Profs In the News

August 05, 2009 - In the News

Environmental biology professor Keith Solomon was on Global Television's evening news Tuesday night. Solomon, director of U of G's Centre for Toxicology, was discussing a warning from two environmental groups that said parents and students should stay away from back-to-school products made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Solomon said PVC poses little risk in such products because they are not consumed. Solomon teaches courses in toxicology and pesticides and is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Watch the report

Prof. Al Weersink, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, did a series of live radio interviews with CBC affiliate stations across the country Tuesday on the impact of the California droughts on food prices. Thus far, the drought has not had much affect on fruit and vegetable prices, he said. 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.

Pam Hanington, a community development expert with the University of Guelph's Rural Women Making Change (RWMC) research group, was a guest on the CBC Radio Program Ontario Today. She discussed the successful “GURAL” program at a high school in Goderich that focuses on giving at-risk young women a chance to get involved in hands-on projects designed to help them deal with and overcome economic disadvantages. Hanington, along with RWMC co-ordinator Carolyn Pletsch and researcher Wyanne Sandler, have been invited to discuss the program at the sixth annual United Nations Youth Assembly in New York this week. Listen to the interview here.

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