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Established in 1841 and one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions, Queen’s today is a mid-sized university that provides a transformative student learning experience within a research-intensive environment A member of the prestigious U15 group of research-intensive Canadian universities, Queen’s conducts leading-edge research in areas of critical concern. Queen’s is also a member of the Matariki Network, an international group of research-intensive universities with a strong shared commitment to the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience.

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Blob Opera, developed by Google and AI artist David Li, lets students manipulate a soprano, alto, tenor and bass quartet of blobs. (YoutTube/Google Arts & Culture)

Teaching music online in the pandemic has yielded creative surprises, like mixing ‘Blob Opera’ and beatboxing

From incorporating video-based performances to learning new composition apps, teaching students virtually has forced music educators to learn and share new ways to reach students.
People gather to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and masking measures during a rally in Kingston, Ont., in November 2021. Ottawa’s proposals to bypass publishing vaccine mandate guidelines goes against the principles of good governance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Everyone should be concerned if the federal government bypasses the Canada Gazette

In a time-honoured tradition of Canadian democracy, government regulations become public when they appear in the Canada Gazette. That’s why Ottawa’s proposal to bypass that step is so troublesome.
A researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, works on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in December 2021. African countries were penalized by Canada’s travel ban even though they discovered the Omicron variant via complex sequencing work when western nations failed to. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

I was ensnared in Canada’s harsh and unscientific African travel ban

Ottawa’s travel ban against African countries made clear its underlying policy: What matters is not your test result, but where you’ve been. It’s yet another example of anti-Africa discrimation.
A Mayan spiritual guide arranges crosses, marked with the names of people who died in the nation’s civil war, in a circle in preparation for a ceremony marking the National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Armed Internal Conflict. Guatemalans annually honor the victims of the 36-year civil war that ended in 1996 on Feb. 25. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala: 25 years later, ‘firm and lasting peace’ is nowhere to be found

Twenty-five years after the signing of a peace accord that ended a 36-year civil war, Guatemala is still struggling with violence and corruption.
Shared decision-making is a patient-centred approach to health choices that considers a patient’s values as well as clinical evidence. (Shutterstock)

Support and collaboration with health-care providers can help people make health decisions

Shared decision-making upholds person-centred care and supports people to take charge of their own health: their views, input and experiences are important contributors to health plans.
A bitcoin symbol is seen on an LED screen during the closing ceremony of a gathering of cryptocurrency investors in Santa Maria Mizata, El Salvador, in November 2021. President Nayib Bukele announced his government is building an oceanside Bitcoin City. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

After a big year for cryptocurrencies, what’s on the horizon in 2022?

The market for cryptocurrencies has expanded dramatically in the last year. With this uptick of activity, what’s next in 2022 for cryptocurrencies?
CEOs have to show they’re serious about diversity for their human resources managers to do so. That could involve tying compensation to diversity targets. (Shutterstock)

If CEOs want to promote diversity, they have to ‘walk the talk’

How human resources managers assess their CEO’s true intentions on diversity are crucial to understanding whether an organization’s diversity agenda will be followed.
Gov. Gen. Mary Simon delivers the throne speech in the Senate as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and her husband Whit Fraser look on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The throne speech: Inflation crowds out the agenda — and could for years to come

Inflation rates are rising around the world due to pandemic-related pressures. What does it mean for the federal government in the months and years ahead? The throne speech didn’t offer many clues.
All 197 countries represented at COP26 signed the pact. Robert Perry/EPA

COP26: experts react to the UN climate summit and Glasgow Pact

Has the summit delivered on its goals?
When people are in a group they are more likely to engage in aggressive and risky behaviours they may not normally do on their own. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Banning large university parties won’t work — students need to be empowered to propose change

To make sure what happened at Queen’s University during homecoming weekends doesn’t happen again, we need to have classroom conversations now, and make bold and innovative changes to identify long-term solutions.
An ivory-billed woodpecker on display at the California Academy of Sciences. The U.S. government is preparing to declare them extinct. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

The ‘Lord God Bird’ might be extinct, but the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker isn’t over yet

It’s been 80 years since the last undisputed sighting of the striking black-and-white bird. The U.S. government believes the ivory-billed woodpecker is extinct — but many will keep searching for it.
At the beginning of the 12-day celebration of life ceremony, Elder Wendy Phillips performs a smudge. (Josh Lyon)

Who decides what’s essential? The importance of Indigenous ceremony during COVID-19

Was participating in ceremony despite pandemic restrictions an act of Indigenous resistance and resurgence and did it reflect reassertion of nationhood and self-determination?
Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen speaks on Taiwan’s national day in early October. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Taiwan: what is China’s long-term strategy? Podcast

Plus, an extract from the Don’t Call Me Resilient podcast on the damage done when North Americans pretend to have Indigenous identity. Listen to episode 38 of The Conversation Weekly.
There is a clear need for youth-centred policy at the federal and provincial levels that specifically addresses dating violence. (Shutterstock)

Adolescent dating violence affects 1 in 3, but murky policies mean most adults don’t know how to help

One in three Canadian youth experience dating violence. Early intervention is critical to preventing the negative effects, but adolescents report significant barriers to finding support.

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