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SEDRD Conference: Exploring Our Potential

Graduate Students Hosted 2nd Annual SEDRD Conference

As a unique interdisciplinary department at the University of Guelph, the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) brings together rural studies, landscape architecture, planning, and capacity development to look at rural development from various angles. Last year, the SEDRD annual conference served as a forum for student researchers from the four above-mentioned programs to present research, foster connections, and exchange ideas. The success of last year’s conference was repeated and topped this year.

Exploring the Potential of a Knowledge Network for Rural Ontario

At the Rural Research Day organized by the Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in April 2014, Dr. Al Lauzon shared his vision for a rural knowledge network.  "The idea goes back to the Ontario Rural Council (TORC) (2007) which highlighted the need to inform policy by facilitating connections between policy-makers, researchers, and communities" said Dr. Lauzon. Since then, his vision has taken the form of an exploratory project.

SEDRD Set to Host Grad Program Information Night on February 11

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development will host a Graduate Program Information Night on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the Landscape Architecture Building Lobby (LA Pit).

This is a chance to learn about the graduate degrees we offer in Landscape Architecture, Rural Planning, and Capacity Development and Extension.  You can also learn about our PhD in Rural Studies.  This is a chance to chat with profs, current students & alumni, and learn about career opportunities.  You can also enjoy some free pizza!

SEDRD Students Receive Awards at OAC Fall Awards Celebration

Congratulations to the following School of Environmental Design and Rural Development undergraduate and graduate students who received the following awards at the Ontario Agriculture College fall awards celebration banquet which were held on November 18 and December 2, 2014:

Prof. Al Lauzon Elected President of CRRF

During the New Realities, New Relationships Conference the 2014 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on September 26, 2014. The meeting reviewed the achievements of the Foundation over the past year, discussed our financial audit, reviewed proposed bylaw revisions, and elected new board members.

PhD Alumnus Documents Climate Change in Inuit Communities

A new film about the effects of climate change in Nunatsiavut, in Labrador, was met with an emotional reaction at it’s international premiere.

Researcher Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, a PhD Rural Studies alumnus began working on 'Lament for the Land' since January 2013.  "A lot of people in the audience cried throughout the film and were very emotionally moved,” says Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Healthy Communities at Cape Breton University.

SEDRD Students Receive Awards at Rural Research KTT Day

At the recent 2014 Rural Research KTT Day:  Rural Networking-Research into Action Conference two students from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development received the following awards:

PhD Graduate Receives Canada Research Chair Position at CBU

Rural Studies PhD graduate Ashlee Cunsolo Willox has taken up a Canada Research Chair position at Cape Breton University. Dr. Cunsolo Willox, Assistant Professor in Community Health, has been named a Tier 2 CRC in Determinants of Healthy Communities. Tier 2 Chairs are awarded for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as demonstrating the potential to lead in their field.

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