U of G Alumna Roberta Bondar Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Shuttle Flight

It was during her studies at the University of Guelph that Dr. Roberta Bondar had to shelve one career plan and pursue another – a choice that ultimately secured her a spot aboard the NASA space shuttle Discovery in 1992 as Canada’s first woman astronaut.

As she prepares for this Saturday’s 30th anniversary of the shuttle’s lift-off, she says her U of G roots also laid the groundwork for her subsequent career back on Earth as an award-winning nature photographer and champion of environmental activism.

Vaccination Mandate for Truckers Could Impact Food Supply Chain, Says U of G Economist 

As Canada’s new vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers goes into effect, a University of Guelph food economist wonders whether there might be better ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while keeping Canada’s food supply strong.

Dr. Mike von Massow is a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Ontario Agricultural College. He researches supply chain management and food value chain structure and performance.

Head shot of Nicole Unterlander.

Meet Nicole, PhD Plant Agriculture Student

Nicole became interested in plant science while volunteering in a biology lab during her undergraduate degree. She was naturally interested in research and was drawn to the University of Guelph to pursue a PhD in Plant Agriculture. She spends her free time practicing yoga, reading, and baking and is the PhD representative on the Plant Agriculture Graduate Student Liaison Committee (GSLC). Nicole is considering a post-doctoral fellowship or career in industry after graduation.

Wastewater Testing More Important Than Ever, Says U of G Researcher

With many provinces imposing restrictions on who can get testing for COVID-19 amid soaring case counts, a University of Guelph researcher says monitoring wastewater for the virus is proving a critically important tool.

Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, a professor in the Ontario Agricultural College, leads wastewater testing projects on the U of G campus as well as in communities across Ontario. He says his team’s work has become one of the few ways to get an accurate picture of the scope of this latest wave of the pandemic.

New Canada Research Chair Funding for Two U of G Profs

Meshing Indigenous and Western ways of knowing and amplifying often unheard voices are the goals for two University of Guelph researchers who will receive a total of $1.9 million in new federal funding under the prestigious Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program.

The funding is part of a $151-million investment announced Jan. 12 by François-Philippe Champagne, federal minister of innovation, science and industry, for 188 new and renewed CRCs at 43 research institutions across Canada.

U of G Launches Novel Online Farm Business Program

Free farm business management skills ranging from farm business planning to maintaining mental health will be offered through a new self-paced, virtual course being launched this month by the University of Guelph and partner organizations.

Believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, U of G’s new “Foundations in Agricultural Management” online certificate course will enable farmers, and especially younger producers, to brush up on their farm business management skills.

Evan Poncelet, standing beside a body of water, on a camping adventure.

Meet Evan, Food Science Student

Evan was drawn to the University of Guelph (U of G) from the history and reputation of The Department of Food Science. When he is not camping, Evan keeps busy on campus through his involvement in the Food Science Club and Games Club. He plans to pursue a career in food product development in the future.

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Connecting through Indigenous knowledge

Acquiring knowledge is a lifelong process. Some may find that daunting, but others find it empowering. Brad Howie, an Anishinaabe master of environmental sciences student, falls into the latter category. He is a student at his core and his approach to learning is inspired by the Indigenous value of interconnectedness.

Brad believes the approach to sharing knowledge should be connected as well. Through research and interpretive signs, he has brought Anishinaabe teachings to the University of Guelph’s Arboretum.

A graphic with a student on the left in a rural area frustrated with their computer and a student on the right in a city looking content at their computer.

Bridging the digital divide

Most, if not all, aspects of regional economies hinge on digital telecommunications infrastructure, yet rural and remote communities still face a pressing demand for better-quality internet connectivity.

Rural residents can pay up to three and a half times more to receive a slower download speed than urban residents – if internet is available at all.

The “digital divide” describes the phenomenon of a growing gap between members of society with and without sufficient access to technology, digital telecommunications and broadband services. 

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