Research Puts a Charge into Fight Against Bacteria

Bug-zappers aren’t just for mosquitoes. A new University of Guelph study might ultimately help doctors widen the use of electrotherapy for fighting infectious bacteria that prevent wounds from healing. Managing chronic wounds costs the Canadian health-care system about $4 billion a year, said engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan: “We would like to bring down those costs.” …

OVC Economic Impact Huge, Report Says

The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph is an economic engine, directly contributing more than $125 million to Ontario’s economy each year and generating 800 jobs annually, according to a new economic analysis by Deloitte LLP. The global consulting firm reviewed the 152-year-old veterinary school as part of a process supporting reaccreditation. …

U of G Bioproduct Research Gets $1.125-Million Investment

University of Guelph research using renewable agricultural products in new ways to replace petroleum-based materials received $1.125 million from the federal government and private-sector partners today. The announcement was made by federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz during an event in Leamington, Ont. The investment from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through its Agri-Innovation Program will support …

Students Help Community Through Annual Project Serve

More than 300 University of Guelph students, staff and faculty will volunteer with almost 30 local service agencies Sept. 13 during the annual Project Serve day. Begun in 1997, the event introduces students to community involvement and volunteerism. Students working in teams of five to 40 will contribute more than 1,000 volunteer hours during the …

Five Grad Students Awarded Vanier Scholarships

Five University of Guelph graduate students have been awarded prestigious Vanier scholarships worth $50,000 a year for three years. PhD candidates Monica Baquero, Andrea LaMarre, Matthew Little, Erin MacIver-Must and Sarah Rotz were among the 166 award recipients named in August from across Canada. The federal government introduced the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships in 2008 …

Guelph Walk Supports OVC Canine Cancer Patients

Dog lovers will help put a leash on canine cancer at a special fundraising walk Sept. 6 to benefit the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Pet Trust Fund. The Smiling Blue Skies Walk to End Canine Cancer is being held for the first time in Guelph, though the grassroots fundraising initiative began in 2001 and has …

Geography Prof Awarded Grant to Study Environmental Governance

A new study led by University of Guelph geography professor Ben Bradshaw will look to determine what regulatory systems for protecting the environment are most effective. Funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) was announced Aug. 27. In the study, Bradshaw and his research team will assess different models of environmental governance …

Orientation Week Helps New Students Feel Like a Gryphon

Close to 4,800 new students will get their first taste of life at the University of Guelph during Orientation Week, Aug. 30 to Sept. 6. With the University of Guelph celebrating its 50th anniversary, the theme this year is “Celebrate 50: I am a Gryphon.” Events are planned to introduce first-year students to opportunities available …

Silver Nanoparticles could be Golden for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Silver nanoparticles could be the next tool in treating the symptoms of chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, according to research from the University of Guelph. Researchers in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) have found that adding silver nanoparticles made antibiotics more effective against certain types of bacteria – and the smaller …

Protect Old-Growth Pine Forest, Lichens: Study

New research from the University of Guelph lends support to protecting an old-growth forest in Sudbury, Ont. The study, conducted by researchers from the School of Environmental Sciences and Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, examined the lichen communities in the Wolf Lake stand of trees in northern Ontario. Lichens consist of a fungus and a …

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, …