Students Make Headlines, Barcoding Featured on TV, Profs Hit the Airwaves

February 10, 2009 - In the News

Some of the U of G students who participated in the Agri-Food Innovation Forum in Toronto are featured in today's Toronto Star. There is a photo of nutritional sciences students Corey Lapp, Veronika Silva, Dan Ellis and Jessica Haddad showing off their innovative candy bar. An accompanying news article features third-year student Alex Coulson, who designed potato chips made of potatoes and sweet potatoes and that are dehydrated rather than baked or fried, and PhD student Branden Deschambault, who hopes eventually to see labs test obesity-reducing health products on his overweight mice.

Some "modern-day Darwins" from U of G were featured this week on the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet. Alex Smith of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) and the team involved in the Biobus program appeared as part of an hour-long celebration of Charles Darwin. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and 150 years since the publication of his groundbreaking work, The Origin of Species.

The Biobus is a 30-foot recreational vehicle that serves partly as a mobile lab for collecting specimens for DNA barcoding and partly as a billboard on wheels for the BIO and the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding. After travelling to various national parks across Canada in 2008, the Biobus team will be back on the road this summer. Once the short Canadian summer is over, the plan is to take the Biobus south to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, one of the most bio-diverse regions on Earth.

The segment, which aired Thursday on the Daily Planet, is available online; the Biobus feature appears about 13 minutes into the clip.

Wednesday, Prof. Elizabeth Stone, dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, was a guest on the CBC Radio program, Ontario Today. Stone talked with show host Rita Celli, and took calls from listeners, in a light-hearted look at dogs and what we love about them. Ontario Today is a news and phone-in program linking people across the province. It airs daily between noon at 2 p.m. on CBC Radio One.

Listen to "Best Dog" [Runs 41:23]

Tuesday, Prof. Al Weersink, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, was also featured on Ontario Today talking about a new report on food prices and why they vary from city to city and across provinces and the country.

Listen to "Food Prices" [Runs 27:57]

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