Faculty, Staff In the News

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Prof. Nigel Raine, Environmental Sciences, was interviewed by CBC News March 16, and March 14 by the Canadian Press, Yahoo News and the Daily Mirror. Raine discussed a study he co-authored on how pesticides affect bumblebees’ ability to forage for pollen. Raine studies pollination and crops, bees and pesticides.

Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, Marketing and Consumer Studies, wrote op-eds in the Globe and Mail March 15 and 16, was interviewed by CBC News March 14, CTV’s Canada AM March 9, Yahoo News and Global News March 3, the Globe and Mail Feb. 23 and 24 and CBC News Feb. 20. He discussed a variety of topics in the op-eds and interviews, ranging from how social media can affect retailers to food fraud and ketchup sales, as well as grocery stores selling “ugly produce.” He also spoke about pharmacies selling medical marijuana, the future of Canada’s maple syrup industry, and fruit and vegetable prices. Charlebois is the lead author of the Food Institute’s annual Food Price Report and studies food policy and distribution.

Prof. Ross McKitrick, Economics, wrote an op-ed column in the Financial Post March 15. He discussed issues involved with creating carbon taxes. McKitrick studies Ontario energy policy, environmental economics and taxes on carbon emissions.

Prof. Keith Warriner, Food Science, was interviewed for a Canadian Press story March 14 that ran in several publications, including CTV News, Yahoo News and the Toronto Sun. He spoke about best-before dates on grocery products, and what consumers should know to keep themselves safe. Warriner studies food safety, E. coli bacteria and pathogens.

Prof. Matthew Hayday, History, was interviewed by the Toronto Star March 14 for a story on federal plans for Canada Day celebrations. Hayday discussed the celebration’s focus on community building and Canada’s future. He is the author of the forthcoming book Celebrating Canada: Holidays, National Days and the Crafting of Identities. PhD candidate Mark Sholdice was also interviewed in the same story; he has written on Canada at war.

Researcher Tyler Flockhart was quoted in a March 14 National Geographic story on monarch butterflies. He discussed migration and the effect of dwindling butterfly numbers. Along with his supervisor, integrative biology professor Ryan Norris, he has published studies on the decline of monarch butterflies, and is working with the David Suzuki Foundation on a project to increase monarch numbers in Ontario. Flockhart holds a Liber Ero fellowship, which supports early-career scientists studying conservation and management issues in Canada.

Prof. Andrea Paras, Political Science, wrote an op-ed column in the Toronto Star March 13. She discussed her personal experience with miscarriages and the importance of devoting medical resources to support women. Paras studies women and development, and humanitarianism.

Prof. Andreas Boecker, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, was interviewed by Maclean’s magazine March 13 for a story about genetically modified (GM) foods. Boecker studies consumer acceptance of GM foods, risk perception and historical trends of consumers responding to food-borne risks.

Prof. Barb Morrongiello, Psychology, was interviewed by CBC News March 12 for a story about leaving children at home unattended. In the interview, Morrongiello, who studies childhood injury prevention and parent safety practices, discussed the importance of supervision.

Prof. Mike von Massow, Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, was interviewed by Yahoo News March 8. He discussed the possibility of restaurants charging customers for reservations. Von Massow studies restaurant revenue management and food value chains.

Prof. Evan Fraser, Geography, was interviewed by Quartz March 5 and by MSN.com March 7 about fluctuating food prices. He also appeared on a special edition of the CBC Radio show IDEAS that aired Feb. 26, talking about the challenge of feeding the world’s growing population. Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, Fraser studies food prices and related issues. His “Feeding Nine Billion” project is intended to spark discussion about feeding the Earth’s ballooning human population.

Cara Wehkamp, manager of the U of G’s Office of Intercultural Affairs, was interviewed by CBC News March 3 about U of G’s plan to boost the number of aboriginal professors and scholars on campus. U of G’s new initiative was also featured by the Toronto StarGlobal News, CTV News and 680 News.