History Prof in LA Times, Circus Elephant Research Highlighted

History professor Susan Nance was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times Jan. 16 for an article about the closure of the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show. Nance has written extensively about how circus elephants are managed. The circus said a 2015 decision to remove elephants from the show – a response …

New Study on Air Pollution, Coal Phase-Out Conducted by U of G Prof

A University of Guelph professor is co-author of a new report released today on air pollution and the phasing out of Ontario’s coal-fired power plants. Economics professor Ross McKitrick wrote the report for the Fraser Institute, a public policy think tank where he is a senior fellow. The study was covered by various Canadian news outlets and McKitrick …

Fungi Matter Most to Forest Diversity: Study

To understand forest diversity, look not just to the trees but also to the fungi, says a new international study involving a University of Guelph professor. A team of researchers, including U of G integrative biology professor Hafiz Maherali, found that fungi — not trees – are what control forest diversity. More specifically, whether a …

Food Science Prof on CBC’s The National

 Food Science professor Keith Warriner was interviewed by CBC’s The National Jan. 13. He was asked to provide expert opinion about Wal-Mart Canada being charged under the Public Health Act with selling contaminated food during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire. Warriner discussed how wildfire could contaminate food, and said that the Alberta Health Services was …

Prof’s Column on Team Teaching in University Affairs

Prof. Shoshanah Jacobs, Integrative Biology, wrote a column for University Affairs Jan. 11 about the challenges and benefits of co-teaching a course. She said better teaching results when instructors voluntarily work together and are committed to teamwork. Jacobs studies seabirds and has authored the book Antarctica: Discovering the Last Continent. She studies the effectiveness of approaches …

How Embracing Germs Can Encourage Good Health

Germs play an important role in our daily lives — they can make us ill, but they also work to keep us healthy. Despite a sickly childhood, University of Guelph graduate and visiting scientist Jason Tetro developed an infectious appreciation for microbes. Now a germ expert and the author of two books, The Germ Code …

Emma Allen-Vercoe studies gut microbiota at the University of Guelph.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Prof’s Research Featured in University Affairs

Research by Molecular and Cellular Biology professor Emma Allen-Vercoe on the gut was featured in a University Affairs story Jan. 9. The article looked at research projects at universities across Canada examining the human gut and the role it plays in the development and regulation of diseases. Allen-Vercoe and her research team are working to “produce …

U of G Researchers Identify Monarch Butterfly Birthplaces to Help Conserve Species

University of Guelph researchers have pinpointed the North American birthplaces of migratory monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico, vital information that will help conserve the dwindling species. The researchers analyzed “chemical fingerprints” in the wings of butterflies collected as far back as the mid-1970s to learn where monarchs migrate within North America each autumn. The …

U of G Welcomes Israeli Research Delegation

Researchers from the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem visited the University of Guelph recently to discuss future research collaborations in production animal diseases. The workshop, held Jan. 5-6 at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), stemmed from a U of G visit to the Israeli veterinary school by president Franco …

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ICON Course Encourages Students to Think and Learn in New Ways

Powdered cricket brownies, anyone? As part of the preliminary pitch for their semester-long assignment in the Ideas Congress (ICON) course, a team of Guelph undergraduates recently handed out home-baked goodies — complete with insect ingredients — to classmates. To judge by appreciative comments around the Macdonald Hall classroom that evening, the brownies helped to sweeten …