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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org OR Contact Caroline Tuck – 613 549 6666 ext 6526 or email email@example.com Follow what is going on twitter – @tuck_caroline or @DrSeanBennet
Topic: Filipinx-Canadians and how literary experiences help form our cultural identities. Overview: How can literature and art help us understand each other’s inner worlds? Clarissa talks about her research and her upcoming workshop to explore close reading as a way of empathetically imagining the complex, intersectional identities of others. For more details on the workshop (as part of Queen’s Reads) go to the “Empathetic Imagining: Using Literature and Art to Understand Each Other’s Complexities.” Facebook page
Kaj Sullivan, PhD in Geological Sciences, supervised by Drs Daniel Layton-Matthews and Matthew Leybourne.
Topic: Postprandial zinc isotopic effect in human serum. Overview: My research will help ensure the best representative sample is taken in future studies investigating the potential of zinc isotopes as biological markers of disease like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Topic: 18th Century Theatre. Aging actress on the long 18th C London stage. Overview: Women were first allowed on stage in London in 1667 when the theatres reopened after the Interregnum. I’m interested in how these first female players navigated the negative reception to their aging bodies and how they represented themselves in the face of it
Topic: ReCraftivism: Unmaking One’s Way Out of the Anthropocene. Overview: My research asks, how can reclaiming, and recrafting of textiles offer technologies of resistance and restorative narratives to counteract capitalist ideologies and the phenomena of consumptionism found in the shadows of Canada’s colonial history? See some of Jill’s work on her website at www.jillpricestudios.ca