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Guelph Mercury: From laboratory to Labrador, U of G research impacts pets and the humans who love them

October 21, 2015

Some 57 per cent of Canadian households have one or more pets, he said — more than have children. Thirty-eight per cent of those have cats and 35 per cent have dogs.

"And there's good reason. They enrich our lives immensely and enhance our sense of well-being. And if we do it right, we enrich their lives too. But it all should be underpinned by evidence," Campbell said.

Professor Shane Bateman is also a veterinarian with an interest in feral cats — specifically how to get the population under control. In rural settings, barn cats help control the mouse population, but in cities, stray cats can infiltrate abandoned buildings, threaten the songbird population and ransack gardens. It's a problem that plagues humane societies across the country, he said.

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The Windsor Star: U of W researchers simulate evolution of species

October 15, 2015

A team of University of Windsor researchers have successfully proven that natural selection best explains species evolution.

Robin Gras, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science, and Canada Research Chair in Learning and Simulation for Theoretical Biology; post-doctoral student Dr. Abbas Golestani; and research contributors Dr. Andrew Hendry and Dr. Melania Cristescu of McGill University, have developed an ecosystem simulation platform they have dubbed “EcoSim,” a mathematical algorithm to study how a complex population of more than a million predator and prey individuals interacts to evolve species. Read the full story here.

Macleans: Canadian Arthur B. McDonald shares Nobel Prize in physics

October 15, 2015

A professor emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. — the former director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOlab) in northern Ontario — is a co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on tiny particles known as neutrinos. Arthur McDonald was roused from sleep at about 5 a.m. today by a phone call from the Nobel Prize committee telling him the news. Read the full article here.

Niagara Falls Review: Getting youth out to vote

October 9, 2015

Maybe it’s time to ditch the old saying: “Never discuss politics at the dinner table,” says Livianna Tossutti. The associate professor of political science at Brock University said there’s a fear if people don’t start voting when they first get a chance, they may never get in the habit. Read the full article here.

Guelph Mercury: Guelph scientist learning to grow crops on Mars

October 7, 2015

On Thursday morning, Mike Dixon woke before dawn to harvest some corn. To pick it, he drove to the university campus, passed through a security perimeter, unlocked his lab, and eased open a massive hypobaric chamber.

Dixon is no ordinary agriculturist. The University of Guelph professor studies how to grow plants on other planets — a crucial resource for the long-distance space travel required to send humans to Mars.

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