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Standing up for intellectual freedoms

  • Daniel Woolf Freedom to Read
    Principal Daniel Woolf takes part in the annual Freedom to Read Week event at Speaker's Corner in Stauffer Library.
  • Debbie Jardine Freedom to Read
    Debbie Jardine, Services Assistant, Jordan Library, reads from Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts by Josepha Sherman
  • Michele Chittenden  Freedom to Read
    Michele Chittenden, Research and Instruction Librarian, reads from Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women
  • Paul Banfield  Freedom to Read
    Paul Banfield, University Archivist, reads a passage from the book The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman.
  • Kimberly Sutherland Mills Freedom to Read
    Kimberly Sutherland Mills, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, reads from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
  • Freedom to Read Basket
    Freedom to Read Week is being marked at Stauffer Library with readings at Speaker's Corner from Tuesday to Thursday.

Queen’s University is taking part in Freedom to Read Week with a series of readings at Speaker’s Corner in Stauffer Library.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is a project of the Book and Periodical Council, the umbrella organization for associations involved in the writing and editing, publishing and manufacturing, distribution, and selling and lending of books and periodicals.

At the Queen’s event members of the community are able to listen to passages from banned and challenged books as they are read by special guests, including Principal Daniel Woolf, who took part on Tuesday. Books read included To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, while others spoke on the continuing constraints on freedoms.

The event will continue on Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30-1:30 pm. On Thursday, Tsvi Kahana (Faculty of Law) will lead a discussion on “when freedoms collide.”  

For more information about Freedom to Read, go to freedomtoread.ca.

Pick up your copy of the Gazette

The Feb. 24 edition of the Gazette is out and distributed around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

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

  • The winning images from the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) photo contest.
  • A one-on-one interview with Tricia Baldwin, the director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • A preview of a three-day conference set for July looking at the life and contributions of former Queen’s professor George Whalley.
  • Briefs on the latest research, awards and achievements of student-athletes.

The Gazette is published bi-weekly; the next edition will hit the newsstands on March 10.

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.

A glimpse of the world

  • QUIC Photo Contest Overall Winner
    Overeall Winner: Pause, Surabaya, Indonesia - Fenton Isaacs (Artsci’17)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - Home Away From Home
    Home Away From Home: Golden Rays from Home, Montreal - Werdah Iqbal (Artsci’15)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - People and Culture
    People and Culture: Early Rider, East Sussex, England - Mitchell Gleason (Artsic’17)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - Landscape and Nature
    Landscape and Nature: The Fog in the Fairytale, Venice, Italy - Erin Colwell (Artsci’15)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - Critical Global Issues
    Critical Global Issues: Street Dogs Puppy Love, Ghana - Kelsey Ross (Artsci’15)

There is beauty to be found all around the world — from grand buildings and cities to hidden treasures and everyday life.

A panel of judges has selected the winners of the seventh annual Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) Photo Contest in the categories of People and Culture, Landscape and Nature, Home Away From Home and Critical Global Issues, as well as a grand prize winner.

Sharing international experiences with others is an important step in the building of understanding, appreciation and enjoyment across cultures.

This year’s grand prize winner Pause was taken by Fenton Isaacs (Artsci’17).

Other category winners include:

  • Home Away From Home: Werdah Iqbal (Artsci'15)
  • People and Culture: Mitchel Gleason (Artsci'17)
  • Landscape and Nature: Erin Colwell (Artsci'15)
  • Critical Global Issues: Kelsey Ross (Artsci'15)

Photos from the contest will be exhibited March 3-4 from 4-6 pm at QUIC, located in the John Deutsch University Centre. There will be a  second exhibit of selected photos (RETROSPECT ’09 -’15) at the Pump House Steam Museum in downtown Kingston from April 1-25. Admission is free with Queen’s ID.

Voting for the People's Choice Award - including continues until Friday, Feb. 27 at 4 pm. You can cast your vote by following this link.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: Women's hockey team tumbles out of playoffs

[Gaels Women's Hockey]
Members of the Queen's Gaels and the Laurier Golden Hawks battle for the puck during Saturday's game at the Memorial Centre. (Photo by Michael Parkinson)

Women’s Hockey

The No. 6 Queen’s Gaels women's hockey team saw their 2014-2015 season come to an end as they were defeated by the Laurier Golden Hawks 3-2 Saturday night at the Memorial Centre, losing their best-of-three series 2-0.

The Gaels opened the scoring in the first frame on the powerplay as Danielle Girard tallied her first of the playoffs. The Golden Hawks evened the score in the second period on a goal from Jessie Hurrell. Queen's responded and regained their lead as Danielle Bishoff found the back of the net at the nine-minute mark.

The Gaels were unable to fend off Laurier's offence and preserve their advantage as the Golden Hawks registered back-to-back tallies to grab their first lead of the night. Queen's could not find the equalizer to force overtime as Laurier secured the victory.

Final shots were 29-27 in favour of Queen's. Caitlyn Lahonen made 24 saves.

Men’s Hockey

The season drew to an end for the Queen’s Gaels men's hockey team as they were defeated 3-1 by the No. 6 McGill Redmen in Game 2 of their OUA semifinal matchup Friday night at the Memorial Centre.

The series picked up right where it left off in Montreal as goalies Kevin Bailie and Jacob Gervais-Chouinard continued their dominant play between the pipes. After a scoreless first it didn’t take long for the Gaels to find the back of the net in the second period as Patrick McGillis tallied his first of the playoffs just 48 seconds in. 

However, penalties in the final frame cost the Gaels the series as Samuel Labrecque registered back-to-back powerplay markers in a 17-second span to give the Redmen their first lead of the night, while an empty-netter in the final minute of play rounded out the scoring. Bailie made 55 saves on the night.

Women’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team (12-8) wrapped up their 2014-15 OUA regular season on Saturday with an 81-65 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-10).

The Gaels were led by Jenny Wright with 18 points while Abby Dixon and Liz Boag added 13 points each.

On Friday, the Gaels tumbled 72-62 against the No. 7 Ryerson Rams (16-3). Boag put up a game-high 19 points while rookie Marianne Alarie contributed 12 points and Emily Hazlett added 11 points and six assists.

The Gaels now face the Laurentian Voyageurs (8-11) in the first round of the OUA playoffs Wednesday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre at 6 pm. The Gaels won 89-62 when the teams met in Kingston on Jan. 10.

The winner faces the Laurier Golden Hawks (17-3) on Saturday in Waterloo at 2 pm.

Men’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (5-14) was edged out of the OUA playoffs by the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-13), who won their final regular season game 87-79 Saturday.

The Gaels were led by Sukhpreet Singh who scored a game-high 20 points and Greg Faulkner who finished off his five-year university basketball career with 18 points. Tanner Graham grabbed a double-double performance with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 94-67 to the No. 3 Ryerson Rams (17-2). Graham led the Gaels with 16 points and five assists.

FIT TIPS: 10 more ways to get active

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.

Here are 10 quick ways you can work toward getting "Get Your 150":

  1. Do bicep curls with your grocery bags
  2. Stick to the outer edges of the grocery store (the middle aisles tend to have canned and processed unhealthy foods)
  3. Go toss a frisbee around with friends on the weekend
  4. Incorporate different kinds of proteins into your diet
  5. Join an intramural team with friends
  6. Incorporate squats and lunges into your laundry routine
  7. Use washrooms on another floor and take the stairs
  8. Try to buy fresh, whole foods rather than pre-prepared ones
  9. When you have to drive, park far away so you have to walk farther
  10. Eat foods high in protein, they fill you up for longer and help you build lean muscle

LIVES LIVED: An indomitable spirit

Geoff Lockwood was born in 1961 in Toronto. Throughout his early life he was fascinated by flight, and planned to be an aeronautical engineer. But medical imaging turned out to be his calling – and after obtaining an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto he went on to become one of the early pioneers of high frequency ultrasound, obtaining a PhD from the U of T in medical biophysics.

[Geoff Lockwood]
Geoff Lockwood

Geoff was a gifted researcher. He left Canada to become a scientist at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in the United States, while also holding adjunct positions at Ohio State and Case Western Reserve universities. While in the US his expertise attracted a number of high-profile NIH (US National Institute of Health) and Department of Defence grants. But his real passion was teaching – he wanted to work with students, and in 1999 this passion brought him, along with Anne and their two boys, back to Canada and Queen’s Engineering Physics.

Geoff continued his work in high-frequency medical ultrasound imaging, and his research group worked on everything from designing miniature integrated circuit beamformers to real-time 3D ultrasound imaging. Over only 15 years, Geoff won over $3.3 million in research funding from US and Canada granting agencies and developed five patents. His early work at the U of T formed the basis for VisualSonics – an ultrasound micro-imaging technology company founded by Dr. Stuart Foster (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre). Upon the recent sale (2012) of this company, Dr. Foster recognised Geoff’s significant accomplishment by establishing a $900K endowed scholarship in his name at the University of Toronto.

But despite his enormous research talent and insight, Geoff’s heart was primarily with the students. His teaching methods were simple – a piece of chalk and a blackboard – but his lectures were delivered with an intelligence and care that deliberately left no student behind. He loved teaching so much that he asked to return to the classroom even after his first devastating round of brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. He spent hours re-learning his own ENPH239 lecture notes, and even typed them up for the students in case he had to miss a class. It is no surprise that year after year after year he won the teaching award in Engineering Physics. 

Geoff’s wisdom and thoughtful, caring nature also made him a wonderful Engineering Physics undergraduate chair (for five years) and eventually the Physics Department head.

As parents, Geoff and Anne believed that life is to be experienced, not simply observed. There was never a TV in their home – there would have been no time to watch it anyway. The boys enjoyed (or sometimes maybe not!) competitive swimming, ice skating, family camping (including a yurt in Algonquin Park one Christmas), wilderness canoe trips, rock climbing, windsurfing, sailing.

Above all, Geoff had an amazing, and rare, strength of spirit. His illness never defeated this amazing spirit. Every time the cancer, or the treatments, knocked him down and closed a door, he would simply open it again, or try a new door. He re-learned how to walk; re-learned how to talk. He re-learned his lecture material. When he couldn’t snowboard anymore he re-learned how to ski. He re-learned how to rock climb, even though his feet were numb and he couldn’t feel the footholds.

To his family, to his friends and colleagues, to his students… Geoff continues to be an inspiration. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.

Lynann Clapham is a professor and Anne Topper is an associate professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy.

Queen's launches accessibility training suite

A newly launched accessibility training suite gives the Queen’s community easy access to the training they require under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The training provides information about everyone’s responsibilities under the legislation and illustrates ways to incorporate the principles of accessibility into the services Queen’s provides.

“Queen’s is committed to building an accessible and inclusive campus community and ensuring our compliance with the AODA,” says Laeeque Daneshmend, Deputy Provost. “Accessibility is everyone’s responsibility. This training suite will help us remove barriers to access so that Queen’s services and its transformative learning experience are available to all.”

The training suite was developed by the Equity Office with guidance from the Education, Training, and Awareness Working Group under the Queen’s Accessibility Framework. It consists of four modules:

  • Accessible Customer Service outlines the principles of accessibility when communicating and interacting with persons with disabilities.
  • Human Rights 101 outlines the university’s disability-related obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  • Access Forward provides an understanding of the standards in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.
  • Accessible Instruction for Educators communicates information about making the classroom learning experience accessible to all.
[Heidi Penning]
Heidi Penning, Equity Adviser, delivers accessiblity training to Common Ground staff members. Learn more about the accessibility training available for the Queen's community

The first three modules are required for all staff, faculty, administrators, volunteers and student leaders at Queen’s, while the accessible instruction module is required for all faculty and anyone else who participates in the development or delivery of materials, activities and assessments for learning to Queen’s students.

The Accessible Instruction for Educators module is particularly customized to the university context and includes a number of videos with Queen’s faculty, staff and students talking about their experiences with accessibility.

“The AODA requires everyone who interacts with persons with disabilities on behalf of Queen’s to be trained in the principles of accessibility,” says Heidi Penning, Equity Advisor. “With a small investment of time, this training will provide valuable information and help us all think about ways to make Queen’s a more accessible university.”

For more information about the training suite and accessibility at Queen’s, please contact Ms. Penning or visit the Accessibility Hub.

Go to the accessibility training suite and begin your training now

Stay informed during labour negotiations

As the university and several unions negotiate new collective agreements, status updates and other information can be found on the labour news website.

In addition to negotiation updates, the website provides answers to frequently asked questions and information, where appropriate, about contingency planning, labour relations processes and settlements. Readers can subscribe to posts by following this link.

Comments or questions related to posts on the Queen’s labour news website are welcome. All submissions are reviewed by the site administrator before being posted. Questions may be answered through a post in the relevant category. Repetitive or duplicate questions and comments may not be posted.

The Queen’s labour news twitter account is another way to stay up to date with active negotiations at the university. Furthermore, a notification appears on the Queen’s Gazette homepage when new information is posted on the Queen’s labour news website.

Questions can be sent to labour.relations@queensu.ca

Current issue of For the Record


Faculty of Health Sciences

Kristen F. Marosi, Assistant Professor, Medicine-General Internal Medicine – Jan. 1, 2015


Members needed for Rosen Lecture Series subcommittee 

The Provost's Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts invites applications for the following elected positions on the Rosen Lecture Series subcommittee:

1 Faculty (1-year term) 

2 Faculty (2-year term)

2 Students (1 one-year term; 1 two-year term)

The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 27, 2015. Further information is available on the Rosen Lecture Series subcommittee webpage.

Human Resources

Successful candidates

Job Title: Executive Assistant 
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences 
Competition: 2014-354 
Successful Candidate: Anita Jupp (Applied Science - Faculty Office)

Job Title: Multimedia Support Analyst 
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 
Competition: 2014-342 
Successful Candidate: Robert Bertschi

Job Title: Manager, Distributed Medical Education 
Department: School of Medicine 
Competition: 2014-128 
Successful Candidate: Kristine Bowes (Faculty of Health Science Office Ops)

Job Title: Administrative Assistant to the Dean 
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 
Competition: 2015-022 
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Business Analyst (USW Local 2010) 
Department: TRAQ Project 
Competition: 2014-363 
Successful Candidate: Katie Legere (Stauffer Library)

Job Title: Faculty Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Queen's School of Business 
Competition: 2014-360C 
Successful Candidate: Michelle Wolfreys (Family Medicine)

Job Title: Officer, Direct Response Appeals 
Department: Alumni Relations & Annual Giving 
Competition: 2015-002 
Successful Candidate: Emily Mackwood (ADV Annual Giving)

Job Title: Coordinator, Research Accounting (USW, Local 2010) 
Department: Financial Services 
Competition: 2014-355 
Successful Candidate: Kathleen Harrison (Financial Services)

Job Title: Client Advisor (USW, Local 2010) 
Department: Queen's School of Business 
Competition: 2015-007A 
Successful Candidate: Angie Loyst (QEDC General Admin)


Nominations invited for grad student supervision award

The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations of faculty members for consideration for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students. Two awards will be presented at the fall 2015 convocation: one in the social sciences and humanities, and one in life sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Award nomination forms and guidelines are available from the Office of the Dean, School of Graduate Studies (deansgsr@queensu.ca) or at www.queensu.ca/sgs. Nomination packages should be submitted to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 by 4 pm on Thursday, May 28.

Nominations accepted for visitorships, lectures

The Provost’s Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts invites nominations for the Brockington Visitorship, the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture, the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, the Robert Sutherland Visitorship and the Rosen Lecture Series. In order to encourage the broadest possible range of nominations, any person or group within the Queen’s community is eligible to make a nomination. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2015. Please send one electronic copy of submission to provost@queensu.ca

Terms of references:

Brockington Visitorship: “To invite a person of international distinction to come to Queen’s University to deliver a public lecture and to meet formally and informally with faculty and students.”

Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture: “The Chancellor Dunning Lecturer will be expected to deliver a public lecture that promotes the understanding and appreciation of the supreme importance of the dignity, freedom and responsibility of the individual person in human society.”

George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund: “This fund provides grants to support public performances and exhibitions for the benefit of the Queen’s and broader Kingston communities.”

Robert Sutherland Visitorship: “This fund provides grants to support public performances and exhibitions for the benefit of the Queen’s and broader Kingston communities.”

Rosen Lecture Series: “The purpose of the series is to enable the wider community to better understand the living and vital tradition of Judaism, its relationship to other religious traditions and its role in the development of contemporary civilizations, and to explore the historical role played by Jews and Jewish thought.”

Nominations now accepted for Distinguished Service Award

Queen’s faculty, staff and retirees are invited to nominate candidates for a Queen’s Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions. Recipients become honorary life members of the council.

Recent changes to the University Council bylaws now allow Queen’s employees and retirees to nominate recipients, who will be recognized at the University Council annual dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7.   

The guidelines, the nomination form and additional information are available online.

Please submit nominations to the University Council executive committee, care of the University Secretariat, by Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4 pm. 

Please contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095 if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Award or the nomination process.  

Teachings and tools for well-being

Faced with the mounting stresses of assignments, essays and mid-terms, a series at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre is reminding students to take good care of themselves. FDASC is hosting  a six-week well-being series that promotes physical and mental health through a series of workshops and activities.

The well-being series is being held at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. (University Communications)

Melanie Gray (Artsci’15), helped plan and organize the series.

“Me and a few others felt that there needed to be an accessible way for students (and staff) to find balance in their day-to-day lives in the academic setting,” she says. “We dabbled in the idea of just a traditional sharing circle which is a wonderful tool to share and learn from other people’s experiences but sometimes they leave out touching on what happens after the circle.”

They decided to base the series around the sharing circle, which is non-hierarchical, confidential and encourages people to actively listen to one another, while also including workshops, activities and presentations from guest speakers.

Each week’s session will focus on a different topic, activity and teaching, such as the feather medicine wheel; breathing, focus and meditation; and a session devoted to creating a vision board. The vision board session, as well as a number of others, will be facilitated by Betty Carr-Braint, Four Directions’ Elder-in-Residence.

“The vision board is about the students creating a visual expression of their intentions and about asking what they want to invite into their lives,” says Ms. Carr-Braint, who’s serving as the elder support to the series’ circles.

“We want to provide them with teachings they can take away and give them tools for well-being.”

The group’s first meeting had students introducing themselves to one another, learning the etiquette of taking part in a sharing circle and creating strings of wampum beads.

Making the wampum strings were a small example of what the series is all about.

“They’re a reminder to take care of yourself,” says Ms. Carr-Braint. “A reminder that, at the right time, can make a big difference.”

The series is held Tuesdays at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre from 5-7 pm. It is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and those interested in participating should contact Laura Maracle at laura.maracle@queensu.ca to register. 


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