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Lachance Appointed as Academic Lead for Ridgetown Campus

Ridgetown Campus is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Simon Lachance as the Assistant Dean Academic. His five-year appointment begins on October 12, 2020.

Lachance is a College Research Professor who has held administrative roles at both Ridgetown Campus and Campus d’Alfred, including program coordinator for the environmental management diploma program, which he has held since 2018.

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Meet Emilia Traxler, Environmental Management Student

Emilia Traxler is a fourth year student in the BBRM program majoring in Environmental Management. She enjoys engaging with nature and often finds herself in the outdoors doing activities like camping, kayaking, hiking and canoeing. She was drawn to the University of Guelph (U of G) by the incomparable natural beauty surrounding the campus, and by its unique environmental program which seamlessly blends aspects of science and business management.

Program Counselling Update

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to announce Carie Devitt as the B.Sc. (Env.) and A.D.T.M Program Counsellor, effective immediately.

In this role, Devitt provides support to students studying in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management programs. Since April 2019, Devitt has been the acting program counsellor for the B.Sc. (Env.) and A.D.T.M students; prior to this she was the OAC Program Counsellor’s Assistant from 2013-2019.

OAC Research Phase-In Information

With the recent release of the University’s Research Phase-in Framework (central U of G login required - link updated on July 9), OAC researchers can begin to plan for the increased phase-in of research activities beginning on June 29.

It is important to note that this does not signal a full return to normal research activities, but a gradual scale-up of research activities based on the principles and guidance included in the Research Phase-in Framework.

New Meat Science Prof

The Department of Animal Biosciences is pleased to welcome Prof. Marcio Duarte as a new assistant professor in meat science and muscle biology. He begins in the role in January 2021.

“We are very happy to welcome Marcio to the department,” shares Prof. Jim Squares, department chair. “His experience in the molecular and cellular aspects of meat production, combined with his understanding of practical applications for industry, are a perfect fit for our department.”

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Meet Abdou Fall, Honours Agriculture Student

Abdou Fall is a third year student in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program majoring in Honours Agriculture. He is passionate about developing pathways to increase food security. Drawn in by the University of Guelph’s high-standing reputation for agricultural research and innovation, he hopes to use the knowledge he’s gaining to help create more self-sustaining food systems in Africa.

New Prof in Environmental Microbiology

The School of Environmental Sciences is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Goordial as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Microbiology. Goordial will begin in the role on June 15th, 2020.

Goordial will lead a comprehensive research program in environmental microbiology, while teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Prof. Jesse Popp

New Prof in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship

Prof. Jesse Popp has joined the School of Environmental Sciences as OAC Chair in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship. She begins in the role on September 1, 2020.

Popp comes to the University of Guelph from Mount Allison University where she holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Indigenous Environmental Science.

Her research and teaching weaves Indigenous and Western ways of knowing to advance environmental and ecological science. She is a member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in Ontario.

Supporting our Black community members: A message from OAC leadership

Last week, President Franco Vaccarino released a message of solidarity for our Black community members, acknowledging the ongoing injustices, hatred and violence committed against them. This message is an important reminder that the U of G community must make an ongoing commitment to combating acts of racism and discrimination. We must continue our work to improve our supports and inclusive practices for our students, faculty and staff.

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