News in brief

News in brief

Commission on mental health hosts forum

Mental health awareness took centre stage at Queen’s once again this week.

The Principal’s Commission on Mental Health held its final forum on Tuesday evening for public input on their discussion paper draft, released in June. About 20 people showed up for the event in the Kingston Hall Red Room, less than half of which were students. Issues brought to light by these community members included the mental impact of academic competition at Queen’s, issues students face in obtaining accommodations from Disability Services and faculty, and the transition process for students who attend the Bader International Centre at Herstmonceux in their first year.

The forum focused on the report written by the Commission entitled “Towards a Mental Health strategy at Queens”. The 54-page paper includes over 80 suggestions that the Commission members had for the University.

The goal of Tuesday’s forum was to include community opinion in the document and receive additional feedback.

The Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, formed in 2011 by Principal Daniel Woolf, seeks to provide the outline for a mental health strategy on campus. Tuesday’s forum is one of the commission’s last initiatives before they bring a final report to Woolf later in the fall. Two other community forums were held in March before the release of the report.

— Emily Hayes

Research could improve hearing aid technology

New research out of Queen’s could help those with hearing impairments understand speech with less effort than existing hearing aids allow.

The research, conducted by Conor Wild at the Queen’s Centre for Neuroscience Studies, looked at the parts of the brain that interpret distorted speech.

He has since gone to Western University for postdoctoral work.

The discovery was published in the Journal of Neuroscience and could be applied to the engineering of hearing aids.

Wild’s research received contributions from five other scholars, included Afiqah Yusuk, Daryl Wilson and Ingrid Johnsrude of Queen’s.

— Holly Tousignant

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