OVC Cancer Research, Comet Landing, Profs Making Headlines

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OVC Prof. Paul Woods is featured in the Nov. 13 Toronto Star talking about a new vaccine therapy developed by researchers at U of G’s Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation, where Woods is the co-director. Woods, a Clinical Studies professor, is also a veterinary cancer specialist at the Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer. OVC researchers have teamed up with McMaster University’s Immunology Research Centre to treat breast cancer in cats using the new vaccine, designed to boost the immune system and kill tumour cells without harming healthy tissue. Their groundbreaking clinical trial may lead to better treatments for breast cancer in animals and people. The story was also featured on CBC news online earlier this week, and in At Guelph in October during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Prof. Art Hill, chair of the Department of Food Science, is featured in a Nov. 13 Maclean’s magazine article. The story looks at how consumers want local, natural and artisanal products—and what grocery giants are doing to adapt to the shifting landscape. Changing supply chains and  time-tested products is a huge and costly endeavour, and Hill discusses how consumer attitudes and sense of risk are not always scientifically correct.  Hill’s teaching and research focuses on food technology, chemistry and processing. He has chaired the Food Science department since 2009.

Prof. Ross McKitrick, Economics, co-authored an editorial column that was published in the Nov. 13 Financial Post. It discusses a recent report he released through the Fraser Institute about Ontario’s rising electricity prices. In the article, he says wind and solar power are key drivers behind the price surge. McKitrick specializes in the economics of environmental policy. He has served as an environmental policy consultant for the Fraser Institute since 2002.

Prof. Ralf Gellert, Physics, was interviewed by the Globe and Mail on Nov. 10 and again on Nov. 11. In the stories, Gellert discusses a robot machine launched by scientists at the European Space Agency that will attach to a comet. Comets are relatively unknown, said Gellert, and there could be some big surprises. An instrument Gellert helped develop, the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS), will take precise measurements of the comet’s elemental ingredients. The over 10-year-long project has also been featured worldwide on other news sites, including CBC and CNN.

Prof. Alan McDougall, History, was interviewed by the Toronto Star on Nov. 10 for a story looking at a former East German hockey star who was denied an opportunity by his government to play in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers. MacDougall, who has written extensively on East German sports, said the Communist government officials viewed any move by elite athletes to the west as a blow to socialism.