Researchers Grab International Headlines

Engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan and PhD student Abdulmonem Murayyan‘s research revealing that red onions are most effective at killing cancer cells garnered international media attention this week with stories in MSN, CBC News, The Daily Mail, The Times of India and HuffPost United Kingdom. In the first-ever study, the two researchers examined how effective Ontario-grown onions are …

Globe and Mail Features Prof’s Opinion Piece

Integrative biology professor Robert Hanner‘s opinon piece on fish fraud was featured recently in The Globe and Mail for World Oceans Day. Hanner, associate director of the Canadian Barcode of Life Network, discussed the prevalence of fish fraud, or product mislabelling and adulteration, in Canada. He said fish fraud is destroying our oceans because it is driven …

Grad Student Wins Top Prize, People’s Choice Award in National 3MT Contest

A University of Guelph graduate student has become the first competitor in the national 3-Minute Thesis contest to win both the annual competition’s top prize and its People’s Choice Award. Plant agriculture master’s student Shanthanu Krishnakumar was announced today as the winner of both categories by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS). He will …

Three, Including Gorilla Doctor, to Receive Honorary Degrees at Summer Ceremonies

A University of Guelph graduate who founded Gorilla Doctors, a conservancy and treatment group supporting gorillas in Africa, will be one of three recipients of honorary degrees during U of G convocation ceremonies June 12-16. Michael Cranfield will receive an honorary doctorate along with Mary Anne Chambers, a former Ontario government cabinet minister, and University …

Faculty, Students to Be Honoured at 2017 Summer Convocation Ceremonies

Several University of Guelph faculty members and students will be recognized for teaching, service and academic achievement during convocation ceremonies for about 3,500 students June 12-16. A top faculty award will be presented to Brian Husband, associate dean of the College of Biological Science (CBS). Clinical studies professor Laurent Viel will be named professor emeritus. …

Prof Receives Funding to Study Avocado Compound as Potential Cancer Treatment

New funding will allow a University of Guelph professor to study use of avocado compounds in fighting cancer. Food science professor Paul Spagnuolo will begin a four-year, $200,000 study of an avocado-derived leukemia drug. His study will receive funding from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) under its Transitional Research Initiative, intended to bring …

Two U of G Students Reach SSHRC Storyteller Finals

Two University of Guelph students reached the finals of the annual Storytellers Challenge run by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) last month. Under this research communications contest run by the federal granting agency, post-secondary students across Canada discuss social science research that is changing lives—all in three minutes or 300 words. Geography …

Engineering Prof Receives National NSERC Honour

A provincial outreach organization begun by a University of Guelph engineering professor has received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Award for Science Promotion. Professor emerita Val Davidson, School of Engineering, accepted the award in May on behalf of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE), a group of Ontario engineering …

Alumni Weekend Offers Chance to Reconnect, Honour Grads

Around 1,000 University of Guelph alumni are expected back on campus June 9-10 for Alumni Weekend, including members of the graduating classes of 1952 and 1967 for their 65-year and 50-year reunions, respectively. Events this year include the traditional Friday night University of Guelph Alumni Association Awards of Excellence Gala, more than 20 class reunions (including …

Sport Physiology Expert Discusses Female Injury Rates with Reuters

Prof. Lawrence Spriet, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed by Reuters May 29 for a story on injury rates among young female athletes. He discussed other researchers’ recent findings that injury rates among these athletes may be significantly under-reported. Spriet said training for young female athletes has become more tailored, which may help prevent …