‘Fuel of excellence’ required to Improve Life

‘Fuel of excellence’ required to Improve Life

Posted by: on Nov 1, 2017 | No Comments

Any researcher or scholar knows that bright ideas are a dime a dozen, especially on a campus full of bright people such as this one. For ideas that actually make an impact in the world, you need both the spark of innovation and the fuel of excellence.

Ask Bonnie Mallard, a pathobiology professor in the Ontario Veterinary College and one of the principals in U of G’s Food From Thought project meant to feed a growing world in sustainable ways.

Improving life is our shared promise

Improving life is our shared promise

Posted by: on Mar 31, 2017 | No Comments

Looking around our campuses in Guelph, Ridgetown and Toronto, I see people engaged in learning, teaching and discovery. Those pursuits are important in their own right — and hardly a surprise. As a post-secondary institution, we’re all about education and research.

Reflective thinking can help transform the world

Reflective thinking can help transform the world

Posted by: on Nov 15, 2016 | No Comments

Slow down. How often do you hear that these days?

We live in a fast-changing world, one that often seems to value quick reaction over deep reflection. Who has time to slow down in a world where we measure time in tweet- and Instagram-sized chunks?

Fostering a global U of G network

Fostering a global U of G network

Posted by: on Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments

I went all the way to Israel only to find myself at home.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne invited me, along with Malcolm Campbell, U of G’s vice-president (research), on a provincial life sciences trade mission to Israel in May. Malcolm Campbell, U of G’s vice-president (research), also attended.

Fostering connections leads to innovation

Fostering connections leads to innovation

Posted by: on Mar 29, 2016 | No Comments

Two works of art hang side by side on my office wall. One is Requiem for a Planet by David Bierk, a play on an image by Italian Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona. The other, Life Adrift in the Ocean by U of G fine art professor Jean Maddison, depicts a DNA strand and a human infant floating in the void.

Each artwork is eye-catching on its own. Viewing them together makes me think of collaborations between disciplines at U of G. Art and science talk to each other on my wall and across this campus.

Who are we, and who do we want to be?

Who are we, and who do we want to be?

Posted by: on Jul 8, 2015 | No Comments

This fall, U of G will begin a strategic renewal process — it’s been 20 years since we last updated our strategic vision.