Prof Receives National Recognition for Promoting Ecohealth

Prof. David Waltner-Toews, Population Medicine, was honoured with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Ecohealth award in recognition of his role in promoting the emerging field of ecosystem approaches to health. He was nominated by the Canadian Community of Practice for Ecosystem Approaches to Health. Waltner-Toews received the award at the EcoHealth 2010 …

Guelph Student Heads to Climate Forum in China

A University of Guelph student has been selected by the British Council of Canada as one of the five young Canadians who will be attending climate forums on finance and media in Shanghai, China, Sept. 1 to 7. David Lawless was chosen through a national competition for International Climate Champions. The second-year ecology student will …

Prof Elected to European Academy

Environmental sciences Professor Jack Trevors has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Founded in 1990, the organization focuses on three core areas: developing knowledge, disseminating scientific information and implementing major multinational projects across academic disciplines and national borders. Its more than 1,200 members are researchers, philosophers and artists from Europe, Asia …

Student Off to Livestock Congress

U of G student Amanda Brodhagen is among 20 students from around the world selected to participate in the International Livestock Congress in Calgary next week. “I have a lot to prepare but I’m really excited. I’ve never been out West before,” says Brodhagen, a fourth-year political science student who was raised on a beef …

Retired Sociology Prof Dies at Age 84

Retired Prof. Samuel Sidlofsky died Aug. 6 at the age of 84. He was a longtime faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. His department started a retirement tribute prize when he retired in 1991, and it’s now awarded annually in honour of all retiring department faculty. A department scholarship in his name …

New Director Named for Kemptville Campus

Claude Naud has been appointed director of the University of Guelph ─ Kemptville Campus. In this role, he will provide vision and direction for all activities at Kemptville’s main campus and its affiliated research stations in Winchester, New Liskeard and Emo. Naud’s five-year term begins Aug. 23. The announcement was made by Ontario Agricultural College …

New Mathematics, Statistics Chair Named

Prof. David Kribs has been appointed chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He begins his three-year term Sept. 1. A faculty member at Guelph since 2003, Kribs has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including taking part in a number of international summer schools. His current research program is based in …

Physics Students Earn Kudos

Paul Finlay, a PhD student in Physics and recipient of U of G’s Brock Doctoral Scholarship, was recognized for the best graduate student presentation at the International Nuclear Physics Conference in Vancouver in early July. Master’s student Evan Rand won second place in the graduate student poster competition. Both belong to the nuclear physics research …

Bursary Honours Open Learning Pioneer

The Office of Open Learning has created the Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary to honour its former director who died in May. Gray’s career at U of G spanned 38 years. Her commitment to lifelong learning helped to transform the University into an internationally recognized provider of continuing and distance education programs. She also served …

Guelph-Humber Names New Justice Studies Head

Charles Lawrence has been named as the program head for the University of Guelph-Humber’s justice studies programs. He will oversee both the B.A.Sc .and BAA programs. For the past 12 years, Lawrence was the manager of training and development for the training and education unit of the Toronto Police Service. He has also held a …

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 …