Profs, Coach Make Headlines

May 13, 2013 - In the News

Two Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) professors are quoted in a Toronto Star story today on the increasing popularity of bengal and savannah cats, a genetic mixture of domestic and wild animals.

Gabriela Mastromonaco, curator of reproduction programs and research at the Toronto Zoo and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, discussed the crossover genetics involved in wild-domestic mixing and possible concerns. Cathy Gartley, a reproductive specialist and professor in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine, says humans have been living with wild cats as pets since civilization’s dawn, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea.

An opinion piece by Donna Lero was published Sunday in the Toronto Star. The article, which appeared on Mother’s Day, looked at how and why mothers are still doing less paid work than fathers.

Lero, a professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, studies parental- and family-leave policies, workplace support for families and family care services, including child and elderly care services. She has held the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work since its inception in 2003. The chair is housed in U of G’s Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being.

A column by Dave Scott-Thomas, head coach of the University of Guelph’s track and field and cross-country teams and the Speed River Track and Field Club, appeared in the Globe and Mail this past weekend.

In the column, Scott-Thomas discusses ways to reboot your spring running routine. He has written a regular running column in the Globe and Mail since 2011. He is one of Canada's most decorated coaches, with 24 national Coach of the Year titles, and has coached more than 30 national team athletes, including five Olympians.

Environmental Sciences professor Rebecca Hallett was featured on CBC’s online news page May 9. A smart phone application she helped develop is part of a story on new technology in farming.

Hallett developed the app with Tracey Baute, a field crop entomologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and a U of G graduate, and Christie Bahlai, a U of G grad student in environmental biology. Read more

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