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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Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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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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Science student societies evicted from office space

Five of Carleton’s science societies have been evicted from their offices in the Herzberg Laboratories to make room for neuroscience faculty members. This decision comes as a direct result of the current renovations to the Life Sciences Research Building—the building that serves as the neuroscience department’s research and office space. The evicted societies are the Carleton Student Science Society, the Physics Society, the Math Society, the Earth Science Society, and the Neuroscience Society. “These societies are vital to the experiences of the students they represent, and the loss of their office space will significantly impact their ability to plan and carry out their programming,” said Justin Bergamini, vice-president (operations) of the Carleton Academic Student Government (CASG), in an official statement. […]

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Editorial: Carleton should not evict neuroscience students

Carleton University has informed the neuroscience department that they must evacuate the Life Sciences Research Building due to renovations. Their eviction is set for March 2017, before the new Health Sciences Building will be completed in September, and the department has currently no definitive word on where they will be relocated. This eviction is highly problematic and disruptive for students in the neuroscience department, and it highlights a disconnect between the university and the faculty and the students it serves. According to CUSA president Fahd Alhattab, the renovations cannot be delayed because it must be completed by April 2018 in order to satisfy the requirement for the government funding that will be used for the project. Neuroscience students are expected […]

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