University, CUPE 3913 Reach Tentative Agreement

Working together with the assistance of a provincially appointed mediator, the University of Guelph and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3913 have reached a tentative agreement, which now requires ratification by both parties. The University and CUPE 3913, the union that represents teaching assistants and sessional lecturers, have been negotiating a renewal agreement since …

Research Looks at Nuclear Technology as Form of Insect Birth Control

A high-tech form of insect birth control connected to nuclear power could solve a devastating pest problem for Ontario farmers, says a University of Guelph researcher. Prof. Cynthia Scott-Dupree, School of Environmental Sciences, will lead a multi-year study on sterilizing pepper weevils using cobalt-60. Funding for the study was announced today by Bruce Power in …

Gut Microbes Offer Clues to Dangerous Illness in Preterm Babies

The secret to saving the lives of some vulnerable preterm babies may be in their poop. University of Guelph professor Emma Allen-Vercoe, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is using stool samples from preterm infants and the “robo-gut” in her lab to uncover the causes of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening illness. About 12 per …

U of G Melatonin Research Making Headlines

New U of G research on melatonin supplements is making headlines. The study by PhD student Lauren Erland and plant scientist Prof. Praveen Saxena found that most melatonin supplements sold over the counter do not contain the amount of the hormone listed on the label, and about 25 per cent contain unlabelled serotonin. Media reports …

Honeybee, Soil Research Projects Get $1.4 Million from NSERC

Protecting dwindling honeybee populations and improving soil health are the goals of two University of Guelph initiatives that received more than $1.4 million in federal support today. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded Strategic Partnership Grants to Prof. Rod Merrill, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Prof. Claudia Wagner-Riddle, School of …

Update on CUPE 3913 Negotiations

This bulletin is intended to update the University of Guelph community on talks between the University and CUPE 3913, the union that represents teaching assistants and sessional lecturers. The University is currently negotiating a renewal collective agreement with the union. Since negotiations began in the fall, the parties have made progress on many outstanding issues. …

Missing Snake Found

The small ball python snake that went missing in the University Centre last week has been found. The snake was spotted in a second-floor office of the University Centre around 5:30 p.m. by some students. They contacted Campus Community Police, who found the snake under a desk and put it in a box. It was taken to the …