New Health Science building opens doors

Carleton’s new Academic Health Science building has opened its doors to students and faculty. Originally set to open in the fall of 2017, the building will accommodate Carleton’s recently-established and rapidly-growing health science and neuroscience programs. The building covers approximately 120,000 square feet and has seven floors, according to the Carleton Finance and Administration webpage. The first floor houses a lecture theatre, while labs, research space, offices and student work stations are located throughout the building. Two floors will act as unfinished and unused shell space for now, to allow for future program growth. John Stead, chair of Carleton’s neuroscience department, said the new building will allow for the university’s growing neuroscience program to be housed under one roof. According […]

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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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