Profs In the News

January 07, 2009 - In the News

Prof. Al Weersink is featured today on, CBC's national online news service. He participated in a question and answer session about the present and future state of agriculture in Canada, tackling questions ranging from the dwindling number of family farms to food prices to organic farming.

Weersink's research focuses on the effects of technology and government policy, particularly environmental policy, on decisions made by firms in the agri-food sector and the resulting structure of the sector. He was raised on a dairy/cash crop farm near St. Marys and is still involved with the family operation.

Chemistry Prof. Nigel Bunce appeared on CBC radio's Ontario Morning show Tuesday morning, discussing his and research associate Dorin Bejan's work on reducing the smell of hog manure. The two have discovered that a low-voltage electrical current passed through the watery manure reduces the intensity of the smell by 99 per cent.

Ontario Morning, hosted by Wei Chen, is CBC Radio's wake-up show for listeners in Southern Ontario outside of Toronto, from Sarnia in the west to Cornwall in the east, to Parry Sound in the north, and to parts of the Upper Ottawa Valley.

Sociology Prof. Myrna Dawson made headlines in Australia recently when she gave a keynote address and presented research papers at the first International Conference on Homicide in Queensland. Dawson was interviewed by and cited in various Australian national and local media, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian and Channel 9 Gold Coast Television.

Drawing from her current and past research, Dawson highlighted the major initiatives that have occurred in Canada during the past three decades targeting intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the changing criminal justice response to these crimes. She is a member of the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, which assists in reviewing deaths that occur as a result of domestic violence and in making recommendations to prevent such deaths in the future. Several states in Australia are considering such initiatives.

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