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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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Stress Less for Tests

February 9 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn practical skills to decrease test anxiety and enhance energy and performance during exam periods. Part one of this program meets today, and part two meets on Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The fee is $5 for U of G students. Register by Feb. 8 to enroll in this program. Location: University Centre, Room 335

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Zero-Trash Workshop

February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sustainability Office presents a zero-trash workshop to discuss the impacts of waste and how you can adopt a waste-free lifestyle. Learn how to make your own toothpaste. Location: MacKinnon, Room 314

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ASTRA Presents Gwynne Dyer

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Science Complex,
488 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Journalist, columnist, broadcaster, lecturer and historian Gwynne Dyer discusses the Islamic State, climate change and a new cold war in his upcoming talk "Don't Panic! But You Can Worry a Little." Book sales  and a book signing will take place after the talk. Admission is free and open to everyone. Location: Science Complex atrium

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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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Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture by Rob LeBlanc

February 10 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

The landscape architecture program in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development presents a guest lecture by Rob LeBlanc, principal and landscape architect at Ekistics Planning and Design in Halifax, N.S. His talk is titled "Connecting the Dots." Location: Landscape Architecture, Room 125

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Leadership Workshop: Translating Co-Curricular Experience on Your Resume

February 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Employers are looking for the skills you are learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Attend this session to learn more about the transferable skills you are gaining outside of the classroom that employers are looking for in successful candidates. Please bring your resume as a reference and guide. Location: University Centre, Room 441

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MCB Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series

February 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Prof. Malcolm Campbell, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and vice-president (research), presents "What the Log Saw: Considering 'Memory' in Plants." Everyone is welcome to attend. Location: MacKinnon Building, Room 120

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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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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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