Julianna Petrenko in the studio

Julianna Petrenko (Biology) – Urban Ecology

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Julianna Petrenko (Biology) - Urban Ecology
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Julianna talks about how we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate, largely because of human-caused habitat degradation and loss. Yet, some species are persisting or even increasing for reasons that are often unclear. Some species might persist because of their ability to tolerate life in cities – one of the most dramatically human-modified habitats.  […]

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Bilen Araya

Bilen Mekoonen Araya (Rehabilitation Science) – The experience of infertility and rehabilitation services for women experiencing infertility in Ethiopia

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Bilen Mekoonen Araya (Rehabilitation Science) - The experience of infertility and rehabilitation services for women experiencing infertility in Ethiopia
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Infertility – involuntary childlessness – affects millions of people, especially women, globally. In Ethiopia, it causes significant distress and burden on women, but there is limited research on rehabilitation services available to them. Understanding the psychological, social, and financial challenges for women living with infertility in Ethiopia is important. For upcoming interviews check out the […]

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Jovina Concepcion Bachynski

Jovina Concepcion Bachynski (Nursing) – Kidney Supportive Care

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Jovina Concepcion Bachynski (Nursing) - Kidney Supportive Care
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Kidney supportive care (KSC) is palliative care for people with advanced kidney disease. It provides relief of suffering and improves quality of life through early identification, assessment, and management of the symptom burden associated with kidney disease. KSC encompasses advance care planning (ACP)—a key element—in which patients’ goals, values, and preferences for present and future […]

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Dr Arora in the observatory

Dr Nikhil Arora (Astrophysics) – Comparing cosmological simulations with observations of galaxies to better understand their formation and evolution.

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Dr Nikhil Arora (Astrophysics) - Comparing cosmological simulations with observations of galaxies to better understand their formation and evolution.
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Dr Arora’s aim has been to uncover the intricate dynamics and evolutionary pathways of galaxies within our Universe. Through his research, he offers a distinct perspective on these cosmic entities, equipped with the expertise to navigate both theoretical frameworks and observational data. The careful comparison of telescopic observations with theoretical models is pivotal, forming the […]

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Tibeb Debele in the studio

Tibeb Debele (Rehabilitation Science) – Beyond repair: The process of social inclusion of women after Obstetric fistula surgical repair in Ethiopia

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Tibeb Debele (Rehabilitation Science) - Beyond repair: The process of social inclusion of women after Obstetric fistula surgical repair in Ethiopia
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Obstetric fistula is a birth-related injury that results when women go through prolonged and obstructed labor. As a result, some women experience stigma and exclusion from their families and the community.  This study focuses on understanding how these women are included in their families and communities after receiving surgical correction. For upcoming interviews check out […]

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April Saleem

April Saleem (Pathology & Molecular Medicine) – Investigating the role of the gut microbiota in depressive disorders

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
April Saleem (Pathology & Molecular Medicine) - Investigating the role of the gut microbiota in depressive disorders
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Depressive disorders effect over 310 million people worldwide, reduce quality of life, co-occur with other physical disorders, and increase risks of premature death. Recent studies have suggested a link between the microbes residing in the human gut and the central nervous system, suggesting a bidirectional interaction called the microbiota-gut-brain axis. For upcoming interviews check out […]

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Dakota Urban

Dakota Urban (Classics & Archeology) – Transcultural language in Diasporic Jewish Inscriptions

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Dakota Urban (Classics & Archeology) - Transcultural language in Diasporic Jewish Inscriptions
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The diasporic (Jewish) experience is characterized by the dynamics of acculturation and enculturation; a twofold process entailing a degree of integration into the majority culture and at the same time a strong retention of the Jewish identity. The primary purpose of Dakota’s thesis is to demonstrate how diasporic Jewish communities in the Graeco-Roman world adapted […]

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Riley cooper in the studio

Riley Cooper (MASc, Electrical & Computer Engineering) – Data-Driven Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for an Autonomous Surface Vessel

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Riley Cooper (MASc, Electrical & Computer Engineering) - Data-Driven Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for an Autonomous Surface Vessel
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How to improve the autonomy of a robotic boat. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website

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Sofia and Isaac in the studio

Sofia Skebo and Isaac Emon (Translational Medicine) – Pulmonary Hypertension, what is it?

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Sofia Skebo and Isaac Emon (Translational Medicine) - Pulmonary Hypertension, what is it?
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Isaac is investigating the role of CHIP mutations and inflammation in pulmonary arterial hypertension, while Sofia is examining the impact of BMPR-II loss on blood vessel growth in pulmonary arterial hypertension.  Two different angles, but it is still in relation to pulmonary arterial hypertension. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University […]

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Mary Johnson in the CFRC studio

Mary Johnson (English) – Ecocritical approaches to children’s literature

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Mary Johnson (English) - Ecocritical approaches to children’s literature
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Mary is interested in exploring intersections of girlhood and wild spaces in “Golden Age” (1865-1926) children’s literature. In particular, I want to consider how relationships with wild spaces (re)configure awareness of the body, especially when contextualized with the ED (disordered eating) rhetoric that continues to be quietly pervasive across children’s literature. Mary also discusses her […]

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Shamus Tobin in the CFRC studio

Shamus Tobin (MSc, Astronomy) – Investigating Annular Rings in Young Protostellar Disks

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Shamus Tobin (MSc, Astronomy) - Investigating Annular Rings in Young Protostellar Disks
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During star formation, gas and dust that goes into forming a new star also go to forming an equatorial disk of material known as protostellar disks, these are where planets form. Young disks (<1Myr), as opposed to their older cousins, have only recently been able to be studied in detail thanks to recent advancements in […]

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Graziella Bedenik in the cfrc studio

Graziella Bedenik (Mechanical & Materials Engineering) – the potential to monitor freshwater lakes using robot swarms

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Graziella Bedenik (Mechanical & Materials Engineering) - the potential to monitor freshwater lakes using robot swarms
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Development and Application of Autonomous Multi-Agent Underwater Robot Swarms for Environmental Monitoring and Response in Canadian Freshwater Lakes. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website.

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Sofia and Maddie on the ice field.

Sofia Guest & Madeline Myers (Geography) – What We Can Learn from Studying Glaciers in the Arctic

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Sofia Guest & Madeline Myers (Geography) - What We Can Learn from Studying Glaciers in the Arctic
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Sofia Guest (MSc student) talks about precipitation sources and summer snowfall in the Canadian Arctic, while Maddie Myers (PhD candidate) talks about how glacier surface mass change is affected by climate change. Both are part of the ICElab at Queen’s under the supervision of Dr Laura Thompson. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat […]

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Angela and Kharoll-Ann at the CFRC studio

Angela Stanley & Kharoll-Ann Souffrant – Predoctoral Fellows in Black Studies

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Angela Stanley & Kharoll-Ann Souffrant - Predoctoral Fellows in Black Studies
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Kharoll-Ann’s research examines the “#MoiAussi movement (#Metoo)” in the province of Quebec from the perspective of Black feminist activists and black women survivors.  Angela Stanley’s research looks at “Queer and Disabled Afterlives of Racial Eugenics”. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website.

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Heather Morrison

Heather Morrison (PhD, Education) – Could a national museum dedicated to women’s history as a vehicle for public pedagogy strengthen liberal democracy in Canada?

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Heather Morrison (PhD, Education) - Could a national museum dedicated to women's history as a vehicle for public pedagogy strengthen liberal democracy in Canada?
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Heather has two primary objectives. The first is to demonstrate Public Pedagogy’s role as a foundational tenet of liberal democracy in that it promotes responsible citizenship and fuels social change through knowledge acquisition. The second is to build an evidence-based case for establishing a national museum of women’s history, amplifying the little-known and untold stories of […]

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Evalyn Parry

Evalyn Parry (MA, Cultural Studies) – Distant Early Warnings: Arts Leadership and Creative Practice in Unsettled Times

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Evalyn Parry (MA, Cultural Studies) - Distant Early Warnings: Arts Leadership and Creative Practice in Unsettled Times
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Evalyn talks about her research-creation project that reflects on the relationship between arts leadership, creative practice, and cultural change. Using songwriting as an embodied, queer feminist method, this ‘portfolio’ format thesis includes three songs and six written chapters to examine the experience of being the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre between 2015 […]

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Suyin Olguin and Colette Steer

What’s happening in winter 2024!

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
What's happening in winter 2024!
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A look at what is happening in graduate studies at Queen’s this winter!  It’s all about celebrating research. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Suyin Olguin and Colette Steer

It’s a Wrap for 2023

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
It's a Wrap for 2023
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Wrapping up what has been going on in 2023 within graduate studies at Queen’s University. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Ozlem Atar

Ozlem Atar (PhD in Cultural Studies) – the “Gradifying” blog, who writes it and why?

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Ozlem Atar (PhD in Cultural Studies) - the "Gradifying" blog, who writes it and why?
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Ozlem primarily talks about our weekly blog, Gradifying – Who Writes It, and Why?  The beginning of this session however she talks about her own research on “irregular migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States”. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & […]

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Vince Ha

Vince Ha (PHD in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies) – the intersection of transnational media and queer studies

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Vince Ha (PHD in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies) - the intersection of transnational media and queer studies
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Vince looks at queer sociality through the Boys Love media, a genre that portrays homoerotic relationships between two men by straight female creators for often assumed straight female readers. This genre was developed in Japan after WWII and was argued to liberate women from gender constraints. Since then, the genre has gained tremendous popularity in […]

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Natasha in the studio

Natasha Lomonossoff (PHD in English Literature) – the religious and political writings of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, a thinker and educator who lived in Britain from 1743-1825

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Natasha Lomonossoff (PHD in English Literature) - the religious and political writings of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, a thinker and educator who lived in Britain from 1743-1825
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Natasha is particularly interested in Barbauld’s  contributions to public debate in the nation following the French Revolution in 1789, which some Britons supported as an example to follow.  For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat 

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Arvind

Arvind Krishendeholl (Master of Public Health)

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Arvind Krishendeholl (Master of Public Health)
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Race, Mobilization, and Advocacy: Non-profit Representation in Times of Crisis

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Abebe Alemu in the studio

Abebe Alemu (Law) – Deaf Access to the Criminal Justice System in Ethiopia

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Abebe Alemu (Law) - Deaf Access to the Criminal Justice System in Ethiopia
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The Ethiopian criminal justice system relies on spoken language and written communication for its day-to-day business. In principle, the system is supposed to serve everyone equally without any discrimination based on legally prohibited grounds. In Ethiopia, there are about 2.5 million Deaf and hard-of-hearing people most of whom rely on either sign language or other […]

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Lisa Bas in the studio

Lisa Bas (Psychology) – Exploring the malleability of social preferences: How, when, and why people make altruistic decisions.

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Lisa Bas (Psychology) - Exploring the malleability of social preferences: How, when, and why people make altruistic decisions.
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Society benefits from altruistic individuals, but despite decades of research across disciplines, effective long-term interventions to increase altruistic behavior remain elusive. Therefore, we need to understand why, how, and when individuals will behave altruistically toward others (or not). For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & […]

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DR Karaagac

Dr Esra Alkim Karaagac (Postdoctoral Fellow), Geography and Planning: “International Student Indebtedness in Canada”

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Dr Esra Alkim Karaagac (Postdoctoral Fellow), Geography and Planning: “International Student Indebtedness in Canada”
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Examing the role of private lending practices in Canada’s international higher education system, focusing on the socio-economic impacts of predatory lending on international student experiences in university towns. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Micky Renders at the studio

Micky Renders (Environmental Studies) – Arctic Waste in Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung) on Eastern Baffin Island

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Micky Renders (Environmental Studies) - Arctic Waste in Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung) on Eastern Baffin Island
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My Ph.D. project is a creative research collaboration with Inuit Elders, artists and youth in Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), Nunavut, a remote community of 1600 on Eastern Baffin Island. Inuit have identified waste as a serious environmental and health threat. Central to my inquiry is ‘Who gets to define ‘waste’?’ and ‘who is responsible?’ for the myriad […]

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Katie Marie McNeill in studio

Katie-Marie McNeill – Making the most of opportunities in higher education for your academic, professional and personal growth.

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Katie-Marie McNeill - Making the most of opportunities in higher education for your academic, professional and personal growth.
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A look at what graduate students can participate in during their studies that  helps them personally, professionally and academically. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Katie Marie McNeill in studio

Katie-Marie McNeill (History) – Prisoner Aid Beyond Borders: A Transnational History of Prisoner Aid Societies in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, 1930-1970

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Katie-Marie McNeill (History) - Prisoner Aid Beyond Borders: A Transnational History of Prisoner Aid Societies in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, 1930-1970
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The mid-twentieth century saw an increase in the volume and variety of activities that prisoner aid societies in each of the four areas of study conducted both inside and outside of prisons. Treated together, the histories of prisoner aid societies in the key commonwealth nations of Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, and in the close […]

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Zoe Lord in the studio

Zoe Lord (Chemistry) – Testing the impact of cognitive overload on task performance in virtual reality (VR) to provide insights into VR design for chemistry education

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Zoe Lord (Chemistry) - Testing the impact of cognitive overload on task performance in virtual reality (VR) to provide insights into VR design for chemistry education
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Chemistry educators are turning to new technology like virtual reality (VR) to bring their students three-dimensional, interactive, and user-controlled learning environments to conceptualize molecular models. With the emergence of VR in chemistry classrooms, educators and developers must consider students’ varying spatial abilities in VR design to ensure that students are not overwhelmed. Students may experience […]

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David Rodriguez

David Rodrigues (Aging and Health) – Dentures and their Nutritional Impact in Older Adults

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
David Rodrigues (Aging and Health) - Dentures and their Nutritional Impact in Older Adults
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Older adults are at an increased risk of experiencing loss of natural dentation; thus experiencing suboptimal nutritional status. So what impact do dentures have on nutritional levels in older adults and what can be done to improve it? For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & […]

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Gabrielle Pulver

Gabrielle Pulver (Environmental Studies) – “Water is Life”: Creative Action to Heal Bodies of Water

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Gabrielle Pulver (Environmental Studies) - “Water is Life”: Creative Action to Heal Bodies of Water
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We are all bodies of water, from humans, to other animals, plants, watersheds and waterways; all require water to survive and thrive. Considering ourselves and others bodies of water helps to illustrate the interrelationships between self and others, and water protection involves protecting all life, while also addressing intersecting issues such as racism and colonialism. […]

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Kunal Parikh in the CFRC studio

Kunal Parikh (Aging and Health) – Virtual Training Programs for Informal Caregivers of Older Adults

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Kunal Parikh (Aging and Health) - Virtual Training Programs for Informal Caregivers of Older Adults
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Informal caregivers of older adults often feel unprepared and underconfident in their role. Conventional (in-person) caregiver psychoeducation or skills-based interventions are difficult to accommodate in their unpredictable routines. The aim of this study was to map the impact of virtual caregiver psychoeducation interventions on informal caregivers of older adults. For upcoming interviews check out the […]

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James Dixon and Yvonne Runstedler

Yvonne Runstedler & James Dixon – The experiences of transgender students in Catholic Secondary Schools

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Yvonne Runstedler & James Dixon - The experiences of transgender students in Catholic Secondary Schools
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Yvonne Runstedler is doing a PhD in Human Relationships at Wilfrid Laurier University, alongside James Dixon, who is doing a BA in Christian Studies & Global Citizenship. They are special guests this week. Ontario Catholic schools operate under the authority of the provincial Ministry of Education and have denominational rights under the law. Since these […]

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Elizabeth Nelson

Elizabeth Nelson, PhD in Geography – Designing Intercultural Cities: Community Organizations & Care

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Elizabeth Nelson, PhD in Geography - Designing Intercultural Cities: Community Organizations & Care
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This project explores the experiences of a diverse array of community organizations in Kingston, Ottawa, and Cornwall, Ontario, examining their relationship with municipalities and their role in community development. Despite the numerous logistical, spatial, and financial challenges they encounter, community organizations provide invaluable care work and contribute significantly to overall wellbeing and the vibrancy of […]

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Elham in the studio

Elham Yousefinejad (Sociology) – Municipal climate change governance: A pathway to resilience-building and and vulnerability-reduction: A case study of Kingston, Ontario

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Elham Yousefinejad (Sociology) - Municipal climate change governance: A pathway to resilience-building and and vulnerability-reduction: A case study of Kingston, Ontario
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In 2019, Kingston became the first municipality in Ontario to declare a ‘climate emergency’. This declaration stimulated further commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to enhance community resilience to adapt to climate change impacts. My PhD dissertation research evaluated Kingston municipal government’s climate policies to understand strengths, weaknesses, and areas for potential improvement. For […]

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FRancesco Marrato

Francesco Marrato (Electrical & Computer Engineering) – Training a robot dog for search and rescue

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Francesco Marrato (Electrical & Computer Engineering) – Training a robot dog for search and rescue
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Working with the Boston Dynamics Spot robot to develop autonomous exploration systems that use sound as a metric for where to search next. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Adaku Echendu at the studio

Adaku Echendu (Environmental Studies) – Urban Flooding and Changing Landscapes: Improving Environmental Sustainability By Incorporating Urban Communities’ Experiences, Perceptions, and Knowledge in Environmental Management in Nigeria

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Adaku Echendu (Environmental Studies) - Urban Flooding and Changing Landscapes: Improving Environmental Sustainability By Incorporating Urban Communities’ Experiences, Perceptions, and Knowledge in Environmental Management in Nigeria
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Flooding is a disaster with ripple effects. Its environmental, social, and economic impacts are significant. Floods annually ravage Nigeria constituting an immediate and growing threat amid the global climate crisis. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Annelies Verellan

Annelies Verellen (Art History) – Women’s Self-portraiture in the Seventeenth Century

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Annelies Verellen (Art History) - Women’s Self-portraiture in the Seventeenth Century
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Annelies studies women’s strategy of self-fashioning in the early modern period, specifically through their self-portraits. She examines the prejudices embedded within the practice of women looking at themselves in a mirror through vanitas prints and paintings. She is particularly interested in learning how women artists circumvented those prejudices in their self-portraits and how they came […]

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Pauline Bleah

Paulina Bleah (PhD in Nursing) – The Experience of Living with Diabetes in Liberia

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Paulina Bleah (PhD in Nursing) - The Experience of Living with Diabetes in Liberia
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Diabetes is a growing public health concern in Liberia; recent data shows about   2.1% of the population are living with the disease. This figure is likely a gross underestimation of the burden of disease in the country given the limited disease surveillance infrastructures and systems that exist. Diabetes places immense socioeconomic pressure on individuals and […]

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Olivia Scully

Olivia Scully (MA in Kinesiology & Health Studies) – Exploring the effects of the body acceptance movement for women and gender diverse people

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Olivia Scully (MA in Kinesiology & Health Studies) - Exploring the effects of the body acceptance movement for women and gender diverse people
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Olivia investigates how people have taken up the body acceptance movement on social media, and how it has affected their relationships with their bodies, as well as how they navigate diet and wellness culture. She is especially interested in how different identities such as race, gender, and sexuality influence how people experience those spaces. For […]

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Bjorn Bols

Bjorn Bols (MA in Classics) – Ancient Greek Wrestling

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Bjorn Bols (MA in Classics) - Ancient Greek Wrestling
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Wrestling was the first non-running event added to the ancient Olympics in the 18th Olympiad in 708 BCE. Wrestling continued to appear in Greek and Roman art and literature all the way up to the end of antiquity, leaving behind a large archaeological legacy over a period of a thousand years. This long history reflects […]

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Experiential Learning in Graduate Studies with Francisco Zepeda Trujillo and Hiwot Mekuanent

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Experiential Learning in Graduate Studies with Francisco Zepeda Trujillo and Hiwot Mekuanent
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Today we talk about opportunities that graduate students have during their graduate journey.  We all know that for the specific degree there are certain academic requirements – comprehensive exams and ultimately the thesis and defense.  But there are other opportunities that graduate students can sign up for if they wish to.  We are going to […]

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Kenneth Gymerah

Kenneth Gyamerah (Education) – Examining the Role of African knowledge systems and Pedagogies in Decolonizing STEM Education in Ghana

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Kenneth Gyamerah (Education) - Examining the Role of African knowledge systems and Pedagogies in Decolonizing STEM Education in Ghana
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In Ghana, education has been considered the potential driver to achieving sustainable development and reducing systemic inequalities (Ghana Education Service, 2019). Equitable access to inclusive education is inextricably connected to all the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UNESCO, 2020). For several decades, there have been attempts by the government to transform Ghana’s educational system. Nonetheless, […]

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Zoe Davidson in the studio

Zoe Davidson, Environmental Studies – Ecological Farmer Training Programs

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Zoe Davidson, Environmental Studies - Ecological Farmer Training Programs
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My research explores the role of ecological farmer training programs in supporting the development of new farm entrants through an in-depth case study of the Kingston and Area Farmer Training Program. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Opeyemi Ajogbeje

Opeyemi Ajogbeje (Chemical Engineering) – Industrial Production of Water-Soluble Random and Block Polymers

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Opeyemi Ajogbeje (Chemical Engineering) - Industrial Production of Water-Soluble Random and Block Polymers
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Polymeric materials are used for personal care products, drugs, tissues, organs, sensors, batteries, coatings among numerous applications. Currently, these products are made in organic solvents (e.g., methanol, butanol), which are toxic and incompatible for human use. Therefore, there is a need to make these products in water, which is biocompatible and environmentally friendly. The mass […]

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Kaitlynn Dewhirst (Rehabilitation & Health Leadership) – Indications for Service Integration for Early Childhood Mental health in Cambridge Bay, NU.

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Kaitlynn Dewhirst (Rehabilitation & Health Leadership) - Indications for Service Integration for Early Childhood Mental health in Cambridge Bay, NU.
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Mental health services in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut for children aged 0-5 are fragmented. Supporting mental wellness during the first years of life positively impacts mental and physical health all along the life course. Inuit families experience mental health challenges at higher rates than non-Indigenous Canadians. Utilizing a determinants of health lens to examine the domains […]

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Beatrice Ohene-Nyako

Beatrice Ohene-Nyako (Professional Master of Public Administration) – affordable housing

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Beatrice Ohene-Nyako (Professional Master of Public Administration) - affordable housing
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Why is there need for affordable housing and how can policies assist? For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Mona Kanso

Mona Kanso (Chemical Engineering) – Coronavirus from an engineering perspective

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Mona Kanso (Chemical Engineering) - Coronavirus from an engineering perspective
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With the unprecedented events around COVID Mona decided to leverage her polymer knowledge and apply it to better understand the Corona virus. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Bailey Milne

Bailey Milne – PhD in Epidemiology – “Effect of infertility, mode of conception and endometriosis on congenital anomalies”

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Bailey Milne - PhD in Epidemiology - “Effect of infertility, mode of conception and endometriosis on congenital anomalies”
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The effects of infertility, mode of conception and endometriosis on congenital anomalies are unknown. The overall objective of this study is to fill this knowledge gap and delineate the effects of infertility, mode of conception and endometriosis on the risk of congenital anomalies using population-based administrative data in Ontario.

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Clarissa de Leon and Karalyn McRae of the CTL

The Centre for Teaching & Learning @ Queen’s – who is it for and why?

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
The Centre for Teaching & Learning @ Queen's - who is it for and why?
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Education Development Associates (EDAs) are graduate students who work closely with an Educational Developer at the Centre of Teaching and Learning (CTL) to design and deliver programming to support graduate students’ and post-doctoral fellows’ ongoing professional development as educators. In this episode of grad chat, Karalyn McRae and Clarissa de Leon from the EDA team […]

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CJ and the Bear

Grad Chat -Suyin Olguin & Colette Steer: What to Expect in 2023

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Grad Chat -Suyin Olguin & Colette Steer: What to Expect in 2023
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Grad Chat -Suyin Olguin & Colette Steer: What to Expect in 2023

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Grad Chat: X-Mas Wrap-Up with Suyin Olguin and Colette Steer

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Grad Chat: X-Mas Wrap-Up with Suyin Olguin and Colette Steer
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Grad Chat: X-Mas Wrap-Up with Suyin Olguin and Colette Steer

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Ali Sheikh (Mechanical & Materials Engineering) -Acoustics and the Aviation Industry

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Ali Sheikh (Mechanical & Materials Engineering) -Acoustics and the Aviation Industry
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Ali Sheikh (Mechanical & Materials Engineering) -Acoustics and the Aviation Industry. Synopsis of Research: A novel acoustic panel that allows for sub-wavelength attenuation of specific, tunable frequencies at ultra-thin depths. 

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Paulina Finak, Grad Chat

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Paulina Finak, Grad Chat
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Paulina Finak — Environmental Factors Related to Literacy Development for People with Physical Disabilities who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Supervised by Dr. Beata Batorowicz

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Paola and Nathan

Paola Dantonio & Nathan Howell – The Science To Business Network (2SBN)

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Paola Dantonio & Nathan Howell - The Science To Business Network (2SBN)
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Two students in very different fields of research (Cancer Research and Biomedical Engineering) discuss the opportunities of being a part of the S2BN.

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Derek Russell in the studio

Derek Russell (Chemical Engineering) – finding water soluable and degradeable polymers to help in wastewater treatment

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Derek Russell (Chemical Engineering) - finding water soluable and degradeable polymers to help in wastewater treatment
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Assessing how to guide the selection of appropriate treatments using polymers for environmental remediation. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Isabella Asselstine

Isabella Asselstine (Biology) – What we can learn about sleep disorders from worms!

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Isabella Asselstine (Biology) - What we can learn about sleep disorders from worms!
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Isabella’s research stems from a desire to learn more about the biological basis of narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and “sleep attacks”. The cause of narcolepsy has previously been linked to a neuropeptide called orexin that is involved in keeping us awake. When orexin signalling is disrupted, either by altering orexin […]

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Ozlem Atar in the studio

Özlem Atar (Cultural Studies) – Justice in Trump Era Family Narratives of Irregular Migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Özlem Atar (Cultural Studies) - Justice in Trump Era Family Narratives of Irregular Migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States
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Ozlem investigates five Trump Era narratives of irregular migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States with respect to their discussion of justice. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Katie Zutautas,PhD in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences- The contribution of Interleukin-33 driven group 2 innate lymphoid cells in endometriosis pathophysiology and their therapeutic targeting

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Katie Zutautas,PhD in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences- The contribution of Interleukin-33 driven group 2 innate lymphoid cells in endometriosis pathophysiology and their therapeutic targeting
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Our lab studies immune dysfunction within the female gynecological disease of endometriosis. My specific project is looking at the relationship between a protein called interleukin 33, or IL-33, and a type of immune cell known as group 2 innate lymphoid cells, and how their contributing to disease severity and symptomology. For upcoming interviews check out […]

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CJ and the Bear

CJ the DJ does a mid-term wrap

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
CJ the DJ does a mid-term wrap
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Ever wondered what it means for students to practice presenting and talking about their research?  Then this session runs through just that. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chat webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs website – https://www.queensu.ca/grad-postdoc/research/share/grad-chat

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Daphne Brouwer, PhD in Cultural Studies – The cultural perception of liminal animals in Western and non-Western cultures

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Daphne Brouwer, PhD in Cultural Studies - The cultural perception of liminal animals in Western and non-Western cultures
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I research how humans perceive liminal animals in Western society – which is very negatively – and how we could improve this. To establish that this perception is rooted within our cultural understanding of liminal animals, I built on personal experience of living in multiple countries all over the world as well as research done […]

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Dan Reddy, Chemistry

Dan Reddy, Chemistry – Preparation and Testing of a Volumetrically-Accurate Open Surface Energy Trap (oSET) Wand for Liquid Transfer applications

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Dan Reddy, Chemistry - Preparation and Testing of a Volumetrically-Accurate Open Surface Energy Trap (oSET) Wand for Liquid Transfer applications
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OR in other words – Precisely and Reliably Capturing Tiny Liquid Volumes The challenge of pipetting small volumes, i.e., sub-microliter amounts, is ubiquitous among the fields of biology, chemistry, and engineering. While accurately and precisely pipetting at the sub-microliter level is indeed a dilemma, the issue is further compounded when dealing with non-aqueous solutions, e.g., biofluids, […]

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Alyssa Burrows

Alyssa Burrows (Translational Medicine) – Identifying the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with and without allergic diseases.

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Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Alyssa Burrows (Translational Medicine) - Identifying the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with and without allergic diseases.
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Everyone’s immune systems work a bit differently. Many Canadians have allergic diseases such as asthma, food allergy and allergic rhinitis. These people are subject to Th2 skewing which is when there is more Th2 cytokines in their body. It is unknown if underlying Th2 skewing impacts one’s response to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. Understanding the […]

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