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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.


$1M gift supports Indigenous Academics

An endowment from Norman and Gay Loveland provides a solid foundation for the STEM: Indigenous Academics program.

Gay and Norman Loveland have created a $1 million endowment to support STEM:InA, an academic support and community-building program for Indigenous students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-based undergraduate degree programs through the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. (Supplied Photo) 

Queen’s University will be able to provide renewed support for its new STEM: Indigenous Academics (STEM:InA) program, thanks to a $1 million endowment established by alumnus Norman Loveland BSc’65 (Civil),  JD (University of Toronto) and his wife, Gay Loveland, MEd (University of Toronto).

The Lovelands decided to support STEM:InA, an academic support and community-building program for Indigenous students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) -based undergraduate degree programs through the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s. The program will build on the success of the Aboriginal Access to Engineering program that their endowed gift continues to support.

“This endowment from the Lovelands will truly help us create a strong and successful community of Indigenous STEM students here at Queen’s,” says Karen Bertrand, Vice-Principal, Advancement. “This initiative provides Indigenous students with the social and academic foundation they need to thrive and make a positive impact on the world, and this endowment makes that possible.

The Lovelands are long-time champions of Queen’s engineering programs and have previously funded endowments that continue to provide: awards for Civil Engineering students based on financial need and achievement;  support for the Aboriginal Access to Engineering (AAE) program, a faculty initiative designed to make engineering education accessible and inclusive to Indigenous youth;  and funding for the Norman and Gay Loveland Civil Engineering Fund, which supports the Department of Civil Engineering to further its relations with its varied stakeholders: staff, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, government, industry partners and friends.

“We are very proud of our connection to Queen’s and its ongoing commitment to Indigenous students,” Norman Loveland says. “Gay and I hope that our support of the Engineering portion of the program might inspire further philanthropic support to it, and to the other faculties involved, notably Arts and Science and Health Sciences.”

STEM:InA aims to create a strong and successful community of Indigenous STEM students at Queen’s through services, programming, and events. STEM:InA also works to alleviate the isolation felt by many Indigenous STEM students by building a distinct Indigenous STEM community.

Harnessing the digital transformation

Engage with faculty and graduate researchers on the multi-disciplinary impact of digital technologies during the virtual Queen’s Digitalization Research Conference.

[Photo of an art installation by fabio courtesy of Unsplash]

In recent years, digital technologies have come to play a progressively integral role in nearly all interactions in our day-to-day lives, from business to politics, health, education, culture, and society. The take-over of Zoom, for instance, in our shift from in-person to remote work and school, provides an excellent example of just how influential digital technologies can become in shaping our lives.

Spanning a wide variety of sectors, technology-enabled transformation is a phenomenon that has produced research across a similarly diverse set of disciplines here at Queen’s.

In order to create a space for faculty and graduate students to connect and present their research on digitalization in our society, the Queen’s University Digital Transformation Research Group has organized its first annual Digitalization Research Conference, on Friday, Oct. 22. The virtual conference aims to bring together researchers from across disciplines to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange amongst students and faculty. The long-term goal is to build upon this collaboration as an important step towards making Queen’s a thought-leader in Canada on digitalization.

The conference is supported by two faculty sponsors: Kathryn Brohman (Smith School of Business), Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Digital Technology, and Martin Hand (Sociology).Queen’s PhD students Patrick Egbunonu (Smith School of Business) and Spencer Huesken (Sociology) are the conference co-chairs.

“The conference will not only translate into future research productivity, but it will also identify cross-disciplinary opportunities for future programs and make Queen’s the ‘go to’ place for policymakers and media,” says Dr. Brohman.

The conference will touch on the themes of technology’s impact on power dynamics, digitalization of work, industry and practice, and social implications of digitalization, data, and information. It also features a presentation by keynote speaker Jan Recker who holds the position of Nucleus Professor for Information Systems and Digital Innovation in the Hamburg Business School at the University of Hamburg. By exploring the intersection of people, technology and organizations, Recker’s work tries to understand how technology design and process thinking can help solve complex problems.

Following the presentations, participants are welcome to join the Digital@Queen’s Hangout, which is meant to provide graduate students with an opportunity to connect socially and share ideas in a more informal forum.

Dr. Brohman stresses the importance of fostering a space for inter-disciplinary collaboration.

“Students and faculty across disciplines are doing amazing work in digitalization and we hope that by starting a conversation, Queen’s will identify ways to make their work more impactful.”  By designating the conference as “pan-Queen’s”, conference leaders are taking a ‘bottom up’ approach to motivating high quality and high impact research as opposed to ‘top-down’ efforts that try to get cross-disciplinary faculty to collaborate.”

The Friday, Oct. 22 event is free and open to the public with registration and full schedule available on Eventbrite. You can find more information about the conference on their website and you can follow them on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for updates and highlights.

Queen’s remembers Sameh Sorour

Assistant professor in the School of Computing arrived at Queen’s in 2019 and in that time became a well-respected and well-loved member of the community.

The Queen’s community is remembering Sameh Sorour, an assistant professor in the School of Computing who died on Oct. 6. He was 41.

Dr. Sameh Sorour
Dr. Sameh Sorour

Dr. Sorour arrived at Queen’s in 2019 and in that time became a well-respected and well-loved member of the School of Computing and had an impact on colleagues and students alike. His research interests involved the broad areas of advanced communications, networking, computing, and learning technologies for intelligent, autonomous, and cyber-physical systems. He successfully attracted research funding from a variety of sources including NSERC, OCI, Ericsson and Kings Distributed Systems.  

Dr. Sorour was a senior IEEE member and an editor for the IEEE Communications Letters and the IEEE Canadian Journal on Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a prolific author with 50 journal publications in top tier journals.

“Sameh was a wonderful scholar, instructor, mentor and colleague” says Hossam Hassanein, Director, School of Computing. “His passing is a big loss to Queen’s, the School of Computing and to the scientific community.”

Dr. Sorour received his B.Sc. (2002) and M.Sc. (2006) degrees from Alexandria University, before earning his PhD from University of Toronto in 2011. His PhD thesis was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award. His PhD advisor, Shahrokh Valaee, says that he was the best student he had in his group in Toronto.

Dr. Sorour then obtained a MITACS postdoctoral industrial fellowship to work as an industrial researcher at Siradel Canada in conjunction with the University of Toronto. In 2012 he moved to Saudi Arabia for a year-long postdoctoral research fellowship at King Abduallah University of Science and Technology. He then worked as a lecturer at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (2013-2016) and as an assistant professor at University of Idaho (2016-2019). 

Dr. Sorour was married with two young daughters.

Membership of Principal’s Advisory Committee, Faculty of Arts and Science

Barbara Crow’s term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science will conclude June 30, 2022. Dr. Crow has indicated she would like to stand for a second term.

On behalf of Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green announces the membership of the committee that will advise him on the deanship and the present state and prospects of the Faculty of Arts and Science.


  • Mark Green – Chair
  • Lori Stewart – Secretary
  • Fahim Quadir – Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Alyth Roos – President, Arts and Science Undergraduate Society
  • Anastasiya Boika – Society for Graduate and Professional Students
  • Sam McKegney – Faculty, English Language and Literature
  • Ajay Agarwal – Faculty, Geography and Planning
  • Haley Everson – Staff, Associate Director, Student Services -Advising, Appeals, and Academic Consideration
  • Mark Walters – Dean, Faculty of Law
  • Sandra den Otter – Vice-Provost (International)
  • Klodiana Kolomitro – Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning)
  • Stephanie Simpson – Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill ­– Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)
  • Shelley Arnott – Faculty, Biology

Principal Deane extends his thanks to the members of this committee for their willingness to serve. As noted in a previous announcement, submissions on the present administration and future development of the faculty can be sent to the principal at principal@queensu.ca  Submissions may also be made to the committee through the committee chair at provost@queensu.ca. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at noon.

Guided walking tour of Belle Park will highlight project research

Join Mary Louise Adams (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies) and Alexander Braun (Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) for a guided walking tour of the Belle Park Project, a University Research Project funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council (SSHRC), on Sunday, Oct. 17, 3-5 pm, at Belle Park.

Full details can be found on the Belle Park Project website.

The tour will focus on what has been learned from research in Belle Park and on the questions that are emerging in relation to the proposed remediation of the Tannery lands and the Inner Harbour. Drs. Adams and Braun will discuss the social, cultural and environmental situation of Belle Park, a conglomerate of human and natural ecosystems.

The walk will be on the gravel service road along the south end of the park and overlooking the Tannery lands.

This event is free to attend and open to all. No registration required. COVID protocols apply, so please bring a mask and maintain proper distancing.

*Rain date: Tuesday. Oct. 19 4-6 pm.

Queen’s alumnus David Card wins Nobel Prize

Research applies natural experiments to determine the labour market impacts of minimum wages, immigration, and education.

Nobel drawing of David Card
David Card, co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, is a Queen's University alumnus (Artsci’78, LLD’99). ( Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach 2021)

Queen’s University alumnus David Card (Artsci’78, LLD’99) has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

Dr. Card was born into a dairy-farming family near Guelph, and then went to Queen’s University, originally intending to study physics. But he quickly switched to economics because he felt it was more practical.  

No matter the reason, the choice certainly paid off as Dr. Card, who now is at the University of California, Berkley, has been awarded one half of a Nobel Prize. The other half went jointly to Joshua D. Angrist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Guido W. Imbens of Stanford University.

“My contributions are pretty modest,” Dr. Card says in a story on the Berkley website. “It’s about trying to get more scientific tie-in and evidence-based analysis in economics.”

With Princeton economist Alan Krueger, he found a 1992 minimum wage increase in the state of New Jersey did not hurt – and may have actually boosted – job growth at fast-food restaurants. 

His work on immigration found that a massive influx of Cuban refugees into Miami, in 1980, known as the Mariel boat lift, had almost no impact on the local job market.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that work in a statement lauding Dr. Card and his ground-breaking work.

“Dr. Card is being recognized for his pioneering work on minimum wages, immigration, and education, which have considerably improved our understanding of the labour market over the last few decades. His recent work studied the effects of increasing the minimum wage on employment and challenged conventional wisdom,” the prime minister said. “On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate Dr. Card for this remarkable achievement, and thank him for helping us to better understand the economy, as we work to build a strong economic recovery that benefits everyone for a better future at home and around the world.”

Dr. Card told the Globe and Mail his research was not initially met with much enthusiasm.

“To tell you the honest truth, at the time the work was not so well received by many economists. A few people thought it was interesting. It got published. It was not widely accepted.”

Today the research, along with that of Dr. Angrist and Dr. Imbens, is heralded as pioneering. The Nobel Prize committee says it has “provided us with new insights about the labour market and shown what conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn from natural experiments. Their approach has spread to other fields and revolutionized empirical research.”

His advice for current students? Don’t give up.

“Van Gogh never sold any paintings in his life,” Dr. Card told the Toronto Star. “So, if you want to take that as a possible way, you know, to think about your own work.”

At Berkeley, he is Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Dr. Card earned his Bachelor of Arts at Queen’s in 1978, followed by a PhD at Princeton in 1983 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s in 1999. Among many awards, he was the recipient of the Prince of Wales Prize at Queen's in 1978. 

In 2013, Dr. Card was named the John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow by the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has also held various prominent editorial positions as co‐editor American Economic Review (2002‐2005), co‐editor of Econometrica (1993‐97), and associate editor of the Journal of Labor Economics (1988‐92).

For the Record – Oct. 7, 2021

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

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

Selection Committee – Head, Department of Gender Studies

Dr. Elaine Power’s term as Head of the Department of Gender Studies is scheduled to end on Dec. 30, 2021. The Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) has appointed a Selection Committee
to advise him on the appointment of the next Head.

The Selection Committee has the following membership: 

Elected Members

  • Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies
  • Melissa Houghtaling, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies
  • Margaret Little, Professor, Gender Studies
  • Katherine McKittrick, Professor, Gender Studies
  • Trish Salah, Associate Professor, Gender Studies
  • Marcus Taylor, Cognate Faculty, Associate Professor, Global Development Studies
  • Denita Arthurs, Department Manager and Graduate Program Administrator, Gender Studies
  • Sarah Smith, Graduate Student, Gender Studies
  • Charlie Atkinson, Undergraduate Student, Gender Studies
  • Chris DeLuca, Associate Dean (School of Graduate Studies)
  • Barbara Crow (Chair), Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Danielle Gugler (Secretary), Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.6 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, I invite your comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Gender Studies by 12 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2021. (Please note that this deadline has been extended from the original deadline). Please also submit names of possible candidates for the Headship. Send all comments, in confidence, to the attention of Danielle Gugler. All letters will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.

At the request of either the Department members or the Committee, a meeting can be arranged between the Department and the Committee to ascertain the Department’s views on the qualities of a Head. Once a short list has been established, it will be distributed to members of the Department for further input on the merits of the respective candidate(s).

Experts discuss resiliency during COVID-19

On Oct. 14, Queen’s researchers and alumni will provide insight into our post-pandemic future.

[Road to Recovery: Resilience - Queen's Virtual Event]

With ongoing vaccine distribution, increasing vaccination rates, and case numbers decreasing in Canada, there is an opportunity to have thoughtful and candid conversations about the future beyond COVID-19. The pandemic and its impact continue to evolve and so do our questions about how it affects us all, on a local to a global scale. From examining the implications of the fourth wave and variants of concern to a greater focus on what economic recovery looks like and what changes in social norms mean going forward, there is an opportunity to reflect on how resiliency has shaped our actions during the pandemic and will continue to do so for the future.

Offered as part of the virtual Homecoming lineup this year, University Relations and the Office of Advancement have teamed up to present another installment of the free and open-to-the-public Road to Recovery event series on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. Queen’s alumnus Elamin Abdelmahmoud (Artsci’11) will reprise his role as moderator for this edition on resilience. Host of CBC’s weekly pop culture podcast Pop Chat, co-host of CBC’s political podcast Party Lines, and culture editor for Buzzfeed News, Abdelmahmoud will provide expert insight into what is top of mind for Canadians and ask the questions we all have about this next stage of the pandemic.

Joining Abdelmahmoud for the discussion will be experts in economic recovery, politics, public opinion, and health care. They are:

  • Christopher Cotton – Jarislowsky-Deutsch Chair in Economic & Financial Policy at Queen’s University and member of the Royal Society of Canada’s COVID-19 Working Group on Economic Recovery and Global Canada’s COVID Strategic Choices Group
  • Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant – Professor in the Department of Political Studies, Director of the Canadian Opinion Archive at Queen’s University, and author of Gendered News: Media Coverage and Electoral Politics in Canada
  • Rico Garcia Ondarza – President of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) and Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company focused on economic, financial, and sector-based strategy development for government and public sector institutions
  • Gerald Evans – Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases at Queen’s University and member of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, the Ontario COVID-19 Testing Strategy and Policy Task Force and the Ontario COVID-19 Behavioural Sciences Working Group

 Join the Q&A discussion and register for the Road to Recovery: Resilience.

Queen’s remembers student Jacob Downey

Jacob Downey
Jacob Downey

The Queen’s community is remembering Jacob Downey, who passed suddenly after a medical emergency on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Jacob was 18 years old.

Jacob was in his first year of studies in kinesiology in the Faculty of Arts and Science with a goal of pursuing a career in sports medicine.

An excellent student and athlete, Jacob was one of three recipients of the Peterborough Petes Education Fund Minor Hockey Scholarship program prior to arriving at Queen’s from his hometown of Lindsay, ON. Jacob had many friends from his activities and had already developed a number of friendships with fellow students and residents of Jean Royce Hall.

Jacob will be deeply missed by his parents, Peter and Laurie, his extended family, and friends. 

Students who feel a need to speak to someone should contact Student Wellness ServicesFaith and Spiritual Life, or supportservices@queensu.caGood2Talk (for 24/7 confidential support, call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868) or EmpowerMe (24/7 confidential counselling by phone and online at 1-844-741-6389) are also available for support and resources.


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