Issue 2 March 2020

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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

I know we are experiencing unprecedented times, and we have faced significant professional and personal hurtles the past few weeks in absorbing this information and pivoting our normal course of action. Thank you for your willingness to adapt quickly and help as needed. While this is a significant challenge, it also provides us with opportunities to try new things and do things differently.

Know that the University of Guelph is doing its best to support faculty, staff and students with these challenges. As we work together and focus on the needs and wellbeing of our students and their learning experiences, this creates a common sense of purpose amongst us.

While working or studying remotely, we hope this newsletter serves as a break to keep you updated on recent research and news in our college. Wishing you good health.

- Mary A Wells, Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

2019 Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 FAQs, information and updates are posted on the University of Guelph website, including resources to support your wellness. Regular communications are being sent from relevant departments and groups on campus, including your chair or director and our dean's office. Please check your email communications regularly. Also, be aware that there are scams related to COVID-19

You can find guidance related to the continuity, scale back, and shut down of research at the University here. Note that Research that is not impacted by social distancing policies (i.e. online research) may continue provided that normal approval processes for such activities have been followed.

Research Features

A Quantum Leap

A faculty team in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is exploring the mysterious quantum realm and transforming our understanding of the theory behind quantum computing. Learn about work being done by Profs. David Kribs, Rajesh Pereira, and Bei Zeng.


Universal Forces

Gravity behaviour could advance our understanding of the centres of galaxies. Physics Prof. Huan Yang and team are working to understand patterns of orbital resonance in a relativistic system


Barcode Cracking

New species are discovered every day, and over 30,000 species are at risk of extinction. PhD candidate Jarett Phillips, co-supervised by Computer Science Prof. Daniel Gillis and Integrative Biology Prof. Robert Hanner, have developed a free, open-source software to help catalogue our world's species.


Drink Up

Our groundwater is vulnerable to contamination from human activities such as agriculture. Engineering Prof. Beth Parker and her team at the G360 Institute for Groundwater Research are exploring new methods to assess groundwater contamination and help clean up our water.

We want to hear your story! Email us about awards, innovations, discoveries, major research findings, events, or news media related to your (or a student/colleague's) work from the last six months and we may feature it on the the College website!

News and Updates

Dean Wells's New Opportunity

CEPS dean Mary Wells has accepted a new role as Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, effective July 1.

"I am very grateful to the faculty, staff and students who welcomed me to the University of Guelph," Wells says.


3MT College Heat

Engage, inform, and describe your graduate research with one slide and just three minutes. Sound challenging? A group of CEPS students competed in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) CEPS College Heat on March 3. Congratulations to the CEPS champions, Aidan and Kathleen.


International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, CEPS celebrated eight outstanding women in STEM, building on stories from seven other women shared for International Day of Women and Girls in STEM. Meet the students, staff and faculty championing excellence and innovating in their fields.


Media Guide

The University of Guelph offers a Media Guide to reporters and news producers that lists U of G faculty who are interested in being interviewed about current issues and particular topics.

Please search your name to verify your profile is up to date, and use the Update Form to submit updates, to add, or to remove yourself from the guide if you do or do not wish to be interviewed by media.


Importance of Social Distancing - A Visual

A model developed by researchers at Memorial University shows the effects of social distancing, from 0-100%. Even modest efforts to distance yourself from others can have a significant impact on the percentage of people who are infected with COVID-19 at any one time.

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