Art Centre Aims to Create ‘Human Art Chain’

The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre is planning a special event as part of national Culture Days in September. It involves having several hundred people forming a human art chain. The volunteers will hold hands and weave a human chain inside the gallery, around the building and throughout the grounds. It’s a gesture to build tolerance …

Prof to Speak on Population Impacts of Climate Change

Political science professor Craig Johnson will be in London July 13 advising the UK government. He will discuss the use of international development assistance to manage and reduce the risks of population displacement caused by climate change. Johnson will present a co-authored paper on how to use cash transfers, asset transfers and other forms of …

Heads-Up on Road Construction in Guelph

U of G faculty, staff and students can get information about ongoing construction projects in the City of Guelph via a new website: http://guelph.ca/remastered/. The Guelph Remastered site includes lists of road closures and detours as well as updates and information about current and future infrastructure improvement projects. There are about 25 major projects that …

U of G Library Approved for Statistics Canada Data Centre

The University of Guelph Library will soon be home to a Research Data Centre (RDC) branch that will allow U of G researchers to access microdata from population and household surveys conducted by Statistics Canada. The branch will open this fall and will be staffed by a Statistics Canada employee 20 hours per week, enabling …

Fewer Cars on Campus During Commuter Challenge

University of Guelph participants managed to reduce close to 2,500 kilograms of carbon emissions and travel 8,700 kilometres using sustainable modes of transportation during this year’s Commuter Challenge. The annual campaign is a national week-long event aimed at reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles driven to work each day by encouraging people to find green …

Prof. Thomas Koch Featured Speaker at Toronto Conference

Thomas Koch, a U of G adjunct biomedical sciences professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, will be a featured speaker at the first annual International Models of Human Diseases conference June 29 at the University of Toronto. Talks will focus on how a range of different models can be used to further research into cures …

Former Prof Speaks Fondly of the Textiles Building

The Textiles Building is being demolished and will be no more. It was never a particularly elegant building, much overshadowed by the magnificent red brick buildings across the way that housed the Macdonald Institute. But I always had a fondness for it because it was there, in its earlier incarnation as crop science, that I …

Prof. Rob McLaughlin Honoured by Governor General

Recently retired professor Rob McLaughlin, former dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), is among the recipients of an inaugural Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nations Table. The honour recognizes and celebrates efforts to improve the quality, variety and sustainability of Canada’s food table. The new award includes five categories for achievement in …

SPARK Students Claim Six ACE Awards

U of G’s Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK) program has been honoured by the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) with six awards. They were presented recently during ACE’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Advance magazine, the official publication of the Guelph-based Advanced Foods and Materials Network, won a silver medal. The publication …

U of G Helps Raise $14,000 at Wheels in Motion

The University of Guelph community helped raise more than $14,000 to provide services, equipment and opportunities for people with spinal cord injuries during the seventh annual Wheels in Motion June 20. The annual national fundraiser was held on campus attracting more than 100 participants and volunteers. About half of the “Quality of Life” funding raised …

Marketing Management Students Win International Competition

A team of four U of G marketing management students took top spot at the annual International Agribusiness and Food Management Association (IAMA) student case competition held in Boston earlier this month. Matt Ball, Amy Nodwell, Nicole Beechey and Steven Clark beat out 13 international teams, including some comprised solely of MBA and PhD students. …

U of G Prof Shares Patent for New Vaccine

A U of G chemistry professor will share a U.S. patent for his work in developing a promising new carbohydrate-based vaccine against diarrheal disease. Prof. Mario Monteiro worked with Dr. Patricia Guerry from the Naval Medical Research Centre’s Infectious Diseases Directorate to develop a novel vaccine for Campylobacter jejuni. This bacterium is a leading cause …

Ontario Supports Program to Attract Indian Graduate Students

The Government of Ontario has announced $250,000 in new funding for a program that aims to attract Indian undergraduate students to Canada and promote the benefits of graduate work at Canadian universities. MITACS Globalink was launched last year after a successful pilot program with the University of British Columbia, Simon Frasier University and the University …

Football Gryphons Strengthen Offensive, Defensive Coaching Staff

The Department of Athletics has announced the addition of Kevin MacNeill and Perry Marchese to the Guelph Gryphon football coaching staff. MacNeill, former assistant coach of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds, has been named defensive co-ordinator, and Marchese, former assistant coach of the Bishop’s University Gaiters, is Guelph’s new offensive co-ordinator. MacNeill spent …

Arts Awards to Guelph Theatre Students

Two U of G masters students in theatre have recently been recognized for their work to advance the arts. D’bi Young is the recipient of a 2010 K.M. Hunter Artist Award, which supports projects that advance an individual’s career. The awards are given in the disciplines of dance, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music, theatre and visual …

Professor Barry Smit Honoured by Canadian Association of Geographers

U of G professor and Canada Research Chair Barry Smit has received the 2010 Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography from the Canadian Association of Geographers. The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting held this month at the University of Regina. Smit was honoured for his “outstanding record of geographic scholarly accomplishment,” which …

CCAE Recognizes U of G Programs, Publications

The University of Guelph was recently honoured by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) with three Prix D’Excellence awards. The awards were handed out June 7 in Victoria, B.C., during CCAE’s annual conference. Hockey Day in Gryphonville captured silver in the “Best Alumni Event” category. The second annual event, held last fall, …

Buildings to Be Demolished

Two obsolete buildings on campus, the Textiles Building and the Environmental Biology Annex, will be demolished this summer. Physical Resources has engaged a general contractor to complete the demolition, and construction fencing has been erected around both sites. Demolition of the Textiles Building, located across from Macdonald Hall, will begin this week and continue throughout …

AIESEC Needs Students to Teach English Overseas

The world’s largest student-run organization is currently recruiting students for its summer program. AIESEC, which has a U of G campus chapter, helps facilitate leadership opportunities through exchange.Students who are interested in becoming involved with AIESEC by teaching English is China and Turkey in July and August are encouraged to  contact Madeline Franks, vice-president of …