Queen’s professors, alumni recognized for contributions to research

Professor James Low has been named a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as an academic and as the founder of the Museum of Health Care.

Dr. Low was the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University from 1965 to 1985. He then proceeded to volunteer at the museum when it opened in 1991 as a non-profit institution.

Dr. Low was the museum’s executive director until the end of 2012, and now works as its advancement officer, allowing him to collaborate with the museum’s Board of Directors in finding new donors to assist in the preservation of the museum’s history.

The museum is the only one of its kind in Canada, and is dedicated to preserving the legacy of health care.

It aims to show collections regarding all health care disciplines, and increase their understanding by the public.

Six other Queen’s alumni were named to the Order of Canada. Three were named officers of the order: Harold Jennings, MSc ’61, for his contributions to carbohydrate chemistry, including to the development of a pediatric vaccine used to prevent the most common meningitis strain; Veena Rawat, PhD ’73, for contributions to telecommunications engineering and leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management; and Shirley Tilghman, ArtSci ’68, for championing women in science and engineering and contributions to molecular biology.

Three others were named members of the order: Jim Leech, MBA ’73, for innovation in pension management; Bruce McNiven, ArtSci ’76, for commitment to the preservation of Montreal culture and heritage; and Donna Stewart, Meds ’67, for contributions to women’s health as a leader in the field.

The award is the second highest honor of merit in Canada and is given to those who make a major difference in Canada through lifelong contributions in their field.

In addition to seeing seven people named to the Order, researcher Ian Janssen in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies has been named on Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers list, which includes scientists and researchers whose work is most often cited in other research papers.

Janssen is the only Queen’s professor on the list and one of 88 researchers working in Canada out of 3,215 members. He has published almost 200 research papers since 1999



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