Stories produced by SPARK are distributed widely through news releases, a weekly column in the Guelph Mercury called SPARK plugs as well as appearing in the University's Research magazine, the @Guelph newspaper and commodity newsletters. SPARK articles also appear in industry publications such as Ontario Milk Producer, Ontario Farmer, Country Guide and Greenhouse Canada.
To the left: Two representatives from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council visited campus last friday to recognize five Guelph professors who had been awarded Engage grants for their research.
SPARK*AIR, the electronic communications branch of SPARK, is responsible for producing research videos and radio broadcasts. View SPARK*AIR's 80 plus videos on their YouTube Channel.
Both the CBC, CTV, the Guelph Mercury and various other publications have produced a piece on intersex horses that started as a SPARK story by Vanessa Perkins. University of Guelph scientists discovered a six year old mare was actually an intersex horse.
The Toronto Star picked up a story on U of G research that is using special computer modelling equipment to get a detailed picture of the structures of the shoulder, which may lead to better ways to treat and diagnose various shoulder problems.
U of G research investigating the genetic traits of honey bees was reported in the Globe and Mail, as a result of a story written by a SPARK writer on work to create bees that are resistant to the varromite, a parasite affecting Canada's $100-million honey bee industry.
Macleans magazine highlighted Project SOY, a contest co-ordinated by SPARK students in which students from the University of Guelph are encouraged to invent innovative uses and market strategies for soybeans.
"Horses will go 23 per cent farther if they drink Perform 'n Win," reported the Globe and Mail, as a result of a SPARK news release about Guelph professors who developed an electrolyte replacement specially for horses.
Canadian Living magazine ran a story about the development of a diagnostic blood test to detect ovarian cancer at an early, treatable stage. The story was also picked up by Global TV and numerous newspapers across Canada.
"Stop worrying about DDT and eat your vegetables," reported the Montreal Gazette, in response to a U of G-led study that found increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables that may contain minute pesticide residues does not raise the risk of cancer.
The Edmonton Journal published a U of G-based story about a new technology that will allow farmers to select the sex of their animals.
A story about a U of G researcher who discovered that melatonin, a naturally-occurring hormone regulating the body clock, exists in many popular herbal remedies, was printed in dozens of newspapers, including the Hamilton Spectator.