Accomplishments — September 2009

Congratulations to Don Wiles, professor emeritus in the Chemistry Department, who completed 50 years of teaching at Carleton. Prof. Wiles has written a new 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.”

Distinguished Research Professor David Falconer was honoured in June by the University of Edinburgh with an Honorary Doctorate of Science. The university honoured him for, “his outstanding record of academic achievement in the area of electronic communications and his significant contribution to industrial standards groups and to the organization of significant academic conferences in the wireless area.”

Canadian Studies student Howard Adler won the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge in the 19-29 age group. Adler, 28, is in his second year of the master’s program. His winning submission was a video-script, Johnny Seven Fires, written in Ojibwa with English translations which touched on aboriginal legends and important historical places. His main character, Johnny, is a young man who, through a series of strange experiences, realizes his strong connection to his history and the value it can bring to his life. The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge is a national initiative for Aboriginal youth, organized by The Dominion Institute.

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