International Wins for Gryphon Runners

University of Guelph cross-country runners won two medals and a fifth-place finish at international competitions Sept. 12 in France and England. Incoming Gryphon Amelie Kretz captured a bronze medal at the World Under 23 Triathlon Championships in London, England. She finished sixth in the World Junior (Under 20) Triathlon last year. U of G teammate …

Anthony Clarke Appointed Journal Editor

Microbiology professor Anthony Clarke has been appointed co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, beginning this month. Published since 1954, the monthly journal is affiliated with the Canadian Society of Microbiologists. It contains new research in the field of microbiology, including applied microbiology and biotechnology; microbial structure and function; fungi and other eucaryotic protists; infection …

Iron Fish a Finalist in Innovation Competition

A U of G project that involves using a fish-shaped chunk of iron to combat life-threatening anemia in developing countries is a finalist for an innovation award sponsored by a U.S. business magazine. The Lucky Iron Fish Project is one of five finalists in the “Social Good” category of the Innovation By Design Awards sponsored …

U of G Grounds Department Wins North American Competition

The University of Guelph Grounds Department has been recognized by the Professional Grounds Management Society of North America (PGMS), winning a top award in the society’s  Green Star Awards competition. Entered by grounds manager John Reinhart, the U of G crew won in the Urban University/Campus category, which considers everything from turf management, plantings and …

Studio Art Prof Exhibits in New York

A performance art exhibition in New York City this weekend will feature U of G studio art professor Sandra Rechico. During the event called Map It Out, Rechico and Toronto artist Gwen MacGregor will invite visitors and passersby to draw maps indicating their travels that day. Performances will take place at three locations in Long …

United Way Co-Chairs Rally the Troops

Co-chairs for the annual University of Guelph United Way campaign met last week with campus volunteers who will help to run the annual fundraising drive. Now in his second year as a co-chair, history professor Stuart McCook introduced the other 2013 chairs: Kim Best, department and undergraduate secretary in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and …

Funeral Service to be Held for Professor Emeritus Elrick

Professor emeritus David Elrick died Aug. 20. Elrick was a professor in the former Department of Land Resource Science from 1962 to 1996. He started his career at U of G in 1957 as a physics professor, before moving to Australia to work for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. Visitation will be held …

Adjunct Prof Wins National Landscape Award

Steve Barnhart, MLA ’95 and an adjunct professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, received a 2013 regional merit award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The award relates to his work as manager of landscape architectural services for the City of Hamilton; he is consultant on the multi-year project that …

U of G Research Librarian Receives Fellowship

U of G librarian Amanda Etches, head of discovery and access, has been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for the 2013-2015 ARL Leadership Fellows program. Begun in 2004, the program provides training and networking opportunities to assist librarians as they move into leadership roles at research libraries. U of G’s CIO and …

Human Rights and Equity Office Posts Three-Year Report

The Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) recently released a report outlining its achievements and challenges over the last three years. The report is available on the HREO website. “The HREO report reflects the collective work of all members of the University community in making the University of Guelph a welcoming and inclusive place for …

Funeral Service to be Held for Professor Emeritus

Professor emeritus Len Adams passed away July 27. Adams had been a professor in the School of Languages and Literatures (SOLAL) before retiring in 1995. He continued to be involved with U of G, serving as chair of the United Way campaign and winning the first University of Guelph Alumni Association employee volunteer award in …

Global Collaboration Focus of Latest Research Magazine

The latest issue of Research, a magazine produced by the Office of Research, focuses on the many ways U of G research reaches across disciplines and across countries. Titled “What the World Needs Now,” the magazine includes articles under the four pillars of the University’s BetterPlanet Project: communities, heath, food and environment. Articles range from …

COU Launches Job Site for University Students

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has launched http://mycareerinfo.ca/, a website designed to help students, graduates and entry-level employees match their education, skills and goals to jobs. The website is intended to complement career services already offered by Ontario universities. “Universities teach our students so much more than what the name of their degree suggests. …

Study DNA Barcoding Online

For the first time, U of G is offering an online course in DNA barcoding. The introductory-level, eight-week course provides a basic understanding of DNA-based approaches for species identification and discovery. It’s offered through the Office of Open Learning and Educational Support. Some of the topics discussed will include history of species identification, the steps …

Plant Scientist Honoured for Work in Weed Management

Prof. Clarence Swanton, Department of Plant Agriculture, has been honoured by Bayer Canada Inc. for his research in crop protection and weed science. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Bayer presented awards to 23 Canadians who have made a mark on society through science and innovation.  Swanton was recognized for his expertise in weed ecology and …

Magazine Celebrates Program’s Accomplishments

The successes of the five-year-long Animal Health Strategic Investment that involved the University of Guelph are highlighted in a new magazine. The $7.5-million program was overseen by the Animal Health Laboratory and Laboratory Services Division, and was run through the University’s partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural …

Neuroscience Grad Student Nabs Research Award

Graduate student Lesley O’Brien won the prestigious Billy Martin Award at the International Cannabinoid Research Society meetings in Vancouver June 25. This award recognizes the best pre-doctoral student presentation at the conference. O’Brien, a first-year master’s student working with psychology professor Linda Parker, competed against senior PhD students for the honour. O’Brien studies a particular endocannabinoid, …

New App Eliminates Need to ‘Feed the Meter’

Tired of worrying about whether your parking meter is about to expire while at the University of Guelph? Now there‘s an app to ease your mind. Using newly equipped parking meters, you can “feed the meter” via your smartphone. Download the “pay by phone” app or access a mobile web site. Once parked in a …

Guelph Athletes Excel at Canadian Track and Field Championships

University of Guelph athletes won six medals — one gold, three silver and two bronze — at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, N.B., June 20 to 23. Leading the Gryphons was Andrea Seccafien, who won the women’s 5,000-metre. Her performance guaranteed her a spot on the Canadian team for the Francophone Games …

Prof Helps Celebrate Urban Aboriginal Art, Voices, Stories

Prof. Carla Rice, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, is part of a novel project celebrating the urban aboriginal community. “inVISIBILITY: Indigenous in the City” comprises visual art, performance video, digital stories and a speaker series. Aboriginal artists, scholars, filmmakers, teachers, students and parents will creatively share their experiences and perspectives with stakeholders in education and …