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The Conversation: How sex and gender influence how we vote

Men and women are not unified voting blocs. We must consider how voters identify themselves in terms of gender to truly understand how women and men think about politics.

Neither men nor women vote in blocs, and gender identity helps explain voting patterns. (Photo by photo by Arnaud Jaegers/Unsplash)

Leading up to the recent midterm elections in the United States, pundits predicted women voters and candidates would alter the race.

There were, in fact, historic changes as more women than ever gained seats in U.S. Congress, breaking the 100-seat barrier. The winners included two Muslim women and two Native American women, both historic firsts.

However, as we unpack and explain voting patterns, the narrative must move beyond stereotypical and biologically grounded explanations that focus on men and women as voting blocs. Instead, we must ask how gender orientations condition men’s and women’s politics.

Several lessons from our ongoing research are instructive: First, gender strongly conditions the impact of sex on the vote. By “gender,” we mean the extent to which men and women identify with masculinity and femininity as sets of roles, traits and ideals.

The impact of gender on the vote differs from the effect of sex alone, in part because sex does not determine where you place yourself on a masculinity/femininity continuum.

Why some men are more liberal

Our work on measuring sex and gender in survey research, published last year in Political Behavior, shows that men who do not strongly identify with hypermasculinity are equally or more liberal than women on various issues, from same-sex marriage to social spending.

This implies that moderately masculine men, so to speak, are not in the Republican orbit because they do not share the party’s positions on the issues that defined the 2018 midterms: Immigration, gun rights, Brett Kavanaugh and the backlash against so-called “identity politics.”

In fact, all respondents whose gender self-placement veers from the most masculine or feminine endpoints of the scale tend to be more politically moderate than the hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine identifiers.

This means that highly feminine women — those who possess very traditional gender identities — are more conservative on some issues, including workplace discrimination, and are indeed open to the Republican platform.

Neither men nor women vote in blocs, and gender identity helps explain voting patterns. (Photo by Mirah Curzer/Unsplash)

The general message here is not novel in its recognition of multiple and cross-cutting identities and their importance to voting. Race, socioeconomic status and religion, for example, are other important influences on the vote.

What is novel about our research is that it identifies the patterns from an overlooked aspect of identity — gender. Sex and gender tend to be treated as synonymous both in “real life” and in research. Disentangling them is revealing the ways that our biology affects our behaviour less than previously thought.

Gender not a factor for some

The second big message coming from our research is that we must stop automatically treating gender as a “first-order” or “meta” identity that eclipses all other identities. For some voters, gender is not a strong pull on the vote or on political attitudes. Our research published last year in the Canadian Journal of Political Science finds that there are few male-female gaps in attitudes, and presumably voting, among people for whom gender is not important.

It’s only among those for whom gender is highly salient (and this is the case for a lot of people) that sex and gender have the potential to create gaps in attitudes and votes, producing a chasm in the electorate.

In the context of the 2018 midterms, a key observation is that sex and gender are more prominent in some campaigns than others.

Sometimes gender-based issues are at the top of the agenda, or high proportions of women candidates run. This can cue voters to think about gender issues when making their vote choices, a process called priming.

This helps explain the large partisan gaps between men and women and the unprecedented showing of women candidates in 2018. A record number of women candidates ran and won, and media, think tanks, researchers and political parties spent a lot of time discussing the anticipated “pink wave.”

#MeToo movement in play

What’s more, voters went to the polls soon after a Supreme Court confirmation process fought nearly exclusively over allegations that nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted several women. And this came after a year of intensive public action by the #MeToo movement, which has illuminated the widespread sexual violence and harassment faced by women.

It’s clear the electoral environment contributes to the politicization of social divisions. When campaigns focus on other issues or other types of candidates, different electoral divides define the vote, and sex and gender may take a back seat to partisanship, race or religion.

Traditionally, we talk about women voters as if they are unique and act as a bloc. But not all women vote the same, and women don’t uniformly feel the same about issues, parties or candidates over time.

Context matters. It activates identities in the minds of voters, and campaigns provide cues for the types of considerations that will influence voters at the ballot box. The 2018 midterm election campaign activated sex, but it also activated gender, and the strength of a voter’s masculinity and femininity no doubt had a discernible impact on how they cast their ballots.The Conversation


Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant is an associate professor the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, director of Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, and director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive. Amanda Bittner is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Supporting future success

New apprenticeship program gives Queen’s University graduates a boost in their job search.

New Queen’s University graduates have been given a unique opportunity for employment thanks to a donation from benefactor and parent of a Queen’s Arts and Science graduate, Alan Rottenberg. The funding has been used to create the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program.

Employers who commit to a one-year, full-time job with training built in for a new graduate are reimbursed for four months of the gross salary to a maximum of $4,000 per month. The ultimate goal is that the employees will continue on after the completion of the apprenticeship. In 2019, the program will provide funding for 35 new apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship program designed for arts and humanities graduates is a joint effort between Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science and the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. The objective of this innovative program is to help new graduates launch their career while retaining skilled talent in the Kingston community to support business growth.

”These students are talented, and Kingston businesses can benefit from keeping them here and helping them launch their careers. It really is a win-win for everyone,“ says Rottenberg. ”The pilot proved a great partnership that delivered amazing results and that is why we are ready to make it even bigger this year.”

The program was piloted last year with eight students starting their careers in Kingston with organizations such VIVA Productions, Make Hay Media, Keilty International, BBD, and Meta Innovation Technologies. The average starting salary was $43,166. The participants graduated from various programs such as Film and Media, English, Psychology, and Global Development Studies.

”We know we have good students, so when Alan approached us about this idea of an apprenticeship program I said absolutely, let’s make it happen. And now, here we are poised to triple the program this year ensuring that our students are successful not only in the classroom but after they leave,” says Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science.

Interested employers are encouraged to contact the Kingston Economic Development Corporation to have their job positions posted to the Queen’s University Job Board. The interview process will take place in early 2019 with successful candidates starting their jobs by the end of May.

“The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is very excited to support this incredible program. We are grateful that our partners recognize the importance of investing in new graduates and actively building Kingston’s vibrant workforce of the future,” says Donna Gillespie, CEO, Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

For more information visit the website.

A ‘noteable’ day for Queen’s and Canada

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science Barbara Crow and Professor Jonathan Rose were members of an expert panel that selected Viola Desmond to adorn the new $10 bill.

The new $10 bill, featuring the image of Viola Desmond, entered circulation on Monday, Nov. 19, marking the completion of a project that involved the work of two Queen’s faculty members.

Desmond is the first Canadian woman to be featured on a regularly circulating banknote. She is best known for her refusal to accept racial segregation in a Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946. She was also an entrepreneur and civil rights activist and over the years, her defiance has resounded with Canadians and was an inspiration for racial equality.

Barbara Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Jonathan Rose, a professor in the Department of Political Studies, were members of an expert panel in the selection process. Both say this note marks a turning point in Canada’s narrative.

Front and back of $10 bill, featuring Viola Desmond - Bank of Canada photo]
The front of he new $10 bill features an image of Viola Desmond, while the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is on the back. (Bank of Canada) 

“A currency is a public expression of national identity so it’s only appropriate that citizens should have an important role in deciding who should be on it,” Dr. Rose says.

Dr. Crow adds that the appearance of a woman, and importantly a woman of color, on Canada’s $10 bill will have a profound effect on Canadians as a people.

“What I think is incredible about the choice is that all of us can stand up to injustice, and she did. Every single Canadian can stand up,” she says. “The other women (who were considered), they had lots of expertise, deep expertise, in something that not all of us can attain but all of us can stand up to injustice.”

Both Dr. Crow and Dr. Rose say the process was an excellent exercise in altering Canada’s conception of itself, involving wide public consultation, for which Dr. Rose praised Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz (Artsci'78). Dr. Rose says the civic engagement around which woman should be on Canada’s new banknote set a precedent for how meaningful engagement should happen, especially when considering such an important part of Canada’s national identity.

“Of all the projects I have been involved with, this was probably the most exciting and really I felt privileged to be part of it, so it’s nice that Queen’s has had such an important stake in it,” he says.

As a feminist and gender studies scholar, Dr. Crow says that having the conversation about women, and their centrality in Canadian history, spill into workplaces, coffee shops, and schools, is essential to understanding how important standing up to injustice is, something we should all aspire to and can do.

Desmond’s sister, Wanda Robson, was the first to make a purchase with the iconic bill in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, also featured on the new note.

Both Dr. Crow and Dr. Rose say they are excited to see their research contributions touching the hands of Canadians, and look forward to joining Robson very soon in spending their first ‘Desy.’

To learn more about Viola Desmond and the new features of the $10 bill, visit the Bank of Canada website.

Igniting curiosity

First edition of the IGnite: Inspiring Generations through Research short talk series launches Nov. 15 at The Isabel.

First edition of the IGnite: Inspiring Generations through Research short talk series launches Nov. 15 at The Isabel.

The IGnite series will demonstrate that you do not need a PhD to understand a lecture on particle astrophysics. As part of an exciting new research promotion initiative, two Queen’s researchers from completely different fields will discuss, in one hour, some of the universe’s deepest mysteries and greatest miracles.

The IGnite: Inspiring Generations through Research series is a collaboration between the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and the Office of Vice-Principal (University Relations) at Queen’s. While each event will feature two researchers from different fields discussing their projects and research experiences, events will also include interactive demonstrations and poster presentations from students and additional researchers.

Promising fun with an academic twist, the lecture series will launch Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Assistant Professor Ken Clark (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy)

IGnite aims to showcase the diversity of research happening across campus at Queen’s and beyond,” says Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal (University Relations). “It also offers an opportunity for researchers to actively communicate and share their innovative and ground-breaking work with the public.”

At the inaugural event, Jacalyn Duffin, Professor Emerita (School of Medicine, Faculty of Education, Departments of Philosophy and History), will explore the history of medical miracles, including her role in the canonization of the first Canadian-born saint. Dr. Duffin is the former holder of the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine and is both a hematologist and a historian, and will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2019.

The second speaker, Ken Clark (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy), will explore the mysteries of dark matter and neutrinos, highlighting his work at SNOLAB in Sudbury and IceCube in Antarctica. Dr. Clark is an assistant professor of particle astrophysics, collaborating closely on experimental projects such as PICO, which uses bubble chambers to search for galactic dark matter.

Professor Emerita Jacalyn Duffin (School of Medicine, Faculty of Education, Departments of Philosophy and History)

Both researchers’ projects reveal aspects of our world that few people ever directly encounter. Dr. Duffin will incorporate insights from her time researching in the Vatican Secret Archives, while Dr. Clark will explain that in order to understand some of the world’s smallest particles, called neutrinos, he has had to travel to some of the deepest and remotest locations on Earth. 

“Research only works by making their results known, not just to other scientists but also to the public. So, it is imperative that we share our findings with those whom support us,” says Tony Noble, Scientific Director of the McDonald Institute. “But more importantly, these public events give researchers an opportunity to inspire future researchers and future policy-makers, and illustrate the importance of research and fundamental science in impacting everyday lives.”

The first event (one of a three-part series for the 2018-2019 academic year) is Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-9:30 pm, at The Isabel. Registration is free on Eventbrite and light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the series, see the McDonald Institute’s website.  

Celebrating undergraduate research

Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships allow students to team up with their supervisor on research or develop a separate project in an area of personal interest.

  • The 2018 cohort of USSRF students.
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf and Interim Vice-Principal (Research) Kimberly Woodhouse congratulate the 2018 cohort of USSRF students.
  • Attendees listen to students as they present their USSRF projects.
    A poster display was put up in Stauffer Library to highlight the research completed by participants in the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships.
  • USSRF student poster projects on display in Stauffer Library
    One of the participants in the USSRF program discusses her poster project on display in Stauffer Library.
  • Economics undergraduate student Juliette Deck
    Economics undergraduate student Juliette Deck shares her experience with the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships.
  • Electrical engineering undergraduate Dimitri Georgaras
    Electrical engineering undergraduate Dimitri Georgaras discusses his research project during the celebration ceremony.

While summer is often the time for students to head to the cottage or pick up short-term employment, for the recipients of the 2018 Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF), the summer months provided an opportunity to engage in discovery-based learning and develop their research skills.

The USSRF provides undergraduate students a unique opportunity to enhance their research skills under the supervision of a faculty member in the fields of the social sciences, humanities, or creative arts. Over a 16-week period, students team up with their supervisor to participate in their research program or they may develop a separate project in an area of personal interest.

Recently, as part of the annual USSRF celebration, hosted by Principal Daniel Woolf and Kimberly Woodhouse, Interim Vice-Principal (Research), the 31 recipients of the 2018 USSRF had a chance to display project posters.  During the event, attendees also heard from two recipients about their own experiences with the program. 

Dimitri Georgaras is an electrical engineering undergraduate supervised by Dr. Matthew Rogalsky (Dan School of Drama & Music). His project “Taming the Ghost in the Machine,” examined electronic feedback as a method of sound synthesis in live electronic music. The purpose-built electronic feedback instrument that Georgaras designed and constructed for this project will now be available to students in the Queen’s Sonic Arts Studio.

"It is not every day you are given the chance to develop and conduct a research project in your area of true passion, especially if that area is as niche as mine. The USSRF has not only given me a summer’s worth of research I am able to look back upon with pride, but has also provided me with the confidence that I will be able to continue to pursue my passion for music and electronics,” says Georgaras.

USSRF also provided economics student Juliette Deck with an opportunity to research the 1997 Quebec Universal Child Care Policy with Dr. Ian Keay (Economics). Her project looked at the case for Canadian universal childcare subsidization by assessing the effects of Quebec’s policy on female after-tax earnings through a difference-in-difference study. Deck hopes that this research will inform current policy debates.

“This experience improved my ability to analyze complex data, collaborate with academic experts, and synthesize information for an academic paper. I plan to apply the skills I have gained both in my pursuit of a law degree, as well as towards my broader career aspirations of solving complex problems using data,” says Deck.   

Since 2011, the USSRF program has provided hundreds of undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to experience the research process first-hand and garner transferable skills.

Research posters from this year’s USSRF students will be on display in Stauffer Library from Oct. 23 to Nov. 2. Applications for the 2019 program are due at 4PM on March 1, 2019.

“Research can be an important part of a rich and rewarding undergraduate experience,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). “Having research experience at the undergraduate level helps students acquire a foundation of employment-ready skills and prepare for further education.”

For more information, visit the USSRF program website.

Queen’s chemist garners international honour

Cathleen Crudden becomes third Queen’s faculty member to win American Chemical Society award.

Cathleen Crudden headshot
Cathleen Crudden (Chemistry)  has been named the winner of the 2019 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in celebration of her outstanding achievements in the field of organic chemistry.

Cathleen Crudden, a professor and researcher in the Department of Chemistry, has been named the winner of the 2019 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in celebration of her outstanding achievements in the field of organic chemistry. This recognition of Dr. Crudden’s contributions is especially remarkable, as she is one of only a handful of Canadians to be chosen for this honour in the award’s 32-year history, and the third Queen’s faculty member to win after Andrew Evans in 2017 and Victor Snieckus in 2001.   

“I am grateful for the work from my lab to be recognized by the American Chemical Society with an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award,” says Dr. Crudden. “It is an honour to have your career recognized in this way, and I hope that it inspires my students at Queen’s and chemistry students across Canada to know that they can make an international impact in this exciting discipline.” 

Dr. Crudden is widely known for innovations in the development of organic chemistry approaches to the preparation of molecules of interest to the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, her work on the preparation of “chiral” organic compounds using Suzuki-Miyaura cross–coupling chemistry has been lauded as inspirational and revolutionary by researchers in the field.  

In 2014, work from her research group in the field of carbon-based monolayers on metal surfaces garnered international recognition from diverse fields including chemistry, physics, biology, materials engineering and chemical engineering. The outcomes of this work have applications in the medical, automotive, and electronics industries. Experts described this work as “game changing,” “elegant” and “the new gold standard.” 

“Dr. Crudden has been ahead of her time in two distinct areas – stereospecific sp3–sp2 cross-couplings and the use of N-heterocyclic carbenes for surface modification. She has just the right combination of deep understanding of chemical reactivity and appreciation for challenging problems in broader areas of science,” says Jeff Bode, a professor of organic chemistry and head of the Bode Research Group at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. “Nowadays, many groups work on sp3–sp2 cross-couplings, and it was early work from Cathy that really convinced the field that this could be a viable approach to the construction of challenging carbon–carbon bonds.” 

Dr. Crudden has published over 100 papers, many of which have appeared in the highest impact journals in the field, and has won many awards for her innovation and the practical contributions to her field. She is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, holds the R.U. Lemieux Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Carol Tyler Award from the International Precious Metals Institute.  Previously, she has been a Killam Research Fellow, has won the Clara Benson Award, and an NSERC Accelerator Award, among many others. She has also performed leadership roles within Queen’s and nationally, as Principal Investigator of CFI Innovation Fund grants and NSERC CREATE grants, and served as President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and Chair of the Manufacturing and Strategic Grant panel at NSERC. She is currently the Chair of the NSERC-Chemistry Liaison Committee, which brings a voice of the national chemistry community to the attention of the federal STEM granting agency.  

“Dr. Crudden’s research has pushed the boundaries of organic chemistry, garnering the attention of academics and industry professionals across the globe,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Queen's Vice-Principal (Research). “My sincere congratulations to her on winning this prestigious honour.” 

Learn more about the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards.

Gaining experience in the workplace

At Queen’s, education is always happening inside and outside of classrooms, lecture halls and labs.

Through the Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP), second- and third-year students can take part in 12 to 16 month experiential learning opportunities with partner employers on campus, in Kingston, and across Canada. The program is part of the university’s focus on growing experiential education opportunities. 

[Hind Mukhtar]
Hind Mukhtar, a fourth-year student in electrical engineering, right, recently completed a 16-month internship at Honeywell Aerospace in Kanata. She took part in the experiential learning opportunity through the Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP). (Supplied Photo) 

For participating students in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and in the School of Computing, an internship is an opportunity to build skills through work experience. Interns have completed a range of roles in fields including biotechnology, research and development, geographic information systems, software development, marketing and sales, and project management. 

QUIP continues to grow in popularity with approximately 250 students currently on internships, more than triple the number just a few years ago. 

“There’s growing interest in QUIP because it provides students the opportunity to take what they are learning through their studies and apply it to the workplace,” says Melissa Duggan, QUIP Internship Coordinator. “The internships also give students a chance to return to their studies with renewed energy and a deeper connection to course materials.”

Hind Mukhtar, a fourth-year student in electrical engineering, recently completed a 16-month internship at Honeywell Aerospace in Kanata. She took part in the program with the aim of gaining applicable work experience prior to graduation.

And that’s exactly what she got.

“I learned a lot of technical and professional skills. The technical skills that I gained from my internship will be beneficial while working on my fourth year capstone project. I also got a better idea of the field of work that I would like to pursue after graduation,” Mukhtar says. “Personally, I found this experience very crucial to my undergraduate career. I got a feel of what it’s like to be an engineer. I was able to apply all the concepts that I’m learning in school to real world applications.” 

Kelsey Sleep Jennings has returned for her fourth year in Global Development Studies after working for 12 months as a digital research intern with the Cultural Services Department of the City of Kingston. One of the main projects she was involved in was developing a three dimensional interpretive tour of City Hall. The work involved extensive research and gathering of information as she developed the model over a period of four months. 

Through this work she has not only gained valuable experience but also a better view of what direction her future career path may take.

“I think experiential learning opportunities are incredibly important for post-secondary students. They really give you the chance to break out of the university bubble and experience life and your education far beyond the limits of a classroom setting,” she says. “Without these experiences I think I would still be as lost as to what I wanted to do post-graduation as I was in the summer of 2017. I was able to experience working within a municipal government and really test-drive a career that I was interested in.” 

The internships have also proven positive for employers and the university.

“When we hear from former interns, they all say what a transformative experience it has been,” says Cathy Keates, Director of Queen’s Career Services. “At the same time our partner employers tell us about the contributions Queen’s students have brought to the workplace and the projects they are involved in. When the students return, they bring those skills and enriched perspectives to Queen’s.”

Employers continue to hire from Queen’s to tap into a talented pool of students from a diverse array of programs. The 12-16 month model also allows for a relatively high return on investment in training.

For those students interested in registering for the QUIP program for positions starting in May 2019, information sessions are being held this fall. 

For more information about QUIP and how to hire an intern for a role on campus, visit the Career Services website.


Research rooted in success

Queen's University biologist William Plaxton honoured for his work in the field of plant biology.

Queen’s University researcher William Plaxton (Biology) was recently awarded the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists’ Gold Medal, a lifetime achievement award for outstanding published contributions and distinguished service to plant biology in Canada.

Dr. Plaxton joined Queen’s 33 years ago and enjoys an international reputation for his research in understanding the organization and control of plant carbohydrate and phosphorus metabolism.

His work has significant long-term applications to problems in Canadian and worldwide agriculture including modification of oil and protein levels in oilseeds such as canola, optimizing plant-based conversion of carbon dioxide into renewable energy sources, and the development of phosphorus efficient crops – urgently needed to reduce the use of non-renewable, unsustainable, and polluting phosphate fertilizers.

“We have a first-rate team of researchers here in the Department of Biology at Queen’s that have been conducting excellent research in the area of plants and plant biology since the 1960s” says Dr. Plaxton.

In order to achieve the results that he’s had, Dr. Plaxton gives full credit to the students and post-doctoral fellows he has mentored.

“It’s been an honour and privilege to work with the students and post-docs that I have supervised,” he says. “My focus is to help my current students to be successful and to go on to productive careers – just like my students before them. I tell them to keep their eyes open and follow their passion. They need to follow their research and they will be a success.”

He also credits the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Queen’s Research Chairs program for providing key funding for his research program.

“We are immensely proud of Bill’s accomplishments in plant biology,” says Brian Cumming, Head of Biology. “His expertise in the organization and control of plant metabolism have established him as an international expert, and not surprisingly an integral part of plant research in our department. It is no surprise to me that he has received such a distinguished award.”

Sounds and sights

Matt Rogalsky]
 The Faculty Artist Series starts Sunday, Oct. 14 with the concert ‘Visitations and Revisitations: Matt Rogalsky and Friends’ at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. (Supplied photo)

A highly-versatile composer and sound artist, Matt Rogalsky is well known for his work with a wide range of performers and arts organizations. 

A continuing adjunct assistant professor at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Rogalsky also received one of the first Mayor’s Arts Awards in 2017 for his multifaceted and generous approach to creating music.

Also being hosted at the Isabel is the sound installation 'Discipline' by composer, sound artist and continuing adjunct assistant professor at the Dan School of Drama and Music Matt Rogalsky. (Supplied photo) 

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Rogalsky leads off the Faculty Artist Series with a concert titled: ‘Visitations and Revisitations: Matt Rogalsky and Friends’ at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, starting at 2:30 pm.

In curating the concert, Rogalsky invited Kingston composers and visual artists, Julia Krolik, Owen Fernley, Robert Mulder and Queen’s Music Professor Emeritus Kristi Allik to take part. The end result is a concert that will stimulate both the eyes and ears, using the surround-sound capabilities of the Isabel Concert Hall to full potential. Violinist, Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak, and cellist, Jeff Hamacher, will also be featured performers in compositions that integrate live instruments with electroacoustic music.

“My pieces on the ‘Visitations and Revisitations’ programme continue lines of work that seems to inevitably revolve around explorations and honourings of place, people, and memory,” Rogalsky says about the concert. “Two pieces stem from other lines of research which have been ongoing for some years. All the works combine elements of acoustic and electronic sound, where the electronic sound is often derived from underlying acoustic sources which may be revealed or remain unheard.”

Four of the compositions are accompanied by graphical projections by Krolik and Fernley, which respond to sound in real time.

The Isabel has also provided support in presenting Rogalsky’s sound installation “Discipline” in the Art and Media Lab in conjunction with the concert.  The installation features 12 beautiful electric guitars and is accessible during intermission and after the concert and will remain open to the public Oct. 15-19, from 10 am-4 pm.

Tickets are available from the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Queen’s receives more than $15.5 million for discovery science

The Government of Canada invests $558 million in NSERC’s Discovery Grants programs, including $15.5 million in support of Queen’s researchers.

Chemistry research
 More than 70  faculty and students across disciplines at Queen’s are receiving a combined $15.5 million in discovery research funding from the Government of Canada. (University Communications)

Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announced an historic investment of $558 million in discovery research funding on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to attract global talent, promote diversity, and fuel discovery and innovation in science.

• The 70+ Queen’s researchers (faculty and students) have been funded through NSERC’s Discovery Grants, Discovery Accelerator Supplements, Research Tools and Instruments Grants, and Discovery Grant Northern Research Supplements, as well as Canada Graduate Scholarships, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships
• The $558 million research investment announced Oct. 9 includes $70 million in new funding from Budget 2018. The grants go toward NSERC discovery programs, graduate and postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and research tools and instruments
• This investment also includes $5.4 million in funding to more than 400 Early Career Researchers in the first year of their Discovery Grants to help them launch their careers
• Investments in science are essential to innovation and to the economic strength of a country

Supported through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grant programs, the funding will provide over 4,000 researchers and students across the country with the means to pursue world-leading scientific work. This includes the more than 70  faculty and students across disciplines at Queen’s whose funding amounts to more than $15.5 million.

“Through this historic investment, Queen’s researchers will have the resources and tools to tackle questions of critical importance to Canada – from food safety to protecting the nation’s coastal waters,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Interim Vice-Principal (Research).  

According to NSERC, this is the largest investment in research from the funding agency this year and it includes $70 million in new funding announced in Budget 2018. With this investment, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to science by giving more support to researchers and students

“Canada supports science and our talented researchers. Today, we are delivering on our historic investment in research and in the next generation of scientists. These remarkable researchers and students we are celebrating are working to make the world a better place and to secure a brighter future for all Canadians,” says Minister Duncan.

For more information on the Discovery Grants programs, visit the NSERC website.


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