Monthly Archives: March 2011

WISE Presents: Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering

The Carleton Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering is a showcase of graduate  students, faculty, and alumni of Carleton University. The number of women who enrol in many  science and engineering programs is quite low, so the amazing things they do can easily go  unnoticed. This day puts them in the spotlight.

The event takes place on April 6, 2011 and everyone is invited!

For more details, including a schedule and descriptions of presentations,  please visit:

Carleton Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering

  • Date: Wednesday April 6 2011
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:15 pm
  • Place: Porter Hall (2nd Floor University Centre)

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SEEDS General Meeting

Thursday March 31st, 2011 will be the our next General Meeting and is set to take place from 4 to 5 pm in the SGRC which is located on the 5th floor of the Mackenzie building (take the stairs located between the 2nd and 3rd blocks). All are welcome to attend!

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Wanted: Volunteers for Ottawa Regional Science Fair to be held at Carleton

The Ottawa Regional Science Fair Committee is looking for safety inspectors for grades 7-12 projects. Your role would be to make sure that projects are designed according to the guidelines. The event will be held at Carleton
on April 1st and 2nd but the volunteers are only needed for April 1st

If you are interested please contact Safaa at as soon as possible.
Safety inspector Volunteers for Ottawa Regional Science Fair:

* Each safety inspector will be given a checklist at the beginning of the fair.

* Pizza will be provided.

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ENVE 4908 Final Year Design Project Presentations

It’s that time of year again, the Carleton University ENVE 4908 Final Year Design Project Presentations!  This year we would like to invite all undergraduate and graduate students alike to attend these presentations.  The presentations will take place  Tuesday March 29th 2011.  The presentations are broken up into two sessions.

Session A: Tory 236, 8:35 AM — 9:55 PM

  • Design of an earth energy system for a residential subdivision
    V. Advani, A. Lambros, L. Wadey, R. Arsenault
    Supervisor: Professor B. Isgor
  • Design of a deposition plan for oil sands tailings
    Yu, L., H. Tsang, D. Wu, N. Kajouri
    Supervisor: Professor P. Simms
  • Site remediation of a former jet fuel storage facility
    A. Fernades, K. Bazinet, H. Bromley, C. Ng
    Supervisor: Professor P. van Geel
  • North Gower Village Rideau Works Yard Site Remediation Plan
    A. Chowdhury, T. Sarabian, H. Dong, Q. Nguyen
    Supervisor: Professor P. van Geel

Session B: Mackenzie 4342, 1:05 PM — 2:25 PM

  • Living System Design: a natural wastewater treatment system for Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm
    A. Pappin, A. Lynch, A. Gladish, T. MacPherson
    Supervisor: Professor B. Örmeci
  • Drinking Water for El Matazano Village, El Salvador
    J. Reyes, D. Achircano, M. Valiente, J. Garcia
    Supervisor: Professor P. Simms
  • Design of a tire derived fuel system
    A. Menyhart, I. Madueke, K. Dion-Belair, T. Lyon
    Supervisor: Professor A. Hakami
  • Design of an anaerobic digester for a livestock farm
    B. Koehler, S. Walker, P. Wilder, A. Mullen
    Supervisor: Professor A. Hakami

Presentations with be 15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions.

These projects are a show case of the students ability to incorporate the fundamentals in mathematics, science, and engineering and apply their skills to real-world problems.  So if you have time this March 29th, come experience these presentations.

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Update: Dogooder Non-Profit Video Awards Winners Announced

The 5th Annual Dogooder Video Awards have been announced and the Post Carbon Institute’s video, “300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds”, took the top prize for a small organization. A big thanks goes out to everyone for voting, no matter what videos you voted for. The other winners are as follows: 

  • Best Video from a Large Organization – “A Public Service Announcement not approved by AJWS”, from the American Jewish World Service
  • Best Video from a Medium Organization – “Meet the Digits”, from Ronald McDonald’s House Austin
  • Best Video from a Small Organization – “300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds”, from the Post Carbon Institute
  • Best “Thrifty” Video Produced for less than $500 – “It’s in Your Hands”, from the Watershed Management Group

 All these videos can be viewed here. And for more information on the Non Profit Video Awards, see the Seeds blog post about it published on March 13th below.

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World Water Week Kicks off Today!

In an effort to raise awareness about world water issues, the United Nations has designated March 21 to 26 as World Water Week. SEEDS has two events planned for this week: A lecture on Tuesday and a screening of Blue Gold: World Water Wars on Thursday.

Lecture with Dr. Örmeci “Water, Sanitation and Health”

  • Date: Tuesday March 22, 2011
  • Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Room: 3444 Mackenzie Building

Screening of “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”

  • Date: Thursday March 24
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Room: 3235 Mackenzie Building
  • popcorn will be served

To kick things off, here is a little video to remind you of some cold hard (like ice) facts.

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Gasland: The Unconventional Natural Gas Debate

Gasland is the story of unconventional natural gas extraction across the US and the impact such work is having on residents living close to the natural gas wells. Josh Fox, the director and narrator of Gasland, begins the film in his Pennsylvania back yard and the picturesque stream that flows through it. Fox was born and raised on the property place and is concerned he receives a letter from a natural gas company requesting he sell his property for the purposes of natural gas extraction.

Fox then begins a cross-country tour detailing the hazardous effects fracking (the process by which unconventional natural gas is extracted) is having on local homeowners and the environment. Nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and winner of a 2010 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, Gasland has been a lightening rod for controversy.

Gasland has won praise for the first of a kind exposition on the unconventional natural gas industry and has also drawn a lot of criticism from the Natural gas industry itself for what it describes as mischaracterizations and misinformation. In fact, Energy in Depth, an industry lobby group, wrote a letter to the Motion Picture Academy trying to get the picture removed from the list of documentary finalists because of factual inaccuracies. You can find a trailer for Gasland here.

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