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April 2020

A collection of news and messages as Carleton University and the Faculty of Science adapt in the face of COVID-19.

Computer Science student Bill Creber helps 3D print face shields

Bill Creber, who is nearing the end of his Computer Science degree, is part of a group of students and alumni who are working with Ottawa’s B-Con Engineering to 3D print  adjustable, washable and reusable plastic face shields for frontline workers.

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Science Student Success Centre alumni are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of alumni of Carleton’s Science Student Success Centre (SSSC) are working on the frontline to alleviate the crisis.

Read about the experiences of Dr. Haroun Zayed and Dr. Tetyana Maniuk

Faculty of Science contributes to PPE donation

Face shields. Nitrile gloves. Safety goggles. Gowns. Hand sanitizer. Masks. These are just a few of the items donated by Carleton University to the Ottawa Hospital to assist in the fight against COVID-19. In the face of this global emergency, labs and departments within the Faculty of Science have done – and continue to do – their part by donating tools that are a critical part of their research programs.

Prof. Paul Villeneuve co-authors piece on COVID-19, air pollution and the importance of peer review

On examination of a widely publicized study on the link between fine particulate air pollution and an increased death rate from COVID-19, Prof. Paul Villeneuve and McGill Prof. Mark Goldberg find that it grossly overestimate risks of COVID-19 mortality from air pollution.

Prof. Kim Hellemans contributes positive advice on navigating challenges and uncertainty

Kim Hellemans, chair of the Department of Neuroscience, has contributed to a set of practices and strategies, published on the Carleton Newsroom, that can help us cope, manage stress and find firm footing on the path forward. 

“To me, adapting to a massive disruption is about creating new routines and being flexible,” says Hellemans, who set up a parenting and work schedule with her husband, incorporating time to go outside with their children each day.

“Because we cannot control or predict what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week, we need to try to be mindful and present and make decisions based on the here and now. That helps us deal with specific stresses as they arise.”

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Cookies and chemistry! Prof. Jeff Manthorpe lightens the mood

When it came time to stream his Organic Chemistry course (CHEM 3202) on April 1, 2020, Chemistry Prof. Jeff Manthorpe knew just what to do. Donning a Cookie Monster costume, he delivered the online class – on the topic of cycloadditions – entirely in the character of the beloved Sesame Street character, cookies and all.
Faculty News

Prof. Hillary Maddin part of team that described new genus and species of pre-mammal about 290 million years old

Prof. Hillary Maddin has helped discover the Martensius bromackerensis. Included in the findings? According to Prof. Maddin, being an herbivore is hard work, so juveniles lived on insects but switched to an omnivorous diet in adulthood, aided by bacteria ingested earlier in life.

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Prosenjit Bose receives NSERC Engage Grant to support manufacturing analytics research

Prosenjit Bose, professor in the School of Computer Science, has received an Engage Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The funding will support Bose’s work with Kinaxis to improve manufacturing analytics. 

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Prof. David Miller acknowledged by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN for providing report recommendations

In the wake of Earth Day, Prof. David Miller was acknowledged by the Food & Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations for providing recommendations for their recent publication Climate Change: Unpacking the Burden on Food Safety

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More Faculty News

  • Associate Dean Maria DeRosa joined University of Ottawa Prof. Darrin Richeson to speak to CBC's All in a Day about Thallium for their Element of Surprise segment. More
  • Thomas W. Dudgeon, working with colleagues in the Maddin Lab, has released a paper detailing the internal cranial anatomy of two well-preserved specimens of Champsosaurus. More
  • Prof. Heather Logan speaks to Quanta Magazine on why matter particles come in threes. More
  • Prof. David Miller speaks to the Ottawa Citizen about Rideau Station air quality. More
  • Prof. Steven Cooke speaks to Blue Fish News about an International Freshwater Biodiversity Action Plan. More
  • Prof. Richard Ernst talks about climate change insights from our geological past in EOS. More
Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Lab releases video on "success" in applied environmental research

What is "success" in applied environmental research? How can it be achieved, and how do you know when you have achieved it?
Student and Alumni News

Prepare for your next job with a mock interview

Do you have an interview for a job, summer position, professional school or grad school? Carleton Career Services is still available to do mock skype and phone interviews with students!

Click here for more information.

Science Student Success Centre rolls out online live chat feature

Check out the new online chat feature on the Science Student Success Centre website! A SSSC staff member will be available every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer all your questions. To use this feature, head to and click on the guy with the striped socks!

Neuroscience student Zoë Williams strives for success at school and on the ski trail

While balancing a degree in Neuroscience and Mental Health and a leading role in Carleton's Nordic skiing dynasty, Zoë Williams has her sights set on the 2022 Winter Olympics. Read the full story

More Student News
  • The Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program is accepting applications for 2020! 37 Ontario undergraduate students in fields linked to life sciences will receive a total value of $3,000 and a mentorship opportunity with an experienced professional within their field of study. Apply by May 29! More

  • Carleton's therapy dogs are helping students make it through tough times by spreading virtual cheer on Instagram. More
  • The Carleton Bookstore has introduced a number of new initiatives to help you as we cope with COVID-19, including free shipping on online orders and extended return periods for textbook rentals. More
  • There are new online resources available through the MacOdrum Library. In order to help libraries support the teaching, learning, and research that continues to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic, several publishers and content providers have generously made content available free of charge for a limited time. More
  • In order to promote the health and safety of our Carleton community, Carleton Health and Counselling Services remains open virtually. More
  • A new paper has been published detailing how many Canadian species at risk are protected in only a minuscule portion of their ranges, and some are not protected at all. The paper is dedicated to memory of first author Clark Bolliger, who passed away weeks after graduating with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. More

Alumni Spotlight: Lindsay Beaton-Green (MSc/08, PhD/12) 

Lindsay Beaton-Green, Research Scientist for the Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau at Health Canada, is the recipient of the 2019 Co-op Employer of the Year Award.

Beaton-Green, a long-time Carleton co-op supporter, past Carleton co-op student, and Mentor with Carleton’s Alumni Mentors Program, was nominated by Sarita Cuadros Sanchez, a fourth-year biology student. Cuadros Sanchez completed a four-month work term as a Research Assistant to Beaton-Green from May to August 2019.

Read more.
More Infomation About Carleton's Efforts to Flatten the Curve

Coronavirus Resources

Carleton University is following the advice of Ottawa Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada for the latest information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommendations for prevention. Carleton’s Coronavirus website contains a summary of facts from these health agencies as well as answers to questions Carleton faculty, staff, students and the community may have. Please visit it for more information about the university’s plan for reacting to the pandemic. 

The university has prepared a list of frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19. Please review the FAQ to ensure you are up to speed with the latest information and updates. 

Please also see as list of what’s open and closed on campus, as well as a list of postponed and cancelled events university-wide.