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November 27, 2006

Profs, Students Make National Headlines

Two University of Guelph professors were featured prominently in the Globe and Mail this weekend. In addition, U of G students and the University's Contemporary Music Ensemble were featured on CBC's The National and Newsworld Saturday as part of a story on "Buy Nothing" Day.

Integrated Biology professor Paul Hebert’s research was the focus of a science story on zebra mussels. Hebert was the first scientist to identify the presence of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes. They were inadvertently brought in on an ocean-going vessel in 1987 and have since thrived and multiplied

The newspaper also published an opinion column by drama professor Sky Gilbert, a writer, playwright and performer who holds the University chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies. Both articles are available online to subscribers to the Globe and Mail.

CBC was on campus Friday interviewing students involved in "Buy Nothing Day" events in the University Centre. A feature in the story that aired Saturday was a "Noise Parade" and performance by the University's Contemporary Music Ensemble with guest conductor Rich Marsella. The students played instruments they had made themselves from everyday household items like lamp shades and vacuum cleaner hoses. The ensemble is a course taught by Prof. Ellen Waterman of the School of Fine Art and Music. Marsella, the artistic director of the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, works with elementary school children all over southern Ontario to design unique instruments and to express their creativity through noise.

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