The University of Guelph is proud of its researchers' many accomplishments. Each quarter a postcard highlighting a recent award or activity is distributed to our stakeholders.
Congratulations to University of Guelph biologist Prof. Steve Marshall! Steve was awarded the 2013 Gold Medal from the Entomological Society of Canada for his outstanding contributions to insect studies. As a researcher, professor and manager of the U of G’s internationally renowned insect collection, Steve and his research group have discovered and named more than 750 new insect species over the past 30 years (such as Sapadrama citrina, the recently described genus and species of fruit fly pictured overleaf). Steve is the third University of Guelph professor to win this award in its 51-year history.
At this year’s prestigious World Dairy Expo, a technology called High Immune Response - developed at the University of Guelph by Prof. Bonnie Mallard and her team - was named one of the top innovative products of 2013. The technology, licensed by the Catalyst Centre to Canada’s largest dairy genetics company, the Semex Alliance, is marketed as Immunity+. Congratulations to Bonnie and her team, and thanks to Semex and Vice-President Brad Sayles (pictured overleaf with Bonnie and the highly coveted award) for making Immunity+ available to improve the health of cattle worldwide.
Hats off to University of Guelph geography professor Barry Smit – he’s been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, recognizing him as one of the world’s leading authorities on climate change. This award honours scholars for original thought, work and leadership that has advanced their field and enriched Canada’s cultural and intellectual life. Barry, who has done extensive work in Canada’s North, is the first U of G professor to win this award. Congratulations Barry!
Top marks to University of Guelph physics researcher Ralf Gellert! For his work on the Mars rover project (depicted overleaf), Ralf’s been awarded NASA’s Outstanding Public Leadership Medal for 2013. This prestigious recognition is specifically for non-government employees whose leadership has significantly influenced the NASA mission. As well, Ralf’s team (MSL APXS Instrument Development and Science Team) received NASA’s 2013 Group Achievement Award. Congratulations Ralf and team!