Profs, Researchers In the News

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Geography Prof. Aaron Berg was on CBC radio July 30 discussing his research involving a NASA satellite. Berg’s project is one of five nationally to receive funding this week from the Canadian Space Agency.Berg and his U of G team are using information gathered by NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite to help farmers and meteorologists better predict crop yields, floods, droughts and seasonal weather forecasts.

Hospitality, Food and Tourism Prof. Marion Joppe was interviewed by ICI Radio-Canada, the Canadian French language radio network, July 29 about the potential effects of the lower Canadian dollar on tourism. Joppe teaches international tourism and marketing and studies heritage, ethnic and wellness tourism.

OVC postdoctoral researcher Tyler Flockhart  was on CTV’s popular morning show Canada AM on July 27. He discussed his research project aimed at helping municipalities deal with burgeoning cat populations. It includes placing radio collars on feral cats to better understand their behaviour. Flockhart was also featured on the popular CBC radio program Here and Now July 21 and on CTV news and CBC radio July 22.  In addition, he and Prof. Shane Bateman were featured by CBC and Yahoo! news July 20. Bateman, a clinical studies professor, is a veterinarian and chair of the board of the Guelph Humane Society. Flockhart is working under the supervision of Prof. Jason Coe in Population Medicine. Previously, he has been involved in U of G studies on the cause of the decline of monarch butterflies.

Prof. Merritt Turetsky, Integrative Biology, was interviewed by National Public Radio in the U.S. on July 27. Turetsky spoke about her research on permafrost in the Alaskan wilderness, and how, as it gets warmer in Alaska, the material that was previously frozen is now susceptible to burning quickly. She was also featured in a July 30 article in Tech Times about the effect of large Alaskan fires on climate change. Turetsky studies plant ecology and biogeochemistry, with a focus on permafrost degradation.

History Prof. Matthew Hayday has an op-ed column published in the Ottawa Citizen July 17. The article is a personal and historical look at the evolution of gay marriage in Canada and the United States. Hayday studies nationalism, identity politics and the history of Canada Day, as well as the history of bilingualism in English-speaking Canada.

Prof. Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the College of Business and Economics, was featured in the  Globe and Mail July 17. She wrote an opinion column about her recent talk at the United Nations General Assembly of the Global Compact, where she represented members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education Initiative. In the op-ed, Christensen Hughes describes U of G’s vision for developing leaders for a sustainable world, and how accomplishing it has required transforming both teaching and learning methods.A U of G faculty member since 1987, Christensen Hughes is a leading researcher in curriculum development, student engagement and academic misconduct.

Prof. Doug Goff is also featured in the July 17 Globe and Mail, talking about how ice-cream makers are experimenting with bold new flavours. The Food Science professor is one of the world’s leading experts in ice cream science and technology, and has been behind some of the most important innovations in the history of ice cream. Goff has studied dairy processing and technology at Guelph for nearly 25 years, and o teaches U of G’s acclaimed 100-year-old ice cream technology course, the only one of its kind in Canada.

Prof. John Cranfield, chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, was quoted in a July 16 Toronto Star story. In the article, Cranfield discusses the challenges of meeting export demand during environmental challenges such as drought conditions, and the effect on consumers.A U of G professor since 2001, Cranfield studies consumer behaviour and demand analysis among individuals, households and markets.

Prof. Madhur Anand has been named one of Canada’s up-and-coming writers by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which released its 2015 edition of CBC Books’ Writers to Watch July 16.The Environmental Sciences professor is being recognized for her debut poetry collection, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes. Many of the poems reference Anand’s research, using images of nature and ecology as a theme, or to provide a metaphor for human experience or emotion.The collection was named one of 10 “trail-blazing” poetry volumes to read during National Poetry Month in April.