Profs Appear Before Senate Committee, CME Dean Makes Headlines

October 17, 2012 - In the News

Two University of Guelph professors were asked to share their knowledge with the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry this week.

On Tuesday, engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan of Guelph’s BioNano Lab was in Ottawa to testify at a hearing on nanotechnology and applied research in agriculture. He discussed research and innovation efforts in the Canadian agricultural sector. His statement and a video of the proceedings are available on the Senate committee's website.

Neethirajan is involved in numerous projects at Guelph involving using nanoscale devices, technologies and methods to study biological and agricultural systems. Learn more

Prof. John Cranfield, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, will appear before the same standing committee via video Thursday at 8 a.m. He will talk about the importance of intellectual property rights relative to innovation and research activities in the agricultural and agri-food sector.

Cranfield studies consumer behaviour and demand analysis among individuals, households and markets, agri-food and biotechnology innovation, and micro-economic theory in agri-food.

Julia Christensen-Hughes, dean of the College of Management and Economics, is featured today in the Globe and Mail. A column she wrote, “Learning Is More Than a Lecture,” appears in the Commentary section. It discusses the importance of moving beyond traditional teaching styles and promoting learning environments “where students are fully present in the learning process, working hard to understand and apply concepts, drawing connections between one class and another, and generating new insights,” she says.

A U of G faculty member since 1987, Christensen-Hughes also served as chair of the Department of Business and directed U of G’s Teaching Support Services Centre for 10 years.

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