Explore Science@Carleton
December 2019 / January 2020

A collection of top stories, faculty news and important announcements from the past two months. Scroll to the end of the newsletter for a list of upcoming events, including Data Day and Life Sciences Day.

Carleton Remembers: Honouring Those Lost in Tragic Plane Crash

Hundreds of Carleton University students, faculty, staff and members of the broader Ottawa and Iranian-Canadian communities gathered on campus Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 to honour and celebrate the lives of our student and alumnus and all those who died in the tragic plane crash in Tehran one week earlier. Fareed Arasteh was a PhD student and teaching assistant in the Biology Department at Carleton, and Mansour Pourjam was a Biology alumnus.

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Carleton Ranks 2nd in Canada and 35th in the World for Campus Sustainability

Carleton University has placed 35th among 780 ranked universities – as well as first in Ontario and second in Canada – in the 2019 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings measuring campus sustainability around the globe.

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Carleton Excels in 2019 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey

The results of the 2019 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS) are in and graduate students are reporting their experience and satisfaction levels are at an all-time high. “It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the Carleton community in support of graduate training,” says Patrice Smith, dean of Carleton’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. “We continue to build on this momentum, with several ongoing and new initiatives to enhance the student experience at Carleton.”

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NEW: Carleton University publishes Raven magazine
Raven magazine, a new showcase for the important and inspiring work we do at Carleton University, launches in early February 2020. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners will share their stories in a bold way.
Faculty News

Carleton Researcher Discovers Earliest Fossil Evidence of Parental Behaviour

A team led by Carleton University’s Hillary Maddin has discovered the earliest fossil evidence of parental care. The fossil predates the previous oldest record of this behavior by 40 million years.

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Listen to Hillary Maddin's interview on CBC's Quirks & Quarks 

Carleton Helps Get the Word Out in Indigenous Communities

Carleton Chemistry Prof. David Miller and Public Policy PhD student Ariel Root collaborated with Tom Kovesi, a pediatric respirologist at CHEO, and youth from Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities to develop public health educational materials in Oji-Cree for rural and remote First Nations communities in Sioux Lookout. The user-friendly toolkit aims to help improve the health of local children by spreading the word about the health impacts of mold, and steps to mitigate them – like proper cleaning techniques and installing a heat recovery ventilator. 

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Carleton Wraps Up Cinquecento Celebration

The organizers of Cinquecento had a vision: a year of events with international scholars and performers in celebration of Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years after his death, that would illuminate some of the lesser-known aspects of his life. They took a page from da Vinci’s book, said Angelo Mingarelli, chair of Carleton University’s Leonardo 2019 committee. They just went for it. “It’s been an incredible year,” he said. “We now have more people interested in Leonardo, the community responded and Carleton did way more than I expected.”

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Carleton Welcomes Appointment of Yue Zhang with Funding from the McDonald Institute

Carleton University’s Department of Physics welcomes the appointment of Yue Zhang,  the 15th and final Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) faculty appointment of the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute. Read the full article

More Faculty News
  • Chair of Health Sciences, Martin Holcik discusses ground-breaking cellular research on CFRA. Listen
  • Jeff Manthorpe shares the magic of chemistry on CTV Ottawa Morning Live to promote the first Chemistry Magic Show of the new decade. Watch
  • Rowan Thomson is elected Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. More
  • Research by Earth Sciences faculty and students in Maddin Lab discover Carbonodraco lundi, the oldest parareptile ever found. More
  • Research by MacMillan Lab on "tropical" mosquito's ability to survive in the cold is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. More
  • Food Science Instructor Spotlight: Farrah Hosseinian
  • 2019 Faculty of Science award recipients recognized for research and teaching excellence during year-end faculty luncheon. More
  • Department of Chemistry celebrates David Miller's retirement. More 
  • Roslyn Dakin's research on animal behaviour is featured in Ottawa Citizen article, "For birds and humans, more friends doesn't mean better friends." More 
  • Catherine Cullingham explains the science behind, and the benefits of, genetic testing on wild animals on CBC Ottawa Morning. Listen
  • Kim Hellemans discusses how childhood trauma affects the development of the brain with the Ottawa Citizen. More
  • Paper by Maria DeRosa, Steven Cooke and colleagues, "Envisioning the scientific paper of the future," is published in FACETS journal. More
  • Paul Villeneuve installs a PurpleAir air quality monitoring system in Grenada as part of a collaborative project with Dalhousie University and St. George's University. More 
  • Martha Mullally leads information session, "High Impact Teaching Practices, Low Impact Implementation" for faculty members. More
  • Paul Peters and students kick off the 2020 Health Sciences Research Seminar Series with a presentation on the immersive experience for rural health research. More
  • Apollinaire Tsopmo, students and colleagues find that oat bran protein hydrolysates possess ion chelating and antioxidant activities. More
  • Aguilar-Valles lab submits first lab book chapter and abstract for conference. More
  • Steven Cooke shares the results of his research on the challenges for bass under the ice covered waterways of Ontario on the Fish'n Canada radio show. More
  • Kristin Connor and colleagues publish new paper exploring origins for poor offspring growth and effects of maternal malnutrition on placenta morphology and transporter expression. More
  • Paper by the Chee Lab mapping hypothalamic tyrosine hydroxylase neurons has been accepted by the Journal of Comparative Neurology. More 
  • The Hosseinian lab's analysis of purslane seeds oil and, among other potentially antioxidant constituents, reports on the presence of alkylresorcinols for the first is featured in LWT journal. More
  • Geoff Pignotta is nominated as one of the 2019-2020 Favourite Faculty members by students. More
With the goal of reducing stigma around addiction and substance abuse, Kim Hellemans, Chair of Neuroscience, and collaborators have produced an informative video that explains how trauma impacts the brain.

Call for Nominations: Provost Scholar Awards

Faculty and instructors are invited to nominate undergraduate students for the annual Provost Scholar Award. Please submit nominations online by Feb. 10. 
Student and Alumni News

Practical Learning Powers Success in Science

Innovative, demanding research and co-op opportunities have helped three Carleton Faculty of Science students to achieve impressive success within their specialized undergraduate studies – the kind of practical learning that can make all the difference in future careers.

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Earth Sciences Students Discover Oldest Parareptile

Meet Carbonodraco lundi, the oldest species of parareptile recently discovered and identified in a study by PhD student Arjan Mann and fellow Maddin Lab researchers. The lizard-like predator lived more than 306 million years ago. Read the full story

More Student News
  • Chemistry graduate students from Barry Lab publish paper on inorganic gold compounds. This is their first use of a new “Figure of Merit.” More
  • Myriam Hoyeck of the Bruin Lab publishes her first, first-author publication. More
  • Alfonso Abizaid and the Chee Lab congratulate Alex Edwards on a successful PhD defence. More 
  • New paper by Kathleen Chandler and colleagues in Salmaso Lab on the differential effects of short-term environmental enrichment in juvenile and adult mice is featured in journal, Neuroscience. More
  • Andy Kadykalo wins the 2019 Ecosystems and People Paper of the Year award for the high relevance and impact of his work on "Disentangling ecosystem services and nature’s contributions to people." More
  • Leah Clarke's graduate work on the effects of environmental heterogeneity on the fitness of AMR mutations is published in journal, Evolutionary Ecology. More
  • Chemistry PhD student Anna Koudrina wins Koningstein Scholarship. More 
  • Thesis chapter on pinniped phylogeny by Earth Sciences alumnus Ryan Paterson is published. More
  • Chemistry PhD student Tristan Smythe wins the CUASA Scholarship. More
  • Chemistry MSc student Emma Wistaff wins Irene Ethel Cockburn Bursary. More
  • Health Sciences MSc student Evan Turner presents his findings on physical activity in the early years at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology meeting. More
  • Carleton University Biology Society (CUBS) hosts bi-weekly "Bio-bites," where students and faculty can chat and snack in a low-stress environment. More

Applications Now Open for 2020 NSERC Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate an interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue research careers in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these competitive awards can provide you with financial support. For full details, visit our website

Alumni Spotlight: Ariel Root (2013) 

Carleton Food Science graduate Ariel Root was recently featured in Carleton's Newsroom for her work with Chemistry Prof. David Miller on developing a user-friendly tool kit for First Nation communities to identify mold in homes. Learn more about what she's been up to since graduation, here.

More Q&As with Food Science Alumni:

Do you know an outstanding Carleton Science alum? 

Each year, awards are given to outstanding Carleton alumni who are making exceptional contributions in their communities (work, volunteer). If you know someone deserving of these awards, please submit your nomination here:
Carleton Science in the Community

Let's Talk Science in Ottawa

If you are a student in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) at Carleton and are interested in science outreach with students K-12, consider volunteering with Let's Talk Science! Let's Talk Science focuses on providing hands-on science to youth in the Ottawa area. It is a great way to develop communication skills and to share your passion for science with the community! Visit the Let's Talk Science Ottawa outreach website for more information:
Minding the Brain Podcast
Cognitive and Brain Science Episodes
from Jim Davies and Kim Hellemans 

Podcast #23:
Hallucinations - listen

Podcast #24: ADHD - listen

Discover science at Carleton by attending an upcoming event!


11: Carleton University Showcase
12: Science Café – The Missing Link? Integrating a Microbial Perspective into Our Understanding of Mood and Anxiety Disorders
26: Science Café – Harmful Algal Blooms: Knowns and Knowledge Gaps
28: Life Sciences Coffee and Conversation: Why Trade-Offs Matter: Understanding the Evolution of Flight Behaviour and Social Networks in Birds


22020 Discovery Lecture – Analyzing Picasso: Close Encounters in Art and Science
11: Science Café – Predicting Volcanic Eruptions: The Volcanologist Toolkit
13-15: FIRST Robotics Competition
19: The 2020 Fields-Carleton Distinguished Lecture - Details coming soon!
20: Life Sciences Coffee and Conversation: Diet and Environment: Influences On Our Health
25: Science Café – Polonium-210: From Discovery to Poison
30: Life Sciences Day 4.0: The Ottawa Opportunity
31: Data Day 7.0: AI Next Steps and Everything Smart
Departmental Seminars and Speaker Series 
Science Student Success Centre 

Life Sciences Day 4.0: The Ottawa Opportunity

Carleton University will host its fourth annual Life Sciences Day on Monday, March 30, 2020. This multidisciplinary event will bring together academic, government and industry sectors to build awareness of the important work encompassed by life sciences researchers at Carleton and provide a unique opportunity for attendees to network and explore partnership possibilities. More information about the program will be available on our website soon and registration will open early February.  

Data Day 7.0: AI Next Steps and Everything Smart

Join us Tuesday, March 31, 2020 for Carleton University's seventh annual Data Day, a full-day event that promises exciting plenary and panel sessions, research vignettes, a graduate student poster competition, and networking opportunities. Please visit our website for full event details and registration information.
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