Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Researchers in the News

Across faculties and departments, Queen’s researchers are capturing headlines locally, in Canada and around the world. Here are a few highlights from the past few months:

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Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, tours Dr. Jerkiewicz’s lab. (Photo by Lars Hagberg)

Clean Energy Technologies

In early 2016, Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz (Chemistry) and his numerous Canadian collaborators received $4 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for a research project focused on developing new clean energy technologies. The Ni Electro Can project (for Nickel Electrochemistry Canada) proposes the development of a new class of nickel-based materials that will find application in advanced alkaline water electrolysis, glycerol electrolysis, and fuel cell technologies. Introducing nickel-based catalysts for these purposes will give Canada’s alternative energy sector, as well as its nickel industry, a competitive advantage.

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Keys to a Healthy Heart

Good heart health starts with a good night’s sleep, eating well, and staying active. To promote this message, Queen’s University teamed up with the Heart & Stroke Foundation on May 7 at Science Rendezvous – a nationwide science open house – to engage children and their parents in the importance of a healthy ticker. Dr. Ian Janssen, a Queen’s researcher funded by the Heart & Stroke Foundation, was available on site to talk about the role that physical inactivity and obesity play in the development of poor health in both children and adults.

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A New Name for HPCVL: Centre for Advanced Computing

On April 4, the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL) was renamed the Centre for Advanced Computing – designed to reflect the increased focus on supporting the use of advanced computing in the research community. While the name is new, what remains unchanged is its commitment to bulletproof data security. Over the summer, the CAC will also undergo a significant equipment and technology upgrade to provide the best possible support to all its users, from economists and psychologists to mathematicians and engineers. The CAC is a consortium comprised of Queen’s, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and the Royal Military College of Canada.

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Dr. Wendy Craig (right) and Dr. Debra Pepler (left) reflect on their renewed funding. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

A Focus on Children

The Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) received renewal funding of $1.2 million from the Government of Canada to continue its work in reducing bullying. PREVNet is a national network of leading researchers and organizations that aims to reduce the violence caused by bullying through education, research, training and policy change. Co-led by Queen’s University researcher Dr. Wendy Craig (Psychology) and York University researcher Dr. Debra Pepler, this work will ensure that every child grows up happy, healthy and safe.

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Dr. David McDonald presents his work on the Municipal Services Project. (Photo by Andrew Carroll)

Research Showcase

On April 13, the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) was pleased to host its second “Powered by PechaKucha” event, which challenged each of 10 scholars to present 20 slides for only 20 seconds each. Topics were incredibly varied – from the art of the Russian Silver Age to tax haven secrecy to increasing independence for people with disabilities – but predominantly addressed questions of interest to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Approximately 100 captivated people were in attendance, including Dr. Dominique Bérubé, SSHRC Vice-President of Research Programs.

[Tanya Tran and supervisor Dr. Chris Bowie at computer]
Tran and her supervisor, Dr. Chris Bowie, demonstrate a computer task that aims to test cognitive skills and emotion processing in depression. (Photo by Eric Brousseau)

Talk like TED

Tanya Tran, a master’s student in clinical psychology, represented Queen’s at TEDSummit – a conference for the organizers of TED-affiliated events, which took place in Banff in late June. Tran’s research investigates the underlying processes that contribute to disability in severe mental illness to inform the development of future interventions. Her research has shown that impairment in how those with mental illness use their thinking skills (e.g. planning, processing new information, and memory) contributes to their disability. By using live brain signal recording and computer tasks, Tran demonstrated and discussed at the conference what life is like for those living with mental illness.