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Engineer earns Canada’s highest teaching honour

When Adrian Chan first started out at Carleton, he was, admittedly, a little more engineer than teacher. Maybe a lot more. But, like any good engineer, Chan studied the design of his lectures, tested his approach, got feedback, modified his technique and repeated. “As engineers, we are good at practical problem-solving and as teachers we’re often faced with many problems to solve,” says Chan. A perfect combination. At this point, … Continue 

Canada due for a massive earthquake?

When will Canada’s next big earthquake strike? John Cassidy can’t say for sure. As far as earthquake science has come in the last 20 years, there’s still no “clear way to predict them,” he says. And if the head of the Geological Survey of Canada’s earthquake seismology section doesn’t know, then, well, no one really does. One thing he does know for sure? Canada will experience an earthquake of epic … Continue 

Time is on professor’s side

When you look at your watch and see that it’s 12 p.m., you probably think one thing: it’s lunch time. Well, two things: it’s time to eat that delicious sandwich in the fridge and it’s the midpoint of the day.   But depending on where you live – and eat lunch – it probably isn’t really 12 p.m. At least not exactly.   Carleton English Prof. Adam Barrows thinks a … Continue 

Carleton-designed technology helps seniors stay fit

Though they’ve probably never Skyped, paid a bill online or played Nintendo, seniors could soon be using Carleton-designed technology to stay in shape. Industrial design students have dreamed up a whole line of helpful-yet-simple exercise products – from vibrating belts to high-tech suspenders – aimed to assist seniors at the gym. “Body awareness changes as you get older,” says student Jane Marusaik, who visited Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre to observe … Continue 

Chocolate on the brain? There’s a reason for that

Whether you indulge in the occasional piece of chocolate or you’re a certified chocoholic already craving your next hit, there’s no denying the primal allure of this delicious mood elevating substance. Chocolate is packed with the psychoactive power to pick you up when you’re feeling down and even trigger an unremitting snack attack. Remarkably, it’s all in the chemistry says Erin McConnell, one of two Carleton doctoral students who hosted … Continue 

Did hockey actually change our world?

Everyone remembers the moment Paul Henderson scored the Summit Series-winning goal over the U.S.S.R. in 1972. It was a pivotal moment in Canadian sports history. But could it also have affected the politics of our world? It might sound like a Canadian fantasy but a visiting research chair at Carleton is making that claim. “At that time, there were ample reasons for the Canadian government and Canadian people to be … Continue 

Dancing complex Carleton research

Want to know what Maureen McKeague does for a living? There’s not much point in asking her. The chemistry PhD candidate’s area of research is so specific and complex, describing it to someone who hasn’t spent years learning about DNA is almost an impossible chore. That’s why McKeague tried out a different medium: interpretive dance. As part of a Dance Your PhD contest in Science Magazine, McKeague and some of … Continue 

Engineering students turn energy advisers for Urbandale

Looks, location and price. Those are the three caveats that usually drive home sales. With the help of new research coming out of Carleton, energy efficiency could soon be the fourth. Engineering students have come up with what are essentially green homes of the future with solar collectors, windows positioned to optimize the use of sunlight, better building envelopes and more efficient furnaces. Working in partnership with builder Urbandale, students … Continue 

Gallery showcasing Carleton’s finest art

Think the Carleton University Art Gallery has a lot of art now? Just wait until January. It’s going to be simply overflowing with it. From Jan. 11 to 19, the gallery will be showcasing the work of students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees Continue 

Permafrost thaw will change Canada’s North as we know it

Drastic changes in vegetation, water quality problems and skyrocketing development costs: just three ways Canada’s north will change as a result of the gradual thawing of permafrost below the earth’s surface. But just how bad is the Continue 

Professor crowdfunding digital history fellowship

A digital history research fellowship financed by a web-based crowdfunding campaign? It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate venture for Shawn Graham, Carleton’s very own mad scientist of digital history. The history professor – Continue 

Best history class ever? Award-winning prof hates essays, loves video games

Shawn Graham isn’t your ordinary history professor. Not by a long shot. Essays? He hates them. Video games? Part of his curriculum. “I often joke Continue 

Chemist PhD grad dances her way to Stanford

Usually when a video of someone dancing goes viral, it’s cause for embarrassment. It can even be a career killer. For Maureen McKeague though, it just might have paved her path to one of the most prestigious schools in the world. In 2010, Continue 

Conflict resolution valuable tool in public servant’s arsenal

Rude comments. Senseless arguments. Submissive silence. As anyone who’s ever spent time in a tense meeting knows, conflict can waste time and hurt morale. Continue 

Vaccine research could put end to flu

“Keep working.” The words might as well be Jeffrey Smith’s mantra. They’re the words his wife’s uncle has said to him ever since his wife’s aunt was diagnosed with cancer. They’re the words he’s Continue 

Festival reclaims Canada’s lost voices

At first glance, Ottawa’s newest film festival might seem a little out of place, located in a city better known for the Senate than cinema. But that’s all part of the plan for Howard Adler, organizer of last month’s Asinabka Film Festival. Continue 

Can you really afford that car?

How much does it cost to own a car in Canada? PriceMyRide.com crunches the numbers for you … and you might not like what you find out. Owning a car can be expensive. That’s why Amit Ajwani doesn’t. That might not be remarkable for most Continue 

African aid in the form of … rugby?

It’s an image Justin Marchesseault will never forget. Teenage boys and girls, some of them former slaves and soldiers, on the ground doing stretches – preparing for their first rugby practice. It was 8 a.m. and there were no coaches or Continue 

Convocation: Addict gets clean, criminology degree

When Dan Crepault wasn’t drunk, he was high. The rest of the time, he was both. The troubled 16-year-old was also flunking out of school, stealing from his parents and dealing drugs – but using most of his own supply before it ever hit the Continue 

Jeopardy-winning supercomputer’s next mission: save lives

At first, it sounded like something right out of Terminator. Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, was programmed to annihilate two of humanities brightest in a complex game of trivia – it did so quite handily. But that’s where the Continue 

Political junkie donates private collection to Carleton

Barry Wilson is a rare breed of political junkie. The veteran journalist has collected the signature of every prime minister that has ever served in Canada – that’s 22 for anyone keeping count. He has degrees in journalism, Canadian studies and Continue 

Carleton students greening Ottawa one house at a time

Upon walking into a home in the old Ottawa east community, Hillary Flesher’s stomach sank. Compact-fluorescent light bulbs. Check. Unplugged appliances. Check. She had unknowingly walked into an environmentalist’s dream home. Normally, this Continue 

Carleton’s Dancing Chemists win Science Magazine contest

It pretty much goes without saying, but Maureen McKeague is involved in some heady research. The PhD candidate is studying how nucleic acids called aptamers bind with specific molecules for a process called homocysteine. Did you get any of that? Continue 

Researcher watching history unfold

He may not wear wigs, passionately recite lines on stage or get nervous on opening night but David Dean is otherwise living the life of a dramatic actor. The co-chair of the Carleton Centre for Public History is exploring the way playwrights and Continue 

“Academic mother” drives AESP student’s progress

When times are tough, when assignments are stacking up or when studying feels like a full-time job, Teevi Mackay is guided by a little voice that lives in her phone. “You can do it,” says the voice. “I believe in you.” These inspiring words Continue 

Carleton’s Mr. Freeze testing ice road endurance in North

Stretching an icy 7.8 kilometres between Carleton University and the Parliament buildings, the Rideau Canal skate way is a popular recreational road for thousands each year — that’s why it’s been aptly dubbed the World’s Largest Continue 

Carleton expert studies those who are living ‘on the edge’

As an associate professor of geography, Fran Klodawsky spends a lot of her time looking beyond Canada’s borders and at issues that affect people. But Continue 

Sustainable Energy Research Centre: Carleton ‘city’ could offer key to climate crisis

From rising tuition fees to traffic jams and pollution problems, Carleton’s challenges can sometimes mirror those of a small municipality. Continue 

Focus on sustainability: Carleton’s going greener

Polluters, water wasters and plastic pitchers beware. Carleton University’s day-to-day operations are about to go under the microscope with the launch of a new high-level committee focused on improving the university’s environmental, Continue 

Branding the Vancouver Olympics – learning from Beijing

Vancouver faces far fewer challenges as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, but Canada’s biggest coastal city still has much to learn from the Beijing Games, according to a professor of marketing at the Sprott School of Business. The Beijing Continue 

Engineering student bones up on orthopaedics

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — Luke Duross is getting down to the bare bones of his education this summer. The 23-year-old graduating mechanical engineering student is working with both real and synthetic bones to help improve people’s flexibility, Continue 

Physics graduate ‘probing at the energy frontier’

When critics first started denouncing research at the ATLAS experiment, warning that the project seeking to recreate conditions that existed after the Big Bang could tear a hole in the fabric of space and time and create microscopic black holes, Continue 

Political science grad helps young people find IDEAL careers

Most people wait for retirement before starting their legacy project. Jessica Scorpio couldn’t even wait for graduation. The 22-year-old political science student—with a concentration in international relations—helps set young Continue 

New research centre aims to influence policy, prevent future recessions

Heading into the recent recession, there were no alarm bells. Most financial experts failed to adequately anticipate or warn governments of the imminent Continue 

Researchers helping government see through terrorist border plots

Canada and the United States own title to the world’s longest, undefended border. Two physicists from Carleton University are helping to keep it that Continue 

Student designers create environmentally sustainable ‘Ecoville’

Ecoville, there are no greenhouse gas emissions. There aren’t even gasoline engines. Just noiseless cars powered by compressed air and bikes aplenty — Continue 

Professor pioneering world’s fifth-generation wireless technology

Halim Yanikomeroglu imagines a world where lifelike, 3D holograms could sit inconspicuously amongst real people at a meeting – able to cry out and contribute Continue 

Pair named Co-op students of 2008

Hurricanes, earthquakes and landslides. It’s all in a day’s work for Helen Barrette. The second-year arts and public administration graduate student reaches across the world to offer aid to people picking up the pieces after natural Continue 

Print journalism’s days numbered: former Toronto Star publisher

For centuries, newspapers have offered a voice to the vulnerable and have uncovered countless travesties that might have otherwise gone undiscovered. But print Continue 

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