Food Laureate on TVO, Deans, Profs Making Headlines

March 14, 2013 - In the News

Anita Stewart, the University of Guelph’s first Food Laureate, was a guest on TVO's The Agenda Thursday night. She was part of an episode on the future of rural Ontario. The Agenda, hosted by Steve Paikin, is TVO's flagship current affairs program.

Stewart, an expert on food and Canadian cuisine, is the University’s honorary food ambassador, providing advocacy and leadership and promoting initiatives. The founder of Cuisine Canada, she has authored or co-authored 14 books on Canadian foods and wines that include many U of G examples.

Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the College of Management and Economics, had a column published Wednesday in the Globe and Mail. It’s part of a continuing series she is writing for the national newspaper on teaching in learning.

Wednesday's article looks at the effect technology is having in the classroom and on learning outcomes. She also discusses how research and teaching are becoming more integrated with community engagement. Monday’s op-ed explored whether it's the right time for fundamental paradigm shift within higher education, and what that shift might look like. Christensen Hughes is the former chair of the Department of Business and former director of Teaching Support Services.

History professor Linda Mahood appeared on the popular CBC radio program The Current Wednesday, discussing her research on hitchhiking.Mahood has been interviewing people between the ages of 50 and 65 about their experiences hitchhiking. She’s writing a book on the topic of youth tourism, which is part of a bigger biographical project about growing up in the 1970s.

Rene Van Acker
, associate dean (external relations) in the Ontario Agricultural College is quoted in a story in Wednesday’s Globe and Mail on agribusiness and how universities cannot keep up with industry demands for skilled graduates. The article states that there is a boom in agriculture now, with graduates getting two or three job offers each.

Physics professor Ralf Gellert was quoted in a CBC news story about how the Curiosity rover has discovered that Mars once had all the right conditions to support living microbes. The rover analyzed a sample of rock that it had drilled out of an area in Mars's Gale Crater known as Yellowknife Bay. The rover's first drilling site was chosen and the samples alalyzed with the help of a range of instruments on its arm, including the APXS (alpha-particle-X-ray spectrometer) that was designed Gellert and an international group of scientists.

Gellert was also the lead scientist for APXS systems used on twin NASA rovers launched in 2003. The Guelph team also includes Prof. Iain Campbell, research associate Nick Boyd, graduate students Glynis Perrett and Scott van Bommel, and post-doc Irina Pradler.

John Cranfield, a professor and graduate co-ordinator in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, was quoted in an article in Monday's National Post on how Canada should market its agricultural potential. Cranfield studies consumer behaviour and demand analysis among individuals, households and markets.

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