U of G Research and Conservation Efforts Make Headlines

February 24, 2009 - In the News

University of Guelph research that found Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make plastics, lingers far longer in the bodies of babies than in adults made headlines this week.

The study, by U of G toxicology professor Len Ritter, is featured in the Globe and Mail and in articles by The Canadian Press and CTV.ca.

Ritter is a professor in the Department of Environmental Biology and executive director of the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres. He published the study late last year in Environmental Health Perspectives along with senior author Andrea Edginton, a Guelph graduate who is now a professor in the University of Waterloo's school of pharmacy.

The University also earned kudos thanks to engineering professor Khosrow Farahbakhsh and family and the Guelph Campus Co-op, recipients of the City of Guelph’s 2008 Water Conservation and Efficiency Awards. The Farahbakhsh family received the Residential Award for dramatically cutting back on their use of city water by installing a rainwater harvesting system and numerous water-efficient appliances and creating xeriscape gardens at their Guelph home. Guelph Campus Co-op’s newly renovated student residence received the group Community/Educational Award.

The awards were presented Monday night by Guelph city council. Read more.

Farahbakhsh was also in the news in 2006-2007 for his pioneering work with Reid's Heritage Homes in building Canada's first LEED Platinum home in a south Guelph subdivision.

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