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Archives 2017

In the winter of 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 our students and the SGS, to CFRC a big thank you.

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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October 3rd, 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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