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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.
30 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Dr. Patrick Deane on Times Higher Education Impact Rankings
Dr. Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University joins us on Campus Beat once again to chat about some very exciting news. Queen’s University announced on April 21st that Times Higher Education Impact Rankings had revealed that Queen’s placed first in Canada and fifth in the world in its global ranking of universities that are advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within and beyond their local communities. Established in 2019, THE Impact Rankings assess a university’s societal impact based on the UN’s SDGs, a set of goals outlining a universal call to action to protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. Using carefully calibrated indicators across four broad areas –research, outreach, teaching, and stewardship – THE Impact Rankings are a recognition of those who are working today to build a better tomorrow. Principal Deane sheds light on THE Impact Rankings and 17 Sustainable Development Goals; where Canada placed highest in Canada, North America and the world; and the herculean task undertaken by the University’s team to create a winning submission that included about 600 pieces of evidence to support the University’s candidacy. Deane also talks about the opportunities and challenges the Sustainable Development Goals themselves present to universities and how Queen’s may build on its achievements moving forward. On behalf of CFRC, congratulations to Queen’s University on these outstanding achievements.
24 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
How to Survive and Thrive this Exam Season
Students (and faculty) can learn much in this episode about surviving and thriving this exam season. Dr. Lindsay Heggie, Academic Skills Specialist with Student Academic Success Services joins us in this episode. She sheds light on the many services and resources available through SASS that students are encouraged to utilize throughout the school year and now during exam season. Dr. Heggie also offers great advice recognizing and managing test anxiety. A very informative conversation for Queen’s students and faculty members also seeking resources that can help their students.
32 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Robert Yalden on Québec’s Sole Shareholders Regime & Simplified Corporations
Robert Yalden, Sigurdson Professor in Corporate Law and Finance in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University joins us in this episode to chat about his recently published study, “Québec’s Sole Shareholder Regime and the Rise of Simplified Corporations: Innovation, Implementation and the Challenges Ahead.” Yalden talks about what sole shareholder regimes and simplified corporations are in practical terms and why the Québec Model is a particularly innovative paradigm that other provinces may do well to adopt and promote to small businesses.
27 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Horizontal Gene Transfer: New Discoveries
Queen’s University researchers Peter Davies and Laurie Graham from the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University join us in this episode. They recently published a free open-access study in Trends in Genetics reporting a gene that crossed the “species barrier”. The study, Horizontal Gene Transfer in Vertebrates: A Fishy Tale looks specifically at new evidence proving the direction of transfer was from herring to smelt. Their research shows a unique example of direct vertebrate to vertebrate transmission of a useful gene, analogous to genetic modifications that can be carried out in a laboratory. How did the gene jump the species barrier? Check out this episode and learn more from Drs. Davies and Graham.
25 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Dr. Kimberly Woodhouse on Newly Funded CFI Projects at Queen’s
On Thursday March 4th 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than $518 million in research infrastructure funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). This funding will support 102 state-of-the-art projects at 35 post-secondary institutions and research hospitals across the country, and will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration, innovation and discovery. Two projects led by Queen’s researchers have received close to $10 million to significantly advance their research. Queen’s is also a collaborator on a third project, led by Carleton University. The funding will be used for infrastructure that will help to combat climate change, treat cancer, and understand the fabric of the universe. In this episode, Dr. Kimberly Woodhouse, Vice Principal (Research) and Professor, Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University joins us. Dr. Woodhouse sheds light on the groundbreaking research CFI is now funding at Queen’s and also gives us a bird’s-eye view into the processes behind developing and securing major funding applications, and the work her office does to support faculty members and fellows at Queen’s to secure grants and collaborators. A fascinating discussion all around and particularly useful for early career researchers including graduate students.
30 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Profs. Scott Lamoureux and Melissa Lafrenière on Rainfall and Research in the High Arctic
“In this Adventures in Research edition of Campus Beat, we are joined by Professors Scott Lamoureux and Melissa Lafrenière, Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. From them we learn about a recent study published in Nature Communications entitled “Emerging Dominance of Summer Rainfall Driving High Arctic Terrestrial Aquatic Connectivity.”Lafrenière and Lamoureux were co-authors of this study that was led by Queen’s PhD grad Dr. Casey Beel and former Robert Gilbert Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Joanne Heslop. Listeners not only get a glimpse into the logistics of conducting research on rainfall in the High Arctic (Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory, 400 km from Resolute), but also get an understanding of how the team did their research over the last 18 years and of course, the local and global implications of their study’s results.
32 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Queen’s University Equity Ambassador Roundtable
In this episode we welcome Richard Mitchell of Queen’s Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment in addition to the five new Admissions and Recruitment Equity Ambassadors Fahmida Hossain, Kidus Lee-ul, Tatiana Yunadi, Tamjid Bari and Astrid Louise Nandoh. They chat about this innovative new peer mentorship program where prospective Queen’s University students can connect directly with upper-year peers to learn about student life from a shared perspective. The first five Equity Ambassadors will be connecting with prospective students about their lived experiences as BIPOC members of the campus community, and supporting applicants from equity-seeking backgrounds through the admissions process, as well as their transition to first-year studies. See the story in the Queen’s University Gazette.
46 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Dr. Bishal Gyawali on Cancer Drugs, Clinical Benefits & Reimbursement Rates
Dr. Bishal Gyawali, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences and Clinical Fellow, Department of Oncology joins us again on Campus Beat. In this episode, talks about his new research comparing cancer drugs, clinical benefits, and reimbursement rates in Canada and the US published on Monday February 22nd in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. We learn much about the study and its conduct and motivations in addition to its outcomes and critical implications for policy and patient care. Note: Dr. Gyawali’s 4-year-old daughter Bibhika makes a few audible musical appearances in the background at various points in our conversation as Dr. Gyawali worked at home at the time of this recording.
19 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Dr. Anne Ellis on New Covid-19 Transmission & Immunity Study at Queen’s
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Anne Ellis, Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University and lead researcher on a new study on Covid-19 transmission and immunity among 500 Faculty of Health Studies students. Dr. Ellis and her large team of colleagues received over $223,000 in federal funding to conduct this study that will involve student subjects across several FHS departments. Dr. Ellis chats with us about how the study will be conducted, the outcomes it is expected to achieve, and critically, as how it will inform pandemic management policies and procedures implemented by Universities and Public Health Units as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer noted about the study.
26 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Bertrand & van Wylick on Community Giving and Preparing Med Students to Better Address the Opioid Crisis
In our first segment of this episode, we are joined by Karen Bertrand, Vice Principal (Advancement) at Queen’s University. From Bertrand, we learn about the extraordinary $14,000 gift to Food Banks Canada made recently by the Class of 2020. The donation is part of a new initiative entitled #180For180 that marks the University’s 180th year. Bertrand also talks about this Queen’s initiative that asks new graduates — and anyone who would like to join them — to turn something 180 degrees for good by volunteering for 180 minutes. In the second segment of this episode, we chat with Dr. Richard van Wylick, Associate Dean (Professional Development) & Associate Professor General Pediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s. We chat about the collaborative work Dr. Wylick and his teammates in FHS conducted with peers at other medical schools in Canada to develop a critical and innovative new curriculum to be implemented across all medical schools in Canada that will ensure future physicians are better prepared to address the opioid crisis.
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