Accomplishments — October 2009

On Sept. 23, the Hon. Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology) announced two new Canada Research Chairs for Carleton University.

Carleton alumna (PhD/07) Winnie Ye returns to Carleton as the Canada Research Chair in Nano-scale IC Design for Reliable Opto-Electronics and Sensors while Steven Cooke becomes 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 will receive $2.9 million for the two renewals and two new chairs.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Sept. 10, the appointment of Carleton alumnus¬†Gary W. O’Brien as Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments, effective September 16, 2009.

Gary O’Brien began his career on Parliament Hill in 1975 with the Library of Parliament, after obtaining his Master of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University.

He left the Library of Parliament to join 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 Ph.D. in Political Science at Carleton University.


Two scholars from Carleton University 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.

The Fulbright Program is an educational movement based on the principle of scholarly exchange between the United States and various other countries.

Sara Bannerman (PhD/09), an instructor in the Department of Law at Carleton, has been granted a traditional Fulbright student award. Dr. Bannerman will be at George Washington University from September until May 2010, conducting research on the topic of Canada, the United States and the Berne Convention, 1886-1971: Lessons for Today.

Christine Rivas, a talented Carleton University history instructor and alumna (PhD/08), has been named the Fulbright Visiting Chair at Vanderbilt University. She will spend the next 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.


Carleton University’s summer camps have 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.


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 in Ottawa, reporting on foreign affairs, defence and immigration issues.

Thompson is the founder of the Rwanda Initiative, a partnership between Carleton University’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.


The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) announced the appointment of its 28th president, Professor Mark Langer from Carleton University.

Prof. Langer has been a professor of Film Studies at Carleton University since 1977, following work at Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has served as the head of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Film Studies at Carleton, led the university’s Directed Interdisciplinary Studies Program, and served on the Board of Management of Women’s Studies and on Senate and Senate Executive at Carleton. He has also authored a book and numerous scholarly articles in the film studies field.

Prof. Langer has been an elected officer of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA) since 1982.

He has represented Carleton at OCUFA since 1999, and has also been CUASA’s representative to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) for many years. Prof. Langer has also been a long-time Trustee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers Defence Fund. Within OCUFA, Professor Langer previously served a two-year term as vice-president.

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