U of G Gets Largest-Ever Gift, $20 Million to Lead Agri-Food Revolution

The University of Guelph has received its single largest-ever gift: a $20-million donation from the Arrell Family Foundation to transform the global food economy and further strengthen U of G and Canada as agri-food leaders. “This landmark gift will allow our University to address the defining challenge of our time: food security, safety and sustainability,” …

2017 Winegard Award Winners Recognized

A student helping Syrian refugees adjust to life in Canada, a professor who uses his skills in computer science to support food security, and a Physical Resources (PR) manager who teaches adults how to read are the winners of this year’s William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Awards. Student Yousr El Sharawy, computer science professor Dan Gillis …

Ontario150 Partnership Aims to Help Artists Take Flight

Helping young artists launch careers after university is the purpose of a new mentorship project involving the University of Guelph and the Guelph Arts Council (GAC). The Ontario150 Partnership Program will support young musicians and visual artists working with artist mentors and community curators. The program is intended to help artists develop professional networks and …

Research Vice-President Discusses Federal Budget, Agri-Food Innovation with BNN

Potential growth in Canada’s agri-food industries resulting from the recent federal budget was the focus of a live interview with Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research), on the Business News Network’s Commodities show March 23. Campbell discussed plans by the Liberal government to encourage innovation in agriculture and food, and talked about how investing in research can lead …

U of G Applauds Federal Budget, Emphasis on Agri-Food

As Canada’s “food university,” the University of Guelph is applauding the federal government for investing in food and agriculture in the 2017 budget to grow Canada’s economy, said president Franco Vaccarino. “We are delighted that the government is recognizing the role the agri-food sector plays in building Canada’s prosperity and its innovation prowess,” he said. …

Winter Sets Up Bird Breeding Success: Study

For migratory birds, breeding grounds are where the action is. But a new study by University of Guelph biologists is among the first to suggest that the number of songbirds breeding during spring and summer depends mostly on what happens at their wintering grounds. The pioneering study points to potential effects of climate change and …

How Using Your ‘Down Time’ Effectively Boosts Work Performance, Happiness

Are you feeling burned-out, tired or frustrated at work? Jamie Gruman, an organizational behaviour professor at the University of Guelph, says using your “down time” more effectively can boost your work performance and make you more productive. Through his current research, he’s developed an approach called the ReNU model, which focuses on steps to recharge …

Guelph-Humber Programs to Be Offered Online With eCampusOntario Award

Two University of Guelph-Humber programs will be made available online to students – in addition to their traditional classroom format – through a $615,000 award from eCampusOntario. U of G was among successful applicants in a 2016-2018 New Program Development call for proposals from eCampusOntario. The non-profit organization, consisting of all publicly funded colleges and …

Mental Health Hackathon Featured by CBC News

A hackathon focused on using technology to improve support for mental health was profiled by CBC News March 15. The annual hackathon asks students to come up with solutions to a broad social challenge. In the story, computer science professor Dan Gillis, student organizer Patrick Houlding and Matthew Sampson, part of the winning team “Guelph Cares,” …

Nanoscience Discovery May Slow Spread of Disease Outbreaks, Flu Viruses

Fewer mass disease outbreaks and better vaccines may result from a new nanoscience-based method for identifying emerging flu viruses developed by international scientists including a University of Guelph researcher. The team’s discovery may significantly speed up identification of flu viral strains, thwarting disease spread and leading to more reliable vaccines, according to U of G …