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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 …

Prof. Mandy Wintink

Neuroplasticity Makes Brain Changes Possible

If you think it’s too late to change your brain, think again. Our brains change throughout our lives, thanks to a process called neuroplasticity, says University of Guelph-Humber psychology professor Mandy Wintink, author of Self Science: A guide to the mind and your brain’s potential (Iguana Books). “It’s true that the brain becomes more resistant …

Prof. Tricia van Rhijn

Mature Students Face Challenges Going Back to School

About one-third of post-secondary students are 25 or older, and many have long-term partners and children to complicate their work-life-school balance. Prof. Tricia van Rhijn, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, has researched the challenges and benefits for these older students and found there’s an increase in divorce rates when one partner goes back …

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Biofilms Boost Antibiotic Resistance in People With Cystic Fibrosis

Bacteria know there’s strength in numbers — that’s why they form biofilms. These bacterial communities are more resistant to antibiotics than individual free-floating cells, thanks to a protective exterior that encases the biofilm “like a tank,” says Prof. Cezar Khursigara, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. His lab is studying how Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria form …

Prof. Kimberley Wilson

Members of LGBT Community Face Unique End-of-Life Challenges

Approaching the end of life can be frightening and difficult. For members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, there can be additional challenges and barriers, says Prof. Kimberley Wilson, who teaches gerontology in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition. “There’s often an assumption by health-care providers that everyone is heterosexual,” …

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Seminar Series Helps Beer Lovers Get Ahead

If you’re about to crack open a cold one on a hot summer day, don’t be afraid to try a new brew, says certified beer expert Mallorie Edward. She will teach a series of beer seminars starting in October through the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management (HFTM). Beer is the most popular alcoholic …

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Vets Can Help Pets Stress Less

Going to the vet is often a stressful experience for pets and their owners, but there are techniques vets can use to help calm nervous animals, says Prof. Lee Niel, Col. K.L. Campbell Chair in Companion Animal Welfare in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). Niel’s research studies the efficacy …

Prof. David Danto

Aboriginal Community Beats the Odds

From an aboriginal community in northern Ontario comes a refreshing perspective on a far too common story: “Many coastal communities in the James Bay region have significantly high rates of mental illness, including substance abuse, depression and suicide,” says Prof. David Danto, psychology program head at the University of Guelph-Humber. “But one stands out by virtue …

Research Aims to Protect World’s Oceans

Near her childhood home in St. Catharines, Ont., the closest Noella Gray got to the sea was watching lakers moving through the Welland Canal. Maybe it was the occasional childhood vacations at her grandparents’ home in New Brunswick that stirred deeper waters in her. Today as a U of G geography professor, Gray is no …