How Embracing Germs Can Encourage Good Health

Germs play an important role in our daily lives — they can make us ill, but they also work to keep us healthy. Despite a sickly childhood, University of Guelph graduate and visiting scientist Jason Tetro developed an infectious appreciation for microbes. Now a germ expert and the author of two books, The Germ Code …

U of G Researchers Identify Monarch Butterfly Birthplaces to Help Conserve Species

University of Guelph researchers have pinpointed the North American birthplaces of migratory monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico, vital information that will help conserve the dwindling species. The researchers analyzed “chemical fingerprints” in the wings of butterflies collected as far back as the mid-1970s to learn where monarchs migrate within North America each autumn. The …

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ICON Course Encourages Students to Think and Learn in New Ways

Powdered cricket brownies, anyone? As part of the preliminary pitch for their semester-long assignment in the Ideas Congress (ICON) course, a team of Guelph undergraduates recently handed out home-baked goodies — complete with insect ingredients — to classmates. To judge by appreciative comments around the Macdonald Hall classroom that evening, the brownies helped to sweeten …

University of Guelph business student and Guelph storm hockey captain Garrett McFadden talks about mental health.

U of G Student, Guelph Storm Captain Garrett McFadden Launches Mental Health Initiative for Young Athletes

He was already stickhandling roles as full-time captain of the Guelph Storm hockey team and part-time economics student at the University of Guelph. Now Garrett McFadden is devoting some time to a new campaign intended to encourage young athletes to talk about mental health issues. It’s an initiative rooted in his brush with a teenage …

U of G Researchers Use the Science of ‘Very Small’ to Solve Bigger Sustainability Challenges

Like a taut spring, master’s student Baraka Gitari hops around his supervisor’s plant agriculture lab to show off the components of his nanoscience project. Here’s an incubator for growing bacteria. Here’s an autoclave for sterilizing growth medium. And here in the cooler is a bottle of Canadian maple syrup. Wait: maple syrup? That ingredient is …

Birds Not Expert Navigators, U of G Study Finds

What happens when you add up surgery on tiny birds, a cargo flight with odd luggage and miniature backpacks? If you are University of Guelph researchers, you find out birds may have less of a sense of direction than previously thought. U of G researchers packed birds onto a flight going from Toronto to Saskatoon, …