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Faculty members recognized for excellence in research


An expert in childhood bullying and a world-renowned theoretical astrophysicist interested in the state of our solar system are the 2009 recipients of Queen’s Prize for Excellence in Research. Wendy Craig (Psychology) and Martin Duncan (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) won the award for their significant contributions to the university through their research and scholarly work.

“The Prize for Excellence in Research is the university’s highest form of recognition for research conducted at Queen’s,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Kerry Rowe. “These awards recognize the hard work and dedication of our faculty, and the far-reaching impact of their research.”

In her 15 years as a professor at Queen’s, Dr. Craig has developed a reputation as a world leader in research in bullying knowledge and prevention. Her research was the first in Canada to focus on bullying, revealing the complexity of children’s interactions that are often hidden from adults. “My work is focused on improving the lives of children and youth,” says Dr. Craig. “I am proud that Queen’s recognizes and values research aimed at bringing science into the everyday lives of Canadians and institutionally supports the role science plays in promoting healthy relationships and eliminating violence.”

Dr. Duncan is a theoretical astrophysicist whose principal research interests lie in furthering our understanding of the dynamical state of our solar system. Through his research, he has demonstrated that the solar system is a classically chaotic system and its evolution cannot be determined. His work continues to inform our understanding of the planetary system and the earth’s special place in our own solar system.

“I am grateful to my colleagues who took the time to prepare and present my nomination and to the many students and colleagues who contributed to what has truly been a collaborative research effort,” says Dr. Duncan. “I feel privileged to have been in the right scientific place at the right time.”

Dr. Craig and Dr. Duncan will present public lectures on their research on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 pm in Ellis Hall. Dr. Craig’s topic is Preventing bullying: Are we doing enough? while Dr. Duncan will speak on Planets in Chaos.



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