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May 2020

A collection of top stories, faculty news and important announcements from the past month.

Attend our online Science Café on May 26!

The Faculty of Science is pleased to inform the Carleton community that the Science Café is back, but now it's virtual! Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, May 26 from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. as Prof. Edana Cassol discusses how the immune system recognizes and responds to viruses.

Register here!

Computer Science students complete first-in-Canada Shopify Dev Degree

On May 1, the first group of Carleton students finished their Dev Degree, a first-in-Canada four-year, work-integrated learning program that combines hands-on developer experience at Shopify with an accredited Computer Science degree. Though an in-person gathering wasn't possible, they celebrated their accomplishments with the Shopify and Carleton communities virtually.

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Watch the Chemistry Magic Show online!

With the 2020 Outdoor Chemistry Magic Show originally scheduled for May 9 postponed due to COVID-19, the Department of Chemistry has made its indoor Chemistry Magic Show, filmed in front of a live audience in January 2020, available for online viewing!
Faculty News

Introducing Kinàmàgawin, Carleton’s Indigenous Strategy

Carleton University has published Kinàmàgawin, a revitalized Indigenous strategy that will make Carleton a safer space for current and future Indigenous students and Indigenous faculty members. The final report published by CUSIIC is the result of a collaborative 18-month process. Throughout the 2018-19 year, more than 600 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from within the university and the broader Indigenous community participated in more than 40 consultations. The meaning of the title, Kinàmàgawin, translates to “learning together,” which is a powerful representation of the work Carleton has undertaken to learn difficult truths about our shared past. It also represents the work that must continue to implement the 41 Calls to Action, which includes a request for each Faculty and support unit on campus to develop their own strategies in support of Kinàmàgawin.

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Early Jurassic dinosaur embryos tell an ancient tooth tale

Earth Sciences Prof. Hillary Maddin was part of an international research team who recently studied the excellently preserved embryonic jawbones of an early sauropodomorph dinosaur called Lufengosaurus – a distant relative of the giant, long-necked sauropod dinosaurs. These embryonic dinosaur skeletons are among the oldest in the world and include preserved jaws with teeth still inside.

Maddin and colleagues were able to "digitally dissect" a fossilized embryo to make an important discovery about how its teeth developed.

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Carleton announces University Librarian appointment

Carleton University President Benoit-Antoine Bacon and Provost Jerry Tomberlin have announced the appointment of Amber Lannon as University Librarian.

Lannon has served as Carleton’s Interim University Librarian since Jan. 1, 2020. She joined Carleton in July 2016 as Associate University Librarian (Academic Services). In this role, she was responsible for a significant portfolio that included the Research Support Services, Access Services, and Archives and Research Collections departments.

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Prof. Alfonso Abizaid on the impact of COVID-19 for people with addictions

"In general, (physical distancing) has a tremendous impact on everybody,” Abizaid said. “With individuals recovering from addiction and using programs that require social support and interaction as the main mode of keeping sober, this is particularly impactful.”

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More Faculty News

  • Biology Prof. Heath MacMillan spoke to CTV about the Asian giant hornet, known colloquially as the "murder hornet", that has been reported in B.C. More
  • Edna Matta-Camacho’s was featured in Forbes on her organization, STEM sin Fronteras (STEM Without Borders). More
  • Neuroscience Prof. Kim Hellemans, co-host of the Minding the Brain podcast, has published an episode called Wrapping Your Brain Around the Coronavirus. More
  • Adjunct Earth Sciences Prof. Michael Ryan has worked with a research team to identify the fossil of Stellasaurus ancellae, a five-horned plant eater. More
  • Adjunct Prof. Jeff Skevington spoke to the Ottawa Citizen about creating virtual labs for students to conduct research from home. More
Student and Alumni News

The SSSC is available to assist with summer courses

The SSSC is open and able to help you with your courses all summer long. Reach us at, by phone at (613)-520-2600 ext. 3111, through the chat feature at, or through Twitter.

Earth Science and Physical Geography student Erin Turnbull receives Esri Scholarship

Erin Turnbull, 4th year BScH in the Earth Science and Physical Geography Combined Major, has been awarded Carleton’s nomination for the annual Esri Scholarship. Erin is a Dean’s Honour List student in the program stated above, and she earned the scholarship thanks to faculty nomination as an excellent student in our Geomatics courses, along with a stellar record of academic achievement throughout her degree.

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Know a future Carleton Raven? Spread the word about the CU at Home Webinar Series! 

The CU at Home Webinar Series has been developed specifically for our future Ravens. Join us to get to know the Carleton community by learning more about our programs and resources, and by hearing directly from staff, faculty and current Carleton students! The series includes specialized webinars on Health Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics. More information

More Student News
  • Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Jerry Tomberlin and Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) David Hornsby presented eight undergraduate Carleton students with Provost Scholar Awards on Friday, May 1. Award winners from the Faculty of Science included Computer Science student Khadija Baig and Neuroscience and Mental Health student Duncan Spencer. More
  • Biology PhD student lias Berberi has published an article in The Conversation on how nature inspires technological advancement. More
  • Master's Biology student Jenny Crick wrote on the resilience of tulips for the Globe and Mail . More

Alumni Spotlight: Bria MacDonald (BSCH/16) 

Alumna Bria MacDonald (BSCH/16) is working on the front lines of COVID-19 in Acute Care (ER and ICU) with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax. She recently shot a video for Carleton Alumni detailing how her Carleton education led to her career in healthcare.

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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.