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carleton.ca sports brand new look

The Carleton University website has a brand new design and streamlined new look—the result of extensive planning, development and collaboration, and several months of testing from a cross-departmental working team. This new design makes the presentation of information on carleton.ca crisper, consistent in format, and easier to find for students, staff, faculty and the general public. Launched on Saturday, March 31, the Carleton community will also as benefit from an … Continue 

Haunting images provide impetus for professor’s recent book

A 1996 visit to the Mugunga refugee camp in eastern Zaire brought Allan Thompson face to face with one of the painful legacies of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. “I came upon a massacre site. The 20 men, women and children who had been killed looked very much like those who been slaughtered two years earlier,” he recalls. At the time, Thompson, who is now the supervisor of graduate studies at … Continue 

Have no fear: solving Sudokus may not be as tough as you think

By Martha Attridge Bufton and Amanda Portelli There is one in every crowd, or family—the person who delights in puzzles, and the more complicated, the better. Then there are those of us who look at the empty squares or cryptic messages and find our minds going blank. It was bad enough when it was just a question of not being able to do the New York Times crossword. Now there … Continue 

Breakdown: using bacteria to make toxic waste disappear

“There’s one section of the site where tar-like material had oozed out of the ground and onto the surface,” says Brenda Bailey, grimacing at the memory. ”As it cooled, it solidifi ed into balls—the size of golf balls.” It may sound like some futuristic, post-apocalyptic wasteland, but she is actually talking about Nova Scotia’s Sydney Tar Ponds site. Bailey is a Carleton University master’s student studying earth sciences with a … Continue 

Translating invisible ideas into visible space

If you were sitting in on one of Thomas Mical’s studio classes in Carleton University’s architecture building, you would likely see him pacing frantically around the room, speaking a mile a minute, challenging, critiquing, confronting his students . . . And they’d be hanging onto his every word. An assistant professor in the School of Architecture, Mical arrived at Carleton University on Canada Day, 2004, armed with ambition, excited about … Continue 

Finding out what counts

Why does mathematics come easily to some people and not to others? Is there anything that could make arithmetic easier for a child who is struggling with numbers? Jo-Anne LeFevre, the director of the Centre for Applied Cognitive Research and a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Carleton University, asks these and other questions in her research on the development of children’s mathematical knowledge. A winner of a 2007 … Continue 

Commentary: New federal budget may mean new approach to post-secondary education

The Harper government is planning to use federal spending power to bring accountability to post-secondary education. The most recent budget of March 19 announced a substantial increase in federal funding for education. The federal government will transfer $2.4 billion to the provinces in 2007 and $3.2 billion in 2008. For the first time, these transfers are specifically ear-marked for post-secondary education. Bracketing out post-secondary education funding will mean more money … Continue 

Many degrees of history

1957 was a good year for Carleton College. That year the college received a provincial charter and became a fully-fledged university. And, in September of that same year, William Ormsby arrived on campus to become the first student to undertake graduate studies in history at Canada’s Continue 

Co-op Students of the Year honoured

On March 20, co-op students Roberta Addo-Boateng Annan, second from left, and Christopher Lawton, second from right, were honoured with the 2006/2007 Co-op Students of the Year Awards at an event to celebrate National Co-operative Education Week. Continue 

Sprott makes changes to MBA program

Additional courses designed to benefit non-business student entrants An edge in the competitive job market—this is typically why students enrol in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Continue 

About Carleton NOW

Mission Statement Carleton Now is the University’s flagship internal communications vehicle and is published monthly (except July) through the Department of University Communications. Director, Communications and Community Relations Doug Wotherspoon Manager, Public Affairs Tanya Pobuda Continue 

Fighting Spirit

Black paint splattered across his chest and face, Ushio Shinohara slams his fists into a five-meter white canvas suspended from a wall. The 75-year old Japanese artist was creating a new work at the Resounding Spirit live art show organized on March 10 by CUAG staff with assistance from Ming Continue 

Summer camp listing

Virtual Ventures (VV) Virtual Ventures camps focus on technology, science and engineering and aim. Participants build and design websites, create computer animations, and perform science experiments and activities. Date: Week-long programs, July 3 to August 17 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Continue 

Carleton Where?

John Kelley, who works in the Fines and Patron Inquiries section of the MacOdrum Library’s Circulation Department, has won the latest Carleton Where? photo contest for correctly identifying the sculpture located in the quadrangle that appeared in the March issue of Carleton Now. Kelley Continue 

Two-minute interview

Like Brenda Sutherland, you can be profiled in a future issue of Carleton Now. We are pleased to put the spotlight on the University’s dedicated faculty and staff who make Canada’s Capital University an outstanding place to learn and work. Name: Brenda Sutherland Title: Continue 


Board of Governors and Senate meetingsApril 30 Board of Governors Senate Room, 608 Robertson Hall 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. April 27 Senate Senate Room, 608 Robertson Hall 2:00 p.m. Registrar’s Office dates and deadlinesApril 4 to 5 Review period. Some lectures, laboratories, review Continue 

Faculty accomplishments

Krywulak and Hillmer launch new book: Fuelling Progress Tim Krywulak, a sessional lecturer in the Department of History, has published Fuelling Progress: One Hundred Years of the Canadian Gas Association 1907-2007, a new book on the natural gas industry, in conjunction with Professor Norman Continue 


Killam Research Fellowships Ten awards of $70,000 a year for each of two years to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, usually at the rank of full professor, teaching in any discipline at a Canadian university. Deadline: May 1 killam.canadacouncil.ca — Guggenheim Fellowships The Continue 

Carleton and U of Arizona renew agreement

On February 12, in his capacity as Vice-President (Research and International) Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur hosted a visit from Dr. Leslie Tolbert, Vice President Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development at the University of Arizona. Above, Continue 

Major explorations

Each year, thousands of Carleton students declare or change their major. On March 21, the Student Academic Success Centre (SASC) held a Major Exploration Fair. Over 150 students visited academic advisors in the University Centre Galleria to fi ll out a Holland Quiz, explore majors that match Continue 

Coming this summer: WebCT 6

WebCT 4 has served us well. Currently, more than 300 faculty members use this version of the learning management system software to post course-related materials online each academic term and on average 8,000 students access this information daily. Continue 

Grad studies ramps up for 2008-09 recruitment cycle

While departments are still wooing applicants into accepting 2007 offers of admission into Carleton University’s graduate programs, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is already looking ahead to the 2008-09 recruitment cycle. On March Continue 

Contract instructor achievement

The Contract Instructor Award recognizes outstanding performance of a contract instructor in meeting his/her responsibilities. Frank R. Vigneron Instructor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Frank Vigneron brings 30 years of Continue 

Professional achievement

The Professional Achievement Awards are awarded to two Professional Librarians and three Lecturers (Instructors) on the basis of outstanding performance in meeting their responsibilities. Heather Matheson Reference Librarian, MacOdrum Library Heather Matheson has applied her infectious Continue 

Teaching achievement

The Teaching Achievement Awards are intended to enhance the quality of instruction at Carleton. Selection is based on demonstrated excellence and the quality of the teaching development projects proposed. Steven Murphy Assistant Professor, Eric Sprott School of Business Since joining Continue 

Research achievement

Ten Research Achievement Awards are given annually to faculty members who are selected by a committee chaired by the Vice-President (Research and International), and comprised of previous recipients. Peter X. Liu Canada Research Chair, Interactive Network Computing and Teleoperation Continue 

2007 achievement award winners

Carleton University’s Research, Teaching and Professional Achievement Awards are intended to enhance research productivity and quality of instruction. Each year, 20 members of the Carleton community are chosen to receive these prestigious Continue 

In memoriam: Sydney Francis Wise, OC, BLS, MA, LLD, FRSC

Professor Emeritus of History, Carleton University By Don McEown and Martha Attridge Bufton Syd Wise joined the RCAF in 1943 and finished the war as a pilot with the rank of Flying Officer. He then went on to university and from there built an Continue 

Edward Osei Kwadwo Prempeh leaves outstanding legacy

Student, teacher, diplomat, colleague, mentor and friend. This is not an exhaustive list, but it does begin to give a sense of the invaluable contribution that Edward Osei Kwadwo Prempeh, PhD/96, made in the too-short a time that he was part of the Continue 

News in brief

CU partners with CHIN Radio Carleton University is delighted to receive close to $120,000 from CHIN Radio, Ottawa’s premier multicultural/ multilingual broadcaster, which will support 10 music and journalism scholarships, a multicultural concert series, and a multicultural music Continue 

National roundup

Laurentian University receives $8 million for mining research The Ontario government is investing $8 million to support mine productivity and safety research at Laurentian University, Sudbury. The funding, which flows through the government’s Ontario Research Fund (ORF), will support Continue 

Letter to the editor: A captivating issue

A note of compliment for the latest issue of Carleton Now. I don’t actually remember an issue that seemed so captivating. I particularly enjoyed reading the feature story Healthy Designs which portrayed an innovative concept of design and space Continue 

Letter to the editor: Re: International Polar Year

I would like to thank you for all of your great work on behalf of our environmental stories here at Carleton. The latest issue of Carleton Now, featuring student work with environmental connections from all the faculties, provides an excellent Continue 

El-Aggan Family Muslim Community Award supports journalism and communication students

It’s a perfect match—a generous local family partnering with Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication to create a bursary Continue 

Norman Paterson School of International Affairs program beats out Harvard’s

Ahead of ivy-league Harvard and second only to Johns Hopkins—this is how Carleton University’s master’s degree program in international affairs ranked in Continue 

Ravens’ triumph

Two national championships in one month Carleton University is now home to not one but two national championship teams. On March 18, the men’s basketball team won their fifth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) “Final 8” Men’s Basketball National Championship. Continue 

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