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Queen’s ranked number one

Queen’s took first place in the 2011 university report conducted by the Globe and Mail. The annual report, released this month, had Queen’s ranked first in five categories. There are a total of 19 indicators.

Queen’s achieved the most ‘A’ grades for small, medium, or large universities, receiving three ‘A’s, one ‘A+’ and two ‘A-’s.

The University placed first in categories including student satisfaction, reputation with employees, buildings and facilities, career preparation and libraries.

The Globe and Mail issues a survey of approximately 100 questions to compile their ranking. 33,000 current undergraduate students were surveyed this year.

This is the second consecutive year that Queen’s has ranked first in the survey.

— Savoula Stylianou

Researchers get new funding

Four Queen’s researchers have been awarded a combined total of $4.7 million in funding under the Canada Research Chairs program.

Colin Funk and Zongchao Jia of biomedical and molecular sciences, Guojun Liu of chemistry, and Wolfgang Rau of physics, engineering physics and astronomy, were given the chair titles.

The researchers are part of 2,000 chairs that are given funding under the federal government program.

With the funding, Funk and Liu are renewed as Tier 1 Chairs, each receiving $200,000 annually for the University over a seven-year period.

Jia has become a new Tier 1 Chair and Rau is renewed as a Tier 2 Chair, receiving $100,000 annually for Queen’s over a five-year period.

— Cole Davison

Ethics course goes global

Researchers across Canada are now using an online educational tool originally developed at Queen’s in 2006.

The ethics program comprises of eight modules and requires four hours to complete. The Course on Research Ethics (CORE) teaches ethics to researchers whose work requires human participants.

It replaced the Course in Human Research Participant Protection (CHRPP.) The new course was created with the hope of deviating from traditional teaching methods.

The program now has over 10,000 users in 40 institutions across Canada.

— Cole Davison

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