Guelph Profs, Grads In the News

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Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, Marketing & Consumer Studies, wrote a column that appeared in the Globe and Mail on Oct. 13. Charlebois discussed changes in grocery stores, looking at the purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart by Loblaw, the impact of Walmart’s growth in the sale of groceries, online shopping, and the increasing popularity of farmers’ markets. Charlebois said retailers will need to learn to adapt to the changing demands of consumers.

Prof. Ernesto Guzman, director of the Honey Bee Research Centre, was interviewed by the Globe and Mail on Oct. 9 for a story on honey bees and neonicotinoids. Guzman discussed how the pesticide is just one factor in what is impacting the decline in numbers of honey bees, and said the main danger to the bees are bee mites, followed by fungi, pesticides and climate change. He said more study is needed on the issue.

Prof. Andy Hathaway, Sociology and Anthropology, was interviewed by Global News for an online story on Oct. 7 for a story on a drug called Molly. The story examined how Molly has become more prevalent in clubs. Hathaway, who researches illicit drug use and Canadian drug policy, said that because Molly is a street drug, it is difficult to say what the drug contains. He noted that this can mean increased risks with these drugs.

Nigel Raine, holder of the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation and a professor in Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, was featured on the CBC radio program Quirks and Quarks Oct. 11 and in a CBC online news story. The article discusses a study Raine co-authored that showed long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees’ ability to forage for pollen. The research involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags.

The College of Arts is in the news this month. U of G graduate Tiziana La Melia was  in the Globe and Mail. She was recently named the winner of the 16th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The $25,000 prize celebrates promising new Canadian visual artists. Studio art graduate Samuel de Lange was interviewed on Global News on Oct. 1 for a story looking at his win in a national art competition. His abstract print won the annual BMO 1st! Art Invitational Student Art Competition. De Lange discussed how he created the print and his reaction when he found out he had won.