Profs In the News

May 02, 2013 - In the News

Three University of Guelph professors made national headlines this week.

An opinion piece by economics professor Ross McKitrick was published today in the National Post.The column focuses on a study McKitrick conducted on Ontario’s Green Energy Act with Kenneth Green. Both men are fellows of the Fraser Institute, an independent public policy organization. The study says that the Green Energy Act is driving up Ontario’s energy costs and poses a threat to economic competitiveness for the manufacturing and mining sectors.

A faculty member at Guelph since 1996, McKitrick specializes in the economics of environmental policy and has been studying climate change and related policy issues for about 10 years. He has given presentations on climate and environmental policy to the Canadian and U.S. governments. McKitrick has served as an environmental policy consultant for the Fraser Institute since 2002.

Food science professor Keith Warriner was featured in a CTV national news story Tuesday on the Canadian beef industry’s plans to seek federal approval to use irradiation in meat-processing plants to kill dangerous E. coli bacteria.

Warriner, a U of G microbiologist, is a sought-after food-safety expert. Among other things, he and his research team have developed decontamination methods to improve food safety and tested the effectiveness of a sanitizing system aimed at neutralizing bacteria on food and surfaces.

Integrative biology professor Andrew McAdam was on CBC Radio’s popular program Quirks and Quarks April 27. Hosted by Bob McDonald, Quirks and Quarks is an award-winning radio science program heard by a national audience of nearly 500,000 people in Canada and thousands more across the globe through a podcast

McAdam was discussing a new study he worked on that found stressed-out squirrel mothers raise stronger, heartier offspring. He conducted the study with Guelph biology professor Amy Newman and lead author Ben Dantzer. McAdam, an evolutionary ecologist, is interested in the ecological mechanisms of short-term evolutionary change in natural populations.


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