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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 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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