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Five Queen's University professors elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada.

Five Queen's University professors have been elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest honours for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. The five newest fellows from Queen's have a wide variety of research interests, including health, chemistry, computing and music composition.

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Five Queen's University professors have been elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). They are, from left: Keith Poole (Microbiology), Elizabeth Eisenhauer (Oncology), Marjan Mozetich (Music),Suning Wang (Chemistry) and Ugo Piomelli (Mechanical and Materials Engineering).

"The five newly elected fellows have all made important contributions to their respective fields and are a testament to Queen's commitment to excellence in research," says Principal Daniel Woolf. "I wish to congratulate, on behalf of the Queen's community, these researchers on this tremendous and well-deserved honour."

The five new RSC members include:

Elizabeth Eisenhauer (Oncology), a leader in the investigation of cancer drug delivery and cancer clinical trials. Dr. Eisenhauer’s work has led to new standards of cancer treatment and new understandings of how the molecular mechanisms of cancer can be altered by therapeutic invention. From 2006-2009, Dr. Eisenhauer served as president of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and in 2013, she was elected a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

"It is an honour, of course, to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada," says Dr. Eisenhauer, "especially for work that I love."

Marjan Mozetich (Music), an award-winning composer who has uniquely blended elements of modern and classical music to develop a fusion style both innovative and accessible to all types of audiences. He has written more than 65 works of vocal and instrumental combinations for theatre, film, dance, as well as symphonic works, chamber music and solo pieces that have been performed around the world. He has received numerous Canadian and international awards and honours for his compositions.

"I feel very privileged to be recognized by my colleagues," says Dr. Mozetich. "To have what I do, as a creative, be given credence and importance by my colleagues in the arts and sciences is a tremendous honour."

Ugo Piomelli (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), a world expert in the area of fluid dynamics.  He has made fundamental contributions to the profession by developing numerical models capable of predicting turbulent flows, and by successfully applying these methods to increase the understanding of the turbulence physics. The models he developed are commonly used by the industrial and research communities, including aerospace, mechanical and environmental engineering, in geophysics and meteorology.

"I am honoured, truly honoured, to be recognized by my peers for my work," says Dr. Piomelli.

Keith Poole (Microbiology), a highly respected scholar who has made fundamental contributions to understanding the interplay between basic bacterial physiology and infectious disease. Importantly, he discovered a family of antibiotic pumps that export multiple antimicrobials out of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These so-called multidrug pumps are common in disease-causing bacteria, and their discovery has revolutionized the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy and resistance and influenced antibiotic development in the pharmaceutical industry.

"I've never done this for accolades. I'm a scientist and, like my peers, am motivated by curiosity," says Dr. Poole. "However, to have an audience of those same peers acknowledge my work is a tremendous honour."

Suning Wang (Chemistry), a researcher whose innovative approaches to luminescent materials and inorganic chemistry has contributed to opening up a significant new research field: photo-responsive organoboron materials and chemistry. Her studies on the phenomena of photochromism, photoelimination and switchable luminescence of organoboron systems, together with her pioneering scholarship on blue fluorescent and blue phosphorescent emitters for organic light emitting diodes have reinvigorated research on organoboron photochemistry and organoboron-based materials chemistry worldwide.

"I'm very honoured to be elected into the Royal Society of Canada," says Dr. Wang. "Recognition by one's peers is the highest honour a scientist can receive."

The Royal Society of Canada is the senior and most prestigious academic society in Canada. Members represent a wide range of academic fields, including the arts, social and natural sciences and humanities. Candidates can be nominated by existing members, seconded by at least two others, or by one of the society's member institutions. Existing members of the society then vote to elect the next cohort of fellows. Election to the society is considered one of the highest honours in Canadian academia.

The RSC serves to promote Canadian research and scholarly accomplishment, to recognize academic and artistic excellence, and to advise governments, non-governmental organizations and Canadians on matters of public interest. For more information, visit the RSC website

Principal Woolf announces Queen’s National Scholars

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Keren Zaiontz has been appointed Queen’s National Scholar in Creative Industries in the Global City while Qingling Duan has been appointed Queen’s National Scholar in Bioinformatics).

Principal Daniel Woolf is pleased to announce that Qingling Duan and Keren Zaiontz are the newest Queen’s National Scholars (QNS).

“Both Dr. Duan and Dr. Zaiontz are promising scholars who have demonstrated a dedication to teaching and a capacity to undertake exceptional interdisciplinary research,” says Principal Woolf. “I am very pleased to welcome them to the university as our newest Queen’s National Scholars and am confident they will make a significant impact within their departments.”

Dr. Duan has been appointed Queen’s National Scholar in Bioinformatics and is jointly appointed to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and the School of Computing. Her research focuses on improving responses to drug treatments through the insights gained from biomedical and genomic data. She was previously an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s. She earned her doctorate in human genetics from McGill University.

Dr. Zaiontz joins the Department of Film and Media where she has been appointed Queen’s National Scholar in Creative Industries in the Global City. Her research investigates how artists are not only driving economic growth in cities but reconfiguring urban space through performance actions that articulate pressing social justice issues. Prior to joining Queen’s, Dr. Zaiontz was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of London and a Banting fellow at Simon Fraser University. She holds a PhD in drama, theatre, and performance studies from the University of Toronto.

The QNS program was first established in 1985, with the objective to “enrich teaching and research in newly developing fields of knowledge as well as traditional disciplines.” Since then, over 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

The program provides $100,000 annually for five years for each appointment, and funding for the program allows for a maximum of two QNS appointments in each annual competition. The 2015-16 round of the Queen’s National Scholar program is currently open, and academic units have been invited to submit expressions of interest (EOI) to their respective dean’s office by Sept. 8.

Queen’s surveillance expert makes an impact

Sociology professor David Lyon one of three finalists for national award. 

Queen’s University Sociology professor David Lyon, an international leader in Surveillance Studies, has been named one of three finalists for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Award. These awards are amongst the highest achievements given annually by SSHRC. 

The Insight Award, one of five awards under the Impact Awards portfolio, recognises an individual or team whose research has made significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. Additionally, their research must have a demonstrable impact both within the academic community and in the broader public.

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Queen's Sociology professor, Dr. David Lyon, has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 SSHRC Impact Award, Insight category.

“It’s certainly very gratifying to be selected as a finalist for an Impact Award and especially encouraging for the team with which I work and the Surveillance Studies Centre that I direct,” says Dr. Lyon.

“Our research addresses key social science issues — the place of the human in the digital world, particularly questions of control and privacy — and also urgent public issues concerning surveillance that are in the daily headlines.”

Dr. Lyon, who serves as director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and is the Queen's Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, was nominated for his work as one of the world’s leading thinkers on surveillance and the implications of having personal data collected and analyzed by organizations. He has been credited with spearheading the development and growth of surveillance studies as a worldwide, interdisciplinary field and bringing attention to the need for balance in the analysis of surveillance measures.

“Dr. Lyon’s research has demonstrated tremendous value and influence both within the academic community as well as in the broader public sphere,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “In an ever-more connected world, Dr. Lyon’s research is timely and relevant to the ongoing need to balance security with concern for civil liberties.”

As well as his extensive writings for academic journals, Dr. Lyon also makes his research accessible to a broader popular audience. He is regularly asked to comment on security issues by national and international media outlets and is recognized by governments and NGOs as a leading expert on surveillance issues. The winners of the SSHRC Impact Awards will be publicly announced at a ceremony in Ottawa on November 16. For more information, visit the SSHRC website

Queen’s University opens unique research facility

New laboratory supports the development of safe nuclear power for Canada.

  • The new Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory.
  • This unique piece of equipment is called the FEI Osiris transmission electron microscope.
  • Mark Daymond explains the accelerator ion source.
  • Mitch Mattucci, MASc candidate, works with the target chamber.
  • Qingshan Dong, PhD candidate, works with the transmission electron microscope.
  • Mark Daymond explains the high voltage tank that is part of the accelerator.
  • Professor Emeritus Rick Holt talks about the efforts to make the RMTL a reality.
  • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during an event at Queen's University for the RMTL.

Today the Queen’s University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science officially opened the new $17 million Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory. The facility is a new research endeavor for the Queen’s Nuclear Materials Group in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The goal of the RMTL is supporting the development of safe and economical nuclear power for Canada.

“Thanks to the support of Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ministry of Research and Innovation, the RMTL is a state-of-the-art facility which will allow for new and exciting advancements in nuclear power research,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). These advancements will in turn attract researchers from around the world to the RMTL, building the university’s reputation as a research leader, as well as allow us to foster relationships with collaborators and industrial partners in the field.”

The project was conceived and lead by Rick Holt until his retirement as NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Materials in 2012 and is now led by Mark Daymond, current NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Materials, and Canada Research Chair in Mechanics of Materials.

Metals behave quite differently in a nuclear power reactor environment than in more conventional applications. The RMTL will use accelerator technology to allow researchers to investigate how materials respond to stress and temperature inside a nuclear reactor, leading to the safer and more efficient design and maintenance of nuclear reactors.

“Internationally there is continued strong investment in nuclear power,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and our students, particularly our graduate students who now have access to a world-class facility in which to conduct their research.”

Similar accelerators are quite common around the world – but the combination of RMTL’s dedicated capabilities and the strong nuclear materials research group at Queen’s which has been assembled under the Industrial Research Chair program to exploit these capabilities is unique.

“The uniqueness of this facility is a testament to the innovative approaches being used by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to enable world-leading research and to educate our students” says Dr. Daymond (Mechanical and Materials Engineering).

Funding for the RMTL was provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ministry of Research and Innovation, in-kind donations and Queen’s matching funds.

Partners in the project include: McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, Royal Military College, University of Toronto, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), Imperial College and Manchester University (United Kingdom), Pennsylvania State University (United States) the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization. The project was endorsed by Ontario Power Generation Inc., the CANDU Owners Group Inc., the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (now Canadian Nuclear Laboratories).

For more information visit the website.

Reactor Materials Laboratory from Queen's Engineering on Vimeo.

Improving reproducibility in psychology

Queen’s researcher part of team examining standards of research.

Queen’s University developmental psychology professor Stanka Fitneva has co-authored a study in the journal Science that, for the first time, explores the replicability of psychology research.

The Reproducibility Project: Psychology, launched nearly four years ago, is one of the first crowdsourced research studies in the field. The researchers’ most important finding was that, regardless of the analytic method or criteria used, fewer than half of their studies produced the same findings as the original study.

Queen's University researcher, Stanka Fitneva, was one of 270 co-authors in a study on the reproducibility of psychology experiments.

“This is a unique project in psychology, and maybe in all of science," says Dr. Fitneva. "It's the first crowdsourcing project where a number of labs from universities all around the world are involved in an effort to see to what extent findings that are published in major journals can be replicated by independent labs."

The 270 researchers in the study, at facilities around the globe, re-examined studies from the 2008 issues of Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Efforts were made to ensure the team re-evaluating a study had relevant research expertise, to reduce the likelihood of error. The teams then attempted to reproduce the results of the study.

Reproducibility means that the results recur when the same data are analyzed again, or when new data are collected using the same methods. While the project hypothesized a reproducibility rate approaching 80 per cent, the authors were surprised to discover that less than half of the target findings were reproduced.

Dr. Fitneva's team attempted to reproduce the results of an earlier study into the effects of language on children’s object representation. The previous study found that children were more likely to remember an object when the description of its features included direction (i.e. the red part is to the left of the green part) than when it did not (i.e. the red part is touching the green part). Dr. Fitneva's study utilized the materials provided by the authors and a larger sample size. The replication identified several factors that appear to have been excluded from consideration in the original study and may circumscribe the effect.

Dr. Fitneva and her co-authors propose three possible reasons for the surprising lack of reproducibility they encountered: small differences in how the studies were carried out; a random chance failure to detect the original result; or the possibility the original itself was a false positive. In addition, they highlight another possibility – the preeminence placed on new and innovative discoveries has incentivized researchers to aim for "new" rather than "reproducible" findings.

"Publication bias in science is a major issue and, in the last couple of years, more and more has surfaced about the detrimental consequences of this bias," says Dr. Fitneva. "Just like in any aspect of human activity, there are incentives that influence the conduct of research. Our journals have been prioritizing the publication of, and thus rewarding researchers for, novel and surprising findings."

"When we find something surprising it catches the imagination of the public and the media just as much as it catches the imagination of researchers and journal editors. We need to balance the verification processes in science against the drive for innovation. Assessing the reproducibility of findings is essential for scientific progress but currently researchers receive few rewards for engaging in this practice," says Dr. Fitneva.

The full results of the Reproducibility Project: Psychology have been published in the journal Science.

Queen’s researcher finds new model of gas giant planet formation

Simulations lead to new understanding of early solar system.

Queen’s University researcher Martin Duncan has co-authored a study that solves the mystery of how gas giants such as Jupiter and Saturn formed in the early solar system.

In a paper published this week in the journal Nature, Dr. Duncan and co-authors Harold Levison and Katherine Kretke (Southwest Research Institute) explain how the cores of gas giants formed through the accumulation of small, centimetre- to metre-sized “pebbles.”

“As far as we know, this is the first model to reproduce the structure of the outer solar system – two gas giants, two ice giants, and a pristine Kuiper belt beyond Neptune,” says Dr. Duncan.

Image Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
This artist’s concept of a young star system shows gas giants forming first, while the gas nebula is present. Dr. Duncan and his co-authors at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) used computer simulations to determine how Jupiter and Saturn evolved in our own solar system. These new calculations show that the cores of gas giants likely formed by gradually accumulating a population of planetary pebbles – icy objects about a foot in diameter.

The “standard model” for planet formation states that these cores formed a slow procession of accretion. Small fragments, only micrometres across, would accumulate to form larger rocks. These rocks would then collide with other objects, combining and growing larger. These collisions must occur at a very precise angle and speed to allow the objects to combine. Too fast and they both shatter; too slow and accretion cannot occur. This process of collision and growth would continue until the core reached the mass necessary, approximately 10 times the mass of Earth, to begin collecting gasses and growing into the gas giant planets we see today.

However, Dr. Duncan points out, the gas disk from which the planets would have drawn their atmospheres would have only been present for one to 10 million years. This timeline poses a major challenge for the standard model. Given that Earth is believed to have taken between 30 and 100 million years to form under the standard model, another mechanism would have to explain how planetary cores formed.

“The model doesn’t seem to produce (cores) massive enough or quickly enough,” says Dr. Duncan.

The model created by Dr. Duncan and his team found that collisions and accumulation of the so-called pebbles would have allowed the cores to form much more rapidly. Through hundreds of computer simulations, each taking several weeks or longer to run, the team’s simulations were able to produce multiple cores within the predicted timeframe for the gas giants to form. The model also predicts the formation of one to four gas giant planets; consistent with what we see in the outer solar system.

This was a major breakthrough for Dr. Duncan and his team, as previous simulations under the standard model had only been successful in isolation without outside interference from other planets forming nearby. For the first time, the team was able to simulate the environment of the entire early solar system and successfully replicate what exists today.

“It is a relief, after many years of performing computer simulations of the standard model without success, to find a new model that is so successful,” says Dr. Duncan.

When asked what the next steps may be in proving his model, Dr. Duncan said he would like to explore the formation of the rocky planets of inner solar system like Earth. He also suggests studying some of the wide variety of exoplanets recently discovered to see if his model can remain consistent with new findings in other solar systems.

“A lot of our understanding of how planets are formed has been radically revised in view of these new observations,” says Dr. Duncan. “We’re finding amazing diversity in these systems, so it’s a very exciting time to pursue these investigations.

The full study has been posted on the Nature website.

Passion plus math equals success

Queen’s Professor Lynda Colgan invited to participate at National Book Festival.

Lynda Colgan, one of Canada’s leading experts in math education, will share her unique approach to the topic at the 15th annual National Book Festival, a major event hosted by the Library of Congress.

Dr. Colgan (Education) was invited to the Sept. 5 event in Washington, D.C., by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute of America and the Children’s Book Council after her book Mathemagic: Number Tricks was named an Honor Book this year.

“I’ve been asked to do a mathemagic show at the event,” explains Dr. Colgan. “I’ll be doing magic tricks and explaining the math behind them. I’m then hoping the children will take the tricks and do them with their friends. Anything to teach them more about math.”

More than 75,000 people are expected to attend the National Book Festival and Dr. Colgan is hoping to reach a wide range of children to show them math can be fun. Another highlight of the event will be the official opening attended by national event chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. “I’m also hoping to meet other math authors so we can share ideas” says Dr. Colgan. “This is my passion and I want to share it. Math is very important for everyone.”

Along with her trip to Washington, Dr. Colgan is putting the finishing touches on her new TVO/TFO show MathXplosion. The television program features three minute fun math segments that include unique math magic tricks.

Queen’s releases comprehensive international plan

International students received tricolour scarves during international student orientation at Queen's.

Queen’s has released its first Comprehensive International Plan, aimed at supporting the university’s international efforts from 2015 to 2019.

The plan sets university-wide priorities for internationalization based on four pillars: international research engagement; international mobility; international enrolment management; and international at home.

“Internationalization is central to Queen’s academic mission and is a strategic priority for the university,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “The Comprehensive International Plan will help guide the university as it works to build further international learning opportunities and strengthen its academic and research partnerships around the world.”

Kathy O’Brien, Associate-Vice Principal (International), led the development of the international plan over the course of the past year; a process that included extensive consultation within the Queen’s community.

“There is clear enthusiasm for internationalization at Queen’s and I would like to thank the many faculty, staff, students and alumni who provided their insight as this plan developed,” says Ms. O’Brien. “The result is a plan that sets clear university-wide objectives that will enhance the wide range of international activities that are happening at the university.”

Kathy O’Brien
Associate-Vice Principal (International)

The specific objectives of the plan include increasing the number of high quality international undergraduate students to 10 per cent of the incoming class, growing research funding from international sources, building new academic collaborations with international partners, increasing the number of students participating in exchanges, and tracking international learning outcomes through the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Process.

“The plan is about building on our strengths and ensuring that Queen’s transformative student learning experience and research activities are enhanced through our international activities, programs and partnerships,” says Ms. O’Brien.

Queen’s University is deeply engaged internationally with strong academic and research ties around the globe. The university’s Bader International Study Centre in the United Kingdom provides unique international educational programs, while the university’s China Liaison Office works to builds relations with partner institutions, prospective students and alumni. Queen’s has more than 180 student exchange partners in more than 50 countries and numerous research partnerships around the world.

Click here to read the full text of the Queen’s University Comprehensive International Plan 

Family medicine professors among top-20 pioneers

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Richard Birtwhistle, left, and Walter Rosser of the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University are included in the College of Family Physicians of Canada's list of Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada. (University Communications)  

Two members of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University are included in this year’s Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada.

Drs. Richard Birtwhistle and Walter Rosser, both with the Department of Family Medicine, were among those recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in its 20th annual list for contributions to advancing health care in Canada and around the world.

"We are thrilled that both Dr. Birtwhistle and Dr. Rosser are being recognized for their groundbreaking research in Canadian family medicine," says Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. "Primary care research is fundamental to improving the interactions between primary care providers and their patients – a crucial step in keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. We are so fortunate to have such high-caliber researchers here at Queen’s who have made  the field of primary care their priority."

 

Dr. Birtwhistle is being recognized for his work with the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), a pan-Canadian network of practitioners with electronic medical records. At Queen’s Dr. Birtwhistle is director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care and teaches in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. 

Professor Emeritus Rosser, a former head of the Department of Family Medicine, is being recognized for his research with Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs) and research in non-university affiliated practices such as with Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network (ASPN).

“While there are many worthy candidates for this honour, 20 researchers have been selected who meet the criteria of what it means to be a pioneer within their respective fields of work,” says CFPC president, Garey Mazowita. “These pioneers have demonstrated the value of research that is informed by doctor-patient relationships, continuity of care, community and population connections, and commitment to teaching - the very attributes that family doctors bring to Canadians on a daily basis."

The CFPC represents more than 34,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. 

Funding enhances research impact

Queen’s received more than $55 million in federal and provincial funding in last quarter.

Since May, Queen’s University has received more than $55 million in funding from both federal and provincial funding agencies. The funding will help Queen’s researchers enhance the university’s impact at national and international levels, and will support opportunities to address the world’s greatest challenges.

“Research is a cornerstone of the university and is key to the positive student experience and to our reputation as an outstanding place of learning and discovery,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “These five funding announcements reflect the excellence of faculty, students and trainees that we attract to Queen's, and further secure our position of strength in research intensity, innovation and educational opportunities.”

The funding received will advance research in health, cardiology, physics, chemistry, psychology, geography, biology and computing along with key pieces of infrastructure for various laboratories and research facilities across campus.

Funding highlights include:

  • Researchers Mark Chen (Physics), Stephen Archer (Cardiology), Cathleen Crudden (Chemistry) and Ian McWalter (CMC Microsystems at Innovation Park) received $16 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) 2015 Innovation Fund.
  • Twenty-five researchers received more than $16 million in funding from the Government of Ontario’s Early Researcher Awards and the Ontario Research Fund. The projects range from discovering dark matter to renewable energy to gender in the military.
  • Seventy-nine researchers received more than $14 million through a number of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) programs. The announcement included funding for doctoral and post-doctoral students in a variety of disciplines including geography, biology, chemistry, computing and neuroscience. The two other funding envelopes include NSERC Discovery Grants and Discovery Accelerator Supplements.
  • Seven Queen’s researchers received more than $8.8 million in operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The researchers include Daren Heyland (School of Medicine), Christopher Booth (Cancer Care and Epidemiology), Christopher Bowie (Psychology and Psychiatry), Colin Funk (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences), Lois Mulligan (Pathology and Molecular Medicine), Keith Poole (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) and Shetuan Zhang (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences).
  • Alexander Braun (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering), Robert Colautti (Biology) and Lindsay Fitzpatrick (Biomedical Engineering) earned a total of $425,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders fund.

Queen’s distinguishes itself as one of the leading research-intensive institutions in Canada. The mission is to advance research excellence, leadership and innovation, as well as enhance Queen’s impact at a national and international level. Through undertaking leading-edge research, Queen’s is addressing many of the world’s greatest challenges, and developing innovative ideas and technological advances brought about by discoveries in a variety of disciplines.

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