Faculty, Student Receive Accolades

August 12, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

Two University of Guelph professors and a student have received recent honours from national and international organizations.

Prof. John Prescott, chair of the Department of Pathobiology, has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, which is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community.

Fellows elected to the academy are recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. They have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to the advancement of academic health science, and also have a record of substantial accomplishments in the field.

A bacteriologist at the Ontario Veterinary College since 1976, Prescott is the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association representative to the Canadian Council on Antibiotic Resistance. He studies the use of antimicrobial drugs to control bacterial infections in animals.

Food science professor Milena Corredig has received the 2008 American Dairy Science Association Foundation Scholar Award in Dairy Foods. The award recognizes a young dairy foods scholar who shows potential research and educational leadership.

Corredig is the Canada Research Chair in Food Nanostructure and the chair in dairy technology at the University.

Her research incorporates functional, healthier ingredients in food products. She studies colloidal properties of food products, protein functionality and interactions of proteins with other food ingredients and the structure of soft food materials.

Master's student Benjamin Coe was named Microsoft's Design Student of the Month for August 2008.

This honour recognizes creative students in Canada who are doing innovative work to improve people's lives through interactive, visual, informational and other aspects of computer design.

Nominated by computing and information science professors Judi McCuaig and Blair Nonnecke, Coe is completing a master's in computer science. He studies computational linguistics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

As part of his research, Coe has developed a multi-player online game called Hack Wars, a virtual hacking game that incorporates aspects of programming and web design. He was also the website technical assistant and upload manager for U of G's Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project and helped create a website devoted to Susan Kare, a pioneer in graphic design and iconography.

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