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Students Bolster Wikipedia’s Pet Nutrition Content with Science

Wikipedia’s reputation as a go-to source for information is clear in the English site’s statistics; it receives 7.7 billion page views per month, but is it a reputable source for information?

The information on pet nutrition is certainly much more credible today, thanks to Prof. Kate Shoveller’s pet nutrition class that gathered reputable information on 32 different pet nutrition topics for submission to the site.

New SEDRD Director Named

Professor Sean Kelly has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

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Young alumna tackles family business succession

After 10 years of working in the family business, Cassandra Loomans, B.Comm. ’07, is preparing to take the lead.

Many OAC alumni families are working through the difficult process of passing down farmland, ownership of a business or leadership of a company. Succession planning may be awkward at times, but when the two generations (or sometimes three) do it right, the process benefits everyone.

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New Professor in Regional Economic Development

We are pleased to announce with Libro Credit Union (Libro) the appointment of Prof. Ryan Gibson to the Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development for southwestern Ontario. The professorship is focused on building economic development and innovation across the region, through world-class research, teaching, outreach and collaboration.

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2016 OAC Faculty Awards Presented

Earlier this month, four faculty members were presented with the 2016 OAC Alumni Association and OAC Alumni Foundation faculty awards.

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New Food Chemistry Professor

The Department of Food Science is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul Spagnuolo as an associate professor in food chemistry. Paul joined the department on August 15, 2016.

In this position, Spagnuolo will continue developing his internationally recognized research program in the application of nutraceuticals as therapeutics, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in food chemistry, and support the needs of the Ontario food industry.

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SEDRD Welcomes New Water Security Researcher

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) is pleased to welcome Dr. Sheri Longboat as an assistant professor in rural planning and development. Longboat joined the school on July 1, 2016.

Longboat’s research focuses on water security and governance. Much of her work connects with First Nations and looks to traditional customs and knowledge to redefine our relationship with water.

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New Cereal Science Researcher

The Department of Food Science is pleased to welcome Dr. Iris Joye as an assistant professor in cereal science and technology. Joye joined the department on August 2, 2016.

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An Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

It’s an old saying that holds true for the Chudleigh family. This story of third-generation apple entrepreneurs started in 1939 when Eric and Marion Chudleigh began apple farming in Dixie, ON. Eric imported a new experimental apple rootstock from England and started propagating trees that were size controlled by the rootstock.

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