Carleton students aim to end workplace “hanger”

A company created by two Carleton students is trying to end “hanger,” the feeling of being angry or irritable due to hunger. Fourth-year computer science student Emil Aite and fourth-year commerce student Eric Kys founded their company, Desk Nibbles, through Carleton’s Lead to Win program, a startup service for students interested in starting their own businesses. Aite said he began working in office jobs while in university and always forgot to pack a lunch, which caused poor work productivity and low mood. He added he was inspired to create Desk Nibbles after working as an intern at local e-commerce company Shopify, a place known to offer employees food. “Last summer I started working at Shopify, there they shower the employees […]

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Research Blog: Carleton prof finds solution for devastating budworm

Over the past 25 years, Carleton professor David Miller has worked to discover a type of fungus, also known as an endophyte, that provides an environmentally friendly solution for a major pest in Canada’s forestry industry. Miller discovered a fungus that occurs naturally in the needles of coniferous trees, and is toxic to the eastern spruce budworm, an insect that is responsible for the destruction of millions of acres of forests across Canada. His efforts were recognized this past February, when he received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Synergy Award. The spruce budworm is an epidemic that threatens the health of Canada’s forests as well as the jobs and economic benefits of the forestry industry, Miller said. According […]

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Carleton releases updated mental health framework

Carleton released the second version of its Student Mental Health Framework on Oct. 4, an update to the original framework implemented in 2009 by the Carleton University Student Mental Health Advisory Committee (CUSMHAC). The updated mental health framework aims to implement a campus wide approach to student mental health while encouraging student engagement, said Suzanne Blanchard, Carleton’s vice-president (students and enrolment). The original document focused on responding to students in situations of crisis or distress, but was missing the holistic aspects of a proactive approach to student mental health, Blanchard said. The new framework has six sections which detail objectives and recommendations about a proactive approach to mental health. This is done through implementing and funding more student-led initiatives, training and […]

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