Professorship in Wheat Breeding Established

A new Grain Farmers of Ontario Professorship in Wheat Breeding has been established in the Department of Plant Agriculture. Supported by a $1-million investment and involving the Grain Farmers of Ontario, SeCan and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), the position will help meet a growing need for cereal breeding, especially winter wheat breeding, in Ontario. …

Indonesian Visitors Study Community Engagement

Professors from six Indonesian universities are on campus for three weeks of workshops about “The Promise and Practice of Community Engaged Scholarship.” Their visit is part of a broader project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency on supporting Islamic leadership in Indonesia. The professors, who are from Alaudin State Islamic University and the State …

Memorial Service to Remember Paul Gilmor

A memorial service on July 5 will honour the memory of R.P. “Paul” Gilmor, who died June 20. He was the University’s first provost, serving from 1967 to 1987. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St. He is remembered on campus through the annual R.P. …

Human Anatomy Program Honours Body Donors

The human anatomy program in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences will hold a committal and internment service at Woodlawn Memorial Park on June 24 for those who donated their bodies to the University of Guelph for educational purposes. “It is truly a selfless act to donate your body, and there is so …

Prof Named Fellow of Ecological Society of America

Kevin McCann, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, has been named a 2013 fellow of The Ecological Society of America (ESA). The fellows program recognizes contributions to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy. Members are elected for life. McCann was one of 17 people internationally and the …

U of G Departments Earn CCAE Recognition

The University of Guelph departments of Alumni Affairs and Development, Athletics, and Communications and Public Affairs received three gold awards, two silver and one bronze in the 2013 Prix d’Excellence competition hosted by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE).  The awards were presented during CCAE’s national conference June 8 to 10 in …

COU Reports on Green Initiatives at Ontario Universities

A Council of Ontario Universities (COU) report released today says Ontario universities are shrinking their environmental footprint and that students are helping to drive the agenda. COU chair and U of G president Alastair Summerlee says the Going Greener report acknowledges that students are playing a leadership role in reducing waste and increasing recycling on …

Grant Maxie Honoured for Veterinary Lab Service

Grant Maxie, Animal Health Laboratory and co-director of U of G’s Laboratory Services Division, has been named Laboratorian of the Year by the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN). The annual award recognizes a diagnostician, educator, researcher or mentor for their contributions to veterinary laboratory medicine in Canada.  Recipients are selected from provincial, federal and …

Eight Alumni Inducted into Order of OAC

This month the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) welcomed eight new members to the Order of OAC, an honour recognizing donations to the college of more than $100,000 each. “All of these individuals have shown great leadership and commitment to OAC – our research, service and our exceptional students. I am honoured to welcome them into …

PhD Candidate Wins Armand-Frappier Award in Microbiology

Salim Islam, a PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, will receive the 2013 Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award. The award recognizes the top Canadian graduate student in microbiology and will be presented at the Canadian Society of Microbiologists/Société Canadienne des Microbiologistes (CSM/SCM) conference in Ottawa this summer. Islam’s PhD adviser if Prof. …

OpenEd Launches Teaching/Learning Journal

Open Learning and Educational Support has launched a new online, peer-reviewed journal on teaching and learning innovations. The TLI On-Line Journal will be published annually to coincide with U of G’s Teaching and Learning Innovations conference. The current issue, available online, includes articles from the 2011 and 2012 conferences. Submissions for the 2013 issue are …

Ag Economist Named Senior Fellow of Fraser Institute

Glenn Fox, a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, has been appointed a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, an independent public policy organization. Founded in 1974, the institute brings together academics, economists and policy analysts from around the world to provide market-based solutions to Canadian public policy strategies. “Prof. Fox …

Guelph Experts to Study Global Food Security

A forum organized by the University of Guelph and the University of Saskatchewan will place food security in the spotlight for policy-makers, academics and students. The National Food Security Forum 2013 will take place in two parts. Faculty from the University of Guelph will visit Saskatoon May 15 to17 to discuss agricultural production, biotechnology, food …

Braden Evans Wins TA Recognition

Braden Evans, a PhD student in the School of Environmental Sciences, will receive the inaugural Associate Vice-President Academic (AVPA) Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence. This is the first U of G teaching award to recognize the contributions of teaching assistants (TAs) across all seven colleges. It will be presented to Evans Aug. 29 at U …

Learning Enhancement Grants Awarded

Five projects aimed at strengthening undergraduate engagement and academic success at U of G have received nearly $98,000 from the University’s Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF). Created in 2006, the fund supports initiatives arising from the integrated planning process and the curriculum renewal process. LEF grant proposals can come from faculty or staff in any college, …

VP Research Starts Blog

Kevin Hall, vice president (research) has started a new blog intended to provide information about research meetings, strategy sessions, conferences, and other events he attends that may be of interest to the University’s research community. The blog is located on the Office of Research website. Current posts include summaries of a talk by Hiroshi Matsumoto, …

Get the Lowdown on a Download

Business professor Jamie Gruman is co-author of a research paper named by the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences (CJAS) as its “most downloaded paper” in 2012. The paper is entitled “Organizational Socialization and Positive Organizational Behaviour: Implications for Theory, Research and Practice.” It advocates a shift in research and practice on organizational socialization towards more …

Health and Safety Director Named

Georgia Apolonatos, P.Eng., has been hired as U of G’s new director of health, safety and wellness, effective June 3. She holds a master’s degree in applied science in chemical engineering and a diploma in occupational health and safety, and brings practical experience in industry along with a background in environmental health and safety. Martha …

UC Atrium Gets Finishing Touch

Remodelling of the University Centre (UC) atrium, which began last summer, should be completed by mid-May, according to a memo from project manager Shane Denis, Department of Physical Resources. Put on hold when classes started last September, the atrium project resumes April 29. Outstanding work includes: * Perforated metal screens installed over the white acoustical …

Student Bakes Periodic Table of Cupcakes for Charity

What’s your favourite chemical element? That’s what people were asking in the Department of Chemistry April 25 as they admired Barbara Goodall’s cupcake creation. The first-year master’s student in chemistry baked 118 cupcakes, one for each element on the periodic table. She then frosted and labelled each one with its element name. The cupcakes sold …