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From Sao Paulo to Kingston

June 19, 2015

In the middle of spring 2015, Vanessa Silva e Silva and her spouse Josafa covered the distance of almost 9,000 km between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Kingston, to start a new chapter in their lives. “The flight took nearly 12 hours,” Vanessa remembers, “and when we finally landed, it seemed like we had fallen into a movie… everything looked a bit unreal around us.” Now they both appear to be at home, and are ready to deal with matters that are very real.

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: The Groove Commute

The graduate student community at Queen’s University has given rise to The Groove Commute, a 7-piece band comprised almost entirely of graduate students with influences as eclectic as their respective research interests. They’ve found fun and friendship in making music together all the while balancing research and teaching in pursuit of their graduate degrees. Besides the joy of making music and feeling the support of their community, the members of The Groove Commute also say being in a band has been an invaluable part of their experience of graduate student life.

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Congratulations to Queen's Trudeau Scholar: Bailey Gerrits

​June 9, 2015

Bailey Gerrits, PhD student in Political Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Trudeau Scholarship.

In her doctoral research, Bailey is investigating recent news coverage relating to domestic violence in Canada, examining the potential influence of news discourses on public policy, and engaging stakeholders to understand their perceptions of news patterns. Her research centers on questions of Canadian nationalism, racialization, and gender equality. Bailey was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier doctoral scholarship.

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Cara Yin wins National 3MT People's Choice

Congratulations to Chenman (Cara) Yin, winner of the National 3 Minute Thesis People's Choice Award. After taking a fantastic fourth place at the Ontario 3MT in April, Cara convinced voters at the national level with her presentation Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam. In her Master of Applied Science in Physics, Yin is researching how to use lasers to cut bone and improve outcomes in brain surgery. She impressed the more than 2,000 voters with her accessible, clear – and, at times, funny presentation. It is a particularly sweet victory for the physicist who knew very little English when she arrived in Canada to do her undergraduate studies. 

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Photos from Ontario 3MT

On April 23rd, Queen's Physics Masters student Chenman (Cara) Yin placed 4th at the Ontario 3 Minute Thesis competition with her presentation "Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam". Cara's excellent presentation will now go on to the Canada 3 Minute Thesis competition. Online voting for the People's Choice starts on May 15th. More details soon here!

You can watch the complete competition online on Western's The Wire website

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"Shine a Light: 3MT Champ shows the potential of laser beams in making surgery safer."

Chenman(Cara) Yin is a physicist’s physicist – she switched from astrophysics, the program for which she’d come from China, to engineering physics because the former was too “remote from reality” for someone who is more motivated “by solving hands-on problems.” In exploring the hardest of the hard sciences, she wound up working with an equally hard material, bone. In her Master of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. James Fraser, Yin is researching how to use lasers to cut bone in hopes of making procedures like brain surgery safer. Her presentation of this research for Queen’s 2015 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition won her first place and a spot at the provincial competition to be held at Western University later this month.

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Katherine Launier - From a Queen's MPH to Aboriginal & Global Health Research

Fresh from finishing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Queen’s University, Katherine Launier has returned to her roots in western Canada. A month after completing her MPH, she landed a job with the Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group at the University of Alberta and moved back to her home province. 

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