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Branaavan Sivarajah , PhD student in Biology, supervised by Dr John Smol. Wraps up the Symposium

Russell Turner, MSc student in Biology, supervised by Dr Vicki Frieisen. Research topic – Population genomics of an Arctic seabird, the majestic Common Eider sea duck! Christina Braybrook , MSc student in Geography, supervised by Dr Neal Scott and Dr Paul Treitz. Research topic – Modelling growing season net CO2 exchange for High Arctic mesic tundra using high resolution remote sensing data. Overview: Part 3 of the Northern Research Symposium, the graduate students assisting in the program and how their research is related to the North.

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Kayla Dettinger, M.A (History), supervised by Dr Sandra den Otter

Research:  The history of the UK charity the Pilgrim Trust from 1930-1960 and its efforts to come to the “rescue of the things that mattered in our country” as a self-defined “salvage corps”. Overview: Talking on both Kayla’s Master’s experience as well as her role now with University Relations and how her graduate experience helped her with this job.

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Branaavan Sivarajah , PhD student in Biology, supervised by Dr John Smol. Talks about the Symposium

Lila Colston-Nepali , MSc student in Biology, supervised by Dr Vicki Frieisen. Research topic – Using genomic tools to answer conservation questions in an arctic seabird, the Northern Fulmar Jacqueline Hung , PhD student in Geography, supervised by Dr Neal Scott and Dr Paul Treitz. Research topic – Seasonal controls on terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycling in the Canadian High Arctic. Overview: Part 2 of the Northern Research Symposium, the graduate students assisting in the program and how their research is related to the North.  For more information go to the Symposium website

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Branaavan Sivarajah , PhD student in Biology, supervised by Dr John Smol. Talks about the Symposium

Greg Robson , MSc student in Geography, supervised by Dr Paul Treitz and Dr Scott Lamoureux. Research topic – Risk assessment of permafrost disturbances via differential interferometric synthetic aperture radar (DinSAR) Dana Stephenson , MSc student in Geography, supervised by Dr Laura Thomson. Research topic – Glaciology, glacier dynamics. Overview: An introduction to the Northern Research Symposium, the graduate students assisting in the program and how their research is related to the North.  For more information go to the Symposium website

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Carolyn DeLoyde , PhD student in Geography, supervised by Dr Warren Mabee.

Topic: Quantifying ecosystem services to enhance the use of Natural Heritage Systems to respond to climate change. Overview: My research is focused on developing better responses to climate change within the context of land use planning. I am exploring the potential of Ontario’s Natural Heritage System (NHS) planning approach to facilitate this.

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Julian Yang , PhD student in Medieval History, supervised by Dr Richard Greenfield.

Topic: Constructing holiness and unholiness through writing and reflection of authorial motivations in Christian literary works produced in medieval Byzantium. Overview: For the successful completion of this project, examining the authorial role in composing hagiographical literature and possible motivations behind hagiographers for promoting the cult of saints is paramount. Medieval Byzantium was actually quite a skeptical society, and as such, hagiographers were necessitated to bolster the persuasiveness of their narrative by using various literary techniques for a successful fashioning of their protagonists as saints. Spiritual and religious motivations were not the only inspirations of their strong dedication, however, because in Byzantium, ecclesiastical, imperial, or popular recognition of the cult could result in substantial economic and political benefits for its followers. These apparent circumstances around the genre of hagiographical literature and the cult of saints in Byzantium are deeply considered at the heart of my historical investigation.

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Nasreen Sultana, supervised by Dr Liying Cheng.

Topic: Influence of an English public examination on classroom teaching and learning: A washback study. Overview: My research investigates the washback effect of the biggest secondary public English examination in Bangladesh on classroom instruction. The results of the exam work as the gatekeeper to higher studies, better career as well as better financial prospects.

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Karina Gerhardt-Strachan , Masters in Kinesiology & Health Studies, supervised by Dr Elaine Power.

Topic: Exploring the place of spirituality in Canadian health promotion. Overview: Advocating a holistic approach, health promotion examines many aspects of health and well-being, including physical, mental, sexual, community, social and ecological health. Despite this holism, there is a noticeable absence of discussion surrounding spirituality and spiritual health. For this thesis project, I was interested in exploring how leading scholars in the field of health promotion, in Canada, understand the place of spirituality in health promotion

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Drs Caroline Tuck & Sean Bennet, supervised by Dr Stephen Vanner.

Topic: The role of diet in gastrointestinal disorders on gut health. Overview: Our research investigates the role of dietary modification and its effect on gut health including the microbiota, metabolomics and symptom profiles. Want to help out with the research?  Caroline and Sean are looking for volunteers to help with two studies and need some people to act as controls and also people who have irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. Contact Celine Morissette (Hotel Dieu Hospital) – 613 544 3400 ext 2479 or email celine.morissette@kingstonhsc.ca  OR  Contact Caroline Tuck – 613 549 6666 ext 6526 or email caroline.tuck@queensu.ca Follow what is going on twitter – @tuck_caroline  or @DrSeanBennet

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