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Service learning is a powerful experience

Reading Week is traditionally a time to either catch up on assignments, readings and research papers or head off to a sunnier climate for some R&R. However, for first-year public affairs and policy management student Leah MacDonald and fourth-year political science student Josh Prowse, this year the week between February 17 and 23 was spent learning about inner-city issues and specifically those faced by inner-city schools. Prowse and MacDonald travelled … Continue 

Two upcoming FIPPA sessions

In June 2006, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) became law. As a result, Carleton University has had to change how it handles access requests for information and the protection of privacy. To help faculty and staff understand and comply with FIPPA, University Archivist Patti Harper and University Librarian Margaret Haines are holding two in-depth information sessions this month. Although several FIPPA training sessions have already … Continue 

News flash: Climate change is so intense even Al Gore is thawing!

Labelled cold and uninspiring as vice-president of the United States and most recently as a presidential candidate, Al Gore has put hanging chads behind him (mostly) and has refocused his energy on educating anyone who will listen about global warming. The debate concerning global warming and humans’ role has become highly politicized and polarized. Gore’s recent movie/documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, will not change this. Those who believe human-induced climate change … Continue 

Trash-talking students help City of Ottawa officials

In most aspects of university life, trash-talking is not acceptable, let alone encouraged. But for students in one fourth year engineering class, talking about trash won them praise from both their professor and solid waste services staff at the City of Ottawa. Stephanie Beach, Taryn Glancy, Audrey Murray and Krysia Zurakowski were all in a waste management course offered through Carleton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As part … Continue 

Equality is smart economics

On February 8, the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, for Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, convened a conference on women’s economic empowerment, which took place at Carleton. Mayra Buvinic, from the World Bank, and Amanda Ellis, from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), presented highlights from the Bank’s new Gender Action Plan: Gender Equality as Smart Economics. Mayra Buvinic is the Director for Gender and Development, PREM Network, World … Continue 

58th annual Carleton spring research road trip

What better way to welcome spring then to head to an Ontario resort with 100 colleagues to listen to engaging presentations about exciting projects taking place across campus? Founded in 1950 by former president Murdoch Maxwell MacOdrum, the annual Continue 

National roundup

Acadia University partners with Outward Bound Canada Acadia University and Outward Bound Canada have announced an innovative partnership that, for the first time in Canada, offers university students accredited courses that combine outdoor experiential education and Outward Bound leadership Continue 

Breaking the ice

ArtsOne students host environmental symposium By Amanda Portelli and Martha Attridge Bufton What do vegan brownies, a petition to Prime Minister Harper and global warming mugs have in common? They could all be found at Breaking the Ice 2007, a symposium organized and hosted on February 27 by 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 

From the archives

Students working at computer “terminals” during the 1970s. According to Professor Frank Dehne, Director, School of Computer Science, the machines appear to be “VT100” terminals which were essentially screens without any processing power themselves that were hooked up Continue 

Energy conservation project saves 60 trees

What started out as a simple class project for Jeff Daley and Sean Goodbrand turned out to be an energy conservation initiative that allowed a small group of Carleton University residence students to save the equivalent of 60 trees in just two Continue 

Bringing art to life

Random objects— a pair of scissors, a tin can, a cell phone, a plastic Buddha and a spatula— are juxtaposed with the perennial Carleton University query, “What is a Gee-Gee?” on a work in progress currently under way at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) as part of the Continue 

Carleton Where?

Fourth-year electrical engineering student Nilendran Ratnasabapathy has once again won the latest Carleton Where? photo contest for correctly identifying a chair cover in the University Centre Food Court that appeared in the February issue of Carleton Now. Now, it’s your chance to enter Continue 

Two-minute interview

Like Ted Jackson, you too can be profiled in a future issue of Carleton Now. We’re 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: Ted Jackson Title: Associate Continue 

Three March Break camps keep kids moving

Carleton Athletics is offering three great camps during the March Break (March 12 to 16). Learn-to-Skate Camp This co-ed camp for children 5 to 7 years of age will teach the skating basics—balance, glide, forward, backwards, stops and starts—in Continue 

Measuring the benefit of employee training

Training consistently ranks high on an employee’s wish list and Canadian companies have responded, spending an average of $914 on training per employee per year. Corporations need to ensure, however, that their investment in training provides Continue 

Healthy designs

“The effect in sickness of beautiful objects, of variety of objects, and especially of brilliancy of colour is hardly at all appreciated,” lamented Florence Nightingale in Notes on Nursing. A draftsman as well as a nurse, Nightingale advocated for the pavilion design of hospitals to Continue 

New Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy now in place

Unanimously approved by the Board of Governors on January 29, the new Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy ensures transparency and consistency in expectations of conduct and promotes a safe living and learning environment for Carleton Continue 

Microsoft Vista: New friend or foe?

Microsoft released its new operating system, Windows Vista, on January 29. It was heralded as more secure than its predecessors, but suspicion arose immediately that Vista was an update with a serious problem: that rather than giving users more Continue 

Smurfboggan success at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race

Over 500 engineering students representing 30 teams from across Canada, the United States and Europe met in Winnipeg, Manitoba from January 31 to February 4 to Continue 

Connecting with career advice

On February 12, the Career Development and Co-operative Education office, in partnership with the Carleton University Alumni Association, brought together students, industry experts and alumni mentors for the first-ever Career Connection Speaker Continue 

Carleton researchers welcome International Polar Year

By Martha Attridge Bufton, with notes from Amanda Portelli Starving polar bears are trying to tell us something: the environment is changing in very important ways, so pay attention and do something useful about it. International Polar Year (IPY) Continue 

Kim Matheson appointed Acting Vice-President (Research and International)

Samy Mahmoud, Carleton University President and Vice-Chancellor pro tempore, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Kim Matheson as Acting Continue 

Letter to the editor: ID students rate the iPhone

Re the article in last month’s issue of Carleton Now on the iPhone, I think that it is important to engage students in the discussion because they have the most relevant experience, will be making the most critical decisions and will create Continue 

Letter to the editor: Sprott students bring home the gold

Thanks very much for sending me a copy of the photo of my wife Sherrie Richer, which appeared in last month’s Carleton Now. I read the article and appreciated how well it summarized the actual event. François Continue 

Raise the roof, share a meal

Proceeds from Ottawa Toque Tuesday sales will be donated to Cornerstone/Le Pilier, a local agency that provides emergency shelter and housing for homeless women. Coordinated by Marcia Adams-Aston (far left), Carleton’s campaign raised Continue 

Aboriginal CKCU goes on the air

Of the 24,085 full- and part-time students, currently enrolled at Carleton University, approximately 250 are Aboriginal. If these students get lost in the crowd, they can often find it difficult to remain connected to their First Nation, Metis or Continue 

Nordic Ski teams win Ontario University Athletics medals

Gavin Hamilton (above) of Carleton’s Men’s Nordic Ski team won two silver medals and one bronze medal at the 2007 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championships, hosted recently by Carleton University at the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club in the Continue 


For more details on these and other upcoming events, visit our events calendar at carleton.ca/events. Board and Senate meetings Senate March 30 Senate Room, 608 Robertson Hall Board of Governors March 29 Senate Room, 608 Robertson Hall Lectures March 7 Discovery Lecture Can Animals Think? Continue 

Improving inhaler design could make lung disease treatments more effective

The Canadian Lung Association estimates that more than three million patients must cope with some form of serious lung disease. Treatment costs the Canadian Continue 

Celebrating co-operative education

The Career Development and Co-operative Education (CDCE) office is planning a number of activities and special events to celebrate National Co-operative Education Week, which is March 19 to 23. The festivities are intended to raise the profile of Continue 

Faculty accomplishments

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to welcome Professor Alex Ellery who joined Carleton University at the beginning of January. Professor Ellery comes to Carleton from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom where he headed up the Robotics Research activities of the Continue 

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