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William Leggett receives prestigious lifetime achievement award

Dr. William Leggett.

William Leggett, professor emeritus in the Department of Biology and Queen's 17th principal, has received the H. Ahlstrom Lifetime Achievement Award from the Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society for his contributions to the fields of larval fish ecology.

The American Fisheries Society is the biggest association of professional aquatic ecologists in the world, with over 9,000 members worldwide.

"œIt feels good to be singled out by such large group of people who I respect so highly," says Dr. Leggett. "œI didn'™t expect to receive this award so it'™s a big honour and thrill to get it."

Dr. Leggett'™s research focuses on the dynamics of fish populations and his work as a biologist and a leader in education has been recognized nationally and internationally. A membership in the Order of Canada, a fellowship from the Royal Society of Canada, and the Award of Excellence in Fisheries Education are just some of the awards he has received for outstanding contributions to graduate education and marine science.

The Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society recognized Dr. Leggett'™s "œexceptional contributions to the understanding of early life history of fishes that has inspired the careers of a number of fisheries scientists worldwide and has led to major progress in fish ecology and studies of recruitment dynamics."

The award was recently presented in Quebec City at the 38th annual Larval Fish Conference held in conjunction with the 144th annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society.


Former principal honoured with professorship

History Professor Nancy van Deusen will hold the inaugural Principal Daniel R. Woolf Professorship in the Humanities

The Faculty of Arts and Science has announced Nancy van Deusen will hold the inaugural Principal Daniel R. Woolf Professorship in the Humanities.

Nancy Van Deusen
Nancy Van Deusen

Dr. van Deusen is a professor in the Department of History and has published extensively in areas related to slavery, Indigeneity, and gender in the historical context of Spain and colonial Latin America. Her work has been widely recognized, with her 2015 monograph, Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in Sixteenth Century Spain, being a finalist for two major book prizes.

This important work has further advanced knowledge in the area of slavery and colonization in the Spanish and Latin American context and further the institutions efforts toward decolonization and reconciliation.

The professorship was created by a special campaign chaired by past Queen’s Board Chair William Young (Sc’77), with support from Chancellor Emeritus Jim Leech (MBA'73). The professorship was established to honour Dr. Woolf (Artsci'80), the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s and professor of history, for his decade of service (2009-2019) and to support high-quality teaching and research conducted by faculty members in the humanities at Queen's. 

A total of 87 donors gave $2 million for this professorship. Stephen Smith (Sc’72, LLD’17), Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge (Arts’65, LLD’02), and Christiane Dodge (Arts’65) helped lead the fundraising campaign.

Currently on sabbatical at Oxford University, Dr. Van Deusen says she applied for the professorship because it allows her freedom to continue her research and continue her academic work with students.

“The responsibilities involve working on my research project over the next five years and attracting international students to come to Queen's to work with me,” she adds.

Daniel Woolf stands in front of a vine-covered wall.
Daniel Woolf

Dr. Woolf's research has focused on two areas – early modern British intellectual and cultural history, and the global history and theory of historical writing. He is the author of five books and co-editor of several others, including the two-volume A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing (2 vols 1998). He says he is honoured by the new professorship.

“I’ve always been of the view that Queen’s needed more named chairs and professorships to which faculty could be appointed for exceptional career academic achievement, and I’m also a humanities scholar at heart,” he says. “I feel greatly honoured that the university has established this new professorship in my name, and in the corner of the university to which I feel most attached. I am especially happy to see my history department colleague Nancy van Deusen, one of our leading humanities researchers, appointed as the first occupant of the professorship. My thanks to the Board of Trustees members and generous donors who have made this possible.”

The Principal Daniel R. Woolf Professorship in the Humanities is a rotating professorship position within the 11 Humanities departments every five years, with the inaugural professorship being held in the Department of History. It is designed to support other professional activities including student supervision, research, conferences, and lectures and to nurture interdisciplinary connections on campus, both within and beyond the humanities, through research, teaching, and service.

Towards a healthier future for Canadian cities

Multi-institutional project receives $3M in federal funding to develop framework and resources for active transportation in cities across Canada.

A person rides a bike on the street.
Research aims to inform public policies and city planning to foster sustainable and active transportation. (Unsplash/ Flo Karr)

Cities worldwide are looking at how to promote sustainable transportation habits that will benefit both the environment and people’s health. To inform public policies and city planning related to active transportation, a pan-Canadian research project is investigating how sustainable transportation interventions can support health, mobility, and equity outcomes in cities. Queen’s researchers Jennifer Tomasone (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies) and Patricia Collins (Department of Geography and Planning) are members of the research team that recently secured $3M in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to advance this work.

Co-principal investigator in this study, Dr. Tomasone is an expert in knowledge translation or implementation science, that is, understanding how to effectively put research evidence into practice. An expert in healthy community planning and healthy built environments, Dr. Collins studies how to engage people in more sustainable modes of travel, like public transit or active transportation, and the main barriers to sustainable transportation acceptance.

Jennifer Tomasone
Dr. Jennifer Tomasone

The project’s multidisciplinary team includes over 50 researchers in public health, environmental sciences, geography, and social sciences across Canada. The group will work with local government partners, city planners, and community groups to document the implementation and outcomes of sustainable transportation interventions in Kingston, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Surrey, Halifax, Saskatoon, Guelph, Victoria, and Melbourne (Australia).

Drs. Tomasone and Collins will lead the local component of the project, working with the City of Kingston.

Bicycling networks and speed reduction

The project will focus on All Ages and Abilities (AAA) bicycling networks and speed reduction strategies.

AAA bicycling networks aim to make cycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of different ages and abilities, including children, seniors, and new riders. Protected bike lanes and bikeways on small streets or off-street are examples of how to support this type of active transportation, as they create options for individuals who are not comfortable with cycling on major streets.

On the other hand, speed reduction interventions make the roads safer for all users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians who are disproportionately exposed to the hazards associated with excessive speed.

“The speed related conditions of our streets ultimately shape travel mode decisions that we make every day,” argues Dr. Collins. “For example, speed is often a concern in school zones. If parents are concerned about the well-being, safety, and security of their children when they come and go from school, then that incentivizes them to drive their kids to school, instead of walking or biking.”

Both AAA bicycling networks and speed reduction strategies can be built into the design of cities to support mobility for people of all ages and abilities.

Kingston context

Based on Census data (Statistics Canada), Kingston has had high uptake of sustainable transportation modes (e.g., public transit, active transportation, and carpooling) compared to other cities of various sizes across the country. These travel trends are supported by numerous municipal interventions that have helped make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

Patricia Collins
Dr. Patricia Collins

“The introduction of four express bus routes through its transit revitalization strategy dramatically drove up ridership prior to the pandemic. And, the Active Transportation Master Plan and Active Transportation Implementation Plan signal the City’s strong commitments to improving conditions for active transportation,” says Dr. Collins. “Kingston’s accomplishments to date provide a valuable learning opportunity to support the introduction of sustainable transportation solutions in other jurisdictions across the country.”

Most of the existing research literature on healthy communities and healthy cities focuses on large cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Looking at a city like Kingston is a great opportunity to understand which interventions can be successful in smaller cities, and how.

After completing the case studies in each location, the researchers will work on designing strategies and tools for city planners, policymakers, and other stakeholders. “Our goal is to generate a framework that can be used broadly for all cities to think through when they're proposing or looking to implement one of these two healthy city interventions or another intervention like enhanced public transit for example,” says Dr. Tomasone.

Dr. Tomasone expects the project to garner attention in the context of Canada's National Active Transportation Strategy, launched by the Federal Government in 2021 and that will invest $400 million in active transportation infrastructure in the next eight years.

“This project will allow us to understand where, why, how and in what contexts sustainable transportation interventions have varying success,” says Dr. Tomasone. “Once we understand the barriers that cities face when putting these interventions into practice, our team will then work towards advancing the uptake of the interventions, ultimately enhancing health and equity in our communities.”

Why do we read about accidents? Lessons from 18th-century English newspapers

News reports about accidents can deliver important moral lessons and remind us to value life.

[A stack of old newspapers]
London newspapers in the 18th-century frequently reported on the tragic and curious accidents that befell the city’s residents. (Unsplash / Fabien Barral)

If it bleeds, it leads” is a well-known maxim associated with journalism. Accident reports often attract readers, even when their headlines give away the plot. This has been true for over three hundred years, since reading the news became part of daily life in 18th-century Britain.

The Conversation logoJust four pages long, British newspapers of the 1700s had few images, no headlines and little separation between articles. Their random arrangement of news paragraphs is reminiscent of modern social media feeds without their algorithms. Jostling with news ranging from foreign military reports to book reviews, accounts of accidents occur as random shocks, nearly as surprising for the newspaper’s readers as the original accidents must have been for their subjects.

As a scholar who studies 18th-century British media, I often encounter accounts of accidents as I read old newspapers. Despite the different look of these newspapers, their readers evidently possessed an interest in spectacular, unusual and gory accidents that feels very familiar. The accidents most frequently reported in newspapers of the 1700s arise from traffic, working conditions, natural disaster and human error.

Traffic accidents

18th-century London’s narrow roads were congested with horse-drawn vehicles, pedestrians and panicky animals. Traffic accidents were frequent. Readers of the Morning Chronicle on March 9, 1784 could trace a runaway ox’s destructive path through the city:

“Yesterday morning an over-drove ox tossed a boy in Smithfield, but fortunately was not much hurt; the ox then ran down Cow-cross, and opposite Mr. Booth’s, the distiller, tossed an ass, carrying a pair of panniers, filled with dog’s meat, nearly to the height of the one pair of stairs windows, and before he could be secured terribly gored a young man, who was taken to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.”

Readers were no doubt reassured that the ox was unhurt after tossing a small boy and amused that the animal ran amuck down the appropriately-named street “Cow-cross.”

Night’ by William Hogarth circa 1738 depicts a damaged carriage on a London road. (Wikimedia)
Night’ by William Hogarth circa 1738 depicts a damaged carriage on a London road. (Wikimedia)

Traffic incidents involving notable people were particularly popular. The Morning Chronicle of April 9, 1800 reported that the Duke of York had been enjoying a ride when “a dog belonging to a driver of cattle ran across the road, and impeding the progress of the horse, the animal fell on his Royal Highness, and the Duke unfortunately being entangled in the stirrup, was dragged a considerable way.”

Luckily, two patriotic men in a passing chaise made room for the injured Duke and tipped the post-boys two guineas to carry him to a surgeon.

Waterways were equally treacherous. Pity the poor father who, having placed his child and his nurse in a boat, then saw them fall into the Thames. He “with great Difficulty took up the Nurse, but the Child was drowned: The Child had been brought that Day from Wandsworth to be seen by its Parents, and was returning when this melancholy Accident happen’d,” lamented the Daily Post of Sept. 16, 1729.

Sympathy or laughter?

Eighteenth century readers were often given emotional cues from newspapers’ descriptions of accidents as “unfortunate,” “melancholy” or “shocking.” These small adjectives had the power to transmute unseemly gawkers into sympathetic witnesses. On March 1, 1801 Bell’s Weekly Messenger reported the tragic fate of Lady Hardy:

“[S]itting alone after dinner reading, but falling asleep, her head dress approached too near the flame of the candle, and caught fire; it communicated to other parts of her dress before her Ladyship awoke. On awaking, and perceiving her situation, she inadvertently ran out into the passage, where the draught of air so much increased the flames, that she was found entirely in a blaze… she was rolled up in a carpet, which instantly extinguished the fire; but her Ladyship was so dreadfully burnt, that she lingered till four o’clock the next morning in the most excruciating agonies, and expired.”

Occasionally, a newspaper’s tone seemed more amused than sympathetic. “A few Days since as the Son of Mr. Mitchell … was felling a Tree, it fell on him,” reported the General Evening Post of Dec. 17-19, 1747. The unfortunate Mr. Bacon was struck by lightning so violently that it “made his body a most shocking spectacle,” punned the Public Advertiser of July 18, 1787.

Present-day journalists’ codes of ethics stress sensitivity and avoid intruding into others’ grief. Eighteenth century Britons’ sense of humour, however, could be ruthless.

Workplace accidents

Accounts of work-related accidents abound in the news of the 1700s. Bricklayers and carpenters plummet from scaffolding. Painters and glaziers fall through windows. Watermen drown.

As Fog’s Weekly Journal reported, one poor currier, “as he was standing on a Stool to hang up some Skins in his Shop … fell with his Neck upon the Edge of a sharp Iron used in that Trade.”

Modern journalists have a duty to inform the public about accidents, to provoke investigation into their causes and offer strategies for increased public safety. In 18th-century newspapers, there is less emphasis on preventative legislation and institutional culpability and more focus on personal diligence.

Articles often also stressed the admirable fortitude of an accident’s victim or responder. The London Evening Post on Jan. 1, 1760 reported a courageous post-boy’s efforts to deliver the mail:

“[M]istaking the Road, [he] got into a Wood where there was a great Declivity, and both Horse and Lad fell into the River, broke the Ice in one of the deepest Places, and sunk to the Bottom; the Horse could not get out, but was drowned; the Boy got hold of a Twig, and by that Means saved his Life, yet exposed it again to the greatest Danger, by endeavouring to recover the Mail, which he did, with the Saddle, to the Surprize of every one.”

Better still, the boy delivered the mail the next day. In the newspaper record, pluck and valour are celebrated characteristics.

Accidents interrupt our daily routines with their disturbing novelty. Like fables, 18th-century newspapers’ short tales of accidents deliver moral lessons on the value of diligence, empathy and courage. Stories of fatal accidents are memento mori: in their remembrance of death, they prompt us to seize hold of life.The Conversation


Leslie Ritchie, Professor of English Literature, Queen's University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The Conversation is seeking new academic contributors. Researchers wishing to write articles should contact Melinda Knox, Director, Thought Leadership and Strategic Initiatives, at knoxm@queensu.ca.

Queen’s community remembers Emeritus Professor Elia Zureik

Emeritus Professor Elia ZureikThe Queen's community is remembering Elia Zureik, an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology, who died Sunday, Jan. 15, aged 84.   

Dr. Zureik was born in Akka, Palestine in 1939, moving to the U.S. and receiving a BA in Political Science from San Francisco University, an MA in Sociology from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Political Sociology from Essex University in the UK. He was Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University from 1971 until his retirement in 2005, and won the Research Prize for Excellence in Research. Between 2014-16 he was Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar. 

Dr. Zureik is remembered as an energetic and committed colleague and teacher, and a prolific author of numerous books and articles, including The Palestinians in Israel: A Study in Internal Colonialism (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979), Palestinian Refugees and the Peace Process (1996), and Israel’s Colonial Project in Palestine: Brutal Pursuit (Routledge, 2016); a co-editor of Sociology of the Palestinians (St. Martin’s Press, 1980), Public Opinion and the Palestine Question (St. Martin’s Press, 1987), and Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory and Power (Routledge, 2011). Along with his highly influential work on Palestine, Dr. Zureik was a major figure in the Sociology of Information and Communication Technologies, including work on surveillance, co-editing Global Surveillance and Policing: Borders, Security and Identity (Willan Publishing, 2005) and Surveillance, The Globalization of Personal Data: International Comparisons (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008).

In addition to his intellectual work, Dr. Zureik was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Refugee Working Group of the Multilateral Talks of the Middle East peace process since 1992, and served as a consultant for the Canadian Government, UNESCO, the UN on the Question of Palestine, the Norwegian Institute for Applied Social Science, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission; he was a Board of Trustees member of Shaml, the Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center in Ramallah; he received the Palestine National Award in Sociology; he was appointed by the Sharjah Women’s Higher College of Technology as the first holder of the UNESCO Chair in Applied Research in Education in early 2005.

“Elia was really the first person who befriended me when I came to the department in 1990. I learned a lot from him about the Middle East of course but also about how universities really work. He also seemed to take great delight in making me laugh during ‘serious’ department meetings. I think in part he enjoyed it because he knew he could do it so easily,” says Vince Sacco, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department. “Elia was one of a kind and the impact he had on people and the influence he had on scholarly work in his areas of interest will continue to be felt for a very long time. He will be missed.”

Emeritus Professor David Lyon says: “I've been thinking more about my relationship with Elia over many years and I'm so thankful for what he meant to me. We began corresponding almost 40 years ago (1984) and I can't recall if he wrote to me or vice-versa. But we discussed the social origins and impacts of ‘new’ technologies that were emerging from communication and computing techniques. I didn't imagine then that we'd be colleagues one day, but that's what happened at Queen's, where we began working together in earnest, first in SCIT (Studies in Communication and Information Technologies, a seminar program he’d been catalysing for a number of years) and then in the Surveillance Project from 1999, which would become the Surveillance Studies Centre in 2009. And of course, we dreamed up and hosted what was probably one of the very first international research seminars in Surveillance Studies, back in 1993. At the same time, of course, we often spoke of Palestine and the Palestinians, and I learned much from him, which also led eventually to my visiting Israel and the West Bank – now several times. This included teaching where Elia had once taught, on sabbatical, at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah. So, I owe Elia a lot, both in terms of his scholarly example – including the massive headache of the nine-country international survey on surveillance and privacy, a decade ago – and his personal and political commitment to Palestine. I valued him as a friend, colleague and mentor. I've said a lot more in the chapter that will appear from Bloomsbury in July this year. The festschrift is Decolonizing the Study of Palestine: Indigenous Perspectives and Settler Colonialism after Elia Zureik.”  

“I remember Elia as very direct, thoughtful and quick with a laugh,” adds Professor Annette Burfoot, “and I remain impressed by the extent of respect for Elia and his scholarship.” 

"Elia and Mary were the first people I met on arriving at Queen's for my job interview, taking me out to dinner, and I was quickly introduced to a fantastic sense of humour, fierce intelligence, and wry commentary concerning the realities of academic life. He was a huge presence, an outstanding mentor, and will be greatly missed,” says Professor Martin Hand, current Head of the Sociology Department.      

“Elia Zureik was an important colleague in my career, taking it upon himself to provide me with initial mentorship upon my arrival, and continued insights even after he retired. His style of a bark far out of proportion to his bite, a sense of humour that made everything seem absurd, and a vault of disciplinary knowledge that shamed the rest of us, made regular visits to Elia's office must-be- experienced events. He was easily one of the most interesting people I have ever met. His life story was fascinating and his ability to share it with others unparalleled. Elia also had a work ethic that was quite remarkable. Even as recently as the semester that was prematurely ended by the first arrival of COVID, Elia was teaching a graduate class in the department and banging on my door to make sure I was doing my job properly, all with a mischievous twinkle in his eye,” says Professor Stephen Baron.           

“My memories of Dr. Elia Zureik go back 37 years. During my undergraduate degree, I worked as a research assistant to Professors Zureik and Sacco on a study of computer-related crime. A year later, I worked again for Professor Zureik, this time on a project coding data on conflicts and injuries in the West Bank and Gaza. I hold onto a treasured, signed copy of his book, The Palestinians in Israel: A Study in Internal Colonialism, Elia gave me as a gift years ago. More than a decade later, I returned to Queen's as a faculty member and Elia became my senior colleague and mentor down the hall. He had integrity and cared deeply for the Sociology Department, program and graduate students. I'm grateful to have known him,” says Fiona Kay, Professor of Sociology.

Queen’s National Scholars program to enhance Indigenous Studies

The Queen’s National Scholars Program has long been used to attract emerging leaders to Queen’s who can strengthen academic programs, research, and provide rich learning opportunities for Queen’s students.

In line with the university’s commitment to advance Indigenization and decolonization, the 2022-23 Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) program will be used to enhance capacity and academic excellence in the interdisciplinary Indigenous Studies program. The 2022-23 QNS positions will be reserved for four leading Indigenous scholars, including a newly established Chair in Indigenous Studies that will provide critical leadership in bolstering Indigenous Studies at Queen’s.

“The Queen’s National Scholar program attracts leading faculty to Queen’s who can provide a robust learning experience for our students and advance interdisciplinary research,” says Teri Shearer, Interim Provost and Vice Principal (Academic). “This year, the program will be dedicated to enhancing our capacity for excellence in the important field of Indigenous Studies and provide critical leadership through a newly created Chair in Indigenous Studies.”

The QNS process will run in tandem with the work currently underway to develop an Indigenous identity and verification policy. A clear process to confirm eligibility of candidates as rights bearing Indigenous persons will be in place before any new hires are completed. Candidates will be made aware of this ongoing work and kept informed as both processes unfold.

Established in 1985, the objective of the QNS program is to “enrich teaching and research in newly developing fields of knowledge and traditional disciplines.” Since then, over 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, such as Precision Molecular Medicine, Arts and Visual Cultures of Africa and its Diaspora, Indigenous Visual and Material Cultures, and Environmental Geochemistry.

In 2020-21, the QNS program was used to expand the interdisciplinary field of Black Studies at Queen’s, including the establishment of a QNS Chair in Black Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

For more information on the 2022-23 QNS program, including how to submit an expression of interest, please visit the QNS webpage.

The science of gender, sex, and sexuality

Sari van Anders investigates how social experiences impact our identities, our bodies, and our research.

[Colourful ribbons with terms of gender, sex and sexuality written on them]
Dr. Sari van Anders is the author of sexual configurations theory, a tool to deepen our understandings of gender/sex and sexual diversity. (Unsplash/ Patrick Fore)

What is gender? Is gender tied to sexuality – if yes, how? How do sex and gender differ? The way we conceptualize gender and sex impacts the way we think of ourselves and others, and how we organize our societies. It also can bias our research, for example, when we focus exclusively on biological explanations for gender differences. Could new feminist and queer perspectives in science challenge the status quo and lead us to new understandings of human biology and behaviour?

Sari van Anders, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Canada 150 Research Chair, believes they can, and should. She is a leader in the fields of feminist science, gender, and sexuality and has been researching social neuroendocrinology for over a decade.

Sari van Anders
Dr. Sari van Anders

Dr. van Anders is also the author of sexual configurations theory, a tool to deepen our understandings of gender/sex and sexual diversity. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including, in 2022, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching of Psychology as a Core STEM Discipline Award from the American Psychological Association's Board of Educational Affairs.

In this interview, Dr. van Anders talks to the Gazette about her research program and commitment to promoting social change within academia.

Your research focus is social neuroendocrinology. What is that, exactly?

It’s the study of hormones and behaviour in a social context.

People typically focus on how hormones influence behavior. From a feminist perspective, we understand that that's because our culture often looks to biological explanations for gender inequities, in what is often called biological determinism. I've long been really interested in what we could call the reverse relationship or how our social behaviors change our hormone levels. Our results suggest gendered behaviour can actually change hormones like testosterone.

This can radically alter how we envision what is sex, what is gender, and even nature/nurture debates. And it’s one reason why I use the term “gender/sex”: so much of the biological phenomena I (and others) study are also sociocultural.

The way we study human biology, behaviour, and sexuality is framed by our conceptions about gender and sex. Is sexual configurations theory (SCT) a way to address this issue?

Heteronormativity directly impacts people’s lives in many ways, including that it limits what kinds of knowledge we have available to us about gender/sex and sexuality, and whom that knowledge serves.

SCT is a new and broader way to conceptualize and model gender, sex, and sexuality. I am really excited about SCT as a potential starting point for sexual diversity studies and research because it includes many important aspects of how people understand their own sexuality – not only genitals, or sexual attractions.

We developed diagrams where people can mark where they see themselves in terms of diverse aspects of sexuality, and also their own gender/sex. And we added this to a “zine”, a sort of mini-graphic novel/magazine in plain language, that people can use to reflect on themselves and their sexuality. I’m so excited that it’s been translated into three languages, with two more coming! And, we are now working with others in the field about how to use SCT with clients in therapy, counseling, and clinical contexts. People learn something new about themselves with SCT, and many have told us how this is the first time they’ve ever seen themselves in science.

A zine about Sexual Configurations Theory
A digital, open-acess "zine" explains sexual configurations theory in plain language.

Why is it important that you work from feminist and queer science perspectives?

Even though some people still believe that science should be politically neutral, scientists already are bound by all sorts of political considerations, whether these are ethical, funding-related, environmental, or other. And these considerations should include feminist and queer considerations.

Feminist research is crucial because our world has inequities related to gender and intersecting axes of oppression. If we don’t want to support this status quo, we need to work against it. Our science needs to tackle gender inequities and oppression to get to more equitable worlds.

Related to but not the same as feminist science, queer science is a way to do research about phenomena through multiple lenses, showing how dynamic they are. Queer and science go well together because they push us to challenge and even transgress accepted wisdom. Queer science questions scientific and empirical truths, and cultural understandings of bodies, social norms, and sexuality.

Do these perspectives have an impact beyond gender/sex and sexuality research?

They are relevant to any field of research because we’re all humans who have been socialized within oppressive systems. Science isn’t just the topics we study or the questions we ask, but also how we do our work, whom we do it with, how we communicate it, lab practices, academic conferences, and so much more. From neuroscience to theoretical physics to math to cell biology, there is compelling scholarship and science that shows the value of feminist and queer approaches.  

How do you expect your work to foster social change within academia?

Science needs to be meaningful to and reflective of all of us, taking inequities into account, working against them, and working towards more liberatory aims. We need to rethink our methods, our questions, and our epistemologies or ways of knowing.

In our lab, we build knowledge frameworks that draw on insights from and are meaningful to people in marginalized social locations. This can help them (us!) make sense of their own gender, sex, and sexualities and work towards change. It also helps people outside of these social locations to understand the reality of diversity. Finally, it helps make clear that existences are informed by intersections that reflect oppression and/or privilege, including neurodiversity, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, immigration status, body size, and so much more. This helps our science and scholarship be more accurate, empirical, and just.

Queen’s remembers Professor Emeritus J. C. Heywood

The Queen’s community is remembering Professor Emeritus and acclaimed printmaker J. C. Heywood, who taught in the Bachelor of Fine Art program from 1976 to 2006. He died on Dec. 1, 2022 at the age of 81 in Montreal.

Heywood taught printmaking to Queen's students in the Bachelor of Fine Art program and was well-known for his generosity of spirit and was loved and respected by his students and colleagues alike.

Heywood first studied at Ontario College of Art and would travel throughout his career, honing his skills and sharing his knowledge in printshops around the world.  

His works are included in collections throughout North America and Europe. The Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec houses his life's work in recognition of his deep connection with the province and a retrospective exhibition of his prints toured from 2008–2010.

A full obituary by Professor Emeritus Pierre du Prey, a long-time friend and colleague is available on the Queen’s Department of Art and Art History website.

2022: The year in research

We are celebrating the milestones and accomplishments of Queen’s research community over the past 12 months.

From January to December, our researchers, students, and staff enjoyed being back to in-person events, celebrating funding for groundbreaking projects, and connecting to our community beyond campus. As we approach the end of year, let’s take time to review some of the highlights from 2022.

Memorable moments

As Canada gradually reopened after pandemic shutdowns, we had the chance to once again hold on campus events to celebrate research and innovation. In July, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade Vic Fedeli, and other dignitaries came to Queen’s to announce a $1.5 billion investment in an EV battery facility in Eastern Ontario that will create hundreds of jobs and partnership opportunities for the university, and boost Ontario’s economy. The podium party also took the opportunity to interact with Queen’s researchers and students.

[Group photo of Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Champagne, and Queen's researchers]
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister François-Philippe Champagne meet with Kevin Deluzio, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and Queen's researchers at Ingenuity Labs Research Institute.

In November, Queen's hosted the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. He met with students, senior leadership, and members of the research community. The same week, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) president Ted Hewitt visited the campus to meet with Queen's senior leadership and early career researchers, including scholars in Indigenous and Black Studies research.

Support for groundbreaking research

Cathleen Crudden (Chemistry) kicked-off 2022 with $24 million in support from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund to advance research on molecular coatings designed to significantly extend the lifespan of vital metals.

In August, the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives Fund also announced key support for two research facilities affiliated with Queen’s. Combined, SNOLAB – Canada’s deep clean astroparticle research laboratory – and the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) Operations and Statistics Centre were granted $122 million, representing around 20 per cent of the total funding announced to support Canada’s major research infrastructure. Vice-Principal (Research) Nancy Ross travelled 2 km underground to host the announcement, which included Minister Champagne and Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor.

[Photo of Queen's researchers and government officials travel to SNOLAB]
Dr. Nancy Ross accompanies Queen's Emeritus Professor and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald, Minister François-Philippe Champagne, local Members of Parliament, and SNOLAB administration on their way to the facility 2 km underground.

Other funding that will support Queen’s future research include:

[Art of Research photo Aging with Oasis by Riley Malvern]
Queen's Art of Research photo contest winner: Aging with Oasis by Riley Malvern, Staff (Health Services and Policy Research Institute), Kingston, Ontario.

Several Queen’s researchers were also recognized with prestigious awards and prizes. John McGarry (Political Studies) was the 2022 laureate for the Pearson Peace Medal, an award designated by the United Nations Association of Canada to recognize a Canadian who has made outstanding contributions to peace and prosperity around the world.

Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) received the inaugural Canadian Association of Physicists Fellowship for lifetime achievement. Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering) was awarded the inaugural NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research, which recognizes outstanding research that has led to exceptional benefits for Canadian society, the environment, and the economy. Early-career researcher Farnaz Heidar-Zadeh (Chemistry) earned Ontario’s Polanyi Prize for her research advancing innovative computational molecular design techniques.

Other recognitions included fellowships from of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Faculty members were also appointed or reappointed as Canada Research Chairs, the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning, and as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Chair of Artificial Intelligence. Queen’s students and postdoctoral fellows received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, two of the most prestigious national awards for future researchers. Internally, three researchers received the Queen’s Prizes for Excellence in Research, which are granted to early-career researchers who have demonstrated significant contributions to their fields.

[Clockwise: Fateme Babaha, Mackenzie Collins, Jessica Hallenbeck, Joshua Kofsky, Sandra Smeltzer, Jodi-Mae John, Michael P.A. Murphy, Chloe Halpenny.]
Queen's 2022 Vanier Scholars and Banting Fellows [clockwise] Fateme Babaha, Mackenzie Collins, Jessica Hallenbeck, Joshua Kofsky, Sandra Smeltzer, Jodi-Mae John, Michael P.A. Murphy, Chloe Halpenny.

In the news

The Gazette published dozens of research profiles and stories that highlight some of the groundbreaking research undertaken by faculty and students. Our community is addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, like climate change, with programs on carbon dioxide conversion technology and sustainable finance.

Queen’s experts are responding to challenges worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, like health professionals’ mental health struggles, and working to create new technological solutions for human problems, including robots that can improve human mobility. They are also advancing the field of neuromorphic computers and figuring out new ways to manage obesity.

We continued our partnership with The Conversation Canada, an online news platform that pairs academic experts with experienced journalists to write informed content that can be shared and repurposed by media outlets worldwide. Over spring and fall, Queen’s hosted members of their editorial team for four workshops for researchers and graduate students.

This year, 69 Queen’s researchers published 76 articles and garnered over 1.7 million reads on The Conversation. Some of our most read articles covered topics like the impacts of housework imbalance in women’s sexual desire, the power of routines, the relationships between eating rhythms and mental health, and the causes for lung damage in COVID-19.

[Art of Research photo: The Tiniest Tree of Life by Dr. Elahe Alizadeh]
Queen's Art of Research photo contest winner: The Tiniest Tree of Life by Dr. Elahe Alizadeh, Staff (Queen's CardioPulmonary Unit [QCPU]), Queen's University.

Mobilizing research

At Queen’s, we believe inspiring new generations of researchers, gearing research processes towards more equitable and inclusive ones, and bringing together the academy and our community is as important as doing outstanding research. We are proud of our efforts to support Black Excellence in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine/health) and women’s participation and leadership in Engineering.

In 2022, our annual photo contest, Art of Research, was reimagined to focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and placed a spotlight on the intrinsic connection between research and social impact.

Our researchers and students have also been working to bring their expertise to the public via outreach events, art installations, short presentations, and connecting with the global community to discuss urgent matters like the crisis in Ukraine – in April, we hosted a panel discussion about the origins and the impact of the conflict featuring experts in political studies and law.

[Art of Research photo: Polar Bear Denning by Scott Arlidge]
Queen's Art of Research photo contest winner: Polar Bear Denning by Scott Arlidge, Graduate Student (School of Environmental Studies), Coral Harbour, Nunavut.


Integrating research into the undergraduate experience

The Undergraduate Summer Student Research Fellowships provide students with the unique opportunity to pursue their own research project under the guidance of a Queen’s faculty member.

As the winter semester wraps up, undergraduate students start thinking about how they will spend their summers. For many, this decision is filled with choices around work, internships, and a variety of other professional endeavours. At Queen’s, for more than a decade, undergraduate students have had the opportunity to further expand their research skills through the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF).

"One of Queen’s strategic goals is to embed research into teaching and learning," says Nancy Ross, Vice-Principal Research. "The USSRF exposes students to research experiences, including the challenges and rewards. Along the way, students gain analytical and presentation skills that will help prepare them for future studies or careers."

The USSRF gives Queen’s students the unique opportunity to develop a research project with a faculty supervisor on a topic of their choice. Through this process, students develop foundational research skills that they can apply as they continue their studies and eventually transition into the workplace. Twenty students were awarded fellowships in 2022, with two of these fellowships taking place at the Bader College campus, in East Sussex, England.

"Working at Bader College was a life-changing experience as I had never been outside of North America prior to my travel," says Noah Berc, 2022 USSRF Fellow. "Growing as a field researcher requires practice and the USSRF is the best opportunity for undergraduates to learn and grow in the world of academia. Moving forward, I hope to conduct more research during my time at Queen’s."

Recently, these USSRF recipients were given the opportunity to present their final research at a recognition event hosted by Principal Patrick Deane and Nancy Ross, Vice-Principal Research.

[Photo of Angela Li presenting her project]
Angela Li presents her project "Social and Supportive Relationships of Adolescents with Physical Disabilities in Canada and France" during the 2022 USSRF recognition event.

Here are some project highlights from the 2022 cohort:

Anwar Subhani’s (Supervisor: Setareh Ghahari; Rehabilitation Studies) project looked at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada on immigrants from the United States in comparison to immigrants from other countries. Through his research, he was able to conclude that, due to a myriad of factors, non-US immigrants were more reluctant to seek external support and had a greater likelihood of contracting the virus, while US immigrants faced a higher degree of socio-economic decline.

Noah Berc’s (Supervisor: Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal; History) fellowship took place at Bader College. Berc researched the Frisian crusade to Acre between 1217-1218. His project highlighted the unpredictability and complexity of crusades throughout the European region, referencing specific historic events from the perspective of a writer who was a part of the journey.

Taylor Cole (Supervisor: J. Andrew Grant; Political Studies) examined the sourcing of minerals for renewable energy technologies. Based on her research, she concluded that the demand for minerals needed in the creation of renewable technology will expand the mining industry, which, if managed poorly, will bring with it a plethora of social consequences. She looked at the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a key example of a country that has seen the negative social effects of the expansion of the mining industry.

How to participate

The USSRF is an important initiative that demonstrates Queen’s commitment to integrating research opportunities into the undergraduate experience. To learn more about previous fellowships or the application process for the 2023 cohort of the USSRF, visit the Vice-Principal Research Portfolio website.


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