U of G Prof Taking Part in ‘What Matters Now’ Research Campaign

February 27, 2014 - News Release

Fighting malnutrition with fertilizers, keeping clean water flowing, balancing the environmental consequences of economic growth, wearing smart technology and exploring aboriginal rights will be in the spotlight as five leading Ontario university researchers discuss “What Matters Now” during a stop in Thunder Bay March 4.

The event includes University of Guelph economics professor Ross McKitrick. He will discuss whether economic growth and environmental protection can co-exist.

The free public event is the latest in the popular travelling Research Matters campaign to highlight important university research.

“University research really can help us to focus on what’s going to matter next,” said Bonnie Patterson, president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities, which represents the province’s 21 publicly assisted universities.

“But there is also immediacy to university research that we hope will shine through as a result of this discussion. What does the world need to focus on at this moment? What should our global priorities be to improve lives?”

Hosted by public broadcaster Piya Chattopadhyay, the event will take place at Thunder Bay’s Fort William Historical Park from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Researchers will answer questions from the audience and via social media.

There will be a live stream online.

The public will learn that night who won the grand prizes in the 2014 Virtual Scavenger Hunt, which include several $500 cash prizes for Ontario university students. Hundreds of people have taken part in the online event, which highlighted key research at universities across Ontario.

Other researchers taking part in the What Matters Now event are: Maria DeRosa, Carleton University; Margaret Smith, Lakehead University; April James, Nipissing University; and Kate Hartman, OCAD University.
Research Matters travels next to Toronto April 9 and wraps up in Kingston May 21. The series kicked off in Hamilton Nov. 4 and stopped in London Nov. 26.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or lhunt@uoguelph.ca; or Kevin Gonsalves, Ext. 56982, or kgonsalves@uoguelph.ca.

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