Katerina Genikomsou 

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Design vs. Nature: Building Infrastructure to Withstand Environmental Disasters      Dr. Katerina Genikomsou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. She is a member of the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, la Fédération international du béton, and the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. Her research on the maintenance of built infrastructure and the development of new sustainable materials and processes has global and local implications in potentially improving the lifespan of structures, particularly during environmental disasters. In this episode, Dr. Genikomsou discusses her research on shear failure and its role in the collapse of buildings during environmental disasters, such as which occurred in Ottawa in September 2018. She also advocates for civil engineers to play a role in the construction of networks of resiliency in design provisions. This would assist engineers in considering such aspects as the effects of climate change and the needs of community members. https://civil.queensu.ca/Research/Structural/Katerina-Genikomsou/

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Tim Fort

Professor, Chair of Graduate Programs, Dan School of Drama & Music “Nothing Burns Down:” A History and a Career in Theatre Lighting Design Dr. Tim Fort is a Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, and much of his research examines late nineteenth-century lighting design and staging. Dr. Fort has designed lighting and/or scenery for over 200 productions, including the world premieres of And All For Love at the National Arts Centre and Judith Thompson’s Hothouse at The Isabel Bader Centre. In Kingston, he recently directed and designed Unity (1918), Candide, and The House of Martin Guerre in the Rotunda Theatre. Dr. Fort has also served as the Producing Director at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont since 1988, a hub for many Broadway and regional designers and performers. At Weston, he has directed over 60 productions, including Les Misérables and Avenue Q. In this episode, he discusses his early career fascination with lighting design as his inspiration to study its history. Dr. Fort also discusses the place of authenticity and representation in modern theatre. https://sdm.queensu.ca/dan-school-faculty-and-staff/tim-fort/

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Pascale Champagne

Pascale Champagne

Waste in the West: Advancing our Waste Management Practices Professor, Canada Research Chair in Bioresources Engineering and Director of Beaty Water Research Center Dr. Pascale Champagne is the Canada Research Chair in Bioresource Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s. She is also the Director of the Beaty Water Research Centre, which brings together faculty across disciplines to collaborate on research into water-related issues. Dr. Champagne’s research focuses on the development of alternate water and waste management strategies and environmentally sustainable approaches. She has collaborated widely to develop new integrated bioresource management practices, to introduce alternate aqueous and solid waste management approaches, and to create unique opportunities for the bioenergy and bioproducts sectors. She is a member of several prestigious societies, including the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and she received the Queen’s Prize for Excellence in Research in 2017. In this episode, Dr. Champagne discusses integrated bioresource engineering as a method to redirect waste to generate energy, effectively recycle, and reduce treatment costs. She explains that multidisciplinary methods, as well as the integration of student involvement, are progressing our understanding of bioresource engineering Continue Reading

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Joseph Bramante

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Dark Matter and What Goes Bump in the Night Dr. Joseph Bramante is an Assistant Professor at in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Perimeter Institute and a member of the new, Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astro-Particle Physics Research Institute at Queen’s. His research focuses on constructing theories that describe fundamental physics and finding new ways for humans to test those theories. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the Perimeter Institute and the University of Notre Dame, and received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii for work on “Dark Particles and Primordial Perturbations.” In this episode, he discusses the new McDonald Institute’s network of researchers and students whose central aim is to make new discoveries and advance the frontier of knowledge related to astro particle physics. Dr. Bramante also explains how his research on fundamental theories of dark matter has progressed through experimentation at SNOLAB. https://www.queensu.ca/physics/joe-bramante

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SSC Panel

Queen’s Surveillance Studies Centre – David Lyon, David Murakami, Midori Ogasawara

David Lyon, Professor, Queen’s Research Chair in Surveillance Studies David Murakami Wood, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies Midori Ogasawara, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology From the Babysitter to Alexa: Surveillance is All Around Dr. David Lyon is Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor of Sociology and Law at Queen’s University. Dr. Lyon is credited with spearheading the field of “surveillance studies,” and he has produced a steady stream of books and articles on the subject. His most recent book, The Culture of Surveillance: Watching as a Way of Life, looks at the imaginaries and practices of everyday surveillance. Dr. Lyon is also the Principal Investigator of the “Big Data Surveillance” project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This study examines the relationship between big data and surveillance in security, marketing and governance. Dr. David Murakami Wood is the Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies at Queen’s. He is a widely published specialist in the sociology and geography of surveillance and security in cities from a global comparative perspective, with a particular focus on Japan, Brazil, Canada and the UK. His current research focuses on security and surveillance in Continue Reading

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Gabor Fichtinger & Caitlin Yeo

Gabor Fichtinger, Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computer-Integrated Surgery, School of Computing Caitlin Yeo, Chief Resident in General Surgery, School of Medicine Flying Blindly vs. GPS Navigation in Surgical Procedures Dr. Gabor Fichtinger is the Canada Research Chair in Computer-Assisted Surgery and a Professor in the School of Computing at Queen’s. His research focuses on computer-assisted surgery and interventions, specifically on integrating and translating medical imaging, image computing, scientific visualization, surgical planning and navigation, robotics, and biosensors into clinical use. He also specializes in minimally invasive percutaneous interventions performed under image guidance, with primary applications in the detection and treatment of cancer. He has an active lab filled with many undergraduate and graduate student researchers, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Caitlin Yeo is the incoming Chief Resident in Surgery, and a past Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Lab for Percutaneous Surgery under the supervision of Dr. Fichtinger. She has been a Resident in General Surgery at Queen’s since 2013, and she completed her Master’s of Medical Education at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Dr. Yeo collaborates closely with the PerkLab and other members of the School of Computing and Continue Reading

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Lisa Guenther

Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies, Department of Philosophy Is Treating the Death Penalty as a Medical Procedure Due Diligence to Avoid Pain? Dr. Lisa Guenther is the Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies, jointly appointed in the Department of Philosophy and the Cultural Studies Program. Dr. Guenther’s research focuses on the intersection of phenomenology, political philosophy, and critical prison studies, with further specializations in feminism and philosophy of race. She is a public philosopher, publishing her work both in academic journals and in major media outlets including The New York Times and CBC’s “Ideas.” She is the author of the renowned 2013 book Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives and is currently working on a book about incarceration, reproductive politics, and settler colonialism in Canada, Australia, and the United States. In this episode, Dr. Guenther discusses the medical effectiveness of the death penalty in the United States, the only Western country to practice capital punishment in the twenty-first century. https://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/guenther-lisa

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Joshua Karton

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research “The Business of Justice Delivering the Justice of Business:” Arbitration within International Commerce Dr. Joshua Karton is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s. His research is interdisciplinary, focusing on international arbitration, comparative and international contract law, uniform law, globalization and law, international legal theory, and sociological analysis of law. His writing explores what happens when private actors from different backgrounds – legal, cultural, and linguistic – meet in the international legal arena. In between receiving his JD from Columbia Law School and his PhD in International Law from Cambridge, he practiced in litigation and arbitration in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Dr. Karton has also held visiting positions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the National Taiwan University, and Wuhan University (China). In this episode, he discusses how interdisciplinary approaches to researching law as a social institution are the best methods to understand how it reflects the organization of society. In particular, Dr. Karton researches how private arbitration, as a procedural choice, impacts the substance of actual Continue Reading

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Molly Wallace and David Carruthers

            Molly Wallace, Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature David Carruthers, PhD Candidate, Department of English Language and Literature The Bitterness of Indulging: Dark Ecology and the State of Environmental Mega-Risks Dr. Molly Wallace is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Chair in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s. Her research interests lie in contemporary literature, eco-criticism and eco-cultural studies. Dr. Wallace has published extensively on these topics, including her most recent book Risk Criticism: Precautionary Reading in an Age of Environmental Uncertainty. David Carruthers is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s where he studies the environmental humanities, particularly ‘dark ecology’ and eco-phenomenology. His doctoral research looks at eco-phenomenological, plant-human intersections as represented in post-Cold War literature and their relationship to understandings of ecological crisis. Carruthers co-edited a book with Wallace entitled, Perma/Culture: Imagining Alternatives in an Age of Crisis. In this episode, Carruthers discuss dark ecology and eco-phenomenology as concepts that situate ecology and the environment at the centre of thinking about the complex relationship between human and plant actors. While Dr. Wallace explains that her research examines how we understand living in Continue Reading

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Janet Dancey

Professor, Department of Oncology and Director, Clinical Translational Research, NCIC Clinical Trials Group Evolving Clinical Trials through Collaboration Dr. Janet Dancey is the Director of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, also known as the CCTG, and a Professor in the Department of Oncology at Queen’s. She is also the Director of the High Impact Clinical Trials Program at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. The CCTG has over 80 member institutions, comprising over 2100 Canadian investigators who have facilitated over 500 trials in more than 40 countries. They are also the only non-American partner of the US National Clinical Trials Network. Prior to joining the CCTG, Dr. Dancey was Senior Clinical Investigator in the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program at the US National Cancer Institute and then Associate Chief of the Investigational Drug Branch. Her expertise lies in anti-cancer drug development, linking drug and biomarker development, and associated clinical trials methodology. In this episode, she discusses the importance of clinical trials and breaks down their evolved and enhanced process for drug development and delivery. Dr. Dancey also explains that the collaborative study of medical interventions in the treatment of cancer have expanded to also investigate how lifestyle, radiation, surgical, and smoke cessation interventions Continue Reading

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