Carleton neuroscience students say building move could harm research, careers

The CBC writes:

Students in Carleton University’s neuroscience department are worried that two upcoming building moves in the span of less than a year could bring a halt to important brain research and hamstring their careers.

The department is scheduled to temporarily relocate to an as-of-yet undetermined location when renovations to their current building get underway next March — and then settle for good in the university’s new health sciences facility when it opens.

It’s a plan, however, that could pull the plug on painstakingly-precise research projects and potentially delay students’ graduation dates, said John Stead, the chair of Carleton’s neuroscience department.

“For many of those students, the research they’re going to be doing is critical for their degrees, critical for their futures,” Stead said.

“And at the moment, we don’t know whether the students are actually going to be able to continue their research next year.”

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  • Carleton University Senior Administration has unilaterally decided to evict the Neuroscience department from the Life Sciences Research Building by March 1, 2017 to make way for the renovation and construction of the ARISE building
  • No viable alternative location has been proposed, and no detailed project plan has been devised for such a move
  • Carleton’s announcement of the eviction came without consultation of the faculty, staff, and students effected by the order
  • Students at both the undergraduate and graduate level are experiencing stress and mental anguish due to the uncertainty they are facing
  • The eviction may add as much as another year to students’ degree completion times as research projects and theses are delayed as lab space and supervisors become unavailable
  • Moving an operational lab that is conducting research without a plan to protect the work of students and faculty will lead to irreversible losses of time, reputation, and funding
  • An all-party consultation leading to a mutually acceptable plan must begin immediately

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