Trial Garden Holds Yearly Open House

The University of Guelph will hold its annual trial garden open house over two days this year — Aug. 15-16 — at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, 328 Victoria Rd. This free event will feature Guelph and Wellington County master gardeners answering gardening questions and the Guelph Healthy Landscape Team discussing natural pest control and wise …

Guelph Event Aims to ‘Startup’ New Ventures

University of Guelph students, faculty and staff will showcase ideas and skills for new entrepreneurial ventures during Guelph’s first ever “Startup Weekend” Aug. 15 to 17. Startup Weekend involves people pitching and listening to ideas, and then forming teams to create business plans and even launch new companies. Local business leaders act as coaches and …

Guelph Grad Wins Top Prize in National Art Competition

A University of Guelph graduate has won a national art competition, taking home the top prize of $10,000 for a photographic print. Samuel de Lange, who graduated this year with his BA in studio art, was selected by a jury of deans and instructors of arts programs from across the country for the top submission …

Healthier Kids, Reduced Costs Goal of U of G Family Study

For David Ma, it’s making sure that his kids get enough sleep. For Jess Haines, it’s limiting TV time for her youngsters. They’re both University of Guelph professors leading a new Guelph research team in a massive interdisciplinary study designed to help cut ballooning health-care costs in Ontario. But as ordinary moms and dads, they …

New Guide Celebrates U of G’s Community Services, Partnerships  

The University of Guelph has published its first-ever Community Resource Guide. The 95-page guidebook discusses campus services available to the general public and highlights community-University partnerships and initiatives. The guide was unveiled today during an event at the Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington. It’s part of a larger community engagement strategy begun by Sue Bennett, director …

Ice Cream Stands the Test of Time, Food Science Prof Says

Ice cream. It’s the snack that draws fans from the youngest children to the oldest seniors, and it has stood the test of time. When ice cream manufacturers want to learn the craft, they turn to University of Guelph food science professor Doug Goff. Goff teaches the University’s long-running “Ice Cream Technology” course and is …

Need to Rethink Employee Engagement: Prof

Managers and organizations need to rethink the way they view employee engagement if they want to get the most from their staff, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Guelph professor. The literature review by management professor Jamie Gruman and University of Toronto professor Alan Saks examined 10 years’ worth of employee …

Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired by Pesticide Exposure: Study

By fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags, a University of Guelph researcher has shown that long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees’ ability to forage for pollen. The research by Nigel Raine, a professor in Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, and Richard Gill of Imperial College London was published today in the British Ecological Society’s …

U of G Eco-friendly Flower Pots Blossom in U.S., Canada

Affordable, eco-friendly flower pots — made with University of Guelph technology — have hit the market. They’re on the shelves of 2,500 Kroger stores in the United States and 33 Lowe’s stores in Canada, and soon will be featured in Home Hardware stores. Jill Selby (left) and Amy Thatcher, of the Department of Plant Agriculture, …

Prof’s New Play Explores Myths of Living With a Disability

A new play written by a University of Guelph professor along with nine wheelchair users will be performed in Toronto this month. Judith Thompson’s Borne will run at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts until July 19. This is the second offering by her Rare Theatre Company in association with Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre. Her company creates …

U of G Receives President’s Campaign Award from United Way

The University of Guelph’s annual United Way campaign got an early boost Thursday night with the announcement that U of G won the President’s Campaign Award from the local United Way. The award was presented at the 2014 Guelph Awards of Excellence. The annual event brings together community leaders, advocates, volunteers, businesses, and other people …

Profs, Research Make Headlines

Pathobiology Prof. Andrew Peregrine was featured on CTV June 27 talking about the increase in deer ticks throughout parts of Southern Ontario. Some provincial parks have installed warning signs to let people know that the ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease, are in the area. Peregrine says there have been significant changes in the prevalence of ticks across the …

Canada’s Food Tracking Needs Improvement: Study

Canada must improve its food tracing system if it is to be considered among the best in the world and realize economic benefits, according to a new study from the University of Guelph. The study by researchers at U of G and the Global Food Traceability Center in Washington, D.C., analyzed the food tracking systems …

U of G Receives $10.5 Million from NSERC

The University of Guelph has received more than $10.5 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for studies ranging from the molecular basis of movement to animal behaviour to analysis of Mars. The awards were announced today in London, Ont., by Ed Holder, minister of state (science and technology). Across Canada, the …

Facility to Save Endangered Plants Opens, Founders Donate $2 Million

A state-of-the-art research facility where scientists can preserve and restore threatened plants officially opened today at the University of Guelph. The cryopreservation facility, located at the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP), will allow scientists to “deep freeze” living tissue from endangered plants. That tissue may then be banked for future use, such as …

Gryphon Statue Unveiled at Entrance to University of Guelph

Visitors arriving at the main entranceway to the University of Guelph campus will now be greeted by a giant bronzed Gryphon statue unveiled today. The Gryphon sculpture was revealed as part of Guelph’s 50th anniversary celebrations and Alumni Weekend. Designed by two faculty members and two graduates of the School of Fine Art and Music …

Young People Need to Change Goals for Employment: Prof

As universities hold spring convocation ceremonies and new graduates enter the workforce, a University of Guelph professor is calling on students, parents and employers to revise their plans and expectations for graduates’ employment prospects. Prof. Sean Lyons, Department of Management, was lead author of a study recently published in the book Generational Diversity at Work. The …

Five Graduates Finalists in National Painting Competition

One-third of the finalists in a prestigious national painting competition are University of Guelph graduates. Ashleigh Bartlett, Jennifer Carvalho, Tiziana La Melia, Wallis Cheung and James Gardner are among 15 national finalists selected from hundreds of Canadian entries. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition prize, which celebrates promising new Canadian visual artists, was created in 1999. …