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New OAC Manager, Research Programs Announced

The OAC Dean's Office is pleased to announce Rhonda Alger as the new Manager, Research Programs for the College. Her secondment will begin in a part-time capacity on July 24, 2017 and in a full-time capacity on August 14, 2017.

Animal Welfare Researchers Receive Funding from Global Animal Partnership

Global Animal Partnership (GAP) has provided a grant-in-aid of research to the University of Guelph for a two-year research project that will determine and evaluate the parameters necessary for assessing the animal welfare needs of different genetic strains of chicken breeds.

Grad Student Wins Top Prize in National 3MT Contest

OAC master’s student Shanthanu Krishnakumarhas become the first competitor in the national 3-Minute Thesis contest to win both the annual competition’s top prize and its People’s Choice Award. The competition, now in its fifth year, requires students to explain their work and its relevance within three minutes using only one slide.

New OAC Recruitment Manager Announced

The OAC Dean's Office is pleased to announce Leigh West as the new Manager, Recruitment for the College. She will begin in this two-year secondment on July 3, 2017.

Leigh transitions to this position from her role as Manager, Research and Graduate Operations with the college, a position which she has held since 2013. In this role, Leigh has been responsible for managing and supporting the college’s research enterprise as well as supporting the growth of the college’s graduate programs.

University of Guelph Introduces New Organic Agriculture Certificate to Enhance Educational Opportunities for Students

The University of Guelph is introducing a new certificate in organic agriculture that will be available to all undergraduate students in fall 2018, encouraging broader student enrollment in organic and alternative agriculture courses.

“There is a strong demand from our students who are interested in supplementing their degree with specialized learning in organic agriculture,” explains Rene Van Acker, dean of the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

New Environmental Toxicology Researcher

The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) is pleased to welcome Dr. Ryan Prosser as an assistant professor in environmental toxicology. Prosser began in his role on May 1.

New Professorship and Scholarships Further a Family Legacy

A new professorship and scholarships have been established to support Eastern and Northern Ontario.

The scholarships and MacSon Professorship in Agronomy for Eastern and Northern Ontario honour a four generation family legacy in agriculture and environmental conservation.

All have been established through the sale of land in Plantagenet, Ontario. Proceeds from the sale were directed into the new scholarships and professorship, which unlocked additional funding that resulted in a $6 million investment to support Eastern and Northern Ontario agriculture and students.

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.

Head shot photo of Ryan Gibson in front of large blue and green map

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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