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February 2016

Student Life Awards Nominations Open

February 5 - March 2

Do you know an outstanding student, faculty, staff or community member? Nominate them for a Student Life Award today. Visit the Student Life website for the nomination form.

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Blind Date With a Book

February 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Blind Date with a Book gives everyone a chance to take out a leisure-reading book without knowing which book they have chosen. Participants will choose a book based on a short description and get the chance to read a book they might not have considered otherwise. This fun and exciting event is free to all students, faculty and staff. Location: McLaughlin Library, first floor

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Better Sleep for Peri-Menopausal Women

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This two-hour workshop offers drug-free tips to help cope with mid-life sleep changes, hot flashes and the frustration of being awake through the night. The fee is $5 for U of G students, $10 for members of USW Local 4120 and $20 for everyone else. Location: University Centre, Room 335

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Marcel Naseer Ali Memorial Lecture in Aquatic Biology

February 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Department of Integrative Biology welcomes Prof. Jeffrey Richards from the University of British Columbia to present the 2016 Marcel Ali Lecture in Aquatic Biology. He will present a talk titled "Understanding the Mechanisms and Evolution of Hypoxia Tolerance in Marine Intertidal Fishes." This lecture is open to all members of the University community. Location: OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, Room 1714

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Thursday at Noon Concert Presents Jim Gelcer Group

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Jim Gelcer trio will be on full and eclectic display, performing selections from Gelcer's newest recording. The album, released in January 2016, blends jazz with pop classics from Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley, Bill Withers to Sting. Location: MacKinnon, Room 107

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100 Days of the Trudeau Cabinet

February 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This panel discussion will provide an assessment of the first 100 days of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet. The panel participants will include Prof. Tamara Small (Political Science, University of Guelph); Prof. Matthew Hayday (History, University of Guelph); Prof. Anna Esselment (Political Science, University of Waterloo); and moderator Dave Snow (Political Science, University of Guelph). Location: MacKinnon Building, Room 224

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International Studies Speaker Series

February 12 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Rozanski Hall,
98 Trent Lane
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
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Prof. Robin Roth, Department of Geography, presents "Constrained by Conservation but Liberated by Capitalism? Conservation Induced Livelihood Change in Northern Thailand." Everyone is welcome. Location: Rozanski Hall, Room 102

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Writers Workshop, Feb. 18-19

February 18

The annual Writers Workshop at the University of Guelph Library will feature more than 20 workshops, taught by award-winning fiction writers, magazine writers, food and travel writers, social media and digital communication professionals, scientists, technical writers and academic writing experts. This two-day event is free for everyone, including the greater Guelph community. Presenters provide either 90-minute or three-hour workshops with hands-on practical tips and instruction for writers at all levels. Participants can choose to attend sessions that most appeal to…

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Food Forum on Gut Health

February 18 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Does the gut microbiome hold the key to improving our health and productivity? Join the Livestock Research Innovation Centre and the Food Institute to hear the following experts: Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe, University of Guelph; John Parkinson, Hospital for Sick Children; Prof. Andrew Van Kessels, University of Saskatchewan, and more. Interested participants include food producers, processors, feed manufacturers, retailers, input suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, nutritionists, veterinarians and researchers. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Send your RSVP to Rebecca Rebus…

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Leave for Change Talk

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Prof. David Prescott, Department of Economics and Finance, will discuss his recent Leave for Change (L4C) experience supporting small business development in Malawi. “My month in Malawi gave me an appreciation of the people of Malawi and how they live -- an appreciation that can only be achieved by living and working there,” he says. Leave for Change is a program of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), two leading international…

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Hopper Lecture

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rozanski Hall,
98 Trent Lane
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
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The Hopper Lecture presents Simon Maxwell, senior research associate at the Overseas Development Institute, UK, and Emeritus Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies, UK. Maxwell's talk is titled "Finding a Place of One’s Own: Development Agency Choices in a New Landscape." Location: Rozanski Hall, Room 102

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Leadership Workshop: “Stressed” is “Desserts” Spelled Backwards

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Do you get stressed? We all do. This workshop is designed to help you identify sources of stress and learn skills to prevent or manage it. If “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards, let’s turn our stress around and enjoy dessert! Location: University Centre, Room 441

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2016 Harshman Lecture

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cutten Fields,
190 College Avenue East
Guelph, ontario Canada
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Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family, presents the 2016 Harshman Lecture on "Families in Canada: Complex, Dynamic and Diverse." Admission is free and everyone is welcome. A reception will follow. Location: Cutten Fields

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MCB Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series

February 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
MacKinnon Building,
87 Trent Lane
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Dr. Thomas Wolever, professor and graduate co-ordinator, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, presents "Carbohydrate Quality and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM). The U of G faculty host is Prof. Ian Tetlow. Everyone is welcome to attend. Location: MacKinnon Building, Room 120

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CESI Annual Event: Engaging with the University of Guelph

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) will host its second annual event on Feb. 25. We invite local community organizations to attend and explore how to partner with the University to address their research needs, discuss how to address current challenges and enhance our partnerships. The event is free, and lunch is provided. Location: Arboretum Information Booth

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Public Lecture on Same-Sex Marriage in Argentina

February 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
MacKinnon Building,
87 Trent Lane
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Profs. Jordi Diez (Political Science, University of Guelph) and Michelle Dion (Political Science, McMaster University) present "Support for Same-Sex Marriage in Argentina: Results of a Survey Experiement Five Years After Legalization." Location: MacKinnon Building, Room 223

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Researchers Who Study India Invited to Meet

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
MacKinnon Building,
87 Trent Lane
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Faculty and graduate students whose research focuses on India are invited to meet to discuss their work and share their experiences. Location: MacKinnon Building, Room 621

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PhD Thesis Defence: Kyla Cochrane

February 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Kyla Cochrane, a PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, will defend her thesis on "Elucidating Potential Virulence Factors in Fusobacterium nucleatum." The adviser is Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe. Location: Science Complex, Room 2315

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Leave for Change Talk

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rebecca Knaggs, residence admissions liaison, Student Housing Services, discusses her recent Leave for Change experience teaching youth about gender equality in Peru. She says her experience through Leave for Change can be captured by this Peruvian proverb: "Poco a poco, se camina lejos" (Little by little, one walks far). Leave for Change is a program of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), two leading international development organizations. As a partner in…

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Take the Stress Out of IBS

February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn strategies to decrease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or a stressed stomach. This four-session program, offered by the Stress Management Clinic and the dietitian at Student Health Services, meets at 7 p.m. on Monday evenings. The program fee is $10 for students and $40 for non-students. Location: University Centre, Room 335

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