On February 22 Kim Matheson, acting vice-president (research and international) welcomed over 30 people to a Blue Sky meeting on Social Innovation. Attendees included faculty, staff, students and representatives from external organizations such as IBM, the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Volunteer Ottawa, among others. The goal of the meeting was to provide input into a preliminary action plan that sets out Carleton University’s strategy for achieving its vision in social innovation. For those who are interested, a wiki site has been dedicated to this initiative. More information can be found at www.talentfirstnetwork.org/wiki/index.php?title=Blue_Sky_Meeting#Attendees.
New magnetic resonance imaging technique
Gerald Buchanan, a chancellor’s professor in the department of chemistry, conducts research in the area of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. A new imaging technique involving 19F MRI has been developed, using vesicles of sucrose octaoleate-F-104. The method holds promise for imaging of the human gastrointestinal tract and the work has recently been published in the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry.
Cold doings in England during the great frost of 1608
Professor David Dean, of the department of history, was the resident historian for The Great Frost of 1608, a recent theatrical production at the National Arts Centre. Created by Jennifer Brewin, Peter Hinton and members of the NAC company, this original play is based upon “the great frost” of 1608 during which England, like the rest of Western Europe, was living through the period that would later become known as the Little Ice Age. This original play tells the story of a young princess in disguise—Elizabeth, daughter of King James I—who, bored with the royal life, dresses herself as a boy and flees the confines of the palace to breathe the free air of the commoner. The play’s title comes from a pamphlet written in 1608 by the English dramatist Thomas Dekker entitled The Great Frost: Cold Doings in London. Dean’s areas of research include early modern Britain, public history and film.