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How flight evolved

How flight evolved

Queen’s researcher Alexander Dececchi looks at how pre-avian dinosaurs first developed the ability to fly.

July 18, 2016
By Chris Armes

Alexander Dececchi

Using mathematical models based on measurements taken from fossils and modern birds, Dr. Dececchi examined how the evolution of flight took place. (Supplied photo).

Research by post-doctoral fellow Alexander Dececchi challenges long-held hypotheses about how flight first developed in birds. Furthermore, his findings raise the question of why certain species developed wings long before they could fly.


Examining academia in literature - Banting Fellow Dr. Emma Peacocke

Emma Peacocke (English) has been awarded a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Currently a recipient of the Bader Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Dr. Peacocke’s research focuses on the image and perception around universities as institutions, as created by authors of 19th Century literature. Her research examines the representation of universities in literature, compared and contrasted with the realities of the time. By examining students’ own writing and the university presses’ publications, her work aims to separate fact from fiction, as well as determine how the mythos of the university influenced educational policy in Britain and Canada.


Bader Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities 2016-17

The Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University is accepting applications from exceptional candidates for a one-year Bader Postdoctoral Fellowship in one or more of the following areas: Gender and Sexuality, The History of the Book, Animal Studies/Ecocriticism, and Transatlantic Studies. We are looking for a Fellow who will be an active participant in the activities of the Department and contribute to the intellectual fabric of our community.


An inside look at concussions - Dr. Clarisse Mark

With concussions in sport receiving increasing attention from athletes, sports fans and researchers alike, Queen’s University post-doctoral researcher Clarisse Mark is at the leading edge in exploring the functional changes to the brain caused by injury. A biomedical engineer by training, Dr. Mark saw the opportunity to expand her research focus from healthy young adults to study those with mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions. Using advanced Functional MRI – which examines brain activity overlaid onto structural features – Dr. Mark explores how patients are affected by concussions.


Synergy between mitochondrial biology and pathology: Post-doctoral Fellow Dr. Kimberly Dunham-Snary.

Dr. Kimberly Dunham-Snary is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant and enthusiastic researchers I have had the pleasure of speaking with. Kimberly is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Stephen Archer’s lab in the Department of Medicine here at Queen’s. Dr. Archer’s lab conducts a variety of molecular studies examining mechanisms of oxygen sensing in the pulmonary vasculature, as well as studies investigating mitochondrial dynamics in numerous pathologies including pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), patent ductus arteriosus, and cancer.


Surveilling Stereotypes: Banting Fellow Dr. Scott Thompson

Queen’s University is fortunate to host Dr. Scott Thompson who was awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship this past April. These prestigious scholarships are only offered to 69 scholars annually, and seek to provide support to the most promising scholars and research projects from across Canada and internationally. Scott is actually now in his third year here at Queen’s, after winning a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship that funded his work for his first two years. His research will continue to be pursued in association within the Surveillance Studies Centre under the supervision of Dr. David Lyon, with whom he had worked during his first two years of postdoctoral study. Scott came to Queen’s after completing his PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Haggerty (Criminology/Sociology).


Queen’s welcomes two Banting Postdoctoral Fellows

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

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


CIC Employer Portal - Changes for Work Permits/Extensions

Starting October 26, 2015, CIC is introducing a new electronic system, the Employer Portal. With the introduction of the Portal, units will no longer be able to submit information and make payments directly to CIC. Form IMM 5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment, will no longer be accepted.

If a unit has already provided a completed form to a foreign individual, the individual must submit a work permit application prior to November 21, 2015. If the foreign worker does not submit their application before this date, the employer must resubmit the Offer of Employment using the Employer Portal.

The changes are currently being discussed, and we are awaiting further information from CIC on the details of the Portal. Please contact Rebecca Huegler, Coordinator of Communications and Post-Doctoral Training, at for further information.