Explore Science@Carleton

Keeping you up to date on the latest in faculty and student news, research achievements, and upcoming events.
Upcoming Events

Join us for the Faculty of Science's Homecoming Event - Friday, Sept. 16

Join us on Friday, September 16 at the Richcraft Hall Atrium as we celebrate our shared past, present, and future in the Faculty of Science with food, drinks, and more. The Faculty of Science is pleased to host Chancellor’s Professor and Carleton Science alumnus Lenore Fahrig. We will also host a Science Students Expo featuring all science clubs and societies and end the night with a special outdoor Chemistry Magic Show at the Academic Quad.

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A Special Chemistry Magic Show Follows our Celebrate Science Event

For more than a decade, the Department of Chemistry has presented Light Up the Night with Chemistry in the Dark – a free, one-hour show, during which audience members experience the inner workings of fireworks, spontaneous combustions, and things that glow in the dark!  This special night of magic will directly follow the Celebrate Science homecoming event and is hosted live from the Academic Quad. The event is free and open to the public! Register for both events below. 

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Science Café | Geoheritage of the National Capital: What’s Here and Why Care - Wednesday, Sept. 21

Did you know that in the last billion years Ottawa has been home to a huge mountain chain, a tropical beach habitat for large whales, and buried under 2 kilometers of ice? Understanding the processes that shaped our region connects us to the land, helps us understand how big systems affect our local environment, and can help provide solutions for challenges we face today. Join us for the first Science Café of the academic year as we take a tour of some of the most exceptional and unexpected geological sites near us.

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The Annual Faculty of Science Student Alumni Mixer Returns - Thursday, Sept. 22

Each fall, our faculty hosts this special event specifically for science students with a panel of alumni guests. This signature event will take place on Thursday, September 22 during Carleton’s fall homecoming as part of the throwback events. The formal program will begin with the Dean of Science's opening remarks and will include panelists who will answer questions regarding their careers after graduating from Carleton. Each year we invite all science students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and donors to join this insightful event.

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The Annual Biology Butterfly Show Returns -
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 9

Every year the Carleton University Biology Department invites the community to experience the magic of butterflies during the Annual Biology Butterfly Show. During the 9 days leading into the Thanksgiving weekend, over 1300 live exotic butterflies, representing 41 different species worldwide, are released into the greenhouses of the Nesbitt Biology building.

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'Celebrating Geodiversity' Symposium Announced - Thursday, Oct. 6

Join the Department of Earth Science in partnership with Curiosity on Stage, Canada Science and the Technology Museum for the first annual UNESCO International Geodiversity Day. The event, Celebrating Geodiversity: The Critical Foundation for Diverse Ecosystems on a Changing Planet will have a keynote address by Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. 

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Don't Miss the 14th Annual Geoheritage Day - Saturday, Oct. 8

Visit exceptional geological sites in your local parks and green spaces during the 14th annual Geoheritage Day! Come out or stay in and spend the day with some remarkable rocks, minerals, and fossils. This year Geoheritage Day will be hosted online and live onsite!

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Faculty and Research News

Faculty of Science Researchers Elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to the Faculty of Science’s Steven Cooke (Department of Biology) and Rowan Thomson (Department of Physics) on being elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in recognition of their high level of excellence and potential demonstrated during their careers. The RSC recognizes excellence and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

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Reducing Food Waste: Beneficial Microorganisms Represent a Sustainable Path Toward Food Security

Did you know that roughly 50% of all food produced in Canada is thrown away before it reaches anyone’s plate? Carleton chemistry researcher and a founding faculty member in the university’s Food Science program, Tyler Avis is finding ways to reduce food waste and create a sustainable path toward food security.

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Experiment Built by a Carleton Computer Science Student Set to be Part of Blue Origin Rocket 

Carleton student Shreya Voore was on a 10-member team of high school students that won a challenge during a Shad Canada program in the summer of 2020. They develop a research experiment that will be conducted in microgravity aboard New Shepard, one of Blue Origin’s reusable rockets.

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Carleton University and Turnstone Biologics Extend Partnership for Research and Training in Biosciences

Carleton University has extended its partnership with Turnstone Biologics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation immunotherapies to treat and cure solid tumours. The partnership, renewed for a second term, further supports Carleton’s growing biosciences programs and the development of scientific talent and augments the university’s expertise in novel oncology research.

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Enzyme Discovery Will Decrease Dangerous Toxins in Corn Production

Department of Chemistry professor and a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Mark Sumarah, and his team have discovered an enzyme to detoxify dangerous toxins and keep corn healthy for consumption. With a patent pending on the enzyme discovery, Sumarah’s team is in the testing stage, hoping to be ready for mass production in a couple of years.

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Newly Discovered Gigantic Dinosaur Evolved in a Similar Manner to Tyrannosaurus Rex

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences, Thomas Cullen was part of the international team of palaeontologists, led by Juan Canale of the Ernesto Bachmann Palaeontological Museum, that named and described Meraxes gigas. The specimen was collected near Villa El Chocón in Argentina, in the rocks of the ~95 million-year-old Huincul Formation. 

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SciFrosh Orientation Students Enter for your Chance to Win Apple AirPods

Incoming undergraduate students that attended the SciFrosh Fall Orientation on September 6, make sure to tag us with the stickers you received on the Faculty of Science's Instagram page (@CarletonScience) for a chance to win a brand-new pair of Apple AirPods! A winner will be picked at random. The deadline to submit is September 30!

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Did you know?

  • 33% of greenhouse gases are from food systems.
  • 50% of food produced is wasted.
  • 768 million people are food insecure globally.
  • 1 in 10 people get sick from contaminated food every year.
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University Updates and Messages Related to COVID-19

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.

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

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