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Heat 2 does not disappoint us

Following on from a great heat 1, our second heat for the 2015 3 Minute Thesis competition, held today in MacIntosh-Corry Hall, was no exception.  Nine participants from across disciplines shared their research with us. Research ranged from surface water quality, to sneezing in spring!

Congratulations to all our presenters today on a job well done.  Also a big thanks to our judges today - Justin Kerr (QUIC), Carey Bidtnes (KEDCO) and Dr Sam McKegny (English). 

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Heat 1 of 3MT a Close Affair

At 1pm yesterday, the first heat of Queen's 3 Minute Thesis event took place at MacIntosh-Corry Hall.  Eight graduate students took on the difficult task of presenting their research in just three minutes.  The competition was so close that the judges had to confer on two occasions to sort out the order of who was moving on to the final on 24th March. Congratulations to all participants on showcasing your research to us all. 

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A reception to thank our Tri-Agency award winners.

Two weeks ago on Wednesday February 25th was the annual Tri-Council Award reception where Masters and PhD students (and added this year, Post-doctoral fellows) and their proud supervisors gathered together to celebrate the accomplishment of bringing in this prestigious external funding. The Tri-Council Agencies comprise the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). These councils, which are accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Industry and Minister of Health, respectively, are the major public funders of graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty research in the country.

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Support Queen's 3MT®! Heats on March 10 and 12

Come out to support graduate students present their research in three minutes! Participate in the People's Choice Award and vote for your favourite presenter in each heat. 

Heat 1
March 10th (Tuesday)

Start Time - 1pm
Venue - MacCorry Hall, room B176 Lecture Theatre

Heat 2
March 12th (Thursday)

Start Time - 1pm
Venue - MacCorry Hall, room B176 Lecture Theatre

​Find more information in the 3MT Calendar.

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Kyle Gonyou (MPL) wins Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Award.

With a thud, Kyle Gonyou hauls a large brick onto the desk before me, pointing out the rare glazed terracotta finish with a distinctive “crazing” – a network of fine cracks. It used to belong to the façade of the former McCormick’s Biscuit & Candy plant in London, ON, Gonyou’s hometown and the municipality where he now works since graduating Queen’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program and departing Kingston. As a Heritage Planner, Gonyou knows what’s behind the city you see. (Appropriately the building where this branch of city services resides is a heritage building that was recently renovated to reveal structural details from the former Capitol Theatre and the adjacent restaurant – the effect is like Queen’s own Beamish-Munro Hall, but for a different kind of edification).

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Nominations for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision is now open

The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations of faculty members for consideration for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.  The purpose of this award is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students.  Two awards will be presented at the Fall 2015 Convocation: one in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and one in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering.  

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Nearly a decade of volunteer service to Queen's earns PhD student Tricolour honour

If you’re a current member of the Queen’s community, you’ve likely seen Eric Rapos’ name, if not the man himself. Over the course of three degrees at Queen’s – nine years, he tallies – Rapos has been part of a variety of committees, associations, and societies which, if mathematics tells us aren’t innumerable, are at least hard to list. The most recent reason why the name Eric Rapos is on the tongues of many is that he is one of seven recipients this year of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, “the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities.”

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Identifying the pasts and futures of national ID systems

Midori Ogasawara traded one job that never sleeps for another. Once a reporter for Japan's national newspaper, Asahi Shimbun (1994-2004), where she used to work 15-hour days following surveillance and human rights issues, Ogasawara is now an asset to Queen’s Department of Sociology, where she is earning her PhD researching issues that stemmed from that investigative work.

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Meet Law's new Associate Dean of Grad Studies & Research

Article courtesy of Queen's, Faculty of Law

Professor Michael Pratt, who joined Queen’s in 2003 as a Law professor cross-appointed to Philosophy, began a two-and-a-half-year appointment as Law’s Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) on Jan. 1. A graduate of the University of Toronto (BSc, LLM), Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB) and the University of Sydney (PhD, Philosophy), he has taught a range of private law subjects, including Torts, Contracts, Remedies and Advanced Contract Law. His research draws on philosophy to understand the law, and he has been particularly interested in understanding the role of intention and consent in the creation and extinction of legal and moral obligations. He has written widely on the philosophical foundations of voluntary obligations, as well as on the law of damages.

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