Monthly Archives: September 2011

New ASHRAE Student Chapter at Carleton

Please Note: this meeting has been resheduled for MONDAY OCTOBER 17TH at 6:00pm in SGRC (room 5326 Mackenzie). For more details click here

Don’t know what ASHRAE is? Don’t worry I didn’t either. ASHRAE is an acronym for “American Society of HVAC Engineers” and they specialize in smart building design, LEED and HVAC. There are a couple of students looking to start a student chapter at Carleton.

The purpose of the Carleton student chapter is to get students to purchase a student membership and come out to ASHRAE’s Ottawa Valley monthly chapter meetings. At these meetings students have the amazing opportunity to network with a lot of big companies. During the meetings, students will be provided with a meal and a lecture on hot topics in the industry. Having a Carleton ASHRAE membership means members do not pay for these meals or the event. The price of the membership is yet to be decided but it will be somewhere between 20$-50$ and will last for the entire year.

Katie and Laura (the two students who are spearheading this initiative) will be hosting a quick 20 minute info meeting on OCTOBER 12th at 5:30pm in SGRC (that’s the Student Group Resource Room, it’s on the 5th floor of Makenzie and to get there you have to take the stair between the 2nd and 3rd blocks). If you are interested in ASHRAE and becoming a member, then I encourage you to go to the meeting. Networking, a lecture and a meal is a pretty good deal for any student! For additional information email Katie and Laura at

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Innovative Ideas Scholarship

Have you heard about the Carleton graduate who is putting up $1,000 of his own cash as a scholarship for current students? I heard about this on the radio this morning and thought it was a really good idea. It really goes to show how much Carletonians love their school and want to make it better.

To win the cash, you have to write an essay where you describe what you would do to improve the student experience at Carleton. It’s a pretty simple concept and the possibilities are endless! Are you going to give it a try?  To read more about the scholarship you can go here. The deadline is November 10th, 2011.

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Up In Smoke

Up in Smoke – One Man’s Burning Issue

Opening show of Up In Smoke

Opening shot of Up In Smoke

Read a promo for this new documentary on New Scientist today. A trailer is available on

Slash and burn farming generates more carbon annually than all global aviation combined. Throughout the humid tropcial zones of the world, it is practised by between 250 and 400 million families. It is rarely reported and in environmental terms is the real elephant in the room, that very few people appear to see.

Up in Smoke follows the work of one British scientist, who over 25 years has been perfecting an alternative to slash and burn farming in the world’s equatorial rainforests.

And he’s found it…

This documentary follows scientist Mike Hands as he highlights the environmental and sustainability problems with slash and burn agriculture while proposing an alternative method – alley cropping.  This documentary is surely one worth jumping at the opportunity to watch it whenever that opportunity arises.

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Carleton Co-op and Career Services

Looking for some help with co-op or career related issues? Then you’re in luck! Co-op and Career Services at Carleton has a number of career and employment-related events that are there to help.  Many of their planned events only take place only once per academic year so, take note and make sure you don’t miss out. For a full schedule of events and workshops head over to mycareer (accessed through your Carleton Central account). Here are some of their fall upcoming events:

  • Thinking about Grad School? Come out to the only education fair of the year on September 26 AND 27, 2011 in the Galleria.  Over 40 institutions attending over two days! For the list of participating institutions click here. Different exhibitors each day!
  • Need a job after you graduate? Come to Carleton’s biggest career event  – the Fall Career Fair, October 4 AND 5, 2011 in the Galleria.  For a list of participating employers click here. Two days, different employers each day!
  • So You Want to be a Lawyer Tuesday October 18, 6:00-7:30p.m.  – Details and registration on   myCareer (via Carleton Central)
  • So You Want to be a Teacher – Tuesday October 25, 6:00-8:00p.m. – Details and registration on myCareer (via Carleton Central)
  • Study and Go Abroad Fair (Non Carleton event, off campus) – September 29, 2011, 1:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., Ottawa Convention Centre,

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Living our Environmental Challenge

Did you know that thanks to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton, all events at the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival are free for Carleton students? It’s true! This Saturday the festival presents Living our Environmental Challenge with with Tzeporah Berman, William Marsden and Chris Turner.

Bringing together three passionate ecological experts, this event is a crucial overview of Earth’s environmental challenge and the road to a sustainable economy. William Marsden is the author of Stupid to the Last Dropand Fools Rule. Chris Turner, one of Canada’s leading writers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry, is the author of The Geography of Hope and The Leap. Tzeporah Berman, author of This Crazy Time, is the founder of ForestEthics and PowerUp Canada, and is currently Climate and Energy Co-Director of Greenpeace International.

  • Date: Saturday September 24th, 2011
  • Location: Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Cost: FREE for Carleton University Students (this event and all events at the writer’s festival)
  • Tickets: available online using “get tickets feature” or by phone at (613) 562-1243

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Introduction to Geobrugg Slope Stabilization Systems

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group’s (OGG) kick-off event presentation is scheduleded for TUESDAY, September 20, 2011 at 5:30pm at the Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive. The featured presentation is titled Introduction to Geobrugg Slope Stabilization Systems is presented by Joseph C. Bigger, Regional Manager for Geobrugg North America and the cost for admission is FREE (and includes complementary snack)!

To attend you please RSVP to Michel Timmons (

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) represents geotechnical engineers and geo-scientists in the Ottawa area. They hold regular lunch presentations throughout the year. It is FREE for students (or $20 otherwise) to become a member of the OGG. You can sign up at this event!

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WEAO Scholarships

Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) will be running its Scholarship Program for 2011. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote student awareness of, and recognize outstanding students in, the water quality field in Ontario.
For more information on the scholarship program please visit:

The 2011 scholarships will include four (4) awards. There will be one (1) award of $2,000 and three (3) awards of $1,000 each. One award is reserved for a college student and one award is reserved for a university student. Submissions are due on October 31, 2011.

The WEAO committee would greatly appreciate your support in promoting this excellent opportunity. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

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Beta Theta Pi Scholarship

(Sorry girls, this one if for guys only) Beta Theta Pi is offering a $1000 scholarship for non-Greek (non-fraternity) male students at Carleton University. They are seeking men who demonstrate devotion to academic achievement and a commitment to making both the university and community better places to live. If interested, complete the online application by Monday, October 3, 2011 available at (By applying for the scholarship, there is no commitment to membership in Beta Theta Pi or any other organization).

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Connect Canada is a new internship program that links graduate students and Canadian companies for research placements. Regardless of the issue, the sector or the location, Connect Canada internships can help companies find a cost-effective solution developed by highly skilled graduate students under the supervision of an academic supervisor. For graduate students, it provides a pathway to further develop their research skills, while gaining valuable industry experience and contacts. For the academic supervisor, the stipend is considered a part of their research funding and provides an opportunity to make contact with various industrial partners.

The categories of research that can be performed through this program fall into the following categories:  natural science, engineering, economy, social science, health, environment and ethics. Each internship is four-to-six months and is completed by a graduate student at the master’s, PhD or post-doctoral fellow level.

Connect Canada internships are funded by $5,000 from the company, which is matched by Connect Canada for a total intern stipend of $10,000 for the entire internship. The Connect Canada Internship program is funded by the Industrial Research-Development Internship (IRDI) program through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).

Additional Resources: Brochure, Presentation for New Interns, Program Guide

For more information, visit or contact Raed Kadri – Business Development Officer

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Potluck and General Meeting

Our first potluck of the year is set to take place on Thursday September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm in Azrieli Pavilion room 132.
What a great way to kick off the semester and meet with fellow SEEDS members. The potluck will also be coupled with a general meeting where you can learn about what we are all about, tell us what you want to see in the upcoming year and, of course, get involved (your involvement is eligible for the co-curricular record).
To reduce waste, please bring your own cutlery and dishes (including containers if you want to take leftovers home). We will have disposable dishes available but the’ll cost you $1!
You can  RSVP and let us know what you are bringing here.
  • What: SEEDS General Meeting and Potluck
  • When:  Thursday, September 22nd, 5:30pm
  • Where: AP 132
  • Admission: Free if you bring a dish to share, or $4 if you don’t. Disposable dishes available for $1.

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