News in Brief

Queen’s student wins award for health-care report

Tiffany Chui, MBA ’10, received second place at the Health Innovation reception in Ottawa.

College and university students proposed ways to improve Canada’s health-care system for the Health Council of Canada’s Health Innovation Award competition.

One of Chui’s suggestions was to integrate 911 dispatch systems with Twitter and YouTube so patients could be organized more effectively.

Chui received an award for her report called Improving Emergency Room Wait Times and Patient Quality Care with Mashup Technologies.

—Jessica Fishbein

Two Research Chairs Renewed

The federal government renewed two professors’ research funding in biochemistry and psychology.

The Canada Research Chairs program began in 2000 to enlist international research experts at different universities in Canada. Peter Davies studies biochemistry and will be researching antifreeze proteins. Valerie Kuhlmeirer studies psychology. Her research focuses on the limitations of human cognitive capabilties. Davies will receive $1.4 million over seven years, while Kuhlmeirer will receive $1 million over a period of five years.

One-hundred and eighty seven chairs were renewed or awarded at 44 universities in Canada.

“The Canada Research Chairs program is helping our universities develop and attract talented people, strengthening our capacity for leading-edge research, while creating jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians now and in the future,” Science and Technology Minister Gary Goodyear told Exchange magazine on March 30.

—Jessica Fishbein

Student awarded for volunteer work

Nicole Enser, ArtSci’ 10, received $2,500 for her work with cancer patients and autistic children.

Enser won the Queen’s Civic Responsibility Award, which is awarded to students who improve the relationship between Kingston residents and students.

Enser directed the Autism Partnership’s walk/run, launched a playgroup for children with autism and volunteered at the Quinte Thousand Islands Cancer Lodge.

—Jessica Fishbein

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