Funded by the Ontario Research Fund’s Research Excellence program, both initiatives will involve researchers from across U of G and Canada, as well as industrial partners.
The University of Guelph will receive $3.4 million through two new Canada Research Chairs (CRC) and renewal of three others.
This funding is part of federal support for 186 chairs that have been established or renewed at 48 institutions across Canada, an investment of $158.7 million.
Between a quarter and a third of the food produced annually for human consumption is lost or wasted, which would be enough to satisfy the dietary requirements of 2,000 million people. Compared to other food or biomass-derived waste, fruit waste is rich in nutrients and nutritional compounds that can help regulate bowel health, weight, blood cholesterol, and glycemic and insulin responses to food consumption. But, as of now, there is no way to convert this national waste into edible food products.
Prof. Graham Taylor, School of Engineering, has been selected by Google’s California head office as a visiting faculty member with the company’s team of artificial intelligence (AI) researchers in Montreal.
Beginning in September, Taylor, a machine learning expert, will spend an eight-month research leave with Google’s AI team in Montreal. He plans to explore machine learning techniques intended to help improve decision-making by the AI systems in anything from Google Maps on your smartphone to smart tractors in the farm field.
The federal government will invest nearly $335,000 in five University of Guelph research projects, ranging from preventing childhood injuries and food-borne ailments to promoting emotional well-being and data-driven solutions.
On March 22nd, 2018, students, faculty and leaders in the Ontario metalcasting community met at the Hamilton Yacht Club for the annual American Foundry Society/Canadian Foundry Society/Foundry Education Foundation Scholarship Award Night. Undergraduate students from Ryerson University, Mohawk College and the University of Guelph received awards for conducting research related to the Canadian metalcasting industry.
The University of Guelph has received $25 million from the Ontario government to support its ongoing energy and water conservation efforts.
The money comes from the province’s greenhouse gas campus retrofits program within its larger climate change action plan.
Twice as many early-career researchers at the University of Guelph as last year will receive provincial Early Researcher Awards (ERA) in 2018.
The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation recently announced that six U of G researchers will receive funding for wide-ranging studies, including precision agriculture, electric vehicles and functional foods. Each award is worth up to $100,000.
This year, 102 research projects across Ontario will receive ERA funding, which covers salaries and travel for student research assistants, research equipment and facility expenses.
The University of Guelph has created Canada’s first academic chair in sustainable food engineering, backed by a $5-million gift from the Barrett Family Foundation. The chair is intended to develop innovative ways to improve food processing and production.
“Feeding the world’s growing population, safely and sustainably, is one of the greatest global challenges of today,” said president Franco Vaccarino.
U of G’s Prof. Ed McBean was featured in a Jan. 30 Globe and Mail story on First Nations drinking water advisories.