Profs, Researcher Make Headlines

January 28, 2014 - In the News

Prof. Katrina Merkies, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, was interviewed by Global News for a segment in its 16x9 current affairs program. The story focused on horse therapy for conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Merkies, who has studied interactions between horses and humans, spoke about how the animals react in these situations and their potential usefulness in treating these conditions in people.

Prof. Rakhal Sarker is featured in several newspapers and online news sites. The Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics professor discussed Canada's egg supply management system in the Ottawa Citizen and on CTV and on YAHOO! Finance online, among others.

Sarker teaches and studies agricultural and food policy, cost-benefit analysis, exchange-rate variability and trade, and economics of agri-food and agri-food trade.

Prof. Donna Lero, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, is quoted today in a story in the Toronto Star. The article looks at a new provincial proposal for adult-child ratios for babies and toddlers in licensed daycare centres.

Lero, co-founder of the University's Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being and holder of the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work, studies child care, parental- and family-leave policies, and workplace support. She played an active role in the federally funded You Bet I Care! studies on the quality of child care in Canada.

Adam Hammond, a new post-doctoral fellow in digital humanities, wrote an article that appeared on the front of the Travel section in Saturday's Globe and Mail. The article looks at the "hipster" side of cruise vacations.

Hammond, whose position is jointly supported by the College of Arts (COA) and the McLaughlin Library, will use digital resources for COA research projects and pedagogy. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail.

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