Students Featured in National Media

October 04, 2010 - In the News

University of Guelph student Mark Ihnatowycz was featured in the Toronto Star recently for his work as a poet and musician.

In the article, Ihnatowycz, who is doing a master of fine arts in creative writing at the University of Guelph-Humber, discusses his involvement as a violinist in a collaboration of musicians and visual artists from Canada and Ukraine who perform on the streets of Toronto.

The group, Organic Streetscape Projeckt, performs its own edgy brand of traditional folk music using ancient instruments. In the article, Ihnatowycz explains that the aim of the grassroots initiative is to open discussion about the many facets of identity and culture.

Alexander Wilson, who recently completed his master's in integrative biology, was featured in a Globe and Mail science blog last week.

The article highlights Wilson's research, which found that foraging behaviour of brook trout is related to the size of a particular region in the fish's brain.

Wilson, under the supervision of Prof. Rob McLaughlin, found that fish that swim around in the open in search of food have larger telencephalons than fish that sit along the shoreline and wait for food to swim by in the water. The telencephalon is the brain region involved with fish movement and use of space. These findings reveal there is a correlation between foraging behaviour and brain morphology.

Published recently in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, this study is a followup to previous research that discovered brook trout display two personality types: fish that are active foragers and appear to be risk takers, and those that are sedentary and apparently more timid.

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