U of G Food Science Technology Adapted for N95 Mask Sanitization
By Caitlin Ford and Dianne Priamo
A University of Guelph project has adapted food science technology to fight COVID-19.
Dr. Keith Warriner, a food science professor in the Ontario Agricultural College, along with post-doctoral fellow Mahdiyeh Hasani and research assistant Fan Wu, adapted Clean Flow technology – developed as a fruit and vegetable surface-cleaning appliance – at the beginning of the pandemic to sanitize personal protective equipment (PPE) amid hospital N95 mask shortages.
“Our technology ticks all the boxes on what constitutes...
Understanding Canadians’ Perceptions of COVID Vaccines Can Promote Better Policy Decisions
By Otaiba Ahsan
In a new study about public perceptions of vaccines, University of Guelph researchers hope to help improve decisions of Canadian policy makers and ultimately improve trust in COVID-19 vaccination programs.
The two-year project, begun early in the pandemic, has collected data through surveys and phone interviews to determine public concerns about COVID-19 vaccines.
“The understandings gleaned from this research will inform and guide Canadian policy makers and public health agents in how best to address concerns about vaccines...
Interactive Improvisation in Times of Isolation
By Caitlin Ford
Countering pandemic isolation by bringing together musicians and the sounds of nature was the goal of a recent virtual improvisation project by University of Guelph researchers.
The project, which began in July 2020, was led by Dr. James Harley, professor in the School of Fine Art and Music, and project assistant Ann Westbere. They invited seven student-musicians to perform improvised pieces in short video clips. The improvisations were developed in response to recordings of environmental sounds such as birds chirping, water flowing...
Study Shows Pandemic Public Health Measures May Have Targeted the Wrong Groups During the Virus' Second Wave
By Cate Willis
A new University of Guelph study shows that social contacts remained low during the fall of 2020, but work-related contacts increased dramatically.
The study, published in BMC Public Health and led by Dr. Amy Greer, an associate professor in the Department of Population Medicine...
U of G Researchers Develop Technology to Monitor Physical Distancing in Crowds
By Caitlin Ford
Enforcing physical distancing in public spaces requires time, money and trained personnel. To mitigate these barriers, a new COVID-19 research project by School of Computer Science professor, Dr. Minglun Gong, explores automated crowd counting as an alternative. Read more in this article written by SPARK writer Caitlin Ford...
U of G Researchers Develop Plant-Based Masks to Replace Disposables
By Caitlin Ford
To combat the environmental concerns surrounding traditional disposable masks, University of Guelph professor Dr. Loong-Tak Lim has created a new biodegradable mask filter. This mask insert can filter out small particles like viruses and pathogens. Read more about his non-woven electrospun design in this SPARK article written by Caitlin Ford...
No Waffling Around for Student Start-up Business
Nourishing waffles are the focus of a new start-up business launched out of the University of Guelph entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Domenique Mastronardi founded The Happy Era, an online waffle delivery business, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biological engineering at U of G. She came up with the business idea while creating a sustainable product for a bioprocessing engineering course.
She drew on her passion for healthy eating.
“I’m really sensitive to how my mood and productivity change, and I know this relies heavily on how I take...
A Shot in the Dark: Theatre group creates pandemic-themed radio play
By Caitlin Ford
Students in the University of Guelph’s theatre studies program collaborated virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring a pandemic-themed comedy, A Shot in the Dark, to life as a radio play.
The fourth-year ensemble students – who were led by Dr. Peter Kuling, an assistant professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies – were in rehearsals for their final performance when Ontario first entered lockdown in March 2020.
“The students were preparing for their end-of-semester production of George F. Walker’s ...
Enhancing molecular pharming to accelerate drug production
By Mya Kidson
Harnessing plants to make useful drugs, such as therapies for the COVID-19-causing virus, is a University of Guelph research goal.
Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAlister, a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), and her research team are looking for ways to improve molecular pharming practices to make therapeutic products, including vaccines and medications.
Molecular pharming involves the process of deliberately modifying DNA in a bacterium, which is then used to infect a plant by transferring its DNA. This...