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Scanning for the truth

Queen’s professor, working with team of scholars, determines famous Hieronymus Bosch paintings misattributed, discovers previously unattributed work.

Ron Spronk, an art historian from Queen’s University, is part of the team responsible for determining that two masterpieces long attributed to the famous Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch could not actually have been painted by Bosch after all. The findings come after five years of examination by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project.

“Our findings do not diminish the quality or the importance of these works, but they can no longer be regarded as autograph – authentic works by –  Bosch,” says Dr. Spronk.

Christ Carrying the Cross, one of two paintings attributed to Bosch that the BRCP demonstrated could not have been painted by the master.

One of the two paintings in question, Christ Carrying the Cross, was analyzed using macrophotography, x-radiography and infrared reflectography. Analyses of the painting show too few similarities to known works by Bosch for it to have been painted by Bosch himself or by his workshop. The panel’s framing method actually points to a production after 1525, at least nine years after Bosch’s death.

The researchers believe that another work, The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, has also long been misattributed to Bosch. It is possible that this panel was produced in the family workshop, but certainly not by Bosch himself.  The style of the underdrawing and the overall quality of this panel do not compare favourably with works at the core of the collective works of Bosch.

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things (c. 1500) was also thought to have been painted by Bosch, but research from Dr. Spronk and his colleagues with the Bosch Research and Conservation Project no longer believe that to be the case. 


The team also determined that a privately owned drawing known as Hell Landscape can now be accepted as being made by Bosch. The drawing shows a variety of fantastical monsters and demonic beings in the signature style of the master. Moreover, the team encountered some features in the underdrawing – the “outline” of a painting, done first as a guide –  of works that were produced in the workshop.

“It remains of the upmost importance to achieve clear and secure attributions; a more clearly defined oeuvre will be a more stable foundation for all further art historical work,” says Dr. Spronk. “It has been a true privilege to have been part of this fantastic project, and to study an artist so closely and thoroughly.”

Since 2010, Dr. Spronk has been a core member of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP), an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars, scientists and art conservators that is studying, documenting and conserving Bosch’s paintings. All examined paintings were documented with infrared reflectography using Queen’s Osiris camera. The team is preparing an exhibition for 2016, the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, the painter’s birthplace and home.

More information on the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, including detailed explanations of their research methods, can be found on their website. The team’s new, two-volume monograph will be published in January.

Celebrating research excellence

Queen’s faculty members awarded university’s Prize for Excellence in Research.

Five faculty members will be presented with the university’s Prize for Excellence in Research at this year’s fall convocation ceremonies. Nominated by their peers, the prize recognizes and rewards researchers, in any faculty, for major contributions to their field - either completed in recent years or recognized in recent years. The award also recognizes the impact of their study and celebrates research performed while the scholar has been at Queen’s.

[Prize for Excellence in Research]
Five faculty members will receive the Prize for Excellence in Research at the 2015 Fall Convocation Ceremony. Clockwise from top left: Anne Croy (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences), Jacalyn Duffin (History of Medicine), Mark Diederichs (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering), Myra Hird (Environmental Studies) and  Guojun Liu (Chemistry)

Anne Croy (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences), Jacalyn Duffin (History of Medicine), Mark Diederichs (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering), Guojun Liu (Chemistry) and Myra Hird (Environmental Studies) are this year’s recipients.

“As in the past, the nominations this year reflected  the strength of our faculty, and the breadth and depth of Queen’s research, scholarly and creative work. The research accomplishments of all the nominees were impressive. I was delighted to see an increase in the number of nominations and acknowledge faculty for nominating their colleagues. This is an important recognition in itself," says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research).  “The five faculty members are internationally-recognized researchers who have made significant and important contributions. Their work is at the cutting-edge of their respective fields and areas  across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and health sciences. My sincere congratulations to this year’s recipients!”

Dr. Croy is an internationally recognized expert and leader in reproductive immunology research. Her numerous contributions reflect her dedication to innovative, high-quality science and include landmark contributions to our understanding of the maternal-fetal interface across species. Her pioneering work in which she identified and characterized uterine natural killer cells led to recognition of these cells as a distinct phenotype. Dr. Croy’s contributions to the scientific and medical communities extend substantially beyond her own work. She has distinguished herself in teaching and as a mentor.

As the Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University, Dr. Duffin is a pioneer in the medical humanities and an internationally renowned leader in the field of history of medicine. Her books and articles reflect groundbreaking work in the history of medical technology, the history of scientific discovery, the history of medical practice, and the investigation of concepts of disease. A two-time winner of the Jason A. Hannah Medal in the History of Medicine, she is an elected Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Diederichs’ research focuses on the failure of rock, and on safe engineering design for excavations in challenging geological conditions at great depth. Continually advancing standards of practice in underground engineering, he has published 240 contributions, has given numerous invited keynote lectures and is sought after to instruct industry short courses. Numerous professional society and academic awards have recognized Dr. Diederichs’ research excellence, including his induction as a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2015.

First attracted to Queen’s University as a Canada Research Chair in 2004, Dr. Liu’s pioneering work on polymer self-assembly has bloomed and inspired scientists around the world. Born and raised in China, he attended the University of Toronto for a master’s and PhD, where he started to develop a passion for polymer materials. This has inspired his whole career, as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (1989) and then at McGill (1990), and the start of his independent work at the University of Calgary as an assistant professor in 1990. There, he rose up the ranks very quickly, becoming an associate professor in 1995 and a full professor only four years later.

A Queen's National Scholar and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Hird is a distinguished interdisciplinary scholar with an international reputation for her multifaceted, collaborative investigations into science studies and environmental issues. Dr. Hird is Director of the genera Research Group, an interdisciplinary research network of collaborating natural, social, and humanities scholars, and Director of Waste Flow, an interdisciplinary research project focused on waste as a global scientific-technical and socio-ethical issue. She has published eight books and more than 60 articles and book chapters on a diversity of topics relating to science studies.

In addition to receiving their prize at this year’s fall convocation ceremonies, the winners will also present public lectures in 2016. 

A crusade to cure cancer

Joseph Pater recognized for a lifetime of leading more than 300 clinical cancer trials.

Queen’s researcher and NCIC Clinical Trials Group’s (NCIC CTG) founding director Joseph Pater has been honoured by the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) for a lifetime of advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer.

Dr. Pater joined the Departments of Medicine and Radiation Oncology (now Oncology)] in 1975 after completing his residency at Queen’s and earning a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from McMaster University. In 1980, he became the first director of a reconstituted NCIC CTG.

Joseph Pater is being honoured for a lifetime of advancing cancer research.

Dr. Pater pushed the organization in a direction that resulted in many successful research projects and the development of an extensive portfolio of clinical trials. As director, he also strived to harness the cancer research already occurring in Canada.

“I wanted the cancer research leaders engaged in trials at NCIC CTG,” says Dr. Pater. “And I wanted to convince Canadian researchers they could do their research under a Canadian umbrella.”

Dr. Pater headed the NCIC CTG for 27 years. During his tenure he played an active part in the development, execution and analysis of more than 100 cooperative cancer trials and oversaw more than 300 clinical trials involving more than 45,000 patients worldwide. He led the charge for innovation in cancer clinical trials and worked to foster collaborations among physicians and researchers across Canada and internationally.

“Dr. Pater’s contribution is significant – he literally built the cancer clinical research community in Canada. This award is our way to acknowledge his exceptional achievements,” says Elizabeth Eisenhauer, CCRA co-chair and Head of Queen’s Department of Oncology. “Studies of new treatments undertaken by the NCIC CTG have improved the survival or cure rates of many cancers, including breast, lung, ovary, brain and lymphoma. Under Dr. Pater’s leadership, the NCIC CTG conducted many trials that changed practice and established a new standard of care for practice in Canada and internationally.”

Dr. Pater is now an emeritus professor and remains active on a part-time basis with NCIC CTG. He says he’s pleased with the recognition he recently received for his career.

“I’m satisfied with many aspects of my career including having clinical research recognized as ‘real’ research. I’m pleased with the work we’ve done fighting cancer. It’s quite an honour getting an award like this from your peers.”

Dr. Pater will receive the Outstanding Achievements in Cancer Research award on Tuesday, Nov. 10 during the CCRA’s annual conference. 

New Vanier Scholars lead the way in research

A record of six doctoral students earn prestigious Vanier Scholarship.

Six Queen’s University students have won the 2015 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – the most in a single year at Queen’s since the scholarship launched in 2008. In 2014, three Queen’s students earned the prestigious award.

[Vanier Scholarship Recipients]
 Queen's University's 2015 Vanier Doctoral Scholarship recipients. Clockwise from Top Left: Hannah Dies (Chemical Engineering), James Gardner Gregory (Neuroscience), Catherine Normandeau (Neuroscience), Erica Phipps (Kinesiology), Amanda Shamblaw (Psychology) and Ognen Vangelov (Political Studies).

The Vanier program, which awards students $50,000 every year for three years, aims to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. It also seeks to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.

"Our six new Vanier Scholars exemplify academic achievement, leadership and extraordinary research potential,” says Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “These talented scholars will not only contribute to the research excellence at Queen’s but also serve as role models and mentors to our research trainees. Congratulations to all winners on their success and best wishes as they focus on research and discovery.”

Hannah Dies (Chemical Engineering) – A PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering, Ms. Diesdoctoral research centres on creating a portable sensor that may be used to detect pathogenic biomolecules indicative of various types of cancers and bacterial diseases. Portable biosensors may have the ability to make medical diagnoses quickly and efficiently in remote locations without access to laboratory facilities.

James Gardner Gregory (Neuroscience) – Mr. Gregory’s research studies the neurophysiology of feeding. Gonadal hormones, such as androgens and estrogens, have been found to be an essential component for determining the motivation behind food consumption. Although hormonal manipulations are frequently observed to alter food consumption, the exact mechanism behind the potent effect of androgens and estrogens on feeding behaviours is relatively unknown.

Catherine Normandeau (Neuroscience) – Ms. Normandeau’s research aims to identify the cellular changes responsible for the transition from adaptive to maladaptive anxiety. She has focused on a molecule called neurotensin, a peptide found in the brain that has been previously investigated as a possible treatment for schizophrenia. In previous studies, blocking neurotensin has led to a significant reduction in pathological anxiety.  Since anxiety and depression so often occur together, this research also explores whether neurotensin might be involved in depression.

Erica Phipps (Kinesiology & Health Studies​) – Ms. Phipps’ doctoral research as a Vanier Scholar will focus on environmental influences on health. She aims to expand upon her previous work as executive director of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment and the work of environmental health equity advocates across the country. Ms. Phipps sees her doctoral research as the chance to apply a “structured and methodological way of learning” to issues that she has already encountered in the field.

Amanda Shamblaw (Psychology) – Ms. Shamblaw’s research interest focuses on the intergenerational transmission of depression. She examines how physical touch, vocal characteristics, and talking about the minds of others contribute to this relationship. For her doctoral research, set to start in the fall, she will extend her research to focus on infants, in particular how postpartum depression affects infant attachment through both reciprocal attachment and infant neurological factors.

Ognen Vangelov (Political Studies) – Mr. Vangelov’s doctoral research focuses on the problem of “un-democratization.” In his own words, un-democratization is the current process of democratic regression, and he intends to take a closer look at the phenomenon using Hungary and Macedonia as examples.

For more information, visit the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships website.


Queen’s welcomes two Banting Postdoctoral Fellows

Researchers investigating the local impact of oil and gas extraction in Ghana and the historical surveillance of Canadian Aboriginal peoples. 

Nathan Andrews (Political Studies) and Scott Thompson (Sociology) have been named recipients of the Government of Canada’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.

[Nathan Andrews]
Dr. Nathan Andrews (Political Studies) will be conducting research into the economic effects of oil development in Ghana. (Supplied Photo) 

Dr. Andrews is joining Queen’s after completing his PhD at the University of Alberta. His research seeks to ask whether Ghana’s oil development has the potential to alleviate levels of poverty or risks falling victim to the “resource curse” – a paradoxical trend in economics that shows countries with an abundance of natural resources, specifically non-renewable resources, tend to have lower levels of economic growth and worse development outcomes than those with fewer natural resources.

“I am very privileged to be listed as a Banting fellow this year, among a group of emerging scholars,” says Dr. Andrews. “The Banting fellowship is going to give me peace of mind in terms of financial security as I investigate the impact of oil and gas extraction on local communities in the context of Ghana. As a stepping-stone to a promising future research career, this funding will enable me to stay active in the broader field of the international political economy of natural resources in Africa.”

[Scott Thompson]
Dr. Scott Thompson will be conducting research on government surveillance and the treatment of Canada's First Nations. (Supplied Photo)

Dr. Thompson was a post-doctoral fellow at the Surveillance Studies Centre under Dr. David Lyon (Sociology) prior to being awarded the Banting Fellowship. His research is focused on examining the historic use of surveillance technologies by the Government of Canada to impose the category of ‘Indian’ on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. This work will help to better understand how this category came to construct a single cultural understanding for a diverse group of peoples and cultures, imposed an identity onto them. Dr. Thompson will also investigate what can be done to address the negative cultural stereotypes that continue as the legacy of these programs.

"The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship has given me the opportunity to add my own voice to the incredibly important and groundbreaking research being done by the Surveillance Studies Centre here at Queen's University,” says Dr. Thompson. “ I am very excited to bring my own research regarding the historical surveillance of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit to these discussions, and work with members of the community to seek out means of dispelling some of the hurtful stereotypes regarding these peoples."

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. More information on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program can be found here.

Where have all the crayfish gone?

Researchers from Queen’s University, working with colleagues from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, have linked the localized near-extinction of a native crayfish species in four lakes in Algonquin Park to declining calcium levels, a long-term legacy of acid rain on forest soils and aquatic ecosystems.

Cambarus bartonii found in Clayton Lake. (Photo by Ron Ingram, OMOECC)

“Crayfish are an integral component of aquatic food webs, because they function at multiple trophic levels and are a key element in the diets of popular recreational and economically important fish species,” says Kris Hadley, the lead author of the study and a PhD student at Queen’s University at the time the study was conducted.

Acid rain “mobilizes” calcium found in the soil and bedrock. Once mobilized, calcium levels in the water increase, before declining as calcium stores are used up. In areas such as Kingston, where much of the bedrock is comprised of limestone, the effect is mitigated by the high volume of calcium found in the bedrock. The lakes analyzed by the research team are farther north on Canadian Shield bedrock, which has a much lower concentration of calcium. The lakes selected allowed for a much clearer analysis of the effects of calcium decline on larger organisms.

Because long-term data records of lake water pH and calcium levels are typically not available, researchers analysed fossilized microscopic organisms (i.e., algal remains) to reconstruct past lake water pH levels and fossils of water fleas to track past changes in lake water calcium concentrations. Using this technique, the team was able to examine environmental trends in the four lakes over the past 150 years.

The research team found evidence that acid rain had impacted some of the lakes over time, but they also inferred marked declines in lake water calcium levels – a known legacy of acid rain. Dr. Hadley says the team’s findings suggest calcium concentrations began declining in these lakes as early as the 1960s, and may now have fallen below the threshold required for the survival of some aquatic organisms.

Crayfish shed their protective carapace – the upper exoskeleton that is primarily composed of calcium carbonate – several times during their life cycle and, as a result, have high calcium requirements. The researchers found that lack of calcium in the lakes has contributed to a decline in crayfish populations.

“Although lake water pH has been recovering in many waterways with controls on acid emissions, there has been no such recovery in calcium levels, and thus aquatic organisms are beginning to show the negative effects of what we are colloquially calling ‘aquatic osteoporosis,’”  says John Smol (Biology), the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.

“Aquatic osteoporosis” has only recently been identified as an environmental stressor for many soft-water lakes in North America and elsewhere, with potentially serious ecological consequences, such as the “jellification” of lakes. This is the third major study published by Dr. Smol and his team on the effects of declining calcium levels on the ecosystems of soft-water lakes.

This research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The study was published in the international journal Freshwater Science. A number of high-resolution images of the organisms and techniques used in this study can be found on the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory website.


Dean Reznick receives lifetime achievement award

Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, is being recognized with a major award from his alma mater.

Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University, is being recognized by his alma mater, McGill University.

A proud McGill University alumnus, Dr. Reznick is receiving the Medicine Alumni Global Award for Lifetime Achievement for his nearly 30-year career in medical education.

The award, presented since 2009, is given to a graduate “who has enhanced the reputation of McGill University through a lifetime of exceptional leadership.”

“When I realized who had been given the award in the past I felt incredibly humbled,” says Dr. Reznick. His predecessors form a list of medical professionals at the forefront of their specialty, including Dr. Charles Scriver, a pioneer in medical genetics, and Dr. Phil Gold, who co-discovered carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), which led to a test that detects colon cancer.

While he is thrilled to receive the lifetime achievement award, Dr. Reznick says there is still much work to be done. 

“The future of medical education remains very exciting,” he says. “By continuing to improve the way we train future health professionals we will ultimately improve the way we deliver health care to our patients.”

Dr. Reznick is recognized as a leader in surgical education and has devised reliable clinical assessment tools to judge surgical quality. That work earned him the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education in 2010. He also played a leading role in establishing a performance-based examination used for medical licensure across Canada.

Dr. Reznick was first appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s in 2010 and was reappointed for a second five-year term this past June. During his time as dean, the faculty has worked to intensify research, develop new models of teaching and training, and introduce new programs, such as the Queen’s University Clinician Investigator Program, the Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS), the multidisciplinary Master of Science in Healthcare Quality, a combined MD/PhD program, and the functional anatomy boot camp. 

Dr. Reznick also serves as the chief executive officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Association (SEAMO).  He is also currently a member of the boards of Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care.

A professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Reznick completed his medical degree at McGill and then graduated from the general-surgery training program at the University of Toronto. He completed a Master of Education degree at Southern Illinois University followed by a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Texas in Houston.

University updates research administration policy

An updated policy governing all research administration activity at Queen’s recently came into effect. Mark Kerr, Senior Communications Officer, sat down with Karina McInnis, Executive Director, University Research Services, and Heather Woermke, University Controller, to discuss the updated policy and its impact on the research community.

MK: What is the purpose of this updated policy?

KM: At Queen’s, many people contribute to the university’s drive for research excellence.  The updated policy clearly outlines their roles and responsibilities and removes any ambiguity that may have existed in the past. As a result, researchers, faculties and service units will have clear direction on resolving any issues or matters that might arise.

[Karina Mcinnis and Heather Woermke]
Karina McInnis (left), Executive Director, University Research Services, explains that the updated research administration policy clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities related to all research activity conducted at Queen's.

MK: What is the scope of the updated policy?

KM: The policy is quite broad, as the name would suggest. It covers all research activity conducted, or proposed to be conducted, under the auspices of the university while using Queen’s personnel, students, premises, resources, facilities or equipment. The updated policy also outlines the responsibilities of staff or faculty responsible for managing or administering research activity.

MK: Why was it necessary to update the policy?

KM: Following the implementation of the new budget model in 2013, Queen’s created a separate policy for the indirect costs of sponsored research, which recognizes that indirect costs of research revenue now flow to the faculties. All of the remaining policy statements from the original 1995 policy, and other modifications, have been grouped into this updated policy, which is closely aligned to the requirements of our external research funders, such as the federal Tri-Agencies.

MK: Are there any significant changes as a result of the update?

HW: Included as part of the launch of the policy are procedures that enable Financial Services to support departments and faculties in managing over-spending on research projects, while providing tools to principal investigators (PIs) to ensure research is not disrupted.  These procedures were approved by the Vice-Principals’ Operational Committee after being endorsed by the deans, associate deans of research and business officers. Financial Services has been working closely with faculties on their implementation. 

In summary, any research project that is in deficit for three consecutive months will be deactivated, and any expenditures after the date of deactivation will be charged to the departmental operating account.

[Karina McInnis and Heather Woermke]
Heather Woermke (right), University Controller, explains that the updated policy includes procedures that enable Financial Services to support departments and faculties in managing over-spending on research projects.

MK: What happens if PIs anticipate temporary over-spending on a research project?

HW: Should PIs anticipate temporary over-spending on a research project, the best approach would be to request approval from their department or faculty for overdraft protection using the form on the Financial Services website. Approved forms will be forwarded to Financial Services (Research Accounting). Receipt of an approved form will result in a temporary increase in the project budget, and alleviates any need to temporarily recode expenses.

MK: Where can people find out more information about the policy, and who can they contact if they have questions?

KM: The Research Administration Policy is posted on the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website. If you have any questions, you can contact me by email or by phone at ext. 33108, or Ms. Woermke by email or by phone, ext. 33375. Research Accounting is also able to assist, and can be contacted at research.accounting@queensu.ca.

Grant will make Inuit art exhibition a reality

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre has received a substantial grant of $261,937 from the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, it was announced Friday.

[Norman Vorano]
Norman Vorano is the Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art.

The grant, the largest received by the gallery from this source, will be allocated over a three-year period. It supports an extraordinary exhibition of graphite drawings under the title Drawing from the Past: Picturing Inuit Modernity in the North Baffin Region, 1964. The show will be featured at the Agnes in 2017, with a national tour to follow.

Created in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and the Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Facility in Clyde River, Nunavut, Drawing from the Past will examine a tumultuous era in the history of Canada’s Arctic through the display and interpretation of a unique collection of Inuit drawings made in 1964. The drawings, created by Inuit men and women from the North Baffin communities of Clyde River, Pond Inlet, and Arctic Bay, document the thoughts, apprehensions, memories and observations of Nunavummiut during a time of social upheaval. The pieces entered the collection of the Canadian Museum of History in 2014.

Norman Vorano, Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art, will lead the project. The exhibition is the first effort to bring this collection to the public in 30 years. Dr. Vorano says the project represents a special opportunity.

“The partnership with Piqqusilirivvik will ensure an informed, culturally rich interpretive framework for presenting these drawings, and opens a new channel of engagement with Canada’s Aboriginal population,” he says. “Reflecting contemporary discussions in curatorial practice, the exhibition seeks a realignment of the relationship between Indigenous and settler perspectives on non‐Western art through an emphasis upon the intangible elements of visual arts — the stories, memories and voices associated with the drawings.”

Agnes Director Jan Allen points out that the cultural exchange embedded in Drawing from the Past takes the work of the gallery in a new direction.

“With the support of MAP and the help of our partners, these drawings — tangible traces of cross‐cultural encounter from half a century ago — will come to life through reflective interviews with the people of their community of origin,” she says. “In conceiving this project, Norman Vorano has cultivated a fresh collaborative approach that promises to be revelatory for all involved.”

In addition to his role at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Dr. Vorano is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Queen’s University.

For more information, contact Diana Gore, administrative coordinator, at (613) 533.2190 or diana.gore@queensu.ca.



Open Access: The good, the bad and the unknown

To mark Open Access Week (Oct. 19-15) University Research Services and the Queen’s University Library are hosting a special panel discussion entitled “Open Access: What it is, what it means for you and why you should care.”

[Open Access Panel]
Taking part in the panel discussion on open acces are, clockwise from top left: Kerry Rowe; David Murakami-Wood; Jeremey Geelen; Rosarie Coughlan; Brian Hole; Jeff Moon; Nasser Saleh; and Simon French. 

The panel brings together a range of different perspectives on open access, including funders, publishers and Queen’s authors and will be held  Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Lunch: 12:30-1 pm, discussion 1-2:30 pm), in The Peter Lougheed Room of Richardson Hall.

The discussion is expected to be highly relevant to all researchers, whether faculty member, student, post-doctoral fellow, or research associate;

“The ways in which knowledge is created and exchanged is evolving.  Many international funding agencies, including Canada’s federal Tri-Agency have implemented policies requiring awarded research publications to be made freely accessible online to the widest possible audience,” says event organizer, Rosarie Coughlan, Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Queen’s, and a member of the panel. “We are keen to bring all stakeholders to the table in exploring the impact of recent open access requirements and what this means for Queen’s faculty and researchers.” 

Along with Ms. Coughlan, panelists include: Simon French (Rehabilitation Therapy); David Murakami-Wood (Sociology); Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering); Jeff Moon, Data Librarian and Academic Director - Queen's Research Data Centre; Nasser Saleh, Head, Engineering and Science Library and Ambassador: The Open Science Framework; Jeremey Geelen, Policy Analyst at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); and Brian Hole - founder and CEO of Ubiquity Press, via Skype from the UK.

Open Access Week is an annual international event that explores research dissemination, impact and other related topics.  For more information visit library.queensu.ca/scholcomm/open-access/OpenAccess2015.


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