Monthly Archives: February 2011

SEEDS Meeting Rescheduled

Our next SEEDS meeting was scheduled for Tuesday March 1st however due to the OGG student symposium it has been pushed back one week to Tuesday March 8 at 4 pm in the SGRC (5th floor ME).

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OGG Student Symposium Road Trip!

On Tuesday March 1 2011,  the Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) Student Symposium is being held in Kingston. A free shuttle bus from Ottawa-Kingston is being provided, leaving Ottawa at around 1 pm and returning at around 9 pm. The actual symposium is from 4:30-6pm in Kingston. Food will be provided.
In the Student Symposium, there will be one student from each of Carleton U, Ottawa U, Queens, and RMC presenting to the community and judged. The winner receives free admission to the geotechnical conference later in the year.
It is a great chance to see excellent presentations on research from a variety of schools.
For more info, including pick up locations, click here or email Emily at

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Do you have a favorite web browser?

I’ve been using Chrome for a couple of months now and its become my default browser. I switched after a friend sent me this link for Arcade Fire’s  “experience” that required the use of Google Chrome. However, I used to be a Firefox girl and can’t really believe how easily I was wooed to a different browser.  I know this is an unusual post for this site, but I was curious to see what your favorite web browser is and seeming how this is reading week, I thought it would be a ok.

So, if you permit me deer SEEDS fans, here is what you have to do:

  • Vote on your favorite web browser (as many times as you like), and;
  • Leave a comment to tell me why.

Lets see if anyone else is wooed by Arcade Fire’s charm!

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Short Notice but Good Speaker!!

Dan Gardner speaks at the CNSC THIS MONDAY!

On Monday February 21, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 14-032 (280 Slater Street) The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) invites you to Dan Gardner’s talk on risk in the nuclear industry, the latest talk in the continuing series of guest speakers in 2011. Coffee will be served, so bring your mugs. Dan Gardner will speak about “Getting Risk Right,” providing unique insight from his role as a journalist.

Mr. Gardner is a columnist and senior writer with the Ottawa Citizen and has won many journalism awards, including a National Newspaper Award, a Michener Citation of Merit, and Amnesty International’s Media Award. In 2008, he examined the psychology of risk perception in Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear. A best-seller in the United Kingdom and Canada, published in 11 countries and 8 languages, Risk was praised as “an invaluable resource for anyone who aspires to think clearly” by The Guardian. In 2008, it also won the Canadian Science Writers’ Association award, and in 2010, the Daily Telegraph named it one of five best brain science books ever written. In October 2010, Gardner’s next book, Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail and Why We Believe Them Anyway, was published in Canada. It will be published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere in spring 2011.

Before becoming a journalist in 1997, Gardner was senior policy advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Education and social policy advisor to the Premier. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from York University and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Please contact Chris Fleming if you would like to attend:, (613) 992-8467

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I <3 Flash Mobs

Have you heard about… or should I say seen the flash mod that happened on the Canal!? I am so sorry I missed it, but I’m glad it was recorded. Have you ever been in a flash mob? Would you like to be?

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CSCE Speaker

CSCEThe Carleton University chapter of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers (CSCE) will be hosting a guest speaker on Wednesday, February 16, and will be in 3269 ME, from 6pm to 7pm.  The speaker will be a past Carleton Engineering graduate,  Felice Petti, who is the manager of the Strategic & Environmental Services department within the City of Ottawa.  The lecture is entitled “Congrats on your B.Eng, now its time to REALLY educate yourself!”.   This is an excellent opportunity to find out about your career after university, and to get advice from a working professional.  All engineering streams are welcome to attend, but come early as it is limited capacity.

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Are you a graduate student looking for career direction and want to receive tips to prepare for your job search?

On February 23 and 24, the Career Centre will be holding a special two-day workshop open to all Master’s and PhD studentsFrom 8:30 am -4:30 pm, you will learn how to make career choices based on your personality type and establish career decision making criteria.

The deadline to register for this two-day workshop is February 21, 2011. Registrants must complete the Type Focus personality inventory prior to attending the workshop. All registrants must attend both days of the workshop. Visit myCareer through Carleton Central to sign-up.

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A&WMA Breakfast Seminar

The A&WMA's yummy breakfast seminars offers a great opportunity for students to network.

The next edition of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association’s (A&WMA) breakfast seminar is set to take place at the Metropolitain Brasserie on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Brian Wastle fomer VP Responsible Care with the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, who will present “What is the Chemistry Industry Doing about that Old Bugaboo – Sustainability?”. Brian will endeavour to explain why the Chemistry Industry Assocation of Canada has re-invented its long standing Responsible Care initiative and will solicit sceptical and constructive feedback in a Q&A period after his talk.  There will be a full breakfast and as usual, opportunity to network!  Please see the attached invitation for further details.  The Metropolitain Brasserie is located at Sussex and Rideau.

Advanced registration is $25 for A&WMA members and $30 for non-members.  Students pay $10 if they are members or $15 if they are non-members.  Online registration is recommended before February 22nd, 2011, as it helps to prepare for the event. Payment online made at (click the on-line registration link for the event).   Alternatively, you can RSVP for the event with Dr. Smita Bhatia at  Payment at the door can be by VISA, Master Card, cash or cheque.

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Have you heard about YEP?

The Young Environmental Professionals (YEP) of Canada is a national organization of local chapters dedicated to creating opportunities for young and emerging environmental and sustainability professionals. The National Capital Chapter is very active and has a vide variety of events that enable you to increase your exposure to different career possibilities and, of course, to network! If you are interested in finding out more. You can visit their website at:


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Upcoming OGG Events

For all you aspiring geotechnicals, here are some upcoming OGG events that you don’t want to miss:

  • February 17th: Geosynthetic presents a FREE seminar (click here for more info)
  • March: OGG Student Forum in Kingston. Free transportation will be provided
  • April 19th: The CCLT on the topic chosen of Deep Tunnelling in Hard Brittle Rock.
  • May 18th: OGG’s Annual Banquet.  This year topic will be very interesting and intriguing for all the Geotech Pirate out there: Oak Island Treasure.
  • June: OGG will be involved into an Aquitard Seminar, in Ottawa.

For more info, please visit their website at:


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