, with the total accounting for 40 per cent of the PWA’s operating budget.

    Flags lowered for School of Computing professor

    [Roger Browse]
    Roger Browse

    Flags on campus currently lowered in memory of Flora MacDonald will remain lowered for Roger Browse, a faculty member in the Queen’s School of Computing. Dr. Browse died on July 18 after a long illness.

    Dr. Browse joined the Queen’s School of Computing (then the Department of Computing and Information Science) shortly after receiving his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1982. He quickly established himself as a recognized expert in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics.

    In 1984, he founded the school’s cognitive science undergraduate program, believed to be the first such program in the world, combining computer science, psychology, philosophy, linguistics and neuroscience. Over the years, Dr. Browse remained the program’s main architect, passionate advocate and indefatigable promoter. He served as its co-ordinator, principal instructor and dedicated student advisor.

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    Queen’s remembers Flora MacDonald

    [Flora MacDonald]
    Before being elected MP for the riding of Kingston and the Islands, Flora MacDonald worked at Queen's University. (Supplied Photo)

    Flags on campus are lowered in remembrance of Flora MacDonald, a Canadian political pioneer, who died in Ottawa on Sunday at the age of 89.

    Ms. MacDonald was the first woman to be appointed Secretary of State for External Affairs (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and was Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands from 1972 to 1988. 

    Ms. MacDonald had a number of close links with Queen’s University, including working for a number of years as a secretary in the Department of Political Studies before she was elected to Parliament.

    Her trailblazing political career and efforts would also be recognized by Queen’s as she received an honorary degree from the university in 1981 as well as the Agnes Benidickson Award in 2011 “for her significant contributions to Queen's University and Canada.”

    She also participated in the “Who Is She?” campaign in support of the Ban Righ Centre.

    “Flora MacDonald was for many years a major figure in Canadian politics and prior to that a well-respected Queen's staff member, epitomizing the long-standing Queen's commitment to the service of the nation,” says Principal Daniel Woolf, who was reached while away on vacation. “She was an early role model to young women of the potential of a political career at a time when few women were in Parliament and fewer still in Cabinet. What is perhaps more remarkable still, in her post-political life she was not content to rest on her many laurels but embarked on a new humanitarian career that took her to some of the world's most dangerous and troubled locations.”  

    First elected under the Progressive Conservative banner in 1972, Ms. MacDonald would vie for the party leadership in 1976. The PCs, led by Joe Clark, would become the government in 1979 and Ms. MacDonald was named to Cabinet under the External Affairs portfolio.

    She would return to Cabinet in 1984 in the government of Brian Mulroney as the Minister of Employment and Immigration and then Minister of Communications in 1986.

    Leading the way in diversity and equity

    Several Ontario universities have expressed interest in implementing the diversity and equity planning tool created by Queen’s University.

    [Equity Officers]
    Senior equity officers from several Ontario universities recently met in Kingston to discuss the Diversity and Equity Assessment Planning Tool that was developed at Queen's. The group included (clockwise from bottom left) Laura Mae Lindo (Wilfrid Laurier University), Irène Bujara (Queen's University), Karen Green (Carleton University), Jane Ngobia (Univeristy of Guelph), Amanda Hotrum (OCAD), Milé Komlen (McMaster University), Kaye Johnson (University of Windsor) and Denise O'Neil Green (Ryerson University).

    “It’s often difficult to identify opportunities and measure successes. It’s hard to say ‘this is the progress we’ve made or the progress we are making,’” says Jane Ngobia, Assistant Vice-President, Diversity and Human Rights, University of Guelph. “So it would be great to have a tool like this to help us with that work.”

    Dr. Ngobia and other senior equity officers from several Ontario universities met in Kingston recently where they saw a demonstration of the Diversity and Equity Assessment Planning Tool (DEAP).  The online interactive tool, which the Equity Office began rolling out at Queen’s earlier this year, allows deans and department heads to assess equity and diversity in their areas and set targets for improvement.

    Laura Mae Lind, Director, Diversity and Equity, Wilfrid Laurier University, says she was impressed by the tool’s ability to guide strategic planning at both the departmental and university-wide levels.

    “We are trying to figure out the strategies we can use to help people pull these pieces together, and I think a tool like this would be really applicable,” Dr. Lind says.

    The DEAP tool allows faculties as well their departments or units to assess the demographic profile of their staff, faculty and students. Using that information, they can develop an action plan and timeline for improvements.

    Queen’s Equity Office developed the tool in conjunction with the Senate Educational Equity Committee and other campus stakeholders. The Equity Office drafted the self-assessment survey – a major component of the tool – drawing on, and with the support of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, which has its own diversity and equity audit tool.

    “We’ve had great buy-in from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine; now it’s great to see that positive response at other universities,” says Irène Bujara, University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights. “As more and more institutions adopt the DEAP tool, my colleagues and I will have common data that will help us work collaboratively to meet our commitments to equity and diversity in our workplaces and classrooms.”

    Visit the Equity Office website to learn more about DEAP. 

    Fit Tips: Easy ways to get moving

    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.

    Get active at work, here are a few easy ways to get moving:

    Stationary Jog: Stand up from your chair and jog in place. Continue for one minute and repeat 3X a day.

    Up against the wall: Stand one to two feet from a sturdy wall (not a cubicle divider), lean forward until your palms are flush against the wall, arms straight and parallel to the ground. Next, bend your elbows to bring your body towards the wall, hold for two seconds, then push back to the starting position. Complete 12-15 reps.

    Take a walk-about: Instead of using the phone or sending an email to a colleague put in some face time and take a walk to their desk.

    Stair Master: Want to avoid elevator small talk in favor of elevating the heart rate? Take the stairs! For a real leg burn, take two stairs at a time every other flight.

    'A truly great Canadian'

    • Sir Sandford Fleming Exhibit
      Alvan Bregman, curator, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, stands in front of a pair of maps created by Sir Sandford Fleming.
    • Sir Sandford Fleming Exhibit
      Among the displays at the Sir Sandford Fleming exhibit are the medals he received, including for his knighthood and military service.
    • Sir Sandford Fleming Exhibit
      Containing dozens of specimens of wheat, the 'Wheat Book' is one of the more interesting items on display at the Sir Sandford Fleming exhibit.
    • Sir Sandford Fleming Exhibit
      A number of items from Sir Sandford Fleming's time as chancellor of Queen's University (1880-1915) are kept at Queen's University Archives and are now on display.
    • Sir Sandford Fleming Exhibit
      While Sir Sandford Fleming accomplished much during his life one of the things he is best known for is his work in creating standard time.

    Sir Sandford Fleming is best known for his work on standard time, the Canadian Pacific Railroad and surveying large swathes of the growing nation, but he is also indelibly linked to Queen’s University having served as chancellor from 1880 to 1915.

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the death of this ‘Great Canadian’ the university is hosting an exhibit highlighting Fleming’s many accomplishments throughout his life as an engineer, innovator and Queen’s chancellor.

    Curated by Pam Manders and Alvan Bregman, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, and Deirdre Bryden, Queen’s University Archives, the exhibition continues through to the end of August. All the items on display on the third floor of the Douglas Library come from collections at Queen’s.

    From books and journals to medals and maps there is a wide array of material, which is fitting considering all that Fleming achieved in his lifetime.

    And while much of his life is well documented the research team was continually excited by the breadth of information and “little jewels” they found.

    “It was just a discovery process that as we went along there was something more that he was noted for, famous for,” says Ms. Manders.

    Creator of the first Canadian stamp, the driving force for connecting the Commonwealth by underwater cable, railway inventor, founder of the Royal Canadian Institute and a founding member of the Royal Society of Canada, the list goes on and on.

    “He is a Great Canadian, a truly Great Canadian,” says Dr. Bregman, adding that Fleming’s reach stretched beyond Canada’s borders. “He’s world famous. His influence is on a world stage with universal time and the cable.”

    Fleming was a very influential figure at Queen’s as well, as Principal George Monro Grant – a long-time friend dating back to their time in Nova Scotia and work together on the CPR survey – brought him to the university as chancellor, a position he held for 35 years until his death.

     “We all started off with a general view of Sir Sandford Fleming and we found that it was really quite interesting to work on,” says Dr. Bregman. “He’s a great figure to be associated with Queen’s and Queen’s is partly great because it is associated with people like Fleming and Grant.”

    “We have a new hero,” Ms. Manders adds.

    For Deirdre Bryden of Queen’s University Archives, the most difficult part of the exercise was selecting what to display from his time as chancellor, as there is so much available.

    One of her favourite pieces is a pin that Fleming designed for Annie Fowler and Eliza Fitzgerald, the first women graduates from Queen’s in 1884.

    “I find that such an amazing thing that this man, who was a great man and did so many big things for Canada, took the time to design a pin and got it made by Tiffany’s, as he happened to be in New York, because he thought it was so important that these two women had graduated from Queen’s,” she says.

    For Queen’s University Archives the exhibit is an opportunity to showcase the historic resources that are available at the university.

    “Exhibits like the Sir Sandford Fleming one, allow those that see it to gain a much better understanding of the breadth, the depth, the variety, and the uniqueness of the holdings that constitute Queen’s University Archives; as well as providing a wonderful glimpse into the university’s storied past,” says Paul Banfield, Queen’s Archivist.


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