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Research Mentorship Program in partnership with Queen's Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre - 2020

Our mentorship program aims to share knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm between graduate students and high school youth, making stronger connections between the university and the community. The mentors aim to foster inquiry and problem-solving skills through scientific discovery to help equip the mentees for success in their current and future educational paths.

This past year we were privileged to work together with 10 Indigenous youth in grades 9-12 from the Katarokwi Learning Centre (KLC). Our projects were collaborations led by the interests of our mentees, and on relevance to their own community and how we are all connected in nature. We covered a wide spectrum of topics from the amazing world of microbes around us, DNA/RNA, viruses, vaccines and community health, the GI system, to the basics of blood!

We thank Keira LaPierre (Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator) and Laura Maracle (Indigenous Culture Safety Co-ordinator) at the Queen’s Four Directions Centre, and KLC high school teachers Lacey Siemonsen and Scott Nichol for their guidance and amazing support!

Working alongside Bruce Elliott (Program Co-ordinator) and Assistant Co-ordinator Chelsea Jackson, have been graduate student mentors Christina Ferrone, Michael Luo, and Hanad Adan from DPMM, and Katya Douchant, Isabelle Grenier-Pleau, Ryan Marks, Olena Kourko, Eammon MacNeil, and Michelle Krezonoski from DBMS, and Courtney Wynne in Indigenous Studies and Biology.

Richardson Lab scheduled Power Outage

This is a reminder of the Richardson Laboratory/Etherington Hall shutdown on Tuesday, July 21st at 4:30.  

This shutdown will last for one hour while a generator is hooked up to power the building. 

Each laboratory should designate one individual with the responsibility of entering the building to ensure their freezers and required equipment are up and running with the generator. 

The power will be disconnected again Wednesday morning July 22nd between 6:00 and 7:00 am to disconnect the generator.    No one will be allowed in the building during this time. 

There will be an additional shutdown on Thursday, July 23rd between 5:30 and 7:00 am.   No one will be allowed in the building during this time. 

Masks now mandatory in indoor public settings in KFL&A

Kingston’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore has issued a public health order making masks mandatory inside any indoor public setting. Mayor Bryan Paterson issued the announcement on YouTube on Friday, Jun 26, 2020. 

“That means masks will be required for going into grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, hair and nail salons, as well as community centres, houses of worship, libraries and inside buses and taxis,” the Mayor said.

He added that the move comes in response to the rise in the active number of cases seen in Kingston over the past few days, traced to a nail salon in the west end. Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health announced the outbreak on Thursday, June 25, 2020, originating at Binh’s Nail and Spa.

KFL&A Public Health is asking anyone who has visited the salon in the past 14 days to get tested for COVID-19, and to self-quarantine while they await the results. 

The mayor said the rise in cases is a good reminder to adhere to public health advice. “This rise in new cases was not unexpected,” he said. “But as a community, we can do better. Over the next year we’re going to see successive waves of new COVID-19 cases, but we can minimize their impact by making sure we stay vigilant — wearing masks, washing hands and practicing physical distancing.”

Dr. David M. Berman re-appointed Director, Queen's Cancer Research Institute

Dr. David M. Berman re-appointed Director, Queen's Cancer Research Institute

On the recommendation of Dr. Steven Smith and with the support of Dean Richard Reznick, Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen's University, has appointed Dr. David M. Berman to a second term as Director of the Queen's Cancer Research Institute (QCRI). Dr. Berman has served as Director since January 2015, and his re-appointment commences July 1, 2020.

Dr. Berman earned his BA in Psychology at University of Pennsylvania and combined MD/PhD in Genetics and Development at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. This was followed by a residency and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pathology/Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Berman was appointed as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University in 2001, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. He joined Queen's University in 2012 and is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine with cross appointments to Oncology and Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. In addition to his role as Director of the QCRI, he served as Director, Division of Cancer Biology and Genetics from 2015 to 2018.

As Director, QCRI, Dr. Berman oversees three divisions: Cancer Biology and Genetics, Cancer Care and Epidemiology, and Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG). The Institute is comprised of 40+ faculty members whose research covers the entire spectrum of cancer research, working as an integrated unit under one roof. Knowledge translation and collaboration is a unique strength of the structure of QCRI, which is proud to celebrate 40 years of clinical trials excellence and innovation by CCTG in 2020.

Dr. Berman's focus on integrated knowledge sharing has attracted distinguished cancer researchers to Queen's from around the world, led to improved collaboration across translational research teams, streamlined institute governance policies, and improved communication through the launch of a comprehensive newsletter that highlights the publications, awards, and innovations of the QCRI's members.

A clinician scientist, Dr. Berman's research and clinical expertise focus on bladder and prostate cancer diagnosis. Since 2015, he has been the PI/Co-PI for research grants totaling more than $5.2 million in funding and has 83 peer-reviewed publications. He continues to work as a classroom and clinical instructor, sharing his expertise in cancer biology and urological pathology.

Please join Dean Reznick in congratulating Dr. Berman on his re-appointment as Director.