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LIVES LIVED: A passion for mathematics, church and Scottish dance

Doug Crawford, a professor at Queen’s for many years, died Jan. 19, in his 91st year.

Doug Crawford

Doug was born in Scotland, and long maintained his passion for Scottish dancing. However, he immigrated to North America and completed a PhD in mathematics education at the University of Syracuse. In 1962 he joined the Department of Mathematics at Queen’s University, with his focus primarily on math education and secondarily on statistics, and subsequently joined the Queen’s Faculty of Education when it was founded in 1968.

As well as his regular teaching he was heavily involved until his retirement in 1988 in numerous studies and reports on school mathematics (again, often concentrating on statistics), most often in collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). 

Doug was a life-long dedicated churchgoer, usually attending his neighborhood United Church, St. Margaret’s United (later Crossroads United) where his wife Pat sang in the choir, but for a while attended St. George’s Cathedral when one of his sons sang in the boys’ choir there.

Both at work and at church Doug had a wide range of strong opinions, and was not shy about sharing them, but always well-reasoned and articulated (even if not always persuasive).

Doug was a voracious reader with many areas of interest, and this naturally went along with a sharpness of mind that stayed with him right to the end.  Indeed, almost his only complaint about the nursing home where he spent his last years was what he felt was rather a lack of intellectual stimulation.

He lived a full and rich life.

Norman Rice is a retired professor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He was a long-time friend and colleague of Doug Crawford.

Flags lowered for Professor Emeritus Smith

Flags on campus currently lowered for student Madison Crich will remain lowered in honour of Professor Emeritus Howard A. Smith.

His career in the Queen’s Faculty of Education began in 1971 where he became a full professor in 2002, and professor emeritus in 2008. He served a term as associate dean of undergraduate programs in the 1990s. His contributions to the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University helped shape the faculty's vision and program for 37 years.

Dr. Smith's research interests included educational psychology as a science of signs, applied semiotics in learning and education, and multiple "intelligences" or ways of learning. He was the recipient of numerous grants, of which four were from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), as either principal investigator or co-investigator.

He wrote two significant books: Psychosemiotics (2001) and Teaching adolescents: Educational Psychology as a science of signs (2007). His work was also widely disseminated through peer reviewed journals and national and international conferences. 

There will be a celebration of Dr. Smith's life on Sunday, June 28 at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre from 2-4 pm.

Exceptional research showcased in lecture event

The Prizes for Excellence in Research public lectures. Monday, April 27 from 4:30 to 6:15 pm at the School of Medicine, 15 Arch Street.

The Queen's community will have the opportunity to hear from five of the university’s top researchers. The free, public lecture event will see each researcher present a 12 minute overview of their work, so that in just over an hour audience will hear about a gamut of exceptional research from philosophy to nanophotonics to Vitamin D.

The annual Prizes for Excellence in Research public lectures are set for Monday, April 27.

The Prizes for Excellence in Research Public Lectures features the 2014 recipients – Stephen Hughes (Physics), Glenville Jones (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences), John Kirby (Education), Ian Moore (Civil Engineering) and Christine Overall (Philosophy).

An internationally renowned researcher, Dr. Hughes has made a number of outstanding contributions to the field of nanophotonics and quantum optics. In a series of landmark papers Dr. Hughes and his group developed an accurate way to understand the influence of fabrication imperfections on the propagation of light in photonic crystals, and designed a “single photon gun” for use in quantum information processing.

Dr. Jones is a widely respected biochemist and authority in the metabolism of vitamin D, a compound whose dysregulation or deficiency is correlated with a broad spectrum of diseases including osteoporosis, rickets, psoriasis, renal failure, cancer and various hypercalcemic conditions.

Dr. Kirby is one of Canada’s preeminent educational scholars and is most renowned for his contributions related to theories of reading, intelligence and students’ conceptions of learning. He is also cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology and is a member of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies.

Dr. Moore received the award for his achievements in fundamental and applied engineering research and advances in the understanding and design of buried pipes. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and in 2002 he became the second civil engineer to be awarded a Killam Research Fellowship.

Dr. Overall has made important and diverse contributions to both applied ethics and social philosophy. Her pioneering insights into reproductive ethics, where she has contributed to debates about conception, pregnancy, birthing, and reproductive technologies, continue to be influential. In 1998, Dr. Overall became the first feminist philosopher to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

For more information on the Prizes for Excellence in Research visit the website.

International search for expertise leads to Queen’s

[Mushtaq Ahmad]
Mushtaq Ahmad, right, a PhD student in education at Northern University Nowshera, has come to the Faculty of Education at Queen’s to study transformational leadership with Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba, left. (Supplied Photo)

As he continues to work toward his doctoral degree, Mushtaq Ahmad found that he needed some expert support in his area of study – transformational leadership.

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That search has brought him from Pakistan to Queen’s University.

Mr. Ahmad, a PhD student in education at Northern University Nowshera, has come to the Faculty of Education at Queen’s to study transformational leadership with Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba.

The Higher Education Commission in Pakistan offers scholarships to PhD students working with supervisors abroad, so Mr. Ahmad decided to widen his search away from home, and, with a bit of help from Google, he discovered that Dr. Kutsyuruba’s expertise was exactly what he was searching for in a supervisor.

Mr. Ahmad’s research focuses on the impact of transformational leadership styles of principals on the job satisfaction of secondary school teachers. His interest in doctoral research on transformational leadership was piqued by his own experience.

“Transformational leaders eliminate communication barriers existing in an organization and enable effective functioning of the organization. Change is unavoidable in any enterprise and the biggest challenge encountered by any organization is to manage the change effectively,” he explains. “Change, when managed poorly, can deteriorate an organization’s performance and lead to its decline. People who are driven by inspiration perform well when compared with people driven by control. That is exactly what the transformational leaders do.”

He says this leads employees to put in their fullest effort with personal commitment and a sense of ownership, thereby improving the overall productivity, performance and profit of an organization.

In addition to being a PhD student, Mr. Ahmad is a secondary math and science teacher and the president of the Secondary School Teachers Association in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province of Pakistan.

His goal for his visit to Queen’s is to explore avenues for future international collaboration as well as to develop his own academic skills and complete his doctoral research.

The six-month scholarship at the Faculty of Education will allow him to analyze the data he has collected for his dissertation with Dr. Kutsyuruba. Already Mr. Ahmad has found that he made the right choice, for now and for the future.

“My first two months went as smoothly as I wanted it,” he says. “I believe that choosing Queen’s is one of the best decisions I have made in my life and I hope that this campus is up to my expectation. My short-term goal is to be part of a reputed team like Queen’s and long-term goal is to be a good scholar in the future.”

He says that Queen’s offers an international community and services, friendly, cooperative and respectful professors and staff, as well asample opportunity to get involved in academic and extra-curricular activities.

Lives Lived: Dedicated to his community

With a lengthy career in various levels of education, Peter Hennessy was also known for his community efforts over a number of causes, from preserving history to prison and education reform.

[Peter Hennessy]
Peter Hennessy (Photo courtesy Whig-Standard)

After graduating from Campbellford High School in 1944, Hennessy went on to study History and Political Economy at Queen’s University. In 1948 he graduated with honours and went on to attend the Ontario College of Education (1948-49).

He would then teach history at Petrolia District High School (1949-53) and the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute (1953-63) in Thunder Bay, eventually becoming principal (1962-68).

In 1958-59, he and his family lived in England where he completed the requirements for the Diploma in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

In 1968, he was one of the original appointments to the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University until his retirement in 1984.

He was a founding member of the Faculty Flyers, a group from the Faculty of Education that began playing poker at monthly get-togethers in the late 1970s and continues to meet. He was the self-appointed historian of the group and would often entertain with his favourite and original limericks.

Hennessy was an avid writer and author with a number of titles to his credit, including: Schools in Jeopardy, Collective Bargaining in Education (1979); The Hennessys of the Bay of Quinte, (1991); Canada’s Big House, the Dark History of the Kingston Penitentiary, (1999); Brother Bill and the Vets, (2001); From Student to Citizen, (2006) (re-titled Democracy in Peril), and a memoir, Escaping North Hastings, (2010).

He also was a regular columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard (1987-98) on themes of public education and prison reform, and continued to submit op-eds, with the last one published in 2014.

Among Hennessy’s many interests was the history of trains in eastern Ontario.  He seemed to know every old line, the rail beds they travelled on, and the old stations scattered throughout the area.

He also could often be seen on walks with Brandy, his constant companion, a yellow Lab mix, along the shores of Lake Ontario, at Cataraqui Conservation area or the trails north of Kingston.

Hennessy was a long-time volunteer for the John Howard Society and served on the Citizens Advisory Committee at the Kingston Penitentiary, for which he was honoured with the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal in 1993.

In his work with the Citizens Advisory Committee, Hennessy was known for meeting with inmates and staff while always trying to find ways to make the prison better either side of the intitution’s walls. Through his meetings with inmates he gained a better understanding of their concerns.

A memorial service is planned for April 3.

– With files from retired Professor Don Campbell.


Making a 'major' decision

[Choosing a Major]
Students at Queen's University have a number of resources to help them choose a major, including the first Arts and Science Majors Night this Thursday at Grant Hall.

For university students, choosing a major can be a pressure-filled undertaking, but at Queen’s there is support available.

To help with the decision-making process, Queen’s is hosting its first Arts and Science Majors Night this Thursday at Grant Hall from 5-8 pm, where students can ask questions and learn about each program in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

“Choosing a program is a key decision for students, and it is important to offer them as much information as we can, so they can make an informed choice,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney. “We have been working to integrate academic and career advising, and this new event is aimed at facilitating access to advice from peers and professional staff about all of the options available and where they can lead.”

Each Departmental Student Council (DSC) will have a booth, where students who have already gone through the process of selecting a major will be available to talk about their experiences in that major.  DSC reps will be in attendance from all Arts and Science programs as well as the Faculty of Education.

Attendees will be able to compare the different programs they are considering and explore if they line up with their interests and future goals.

“Plan selection is both exciting and a little nerve-wrecking. Students often think of it as choosing what you want to do for the rest of your life – now," says Gordon Smith, Vice-Dean,  Faculty of Arts and Science. "We see it more about choosing a great plan for the next three years. We want to make sure students find the best fit for them, both for now and for the long-term. Through our advisors, our events and the many on-campus resources, we hope students know that we are here to help them along their way."

Advisors from Academic Advising, Career Services and Peer Academic Support Service (PASS) will also be available to answer specific questions about choosing a program and where to find career resources at Queen’s.

Majors Night is a partnership between Career Services in the Division of Student Affairs, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), and the Arts and Science Departmental Student Councils.

Queen’s also recently created “major maps” for all 44 of its undergraduate programs, making it the first university in Canada to do so.

The maps provide advice on academics, extracurricular activities, networking, international opportunities and career development, providing support before, during and after students earn their degree.

Students can access print versions of the maps through their faculty or department advisers. Career Services has also posted the maps online in web and accessible formats.

The Faculty of Arts and Science also has information that can be found online and posted a new video to help student in the process of choosing a major.

A new way to pay GRAs

Current and former graduate students who received payments as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) between 2008 and 2012 could be receiving a tax refund from the Canada Revenue Agency in the next few months.

Effective January 1, 2013, Queen’s has changed the way it pays GRAs, who are typically graduate students who take on research positions that support their studies and provide financial compensation.

Historically, the support GRAs received for their studies was taxed as income from employment and a T4 was issued at tax time.

The university’s decision to change its tax treatment of payments to GRAs was made to reflect the fact that GRA positions are essentially research fellowships, funded directly from research grants awarded to the faculty members who recruit and supervise graduate students.

The change in tax treatment, which is in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency’s guidelines, makes most GRAs eligible for T4A income (fellowship income) instead of T4 income (employment income).

The change, which aligns Queen’s with practices at other universities, also benefits graduate students by reducing income tax payments and increasing take-home pay. It may make some students eligible for a retroactive tax refund for the 2008-2012 period.

The change does not apply to a GRA if the graduate student held or holds the GRA for financial gain and also was or is performing work not directly related to his or her studies. Such students continue to be classified as employees receiving T4 income. If a graduate student simultaneously holds a GRA directly supporting his/her studies as a trainee and is also a research assistant whose work is not related directly to his/her studies, the student will receive a T4A for income received as a research fellowship, as well as a T4 for the income received as an employee.

Where applicable, the Canada Revenue Agency has agreed to issue retroactive refunds automatically to affected students and alumni and there is no need for anyone to re-file a tax return.

Questions should be directed by email to GRAT4A@queensu.ca

Flags lowered for emeritus professor, staff member

Flags on campus are lowered in memory Peter Hennessy, an emeritus professor in the Faculty of Education, and Raymond Caird, a former staff member in Physical Plant Services.

After graduating with honours from Queen’s University (History and Political Economy) in 1948, Professor Hennessy taught for several years at various secondary schools. In 1958-59, he and his family lived in England where he completed the requirements for the Diploma in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

In 1968, he was one of the original appointments to the Faculty of Education. He served until his retirement in 1984. Professor Hennessy wrote many articles and books and was active in the John Howard Society and the Citizens Advisory Committee at the Kingston Penitentiary.

Cremation has taken place with interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bancroft. A memorial service is planned for April 3 with the details to be announced a later date. The family would like to suggest that donations be made to the Canadian Red Cross in lieu of flowers.

Mr. Caird worked in Physical Plant Services. A cremation has taken place according to Mr. Caird’s wishes. There will be a celebration of his life in the summer.

Flags lowered for professors emeriti

Flags on campus are lowered in memory of Professor Emeritus John “Jack” Parker and Professor Emeritus Douglas H. Crawford.

A leader in cardiovascular care and research

Dr. Parker committed his entire professional life to Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital, a relationship that spanned nearly 60 years. After completing his MD in 1954, he undertook initial training at Queen’s, with further training in New York, Paris, Milan and London.

After returning to Kingston in 1961, he established a cardiovascular clinical care and research program that was widely recognized for excellence. He played a key role in the establishment of clinical services that are now routine, including cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery and critical care units for patients with cardiac disease. His research program had a global reputation; he travelled extensively to present his findings and collaborate with other scientists. Concurrently, he trained multiple young physicians who became leaders in cardiovascular clinical care and research.

Dr. Parker’s family will receive friends at Robert J. Reid & Sons “The Chapel on the Corner” (309 Johnson St., Kingston) on Friday, Feb. 6 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 11 am. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation – Cardiac Unit would be appreciated. 

The drive behind the master of education program

Dr. Crawford was a professor at Queen’s from 1962 to 1989. His research in the area of mathematics education was varied, reflecting his catholic interests. He wrote on individualized learning in mathematics and on the history of mathematics education in Ontario for the first half of the 20th century, and he explored mathematics for children with exceptionalities.

For many at the Queen's Faculty of Education, he will be remembered for his tireless efforts to establish the master of education program in 1971 in his capacity as co-ordinator of research and graduate studies.  

A memorial service will take place on Monday, Feb. 9 at 2 pm at Crossroads United Church (690 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd., Kingston). Donations to a charity of choice in his memory would be appreciated by his family.

From whimsy to wisdom

Teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education rehearse for this year's annual musical: Kindergarten.

Bachelor of Education students will celebrate the whimsy of childhood and wisdom of old age in their annual musical, which opens this week.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling book of the same title and takes a funny, insightful and heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life.

In a performance of theatrical storytelling, teacher candidates will deliver monologues, dialogues and original songs while getting a hands-on, authentic musical learning experience.

“It’s been an absolute joy to spend the past two months preparing for this production,” says Holly Ogden, one of two faculty leaders for the production of Kindergarten and adjunct assistant professor for Education. “Together we have learned so much – not only about music, drama, and dance, but also about how arts-based learning can excite, thrill, and inspire.”

Kindergarten also serves as a way to connect the Queen’s and Kingston communities by sharing the production free of charge with groups of students and seniors in the community. Students from the Limestone District School Board, seniors groups, and adults from the Kingston’s H’Art Centre will be offered tickets to the production.

“We believe that by providing teacher candidates with this experience during their year at Queen’s, they will be better able to promote this form of teaching and learning within their classrooms,” says Christopher DeLuca, faculty leader for the production and assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. “Learning through the arts fosters cooperation, problem-solving, and improvements in spatial and verbal skills as well as develops a sense of connection, belonging, and positive learning spaces.”

Kindergarten runs on February 5 and 6 at 7:30pm in the auditorium at Duncan McArthur Hall. Tickets are $5 and available at the door or in the Queen’s Education Students Society office at Duncan McArthur Hall (Room B137).

For more information on Kindergarten, follow this link.


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