Global National Live at U of G Monday

October 22, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

Global National will broadcast its evening news programs live from the University of Guelph Monday, Oct. 22. Stories highlighting U of G research will air during the broadcasts.

The newscast will air from a temporary TV studio on Winegard Walk near Mills Hall, with Johnston Hall providing a backdrop.

Production crews will begin setup for the shows Monday morning, mostly on Winegard Walk near Johnston and Mills halls. Much of the nearby parking lot, P44, will be closed to the public for the day.

The news team hopes for a U of G crowd during both the 5:30 p.m. Atlantic broadcast and the 6:30 p.m. Ontario show. Interested students, faculty, staff and community members should arrive at Winegard Walk around 5 p.m. and plan to stay for both broadcasts.

Dawna Friesen, Global National’s anchor and executive editor, will be on hand, and the TV station will be doing giveaways.

“I like to get out of the studio as much as possible, especially after years as a reporter. So we're taking the newscast on the road,” Friesen said.

“As one of Canada's most livable cities, Guelph is a perfect location, and the University of Guelph, with its rich history and vital role in the city, is a perfect backdrop for us."

One planned story will feature the U of G-designed alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS) mounted on Curiosity, the minivan-sized rover that landed this summer on Mars.

Physics professor Ralf Gellert led the international team that developed the instrument, and helped to create APXS systems on twin NASA rovers launched to Mars in 2003. Gellert is currently working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The story will include interviews with Iain Campbell, physics professor emeritus and a member of the Guelph research group, and Nick Boyd, a research associate and operations lead for the mission.

Gellert’s team will run day-to-day APXS operations and analysis from a specially equipped room in the MacNaughton Building.

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