Profs to Be on CBC Radio, Profs, Grads Make Headlines

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Prof. John Fryxell, chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, will be on the popular CBC radio program Ontario Today Friday. He will do a series of live interviews and interact with callers from noon to 1 p.m.  The show was prompted by an incident earlier this week where a bear was shot in Newmarket; Fryxell will be discussing human-wildlife interactions and wildlife management.

Prof. Lee Niel, Population Medicine, is appearing as a guest of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks Question Roadshow on June 4 at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo. She will be discussing the chemical reactions of dogs as part of the show, which takes questions from listeners and asks scientists for the answers. Niel studies companion animal behaviour and behavioural neuroscience. The episode will be broadcast on CBC Radio on June 6.

Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, Marketing and Consumer Studies, was quoted in a GlobalNews.ca article on rising food prices on June 4. Charlebois, who studies grocery economics and is an author of the annual Food Price Index published by U of G’s Food Institute, discussed the importance of buying produce locally to keep costs down.

Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe, Molecular and Cellular Biology, was interviewed by National Public Radio on June 3 for a story on gut bacteria and autism. Allen-Vercoe discussed the impact that antibiotics can have on the gut. Allen-Vercoe and her research team analyze the microbes residing in the gut of children with autism.

Profs. Brady Deaton and Alfons Weersink, Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics, were interviewed by Global News on June 3 for a story on rising farmland prices. Deaton and Weersink discussed the potential implications for farmers if prices start to soften. Deaton and Weersink each study agricultural land and production economics.

Prof. Bill Van Heyst, Engineering, was interviewed by CBC Radio Kitchener-Waterloo’s The Morning Edition on June 3. Van Heyst was interviewed about a sound barrier he is working on that can reduce air pollution on highways. His research focuses on air quality and environmental engineering.

Prof. Nigel Raine, Environmental Sciences, was interviewed by the Toronto Star on June 2 for a story on bee hotels in urban locations. Raine, who studies honeybees and potential threats to them, discussed how the hotels can drive conversation about the bees and provide a nesting site for solitary bees.

The Lucky Iron Fish, a creation by two University of Guelph graduates several years ago, was featured in a Daily Brew story on Yahoo. The story looks at how Gavin Armstrong and Christopher Charles developed the idea of using a small piece of iron to reduce iron-deficient anemia in rural areas of Cambodia. The fish is now being sold in western countries and has seen strong sales.