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U of G Students Win National Agri-Marketing Competition

The University of Guelph’s Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) student chapter won the 2021 National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Student Marketing Competition held remotely last month.

The team, consisting of nine Ontario Agricultural College students, competed against 23 other North American schools to grab top prize.

The annual competition challenges students to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for a new agricultural product or service to improve producer income or productivity.

U of G Research Beans Donated to Local Organizations

A donation from crop researchers in the University of Guelph’s Department of Plant Agriculture will amount to more than just a hill of beans. In fact, it will likely provide dozens of nutritious meals for many people in Guelph who are food insecure.

Researchers with the U of G dry bean breeding program recently donated more than 2,000 kilograms of beans to the Guelph Food Bank, the non-profit group The Seed and the University’s Hospitality Services.

Avocado Discovery May Point to Leukemia Treatment: U of G Researcher

A compound in avocados may ultimately offer a route to better leukemia treatment, says a new University of Guelph study.

The compound targets an enzyme that scientists have identified for the first time as being critical to cancer cell growth, said Dr. Paul Spagnuolo, Department of Food Science.

Published recently in the journal Blood, the study focused on acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which is the most devastating form of leukemia. Most cases occur in people over age 65, and fewer than 10 per cent of patients survive five years after diagnosis.

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New Project Manager

The OAC Dean’s Office and Ridgetown Campus are pleased to welcome Mairin Scannell as the Business Development Centre (BDC) Project Manager. She began in the role on April 26, 2021.

Personal Stories May Help Influence Environmental Behaviours, U of G Researcher Finds

When it comes to motivating consumers to make environmentally responsible choices, a moving story might be more persuasive than scientific facts.

A University of Guelph researcher has found that consumers are willing to pay more for “green” gardening products after reading a personal story about the importance of protecting the environment than are consumers who have read only scientific facts about environmental damage caused by water runoff.

U of G Institute Funding Research Aimed at Tackling Human-Environmental Crises

As part of Earth Day, a University of Guelph institute is announcing funding for seven interdisciplinary research projects that tackle human-environmental crises.

The Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) will provide $105,000 from its small grants program to new and ongoing U of G projects.

Established in 2019, the institute is intended to stimulate collaborations across campus and raise the profile of environmental research at U of G.

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New Senior Advancement Manager

Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) and the OAC Dean’s Office are pleased to announce Taline Artinian as the new Senior Advancement Manager while Tara McNeice is on leave. She begins in the role on April 26, 2021.

Artinian transitions to this position from her current role as the Alumni Advancement Manager for the College of Biological Science, where she oversees the annual and leadership giving portfolio and alumni engagement activities.

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