Accomplishments — November 2009

In September, the Hon. Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology), announced two new Canada Research Chairs for Carleton University.

Alumna (PhD/07) Winnie Ye returned to Carleton as the Canada Research Chair in Nano-scale IC Design for Reliable Opto-Electronics and Sensors and Steven Cooke became the new Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology.

Paul Van Oorschot was renewed as Canada Research Chair in Internet Authentication and Computer Security and Manuella Vincter was also renewed as Canada Research Chair in Particle Physics. Carleton receives $2.9 million for the two renewals and two new chairs.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Carleton alumnus Gary W. O’Brien as Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments, effective September 16, 2009. O’Brien began his career on Parliament Hill in 1975 with the Library of Parliament after obtaining his MA in political science Carleton University. He joined the House of Commons as a procedural analyst in 1976. In 1980, he joined the Senate, where he served as Chief of English Journals and Director of Committees until assuming the role of Deputy Clerk in 1999, a position he held until 2006. During his tenure as Chief of English Journals, he completed his PhD in political science at Carleton University.


Two Carleton scholars will be studying and conducting research in the U.S. this year, while an American professor will be visiting Carleton as part of the world-renowned Fulbright Program. Sara Bannerman, an instructor in the Department of Law, was granted a traditional Fulbright student award. She is at George Washington University until May 2010, conducting research on the topic of Canada, the United States and the Berne Convention, 1886-1971: Lessons for Today. She graduated with her PhD in communication from Carleton last February. Christine Rivas (PhD/08), a history instructor and alumna, has been named the Fulbright Visiting Chair at Vanderbilt University. She will spend six months at Vanderbilt conducting research on the dynamics that underlie ethnic and class identity construction in the capital cities of Santo Domingo and Caracas in the 18th century. The Fulbright Program is an educational movement based on the principle of scholarly exchange between the United States and various countries around the world.


Summer camps at Carleton raised over 250 pounds of change for Right To Play, including more than 40,000 pennies, for a total donation of over $2,600. Founded in Canada, Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. For the past three summers, the Carleton University sports camps have endeavored to raise funds for different charities.


Congratulations to Don Wiles, professor emeritus in the Chemistry Department, who has completed 50 years of teaching at Carleton. Prof. Wiles recently published a book called Radioactivity: What it is and What it Does. In describing the book, publisher Presses Internationales Polytechnique described it as “written for anyone interested in understanding one of the more pressing problems of our current times — the management of radioactivity and the public perception of its danger. Without getting into the mathematical physics, Dr. Wiles explains the nature of radioactivity, the many uses of radiation, and the management of nuclear risks, including both the disposal of nuclear waste and the operation of nuclear power reactors.”


Allan Thompson, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, has been named as one of the Top 50 People in the capital by Ottawa Life Magazine. Thompson joined the faculty at Carleton in 2003 after spending 17 years as a reporter with the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation daily newspaper. He worked for 10 years as a correspondent for The Star on Parliament Hill, reporting on foreign affairs, defence and immigration issues. Thompson is the founder of the Rwanda Initiative, a partnership between Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication and its counterpart at the National University of Rwanda. The media capacity-building project has sent more than 130 Canadians from the journalism field to Rwanda to teach journalism, work as media interns or conduct training sessions with working journalists.

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