Location Change Announced for BBRM Equine Management Major

Starting in the fall 2014 semester, the equine management major of the bachelor of bio-resource management (BBRM) degree will be based entirely at the University of Guelph home campus. Previously, students spent the first two years of the program at the University’s Kemptville campus and moved to the Guelph campus to complete their third and …

Food Science Hosts Cheese Competition

The Department of Food Science is hosting 10 cheese-making experts from across Canada this week as they judge the inaugural Canadian Cheese Awards. Department chair Art Hill, an internationally recognized authority in cheese technology, is serving as chief judge. Anita Stewart is assisting the competition in her role as U of G food laureate. There …

EquiMania! Exhibit Attracts Awards

An Equine Guelph partnership with the Minnesota State Fair received two Awards of Excellence at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) convention held in Las Vegas in December. The awards recognized the EquiMania! exhibit and the five-year educational partnership program. Produced by U of G’s Equine Guelph, EquiMania! is an interactive youth education …

Animal Welfare Scientist Impressed by Netherlands Farm Tour

A four-day study tour in the Netherlands showed animal science professor Tina Widowski that the Canadian food animal industry faces some of the same challenges as its European counterparts – and that solutions working in the Netherlands may provide ideas and inspiration for Canada. Widowski is director of U of G’s Campbell Centre for the …

Next-Generation Technology Benefits DNA Barcoding

A faster, cheaper way to capture more information about nature’s diversity is the main benefit of next-generation technology described by a team of researchers including U of G biologists in a paper published this week in Molecular Ecology Resources. The group has shown that next-generation sequencers plowing through numerous genetic samples at a time may …

Student-Produced Magazine Wins Big

The 2013 edition of Emerge magazine, produced by fourth-year students in the media studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber, has received 15 digital journalism awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City. The magazine more than doubled the number of awards it won in 2012. The digital awards include first place …

Senate Approves Study Break Day

Starting next fall, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Monday will become a study break day at the University of Guelph. The University will be open, but no classes will be scheduled. The study break day was approved Monday by the University’s Senate. The proposal was made by the Central Student Association (CSA), and approved by Senate’s …

Location Change for BBRM Environment Management Major Announced

Starting in the Fall 2014 semester, the environmental management major of the bachelor of bio-resource management (BBRM) degree will be based at the Guelph campus. Previously, students spent the first two years of the program at the University’s Ridgetown campus and moved to the Guelph campus to complete their third and fourth years. The change …

Weed Scientists Recognized by Peers

Profs. Peter Sikkema and Darren Robinson, weed-management specialists in the Department of Plant Agriculture at Ridgetown Campus, were recently honoured by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and the Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS), respectively. Sikkema received WSSA’s most prestigious honour, a Fellow Award.  A U of G faculty member since 2003, he has …

Psychology Prof to Speak at Parliament Hill Research Event

Psychology professor Barbara Morrongiello is taking part in a special event on Parliament Hill Feb. 24 that will highlight university research focused on children and youth. She is among seven professors from Canadian universities who will be presenting their research to government leaders. All of the research projects involved community agencies that work with children …

Gryph Surprises Prospective Students

How many university students can boast that their admission offers were hand-delivered by a six-foot-tall mythical creature? That’s what happened for some prospective University of Guelph students Wednesday when their admission offers were brought to their homes by Guelph’s mascot, Gryph. Gryph, accompanied by staff from Admission Services, surprised a handful of local student hopefuls …

FARE Students Take Top Honours at Agri-Food Conference

Master’s students Jessica Kelly and Johanna Wilkes, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), won top honours in the research poster competition at the annual Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conference in Ottawa  Jan. 29 to 31. The conference theme was “Policies and Regulations for a Thriving Canadian Agri-Food System.” Kelly received first prize for her …

U of G Welcomes East African Delegation

U of G welcomed an East African delegation to campus Jan. 31. The high commissioners and ministers from Uganda and Kenya met with faculty and researchers and toured campus research facilities. Their visit was part of Guelph East Africa (GEA), an ongoing initiative that includes establishing an institute in Tanzania to help solve regional problems. …

American Oil Chemists Honour U of G Food Scientist

Food Science professor Alejandro Marangoni has won the prestigious Supelco/Nicholas Pelick Research Award from the American Oil Chemists’Society (AOCS). The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, honours substantial contributions to basic lipid science over a lifetime of research. It’s considered the most prestigious in the field of lipids; three Nobel laureates are among its recipients. …

Survey Shows Strong Support for Universities

The majority of Ontarians rank universities highly for their contributions to society in the form of research, science and health care, according to a recent survey by the Council of Ontario Universities. Universities scored highly for how they benefit the province; 88 per cent of Ontarians ranked universities’ contributions as important, just behind hospitals at 92 per cent, and elementary …

FRAN Mourns Former Chair

Prof. Gerald Adams, retired from the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition (FRAN), died Jan. 22 in Guelph. A renowned expert on personal identity and adolescent development, he held degrees from Midland Lutheran College in his hometown of Fremont, Neb., the University of Nebraska and Pennsylvania State University. He was a psychology program chair …

Nominations Open for Student Life Awards

From the faculty member who takes extra time to help a student to the undergrads who create a non-profit organization to benefit others, the University of Guelph is filled with caring and passionate individuals. To honour those who contribute to our local, national and international communities, the University presents nine awards overseen by Student Life. …

New Book Reviews Foods with Psychoactive Properties

Things we ingest to alter our minds – purposely or not – are the topic of a new book by food science professor Massimo Marcone. The Psychopharmacology of Legal Psychoactive Foods is published under the custom publication program of Nelson Education Ltd. Marcone uses the text in “Principles of Food Science,” a second-year course taken …

Storytelling Projects Communicate Science

Can you change the world in five minutes? Maybe not. But geography professor Evan Fraser figures five minutes is enough time to share key messages about feeding a growing and ever-more hungry world. This month and next on his “Feeding 9 Billion” blog, he’s releasing four short animated videos on aspects of food security. Fraser …