Guelph Faculty Making Headlines

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Guelph’s Centre for New Students was featured in a Globe and Mail story on Oct. 21. The story looks at how programs for new students are preparing them for the challenges of university. In the article, Nina Khalon, a staff member at the Centre, and Barry Townshend, former director of the Centre, are interviewed. They said that students can face a number of challenges, and that it is important they take advantage of the services offered at the university.

Prof. Chris Hall, Environmental Sciences, was interviewed by CTV News on Oct. 18 for a story looking at his research into developing drugs that could fight a strain of ebola. In collaboration with the biotech company PlantForm, Hall and his team are working to quickly produce vaccines derived from antibodies in tobacco plants. Hall said said biotech drug production based on plants has distinct advantages including higher yield, lower costs and faster turnarounds.

Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the College of Business & Economics, was interviewed by Maclean’s on Oct. 19 for a story on academic dishonesty at post-secondary institutions. Christensen Hughes has researched the topic, including conducting a 2006 survey in which 15,000 students across Canada discussed their academic habits. She said academic dishonesty can take a range of forms, including cheating on tests or on written assignments.

Prof. Evan Fraser, Geography, made headlines recently. He wrote several opinion columns in conjunction with World Food Day that ran in the Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, The Guardian and CNN online.He was also interviewed by the Globe and Mail on Oct. 8 for a story on food security in Canada. Fraser discussed the need for developing a national food strategy, and said that some changes are needed to ensure food production matches the needs of Canadians. Fraser, a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, is advocating for changes in technology, distribution, local food systems and regulation.