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31 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Laurels and Accolades for a New Student and a New Royal Society Fellow
On Tuesday September 7th, Queen’s University announced that four of its researchers have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, one of the highest academic honours for Canadian scholars in arts, humanities and sciences. Professor emeritus John Berry has received the honour of Fellowship, while professors Heather Castleden, Karen Lawford, and Sari van Anders have been elected to the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists. This diverse group has research specialties ranging from Indigenous health policy, cross-cultural psychology, and gender/sex research to community and participatory-based research with Indigenous communities. In the first portion of this episode, we chat with Professor John Berry about his lengthy and distinguished research and his election to the Royal Society as a Fellow. After that, we chat with Haley Galsworthy, a new Queen’s student and recipient of the prestigious Schulich Leaders’ Scholarship. The Schulich Leader Scholarships, worth up to $100,000, were launched in 2012 by Canadian businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich to help identify the next generation of Canada’s brightest potential leaders in STEM.
49 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Decades of Distinguished Service at Queen’s
In this extended episode of Campus Beat (broadcasting October 25th 2021 on cfrc 101.9 fm/cfrc.ca), we chat with four Queen’s University Distinguished Service Award recipients from 2020 and 2021. Inaugurated by the University Council Executive Committee in 1974, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their exemplary service and extraordinary contributions. The University Council was established by statute in 1874. It is one of the three governing bodies of the Queen’s University and all elective members are elected by and from Queen’s alumni. The University Council serves as both an advisory and an ambassadorial body to the university as a whole and is responsible for the election of the Chancellor. In our conversations here, we chat with Jacquie Brown: Long-serving Program Assistant (Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering), committed to compassionate and tailored student support, safety on campus and continuous training resulting in widespread positive impact on the lives of students, faculty, and staff. Jan Allen: Queen’s alumna, Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, augmented the Centre’s exhibitions, publications and acquisitions while promoting collaborative curatorial and research work, nationally recognized curator and arts leader. (Beginning at 12 minute mark) Lucinda Walls Public Services Librarian, expert in art and music reference materials, educator on information literacy and invaluable resource to students and faculty within Art History, Fine Arts, Music, and Drama, with profound impact across the Queen’s community. (Beginning around 23 minute mark) Richard Reznick: Former Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences), Director (School of Medicine), and CEO (Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization), pioneer of innovative educational programs, internationally renowned medical education expert, and leader of transformative change. (Beginning around the 37 minute Mark)
90 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Dr. Raymond Mason in Conversation
In this very special episode of Campus Beat, we are joined by Dr. Raymond Mason, Ojibway activist, Elder member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, and founder and Chairperson of Spirit Wind Inc. which organizes residential and Indian Day school survivors in Manitoba and also played a key role in the development of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. Listeners are advised that this podcast contains triggering content related to residential schools, day schools, Indigenous childhood trauma and abuse. We also share audio furnished to us by the Queen’s University Secretariat covering the ceremony at which Dr. Mason was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law on October 5th 2021 recognizing his work in fighting for the rights of residential school survivors. Doctor Mason, a residential and Indian Day school survivor has also published a riveting memoir, Spirit of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada’s Colonial Education System available through McGill-Queen’s University Press. In his conversation, Dr. Mason also revealed that he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness for which treatment is unavailable to him in Canada due to his age while treatment in the United States is prohibitively expensive. A fundraising campaign has been initiated to help Dr. Mason raise funds for treatment. We have added the link to this fundraiser with Dr. Mason’s permission. To get in touch with Dr. Mason about Spirit Wind Inc. and its ongoing work, please visit his facebook page. Photo from Dr. Mason’s facebook page.
19 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
Starts with Youth and the Pathy Fellowship
In this epsiode, we are joined by Prishni Seyone, ArtSci ’21 and founder of the new Starts with Youth Initiative with the Pathy Foundation Fellowship program. Jessica Franko, Program Assistant for Pathy also joins us. Seyone talks about herself, how her project germinated while a student at Queen’s University, what her innovative project’s mission is and where it will go from here. Franko fills student listeners in on upcoming deadlines for Pathy Foundation Fellowships.
24 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
New Internship in Art Conservation and Homecoming Ramp Up!
In this episode, we feature two guests chatting about exciting Queen’s University initiatives and events. In the first segment, we chat with Patricia Smithen, Director, Master of Art Conservation program at Queen’s. She shares much with us about Art Conservation, the art of the science, conservators’ roles in the translation of cultural artifacts, and of course, the exciting new internship opportunity aimed at engaging Indigenous and Black students in the Master of Art Conservation program, an initiative launched in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada’s Diversity Internship program. In the second segment at the 15:36 mark, we jump into another lively conversation with Sara Franca, Executive Director, Alumni Strategy. Franca shares a lot of detail about the impressive list of activities Queen’s Alumni worldwide can enjoy October 14th-17th 2021. We also learn more about how Alumni can register and learn more about Homecoming events and thus reconnect with their Alma Mater and fellow alum around the world. Have you registered! Learn more here!
25 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Conversations with New Royal Society Inductees
On Tuesday September 7th, Queen’s University announced that four of its researchers have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, one of the highest academic honours for Canadian scholars in arts, humanities and sciences. Professor emeritus John Berry has received the honour of Fellowship, while professors Heather Castleden, Karen Lawford, and Sari van Anders have been elected to the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists. This diverse group has research specialties ranging from Indigenous health policy, cross-cultural psychology, and gender/sex research to community and participatory-based research with Indigenous communities. In this episode, we chat with Drs. Karen Lawford (Gender Studies) and Sari van Anders (Psychology) about their teaching and research passions and their election to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Scientists, and Artists. The College, currently at over 300 members, aims to foster the emerging generation of intellectual leadership in Canada and its members are selected for their artistic, scholarly or research excellence.
28 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Chris Spencer on Mountain Building Events
In a news story in the Queen’s Gazette on September 10th, Victoria Klassen wrote a story about mountain-building events a billion years ago a period some geologists have dubbed as the “boring billion,” arguing that the earth’s very thin crust during this time was a sign that no mountain-building events were happening, thus delaying the evolution of life. Chris Spencer Professor of Geology at Queen’s University disagrees, believing this interpretation goes against the geological record. In this episode, we chat with Dr. Spencer about his ground-breaking research about the earth, its crust and mountain-building events in the mid-Proterozoic period. We also get the scoop on how the science is done in the field and the implications for Spencer’s research for understanding Earth’s evolution let alone long-term climate change or the availability of natural resources such as minerals.
21 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Fall Programming at the Isabel with Tricia Baldwin
In this episode, Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts joins us for a fabulous conversation. We chat about the very exciting fall concert line up at The Isabel and fantastic events including the Echo: Memories of the World live workshop performance and the Imagine Online Arts Festival. We also get to learn more about workshop performances and how The Isabel serves our community as an arts incubator. Lovely and inspiring, this cheerful conversation pairs well with a pot of tea and music by Sadaf Amini!
14 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Justine Aman-SGPS President in Conversation
In this episode of Campus Beat, Justine Aman, President of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) at Queen’s University joins us. She chats about her role, the initiatives she and her teammates are engaged in and the many services available to graduate and professional students at Queen’s through the SGPS.
24 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Korey Pasch on Hurricane Ida & the Interaction of Monumental Disasters
On August 27th Tropical Storm Ida strengthened into a hurricane moving north northwest from the Gulf of Mexico making landfall on the Louisiana Coast on August 28th with winds reaching 240 km/hr. Now a tropical depression as of September 1st, Ida proved to be the second most intense hurricane to strike Louisiana on record only after Hurricane Katrina. In its wake, four people have died, more than a million people remain without power largely in and around New Orleans while widespread heavy infrastructural damage and heavy floods amounting to an estimated 15 billion in insured losses have occurred. In the first episode of Season Four of Campus Beat, Korey Pasch, PhD Candidate in Political Studies at Queen’s University joins us to chat about this disaster, the tensions and interactions revealed by it and COVID-19, political responses and lasting impacts.
28 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Museum of Health Care Encouraging Canadians to Become Part of the COVID 19 Historical Record
In this episode, we chat with Savannah Sewell, the Margaret Angus Research Fellow at the Museum of Health Care in Kingston. She is heading a collaborative project that will include an artifact collection, an archive of narratives, a manuscript, and a lecture. The project will explore the lived experience of Canadians and Canadian residents during the COVID-19 pandemic to record information regarding everyday life for future research. We learn much about this fascinating project, the importance of artefacts in historical study, and how any Canadian can participate.
37 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Chancellor Jim Leech in Conversation
Queen’s University, like many university’s has a Chancellor. Chancellors have many roles to play at and on behalf of the university as they represent its interests anywhere in the world, act as important points of contact with major donors and serve as goodwill ambassadors across a spectrum of activities. The Queen’s Chancellor also participates in a variety of university ceremonies, as well as student and alumni events, notably the traditional hearty handshakes students all receive at the time of their laureation at convocation. Following Queen’s University’s announcement that the Honourable Murray Sinclair will become the 15th Chancellor commencing in July, we sat down with the 14th Chancellor, Jim Leech. This extended episode features a joyful conversation with Jim about the many roles he’s played, the highlights and happy memories of his time as Chancellor, what he loves so much about Queen’s University and its community near and far, and the low down on the ‘Curious Case of the Missing Convocation Cap.’ Though not covered in our conversation with Chancellor Leech, Queen’s Alumni may be interested to learn that there is a campaign underway to support the Jim Leech Ceilidh Centre Campaign that will support the revitalization of the John Deutsch University Centre (affectionately known as The JDUC), home of student activities, engagement and governance on campus.
31 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
On the Technologies Used in the Search in Kamloops
In late May 2021, news broke of the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous school children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, a school operated by the Catholic Church between 1890 through 1969 and then by the federal government until it closed in 1978. In this episode of Campus Beat, we are joined by Dr. Alexander Braun, a geophysicist in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and cross-appointed to Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy at Queen’s University. Dr. Braun chats with us about the technologies and techniques used in the discovery of the remains of these 215 indigenous children.
26 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Reducing the Metabolic Costs of Walking: New Advances in Harvesting Kinetic Energy
The science of walking is taking its next big step with the aid of a unique exoskeleton that allows users to walk further while using less energy. Developed by a multidisciplinary team from the Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the backpack-mounted prototype removes energy during a specific phase of the gait cycle, lessening the metabolic cost of walking. Details of the device’s development and evaluation were published on May 27th 2021 in Science—one of the world’s foremost academic journals. In this episode of Campus Beat, we’re doing by Dr. Michael Shepertycky, lead author of the study and Dr. Qingguo Li, co-senior author of the study and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University. They share much with us about their research inspirations, details on what research and development actually looks like behind the scenes in addition to details about the exoskeleton device, how it works, its benefits and implications for everyday living and future research. Unlike existing exoskeleton technologies that either add energy or transfer it from one phase of the gait cycle to another, this new device assists users by removing energy which helps the knee muscles during a critical moment—called the terminal swing phase. Sherptycky and Li’s multidisciplinary team envisages the technology—which weighs just over half a kilogram—enabling hikers to walk longer distances or helping nurses be less tired after a long shift on their feet. In addition to assisting the user, the device converts the removed energy into electricity that can be used to power the device’s control system and other portable devices. This energy harvesting capability could be particularly useful for individuals travelling on foot in remote locations, allowing them to charge cellular phones or GPS devices. Yan-Fei Liu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and co-author of the study, also led the development of the device’s power electronics. The team’s interdisciplinary approach included elements of walking biomechanics, physiology, human-machine interactions, and design innovation. Much of this research was conducted in the Human Mobility Research Centre, a Queen’s/Kingston Health Sciences Centre facility equipped with world-class gait analysis technology. Put your feet up for a fun conversation and enjoy the program!
41 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Stu & Kim Lang-Revitalizing Richardson Stadium at Queen’s
On April 15th 2021, Queen’s University announced and celebrated the gifts behind completing Richardson Stadium through alumni giving. Over 300 alumni contributed more than $11 million to construct a new pavilion to enhance and complete the space. The lead gift came from Stu (Sc’74) and Kim Lang (ArtSci’76). Stu played varsity hockey and football with the Golden Gaels and went on to a professional career in the CFL and later became Receivers’ Coach and then Head Coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons. Stu and Kim join us in this episode of Campus Beat to chat about their time at Queen’s, their moves to Edmonton and back to Oakville and Guelph through Stu’s illustrious sporting career. We also chat about Richardson Stadium and the many benefits for players, teams, students and spectators can enjoy with the construction of the new pavilion. We even get a better understanding of the importance of modernized equipment and facilities for athletes and some perspective on Stu’s experience transitioning from playing as a 5-time Grey Cup winning wide receiver to becoming a respected coach. A joyful conversation with two very enthusiastic alumni! Cha Gheill!
20 minutes | May 24, 2021
Queen’s geologists help to solve the mystery of how arsenic got into the soils in the Yellowknife area
Queen’s University geochemist, Dr. Heather Jamieson (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and Environmental Studies) and two of her former Master’s students Kirsten Maitland and Jon Oliver join us in this episode. They chat about the arsensic found in soil samples in the region around Giant Mine in Yellowknife, NWT, some of which is naturally occuring, but the research team also established that there are higher values of arsenic resulting from pollution from human impact including mining and ore processing. Then graduate students, Maitland and Oliver collected 479 samples and they share insights in this conversation on what this field research looked like in practice and what impact it may have on policy moving forward. Following analysis in the Analytical Services Unit at Queen’s University, arsenic trioxide was identified using the Scanning Electron Microscope in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. The study found arsenic trioxide in 80 percent of samples as far as 30 km away from Yellowknife. The research was published in The Science of the Total Environment Currently, the Yellowknife Dene First Nation is asking the federal government for an apology and compensation for the damage from Giant Mine to their traditional lands.
23 minutes | May 16, 2021
Sea Sponge Toxin Synthesis in the Fight against Cancer
Following a pivotal January 2019 announcement that certain ocean floor sea sponges were found to have toxins that can cause cancer cells to retract, on Thursday May 13th 2021, Queen’s University announced that scientists conducting research on this project have successfully reproduced a toxin found in a marine sponge in the fight against cancer. Joining us in this episode to chat about this groundbreaking research are Dr. John Allingham, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences as well as Dr. Andrew Evans, Professor and Alfred R. Bader Chair of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. From them, we learn much about the art of the science of reproducing a natural toxin found in sponges that can block cancer cells from metastasizing, the potential impact of this research, the critical importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to this type of research, and next steps in the project.
25 minutes | May 2, 2021
In Conversation with The Honourable Murray Sinclair, 15th Chancellor of Queen’s University
On April 28th, 2021 Queen’s University announced that the University has selected the longtime Indigenous rights advocate, former Senator, and former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, The Honourable Murray Sinclair to serve as the 15th Chancellor of Queen’s, succeeding Jim Leech who has held the role since 2014. As an experienced national leader and advocate, His Honour will be well positioned to offer insight and guidance to the university. He will begin in his new role on July 1st 2021. In this episode, we have the great pleasure and privilege of welcoming His Honor to the virtual studio for a chat about his lifelong activism and advocacy for Indigenous communities across Canada, his work on TRC and the Senate of Canada, the experience of becoming Chancellor and of course, the goals our new Chancellor-Designate has in mind for his upcoming term.
28 minutes | May 2, 2021
Touring Queen’s through Minecraft
On April 21 2021, almost 100 prospective Queen’s Engineering students took to the virtual campus – and experienced Queen’s in a whole new way. They toured the campus, hunted for eggs, and joined a lively Q&A with the Dean – on a dedicated Minecraft server that replicates the campus itself. In this episode of Campus Beat, we’re chatting with Alex McKinnon, Sci ’21 and co-President of QUCraft, the Queen’s Minecraft Team as well as with Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. From them, we learn about the Minecraft club, how Queen’s campus is being rebuilt in the Minecraft space, and how students and alumni can participate in this ongoing building effort. We also learn more about how the virtual campus came to become a fun, interactive segment of the Faculty’s recruitment campaign this year, what prospective students did on the tour, and what conversations emerged.
62 minutes | May 1, 2021
2021 CFRC Roundtable on Anti-Asian Racism
In this special episode episode of The Scoop, host Dinah Jansen is joined by Thomas Park, Dr. Courtney Czto and Noah Weisbord for a roundtable discussion about anti-Asian racism. Canada, like the US, has recently seen an uptick in anti-Asian racism since the onset of COVID 19. Dr. Courtney Szto of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University is an expert in activist driven research that explores the relationship between physical cultures and intersectional justice and who has written extensively on the experiences of South Asians on the hockey rink, a well-known site of Canadian cultural citizenship. Thomas Park, Vice President of the Business Development Bank of Canada, Chair of the Banff Forum and alumnus of McGill, Harvard and Dartmouth recently penned an op-ed in the Toronto Star entitled “The Era of the Model Minority ends in the face of anti-Asian racism.” Noah Weisbord is an Associate Professor in the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, a leading expert on individual criminal responsibility leading to aggressive war with a research focus on criminal law in the management, reflection and even exacerbation of intergroup conflict. Each share their thoughts on the roots of anti-Asian racism to the present day; discuss political, press and police responses to violence directed at Asian Canadian community members; share ideas on the divisions and solidarities between these communities and with other racialized groups in Canada; and also discuss ways in which we can build a safer more inclusive culture and society.
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