Reading a story and not finding out what happens at the end is like eating Oreos without a glass of milk! So the Gazette team met with three graduates we wrote about in 2013 to tell you more about their incredible stories.
At the beginning of the 20th century, going to the Moon seemed like an impossible dream. But on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on it. Conquering Mars? Don’t even think about it! But a mission to Mars represents “the next logical step that we have to take as a species,” says Iheb Mejri, a biomedical mechanical engineering student at the University of Ottawa.
Poor, but with a wealth of its own: Élise Vaillancourt’s Haiti experience
Élise Vaillancourt (BSocSc ’13) has always had a real taste for adventure. When she was young, she left her hometown of St-Hyacinthe to study at the prestigious Collège Brébeuf in Montreal and then, at the University of Ottawa, where she did a bachelor’s in international development and global studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Riding your bike is a great way to stay in shape—and on trend. A number of students and employees at the University of Ottawa have chosen to add cycling to their routine, whether as part of their work commute or simply for the pleasure of riding the National Capital Region’s bike paths.
Marie-Claude Thifault is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She is also the editor of a collection of essays on the history of health services in Quebec and Canada brought together in L’incontournable caste des femmes: Histoire des services de santé au Québec et au Canada.
If you think that the University of Ottawa’s clientele seems a few years younger these days, it’s probably because you’ve noticed some of the 1,800 students now on campus to take part in the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program from May 5 to 9.
Physics professor wins international prize for ultra-fast light pulses
Physics pioneer Paul Corkum compares his cutting-edge research on photonics, the science of light, to skiing down a hill as fast as he dares. Corkum, a University of Ottawa physics professor and National Research Council (NRC) scientist is in Israel this week to receive the 2013 Harvey Prize for developing the use of ultra-fast pulses of light to observe the tiniest subatomic particles.