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Archived Grad Chats

In the winter 2016 CFRC approached the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to see if there was interest in doing a show on graduate study research and of course the SGS said yes! The rest is Grad Chat history.

On behalf of all our graduate students, a huge thank you to CFRC for this opportunity to showcase graduate research.

Back to main Grad Chat page for upcoming interviews

Fall 2019

October 2019

October 22nd, 2019

Erin Gallagher-Cohoon

Erin Gallagher-Cohoon, PhD student in History.

Topic: Canadian history of gay and lesbian/queer parenting.

Overview: My research looks at gay parenting from the 1970's to 2005, looking at custody cases in the 1970s where a parent's, often a mothers, sexuality was raised as a potential reason for withholding custody and ending with the ways in which a symbolic child and the presumed childlessness of queer couples was raised in the House of Commons debates on same sex marriage.

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October 15th, 2019

Carmel Mikol

Carmel Mikol, MA student in English Language & Literature.

Topic: Disappearance narratives in contemporary global women's literature.

Overview: My research seeks to identify the social and political uses of disappearance narratives by post-war women writers. Also Carmel speaks about her podcast

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October 8th, 2019

Jeffrey Allan

Jeffrey Allan, PhD student in Political Studies, supervised by Dr Christian Leuprecht

Topic: Why come back to graduate studies now?

Overview: After a successful career as a journalist for the CBC and then a member of various United Nations departments, Jeff has come back to do a PhD. This interview will discuss why some students start their graduate life a little later in their career.

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October 1st, 2019

Kyle Vader

Kyle Vader, PhD student in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Dr Jordan Miller

Topic: Chronic pain management in primary health care

Overview: The overarching purpose of my thesis is to understand social contributors to chronic pain as well as experiences, barriers, and facilitators to inter-professional chronic pain management in primary health care.

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September 2019

September 24th, 2019

Derya Gungor

Derya Gungor, PhD in Sociology supervised by Dr Annette Burfoot.

Topic: The feminist implications of maternal and infant health promotion in turkey through the current family medicine model.

Overview: In my PhD research, I examined the implications of a Turkish health policy that has a national level mandate to register pregnant women from a feminist perspective. The documented objective of this program and its pregnancy-monitoring mandate is to improve the maternal and infant health rates of the country by providing prenatal medical care and pregnancy-related health-promotion education to all pregnant women.

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September 17th, 2019

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams, PhD student in Rehabilitation Science supervised by Drs Catherine Donnelly and Heidi Cramm .

Topic: Access to primary health care during the military to civilian transition.

Overview: My research is focused on how do Canadian Veterans experience the transition from the Canadian Forces Health Services to provincial primary care during military to civilian transition and how do provincial interdisciplinary primary care teams provide service to Veterans.

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September 10th, 2019

Stephanie Gauvin

Stephanie Gauvin (PhD student) Clinical Psychology, supervised by Dr Caroline Pukall

Topic: Rainbow Reflections: Body Image Comics for Queer Men

Overview: Stephanie and her collaborators have put together a comic book anthology. This is an exciting way to explore the consequences of body dissatisfaction to the health of queer men and to highlight the resilience that queer men experience against body dissatisfaction.

A launch of the comic books is coming soon to Kingston. If you are interested and what to find out more follow Stephanie's group on the Twitter handle  @QueerBodies

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Summer 2019

June-August 2019

May 2019

May 7th, 2019

Sue Bazely and Paulina Marczak

Sue Bazely (PhD student) and Paulina Marczak (MSc student) both in Geography and Planning

Overview: Sue and Paulina discuss the "Stage 1 Cultural Resource Recording Project: Under the St. Paul’s Church Hall, Lower Burial Ground in Kingston" and how you can also get involved.

See the Kingston Lower Burial Ground website for more details and how to volunteer.

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Winter 2019

April 2019

April 30th, 2019

Northern Symposium 3

Branaavan Sivarajah , PhD student in Biology, supervised by Dr John Smol. Wraps up the Symposium

Russell Turner, MSc student in Biology, supervised by Dr Vicki Frieisen. Research topic - Population genomics of an Arctic seabird, the majestic Common Eider sea duck!

Christina Braybrook , MSc student in Geography, supervised by Dr Neal Scott and Dr Paul Treitz. Research topic - Modelling growing season net CO2 exchange for High Arctic mesic tundra using high resolution remote sensing data.

Overview: Part 3 of the Northern Research Symposium, the graduate students assisting in the program and how their research is related to the North.

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April 23rd, 2019

Kayla Dettinger

Kayla Dettinger, M.A (History), supervised by Dr Sandra den Otter

Research:  The history of the UK charity the Pilgrim Trust from 1930-1960 and its efforts to come to the "rescue of the things that mattered in our country" as a self-defined "salvage corps".

Overview: Talking on both Kayla's Master's experience as well as her role now with University Relations and how her graduate experience helped her with this job.

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April 16th, 2019

Northern Symposium 2

Branaavan Sivarajah , PhD student in Biology, supervised by Dr John Smol. Talks about the Symposium

Lila Colston-Nepali , MSc student in Biology, supervised by Dr Vicki Frieisen. Research topic - Using genomic tools to answer conservation questions in an arctic seabird, the Northern Fulmar

Jacqueline Hung , PhD student in Geography, supervised by Dr Neal Scott and Dr Paul Treitz. Research topic - Seasonal controls on terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycling in the Canadian High Arctic.

Overview: Part 2 of the Northern Research Symposium, the graduate students assisting in the program and how their research is related to the North.  For more information go to the Symposium website

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April 9th, 2019

Northern Symposium

Branaavan Sivarajah , PhD student in Biology, supervised by Dr John Smol. Talks about the Symposium

Greg Robson , MSc student in Geography, supervised by Dr Paul Treitz and Dr Scott Lamoureux. Research topic - Risk assessment of permafrost disturbances via differential interferometric synthetic aperture radar (DinSAR)

Dana Stephenson , MSc student in Geography, supervised by Dr Laura Thomson. Research topic - Glaciology, glacier dynamics.

Overview: An introduction to the Northern Research Symposium, the graduate students assisting in the program and how their research is related to the North.  For more information go to the Symposium website

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April 2nd, 2019

Carolyn DeLoyd

Carolyn DeLoyde , PhD student in Geography, supervised by Dr Warren Mabee.

Topic: Quantifying ecosystem services to enhance the use of Natural Heritage Systems to respond to climate change.

Overview: My research is focused on developing better responses to climate change within the context of land use planning. I am exploring the potential of Ontario’s Natural Heritage System (NHS) planning approach to facilitate this.

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March 2019

March 26th, 2019

Julian Yang

Julian Yang , PhD student in Medieval History, supervised by Dr Richard Greenfield.

Topic: Constructing holiness and unholiness through writing and reflection of authorial motivations in Christian literary works produced in medieval Byzantium.

Overview: For the successful completion of this project, examining the authorial role in composing hagiographical literature and possible motivations behind hagiographers for promoting the cult of saints is paramount. Medieval Byzantium was actually quite a skeptical society, and as such, hagiographers were necessitated to bolster the persuasiveness of their narrative by using various literary techniques for a successful fashioning of their protagonists as saints. Spiritual and religious motivations were not the only inspirations of their strong dedication, however, because in Byzantium, ecclesiastical, imperial, or popular recognition of the cult could result in substantial economic and political benefits for its followers. These apparent circumstances around the genre of hagiographical literature and the cult of saints in Byzantium are deeply considered at the heart of my historical investigation.

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March 19th, 2019

Nasreen Sultana

Nasreen Sultana, supervised by Dr Liying Cheng.

Topic: Influence of an English public examination on classroom teaching and learning: A washback study.

Overview: My research investigates the washback effect of the biggest secondary public English examination in Bangladesh on classroom instruction. The results of the exam work as the gatekeeper to higher studies, better career as well as better financial prospects.

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March 12th, 2019

Karina Gerhardt-Strachan

Karina Gerhardt-Strachan , Masters in Kinesiology & Health Studies, supervised by Dr Elaine Power.

Topic: Exploring the place of spirituality in Canadian health promotion.

Overview: Advocating a holistic approach, health promotion examines many aspects of health and well-being, including physical, mental, sexual, community, social and ecological health. Despite this holism, there is a noticeable absence of discussion surrounding spirituality and spiritual health. For this thesis project, I was interested in exploring how leading scholars in the field of health promotion, in Canada, understand the place of spirituality in health promotion. 

If you are interested getting in touch with Karina, either to discuss the possibility of a speaking opportunity you or your organization might have or just to learn more about her research, please feel free to email her at

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March 5th, 2019

Caroline Tuck and Sean Bennet

Drs Caroline Tuck & Sean Bennet, supervised by Dr Stephen Vanner.

Topic: The role of diet in gastrointestinal disorders on gut health.

Overview: Our research investigates the role of dietary modification and its effect on gut health including the microbiota, metabolomics and symptom profiles.

Want to help out with the research?  Caroline and Sean are looking for volunteers to help with two studies and need some people to act as controls and also people who have irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

Contact Celine Morissette (Hotel Dieu Hospital) - 613 544 3400 ext 2479 or email  OR 

Contact Caroline Tuck - 613 549 6666 ext 6526 or email

Follow what is going on twitter - @tuck_caroline  or @DrSeanBennet

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February 2019

February 26th, 2019

Clarissa de Leon

Clarissa de Leon, PhD in Education, supervised by Dr Rebecca Luce-Kapler.

Topic: Filipinx-Canadians and how literary experiences help form our cultural identities.

Overview: How can literature and art help us understand each other’s inner worlds? Clarissa talks about her research and her upcoming workshop to explore close reading as a way of empathetically imagining the complex, intersectional identities of others.

For more details on the workshop (as part of Queen's Reads) go to the "Empathetic Imagining: Using Literature and Art to Understand Each Other's Complexities." Facebook page

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February 19th, 2019

Kaj Sullivan

Kaj Sullivan, PhD in Geological Sciences, supervised by Drs Daniel Layton-Matthews and Matthew Leybourne.

Topic: Postprandial zinc isotopic effect in human serum.

Overview: My research will help ensure the best representative sample is taken in future studies investigating the potential of zinc isotopes as biological markers of disease like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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February 12th, 2019

Nevena Martinovic

Nevena Martinovic, PhD in English Language and Literature, supervised by Professor Leslie Ritchie.

Topic: 18th Century Theatre. Aging actress on the long 18th C London stage.

Overview: Women were first allowed on stage in London in 1667 when the theatres reopened after the Interregnum. I’m interested in how these first female players navigated the negative reception to their aging bodies and how they represented themselves in the face of it

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February 5th, 2019

Jill Price

Jill Price, PhD in Cultural Studies, supervised by Professor Matt Rogalsky.

Topic: ReCraftivism: Unmaking One’s Way Out of the Anthropocene.

Overview: My research asks, how can reclaiming, and recrafting of textiles offer technologies of resistance and restorative narratives to counteract capitalist ideologies and the phenomena of consumptionism found in the shadows of Canada’s colonial history?

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January 2019

January 29th, 2019

Shikha Gupta

Shikha Gupta, PhD in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Professor MaryAnn McColl.

Topic: Extent, determinants, and consequences of cost-related non-adherence to prescription medications among people with spinal cord injuries in Canada.

Overview: Many people in Canada have to forgo their medications due to cost; a phenomenon called "cost-related non-adherence." Despite emerging evidence, there is little conceptualization or exploration of cost-related prescription non-adherence with respect to disability in Canada. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most catastrophic and devastating disability for patients, their families, the community, and the healthcare system. Although people with SCI are high users of medications, evidence is missing regarding implications of medication-related costs on their health and social outcomes. This research aims to address this.

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January 22nd, 2019

David More

John David More, PhD in History of Pre-Confederation Canada, supervised by Professor Jane Errington.

Topic: French-Canadian Mariners on Canada’s Fourth Coast During the Early Post-Conquest era, 1760-1815.

Overview: Thousands of Canadien mariners, including shipmasters, officers, sailors, boatmen and shipbuilders were essential to the successful defense of Quebec and Upper Canada during American invasions of 1775-6 and 1812-14. My research into their complex histories deepens our understanding of French-English relations during this crucially important period in Canadian History..

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January 15th, 2019

Luissa Vahedi

Luissa Vahedi, MSc in Epidemiology, supervised by Dr Susan Bartels and Dr Heather Stuart.

Topic: ‘Even Peacekeepers Expect Something in Return’: An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Analysis of Sexual Interactions Between UN Peacekeepers and Haitian Citizens.

Overview: In 2004, the United Nations (UN) Security Council established Resolution 1542: The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). MINUSTAH officially began in June of 2004 and ended in October 2017, making it the longest UN peace operation in Haiti. During this time, allegations of sexual interactions between male UN peacekeepers and female Haitian civilians, including sexual abuse and exploitation, surfaced in the media. The UN frames civilian-peacekeeper sexual interactions as inherently exploitative and abusive, thereby supporting a zero-tolerance policy on sexual interactions with beneficiaries of assistance. However, during MINUSTAH civilian-peacekeeper sexual interactions were widespread and, in some cases, conceived children fathered by peacekeepers born to Haitian women- known as peace babies. The UN does not claim responsibility for children fathered by peace keepers, resulting in Haitian women bearing the burden of establishing the paternity of their children. My research will examine community-level narratives of sexual relationships between Haitians and United Nations (UN) peacekeepers during the MINUSTAH. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, this thesis will aim to: (1) Understand the lived experiences of Haitian women who are raising peace babies conceived during MINUSTAH; (2) Investigate the association between geographical location and community-level accounts of sexual interactions between Haitian citizens and MINUSTAH peacekeepers; (3) Investigate the relationship between the subject matter of participants’ narratives and perceptions of UN legitimacy in Haiti.

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January 8th, 2019

Michael Wood

Michael Wood, PhD in Neuroscience, supervised by Dr J. Gordon Boyd.

Topic: Low levels of brain tissue oxygenation during critical illness may be associated with the subsequent development of delirium and cognitive impairment.

Overview: Survivors of life support often develop newly-acquired impairments that reduce their quality of life (e.g., ability to live independently). An early indicator of neurological dysfunction while on life support is the onset of delirium, which is characterized by inattention, altered levels of consciousness, or disorganized thinking. However, the underlying cause of delirium, as well as long-term cognitive dysfunction, remains poorly understood. Approximately 230,000 Canadians are cared for in ICUs annually, and the majority of these patients will experience delirium. As the mere presence of delirium has been associated with debilitating outcomes, delirium represents a major public health concern.

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January 1st, 2019

CJ the DJ &Chantal Valkeborg

CJ the DJ. and Chantal Valkenborg.

Topic: What to expect in 2019.

Overview: From workshops to community events, find out what is happening in graduate studies for the winter and summer terms.

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Fall 2018

December 2018

December 18th, 2018

CJ the DJ & DJ Bear

CJ the DJ is being interviewed by Suyin Olguin (DJ Bear) as we wrap up 2018.

Topic: What happened in 2018?.

Overview: The wrap up Grad Chat 2018.

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December 11th, 2018

Lauren Welte

Lauren Welte, PhD in Mechanical & Materials Engineering, supervised by Dr Michael Rainbow.

Topic: Fundamental research in how the human foot functions during walking and running.

Overview: We investigated how modifying the shape of the arch of the human foot affects the energy absorbed and returned during a dynamic compression. To change the shape of the arch, we engaged the windlass mechanism of the plantar fascia by elevating the toes, which then causes the arch to be higher, but shorter in length. This mechanism has previously been suggested to stiffen the foot to prepare the foot for push – off while walking. However, we found that the foot absorbs and dissipates more energy when the windlass was engaged, compared to when the toes were lowered. This means that the foot was less stiff when the windlass was engaged. This has implications in shoe and foot orthosis design, where a change in the toe angle could affect the way the arch of the foot absorbs and dissipates energy

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December 4th, 2018

Susan Bazely

Susan Bazely, PhD in Geography, supervised by Drs Brian Osborne& Joan Schwartz.

Topic: Changing heritage practice on the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications World Heritage Site.

Overview: The Rideau Canal corridor is comprised of a complex combination of resources, stories and activities that today serve multiple interests. The philosophies, policies, and management of heritage sites are experiencing pressures emanating from the demands of ‘experiential tourism’, the opportunities and challenges of ‘virtual reality’ presentations, and the economic pressures of escalating maintenance costs. My research will assess the current value of, and potential threats to the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications and its UNESCO World Heritage designation by examining how this landscape resource is perceived today. During this research the interrelationship between the site, interpretation, presentation, stewardship, public use and experiences with the site are explored, considering threats and benefits to the site, the communities and world heritage status.

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November 2018

November 27th, 2018

Bailey Gerrits

Bailey Gerrits, PhD in Political Studies, supervised by Drs Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant & Margaret Little.

Topic: Who’s Responsible?: Explaining How Contemporary Canadian Newspapers Frame Domestic Violence.

Overview: My research in gender and politics advances an understanding of the political economic relationships that shape public discourses about gendered violence. I specifically examine contemporary Canadian newspaper coverage of domestic violence, documenting the patterns of coverage and illustrating how actors and structures interact to influence these news productions..

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November 20th, 2018

James Anderson

James Anderson, MA in Political Studies, supervised by Dr David Haglund.

Topic: Canada-US defense relations in the age of America First.

Overview: My research seeks to examine Canada-US defense relations in the age of America First. Specifically, I will look at Canadian Strategic Culture to investigative any possible shifts/changes that could occur in our continental relationship on topical issues like NORAD, Counter-ISIS, Arctic Security, Space policy, and the Defense Industrial Base. As he embarks on his Fulbright scholarship, I am anxious to experience Canada’s personal story, to delve into the importance of national culture, network with Canadian-American defense professionals, with hopes of identifying new avenues for interstate cooperation between the U.S. and Canada..

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November 13th, 2018

Camille Usher

Camille Usher, PhD in Cultural Studies, supervised by Dr Dylan Robinson.

Topic: Urban experiences of Indigenous folks, learning about who we are, away from where our ancestors are from.

Overview: It is often through a complex web that urban Indigenous peoples understand and learn about their ancestors, a further level of difficulty is added when the place in which we are learning is so far removed from where we are from. This work, tentatively titled Subtle Gestures: Sovereignty through Indigenous Stories of Public Mark Making is seeking to begin answering how Indigenous peoples are revolutionizing the stewardship of land and space by new activations of public colonial structures through their art and their bodies. Furthermore, my research questions how this spatial reactivation is publicly reclaiming what Gerald Vizenor termed as survivance, melding together survival and resistance. Survivance expresses how Indigenous peoples can use the strength of our cultures to fight colonialism and what Glen Coulthard has termed Urbs Nullius, “urban space void of Indigenous sovereign presence.”.

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November 6th, 2018 - LIVE

Christine Moon

Christine Moon, MD/PhD; PhD in Sociocultural Studies in Kinesiology, supervised by Dr Sammi King.

Topic: Experiences of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) for Racialized Canadians.

Overview: Medical assistance in dying (MAID) has recently been legalized in Canada. My dissertation research will explore experiences of racialized Canadians with MAID. My proposed doctoral work will help us understand what assisted dying means to racialized Canadians, who are often left out of local and national discourses. It will provide a previously unexplored, qualitative and in-depth look at how assisted dying plays out in everyday lives of people who are thinking about, requesting, or receiving assisted dying. .

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October 2018

October 30th, 2018

Christiana Okyere

Christiana Okyere, PhD in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Drs Heather Aldersey and Rosemary Lysaght.

Topic: Inclusive Education for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Ghana.

Overview: The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights Conventions such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability have recognized the right of children with disabilities to be included in general education settings. Several empirical global studies on inclusion and disability have shown that inclusive education provides the best opportunity to support the development of persons with disabilities. However, implementing inclusive education in developing countries such as Ghana where disability often signifies a complete disqualification from education can be challenging. The overarching goal of my research is to understand the experience and implementation of inclusive education with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Accra, Ghana.

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October 23rd, 2018

Leo Erlikhman

Leo Erlikhman, MA in Sociology, supervised by Drs Victoria Sytsma, Heather Murray and David Walker.

Topic: Youth Alcohol in Kingston.

Overview: Our objective is to describe youth presentation at the Emergency department from alcohol related issues. Information gathered will allow for temporal maps to be developed along with demographic profiles of those who access services.

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October 16th, 2018

Sawyer Hogenkamp

Sawyer Hogenkamp, Master of Education, supervised by Dr Ben Bolden.

Topic: Bus Drivers Perceptions’ of Bullying on the Bus.

Overview: Through surveys and interviews with Ontario bus drivers, I uncovered how they perceived bullying, the strategies they used to address bullying, and gained an overall sense of what is working/not working for them when dealing with bullying on school buses.

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October 9th, 2018

Eric Bateman

Eric Bateman, PhD in History, supervised by Dr Adnan Hussain.

Topic: Inter-religious encounters during the Crusades (Medieval History).

Overview: My research focuses on the emotional and affective aspects of Muslim-Christian encounters during the Crusades (1095-1291). I am currently focusing on reading and re-evaluating the written chronicles of the first Crusade (1095-1099) in order to pay attention to the emotional, gestural and affective practices at play in the texts.

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October 2nd, 2018

Vanessa di Battista

Vanessa di Battista, PhD in Civil Engineering, supervised by Dr Kerry Rowe.

Topic: Geosynthetics in Site Remediation.

Overview: Contaminated sites are a worldwide problem from fuel spill affected areas in Antarctica to brownfield site reuse in urban areas. This research has focused on investigating the use of geosynthetic (geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners) barrier systems in the remediation and reuse of these sites..

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September 2018

September 4th, 2018

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CJ the DJ reports back from the School of Graduate Studies Welcome & Resource Fair for new graduate students.

Overview: During the Welcome event, several new graduate students will be interviewed. Listen to what their first impressions are and what they came to Queen's to study.

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September 11th 2018

Vanessa Silva e Silva

Vanessa Silva e Silva, PhD student in Nursing supervised by Dr Joan Tranmer

Topic: Organ Donation Program Evaluation/Quality Assurance

Overview: My research focuses on improving the quality of organ donation programs through studying in depth organ donation processes to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.

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September 18th, 2018

Natasha Larkin

Natasha Larkin, MN (PHCNP) in Nursing .

Topic:Tthe implications for travelling for childbirth from rural and remote areas to urban centers

Overview: Last summer I did a Joanna Briggs Institute systematic review as a part of a masters requirement course on the experiences of women who travel for childbirth.  Women from rural and remote areas who have to travel for childbirth experience emotional and financial stressors, as well as negative impacts on their relationships and feelings of autonomy.  Current practice does not align with evidence, and contributes to the vulnerability of an already vulnerable population.

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September 25th, 2018

Evan Keys

Evan Keys MNSc in Nursing, supervised by Dr Marian Luctkar-Flude.

Topic: The integration of virtual simulation into undergraduate nursing training in resuscitation science.

Overview: Virtual simulation, or ‘serious games’, are educational games which enable students to learn course content through an engaging and innovative modality. Virtual simulation has shown promising results in a variety of nursing roles, and therefore it is imperative that we evaluate the potential benefit of virtual simulation in improving the training of one of nursing’s most crucial tasks. .

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 Summer 2018

May 2018

May 15th 2018

Charlotte Blattner & Lauren Van Patter

Dr Charlotte Blattner, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Law & Philosophy supervised by Prof Will Kymlicka and Lauren Van Patter, doctoral student supervised by Dr Alice Hovorka

Topic: Animal Labour - Ethical, legal and political perspectives on Recognising Animals' Work

Overview: Lauren and Charlotte, both specialized on questions revolving around our manifold interactions with animals, and are in the process of drafting a research ethics protocol that seeks to give guidance to researchers doing non-invasive research with animals. Their aim is to address the gap between research ethics boards, who focus only on research with human participants, and animal care committees, who take an instrumental view of animals as disposable objects of research

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NB: For the rest of the summer we will be re-broadcasting some past shows

May 1st, 2018

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams, MSc in Kinesiology & Health Studies under the supervision of Dr Kyra Pyke.

Topic: Exploring the impact of sugar (hyperglycemia) on artery function in men and women.

Overview: While it is known how hyperglycemia impacts artery function, there is minimal research looking at how to attenuate the negative influence of hyperglycemia in men and women. In particular, women have been an understudied population. The focus of my two years of research has been looking at how exercise is men and the menstrual cycle in women impact the vulnerability to hyperglycemia..

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Winter 2018 Podcasts

April 2018

April 24th, 2018

Obai Mohammed

Obai Mohammed, PhD in Civil Engineering, supervised by Dr Kevin Mumford.

Topic: The Effect of Hydrogen Gas Produced During nZVI Application

Overview: nZVI is a groundwater remediation technology used to clean up brownfields contaminated sites. However, once in contact with groundwater, nZVI solution can produce great amounts of H2 that can affect the application efficiency, the subsurface ecology and the subsurface soils characteristics.

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April 17th, 2018

Brian Cox

Part 2: Brian Cox, Master of Law, supervised by Dr Nicolas Lamp.

Topic: Attack on the Geneva Conventions? A Principled Review of the US Military Strike on the MSF Trauma Centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Overview: The attack by the U.S. military in Kunduz, Afghanistan in October 2015 that resulted in the destruction of a trauma center operated by Médecins Sans Frontières, the death of 42 medical staff and patients, and injuries to dozens more civilians. The project is a case study of this single incident, the criticism that followed, and the military’s response to the incident.

Meghan O'Sullivan

Meghan O'Sullivan, Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Psychology and Religious Studies.

Topic: The effects of yoga as a complementary treatment of military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Overview: That yoga's psychophysical effects on the body can create a supportive treatment alongside trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TFCBT) can increase the effectiveness and adherence to traditional healing programs.

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April 10th, 2018

Brian Cox

Brian Cox, Master of Law, supervised by Dr Nicolas Lamp.

Topic: Attack on the Geneva Conventions? A Principled Review of the US Military Strike on the MSF Trauma Centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Overview: The attack by the U.S. military in Kunduz, Afghanistan in October 2015 that resulted in the destruction of a trauma center operated by Médecins Sans Frontières, the death of 42 medical staff and patients, and injuries to dozens more civilians. The project is a case study of this single incident, the criticism that followed, and the military’s response to the incident.

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April 3rd, 2018 - Live

Gilian Thiel

Gillian Thiel, Msc in Geography under the supervision of Dr Melissa Lafreniere

Topic: Dissolved organic matter biodegradability in High Arctic ponds and permafrost soils

Overview: Climate change is amplified in the Arctic and it is intricately connected with the carbon cycle. Changes in temperature and precipitation alter the carbon balance in the Arctic, which may lead to more carbon emissions to the atmosphere through greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide and methane).

Dissolved organic matter is a mixture of organic molecules derived from the decomposition of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Dissolved organic matter constitutes an important part of the carbon cycle in the High Arctic because it contains a lot of carbon in its constituent molecules. The carbon in dissolved organic matter is easily accessible to microorganisms which consume it to obtain energy through the process of respiration. The respiration process releases carbon dioxide or methane as byproducts, thereby contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

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March 2018

March 27th, 2018

Lindsay Young

Lindsay Young, PhD in English Language & Literature under the supervision of Dr Shelley King.

Topic: Medium diaries, ghost fiction, and spirit biology in Victorian Literature.

Overview: In the 19th Century, Victorians were beginning to question the materiality of the soul. Mourning relics, seance objects, and other materials were leading them to theorize about the biological and chemical breakdown of the spirit, and the result was a number of new frameworks by which writers, scientists and believers were thinking about their own bodies as increasingly fluid objects with fantastical abilities. My project looks at the influence of these new ideas about materiality on popular literature, such as works by Dickens, the Brontes, and Wilde.

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March 20th, 2018

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll, Masters of Nursing Science under the supervision of Dr Rosemary Wilson.

Topic: Cultural Humility and Transgender Clients: A study examining the relationship between critical reflection and attitudes of Nurse Practitioners (NPs).

Overview: My primary research question asks: Is there a relationship between NPs’ critical self-reflection and their attitudes towards transgender clients? .

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March 13th, 2018

Shawn Lamonthe

Shawn Lamonthe, PhD in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, the Experimental Medicine stream, under the supervision of Dr. Shetuan Zhang.

Topic: Understanding the mechanisms of death from cardiovascular disease.

Overview: My research project focuses on the regulatory mechanisms of cardiac ion channel function under ischemic and hypoxic conditions that arise during cardiovascular disease.

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March 6th, 2018

Brittany McBeath & Sarah Kent

The BreakBook cover for The Break

Topic: Listen to Sarah Kent (English Language & Literature) and Brittany McBeath (Kinesiology & Health Studies) as they discuss with CJ the DJ, Queen’s Reads book for 2018 “The Break” by Katherena Vermette​

February 2018

February 27th, 2018

Gemma Bullard

Gemma Bullard, PhD candidate, Civil Engineering supervised by Dr Andy Take and Dr Ryan Milligan.

Topic: Landslide generated impulse waves aka tsunamis

Overview: I am looking to predict the shape and size of a tsunami based on an estimation of the landslide properties such as the thickness and velocity upon impact.

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February 26th, 2018


Korey Pasch (Political Studies), Caitlin Miron (Chemistry), Anika Cloutier (Management), Andre Brault (Civil Engineering), Amy Stephenson (Aging & Health).

Topic: Disseminating research to a wider audience

Overview: As part of "Celebrating Graduate Studies" week, Grad Chat went live for a 1 hour show from the Biosciences Atrium. Listen in as CJ the DJ asks the graduate students "What does making research public mean to you?"

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February 20th, 2018

Laura Callender

Laura Callender, MSc candidate, Kinesiology & Health Studies, supervised by Dr Ian Janssen.

Topic: The Multivariate Movement Behaviour Signature Associated with Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors in Children 

Overview: The way children spend their time over a 24-hour period has important implications for their health. Most characteristics of children’s movement behaviours, such as the intensity, type, and patterns, have only been examined in isolation rather than collectively. It is therefore unclear which characteristics of movement have the strongest association with cardio-metabolic health. This thesis research uses a novel statistical approach that allows multiple variables to be examined all at the same time in order to directly compare characteristics and thereby increase understanding of which characteristics of children’s movement behaviour are most important for their cardio-metabolic health.

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February 13th, 2018

Michael Tremblay

Michael Tremblay, PhD candidate, Philosophy, supervised by Dr Jon Miller.

Topic: Moral Education in Stoicism

Overview: I am studying the educational program of the Stoic, Epictetus, who taught students almost 2000 years ago how to become good people.  The emphasis is on how to transform ourselves to be the kind of people that are moral, not just to know what is moral or right.

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February 6th, 2018

Julie-Anne Staehli

Live with Julie-Anne Staehli, MSc candidate, Sport Psychology, supervised by Dr Jean Côté and Luc Martin.

Topics: A Blueprint for Student-Athlete Success: Understanding the Conditions Implemented by High Performance Coaches

Overview: The purpose of this study is to apply Hackman’s (2011, 2012) organizational psychology condition setting framework to the interuniversity sport setting to explore how high performance coaches spend time planning/implementing conditions to enable the successful execution of their programs.

The overarching objective is to acquire an understanding of the “blueprint” that high performance coaches put in place prior to the beginning of a season, and how they strive to satisfy these desired conditions throughout the season.

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January 2018

January 30th, 2018

Isabel Luce

Isabel Luce, PhD candidate, Art History, supervised by Dr Janice Helland.

Topics: Picturing Domesticity: An Investigation of household objects in the Victorian home

Overview: The home has long been considered a refuge from the public sphere; a space where families lived, engaged in leisure activities, fostered intimate relationships, and hosted visitors. This was particularly true of the Victorian middle-class home, and its decoration was constructed strategically to project a family’s social status. Homemaking was a complex task conventionally taken up by the woman of the house who was expected to exercise careful refinement, moderation and good taste in her selections while avoiding accusations of ostentatiousness. My PhD project explores representations of the private sphere of the Victorian home in both Montreal and London, England as an imagined geography and as a discursive space.

Context and Meaning Conference
Date: 2nd & 3rd of February

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January 23th, 2018

Grad Students - Catrina, Nicole, Luissa

Live with Catrina Mavrigianakis, Natalie Brown and Luissa Vahedi.

Overview: Listen to three graduate students as they talk about their research and their involvement in Queen’s “Flip the Script”, the new Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) program for undergrads and graduate students.

For details on the program go to the facebook page or contact via email

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January 16th,  2018

Katie Hunt

Katie Hunt, PhD candidate, English Language & Literature, supervised by Dr Chris Fanning.

Topics: Insomnia in Romantic culture and poetry 

Overview: During the Romantic period in Britain (~1780-1830), a series of scientific advancements facilitated an important shift in the way many disorders of the mind and body were conceptualized. My doctoral research addresses how this shift influenced the ways sleeplessness was theorized both in terms of its general taxonomy and at the level of the individual sufferer. 


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January 9th,  2018

Anika Cloutier

Anika Cloutier, PhD candidate, Management (Organisational Behaviour Stream), supervised by Dr Julian Barling.

Topics: Leadership, mental health, work-family spillover

Overview: I have two main streams of research, both centered on the topic of leadership. My first stream of research considers the perceptions and expectations people have of their leaders, and investigates whether these expectations are met. My second stream of research looks at antecedents to positive and negative leadership behaviours. 


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December 26th,  2017 & January 2nd 2018

CJ the DJ & Suyin the DJ Bear

CJ the DJ. gets quizzed by Suyin the DJ Bear!

Topics: The year of 2017 in Review or "It's a wrap"!

Overview: Want to know what we got up to in 2017? Then listen in and find out about the amazing research that was undertaken this year by our graduate students and post-docs.  This is a two part series!

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Fall 2017

December 2017

December 19th,  2017

Jennifer Wigglesworth

Jennifer Wigglesworth, PhD candidate, Kinesiology & Health Studies (Sociocultural Stream), supervised by Dr Mary Louise Adams.

Topics: Discussing her experiences at the Lake Shift Writing Retreats in Summers 2016 and 2017

Overview: I wrote some journal entries from my experiences at the Lake Shift - the seminars; meeting the Dean at her cabin; the excellent spaces for writing (my favourite being the library); cabin life and meeting other grad students from across Ontario; enjoying the lake, stars, campfires, cycling trails, volleyball court, the Opinicon resort and bocce ball. It was a great space for me to clear my head and write my proposal (Summer 2016), and it is the place where I first opened my dissertation file to begin writing my Introduction and research motivations (Summer 2017).


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December 12th 2017

Eli Scheinman

Eli Scheinman, Masters candidate, Environmental Studies, supervised by Dr Marcus Taylor.

Topics: Biocultural diversity, agricultural knowledge and traditional seeds in south India.

Overview: My research explores the contribution of traditional seeds to sustainable livelihoods and environmental health in south India.  The region is suffering from an on-going epidemic of farmer suicides associated with their financial and knowledge indebtedness to governmental and commercial input suppliers, as well as a third consecutive year of drought.  Through fieldwork interviews from August 2017, my research unpacks the contested role of improved, hybrid and traditional seeds in sustainable development and food security programs.  Specifically, my research investigates how, in spite of pervasive networks of government subsidies and commercial marketing efforts, small-holder farmers have returned to growing traditional varieties of rice in search of self-respect, autonomy and improved livelihoods.  These findings demonstrate the critical value of biocultural diversity and the knowledge embedded therein for revitalizing agro-biodiversity and enhancing rural food security.

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December 5th 2017

Charlotte Blattner

Dr Charlotte Blattner, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Law supervised by Prof Will Kymlicka.

Research Topic: Animal Labour.

Overview: In my postdoctoral project, I study whether the lens of labour provides a more useful framework to think about our current interactions with animals and to envisage more just and more robust protections for animals. Animals doing care work, like dogs guiding the blind, wild animals performing in circuses, or horses working for the police or military are today viewed as “working animals”. Though farm animals likely have some of the most stressful working days of all animals, they are, by contrast, not recognized as labourers. A special focus of my work hence lies on studying whether the labour lens can be a useful tool to further human-animal relationships, specifically those with farm animals, the largest number of individuals currently exploited for our purposes. How, hence, can labour lead to a recognition of animals’ contribution to our shared society, and to their inclusion as full members of our political community? 

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November 2017

November 28th 2017

Caitlin Miron

Caitlin Miron PhD candidate, Chemistry, supervised by Dr Anne Petitjean.

Topics: Small molecule recognition of unusual DNA architectures for applications in biological systems

Overview: Although DNA is best known for its classical double helix or duplex structure, it can also adopt other biologically relevant architectures. One such architecture, the guanine quadruplex, forms in specific regions of the genome associated with cancer development, metastasis, and immortality. The stabilization of quadruplex architectures at these sites by artificial small molecule binders has been shown to prevent the expression of genes and/or activity of enzymes which directly contribute to different aspects of cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Jean-Louis Mergny at the Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie in Bordeaux, France, we recently discovered a highly promising family of novel binders that strongly stabilize quadruplex DNA and that are specific to quadruplex over duplex DNA. My research now involves the synthesis of second- and third-generation binders as well as the modification of conventional biophysical techniques to better study their interactions with quadruplex DNA at the bench.

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November 21st 2017

Robyn Carruthers

Robyn Carruthers, PhD candidate, English Language & Literature, supervised by Dr  Asha Varadharajan and Dr Yaël Schlick.

Topics: Contemporary Mnemonic Travel Writing and the Production of Foreign Space


I propose that a particular subset of contemporary travel writing, which I term mnemonic travel writing, explicitly and self-reflexively engages with the ways in which the modalities of mobility and memory jointly and reciprocally articulate cultural relations. In so doing, they develop conceptions of relationality in a global order where the location of culture is being rethought amidst radically altered spatiotemporal contours. These mnemonic travel texts serve as a kind of memory work, instantiating relational imaginaries: they represent and embed the processes of memory as a form of knowledge not only of the past but of how the past is engaged in an animated spatialized interchange with the present.

My argument brings together the scholarly fields of travel writing and memory studies in the hope that they may productively speak to each other, and ultimately articulate new possible relations between selves and Others through what I refer to as the production of foreign space in relational terms. 

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November 14th 2017

Benjamin Tam

Benjamin Tam, MSc. candidate, Particle Astrophysics, supervised by Dr Mark Chen.

Topics: My research occurs at an intersection of physics, chemistry, and engineering as I help with development, commissioning, and operation of the SNO+ experiment.

Overview: Benjamin  talks about Queen's Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB) and the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC) .  

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November 7th, 2017

Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson, M.ASc candidate in Chemical Engineering (AppliedSustainability), supervised by Dr Brant Peppley.

Research Topic: Gaseous Waste to Energy for PEM fuel cells

Overview of Research: Improving the efficiency of the Ford Fumes to Fuel (FTF) Project in order to help them produce hydrogen from gaseous waste produced in automotive finishing. This involves heterogeneous catalysis work and low-temperature steam reforming. .


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October 2017

October 31st, 2017

Amy Stephenson

Amy Stephenson, MSc online program in Aging and Health.

The Program: Based around the geriatric population and specific issues they face

Overview of project: I am undertaking a scoping review to assess the effectiveness of post fall rehabilitation and tertiary prevention programs. I feel this is of importance as the impacts of falling to an individual and the healthcare system are dramatic. The majority of research and policies focus on primary fall prevention.  I found there to be a gap in the prevention and rehabilitation strategies in overlooking individuals who have experienced falls.


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October 24th, 2017

Chris Trimmer

Chris Trimmer- Neuroscience, supervised by Dr Farooq Naeem.

Research: The development and testing of a musical Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-Music) group therapy intervention for individuals with symptoms of serious mental illness

Overview: This Research project looks at testing CBT-Music in a community mental health setting with individuals with symptoms of psychosis, depression and anxiety using a randomized control trial and a pre/post testing protocol. The main outcome of interest is feasibility and the effect on self-report of disability and symptomatology. Presently, my PhD research extends throughout Southern Ontario and I am in the data acquisition phase of my PhD.


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October 17th, 2017 

Hannah Dies

Hannah Dies - Chemical Engineering, supervised by Dr Aristides Docoslis & Dr Carols Escobedo.

Research: SThe development of a surface-enhanced Raman scattering-based chemical sensor using AC electric fields

Overview: My PhD has involved a novel method to build metallic nanostructures for surface-enhanced Raman scattering, a highly sensitive detection method for (bio)chemical sensing. I have mainly been working on a method to do this using a colloidal suspension of nanoparticles, which are organized into nanostructures using an AC electric field. These nanostructures have a very interesting “dendritic” structure, which I’ve found to be quite sensitive and useful for the detection of a variety of chemical analytes (including illicit drugs, pesticides, and toxic food additives).


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October 3rd & 10th, 2017

Korey Pasch

Korey Pasch - Political Studies, supervised by Dr Susanne Soederberg.

Research: Securitization of Hazards and the Governance of Risk: The Emergence and Expansion of Insurance Linked Securities and Catastrophe Bonds

Overview: My research looks principally at the changes that have occurred within the United States, and specifically the states of California and Florida to address disaster risk. Both states are exposed to different kinds of disaster risk, earthquake and hurricane respectively, and in the aftermath of two incredibly damaging events in the early to mid 1990s have lead efforts to improve the financing and transfer of disaster risk.

October 10th, 2017

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September 2017

September 26th, 2017

Nicolle Domnik

Nicolle Domnik- Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow in Medicine, supervised by Dr Denis O'Donnell.

Research: Impact of Sleep on Lung Function in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Effect of inhaled bronchodilator treatment on symptom severity

Overview: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease of the lungs with debilitating impact on individuals’ health and quality of life. Combining emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and strongly correlated with smoking/smoke exposure and advancing age, COPD is the 4-5th leading cause of mortality in Canada, accounting for significant morbidity (affects 800,000 individuals annually). COPD patients with advanced stages of disease experience significant airflow limitation, which severely limits basic daily activities of living, such as bathing, walking short distances, or even food preparation. This is largely due to crippling symptoms of breathlessness or air hunger (“dyspnea”), which are often worst first thing in the morning. The basis for these symptoms is poorly understood, and the mechanisms behind morning dyspnea are unknown; however, current pharmacologic therapies are not able to prevent this severe morning dyspnea from occurring. My project consists of two parts. The first will, for the first time, elucidate differences in nocturnal lung function between healthy controls and patients with COPD by thoroughly characterizing their mechanics of breathing before, during, and after sleep. The second will test the effectiveness of a new, twice-daily bronchodilator (‘puffer’) dosing approach in comparison with the current gold-standard of therapy, the foundation of which consists of a daily long-acting bronchodilator. Specifically, I will examine whether a second, evening dose of bronchodilator improves lung function during sleep and, by extension, relieves severe morning dyspnea. Given our ageing Canadian population, the burden of COPD on patients, their families, and the health care system will grow. A better understanding of how COPD impacts on nocturnal lung function, alongside validation of a promising approach to treating morning dyspnea, would provide crucial insight into managing this incapacitating condition.”

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September 19th, 2017

Interviewee - Emma Peacock

Emma Peacock - Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow in English Literature, supervised by Dr Shelley King.

Research: Romanticism and the University

Overview: What forms our ideas and ideals of a university? A lot of students, professors, voters, and taxpayers have watched movies and read novels set in universities, but not a lot of people have read scholarly histories of universities. I think it’s important to think about the institution that we all work in and love (or have a love/hate relationship with!), and to know what has shaped our expectations of what a university is like and what it’s for.

In the early nineteenth century, universities in the English-speaking world were beginning to undergo a huge transformation, and the literary texts and polemical articles in literary magazines that came out of that were breathtaking. In fact, we’re often still quoting from them today, whether we know it or not!

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September 12th, 2017

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CJ the DJ reports back from this years Dissertation on the Lake.

Overview: LIke the Lake Shift, but this event is just for Queen's graduate students. Listen to what it means to them to have the opportunity to concentrate on writing without other distractions.

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September 5th, 2017

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CJ the DJ reports back from the School of Graduate Studies Welcome & Resource Fair for new graduate students.

Overview: During the Welcome event, several new graduate students will be interviewed. Listen to what their first impressions are and what they came to Queen's to study.

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Spring/Summer 2017

August 2017

August 29th, 2017

Interviewees - Olivia Yau

Olivia Yau - M.Sc. candidate in Experimental Medicine (DBMS), supervised by Dr Amer Johri.

Research: The development of an Ultrasound Phantom in Characterizing Atherosclerotic Plaque Vulnerability

Overview: Olivia's research involves ultrasound phantom studies - specifically investigating the human carotid artery and vulnerable plaque. Her work involves building phantom plaques as well as conducting vascular ultrasound studies on her phantoms, looking to use her phantom as a platform in improving current medical imaging diagnostic tools in detecting atherosclerosis.

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August 22nd, 2017

Interviewees - Stephanie Jansson

Stephanie Jonsson - M.A. candidate in Gender Studies, supervised by Dr Scott Morgensen and Dr Trish Salah.

Research: The LGBTQ elders plans for long-term care looking at lived experiences accessing and living in long-term care in Canada

Overview: Stephanie's research examines the displacement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) elders in aged care facilities. Specifically, she is contextualizing the barriers that impact access to care along with examining some of the ways in which life in care is oppressive for LGBTQ elders. Applying an intersectional approach to my analysis allows me to construct how multiple modes of oppression overlap to produce and reproduce systems of inequalities. Stephanie compares and contrasts the lived realities of elders who reside in ALFs in order to explore how LGBTQ people are marginalized by institutional practices that neglect their social, economic, cultural, familial, sexual, and spiritual needs.

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August 15th, 2017

Interviewee - Claire Boteler

Claire Boteler- M.Sc. candidate in Statistics, supervised by Dr David Thomson and Dr Troy Day

Research: Investigating the periodic patterns of influenza mortality using statistical methods, including time series, and spectral analysis techniques.

Overview: Influenza is an infectious disease, and its periodic patterns are commonly modeled focusing on a yearly cycle. However, when looking at influenza in a timespan longer than a generation, perhaps more periodic patterns should be considered. Using statistical methods including times series analysis and multitaper spectral analysis techniques, an investigation of monthly per capita mortality due to Pneumonia & Influenza that occurred in the United States from 1910 to 2016 has shown some interesting periodic trends. The periods found were the yearly cycle, longer periods of 136 year, 14 year, 11 year and 7.5 year, and shorter periods of ½, ¼ and 1/5 of year. Comparison of the results of this data set have been compared to results of other datas showing the number of influenza cases from the US, Australian and Japan, as well as the results from simulated data of the number of infected people in a population (using a stochastic Susceptible-Infected Model)..

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August 8th, 2017

Interviewees - The Lake Shift participants (Part 2)

The Lake Shift featuring Ph.D. students from 14 Ontario Universities

Yvonne Simpson(York University), Madison Bettle(Western University), Paula Karger (University of Toronto)

Overview: The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students from Ontario universities. The five day retreat is running from Sunday, July 9th to Friday afternoon, July 14th, at the Queen’s Biology Station on Lake Opinicon (a 50 minute drive north of Kingston). The retreat provides doctoral students with structured time to write, workshops on tips for effective dissertation writing, opportunities to network with other graduate students and all in a beautiful location. The objective of the retreat is to enable doctoral students to make substantial progress in writing their thesis and to develop foundations to maintain that momentum. The fringe benefits of The Lake Shift include swimming, boating, hiking and campfire conversations and make for a balance of the cerebral with the physical and social for a well-rounded experience.

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August 1st, 2017

Interviewee - Wei Yan

Wei Yan- Ph.D. candidate in Education, supervised by Dr Liying Cheng

Research: My MEd study (Queen’s) investigated the key determinants of Chinese students’ academic success indicated by their first semester GPA and credit hours earned in Korean universities, especially the relationship between language proficiency and students’ academic success

Overview: This study specifically focused on three research questions concerning the prediction of Chinese students’ academic success in Korean universities, the additional contribution of Korean and English language proficiency, and the examination of prediction patterns for undergraduate and graduate students.

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July 2017

July 25th, 2017

Interviewees - Anatomical Sciences

Anatomical Sciences is 10 years old!

Featuring: Dr Leslie MacKenzie, founder of the program and alumni Nicole Ventura & Trevor Robinson

Overview: The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University offers a 16 month Master of Science program in Anatomical Sciences. This program is structured around three pillars of competency (content, pedagogy, inquiry) and designed to educate students interested in the art of teaching and designing curricula in the anatomical sciences.

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July 18th, 2017

Interviewees - The Lake Shift participants

The Lake Shift featuring Ph.D. students from 14 Ontario Universities

Francis Masse (York University), Carlie Stransky (Laurentian University), Amanda Hansen (Brock University)

Overview: The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students from Ontario universities. The five day retreat is running from Sunday, July 9th to Friday afternoon, July 14th, at the Queen’s Biology Station on Lake Opinicon (a 50 minute drive north of Kingston). The retreat provides doctoral students with structured time to write, workshops on tips for effective dissertation writing, opportunities to network with other graduate students and all in a beautiful location. The objective of the retreat is to enable doctoral students to make substantial progress in writing their thesis and to develop foundations to maintain that momentum. The fringe benefits of The Lake Shift include swimming, boating, hiking and campfire conversations and make for a balance of the cerebral with the physical and social for a well-rounded experience.

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July 11th, 2017

Interviewee - Alissa Droog

Alissa Droog. Masters candidate in Religious Studies, supervised by Dr Richard Ascough

Research: How 19th century women were writing the story of Adam and Eve from Genesis for children in religious literature

Overview: My research started by looking at a variety of secondary source material on women’s writings in the 19th century, on children’s Bibles and religious children’s literature. Then, I started looking at children’s Bible stories. I have been lucky to look at 19th century children’s literature and Bible story collections at Special Collections at Queen’s, the Toronto Public Library, and at Wycliffe College in Toronto. I think I’ve looked at over 60 different publications now, 25 of which actually fit the parameters of my study being that they were produced by British women in the 19th century. My essay is exploratory than it is proving anything. Very little has been written on children’s Bibles and children’s Bible stories, and nothing on this specific topic, so I am trying to explore and then explain just what it was these women were writing about. I also am going to focus on some of the more interesting versions of the story that I have read. For example, Aunt Charlotte’s Bible Stories entirely excludes the role of the serpent, calling him the “evil spirit” and having him become Eve’s master after the fall. IT’s just such an odd version of the story because typically, this type of language is used to describe sin or Adam after the fall. I haven’t quite figured out why she was writing it like that, but its certainly an anomaly. .

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July 4th, 2017

Interviewee - Andrew Sopko

Andrew Sopko- Ph.D. candidate in History, supervised by Dr Jeffrey Brison

Research: The history of Canada’s Cold War civil defence program

Overview: I study the history of Canada’s Cold War civil defence program, which was created to prepare Canadians for the aftermath of a nuclear confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. .

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June 2017

June 27th, 2017

Interviewee - Atul Jaiswal

Atul Jaiswal - Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Dr Heather Aldersey and Dr Marcia Finlayson

Research: Participation of Persons with Deafblindness in India

Overview: Deafblindness is a unique disability with a combination of visual and hearing impairment affecting communication, mobility, and access to information from the outside world. These challenges in communication, accessing information and mobility hinder their functioning and participation making deafblindness one of the most isolating disabilities. The dual sensory loss affects the engagement of persons with deafblindness (PwDb) in the environment and poses difficulty for them in communicating, establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with others, which can then result in isolation from society. Through my research, there is a potential to gain insights into their lives to understand their lived experiences of participating in society and develop indicators of participation. These indicators could then inform the services designed for PwDb to prevent their isolation and support their full participation in society.

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June 20th, 2017

Interviewee - Jhordan Layne

Jhordan Layne. Ph.D. candidate in English Language & Literature, supervised by Dr Chris Bongie

Research: Representations of Obeah in Literature

Overview: I read Caribbean colonial and postcolonial literature from the 18th century to today and I pay particular attention to how they represent Afro-Caribbean religion. I look specifically at obeah, a complex of religious-magical traditions commonly practiced throughout the Anglophone Caribbean. It has been prohibited in many parts of the Caribbean since the 18th century during slavery, and it's still prohibited in many Caribbean countries today. My main research questions have to do with religion and religious freedom. What is it that separates belief systems considered religion from those considered superstition? Why are some beliefs are offered protections and freedoms, while others are prohibited and degraded? Literature helps us answer these questions by offering insight into how perceptions of obeah have developed over the course of 300 years. .

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June 6th & 13th, 2017

Interviewee - Rosanna Brown

Rosanna Brown - M.A. in Art History, supervised by Dr Cathleen Hoeniger

Research: The Cultural Effects of Climate Change

Overview: The destruction of culture has long been a topic of interest for art historians, but research often focuses on damage caused by war or natural disasters. Rosanna’s thesis introduces climate change as a new form of cultural destruction, which damages art and architecture both physically and conceptually. By focusing on the prehistoric archaeological site of Chavín de Huantar in Peru, and the Baroque city centre of Dresden in Germany, she investigates how climate change changes the ways we experience and interpret culture on a planet that is quickly deteriorating.

June 6th, 2017 - Part 1

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June 13th, 2017- Part 2

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May 2017

May 30th, 2017

Interviewee - Nilita Sood

Nilita Sood - M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine, supervised by Dr Diane Lougheed and Dr John T. Fisher

Research: Sensory Mechanical Responses to High-Dose Methacholine in Healthy Normal Subjects

Overview: NIlita is working on determining the baseline bronchodilating response to high-dose methacholine and will compare it to people with asthma and cough.

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May 23rd, 2017

Interviewee - Victoria Donovan

Victoria Donovan - M.Sc. in Neuroscience, supervised by Dr R.D. Andrew

Research: Lie Low Stay Alive!

Overview: Following on from representing Queen's at the Ontario 3MT, Victoria talks about her experiences of the event and her research on the cortical shutdown in the mammalian brain as an evolutionary conserved survival tactic following traumatic brain injury.

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May 16th, 2017- Live

Interviewee - Louis Zatzman

Louis Zatzman- M.A. in History, supervised by Dr Harold Mah

Research: The Paris Commune

Overview: Louis will look at the similarities and differences of how the Commune was represented by authors, poets, politicians, historians, and other writers.  He will also talk about his new podcast titled "Unraveled"

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May 9th, 2017

Interviewee - Sophie Kenny

Sophie Kenny - Ph.D. in Psychology, supervised by Dr Nikolaus Troje

Research: Perceptual Effects of Inconsistency in human animations

Overview: One method of animating human-like avatars in video games and movies is animation retargeting. For this procedure, the motion of a performer is pre-recorded and later used to animate the avatar. In practice, the body shape of the avatar can be very different from the body shape of the original performer. Such animations are called inconsistent, because they are generated from mismatching shape and motion components. However, in day-to-day life, we experience consistent shape and motion information. As a result, our visual system builds up expectations regarding the way a person should look and move. For her thesis, Sophie conducted psychological experiments to look at the perceptual consequences of reducing consistency of animations. Her goal is to understand how inconsistency changes the observer’s perception and to investigate the extent to which it could be a problem for computer animators.

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May 2nd, 2017

Interviewee - Cindy Xing

Cindy Xing - M.Ed in Education, supervised by Dr Benjamin Bolden

Research: International students’ academic acculturation

Overview: My research explored how Chinese students with limited spoken English experienced Canadian university. I used narrative inquiry, a methodology that involves listening to and analyzing stories. I interviewed Chinese students at a mid-sized Canadian university to listen to their study stories in Canada. In addition to the traditional narrative writing, I used music to re-tell the stories. So my thesis also includes digitally-produced musical representations of the students’ experiences.

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Winter 2017

April 2017

April 25th, 2017

Interviewee - Andrew Coombs

Andrew Coombs- M.Ed in Education, supervised by Dr Christopher DeLuca

Research: Examining Teacher Educators’ Approaches to Assessment

Overview: Canadian teachers are required to be knowledgeable, skilled, consistent, accurate, and fair in regards to their classroom assessments practices. Researchers have argued that teachers’ limited assessment literacy is a result of low levels of assessment education within teacher education programs. As all Canadian teacher candidates must graduate from a teacher education program prior to securing a position in the public education system, it is critical to understand the development of teacher candidate assessment literacy during teacher education. Without an understanding of how teachers develop assessment literacy in teacher education programs, leveraging these programs to more purposefully prepare assessment literate teachers is a formidable challenge.

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April 18th, 2017

Interviewee - Theresa Ainsworth

Theresa Ainsworth - MA in Classics, supervised by Dr Daryn Lehoux

Research: Bees and Medicine in Ancient Greece

Overview:My research is mainly in the field of ancient science. For my final research paper, I hope to look at the importance of beekeeping in ancient Greece, the connection between the bees’ status as a sacred animal and the extensive use of its bi-products (i.e. honey and beeswax) in ancient medical practice, and whether or not there is any surviving evidence for apiary trade/industrialization in antiquity. I am also interested in ancient astronomical theory, and how the sacred and scientific interacted in that area.

Also if you wish to send in an article for the new peer reviewed journal, go to the Classics website for more details.

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April 11th, 2017

Interviewee - Suyin Olguin

Suyin Olguin - PhD in English, Language & Literature, supervised by Dr Brooke Cameron

Research: Food, Masculinity, and the Science of Nutrition in the Victorian novel

Overview: Suyin's dissertation will bring into conversation social and historical scholarship concerning food and literary works by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hughes, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Robert L. Stevenson, and Bram Stoker to argue that good health, achieved through a balanced diet of animal flesh, fruits, and vegetables, was regarded as a primary trait of Victorian manhood and crucial to the betterment of the English nation. My project is divided into three intersecting subjects—food, science, and masculinity—to highlight the connection between health, gender politics, and national identity.

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April 4th, 2017

Interviewee - Stefan Merchant

Stefan Merchant - PhD in Education, supervised by Dr Don Klinger

Research: How Ontario teachers assess learning skills and work habits

Overview:Teachers all across Canada are expected to assess and report upon student learning skills and work habits, but very little is known about how they do this. Except in rare cases, teachers receive no training on how to assess learning skills and work habits, and thus far, none of the research on teacher grading has investigated this portion of the report card. This research looks at how teachers define the different learning skills and work habits, how they distinguish between different levels of achievement, and how they make grading decisions.

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March 2017

March 28th, 2017

Interviewee - Christopher Bennett

Christopher Bennett - MA in Gender Studies, supervised by Dr Jane Tolmie

Research: Representations of trauma in the ‘It Gets Better Project’

Overview: Chris' thesis is concerned with how trauma is represented and articulated in social activism, specifically concerning how the suicides of queer youth are represented in the It Gets Better Project (IGBP). To this end, hisresearch question is as follows: How is trauma represented in the IGBP and what sort of cultural work do these representations do? He argues that the representations of trauma in the IGBP (re)produce a narrative of trauma inundated with notions of whiteness that constructs queer subjectivity as emerging through and from white subjectivity whereby the queer subject is always already both the white subject and the traumatized subject. The narrative of trauma here is built upon three assumptions: first, that all queer youth experience trauma as an effect of being queer; second, that through this normalization there is also a homogenization of suffering; finally, that this normalization and homogenization leads to the erasure of other traumas, even those experienced by other queer youth..

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March 21st, 2017

Interviewee - Heather Braund

Heather Braund- PhD in Education, supervised by Dr Christopher DeLuca

Research: Developing elementary students’ metacognition through formative assessment practices and effective feedback

Overview:Heather's research investigates how teachers’ formative assessment practices can be used as a tool to promote the development of metacognition and self-regulated learning in their elementary students. With the ever-increasing demands and necessity for critical thinking, it has become more important for students to be able to regulate their own thinking and be self-starters as they pursue their aspirations. Formative feedback in the classroom may very well be the starting point for developing metacognitive thinkers; hence Heather's research supports classroom teachers to better construct formative feedback as they promote the metacognitive development of their students.

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March 14th, 2017

Interviewee - Natalia Equihua

Natalia Equihua- MA in Cultural Studies, supervised by Dr Petra Fachinger and Dr Audrey Kobayashi

Research: Narratives of Mexican Women who Migrated to Canada for Love

Overview:Natalia's work looks at the experiences of Mexican women whose motivation to come to Canada has been a romantic relationship with a person who lives in Canada -whether their partner is Canadian or not. She focuses on exploring their journey: how they experienced their departure from Mexico, what their love story is, and more importantly what it has been like for them to leave their country to move to a new one for the sake of love. To understand this phenomenon, She has sat down with 15 women in Montreal and Kingston to listen to their migration stories. What her work aims to do is not only to explore an a common yet under researched side of migration, but also to highlight the importance of studying migration in relation to the emotions that both produce it and that are produced by it..

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March 7th, 2017

Interviewee Rhett Andruko

Grad Chat Live - Part of CFRC fundraising campaign

Listen to CJ the DJ as she interviews undergrad student Rhett Andruko about his research as well as I@Q, Faculty of Arts & Science Grad Week and of course CFRC fundraising week

Rhett Andruko- BSc in Environmental Studies, supervised by Dr Paul Grogan

Research: Primary controls on decadal growth patterns of a dominant deciduous shrub in the low Arctic

Overview:Deciduous shrub growth in the arctic, largely as a result of climate change, has the potential to act as a positive feedback to climate change. Increasing shrub canopies trap more snow, insulating and warming soils over the winter, and can release large amounts of carbon from arctic soils into the atmosphere. However, our knowledge of arctic shrub growth is limited. There are areas of the arctic, such as the Canadian continental low arctic, where satellite data indicates little vegetation change; however actual on-the-ground studies verifying this are scarce. Similarly, some studies indicate that shrub growth may preferentially occur in certain habitat-types, however this has not been widely demonstrated. In my thesis, I measured annual and decadal patterns in the growth of a dominant shrub, Dwarf Birch, as well as climate patterns and habitat characteristics, at a site called Daring Lake in the central low Arctic. Preliminary results indicate that there was net shrub growth in this area, and that it was ubiquitous across the landscape, but that it was not likely due to climate. Rather, decreasing herbivory pressure from caribou appears to be responsible for vegetation change at this site, and if this pattern is widespread, it could mean that carbon release from soils in this region might be higher than previously expected.

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February 2017

February 28th, 2017

Interviewee - Catherine Crawford-Brown

Catherine Crawford-Brown - MSc in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr Chris Mueller

Research: Blood-based detection of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer

Overview:Estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed subtype of breast cancer. We have identified a methylation signature unique to this subtype of breast cancer such that it can be differentiated from normal tissue and other subtypes of breast cancer. During the normal lifecycle of a tumour, DNA is released into the circulation. We hope to be able to detect this DNA using our differential methylation pattern in order to diagnose ER+ breast cancer at earlier stages. This tool could also be used to track effectiveness of treatment and to predict when relapses are occurring.

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February 21st, 2017

Interviewee - Michael Kalu

Michael Kalu - MSc in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Dr Kathleen Norman

Research: The Impact of Clinical Internships on the Internationally Educated Physiotherapists seeking the opportunity to practise as a physiotherapist in Canada ;

Overview:Most internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) do not work as physiotherapists in Canada because of the differences in professional training and practice models in their home countries. These differences mean that most IEPTs do not pass the licensing examination required to practise in Canada: the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE). Therefore, the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging (OIEPB) program was introduced to promote an increase in the success rate of IEPTs who become learners in the program, and to facilitate their entry into the Ontario physiotherapy workforce. The aim of my study is to characterise the profile of strengths and weaknesses of IEPT learners as identified by their preceptors during the clinical internships of the bridging program. This profile provides information to improve the quality of the clinical experiences of the learners in the OIEPB program. The profile should also guide the assessment of eligibility for all IEPTs when they immigrate to Canada and settle in Ontario. The overarching goal of my project is to provide a framework to support the development of targeted clinical skills to allow IEPTs greater success in passing the PCE and becoming an independent physiotherapist in Canada.

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February 14th, 2017

Interviewee - Rachel Wayatt

Rachel Wayatt - MA in Cultural Studies, supervised by Dr Jennifer Hosek

Research: The use of Theatre as a tool for propaganda in the Third Reich;

Overview:The use of theatre as a tool for propaganda is under addressed in the scholarship about the Third Reich. I am particularly interested in the use of ritual theatre, theatre that re-created Aryan origin myths, using casts of 1,000 people. It was not uncommon that for a production, non-performers would participate in the performance. If you were a farmer, you would find yourself marching in this production with 200 other farmers. I am interested in what the experience of watching and participating in something like that had on the spread of the ideology of the Third Reich

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February 7th, 2017

Interviewees - RIOT Group 3

Katrina Cristall - M.Sc in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr Chris Mueller

Stephanie Guy - PhD in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr Leda Raptis

Cancer Research: Collaborative program in Cancer research and Community Outreach - Part 3;

Overview:Cancer Research at Queen's is huge and in graduate studies we have the collaborative program in Cancer Research. Many of our students in that specialization also do a tremendous amount of community outreach. This show will highlight some more research our students are doing in Cancer research as well as highlight the upcoming "Let's Talk Cancer".

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January 2017

January 31st, 2017

Interviewees - RIOT Group 2

Sarah Maritan (right front)- MSc in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr Lois Mulligan

Mathieu Crupi (left front) - PhD in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr Lois Mulligan

Jennifer Power (middle back) - MSc in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr Susan Cole

Cancer Research: Collaborative program in Cancer research and Community Outreach - Part 2;

Overview:Cancer Research at Queen's is huge and in graduate studies we have the collaborative program in Cancer Research. Many of our students in that specialization also do a tremendous amount of community outreach. This show will highlight the research our students are doing in Cancer research as well as highlight some of the great outreach they are doing under RIOT - The Research Information Outreach Team. World Cancer Day is on February 4th and to help raise funds so we can continue the research, Queen's is hosting the inaugural Daffodil Gala. You can find out more about that on the RIOT website

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January 24th, 2017

Interviewee - RIOT Group 1

Zaid Taha (left back) - MSc in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr Leda Raptis

Chelsea Jackson (right back) - MSc in Pathology & Molecular Medicine, supervised by Dr David Berman

Sarah Nersesian (middle front)- MSc in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, supervised by Dr Andrew Craid and Dr John Allingham

Cancer Research: Collaborative program in Cancer research and Community Outreach - Part 1;

Overview:Cancer Research at Queen's is huge and in graduate studies we have the collaborative program in Cancer Research. Many of our students in that specialization also do a tremendous amount of community outreach. This show will highlight the research our students are doing in Cancer research as well as highlight some of the great outreach they are doing under RIOT - The Research Information Outreach Team. World Cancer Day is on February 4th and to help raise funds so we can continue the research, Queen's is hosting the inaugural Daffodil Gala. You can find out more about that on the RIOT website

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January 17th, 2017

Interviewee - Freddy Monasterio

Freddy Monasterio - PhD, supervised by Dr Karen Dubinsky & Dr Susan Lord

Research Topic: "Creative economies, new models of cultural self-management, and the production of live music shows in contemporary Havana;

Overview:Freddy looks at important changes in the cultural, economic, and social landscape of contemporary (post-1990) Havana. His focus is on the outcomes of the radical transformations, known as the modernization of the Cuban socioeconomic model, introduced after 2008 as a way to cope with 26 years of crisis. Besides the poor and ambiguous regulation in the cultural sector, these transformations have opened spaces for the emergence of creative economies and experimental models of cultural self-management without precedents in the history of socialist Cuba. Freddy uses case studies from the field of live music performance to illustrate these ongoing dynamics. Some of these examples include the music festival Havana World Music and the cultural center Fábrica de Arte Cubano.

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January 10th, 2017

Interviewee - Gillian Reid-Schacter

Gillian Reid-Schacter - MSc, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, supervised by Dr Madhuri Koti

Research Topic: "The role of STAT1 in the modulation of the tumour immune microenvironment and response to chemotherapy in High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer"

Overview: High-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC) is the most prevalent and fatal histological subtype of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, 70% of HGSC patients show resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs, and clinical management is challenged by a lack of accurate prognostic and predictive biomarkers of chemotherapy response. It is now established that immune cells within the tumour microenvironment significantly contribute to tumor cell death or survival following exposure to chemotherapy. Previous research has shown that Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 1 (STAT1) expression significantly associates with progression free survival and response to chemotherapy in HGSC. High levels of STAT1 and its target genes potentially contribute to better CD8+ T-cell recruitment and immune mediated chemosensitivity in HGSC. My work investigates the mechanistic role of tumor cell intrinsic alterations in STAT1 expression on in vitro phenotypic characteristics, and in tumor progression and immune cell recruitment in a syngeneic mouse model of HGSC.

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January 3rd, 2017

Interviewee - Debrah Zemanek

Debrah Zemanek- M.A.Sc. Civil Engineering, supervised by Dr Pascale Champagne & Dr Warren Mabee

Research Topic: "Evaluating the environmental and economic trade-off of integrating Canola Biojet Fuel in the Canadian aviation fuel supply chain"

Overview: Debrah's research focuses on life cycle assessment of aviation fuel produced from canola. The ‘food vs. fuels’ debate has generated controversy over the sustainability of biofuels. However, finding alternatives to fossil fuel is imperative to mitigating the risk that climate change poses to society. Debrah's thesis will evaluate the economic and environmental impacts of a Canadian canola biofuel supply chain and compare it to our current petroleum supply chain. Optimization techniques will be combined with the results of the life cycle assessment in order to find a level of biofuel production that achieves the greatest environmental benefit for the least cost.

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Fall 2016

December 2016

December 27th, 2016

Interviewee - Colette Steer

CJ the DJ does a wrap up of 2016

Overview: This show is the last for 2016, so CJ the DJ will be doing a bit of a wrap up of 2016! What went on in grad studies and a few bits from past shows

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December 20th, 2016

Interviewee - Celina Shirazipour

Celina Shirazipour- Health Promotion, Kinesiology & Health Studies, supervised by Dr Amy Latimer-Cheung

Research Topic: "Quality physical activity participation for military Veterans with a physical disability"

Overview: Physical activity has become a prominent method for promoting the physical and psychosocial recovery of military Veterans following an injury resulting in disability. Research has often focused on the outcomes of military Veterans’ physical activity participation; however, as programs continue to be developed, and participation continues to be encouraged, it is important that participation itself be examined. Specifically, we must consider whether Veterans with a physical disability are having quality physical activity experiences not just whether they are participating. My research seeks to fill this gap by exploring the physical activity participation experiences of military Veterans with a physical disability: what elements constitute a quality experience, how can programs create quality experiences, and what role do quality elements play in achieving program outcomes?

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December 13th, 2016

Interviewee - Titilope Adebola

Titilope Adebola- Civil Engineering, supervised by Drs Ian Moore & Neil Hoult

Research Topic: "Service life evaluation of a cured in place polymer composite liner for rehabilitation of cast iron pressure pipes"

Overview: Titi's research is focused on investigating the long-term durability of materials used to repair water pipes as part of a larger project investigating pipe deterioration and repair. This will be achieved by investigating the long-term properties of a Cast-In-Place polymer composite liner system used in the rehabilitation of cast iron water pipes.

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December 6th, 2016

Interviewee - Anastasiya Boika

Anastasiya Boika- History, supervised by Dr Ana Siljak

Research Topic: "Urban and exurban green space in late Imperial Russia"

Overview: Anastasiya looks primarily at how, as a result of industrialization in the late nineteenth century, green space was used to ameliorate issues of pollution, overcrowding and poor sanitation. Ana considers how international movements such as the garden city movement were brought in to combat these issues in the Russian context, as well as how domestic solutions, such as the dacha movement, were used to the same ends. Within that context, Ana also considers how international movements were altered to fit different social, political and economic contexts upon transgressing national borders.

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November 2016

November 29th, 2016

Interviewee - Taylor Currie

Taylor Currie - Cultural Studies, supervised by Drs. Jeffrey Brison (History) & Blaine Allan (Film)

Research Topic: "Better Living and Better Citizens … Through Chemistry: DuPont Public Relations Campaigns and the Crafting of American Citizenship during the Twentieth Century "

Overview: In 1935, after hesitation on behalf of DuPont executives, the company conceded to the suggestions of advertising agency, Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn (BBDO), and launched a public relations campaign based on the newly-minted corporate slogan, “Better Things for Better Living … Through Chemistry.” Contrary to dominant historiography regarding the reaction of big business to the rise of public relations, DuPont executives were not enthusiastic supporters of the blossoming field. As a result, DuPont continued to reluctantly implement public relations innovations in its campaign, indicating a persistent distrust of the profession. I argue that, while DuPont-sponsored media appropriated the dominant free enterprise language of the era, its campaign relied more heavily on an existing company culture. DuPont consistently utilized a conservative vocabulary of history, scientific innovation, and tradition, ultimately crafting a company-specific image of ideal American citizenship. I propose a comprehensive study of DuPont’s “Better Living” campaign during the twentieth-century in order to identify why and how DuPont sought to refashion the nation in its own self-image.

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November 22nd, 2016

Interviewee - Reza Nosrati

Reza Nosrati- Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering, supervised by Professor Carlos Escobedo

Research Topic: "Microfluidics, assisted reproduction, biomedical microdevices, microswimmers, biophysics, public health, Organ-on-a-chip"

Overview: The global burden of infertility is high, affecting more than 70 million couples worldwide. In North America, one in six couples experiences infertility, a 2-fold increase since 1992. Male and female infertility contribute equally, each accounting for about 45% of the cases, with the remaining 10% of cases unknown. Main causes of male infertility include low sperm count, poor vitality, low motility, and DNA damage. Semen analysis and sperm selection are cornerstones of male infertility diagnosis and treatment. However, current clinical methods are expensive, inefficient, and prone to operator-error, resulting in sub-optimal pregnancy outcomes and ultimately the health of offspring. My research focus on applications of microfluidics to develop simple yet functional approaches to overcome male infertility.

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November 15th, 2016

Interviewee - Kelly Brennan

Kelly Brennan- Epidemiology, supervised by Drs. Stephen Hall & Paul Peng

Research Topic: "Follow-up Care for Head & Neck Cancer Patients"

Overview: Follow-up care aims to provide surveillance with early detection of recurring cancers and to address treatment complications and other health issues in survivorship. It is assumed that follow-up care fulfills these aims, however little evidence supports routine surveillance detecting curable disease early enough to improve survival. Cancer survivors are a diverse patient population, suggesting that a single follow-up regimen may not meet all patients’ follow-up needs. Little is known about what effective follow-up care should include for head and neck cancer patients in a Canadian setting. This master’s thesis work identified subgroups of patients with specific needs and practices patterns that will be useful for enhancing follow-up care in the future.

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November 8th, 2016

Interviewee - Stephanie Gauvin

Stephanie Gauvin- PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology, supervised by Dr. Caroline Pukall

Research Topic: "How do individuals in diverse relationships navigate sexual issues in their relationships?"

Overview: Couples usually have general sexual routines or scripts that they prefer to engage in, but what happens when sexual preferences/activities go ‘off script’? Sexual issues, such as differences in sexual preferences, penetration difficulties, sexual pain, or low desire are not uncommon in sexual exchanges, and the presence of sexual issues may be associated with lower sexual satisfaction or sexual distress. Theory in the sex therapy literature suggest that some couples are able to navigate sexual issues to maintain high levels of sexual and relationship satisfaction by being flexible in their sexual scripts. My thesis aimed to empirically examine if/how flexibility in sexual scripts is actually related to improved sexual well-being.

Interviewee - Shyra Baberstock

Shyra Baberstock - Masters Candidate in Geography & Planning, supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg

Research Topic: "A new way forward: reconciliation through First Nations Innovation"

Overview: Part 2 of the interview with Shyra discusses her opportunity to represent Queen's at the Matariki Network program, held at the University of Otago, in New Zealand.

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November 1st, 2016

Interviewee - Shyra Baberstock

Shyra Baberstock - Masters Candidate in Geography & Planning, supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg

Research Topic: "A new way forward: reconciliation through First Nations Innovation"

Overview: As an Indigenous scholar and entrepreneur, I am motivated by the concept of improving the lives of Indigenous peoples through Social Innovation and entrepreneurship. I hypothesize that when Indigenous entrepreneurs use Social Innovation to create unique business models that incorporate the concepts of decolonization and reconciliation, societal transformation will occur (e.g. greater understanding and respect for Indigenous culture through educational services/products).

Queen's Truth & Reconciliation Commission Task Force

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October 2016

October 25th, 2016

Interviewee - GReg King

Greg King - Post-Doctoral Fellow in Geography, supervised by Dr. Ryan Danby

Research Topic: "Forest Response to Disturbance and Implications for Habitat"

Overview: My research focuses on investigating how the dynamics and structure of forests change following disturbance events both discrete (i.e. a forest fire) or continuous (i.e. climatic change).

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October 18th, 2016

Interviewee - Katie-Marie McNeil

Katie-Marie McNeil - Masters Candidate in Education, supervised by Dr. Theodore Christou

Research Topic: "Education at the Prison for Women"

Overview: Katie-Marie's research traces the development of educational programs at P4W from its opening in 1934 to its decommission and closure in 2000.

NB: Further research revealed that, in at least one instance, prisoners were sent from Canada to Australia as punishment. See Carter, John C. "One Way Ticket to a Penal Colony: North American Prisoners in Van Diemen's Land." Ontario History, 101 no. 2 (2009): 188-221

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October 11th & 18th 2016

Interviewee - NIcole Pacas

Nicole Pacas- PhD Candidate in English Language & Literature, supervised by Dr. Glenn Willmott and Dr Jane Tolmie

Research Topic: "Wonder Woman comics from the WWII period"

Overview: I’m calling my research a “cultural intervention” of Wonder Woman; Wonder Woman is often looked at and celebrated as a feminist icon, but is she really? My research critiques the representation of Wonder Woman’s physical body, her clothed body, and her emotional body, keeping in mind her creator’s bold statements that “not even girls want to be girls” if they have no hero to emulate (William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman because he believed he knew what kind of hero young girls needed).

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October 4th, 2016

Interviewee - Nausheen Sadiq

Nausheen Sadiq- PhD Candidate in Chemistry, supervised by Dr. Diane Beauchemin

Research Topic: "Multi-elemental risk assessment of various types of rice using ICP-MS "

Overview: Various types of rice have been studied by exposing the samples to artificial saliva, gastric juice and intestinal juice to determine how much of both toxic and essential elements will leach into our bodies and from there into our blood. This is done to determine how safe the food we eat is and whether the government needs to implement safety regulations.

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September 2016

September 27th, 2016

Interviewee - Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy - PhD Candidate in English Language & Literature, supervised by Dr. Glenn Willmott

Research Topic: "Mad Modernisms: Gendered Mental Illness and Modernist Collaborative Forms"

Overview: My research focuses on discourses of mental illness and gender in the modernist literary period (1900-1940) across different modes of publicness, including celebrity culture, public intellectualism, and activism.

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September 20th, 2016

Interviewee - Ana Ruiz Aguirre

Ana Ruiz Aguiree - PhD candidate in Cultural Studies, supervised by Drs. Lynda Jessup & Catherine Krull

Research Topic: The multilateral diplomatic role of visual art exhibitions in the context of the U.S. - Cuba conflict.

Overview: My research examines how Cuban visual art exhibitions displayed in Canada and Mexico influenced negotiations of the U.S. - Cuba conflict during the last twenty years. During this period, the export of Cuban cultural production to North America served Cuban diplomatic and economic objectives, as one of the very few platforms which allowed the Cuban government to directly reach North American audiences. In the U.S., the possibility to display and sell Cuban artwork is a recent development; the commercialization of Cuban art was not legalized until 1990, and the exhibition of Cuban visual art from the island remains highly politicized.

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September 13th, 2016

Interviewee - Hadiseh Bolkhari

Hadiseh Bolkhari - Post-Doctoral Fellow in Civil Engineering, supervised by Dr. Leon Boegman

Research Topic: Wave uprush modeling along CRCA shoreline

Overview: Conservation Ontario is a nonprofit organization that includes the network of 36 Conservation Authorities. Conservation Authorities are community-based watershed management agencies dedicated to conserving, restoring and managing Ontario's natural resources. The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority has jurisdiction over 3,500 sq. km of land, from Greater Nappanee in the west to Brockville in the east. In all, there are 11 watersheds in jurisdiction. The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) reviews shoreline development proposals, and provides guidance and advice to the landowners, and the relevant municipalities, on setbacks from hazards, mitigation for hazards, etc. This includes setbacks and mitigation for natural hazards such as wave uprush. However, prediction of wave uprush is not trivial. This project will examine the accuracy of existing Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) wave uprush methodology, which is based on analytical calculations, at select locations, using the Shore Protection Manual (SPM) and Coastal Engineering Manual (CEM) developed by the USACE (1984, 2006). We propose extending and enhancing the SPM/CEM methodology using the computational SWASH model to numerically simulate two-dimensional planform wave uprush through the CRCA jurisdiction. SWASH will be forced with waves and storm surge output, respectively, from an existing SWAN and DELFT3D model application to the Kingston Basin (McCombs et al 2014a). The models will be validated against data from geo-referenced cameras and RBR-TWR wave loggers deployed at a field site of interest to CRCA. Mode simulations with 100-year storm characteristics will be computed and applied to develop wave uprush conditions for land use management at Frontenac Island sites of interest.

Interviewee - AJ Boulay

AJ Boulay - Computing Science, Laurentian University

An interview at the “Lake Shift”, a thesis writing retreat for graduate students from Ontario Universities

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September 6th, 2016

Host-CJ the DJ

Host - CJ the DJ for Grad Chat

LIVE! As part of the Welcome & Resource Fair for new graduate students, CFRC will be interviewing some of our new graduate students. Later in the day, CJ the DJ will host a live show from the studios of CFRC to talk about resources on campus and other events to introduce new grad students to Queen’s and Kingston. Along with the mornings interviews, it is set to be a beauty. Don’t forget to tune in.

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Spring/Summer 2016

August 2016

August 30th, 2016

Interviewee - Shuhiba Mohammad

Shuhiba Mohammad - MSc in Experimental Medicine (DBMS), supervised by Dr. Anne Croy

Research Topic: Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection in pregnancy

Overview: Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, or Salmonella food poisoning, causes severe maternal and neonatal health complications when mothers are infected during pregnancy. Salmonella has been found to replicate preferentially in placental tissues and cause massive inflammation and placental damage. The mechanisms by which Salmonella mediates this damage remain largely unknown. We use mice to model Salmonella infection during pregnancy to determine how infection progresses so that we may be able to find suitable interventions.

Interviewee - Jessica Whitehead

Jessica Whitehead - Communication and Culture, York University

An interview at the “Lake Shift”, a thesis writing retreat for graduate students from Ontario Universities

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August 23rd 2016

Interviewee - Jean-Paul Martin, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Jean-Paul Martin - Mechanical & Materials Engineering, supervised by Dr Qingguo Li

Research Topic: Generating electricity while you walk using an energy harvesting backpack

Overview: Our lab develops biomechanical energy harvesters, that is, devices that use the motion of your body as you go about your day, to generate electricity for portable electronic devices. The intent is to provide a renewable energy source to those who work in areas without access to the power grid: be it backpackers, field scientists, disaster relief workers, powered prosthetics, or use in the military. The bulk of the research effort is generating electricity from movement in a meaningful way, so that the user wearing the backpack doesn’t have to exert any additional energy to use your product. .

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August 16th 2016

Interviewee - Biology field researchers

Amanda Tracey, Catherine Dale & Sarah Wallace: Biology field researchers

Dispatches from the Field

Overview: After attending a conference workshop about social media and blogging in 2014, the blog “Dispatches from the Field” was born. The general public never actually experience fieldwork, and those stories, which are often the core part of the experience as a researcher, never even make it into scientific papers. So, the biologists launched the blog at the QUBS open house in June 2014. Since then they have written one post a week, and have collected lots of guest posts from all around the world.

View their blog

Email if you want to be a guest blogger

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August 9th 2016

Interviewee - Patty Argyrides (English)

Patty Argyrides: PhD student in English Literature and Language under the supervision of Dr Glenn Willmott

Research Topic: Modernism

Overview: Patty’s dissertation explores the link between literature and dance in the Modernist period, with a special focus on ballet. Her interest is in the performativity of language and gesture in modern narrative, especially in the works of James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, H.D., and Gertrude Stein. The project asks what the difference is between texts that dance and texts about dancing. The context for this research is not only cross-disciplinary studies in the arts, but also the wealth of existing discussion of the creative and artistic responses to modernity that are manifested and represented through the body.

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August 2nd 2016

Interviewee - Lisa Carver (Sociology)

Lisa Carver: PhD student in Sociology under the supervision of Drs Rob Beamish and Susan Phillips

Successful aging with illness

Overview: For my dissertation I am considering determinants of successful aging among those traditionally ignored by successful aging research: individuals aging with illness. Using a mixed method research design that embraces the voices of participants, interviews were conducted in person and online to ascertain self-reported mental and physical health, successful aging, income adequacy and gender. Scales assessing participant’s resilience, quality of life, successful aging and gerotranscendence were also administered. The presence of and constructs associated with successful aging among those with illness were explored.

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July 2016

July 26th 2016

Interviewee - Jeremy Walsh (Kinesiology & Health Studies)

Jeremy Walsh: PhD student in Kinesiology & Health Studies (Exercise Physiology) under the supervision of Dr Michael Tschakovsky

Examination of how exercise affects cognitive function at high altitude

Overview: At sea level, an environment with ample oxygen, performing a 20-minute session of moderate exercise leads to improved brain function (cognitive function). Low oxygen environments like high altitude (hypoxia) impair cognitive function and can lead to poor decision-making and a host of other issues. However, performing a single bout of exercise in a simulated hypoxic environment can restore and in some cases improve cognitive function. What remained to be explored was a) whether cognitive function was impaired over a 12-day period on a high altitude trek, and b) whether a single session of exercise performed at high altitude has an impact on cognitive function. A trip to Mt.Everest basecamp proved to be very helpful.

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July 19th 2016

Interviewee - Nicole Slipp (English)

Nicole Slipp: PhD student in English under the supervision of Dr Scott Strake and Dr Jane Tolmie

Research Topic: Medieval Literature

Overview: My dissertation considers the relationships between sexual practices depicted in Middle English texts and practices currently referred to as BDSM (bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism). It explores how some medieval texts’ depictions of sexual exchanges of power can be unpacked via contemporary BDSM practices, revealing similarities and differences between medieval and contemporary queer sexual expression. Effectively, my work explores the medieval aesthetics of sexual power play. In many cases, kinky elements in medieval texts involve ways of relating to social power structures. BDSM has the ability to highlight power imbalances and a lack of consent that can form the basis of patriarchal, heteronormative relationships. Kink informed reading entails paying close attention to the particulars of fantasy, consent, violent or painful erotic content, and sexual power exchange in a text, with the understanding that the appearance of any of these elements may be deceiving.

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July 12th 2016

Interviewees - Education Students’ Mental Health Initiative

Part 2 - Special Edition - Education Students’ Mental Health Initiative (ESMHI)

Overview: Education students Glenda Christou, Jessica Chan, Newsha Ghafari and Kami Valkova, discuss this new initiative to support education students during their time at Queen’s. Born from a common concern to promote wellbeing as well as developing a sense of community in the Education building on west campus, this group highlight how a group of grad students can look beyond their research to help others. This is part 2 of the special series on graduate education.

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July 5th 2016

Interviewees - Glenda Christou

Glenda Christou: PhD student in Education under the supervision of Dr Derek Berg

Research Topic: Mental Health Literacy in Elementary Teachers

Overview: My research is on elementary teachers’ decision­making processes regarding mental health issues that arise in young children. I hope to understand how teachers recognize mental health problems and how they decide to support and/or begin a referral process for further support from other professionals.

Interviewees - Jessica Chan

Jessica Chan: PhD student in Education under the supervision of Dr Lesly Wade-Woolley (University of South Carolina) and Dr Don A. Klinger (Queen's University)

Research Topic: : ​Reading development in First and Second language learners (Chinese English language learners).

Overview: I’m interested in how first and second language cognitive and linguistic factors predict individual differences in reading among first and second language learners.

Interviewees - Kami Valkova

Kami Valkova: M.Ed student in Education under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Bolden

Research Topic: : ​Outdoor integrated education programs in secondary school.

Overview: I am interested in interviewing people 510 years after completing an outdoor based integrated program in high school. I hope to find out what/how they recall their experiences and what about the program they find has had a lasting impact on their lives since.

Interviewees - Newsha Ghafari

Newsha Ghafari: Masters student in Education under the supervision of Dr Derek Berg

Research Topic: The Social and Emotional Experience of Teachers Working with Exceptional Learners

Overview: My research is on the well­being and mental health of teachers working with students with exceptionalities in the general classroom, looking specifically at the constructs of compassion fatigue and burnout.

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June 2016

June 28th 2016 - Nicole Slipp (English) and Amarah Ebb-Stobbe (Kinesiology & Health Studies)

Interviewees - Nicole Slipp

Nicole Slipp: PhD student in English under the supervision of Dr Scott Strake and Dr Jane Tolmie

Research Topic: Medieval Literature

Overview: Nicole’s dissertation considers the relationships between sexual practices depicted in Middle English texts and practices currently referred to as BDSM (bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism). It explores how some medieval texts’ depictions of sexual exchanges of power can be unpacked via contemporary BDSM practices, revealing similarities and differences between medieval and contemporary queer sexual expression. Effectively, my work explores the medieval aesthetics of sexual power play. In many cases, kinky elements in medieval texts involve ways of relating to social power structures.

BDSM has the ability to highlight power imbalances and a lack of consent that can form the basis of patriarchal, heteronormative relationships. Kink informed reading entails paying close attention to the particulars of fantasy, consent, violent or painful erotic content, and sexual power exchange in a text, with the understanding that the appearance of any of these elements may be deceiving.

Interviewees - Amarah Ebb-Stobbe

Amarah Ebb-Stobbe: MSc student in Kinesiology & Health Studies (Biomechanics) under the supervision of Dr Pat Costigan

Research Topic: Amarah is investigating the contribution of “angular” power to the jump height of the countermovement vertical jump in no-arm, one-arm, and two-arm swing patterns common to biomechanical evaluation and sport performance testing.

Overview: In many sports, jumping is a common skill – and what matters most often is jumping high (ie: blocking a hit in volleyball, making a rebound in basketball, etc.) It is known that jumping with a symmetrical two-arm swing alters vertical jump height, however, what is not known is how single-arm swings impact height and how the power and angular velocity generated by the lower limbs in these jump conditions impacts the height the jumper achieves.

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June 21st 2016 - Gillian Mackey (Chemistry) and Sarah Barnes (Kinesiology & Health Studies)

Interviewees - Gillian Mackey
Gillian Mackey: PhD student in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Stephen Brown
Research Topic: Developing modified siloxane polymer materials for environmental sensor applications
Overview :With increasing human populations and demands on resources, it is more important than ever to monitor our environment for pollution. Currently, most environmental monitoring is done in the lab, meaning a sample must be collected from a site, transported to a lab, and analyzed by a trained technician. It would be ideal to develop devices that can instead carry out environmental analysis in the field – these devices are called environmental sensors. In my project, we aim to modify siloxane polymers in order to produce materials with useful properties for environmental sensing. We can incorporate different chemical components, which change the light transmitting properties of the material, and attach proteins and antibodies to the surfaces of the polymers. We have applied these materials to the detection of bacteria in water and volatile hydrocarbons in air.
Interviewees - Sarah Barnes
Sarah Barnes: PhD student in Kinesiology & Health Studies under the supervision of Dr Mary Louise Adams
Research Topic: Historical and contemporary understandings of sleep, sport and human performance. 
Overview : In both scientific and elite sporting circles, sleep is positioned as the “new frontier” of human high performance (Samuels, 2009). Since 2011, the Canadian Olympic Committee has funded sleep research and screened its athletes for sleep disorders. Professional sports teams routinely consult sleep science companies. Athletes who wish to maximise their “recovery” increasingly rely on wearable sleep tracking technologies. My dissertation explores how sleep management has come to be seen as a significant ‘natural’ performance-enhancing strategy in the lives of elite athletes.

The project is motivated by concerns about how science, technology, and sport instrumentalize sleep. Even at rest, athletes’ bodies are subject to measurement and evaluation and are expected to perform well; their lives are intensely managed to maximize productivity and efficiency. Though high performance sport is a realm of deliberate and extreme physical practices, its prominence means that it helps shape popular notions of how bodies might be managed and how far human might push the limits of physical possibility

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June 14th 2016 - Chloe Hudson and Laura Lambe (Psychology)

Interviewees - Chloe Hudson and Laura Lambe

Queen's Clinical Psychology Program

Overview: Featuring doctoral student Chloe Hudson (under the supervision of Dr Kate Harkness) and master's student, Laura Lambe (under the supervision of Dr Wendy Craig). Discussing their joint paper on “Peer Defending in School Bullying”.

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June 7th 2016 - Special edition on the Neuroscience Outreach Programs

Interviewees - Neuroscience Outreach

Queen's Neuroscience Outreach Program

Overview: A chat with Angela Luedke and Julia Morris on the student run initiatives that began back in 2005.  These programs educate and inform local communities about the research being done at the Centre for Neuroscience Studies. Programs whose focus is on issues such as mental health, ageing and physical rehabilitation. Programs such as the Adoloscent & Child Psychiatry Program, Brain Awareness Day, Brain Badge, Brain Bee, Brain Reach, CESAP, Public Lectures, Science Rendezvous, SEEDS, Seniors Courses, Social Club

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May 2016

May 31st 2016 - Jeff MacCormack (Education)

Interviewees - Jeffrey MacCormack

Jeffrey MacCormack: PhD student in Education under the supervision of Dr John Freeman

Research Topic: Using evidence-based programming to develop play-based programming to support the social competence of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

Overview: This study extends the findings of previous research (e.g., LeGoff, 2004) demonstrating that, even when it is more effortful for them, adolescents with ASD can socialize successfully during Structured Play. When participating in Structured Play, the boys with ASD in the current study made more initiations and were more engaged than during unstructured play and conversation. Structured Play may improve social behaviours because participating in shared goals meant that the youth had to make, and respond to, social bids, a skill crucial to the development of social competence interventions (e.g., Barakova, Bairacharya, Willemsen, Lourens, & Huskens, 2014; MacCormack, Matheson, & Hutchinson, 2015). Also, Structured Play activities are well suited for social skills interventions because the structure of the game play can be designed to mimic social rules (e.g., Baker, Koegel, & Koegel, 1998; Wainer, Ferrari, Dautenhahn, & Robins, 2010).

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May 24th 2016 - Manoj Dias-Abey (Law) and Prabeen Joshi (Civil Engineering)

Interviewees - Manoj Dias-Abey

Manoj Dias-Abey: PhD student in Law under the supervision of Dr Kevin Banks

Research Topic: Can civil society organizations help improve the working conditions of temporary migrant farmworkers in North America (Canada and USA).

Overview: This research explores whether civil society organizations (CSOs) can contribute to more effectively regulating the working conditions of temporary migrant farmworkers in North America. This dissertation unfolds in five parts. The first part of the dissertation sets out the background context. The context includes the political economy of agriculture and temporary migrant labour more broadly. It also includes the political economy of the legal regulations that govern immigration and work relations. The second part of the research builds an analytical model for studying the operation of CSOs active in working with the migrant farmworker population. The purpose of the analytical framework is to make sense of real-world examples by providing categories for analysis and a means to get at the channels of influence that CSOs utilize to achieve their aims. To this end, the model incorporates the insights from three significant bodies of literature—regulatory studies, labour studies, and economic sociology. The third part of the dissertation suggests some key strategic issues that CSOs should consider when intervening to assist migrant farmworkers, and also proposes a series of hypotheses about how CSOs can participate in the regulatory process. The fourth part probes and extends these hypotheses by empirically investigating the operation of three CSOs that are currently active in assisting migrant farm workers in North America: the Agricultural Workers Alliance (Canada), Global Workers’ Justice Alliance (USA), and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (USA). The fifth and final part draws together lessons from the empirical work and concluded that CSOs can fill gaps left by the waning power of actors, such as trade unions and labour inspectorates, as well as act in ways that these traditional actors can not.

Interviewees - Prabeen Joshi

Prabeen Joshi: PhD student in Civil Engineering under the supervision of Drs Kerry Rowe and Richard Brachman

Research Topic: Performance of geo-synthetic based liners in municipal solid waste landfills and mine tailings storage facilities.

Overview :The research dealt with potential leakage of wastewater that is supposed to be contained in the waste storage facilities. The focus of the study was leakages through holes that may be caused in the geo-synthetic liners during construction or during operation. These geo-synthetic liners are 1-2.5 mm (yes mm) thick. It was concluded that the use of geo-synthetic liners in storage facilities could significantly reduce the leakage into the environment despite of having few holes.

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May 17th 2016 - Zubair Hossain (Civil Engineering) and Caroline Wallace (Neuroscience)

Interviewees - Zubair Hossain

Zubair Hossain: M.A.Sc. student in Civil Engineering under the supervision of Dr Kevin Mumford

Research Topic: Long term effects of oil spills in Canadian Rivers

Overview: My research is focused on understanding the dissolution of trapped oil to water flowing through the pore spaces in river beds. This is a part of an interdisciplinary research which investigates the potential impact of sediment contamination resulting from oil spills in Canadian rivers in which fish reproduce by depositing eggs in gravel dominated beds. I am performing laboratory experiments to study the mass transfer behaviour by creating the state of oil (diluted bitumen or 'dilbit') entrapment in river gravels within a small flow-through column in Civil Engineering lab at Queen's University.

Interviewees - Caroline Wallace

Caroline Wallace: MSc student in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr Roumen Miley

Research Topic: The effects of probiotics on depression

Overview: My research involves taking a multidisciplinary approach to alleviating the symptoms of depression. Combining the study of mental illness and nutrition, I am assessing the effects of a combination of 2 probiotic strains on the depressive symptoms of moderately depressed individuals who are treatment-naïve. To do this, I am running an 8-week open-label pilot study with 10 participants and will be subjectively measuring their mood, anxiety and cognition, their sleep objectively using a polysomnogram, and collecting and analyzing blood samples for inflammatory markers, tryptophan levels, and serotonin levels to look at potential underlying mechanism of any changes in the outcome measures. I plan on fast-tracking into the PhD program in the fall and continuing on this research using this pilot data to plan a double-blind randomized control trial.

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May 10th 2016 - Part 2 of Art Conservation and Midori Ogasawara (Sociology)

Emily Cloutier, Vincent Dion, Anne-Marie Guerin

Art Conservation Students: Emily Cloutier, Vincent Dion, Anne-Marie Guerin

Overview: Part 2 of our Art Conservation feature. Emily, Vincent and Anne-Marie join us again to discuss their projects like conserving a pastel painting!

Midori Ogasawara

Midori Ogasawara: PhD student in Sociology under the supervision of Professor David Lyon

Research Topic Identification (ID) system

Overview: I research on the colonial origin of ID techniques in the Japanese context. Japan occupied Manchuria in Northeast China from the 1930s, and issued the fingerprinted ID cards to the local Chinese. Such techniques had never been practiced in mainland Japan. The purposes of the Manchurian ID system were: to sort out the population into the “desirable” and “undesirable”, use the “desirable” as cheap labour, and watch over the “undesirable” resistance. Thus, identification requires personal data, and classifies the people into different categories, based on the data. These techniques have widespread under today’s conflicting world under the neoliberal economic structure, with the use of digital technologies, and contributed to reproducing inequalities in race/ethic, gender, and class.

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May 3rd, 2016 - Art Conservation Special

Emily Cloutier, Vincent Dion, Anne-Marie Guerin

Art Conservation Students: Emily Cloutier, Vincent Dion, Anne-Marie Guerin

Overview: Queen's has the only Art Conservation program in Canada. In this show, three Master of Art Conservation students talk about the program, their projects and their summer internships. From iron gall ink analysis, to Japanese dolls to conserving a pastel, these are just some of the projects our students are working on. They also go to conferences and at times travel to places like Italy, Alaska and more.

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Winter 2016

April 2016

April 25th 2016 - Amanda Timmers (Psychology) and Anastasia Shavrova (Biology)

Interviewee - Amanda Timmers

Amanda Timmers: Clinical Psychology (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Meredith Chivers 

Research Topic:Sexual psychophysiology – examining sexual arousal patterns in men and women.

Overview of research: Over one third of women are estimated to be suffering from at least one sexual problem, with arousal concerns being among women’s primary sexual complaints.  Traditional models of sexual arousal used to inform treatments for female sexual dysfunction, however, have primarily been based on data describing men’s sexuality, despite emerging research that has found important gender differences in men and women’s sexual arousal patterns.  Factors that are important determinants for men’s sexual responses (e.g., sexual orientation) have generally not been found to clearly correspond to women’s sexual arousal patterns.  My research aims to understand these gender differences in sexual responding and develop gender-specific models of sexual response by identifying factors that are important determinants in women’s sexual response processes.

Interviewee - Anastasia Shavrova

Anastasia Shavrova: Biology  (MSc Candidate) supervised by Dr Adam Chippindale

Research Topic:Trade-offs in reproduction and life history variation in fast and slow developing populations of fruit flies.

Overview of research:Using a long term evolutionary experiment I am investigating the trait differences that arise due to fast and slow development. Specifically I am looking at the accessory glands – a gland in insects that aids sperm in fertilization – whether they have changed with the different selection regimes.

Podcast - April 25th 2016 (MP3)

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April 18th 2016 - Ian Cuthbertson (Cultural Studies)

Interviewee - Ian Cuthbertson

Ian Cuthbertson: Cultural Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr James Miller

Research Topic:Modernity, Disenchantment, and Magic in Montréal

Overview of research: I look at the ways dominant discourse surrounding modernity as secular and disenchanted works to conceal the presence of certain kinds of supra-rational beliefs and behaviours in modern, secular, urban contexts (i.e. Montreal). Specifically, I’m interested in lucky and protective objects and the ways these objects are categorized (and often ignored) both by scholars and by individuals who possess and use them.

Podcast - April 18th 2016 (MP3)

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April 11th 2016 - Trevor Phillips (English Language & Literature) and Mike Borghese (Kinesiology & Health Studies)

Interviewee - Trevor Phillips

Trevor Phillips: English Language & Literatures  (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Sam McKegney

Research Topic:Indigenous Literature and Sport

Overview of research: I’m studying the constitution of Indigenous masculinities through embodied discursive athletic acts in contemporary North American Literature. More simply, I study the confluence of Indigenous literature, sport, and Indigenous masculinities: Indigenous literature written by Indigenous men in North America since 1945, sports like hockey, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, football, rodeo, and track and field, and the spectrum of  Indigenous gender and sexuality theory.

In particular, I devote a majority of my research to the collision of Canadian attitudes of ideal manliness mobilized in hockey discourse with those same attitudes of Indigenous masculinities in hockey discourses written by Aboriginal men. I also look at the same move in other sports across North America. 

Interviewee - Mike Borghese

Mike Borghese: Kinesiology & Health Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Ian Janssen

Research Topic:Children's Outdoor Active Play

Overview of research:Throughout the past 3 decades we have observed a decline in children’s physical activity levels. It's thought that this decline is largely due to a lack of outdoor active play - simply put, children are not playing outside as much as they used to. Not surprisingly, the availability of electronic devices ("screen time") is thought to play a role in this decline. However, outdoor active play in children is notoriously difficult to measure because it’s a behaviour that’s unorganized, unsupervised, and sporadic in nature.  Our lab is investigating novel techniques to measure this behaviour using a combination of accelerometry (physical activity monitors), GPS, GIS and some self-reported information. Through this work we will obtain an estimate of just how much – or how little – children are playing outside today, which will inform surveillance and monitoring of this behaviour, as well as public policy which aims to get children moving again.

Podcast - April 11th 2016 (MP3)

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April 4th 2016 - Marlie Centawer (Cultural Studies)

Interviewee - Marlie Centawer

Marlie Centawer: Cultural Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Kip Pegley

Research Topic:The Beatles, Graffiti, and Visual Culture

Overview of research: My research focuses on the ways in which fans of The Beatles connect emotions to spaces and places intertwined with the cultural history and legacy of the group. As a result of ‘Beatlemania’ and the global impact of their music and career, certain places connected to The Beatles have been transformed into public memorials, tributes, and shrines (Kruse 2003). The re-envisioning of landmark ‘Beatle’ sites is nowhere more apparent than in cities connected to major milestones in their career, including their hometown of Liverpool, London, Hamburg, Germany and Rishikesh, India. This program of research looks to explore the ways in which these places have become intertwined with visual practices of fandom, emotion (using the concept of emotional geographies as a theoretical lens), popular music history and tourism (Brocken 2015).

Podcast - April 4th 2016 (MP3)

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March 2016

March 28th 2016 - Stephen Smith (History) and Peter Gilbert (Chemical Engineering)

Interviewee - Stephen Smith.

Stephen Smith: History (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Jeffrey McNairn

Research Topic:How do newspapers and voluntary organizations, relate to organizing revolutionary military violence

Overview of research: My specialization is in voluntary organizing, violence, and the press in the nineteenth-century Lower and Upper Canada-United States borderland. I focus on the volunteer militias, secret societies, and political associations that emerged around the 1837-8 Rebellion in Lower and Upper Canada and the subsequent border troubles.

Similar to other societies, these groups adopted the form and rhetoric of deliberative voluntary associations and acted as a nursery for learning the skills of citizenship. However, unlike other voluntary associations, militaristic violence was central to how these societies pursued their objectives in the public sphere.

The expansion of political violence from ‘mob’ violence—through liberal forms of voluntarism— into new forms of organized political violence involved using deliberative and violent tactics together. It also involved the press. Contemporaries on both sides of the border turned to the public sphere to organize, justify, or even decry opponents’ violent acts.

Interviewee - Peter Gilbert

Peter Gilbert: Chemical Engineering (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Jeffrey Giacomin

Research Topic:Molecular origins of polymer rheology (Why do solutions of long-chain molecules flow differently than other liquids?)

Overview of research: The lab is interested in investigating the relationship between the molecules in a flowing polymeric liquid and the macroscopic properties of that liquid. In other words, we want to know why and in what way long-chain molecules (like polymers) flow differently than a typical fluid like water. Our theoretical approach requires us to develop an understanding of first principle models for molecular motions in flowing fluids. Once we identify the source of polymer behavior from theory, we can use a few experiments to check if our theoretical analysis is correct. These include light-scattering or flow visualization techniques using a state-of-the-art rheometer platform being installed in the chemical engineering department this spring.

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March 14th 2016 - Susan Belyea (Kinesiology & Health Studies) and Nathalie Ouellette (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy)

Interviewee - Susan Belyea.

Susan Belyea: Kinesiology & Health Studies  (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Elaine Power

Research Topic:What difference does the state make?  Experiences of food insecurity in Canada and Cuba

Overview of research: Most countries formally recognize the UN Right to Food.  Despite this, the lack of secure access to healthy food remains a persistent problem for people living in poverty in most countries in the world. Policies and programs put in place to deal with hunger and food insecurity are generally inadequate, and little progress has been made in reaching international or national targets for the reduction of hunger and food insecurity. By exploring food policy in Havana, Cuba and Kingston, Canada, and by interviewing people living with a degree of food insecurity in each site, my research will shed some light on why the world has progressed so slowly in tackling food insecurity. What are the relative roles of the state, the market (both formal and informal) and the charitable sector in fulfilling the right to food?  How is this affected by culture, history and geography? What can the knowledge and expertise of people who struggle everyday to navigate food procurement in their cities add to our understanding of food insecurity? 

Interviewee - Nathalie Ouellette

Nathalie Ouellette: Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Stéphane Courteau

Research Topic:The Dynamics and Scaling Relations of Virgo Cluster Galaxies

Overview of research:Using the motion, brightness and colour of stars of galaxies found inside our richest neighbouring group of galaxies, the Virgo Cluster, I map out both baryonic (normal) and dark matter, and study how the interplay between these two and their environment drives galaxy formation and evolution.

Podcast - March 14th 2016 (MP3)

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March 7th 2016 - Post-Doctoral Research with Dr Scott Thompson (Sociology) and Dr Mohamed Hefney (Biomedical Computing)

Interviewee - Scott Thompson.

Dr Scott Thompson: Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow (Sociology), Supervised by Dr David Lyon

Research Topic:Surveillance & Classification

Overview of research: The focus of my research is on the relationship between policy, classification, governance and surveillance technologies, with a specific emphasis on the capacity of governing systems to (re)produce social inequalities and relationships of cumulative disadvantage within Indigenous populations. My work speaks to current theoretical debates within the criminology, policing and governance literatures regarding the role of classification and surveillance in identity performance – in particular in how they relate to Aboriginal identity and society.

I rely on a mixed methods approach, drawing primarily on government documents accessed at Library and Archives Canada or gained through Access to Information and Privacy Act (ATIP) or Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests. Where possible, I work to supplement these data with statistical analyses and interview data as a means of determining the degree to which the goals and governing rationalities of particular policies correspond with observable social effects.

My current work addresses how the socio-legal government classification of “Indian” has enabled the governance of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and has worked to mediate identity and cultural performances of members of these communities. In short, it investigates how a diverse group of peoples and cultures are made to be “Indians,” through classification, policy and technologies of governance, and how this contributes to the development of negative cultural understandings and stereotypes about Aboriginal people, Indigenous beliefs and knowledge systems in Canada.

Interviewee - Mohamed Hefny

Dr Mohamed Hefny: Post-Doctoral Fellow (Biomedical Computing), Supervised by Dr Randy Ellis

Research Topic:Shape Models for Computational Anatomy.

Overview of research: Shape is the geometrical description of an object. For diagnosis, a medical doctor may distinguish between a diseased and healthy bone or organ by its shape; an intelligent machine needs a mathematical model to make a similar distinction. Defining such mathematical model is difficult because organ shapes differ based on many non-disease factors, such as age, sex, and race. One way that model can be described is by applying statistics to a population of shapes. A statistically derived shape model is named an “atlas”.

Anatomical atlases are most often derived from shapes measured from a widely variable population, and can establish which variations in shape relate to which factors. A new patient can be compared to the atlas to look for disease-related shape changes amidst the expected healthy variation of shape. Atlases can be used in classification of samples for diagnosis, and in localization of features for surgery.

Podcast - March 7th 2016 (MP3)

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February 2016

February 29th 2016 - Evelyn Popiel (Biology) and Eruani Zainudden (Management)

Interviewee - Evelyn Popiel

Evelyn Popiel: Biology (MSc Candidate) supervised by Dr Ian Chin-Sang

Research Topic:Axon guidance in Caenorhabditis Elegans

Overview of research: My research focuses on understanding how the nervous system develops properly, using a model organism called C.Elegans. I am working to uncover what genes and cells are responsible for the correct positioning of mechanosensory neurons.

Interviewee - Eruani Zainudden

Eruani Zainudden: Management (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Sandy Staples

Research Topic:Information System Workarounds in Organisations: defining, measuring and understanding why they occur.

Overview of research: I study Information System (IS) workarounds,which occur when IS users choose to deviate from the intended system design and/or standard procedures. My study is built around three key research activities. First, I developed a conceptual definition of workarounds and a taxonomy of workaround behaviors. Second, I developed the survey instrument to measure workarounds. And third, I examine why workarounds occur . My observation is that current studies have focused more on individual characteristics (micro-level) in predicting why workarounds occur. In my work, I'm focusing on institutional-based factors (macro-level) . In addition, I try to make my work more granular by examining specific workaround actions taken by users. My goal is to increase our overall understanding of workarounds. I believe that this will lead to better recommendations to executives on how to manage workarounds in organizations.

Podcast - February 29th 2016 (MP3)

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February 22nd 2016 - Cassandra Kuyvenhoven (Environmental Studies) and Christa Boychuk (Rehabilitation Science)

Interviewee - Cassandra Keyvenhoven

Cassandra Kuyvenhoven: Environmental Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Myra Hird

Research Topic:The long-‐distance transportation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Ontario, with an emphasis on waste originating in Kingston.

Overview of research: Canada is one of the highest producers of waste per capita in the world. In Canada, 34 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) is handled by the waste management (WM) industry every year. With many Canadian landfills reaching their approved capacity, Canadian cities are searching for innovative solutions to manage increasing quantities of waste. Although members of the public are most familiar, and primarily concerned, with waste diversion (recycling and disposal issues) the transportation of waste and recyclables is an environmentally significant and understudied part of the Canadian waste stream. As waste disposal becomes increasingly privatized and regionalized, trash is moving over long distances and across [provincial] lines as never before. The further or more complex the transportation route, the higher the probability that there will be negative impacts on human and environmental health and safety.

Interviewee - Christa Boychuk

Christa Boychuk: Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Rosemary Lysaght

Research Topic:Career Decision Making Processes of Individuals with First Episode Psychosis

Overview of research: The first episode of psychosis often emerges during adolescence or early adulthood, at a time in life when individuals are achieving important educational and career milestones, which can become derailed, as a result of the development of significant impairments. 

Unfortunately, the career decision making processes of individuals with first episode psychosis have not been previously investigated. This knowledge would provide a contextual understanding of the career decisions of individuals following their first episode of psychosis and enable vocational rehabilitation services to be more targeted and instrumental in empowering individuals. Thus, this study delineated the career decision making processed of individuals following a first episode of psychosis, and determined the aspects that influenced it. 

Podcast - February 22nd 2016 (MP3)

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February 15th 2016 - Brandon Rodrigues (Sociology) and Terry Soleas (Education)

Interviewee - Brandon Rodrigues

Brandon Rodrigues: Sociology (MA Candidate) supervised by Dr David Murakami-Wood

Research Topic:Public Perception of UAVs in a Populated Areas

Overview of research: The popularity of UAVs/Drones is on the rise and has been under a lot of discussion in the media recently. As private industries start to capitalize on their use it has become important to understand how the public will react to UAVs once they are flown in populated areas. This research seeks to gain a better understanding of how the public views UAVs

Interviewee - Terry Soleas

Terry Soleas: Education (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr John Freeman

Research Topic:What enables someone an innovator?

Overview of research: This research is about understanding the experience that students with LD have as they are reading different types of text. In Ontario, we expect that students can read narrative (stories), expository (informational), and graphic (visual and verbal information) texts by the time they leave school. While we have limited research about how students with LD engage with narrative and expository text while reading, no research to date has examined this with graphic text. I aim to examine how cognitive functioning, including executive functions and working memory, influence how students build comprehension as they work through three types of text before answering comprehension questions. Cognitive functioning will be assessed through various tasks, and the comprehension-building process will be assessed using a think-aloud protocol to capture the strategies students use while reading. 

Podcast - February 15th 2016 (MP3)

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February 8th 2016 - Live Show - grad student volunteers at CFRC

Interviewee - Prince Michael Amegbor

Prince Michael Amegbor: Human Geography(PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Mark Rosenberg

Research Topic:Changing Phase of Indigenous Health Care System in Contemporary Ghana:Implications on Accessibility andUtilization

Overview of research: Indigenous medicine has been acknowledged by major stakeholders as a key  health care resource for many in the developing world, including Ghana. Over 60 to 80 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa are deemed to use this resource in meeting their daily health care needs. Nevertheless, this health care system has undergone tremendous transformations over the last three decades. These transformations include institutionalization of the practice and commercialization of its services. My study seeks to explore how these transformations are impacting access and usage of this vital health care resource in Ghana, as well as, the geographic nature of the transformation. 

Interviewee - Raynold Wonder Alorse

Raynold Wonder Alorse: Political Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Andrew Grant

Research Topic:International Business and Human Rights: A Study of Canadian Multinational Mining Firms in South Africa and Ghana.

Overview of research: This project examines the relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Canadian transnational mining firms (Kinross, Nevsun Resources, and Golden Star Resources) and two African countries in order to assess the resiliency of human rights and global CSR initiatives in local communities. More specifically, the project will investigate how the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) influence the behaviours of corporate and state actors, and will compare and contrast the rhetoric and practices of on-the-ground CSR in South Africa and Ghana. The UNGP rests on three principles: the state’s duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties such as firms; business responsibility to respect human rights; and greater access by victims to effective remedies (Ruggie,2011) while the EITI takes a “multi-stakeholder” approach to transparency, involving three distinct sectors—government, civil society groups, and corporations in the extractive industries (Friedman, 2001). Considering that there is less literature on the operations of Canadian mining firms in both countries, my project will create knowledge in this area, improve the traditional scholarly discourse on CSR and human rights obligations, broaden the policy dialogue on sustainable development, and help us understand how norm dynamics influence international ‘soft’ law, natural resource governance, and social justice. The findings of my research may have far-reaching implications for attracting transnational mining investments, balancing the needs of citizens and environmental concerns, and most importantly, the international image of Canada on the world stage. 

Podcast - February 8th 2016 Live (MP3)

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February 1st 2016 - Allen Champagne (Neuroscience) and Tara Diesbourg (Kinesiology & Health Studies

Interviewee - Allen Champagne

Allen Champagne: Neuroscience  (MSc Candidate) supervised by Dr DJ Cook

Research Topic: The use of diffusion tensor imaging and cutting edge robotics (KINARM) as biomarkers during both acute and recovery phases following sport-related concussions in varsity athletes.

Overview of research: Concussive injuries may alter the integrity of the connections in the brain, specifically in what is known as the white matter. Such dynamic changes in the microstructural integrity of the white matter can be examined quantitatively using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which maps the diffusion process of water molecules in biological tissues. The aim of this project is to use tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) and tractography to study abnormal patterns of diffusion in white matter tracts responsible for cognitive and sensorimotor functions following sport-related concussions. Data collected from concussed varsity athletes scanned at four time points post-injury (72 hours, 10 days, 3 months and 1 year) will be compared to matching non-concussed non-injured varsity athletes (age, sport, position). Imaging findings are expected to be further correlated with sensorimotor metrics, such as balance, proprioceptive accuracy and reaction time, collected in all subjects using the KINARM exoskeleton robot. Altogether, this project will explore the degree of neuroanatomical and motor change following mTBI and gather insights about the predictability of structural alterations, in the white matter, based motor skills variability.

Interviewee - Tara Diesbourg

Tara Diesbourg: Kinesiology(PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Geneviève Dumas

Research Topic:Effect of chronological and biological age on spine stiffness and the impact this might have on workplace safety.

Overview of research: “I feel stiff”, “I can’t move that way anymore”, “I’m not as young as I used to be”…  These are all comments that become more and more commonplace as we age; but are they true?  The purpose of my research project is threefold: 1) To determine whether there is actually a change in spine/trunk stiffness as we age, 2) To determine whether this change in stiffness is mitigated by fitness level or “Biological age”, and 3) To determine whether the change in stiffness associated with age has an effect on low-back health in the workplace.

For the purposes of this study, age will be defined in two ways: Chronologically (based on Birthdate), and 2 Biologically (based on overall health – “Fitness Age”).  The purpose for the dual definitions of aging is to isolate whether a change in stiffness would simply be caused by the age of our tissues, or if our health influences these properties (i.e. an 60 year old woman with the fitness level of a 40 year old woman – Is her stiffness more in-line with her younger counterparts, or with her 60 year old peers?).  Fitness tests to examine muscle strength, power, endurance, reaction time, balance, cardiovascular health, flexibility and hand-eye coordination will be combined with lifestyle questionnaires to estimate the actual age of each subject.  Then, using two novel devices designed to help estimate the stiffness of the spine and its surrounding tissues, I will examine whether aging causes increased joint stiffness, particularly in the spine.  The results from this study will help to identify exercises, activities, and lifestyle factors that could predict/control low-back stiffness, allowing us to work longer and healthier by reducing the risk for work-related low-back injuries. It will also help to identify ways in which we can maintain “younger”, healthier backs as we age; possibly decreasing the occurrence of statements such as: “I feel stiff”, “I can’t move that way anymore”, and “I’m not as young as I used to be”.

If you are interested in participating in this study, and if you are 20-25, 40-45, or 60-65 years of age with a full or part-time sedentary (primarily seated) job, please contact Tara Diesbourg at or 613-533-6000 x79019 for more information. 

Podcast - February 1st 2016 (MP3)

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January 2016

January 25th 2016 - Sara Pavan (Political Studies) and Ian Matheson (Education)

Interviewee - Sara Pavan

Sara Pavan: Political Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Keith Banting (Political Studies) and Dr Fiona Kay (Sociology)

Research Topic: Immigrant integration policies; Canada and the United States; Immigrant organizations; Immigrants’ political participation; Social networks of immigrants 

Overview of research: Sara's work explores how contextual factors as well as characteristics of different immigrant groups influence the process of political integration, and how these factors moderate the resources that are necessary for immigrants to become politically active in their countries of immigration. 

Interviewee - Ian Matheson

Ian Matheson: Education (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Derek Berg

Research Topic:Examining how students with learning disabilities build comprehension while reading different types of text

Overview of research: This research is about understanding the experience that students with LD have as they are reading different types of text. In Ontario, we expect that students can read narrative (stories), expository (informational), and graphic (visual and verbal information) texts by the time they leave school. While we have limited research about how students with LD engage with narrative and expository text while reading, no research to date has examined this with graphic text. I aim to examine how cognitive functioning, including executive functions and working memory, influence how students build comprehension as they work through three types of text before answering comprehension questions. Cognitive functioning will be assessed through various tasks, and the comprehension-building process will be assessed using a think-aloud protocol to capture the strategies students use while reading. 

Podcast - January 25th 2016 (MP3)

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January 18th 2016 - Jessica Lougheed (Psychology) and Rylend Mulder (Microbiology & Immunology)

Interviewee - Rebecca Lougheed

Jessica Lougheed: Developmental Psychology (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Tom Hollenstein

Research Topic: How adolescents develop the ability to regulate (or manage) their emotions in social contexts, particularly within mother-daughter relationships

Overview of research: As part of typical development, most adolescents experience increased fluctuations and intensity in their emotional lives. Typically-developing adolescents are also at increased risk for developing mental health issues. The ability to regulate (or manage) emotions is important to adolescent well-being. Children and adolescents develop the ability to regulate emotions through interactions with primary caregivers. Adolescence presents challenges to both adolescents and parents in terms of adjusting to the changing emotion dynamics within their relationship, and yet, most research has focused on general patterns of parent-adolescent interactions rather than real time (moment-to-moment) dynamics. The focus of my research is on the real-time emotion dynamics of mother-daughter relationships, and how they relate to adolescent well-being. 

Interviewee - Rylend Mulder

Rylend Mulder: Microbiology & Immunology (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Basta

Research Topic:Analysis of macrophage activation status on antiviral immune responses

Overview of research: The spleen is the largest secondary immune organ in the body and functions to filter the blood of aging red blood cells and foreign materials such as invading viruses. Specialized cells within the spleen called macrophages are strategically positioned to rapidly detect, process, and initiate innate and adaptive immune responses to blood born viruses. However, the study of these macrophages is a resource intensive process which poses a barrier to answering questions regarding their biology. Recently our lab devised a method to generate spleen macrophages in large quantities that allows for the study of these cells in vitro. My work focuses on further characterizing the behavior of the cells and how they respond to viral infections to instigate immune reactions. By understanding how macrophages behave during viral infections, one can theoretically optimize their performance in a vaccination setting.  

Podcast - January 18th 2016 (MP3)

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January 11th 2016 - Saba Farbodkia (Neuroscience) and Oluwatobiloba Moody (Law)

Interviewee - Saba Farbodkia

Saba Farbodkia: Neuroscience (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Martin Paré

Research Topic: What decision making at the level of single cells or neuronal pairs can tell us about decision making in neural populations.

Overview of research: I look at the activity of individual or pairs of neurons, when the subject is showing a specific behavior. I try to predict what the subject’s behavior would be, based on what I observe in the neural activity. In other words, I try to “decode” the neurons’ activity with regard to that behavior. I, then, try to extend my understanding of individual neurons’ activities to the populations’ patterns of activity, by simulating populations of neurons that have features similar to the individual neurons that we have studied.

Interviewee - Oluwatobiloba Moody

Oluwatobiloba (Tobi) Moody: Law (PhD Candidate) supervised by Professor Bita Amani

Research Topic: Reinforcing the Nagoya Protocol through a Coherent Intellectual Property System: Effective Protection for Traditional Knowledge associated with Genetic Resources in Biodiverse States 

Overview of research: The issue of biopiracy relates to the unauthorized and uncompensated use of the genetic resources and/or traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples.  To address this, the international community has agreed on a new international regime – the access and benefit sharing regime – , contained within the Nagoya Protocol, which is expected to regulate the acquisition of genetic resources and the traditional knowledge associated with such resources. By this new arrangement, companies, researchers who are interested in using genetic resources or traditional knowledge are required to secure the prior informed consent of the host communities (or country) and establish mutually agreed terms for benefit sharing.  In essence, it is expected that benefits arising from use are shared with such communities from which the genetic resources and/or traditional knowledge were acquired. My research looks at the implementation of this instrument, from the perspective of developing biodiverse countries. It suggests that the effective implementation of this instrument, for such countries, is tied to the coherent amendment of the global intellectual property system, given the significant role that intellectual property has played in the furtherance of biopiracy. 

Podcast - January 11th 2016 (MP3)

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January 4th 2016 - Scott Lougheed (Environmental Studies) and Fallon Bowman (Classics)

Interviewee - Scott Lougheed

Scott Lougheed: Environmental Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Myra Hird

Research Topic: Food recalls and food production waste

Overview of research: There are over 300 food recalls per year in Canada. Food is recalled when it potentially violates food safety regulations in order to prevent or contain possible harm to consumers. The type of violation can vary from minor labelling issues (e.g., the identification of potential allergins) to deadly pathogenic contamination (e.g., listeria, salmonella). Through interviews with experts, government, and industry stakeholders, the focus of my research is on how recalled food is handled after it is recalled, namely whether products are used for some other purpose, if the hazard is corrected, or if it is destroyed, as is commonly the case, and why these decisions are made. This decision-making process is far from straightforward, partly due to ambiguity over what constitutes a hazard, how certain we are of the presence or absence of a hazard, and whether correcting the hazard is technically possible. Through this work, I explore what “waste” and “wasting” mean and how some situations challenge how we might understand or conceptualize “wasting” as a wholly negative act. I also explore the emergence of the food recall as a phenomenon of modernity, and how its use as a technology of public health has evolved over time.

Interviewee - Fallon Bowman

Fallon Bowman: Classics (M.A. Candidate) supervised by Dr Fabio Colivicchi

Research Topic: Etruscan water management and its connection with religious ritual

Overview of research: While on Queen’s Etruscan dig in Cerveteri (Ancient Caere), Italy, we uncovered a well and cistern construction with a series of placed vases, which seemed to be deliberately positioned, during some form of a ritual. I will be exploring whether this practice was widespread across the Etruscan and Early Roman world, and trying to ascertain exactly what this practice meant to them. Was it a destruction ritual, and can we see other examples of this described in ancient literature? Was it to appease a water god? Or, was it a burial of some kind? There are so many questions!.

Podcast - January 4th 2016 (MP3)

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