Questions answered: What to know about the new Health Science Building

Unless you’re a long-distance student, or have an extremely poor attendance record, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the hulking mass of construction which has loomed over the Steacie Building for the past year and a half. If either of the aforementioned categories do apply to you: meet the Health Science Building. The Charlatan reviewed university documents about the building and talked to Darryl Boyce, Carleton vice-president (facilities management and planning), to answer some questions about the new building. Here are seven things to know about what’s happened so far, what has yet to be done, and what Carleton has planned for the new building going forward. What’s it for, and what will go into it when it’s done? The building is intended […]

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Research Blog: Carleton prof examines link between BPA exposure and obesity

A recently published study by a Carleton professor aims to shed light on the impact of Bisphenol-A on human health. Bisphenol-A, more commonly known as BPA, is a chemical compound that is found in a number of substances, including receipt paper and can linings. It is what gives plastic materials their strength and durability. Given its common presence, exposure to BPA is unavoidable, yet there is debate regarding the effects of BPA on our health. In a recently-published study, steps toward answering this question were taken by Carleton neuroscience professor Alfonso Abizaid, along with former Carleton Ph.D. student Harry Mackay.  In their experiment, which was run between 2009 and 2015, Abizaid and Mackay mixed BPA into the food of pregnant mice. […]

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Candidates go head-to-head in RRRA executive debate

Executive candidates for the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) debated on Feb.13, with the five slates facing off to discuss a variety of issues, including the need for increased financial transparency, and improving accessibility on campus. Teams in the running for RRRA elections this year are AAA for RRRA, Fresh RRRA, Think Forward, Next Step, and The A Team. Fresh RRRA has been disqualified, according to the RRRA elections office, as of Feb. 14. Vice-president (programming) debate Vice-president (programming) candidates were the first to debate. They voiced common concern for the need to promote cohesiveness and inclusivity within the student body. Vinisha Lalchand, candidate for Think Forward, said residence is a very diverse place for students. “It is very multicultural,” […]

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GSA implements new grant for students with children

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has launched a $4,000 grant designed to assist student-parents pursuing graduate studies at Carleton. The grant, created in January, aims to supplement graduate students’ costs for childcare so that they can attend academic events outside of regular school or childcare hours, such as during weekends and evenings. Eligible students can apply for several grants, to a maximum of $250 per student, per fiscal year, according to the GSA website. The grant is the brainchild of Victoria Simmons, a sociology and anthropology PhD student. Simmons, who has been a parent for the entirety of her graduate studies, said the responsibility of finding childcare presents an “economic barrier that we [fellow student-parents] face that perhaps other students […]

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