Faculty Make Headlines, Prof to Be on CBC Radio

November 02, 2010 - In the News

U of G professors conducting DNA barcoding research and the Guelph-based Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) were featured in international and national news reports this week, including on ABC News and in the Globe and Mail. , the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Bangladesh News and Reuters India and Reuters United Kingdom.

The news article looks at the history and future of DNA barcoding, the world's first reference library of DNA barcodes and the world's largest biodiversity genomics project. The story quotes integrative biology professors Bob Hanner, associate director of the International Barcode of Life Project; and Alex Smith, one of seven department faculty members studying aspects of DNA barcoding at the BIO.

U of G professor Ken Smith, associate dean of the College of Management and Economics, was also featured in the Globe and Mail this week. A news story in Monday's business section highlights a report that Smith wrote while working for Secor Consulting on the Australian government’s response to a previous takeover by BHP Billiton Ltd. The company is looking for Ottawa’s approval for a hostile takeover of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan.

OVC professor Cathy Gartley was quoted in a Monday Globe and Mail story about the effects of creams containing estrogen, progesterone or testosterone on children. Gartley, a member of the Department of Population Medicine, discusses how creams and gels made with natural sources of estrogen can affect a pet’s hormonal system.

Environmental sciences professor Madhur Anand is one of 10 Canadian scientists invited to take part in a 35-year anniversary celebration for CBC Radio’s popular science show Quirks and Quarks.

She will participate in a taping of the show Tuesday night in front of a live audience at the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. She and the other guests will discuss the most significant developments, discoveries or changes that have taken place in their fields since the show started airing in 1975. The segment is scheduled to air on Quirks and Quarks Nov. 13. The holder of the Canada Research Chair in Global Ecological Change, Anand studies the effects of climate change on ecosystems. Her overall objective is to improve understanding of biodiversity structure and dynamics on a global scale, and to use this understanding to predict responses to accelerated change.

Chris Earley, interpretive biologist and education co-ordinator with U of G's Arboretum, was featured in an article in Saturday's National Post about the changing colour of leaves in the fall. In the article, Earley explains that leaves change colour in the fall because the temperature changes.

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