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November 15th, 2019 

2nd Annual BWRC Symposium

On November 13th, 2019, the Beaty Water Research Centre and LEADERS Program hosted its 2nd Annual Research Symposium. The Symposium was established to improve the flow and communication of ideas by bringing together researchers from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) who are often separated by departments or schools.

Students and Faculty heard about the BWRC from the Director, Dr. Pascale Champagne, as well as opening addresses from Dr. Amir Fam (Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences), Dr. Nick Mosey (Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of...

 


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November 8th, 2019 

Warren Mabee Interviewd by CBC Morning

Warren Mabee of Queen's University in Kingston explains 'green' bonds which can be issued by a municipality to raise fund for projects to mitigate against climate change.

November 5th, 2019 

The Keystone Oil Spill No One's Talking About Will Be Nearly Impossible to Clean Up

“Once bitumen sinks to the bottom of a lake or wetland, it is much more problematic to clean up than conventional oil, which floats nicely and can be skimmed off the surface,” Diane Orihel, a professor in Aquatic Ecotoxicology at Queen’s University...

November 1st, 2019 

FEAS 125th Anniversary Research Symposium

Researchers, industry partners, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University (FEAS) gathered in Mitchell Hall, October 24, for the inaugural FEAS Research Symposium celebrating its 125...

November 1st, 2019 

2nd Annual BWRC Symposium

On November 13th, 2019, the Beaty Water Research Centre and LEADERS Program will host its 2nd Annual Research Symposium. The Symposium was established to improve the flow and communication of ideas by bringing together researchers from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) who are often separated by departments or schools...

 

October 21st, 2019 

Dean Deluzio's Pancake Breakfast - Homecoming 2019

Hundreds of engineering alumni connected and reconnected in Mitchell Hall the Saturday morning of homecoming weekend, October 19, for Dean Deluzio's Pancake Breakfast. Alumni had the opportunity to tour Mitchell hall and visit the Beaty Water Research Centee, Ingenuity Labs, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's...

October 18th, 2019 

Your federal candidates on single-use plastics: A Kingston perspective

Plastic shopping bags, straws, cutlery, disposable coffee cups, beverage bottles, food, and toiletry packaging invade our everyday lives. Ironically, the attributes that make plastic such a marketable material – its durability...

 

October 4th, 2019 

Students & the University need to better protect Lake Ontario

Like it or not, you are Lake Ontario. Our bodies are about 60 per cent water, and the water we drink here in Kingston is from the lake—a lake that we often don’t do an adequate job of preserving.

The good news is that this water is clean and safe. It’s not perfect, but it’s some of the best drinking water in the world, and we’re lucky to have access to it...

September 30, 2019 

BWRC hosts South Korean delegates

On September 20th, the Beaty Water Research Centre hosted delegates from 23 individual cities across South Korea. The delegates were taken on a tour of our state-of-the-art laboratories, given and overview of the activities of the Centre and had the opportunity to discuss unique and critical water issues.

September 27th, 2019 

Working towards a sustainable future

Queen’s recognizes that climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, and it is helping to create a more sustainable world through the knowledge and innovations that are being produced by researchers in all areas of the university.

Across Queen’s, faculty members have dedicated themselves to researching questions connected to the...

 

September 25, 2019 

Queen’s hosts Nobel Prize Laureates for sold-out public talk

As part of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative (NPII), Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie will visit Queen’s to engage and inspire students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Chalfie shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on Green Fluorescent Protein. He will share thoughts and insights on research success during a sold-out public discussion with Canada’s Chief Science Advisor Mona Nemer, and Queen’s own Nobel...

September 23, 2019 

Queen’s civil engineers explore how to better detect methane contamination from natural gas extraction

Unconventional oil and gas operations are ever-growing as the abundance of conventional oil resources declines. Unlike the petroleum obtained by pumping directly from concentrated deposits via an oil well, unconventional oil and gas is held tightly in porous...

 

September 20, 2019 

Celebrating engineering excellence

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science continued to celebrate its 125th anniversary by recognizing outstanding faculty members during a special event on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The 125th Anniversary Queen's Engineering Excellence Faculty Awards, hosted in Mitchell Hall, recognized the contributions of 14 faculty members, past and present...

September 16, 2019 

Forward Water Technologies open first commercial scale pilot plant

Forward Water Technologies (FWT), a Canadian corporation founded in 2012, has now started operating their first commercial scale pilot plant, in Alberta. The revolutionary wastewater cleanup technology that forms the foundation of FWT was invented at Queen’s University at the lab of BWRC affiliated faculty, Philip Jessop, with assistance from Stephen Brown, and further developed by GreenCentre Canada. The technology allows FWT to treat highly contaminated wastewater streams at low cost, with low energy inputs and make fresh water available for re-use.

September 13, 2019 

Queen’s researchers recognized by Governor General

 

Wendy Craig (Psychology) was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, Heather Stuart (Public Health Sciences) was named a Member of the Order of Canada, while John Smol was honoured with the Polar Medal. The Polar Medal is awarded to persons who have rendered extraordinary services in the polar regions and Canada’s North.

“Drs. Craig, Stuart and Smol are working in three important research areas that are making a difference to people across the country and around the world...

September 4, 2019 

Queen's professor tracks waves and storm surges caused by hurricanes

A Queen’s University researcher is keeping a close eye on hurricane Dorian this week as it creeps up the East Coast of the southern United States.

Ryan Mulligan, an associate professor of civil engineering, is studying waves, also referred to as storm surge, that come as a result of hurricanes, and the damage they cause...

August 28, 2019 

BWRC and LEADERS Seminar Series

After a successful Winter/Spring Seminar Series, the Beaty Water Research Centre and LEaders in wAter anD watERshed Sustainability (the LEADERS) programs Fall Series is starting back up September 11th.

We have planned a great line up of National and International speakers from Macadamia, Government and Industry.

Seminars generally take place on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 PM. Light refreshments provided!

August 12, 2019 

Investing in cutting-edge tools and infrastructure for research

 

The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund awards $2.65 million to advance research projects at Queen’s.

Sixteen researchers at Queen’s University have secured $2.65 million in funding in the latest round of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). At an event at the University of Alberta, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced over $61 million in funding for state-of-the-art research labs and equipment nationwide.

July 24, 2019 

MPP Jim McDonell visit

Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-SouthGlengary and Queen's Engineering Alumnus (BSc'77), stopped by to visit and learn about a number of Queen's facilities including the Beaty Water Research Centre.

July 17, 2019 

LEADERS CREATE Summer Symposium

The LEaders in wAter anD watERshed Sustainability (the LEADERS) program hosted by the Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) is lead by Dr. Stephen Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & School of Environmental Studies. The program is funded ($1.65M over six years) through the NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) and was...

June 24, 2019 

New fellows recognized for research and leadership in engineering

Two faculty members from Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Pascale Champagne (Civil Engineering) and Kevin Deluzio (Dean; Mechanical and Materials Engineering), were inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering at its annual...

 

June 17, 2019 

Why we spilled oil for science

It’s an overcast spring day in northwestern Ontario and myself and a crew of students and scientists are getting ready to transform a freshwater lake into a science experiment.

I have been dreaming about this day for almost five years now and am over the moon to see it materialize. Preparations have been taking place in...

June 14, 2019 

Sammi Cheng Receives Paul Semple Scholarship

 

Sammi Cheng, a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at Queen's and BWRC affilaited student, was awarded the Paul Semple Scholarship for Innovative Mines this morning.

One of the trustees of this award, Mark Baker, came to Kingston to meet Sammi and to personally deliver a scholarship cheque ($2000)...

June 7, 2019 

Great Lake Water Festival 2019

The 2019 Great Lake Water Festival took place on Thursday June 6th in Lake Ontario Park. Approximately 350 Grade 4 students attended the day run by 90 volunteers! This annual festival is designed to motivate students to become water stewards in their homes, classroom, and community. Activity stations combine interactive, hands-on learning opportunities for students to ‘soak up’ knowledge on water conservation and protection, water health and safety, water science and technology, water and society , and indigenous...

 

May 16, 2019 

Supporting the Future of Research

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, visited Queen’s University to talk about the promising future of university research across the country. At a special event, inside the newly-opened Mitchell Hall, the minister officially announced more than $35 million in funding for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (166 in total) and the Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowships (70 in total). This includes support for four Queen’s researchers who have earned Canada’s most-coveted prizes for PhD and...

May 6, 2019 

The Interdisciplinary Green Team 

Engineering a sustainable future requires input from multiple approaches and perspectives. Four leading Canadian researchers from Queen’s University have been awarded the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering for their work in enhancing the value and sustainability of our natural renewable resources though...  

May 1, 2019 

Beaty Water Research Centre Featured Facility 

The Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory has joined the BWRC as a research facility! We look forward to working with co-directors Dr. Melissa Lafreniere and Dr. Scott Lamoureux. For more information check out their website

 

April 18, 2019 

Cities and countries aim to slash plastic waste within a decade

If all goes well, 2030 will be quite a special year.

Global and local community leaders from more than 170 countries have pledged to “significantly reduce” the amount of single-use plastic products by 2030. Success would result in significantly less plastic pollution...

April 8, 2019 

Water and Human Health Diploma Launches

The Beaty Water Research Centre has launched an online interdisciplinary graduate diploma program in Water & Human Health. Registration for May 2019 start is now open! 

April 1, 2019 

Grand Opening packs Mitchell Hall 

Roaring applause and celebratory streamers filled the grand central atrium at Mitchell Hall this past weekend, marking the official opening of Queen’s University’s newest building. With a little help from a robot named Ibex, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf and lead donor Bruce Mitchell made the announcement to an audience of several hundred guests – including...

March 28, 2019 

Minister Bains tours Mitchell Hall ahead of opening

Principal Daniel Woolf welcomed Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen for a tour of the newly-renovated Mitchell Hall, on Thursday March 28. Joined by...

 

March 28, 2019 

Putting a focus on water-related issues 

Water-related issues are increasingly becoming a driving force for economic growth, social well-being, and a healthy population in Canada and around the world. This critical interest is reflected in the diversity of water-related research and education initiatives at the Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC), which recently moved... 

March 27, 2019 

Last night Queen's University Teaching Awards Civil Engineering Professor and Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) Director, Pascale Champagne received the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award. Queen's Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor and BWRC affiliated faculty, Louise Meunier earned honourable mention Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching

March 21, 2019 

March BWRC Student Profile- Nicole Woodcock

"Since I was a kid, I've always loved reading, learning, and science. When I came out of high school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do (and still am not completely sure) but knew I wanted to get into something that had an environmental aspect..."

 

March 20, 2019 

Hurricanes to deliver a bigger punch to coasts

When tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique on March 14, a spokesperson for the UN World Meteorological Organization called it possibly the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere. The massive...

 

March 11, 2019 

Partnership provides interns real-world experience

The Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) encourages collaborative interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach, spanning traditional water-related disciplines, as well as non-traditional and emerging disciplines. “One of the goals of the BWRC is...

December 4, 2018 

Bridging the gap between art and science

Dr. Kevin Mumford's Research Group

A recent creative collaboration at a lab affiliated with the Beaty Water Research Centre is showing that when art meets science, good things happen. Earlier this year, Kevin Mumford, an associate professor and researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering, hosted artist, geophysicist, and...

 

November 29, 2018 

Mitchell Hall ready to open its doors

Mitchell Hall's central atrium.

The Queen’s community will have its first look inside the newest building on campus next week, as parts of Mitchell Hall begin to open. Doors will open on Monday, Dec. 3, granting access to the central atriums and a new Starbucks location. Three gymnasiums, two multi-purpose classrooms, and the new Examination Centre...

October 25, 2018 

Queen's University team "SWIM" takes 5th place in AquaHacking Finals 

SWIM Aquahacking finals

The team, which included current and former Beaty Water Research Centre students was made up of David Blair, Maralika DeGroot, Shuang Liang and Alexander Rey. They developed a decentralized sewage overflow detection, thanks to a drone-assisted infrared camera. 

 

October 18, 2018

Putting the final touches on Mitchell Hall

[photo of the new signage at Mitchell Hall]

This fall, Mitchell Hall, formerly known as the Innovation and Wellness centre, opens its doors, offering up new and refreshed resources to the Queen’s community.

“We are looking forward to the opening of Mitchell Hall, as this will be a signature building for Queen’s...

July 24, 2018

Creating the future workforce 

Two Queen’s University researchers are leading groups that have been awarded a combined $3.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as part of their Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program to provide innovative training to...

July 23, 2018
1st International WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference

The International Water System Distribution Analysis (WDSA)/ Computing and Control for the Water Industry conference brought together professionals and researchers from around the world to solve problems in the field of urban water systems, modelling, and control. It was jointly hosted by Queen's University and the Royal Military College through Co-chairs Dr. Yves... 

February 24, 2017
$5-million gift supports water research

Ross J. Beaty talks about the reasons that he and his family have presented Queen's University with a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources during the announcement event Friday at Beamish-Munro Hall. (University Communications)

Geologist and entrepreneur Ross J. Beaty has provided Queen's University with a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources.

In recognition of the gift, the interdisciplinary research initiative has been renamed the Beaty Water Research Centre...