Blind Date with Knowledge


Season Three of Blind Date with Knowledge is now underway this Fall 2019! 

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Season 3:Episode Two


Margaret Moore

Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity
Professor, Department of Political Studies and Department of Philosophy

The People, the Land, and the Government

Host: Barry Kaplan

Synopsis: Dr. Margaret Moore is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a professor in the department of Political Studies with a cross-appointment in Philosophy where she teaches in the Master’s in Political and Legal Theory program. Her research focuses on justice, nationalism, and the territorial rights of peoples and states. She is the author of A Political Theory of Territory, which won the Canadian Philosophical Association’s biannual book prize for 2017, and most recently Who Should Own Natural Resources?. She is also a recipient of the 2019 Prize for Excellence in Research, Queen’s signature internal research honour. 

In this episode, Dr. Moore discusses A Political Theory of Territory and its examination of the geographical domain of the state and the rights associated with territorial jurisdiction. In her book, she puts three things into relationship: the people, the land, and the government to understand the moral significance associated with plans and attachments of place. Dr. Moore also explains how her latest book, Who Should Own Natural Resources, is a deeper dive into the relationship between natural resources and claims of ownership. 

Please visit the Department of Political Studies for more information about Dr. Moore’s research.

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Gianluigi Bisleri 

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Clinician-scientist, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Matters of the Heart: Less-invasive Approaches to Cardiac Surgery

Host: Barry Kaplan

Synopsis: Dr. Gianluigi Bisleri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Queen’s University and a Clinician-scientist at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre. His research focuses on developing and expanding the use of new treatments and novel, less-invasive procedures for cardiac surgery. Dr. Bisleri’s work also includes economic analysis of these new approaches to assess their impact on outcomes such as shorter recovery times and more effective use of hospital resources. Additionally, he is working with the Departments of Biological and Molecular Sciences and Mechanical Engineering to better understand the mechanical properties of the aorta, and to uncover new electrical signalling information from the heart. He also holds two US patents for novel endoscopic surgical tools. 

In this episode, Dr. Bisleri discusses his research on developing less-invasive approaches in cardiac surgery to minimize the need for large incisions or the opening of the breastbone. He explains how the development of precision tools has advanced the ability to perform complex cardiac surgeries with minimal invasiveness. Dr. Bisleri also discusses his team-based approach to cardiac surgery that is critical to surgical success and novel, less traumatic procedures. 

Please visit the School of Medicine for more information about Dr. Bisleri’s research.

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Season 3: Episode One


DJ Cook

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Neurosurgeon, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Network Connectivity: Rewiring Lost Brain Functions

Host: Barry Kaplan

Synopsis: Dr. DJ Cook is a Neurosurgeon at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Queen’s University. In 2018, he was named Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and recognized for his work in developing minimally invasive surgical procedures for complex brain disorders and for his innovative research focusing on therapy and treatments to enhance recovery for patients who have suffered a stroke. His Translational Stroke Research Lab has received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. In his spare time, he runs Otter Creek Farms where he incorporates a scientific approach to raising Japanese wagyu cattle. 

In this episode, Dr. Cook discusses what happens to the brain after a stroke and the treatments and strategies for recovery. He also describes the interdisciplinary components of this field of research and how his lab focuses on the brain’s response to injury and the changes in its process of recovery through such methods as multimodal MRI. Dr. Cook also discusses his work with elite athletes as his research helps them overcome neurological shortcomings through training of the brain. 

Please visit the School of Medicine for more information about Dr. Cook's research.

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Tandy Thomas

Associate Professor of Marketing and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Marketing, Smith School of Business

Navigating the Consumer Marketplace

Host: Barry Kaplan

Synopsis: Dr. Tandy Thomas is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Marketing at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Her research interests explore the intersection of consumer culture theory and social psychology, looking at the interplay between consumers, their social contexts, and marketing activities. Her current projects explore perceptions of advertisements and how these are socially embedded, how consumption communities influence consumption practices, and how consumers navigate marketplace decision making.

In this episode, Dr. Thomas discusses the social elements of consumption and consumer behaviour along with their impact on the individual consumer and their relationships with marketers and retailers. She explores the complexities of these relationships through her work researching collective identities or communities, such as a running group. She also discusses her research into consumption products and how they are used in particular instances to better an individual’s life through a community setting, such as in a book club.

Please visit the Smith School of Business for more information about Dr. Thomas's research.

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Season 2: Episode One


"Emails: The Story of a Love/Hate Working Relationship"  

Shamel Addas

Host: Barry Kaplan

September 19th 2018

Synopsis: Dr. Shamel Addas joined Smith School of Business in 2016 as Assistant Professor of Information Systems (IS). Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of IS at IESEG School of Management in France. Shamel’s research centers on the intended and unintended impact of IS on organizational work. His current research interests include: communication technology interruptions, the dark side of IS, and health information technologies. His research has been published in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, and others. In this episode, Dr. Addas discusses his research on email interruptions during the workday as part of a bombarding “love/hate” relationship with email. He is researching the impact of these interruptions on work performance and identifying mechanisms responsible for those effects. Dr. Addas also explores how emails can trigger mindless and mindful work processes. 

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"Evolving Clinical Trials through Collaboration"

Janet Dancey

Host: Barry Kaplan

September 19th 2018

SynopsisDr. Janet Dancey is the Director of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, also known as the CCTG, and a Professor in the Department of Oncology at Queen’s. She is also the Director of the High Impact Clinical Trials Program at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. The CCTG has over 80 member institutions, comprising over 2100 Canadian investigators who have facilitated over 500 trials in more than 40 countries. They are also the only non-American partner of the US National Clinical Trials Network. Prior to joining the CCTG, Dr. Dancey was Senior Clinical Investigator in the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program at the US National Cancer Institute and then Associate Chief of the Investigational Drug Branch. Her expertise lies in anti-cancer drug development, linking drug and biomarker development, and associated clinical trials methodology. In this episode, she discusses the importance of clinical trials and breaks down their evolved and enhanced process for drug development and delivery. Dr. Dancey also explains that the collaborative study of medical interventions in the treatment of cancer have expanded to also investigate how lifestyle, radiation, surgical,  and smoke cessation interventions can affect the entire spectrum of cancer treatment.

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Episode Two

"The Bitterness of Indulging: Dark Ecology and the State of Environmental Mega-Risks"


Molly Wallace & David Carruthers

Host: Barry Kaplan

October 3rd 2018

Dr. Molly Wallace is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Chair in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s. Her research interests lie in contemporary literature, eco-criticism and eco-cultural studies. Dr. Wallace has published extensively on these topics, including her most recent book Risk Criticism: Precautionary Reading in an Age of Environmental Uncertainty.

David Carruthers is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen's where he studies the environmental humanities, particularly ‘dark ecology’ and eco-phenomenology. His doctoral research looks at eco-phenomenological, plant-human intersections as represented in post-Cold War literature and their relationship to understandings of ecological crisis. Carruthers co-edited a book with Wallace entitled, Perma/Culture: Imagining Alternatives in an Age of Crisis.

In this episode, Carruthers discuss dark ecology and eco-phenomenology as concepts that situate ecology and the environment at the centre of thinking about the complex relationship between human and plant actors. While Dr. Wallace explains that her research examines how we understand living in a state of mega-risks, such as climate change and nuclear threat, related to the environment.

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“The Business of Justice Delivering the Justice of Business:” Arbitration within International Commerce"

Joshua Karton

Host: Barry Kaplan

October 3rd 2018

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Joshua Karton is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s. His research is interdisciplinary, focusing on international arbitration, comparative and international contract law, uniform law, globalization and law, international legal theory, and sociological analysis of law. His writing explores what happens when private actors from different backgrounds – legal, cultural, and linguistic – meet in the international legal arena. In between receiving his JD from Columbia Law School and his PhD in International Law from Cambridge, he practiced in litigation and arbitration in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Dr. Karton has also held visiting positions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the National Taiwan University, and Wuhan University (China). In this episode, he discusses how interdisciplinary approaches to researching law as a social institution are the best methods to understand how it reflects the organization of society. In particular, Dr. Karton researches how private arbitration, as a procedural choice, impacts the substance of actual disputes compared to a public court venue. He also explores how language affects the international arbitration system within legal law understandings.

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Episode Three

"Is Treating the Death Penalty as a Medical Procedure Due Diligence to Avoid Pain?"

Lisa Guenther

Host: Barry Kaplan

October 17th 2018

Dr. Lisa Guenther is the Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies, jointly appointed in the Department of Philosophy and the Cultural Studies Program. Dr. Guenther’s research focuses on the intersection of phenomenology, political philosophy, and critical prison studies, with further specializations in feminism and philosophy of race. She is a public philosopher, publishing her work both in academic journals and in major media outlets including The New York Times and CBC’s “Ideas.” She is the author of the renowned 2013 book Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives and is currently working on a book about incarceration, reproductive politics, and settler colonialism in Canada, Australia, and the United States. In this episode, Dr. Guenther discusses the medical effectiveness of the death penalty in the United States, the only Western country to practice capital punishment in the twenty-first century.

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"Flying Blindly vs. GPS Navigation in Surgical Procedures"

Gabor Fichtinger & Caitlin Yeo

Host: Barry Kaplan

October 17th 2018

Dr. Gabor Fichtinger is the Canada Research Chair in Computer-Assisted Surgery and a Professor in the School of Computing at Queen’s. His research focuses on computer-assisted surgery and interventions, specifically on integrating and translating medical imaging, image computing, scientific visualization, surgical planning and navigation, robotics, and biosensors into clinical use. He also specializes in minimally invasive percutaneous interventions performed under image guidance, with primary applications in the detection and treatment of cancer. He has an active lab filled with many undergraduate and graduate student researchers, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Caitlin Yeo is the incoming Chief Resident in Surgery, and a past Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Lab for Percutaneous Surgery under the supervision of Dr. Fichtinger. She has been a Resident in General Surgery at Queen’s since 2013, and she completed her Master’s of Medical Education at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Dr. Yeo collaborates closely with the PerkLab and other members of the School of Computing and Department of Surgery to bring innovative surgical techniques to patients.

In this episode, they discuss the innovative NaviKnife, a miniature GPS system for surgeries in the operating room, as an improvement to the current guidewire in use. It provides a 3D virtual image that is more precise in the process of removing cancerous tissues than the current 2D method.


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Episode Four

"From the Babysitter to Alexa: Surveillance is All Around"


Midori Ogasawara, David Lyon & David Murakami Wood

Host: Barry Kaplan

October 31st 2018

Dr. David Lyon is Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor of Sociology and Law at Queen’s University. Dr. Lyon is credited with spearheading the field of “surveillance studies,” and he has produced a steady stream of books and articles on the subject. His most recent book, The Culture of Surveillance: Watching as a Way of Life, looks at the imaginaries and practices of everyday surveillance. Dr. Lyon is also the Principal Investigator of the “Big Data Surveillance” project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This study examines the relationship between big data and surveillance in security, marketing and governance.

Dr. David Murakami Wood is the Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies at Queen’s. He is a widely published specialist in the sociology and geography of surveillance and security in cities from a global comparative perspective, with a particular focus on Japan, Brazil, Canada and the UK. His current research focuses on security and surveillance in smart cities. Dr. Murakami Wood is also the Editor-in-Chief of the international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal, Surveillance & Society, and a co-investigator of the “Big Data Surveillance” project.

Midori Ogasawara is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. Midori’s current doctoral project focuses on the colonial origins and consequences of “identification” technologies, such as ID cards and biometrics, in northeastern China under the Japanese occupation of the 1920s. Midori worked as a staff writer for Asahi Shimbun -- Japan’s national newspaper, for 10 years. She was awarded the Fulbright Journalist Scholarship and John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University in 2004-2005. In May 2016, she was the first Japanese journalist to interview the NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden, and she published a number of articles.

In this special panel episode, the scholars discuss the changing nature of surveillance studies. Dr. Lyon explains his concept of “social sorting” as dividing a population into groups so that they can be seen and treated differently. Ogasawara explores the colonial roots of the Japanese biometric ID system, arguing that it was grounded in perceptions of Chinese labour and internal resistance. While Dr. Murakami Wood explains that cities have always been mechanisms for surveillance with current iterations such as smart cities allowing private companies to integrate themselves into government and gain mass data. Together, they discuss the future of the regulation and accountability of mass data collection in an ever-increasing multinational process.

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Episode Five


"Dark Matter and What Goes Bump in the Night" 

Joseph Bramante

Host: Barry Kaplan

November 14th 2018

Dr. Joseph Bramante is an Assistant Professor at in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Perimeter Institute and a member of the new, Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astro-Particle Physics Research Institute at Queen’s. His research focuses on constructing theories that describe fundamental physics and finding new ways for humans to test those theories. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the Perimeter Institute and the University of Notre Dame, and received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii for work on “Dark Particles and Primordial Perturbations.” In this episode, he discusses the new McDonald Institute’s network of researchers and students whose central aim is to make new discoveries and advance the frontier of knowledge related to astro particle physics.  Dr. Bramante also explains how his research on fundamental theories of dark matter has progressed through experimentation at SNOLAB.

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"Waste in the West: Advancing our Waste Management Practices"

Pascale Champagne

Host: Barry Kaplan

November 14th 2018

Dr. Pascale Champagne is the Canada Research Chair in Bioresource Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s. She is also the Director of the Beaty Water Research Centre, which brings together faculty across disciplines to collaborate on research into water-related issues. Dr. Champagne’s research focuses on the development of alternate water and waste management strategies and environmentally sustainable approaches. She has collaborated widely to develop new integrated bioresource management practices, to introduce alternate aqueous and solid waste management approaches, and to create unique opportunities for the bioenergy and bioproducts sectors. She is a member of several prestigious societies, including the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and she received the Queen’s Prize for Excellence in Research in 2017. In this episode, Dr. Champagne discusses integrated bioresource engineering as a method to redirect waste to generate energy, effectively recycle, and reduce treatment costs. She explains that multidisciplinary methods, as well as the integration of student involvement, are progressing our understanding of bioresource engineering to allow policymakers to make informed choices.

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Episode Six

“Nothing Burns Down:” A History and a Career in Theatre Lighting Design"

Tim Fort

Host: Barry Kaplan

November 28th 2018

Dr. Tim Fort is a Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, and much of his research examines late nineteenth-century lighting design and staging. Dr. Fort has designed lighting and/or scenery for over 200 productions, including the world premieres of And All For Love at the National Arts Centre and Judith Thompson’s Hothouse at The Isabel Bader Centre. In Kingston, he recently directed and designed Unity (1918), Candide, and The House of Martin Guerre in the Rotunda Theatre. Dr. Fort has also served as the Producing Director at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont since 1988, a hub for many Broadway and regional designers and performers. At Weston, he has directed over 60 productions, including Les Misérables and Avenue Q. In this episode, he discusses his early career fascination with lighting design as his inspiration to study its history. Dr. Fort also discusses the place of authenticity and representation in modern theatre.

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Katerina Genikomsou

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Design vs. Nature: Building Infrastructure to Withstand Environmental Disasters

Host: Barry Kaplan

November 28th 2018

Dr. Katerina Genikomsou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. She is a member of the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, la Fédération international du béton, and the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. Her research on the maintenance of built infrastructure and the development of new sustainable materials and processes has global and local implications in potentially improving the lifespan of structures, particularly during environmental disasters. 

In this episode, Dr. Genikomsou discusses her research on shear failure and its role in the collapse of buildings during environmental disasters, such as which occurred in Ottawa in September 2018. She also advocates for civil engineers to play a role in the construction of networks of resiliency in design provisions. This would assist engineers in considering such aspects as the effects of climate change and the needs of community members.

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Episode 7

Mary Ann McColl

Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy and Department of Public Health Sciences

Associate Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

A Conversation on Spirituality and Health Studies

Host: Barry Kaplan

December 12th 2018

Dr. Mary Ann McColl is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and in the Department of Public Health Sciences, as well as the Associate Director of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at Queen’s University. She is also the Academic Lead for the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance, an association of academic, community and policy partners committed to understanding and enhancing disability policy in Canada. Dr. McColl’s research examines access to health services for people with disabilities, disability policy, spirituality and health, primary care for special populations, and community integration and social support.

In this episode, Dr. McColl explores the concept of spirituality, which she defines as a human trait related to the extent to which one is able to or wishes to perceive of something beyond which we can experience with our five senses and our brain, as it relates to disability and health studies. She also explains the development of disability studies, and in particular appreciative inquiry, in teaching future healthcare professionals.














Lee Airton

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

Microinteractions and how gender functions in a particular space

Host: Barry Kaplan

December 12th 2018

Dr. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education with the Faculty of Education. Their research program explores the micropolitics of gender and sexual diversity accommodation in K-12 and teacher education, with particular emphasis on the issues facing transgender and/or non-binary people in those settings. They recently published a popular press book entitled Gender: Your Guide – A gender-friendly primer on what to say, what to know, and what to do in the new gender culture. As an advocate, Dr. Airton founded They is My Pronoun and the No Big Deal Campaign. In 2017, they received the Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity.

In this episode, Dr. Airton discusses their book Gender: Your Guide as a resource for public education and advice for someone unfamiliar with the new gender culture. They also comment on the history of transgender activism and the issues facing non-binary people, such as advocacy for access. Dr. Airton also explains their research into the implementation of legal protections against gender discrimination in the policies governing schools at the provincial and board level.