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Queen’s University to Have New Competitive Sports Model

Starting this fall, Athletics & Recreation will complete its implementation of a new model for competitive sports that maintains current sport opportunities and supports the success of all Gaels teams. “Just as academic programs have evolved, so have the demands of our recreation and competition sport programs,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Director of Athletics &… Keep Reading

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Queen’s Quantum Chess Pawns Computer AI

Researchers at the School of Computing at Queen’s University have come up with a version of chess that puts people and machines on equal footing. Called Quantum Chess, it throws the conventional rules of chess out the window. Long considered the ultimate game of strategy,  the best computers – like IBM’s Deep Blue – are… Keep Reading

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Blue-Green Algae Toxins Found in Cataraqui River

Less than two weeks after blue-green algae was discovered in the Cataraqui River, The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has advised the KFL&A Public Health that test results now reveal the presence of toxins associated with the algae. Ed Gardner, Environmental Health Manager with the KFL&A Public Health, said those results are not unexpected and… Keep Reading

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QUASR Team Demonstrates Student Contract Hiring System

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario — The new system for hiring students on a contract was unveiled at a town hall meeting last week. On December 20 the new customized PeopleSoft contract hiring system replaces the Electronic Student Contracts System for hiring students including research assistants, teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and non-academics. “The process for hiring… Keep Reading

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Queen’s Academic Writing Team Submits Report

After spending the summer reviewing responses to Principal Daniel Woolf’s “Where Next?” vision document, hosting two town hall meetings and listening and talking with the Queen’s community about future directions for the University, the Academic Writing Team submitted its report today. “We want to thank all the faculty, staff, students and alumni who shared their… Keep Reading

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Queen’s University Human Resources VP to Retire

This week, Queen’s University announced the retirement of V-P (Human Resources) Rod Morrison, effective August 31. Morrison, who arrived at Queen’s in 2005, was credited with a number of accomplishments including several new staff learning initiatives, and with Queen’s being named one of Canada’s Top 100 employers for 2010. He was also acclaimed for providing… Keep Reading

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$2 Million in Provincial Funding Awarded to Queen’s University

Sixteen Queen’s University researchers will receive a total of more than $2 million in funding from the Ontario government under the Ontario Research Fund-Research Infrastructure Awards program and the Early Researcher Awards program. The funding will support projects ranging from reducing carbon dioxide during the car manufacturing process to encouraging Canadians to be more physically… Keep Reading

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Queen’s Students Study St. Lawrence and Yangtze Rivers

Students from seven Canadian universities and two Chinese universities are taking part in a Queen’s-led exchange that studies the human impact on two of the world’s greatest rivers – the St. Lawrence and the Yangtze. “There are not many courses like this in Canada,” says Queen’s biology professor Yuxiang Wang, who teaches the course alongside… Keep Reading

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Napanee Firefighters in Two 401 Crashes – 1 Dead, 12 Injured

Napanee fire department were twice this weekend involved in two separate 401 highway crashes which left one woman dead and twelve others injured. Originally five firefighters were injured in a crash Saturday night near London, Ontario, while on their way back from a competition in Windsor. Family members had traveled to visit them in hospital,… Keep Reading

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QUASR Halfway to being Incorporated at Queen’s University

The three-year Queen’s University Administrative Systems Replacement (QUASR) project has passed the halfway mark. The first phase of the new finance system was launched in November 2009, and the first phase of new student and human resource administrative systems are set to launch this fall. By 2012 finance, student, human resources and research administrative systems… Keep Reading

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