Carleton science student studies seagulls

Sahar Seif, a Carleton integrated science student, is the lead author of a recently published study examining the amount of debris seagulls consume. According to a press release, Seif examined the stomach contents of 41 gulls captured at a landfill in St. John’s, NL. The study found that close to 80 per cent of the birds had “debris” in their stomachs, including pieces of metal, glass, drywall, and plastic. She  said she was motivated to conduct the study because of an interest she has in plastics and their effect on the environment. While Seif said she didn’t find any noticeable differences between different gull species, genders, and ages, she found a large number of waste types compared to other research. […]

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Carleton professor explores the appeal of art

Colourful brush strokes, soft pastel bodies, or abstract geometrical shapes might appeal to different people simply because of personal tastes. But Carleton professor Jim Davies’ research into the psychology of why people like what they like suggests there might be a deeper answer. Davies, a cognitive science professor, has been researching what happens in the brain when people look at art as well as the role evolution plays in how they experience it. Davies found that some art is appealing to people because they can relate to it. As well, he said that one of the most common reasons people like certain art is because as inherently social creatures, humans are interested in the lives of others. If a work […]

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Carleton notifies employees of phishing attack

Carleton’s Information Technology (IT) department sent out an email on Oct. 12 warning faculty and staff of phishing emails that were being circulated after an information breach occurred in September. According to Don Cumming, the director of university communications, Carleton became aware of the hack on Sept. 24 and continued to gather more information about it until Sept. 28. He said they became aware of the hack when people began asking questions about odd emails they were receiving. “We got inquiries from different people who were on our [email] list asking about it,” he explained. Cumming said the university immediately began to search for the source of the problem, including looking at computers and changing passwords, until they identified a […]

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