Q+A: Carleton professor Jim Davies

Jim Davies, a professor from Carleton’s Institute of Cognitive Science, has contributed chapters to Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier, about the psychology behind the aliens in the popular TV series Star Trek. The Charlatan sat down with Davies to discuss a bit about science-fiction psychology in popular culture. The Charlatan (TC): How does your current research relate to your chapter in Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier? Jim Davies (JD): We’ve done some studies of creativity the way most people think about it . . . one of them we did a study on how creative people are when they’re creating aliens. So we gave them a blank piece of paper and asked them to make up an alien, […]

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Letter: Campus suicide prevention needs to improve

Since 2010, the suicide rate among young adults has been steadily increasing; however, nobody can accurately say how many of those recorded are student suicides. This year has seen several student suicides across Ontario campuses, including at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, but despite a  plea from medical professionals, neither universities nor local coroners are keeping track of how many campus suicides happen per year. According to Statistics Canada, which only keeps track of suicide rates by sex and age group, approximately 438 individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 died by suicide in 2013, and this number is continuing to increase. Many universities are attempting to focus on mental health awareness, and providing better […]

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Ottawa’s embassies showcase international art and culture

Aside from processing passports and visas, Ottawa’s embassies have been busy this summer organizing art exhibits and cultural events. Eva Ricarda-Willems, head of communications and culture at the Embassy of Germany in Ottawa, said there’s lots of competition to organize cultural festivals during the summer months. “The bigger embassies have lots of events, so there’s some competition when it comes to planning,” she said. Despite the competition between embassies, Ottawa’s International Animation Festival will see collaboration between several local institutions. Starting on Sept. 20, the festival will showcase short films from different countries all over the world, including France and Germany, according to the festival website. In addition to their participation in the film festival, Ricarda-Willems said the Embassy of […]

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Tips to stay safe on your cycling commute

As warm weather quickly approaches, Ottawa cyclists are beginning to dust off their bike chains. Bike shops like Bushtukah in Kanata have already put away their skis for the year, and are offering tune-ups to cyclists eager to hit the streets. Although many Ottawans are keen to get back on the roads, Akil Spooner, a senior sales representative at Bushtukah, said riders should remember the importance of safety while cycling. 1. Wear a helmet Spooner said the main precautions that cyclists should be taking on the roads is wearing a helmet. “You’ve got to have a good lid, and what a lot of people don’t know is that helmets expire,” he said. The material in helmets becomes brittle with time, […]

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Student groups celebrate International Womyn’s week

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre, along with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) are hosting events on campus to celebrate International Womyn’s Week on March 6-10.  According to the event’s Facebook page, the events will focus on demonstrating the experiences and resistance of women from all over the world. International Womyn’s Week has been happening at Carleton for over four years, said Sydney Schneider, the programming co-ordinator at CUSA’s Womyn’s Centre. “This week encompasses a lot of voices,” Schneider said, “It’s really important that we look at the issues we’re facing here in Canada, but what we’ve tried to do at the Womyn’s Centre this year is broaden that—really focus on the international piece.” Schneider said […]

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