U of G to Retain Minors

U of G has decided to retain minors and other secondary areas of study. The decision was finalized  this week by the University’s Senate and based on a recommendation from the Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS) following a year-long review. The review was carried out by a working group of faculty, staff and students. It …

CPES Creates a New Faculty, CIS Changes its Name

The College of Physical and Engineering Science (CPES) is getting a new faculty and a new name for one of its departments. On May 31, the U of G Senate approved a proposal to create the faculty of physical and mathematical sciences that will include the CPES departments of physics, chemistry, and mathematics and statistics. …

Senate Approves New Majors, Graduate Diploma

U of G will be offering two new majors and a graduate diploma, additions that were approved by Senate during its May 31 meeting. A new co-op option will be introduced to the nanoscience major. Guelph was the first Canadian university to offer a full nanoscience major. The co-op option will involve students completing four …

Prof. Ryan Gregory Receives Young Scientist Award

Prof. Ryan Gregory, Integrative Biology, is the recipient of the 2010 Genetics Society of Canada Robert H. Haynes Young Scientist Award. The Award recognizes a notable paper or series of related papers based on original research in genetics or allied fields. The research must be completed and published by the candidate in a refereed journal …

Profs Go the Extra Mile for Cancer Research

Two University of Guelph psychology professors are going the extra mile June 12 and 13 in support of cancer research. Profs. Deborah Powell and Karl Hennig are cycling to raise money for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation as part of the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer. Riders raise a minimum of $2,500 before completing the …

Student Receives Writer’s Trust Grant

The Writers’ Trust of Canada has chosen University of Guelph student Nancy Jo Cullen as this year’s recipient of the $4,000 Dayne Ogilvie Grant for an Emerging Gay Writer. Cullen, who is enrolled in a master’s program in creative writing at Guelph-Humber, is already the author of three collections of poetry: Science Fiction Saint, Pearl, …

College of Arts Faculty Receive Prestigious Fellowships

Three U of G faculty from the College of Arts have received significant international honours for their scholarly work in recent weeks. History professor Catherine Carstairs has been awarded a Fulbright Traditional Scholar Award and will spend the upcoming academic year at the University of California at Davis. She is studying how people use food …

Open Learning Earns Award of Merit

The Office of Open Learning (OOL) has been named a recipient of the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association’s (ORFA) Corporate Award of Merit. This award is presented to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing the association’s mission and vision. The award reflects appreciation for OOL’s ongoing collaboration with ORFA, including its work on …

Student Serves as National Youth Ambassador

U of G student Monique Miller was one of 100 young Canadians who represented their regions at the National Youth Ambassador Caucus in Ottawa this week. The third-year international development student addressed issues such as maternal health, food security and nuclear proliferation. Miller is also a bachelor of arts undergraduate senator on the University of …

Guelph Experts to Speak at Food-Safety Symposium

Guelph experts in nutrition and disease surveillance in farm animals will speak at a food-safety panel next week during the second annual Sheela Basrur Centre Symposium. “Fads, Facts and Fiction: How Safe Is Our Food?” will take place May 25 from 1 to 5 p.m., in the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Symposium participants from …

Equine Guelph Plans Gala, Hosts Outdoor Expo

Canada’s Outdoor Equine Expo is set to run June 4 to 7 at the Arkell Research Station, located south of the main university campus on Arkell Road at Victoria. The expo will feature indoor and outdoor exhibits, interactive clinics and talks by U of G researchers, who will discuss the latest news in horse health …

U of G Chamber Singers Are Choir Competition Finalists

The University of Guelph Chamber Singers are finalists in the 2010 Association of Choral Communities’ National Amateur Choir Competition (formerly known as the CBC Radio National Amateur Choir Competition). U of G is competing in the mixed-voice collegiate choir category. Other finalists in this category are the Memorial University of Newfoundland Chamber Choir and the …

Lincoln Alexander Riding High in Hamilton

Chancellor emeritus Lincoln Alexander has been honoured by his hometown of Hamilton, Ont., by having a police horse named for him. A new mounted unit of black Percherons was introduced to the community May 12 during Police Week. The large horses, 173 centimetres tall from the ground to their neck, were named through a competition …

Engineering Profession Honours Prof. Richard Zytner

Engineering professor Richard Zytner has been named a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Order of Honour. He was inducted at a gala held May 7 in Toronto. The Order of Honour pays tribute to individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the operation of the profession, its professional status or the functions …

Prof. Derek Bewley Receives Plant Biology Award

University professor emeritus Derek Bewley, Molecular and Cellular Biology, is the 2010 recipient of the Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award. Presented annually by the American Society of Plant Biologists, the award recognizes Bewley’s contributions to the field of plant biology. Over the course of his 40-year career, Bewley has written several influential books and …

CCS Managed Computer Servers Aim to Maximize Performance

In an effort to increase energy efficiency, decrease costs and maximize computer performance, Communications and Computing Services (CCS) has introduced a series of managed computer servers to U of G. This builds on the department’s commitment to service, says Cort Egan, manager of communications in Organizational Services within CCS. “Virtual servers remove the dependency on …

Master’s Student Wins $60,000 Scholarship

A master’s student in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology has captured a $60,000 scholarship from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Yfke Pasman will use this funding to continue her work on the prevention of economically important diseases in dairy cattle. Her research examines state-of-the-art antibody engineering technology. She is supervised by Prof. Azad …