Outside the Lab

Alfonso Abizaid: Soccer Coach and Dad

Alfonso Abizaid: Soccer Coach and Dad

Alfonso Abizaid, our fearless supervisor, is known for his fancy moves—as well as his injuries—on the soccer field. But he doesn't only play on the field. Alfonso coaches kids aged 7 to 12 when not in the lab or in his office reading paper after paper and writing grant proposal after grant proposal. Perhaps its from his youth kicking a ball around in dingy football-hungry Mexico City. As Alfonso s[...]

Logan Seaman: Captain of Varsity Men’s Waterpolo Team

Logan Seaman: Captain of Varsity Men's Waterpolo Team

Logan Seaman, fourth-year honours student, started playing waterpolo since the age of 9. Playing both regionally and internationally, Logan is now the captain of Carleton's varsity men's waterpolo team, leading the team to Carleton's second championship in team history. The team won by defeating three-time defending champions the Toronto Varsity Blues in the final minutes to claim the Ontario Univ[...]

Martin Wellman: President of Cryofrog Scientific

Martin Wellman: President of Cryofrog Scientific

In 2011, Martin Wellman, PhD student, created the software company Cryofrog Scientific. Having had a past life in the high-tech industry, working as a lead programmer at Nortel in the 90's as a high-school student and then working as a co-op software engineer at the age of 19 at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, Martin has been programming as far back as he can remember. While its first product, [...]

Neuroscience FC and Dodgeball

Neuroscience FC and Dodgeball

Neuroscience isn't all just brains. You need a steady hand and agile fingers. Among us are athletes and non-athletes (or should we say almost-athletes?). Neuroscience at Carleton is represented in intramural soccer by Neuroscience FC, with our own Zack Patterson in nets with Trevor Rodrigues (sometimes in nets), Val Charbonneau, Vero St.-Onge, and Martin Wellman on the field. And of course there'[...]

Rim Khazall and Harry MacKay: Neurobites Bloggers

Rim Khazall and Harry MacKay: Neurobites Bloggers

Rim Khazall and Harry MacKay, both PhD students, have been in our lab for some time now (especially Rim). On their Neurobites blog, Rim and Harry present fascinating discussions about the world of Neuroscience. Recently, a Neurobites article has been chosen as an editor's choice over at Research Blogging, and this year at Neuroscience 2011 in Washington, D.C., both have been selected as official [...]

Rim Khazall: Drop-In Extraordinaire

Rim Khazall: Drop-In Extraordinaire

In the lab Rim is known as the one out in the community, helping where help is needed, which includes keeping a steady flow of income to the Bank Street cupcake businesses. But more importantly Rim acts as both a Senior Youth Worker and an Outreach Youth Councillor for different Community Health Centers, where she runs Drop In programs, Health & Fitness programs, Leadership camps and a mean ga[...]

Rim Khazall: Science Chair for CU-WISE

Rim Khazall: Science Chair for CU-WISE

  Rim Khazall is the Science Chair for the Carleton University Women in Science and Engineering (CU-WISE) student chapter and the Carleton University Representative for WISE the Ottawa Chapter. Rim has been a member of CU-WISE since 2008 and an executive since 2009. Her primary duties, among others, include, seeking outreach opportunities for Carleton University students within the communit[...]

Society for Neuroscience, Ottawa Chapter

Society for Neuroscience, Ottawa Chapter

The Abizoids have a long history with the young Ottawa Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. In the 2010-2011 year of the society, Rim Khazall acted as treasurer, Zack Patterson was the public relations representative, and Alfonso Abizaid was the Carleton University faculty representative. Martin Wellman stepped in for journal club, famous for providing free pizza. For this academic year, Zack[...]

Val Charbonneau: Hockey Coach for Carleton Ravens

Val Charbonneau: Hockey Coach for Carleton Ravens

Val Charbonneau, Master's student, has been involved with the Carleton women's varsity hockey team since her first year here at Carleton, when she was named the conference rookie of the year. In the 2009-2010 season she was named to the QSSF first all-star team and twice was named to the second all-star team. In addition to this, Val holds several Ravens goaltending records and is a fully certifie[...]

Zack Patterson: CFO of CHANCE Foundation

Zack Patterson: CFO of CHANCE Foundation

Zack Patterson, PhD student, is the Chief Financial Officer of the CHANCE Foundation, an Ottawa-based foundation that raises money for needy children. In 2008, the foundation donated $250,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to the Oscar Jand Hospital in San Cristobal, Ecuador. In 2009 CHANCE joined forces with SandBox Inc. to aid impoverished children in Nicaragua through education. CHANC[...]