National Engineering Month, International Women’s Week and Russian Election: Hot Topics for March 5, 2012

Carleton University experts are on standby to provide commentary on today’s hot topics.

National Engineering Month

March is National Engineering Month in Canada and Carleton engineers are getting in on the action. Carleton is holding its own Engineering Week, with events ranging from a design competition to the creation and demonstration of a Rube Goldberg Machine. A full schedule of events can be seen here.

Winnie Ye
Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics
Canada Research Chair in Nano-scale IC Design for Reliable Opto-Electronics and Sensors
613-520-2600, ext. 8395

Winnie Ye’s current research involves applied research in communications technologies, including photonics. She is currently working on applications of photonics for communications, sensing and renewable energy. Much of her research is conducted in Carleton’s clean lab, a vibration free facility. Carleton is one of the few institutions in Canada with such a facility.

Ye is available to speak to the media about applications for photonics and her experience as an engineer at Carleton.

International Women’s Week

International Women’s Week is a global week celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It honours the work of the suffragettes who campaigned for the right to vote for women. A schedule of events can be seen here.

Linda Duxbury
Professor, Sprott School of Business

Linda Duxbury is a pioneer in the field of organization health. Her interests also lie in issues surrounding managing a changing workforce. She is an expert on women in policing, and can also speak on work-life issues and how men are bahving more like women, not the reverse.

Jennifer Evans
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of History
613.520.2600 x 2848

Jennifer Evans is available to speak about the history of International Women’s Day and its place around the world. Her current research includes a project called Hate 2.0 which is a look at how the right wing is using social media. She is also working on a book that looks at the persecution of gays and lesbians under Nazism and in the Cold War. She is investigating ways that social media is used to generate historical knowledge, critical thinking and political mobilization/organization.

Linda Schweitzer
Assistant Professor, Sprott School of Business
613-520-2600 x1967

Linda Schweitzer teaches knowledge management in both the Ottawa and Shanghai MBA programs. Her recent research with respect to gender is limited to the pay expectations gap. She is also an expert in areas of alternate work arrangements (telework and virtual teams), strategic human resources management, organizational behavior, women in business and society, as well as generations in the workplace.

Russian Election
Vladimir Putin will continue his 12-year rule after a landslide victory in Sunday’s presidential election.

Piotr Dutkiewicz
Professor of Political Science/Director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy
Carleton University

English, Russian

Piotr Dutkiewicz is the director of the Centre for Governance and Public Management at Carleton University. He has edited (or co-edited) several books on Eastern Europe and Russia and is a member of the Valdai Club, an international group of the world’s most respected Russian scholars who provide advice to the Russian president.

Jeff Sahadeo
Director, European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Associate Professor

English, French, Russian
613-520-2600 ext. 2996

Jeff Sahadeo is an expert on Eastern Europe and Asia. He works on issues of colonialism, nationality, frontiers, and borders in relations of power and the creation of identities and states.

For more information:
Chris Cline
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391

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