Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

  1. Marks – the deadline is January 7th at noon.  If you need help please contact Bec for assistance (

  2. Please hold 11:30 to 1:00 Monday January 18th for a departmental meeting.  We will send out the Zoom link, the agenda and other materials next week.  Over and above the usual reporting items, we will be looking at program and course learning outcomes, the 17 UN Sustainability Goals, undergrad research in courses in preparation for the Cyclical Program Review (aka CPR or QuQaps).

  3. GEOEng Orientation: The annual event to attract current first years into second year GeoEng is Friday January 15th from 7 to 9 pm. The Zoom links etc. are being coordinated by the FEAS Event Coordinator and Jenn Day is taking the lead.

  4. Opportunity: Queen’s Sustainability Working Sub Group  (under the Portfolio of the VPOps and Finance) – on Curriculum: We have an opportunity to have a faculty member serve on the sustainability  sub-group on curriculum.  Given that the university is working to promote sustainability, this will help us with profile.

  5. Expenses submitted through Concur: If your expense report “lapsed” over the holidays it was because I was ignoring emails – Concur is automated so does not respect holidays!  Simply resubmit your expense report.

  6. Implications for the department of the “Grey” status:
  • Research: As you probably know, all activities that have been approved may continue, but new applications are suspended.  Please refer to the main Queen’s Covid-19 information page.
  • Teaching: Instructors who need to use their offices for teaching related work may do so.
  • Undergrads: Only undergrad thesis students and design students can use facilities in Miller/ Bruce building (after discussion with me, the TA’s and their advisors/supervisor). FAS will allow students conducting individual 4th yr thesis/ design projects to work on campus at the end of the lockdown as long as they have been in the Kingston region for at least two weeks with no COVID-19 symptoms or contact with a positive COVID case before returning to campus. Based on the current expectations that the lockdown will expire on January 23, 2021, this would permit thesis students to start on-campus work the week of January 25, 2021 as long as they were back in Kingston by January 11, 2021. I will advise the students of this via onQ, but as faculty supervisors, please emphasize. 
  • Grads:  I’m sorry to say, that Grad students may not use their offices during the lockdown period, but can continue to access the buildings for research work already approved. 

7. One last thing…. Information from this and all emails of this sort will be posted on our website for future reference.