Q+A: Carleton prof on winning GG award

Carleton linguistics professor Marie-Odile Junker was honoured with the Governor General’s Innovation Award on May 24 in recognition of her work in preserving Algonquian languages and developing linguistic resources for communities across Canada. The Charlatan interviewed Junker on her award, the appeal of Algonquian languages, and her current projects in development. The Charlatan (TC): What does it mean for you to have your work recognized among 130 candidates for the Governor General’s Innovation Award? Marie-Odile Junker (MOJ): It was a great surprise! I hope that it’s a sign that Canada is really engaged in reconciliation, and that the needs and contributions that Aboriginal peoples can give to our society are going to be recognized. For me as a linguist, I […]

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Q+A: GSA President Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah wins Femmy Award

Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) President Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah was one of six recipients of a Femmy Award on International Women’s Day on March 8. Owusu-Akyeeah received the award for her work in the areas of anti-racism, gender equality and sex education. The Femmys are given out annually to people living in the National Capital Region who “have made outstanding contributions to the struggle for gender equality,” according to their website. The Charlatan spoke with Owusu-Akyeeah via email to discuss the award, her work as an activist, and her plans for the future. The Charlatan (TC): How does it feel to win a Femmy? Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah (DOA): It feels great! It’s really hard to explain, but I feel a real sense of […]

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Carleton student reinvents the fire extinguisher

Rob Shudra, a third-year industrial design student at Carleton, was recently named the national runner-up for the James Dyson Award after inventing an easier-to-use fire extinguisher. Twist, a more ergonomic fire extinguisher, can be used more easily by both left- and right-handed people than a regular one, Shudra said over email. He said he got the idea by looking into existing fire extinguishers, and noticing that they were dated and had significant problems.   “The current design, while effective at actually extinguishing fires, lacks in other regards, such as usability and ergonomics,” he said. Shudra’s redesign consists of a large circular barrel with a thicker handle and flexible hose, and works by rotating a ring 90 degrees so that it […]

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Two Carleton professors win NSERC research awards

Two Carleton professors received prestigious awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for their scientific research. Associate professor Steven Cooke received the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship and assistant professor Richard Amos was the recipient of the Synergy Award for Innovation. “It feels great—I’m very excited about the next two years,” Cooke said. “It will help us primarily focus on research with my undergraduate and graduate students and fully develop the research program.” Cooke is a fish ecologist and studies how they interact with humans and their environment. He has been working on his project for 15 years and currently has 25 members on his team. His research focuses on how fish respond to specific stressors […]

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Former CUSA president wins Henry Marshall Tory award

Former two-term Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Alexander Golovko received the 2014 Henry Marshall Tory Award. The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is presented to a graduating Carleton student who shows a high degree of academic devotion, and an outstanding commitment to Carleton, CUSA, and the surrounding community. Additionally, the recipient is required to show excellent leadership within these roles. The award recipient is nominated, either by themselves or others, and those applications are reviewed by the CUSA awards committee. The CUSA awards committee is composed of two members of the university senior administration, one member of faculty as chosen by the university senate, the CUSA vice-president (student issues), and two students chosen by CUSA council. Current CUSA […]

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