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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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BLA Project Comes to Fruition in Champlain-Wendat Park

French presence in Ontario dates back to Samuel de Champlain’s first meeting with Chief Aenons of the Wendat Bear Tribe on August 1, 1615.  This meeting in the village of Toanché, now Penetanguishene, would be the beginning of a close relationship with the Huron-Wendat, and would set the foundations for the fur trade in Ontario and a long history of French culture in Upper Canada.

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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.

New Equine Physiology Prof

The Department of Animal Biosciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Pearson as an assistant professor in equine physiology. Pearson joined the department on July 11, 2016.

"We are very pleased to have Wendy's extensive equine research and industry knowledge supporting the delivery of our growing Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - Equine Management program," shares Jonathan Schmidt, OAC associate dean - academic.

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Meet Krista, EEP Student

There’s no place like home for Krista Kapitan, a fourth year Environmental Economics and Policy student. Krista, who began her undergraduate studies in Nova Scotia, moved back to Guelph to embrace the community-based culture of the University and the niche combination of science and economics her program provides.

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Rene Van Acker Named OAC Dean

Prof. Rene Van Acker has been appointed dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) for a five-year term effective Sept. 1. The announcement was made today by Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic). Van Acker is currently OAC’s associate dean (external relations) and a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture.

New Dairy Scientist at Ridgetown Campus

The Department of Animal Biosciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Abigail Carpenter, Assistant Professor in applied dairy nutrition management. Dr. Carpenter starts on August 2, 2016 and will be located at the Ridgetown Campus.

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