Faculty, PhD Student in the News

June 18, 2013 - In the News

University of Guelph faculty and students have been in the news lately. The College of Management and Economics (CME) dean, three University of Guelph professors and a PhD student have all made headlines recently.

Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of CME, wrote a column for the Globe & Mail's Higher Education section. The column looks at the changing face of education from 1970 to 2013. It examines how enrollment and financial pressures have contributed to changes in post-secondary education, as well as how students and graduates are preparing for the future. Christensen Hughes also discusses how university administrators and faculty should adapt to help students.

U of G History student Jason Wilson, who defended his PhD in May, was interviewed by CBC's The National on the Sunday, June 16 broadcast. Wilson's book, Soldiers of Song, which is based on his U of G MA thesis, was the focus, with his look at the comedic troupe that entertained soldiers during World War I and audiences after the war.

With Father’s Day approaching, Kerry Daly, dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, was interviewed by the National Post for a story on the changing role of fathers. Daly spoke about how many fathers today are more involved in their children's lives than in the past.

Daly has studied the role of fathers as co-founder of the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being at the University of Guelph. Daly was the principal investigator of the Father Involvement Research Alliance, a national organization of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

David Waltner –Toews, professor emeritus in the Ontario Veterinary College, was interviewed by the Toronto Star about his new book, The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology and a Sustainable Society. The book looks at the over-abundance of excrement and how it can be used and treated with new and innovative methods from around the world .

Earlier, Waltner-Toews wrote about how disease moves between people and animals. He is an expert in ecohealth, or health connections among people, animals and the environment.

Toxicology professor Leonard Ritter spoke as head of an independent panel investigating the use in Ontario of the herbicide 2,4,5-T ("Agent Orange") in a report by CBC News. The five-member expert panel examined more than 45,000 government files and concluded that the pesticide was widely used for more than three decades before it was banned in 1980.

Ritter was named to lead the panel in 2011. He was appointed at Guelph in 1993 as a professor of environmental toxicology. He chairs the Council of Canadian Academics expert panel on the integrated testing of pesticides, which evaluates strategies for assessing and regulating pesticide risk to humans and the environment.

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