Interim CIO Named

Ted Dodds, an information technology executive with 25 years of experience, will return to the University of Guelph as interim chief information officer (CIO) starting Sept. 1. The announcement was made today by Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic). Yates said the University has proceeded with plans to improve services and strategic planning by separating the librarian …

Annual Food Day Celebrates Canadian Cuisine

This year’s Food Day Canada (FDC) will commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday Aug. 5 with food-themed events across the country — and even around it. Canadian cuisine will be featured in select restaurants and farmer’s markets, and in a new list of 150 made-in-Canada ingredients, said Anita Stewart, University of Guelph food laureate and founder of …

U of G Names New Dean of Arts

An award-winning professor, researcher and arts and humanities advocate has been named the next dean of the University of Guelph’s College of Arts (COA). Samantha Brennan begins a five-year term Jan. 1, 2018. The announcement was made today by Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic). The decision follows an extensive international search by a hiring …

DNA Barcoding Breakthrough Featured in Toronto Star

The Toronto Star featured a DNA barcoding study by University of Guelph researchers July 28. Prof. Steve Newmaster, Integrative Biology, discussed a recent study that found nearly 80 per cent of Chinese patent medicines are mislabelled. The researchers plan to use the  techniques developed in the study to test natural health products, assuring quality. The testing …

U of G Reappoints University Librarian 

Rebecca Graham has been reappointed as the University of Guelph’s University Librarian for a five-year term effective Sept. 1. The decision follows an extensive review by a committee of faculty, staff and students, led by provost and vice-president (academic) Charlotte Yates. Yates said the committee commended Graham for her vision, governance and management skills. “Rebecca …

History Prof Discusses “Architect” of Residential School System With Maclean’s

Prof. Matthew Hayday, History, discussed the career of the supposed architect of the Canadian residential school system with Maclean’s July 27. Hector-Louis Langevin, a 19th-century journalist, lawyer and politician, is said by some to have been the central proponent of the schooling model. However, Hayday said while Langevin was in favour of the system, other government …

Are Insects a Viable Protein Source? Prof Discusses With Financial Post

Animal biosciences professor Dominique Bureau discussed insects as food in the Financial Post July 26. The story examined attempts to make insects a viable food source for people, livestock and pets. Bureau said companies are investing millions in the concept but that questions remain unanswered about the nutritional quality of insects. Bureau studies the development …

Fear May Play a Role in Animal Extinction, Study Reveals

Fear alone may be enough to cause vulnerable species to go extinct, according to a new University of Guelph study. Prof. Ryan Norris has discovered that the mere smell of a predator affects the reproductive success of fruit flies. “This finding sheds light on the role fear plays in animal extinction,” said Norris, an integrative …

Profs’ Books Named Must-Reads for Canadians

Books by University of Guelph faculty on rape and recovery, minority rights, Indigenous history and environmental poetry have been named as “must-reads” for Canadians. CBC Books made 150 picks for The Great Canadian Reading List, with the selections pulled from an online poll, recommendations from guests on radio shows and Canada Reads winners. 49thShelf.com, a massive …

Education Best Strategy to Fight Revenge Porn, Prof Writes in Toronto Star

Ryan Broll, Sociology and Anthropology, examined the most efficient strategies for fighting “revenge porn” in a Toronto Star op-ed column July 24. With increased sharing of consensually or non-consensually obtained intimate images without consent, some people are urging government to make it easier for victims to sue those sharing their images. Broll said researchers have …

New Lyme Disease Research Lab Featured by CTV National News

A new Lyme disease research centre at the University of Guelph was featured by CTV National News July 22. The G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab is intended to improve diagnostic testing and treatment to prevent long-term suffering from Lyme disease. Lab director and cellular pathology researcher Melanie Wills, co-founder of the Canadian Lyme Science Alliance, …

Founding Dean Keith Ronald Dies

Keith Ronald, a founding dean of the University of Guelph, died July 6. Ronald joined U of G in 1958 as a zoology professor, becoming department chair in 1964. He was named the first dean of the College of Biological Science (CBS) in 1971, serving until 1983. “Dean Keith Ronald was, in every sense, a …

Exhibit Explores Nationhood, Canada’s Indigeneity

Beginning this fall, the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) will explore nationhood and Canada’s Indigeneity with an exhibition funded by nearly $200,000 from the federal government. “150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact” will draw on the gallery’s collection and work by contemporary Indigenous artists to tell Indigenous stories through paintings, sculpture, drawings, textiles, installations and multimedia, …