58th annual Carleton spring research road trip

What better way to welcome spring then to head to an Ontario resort with 100 colleagues to listen to engaging presentations about exciting projects taking place across campus?

Founded in 1950 by former president Murdoch Maxwell MacOdrum, the annual Spring Conference is a weekend of presentations and stimulating discussions and is open to faculty, librarians, administrators and retirees. For some faculty members such as Maria DeRosa and Claudio Aporta, this will be their first Spring Conference experience.

DeRosa, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, is looking forward to finding out more about the research being done by her colleagues, both those in her department and those in other disciplines. “I love to talk about my research, especially to colleagues outside of my field,” she says. “They usually have a refreshingly different take on what I do and ask questions from a perspective that I may not have considered.”

Aporta is one of this year’s presenters. A newly appointed instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, he will share how his on-going work on Inuit environmental and geographic knowledge has lead to his scientific research being used as the basis for educational material that is now included in the high school curriculum around the territory of Nunavut. This material is now produced in consultation with Inuit communities across Nunavut. “I think that this conference will be an excellent venue to share research interests.”

This year’s conference runs from May 4 to 6, 2007 at Opinicon Lodge (near Chaffeys Lock). For more information and to register, visit carleton.ca/springconference.

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