Reporting Back: From the desk of our Vice-President (Research and International)

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Welcome back to campus for the start of another exciting academic year at Carleton. The 2016-17 year promises to be a unique and exciting one given that this year we will be celebrating Carleton’s 75th anniversary in concert with Ottawa — and Canada’s — 150th. We will welcome many groups to campus while we, as a university host a large number of celebratory activities. We also have a few other things of note in terms of activities in OVPRI that I’d like to share with you.

This summer, my office co-sponsored a number of undergraduate students doing research in FASS, FPA and Sprott. This complemented the existing NSERC program which funds undergraduate students in STEM. We will be profiling some of these students’ work and I look forward to sharing their stories with you over the next few months.

Today, we inaugurate the New Faculty Orientation: Research session. We are pleased to hold a half-day session to give new researchers valuable, in-depth information into conducting research at Carleton University, including meeting those who will support and facilitate their work. It is also a great opportunity to ask questions and meet your fellow colleagues.

I’m happy to report that this year, we will produce a Year in Review for 2015-16 in which we compile our good news and awards, as well as profiles of some of our best research stories over the past year. Please contact Julie Carl, Research Communications Manager, If you’d like a copy, which is due out at the end of September.

Also coming this month is the next Research Works lunch from noon to 2 pm on September 29th. This time we have asked Dr. Brian Foss, Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture and Professor of Art History to talk to us about his award-winning exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group. You may have seen his cover story in the latest issue of FASSinate, heard him on CBC Radio’s documentary this summer, or visited the exhibition in Montreal. Mark your calendars and watch for the invitation from Julie.

I would ask that you also save the date and watch your email for invitations to the following upcoming events:

  • Passion for Research Lunch, October 18th, 12 pm to 2 pm, River Building Conference Rooms
  • Town Hall Meeting on Research, October 20th, 2 pm, Fenn Lounge

In addition to all of these exciting activities, please watch your email in early October for our survey to researchers. A lot has changed in the past decade in both OVPRI and Carleton, and I’m looking forward to hearing your perspectives about the services provided through my office so we are better informed in our decision-making and resource allocation in the future.

Again, welcome back. I look forward to seeing you at our events.

— Nimal Rajapakse

Quick Reads

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Research Stories

Graduate Student Research Stories

On the International Front

Over the summer Carleton International and its team welcomed delegations from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (UNILAG), Beijing Language and Culture University, University of Louvain (Belgium), Norwegian Research Council, Peru Trade Commission, University of Benin (Nigeria), University of Nigeria (Nsukka), Swansea University (Wales). Carleton was also a stop on the Media Familiarization Tour with international journalists visiting universities in Ontario and Quebec. Additionally, we participated in a State Visit to the Netherlands. Other notable international news includes an International Internship Brings Engineering Students to Carleton from India and our President accepts international award, signs MOUs in India.

Research Awards and Honours

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Summer News

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Our faculty in the media

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Wednesday, September 14 – Bagels & Banter: A Drug Policy Initiative at Carleton

Wednesday, September 14 – Data Science Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series: Anti-Bayesian Statistical Pattern Recognition

Friday, September 16 – Thomas Homer-Dixon delivers the FPA Curents Lecture: “Leap to Where? Elements of a Canadian climate policy that could be both feasible and enough.”

Thursday, September 22 – Lecture by Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados

Things you should know

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From the Carleton University Research Office

Open Context and Carleton Prize for Archaeological Visualization

Increasingly, archaeology data are being made available openly on the web. But what do these data show? How can we interrogate them? How can we visualize them? How can we re-use data visualizations? We’d like to know. This is why we have created the Open Context and Carleton University Prize for Archaeological Visualization and we invite you to build, make, hack, the Open Context data and API for fun and prizes. Click here for more information or to apply.

From the MacOdrum Library

The City of Ottawa Collection: a web archiving project

This web archiving project was launched in January 2016 at the MacOdrum Library. Its purpose is to support research on the Ottawa area by preserving selected content from the City’s web site that may be at risk of disappearing. Currently, the collection is made up of the City’s Planning and Development web pages and documents, including the Confederation Line project and the Ottawa 2017 celebration pages.

There are two ways to access the content:

For more information, contact the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre in the Library at or at ext. 2749.