Issue 7 March 2021

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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Research Features

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Uncovering Bias in Computer Vision

For computers, seeing the same photo or video content that we do as humans is challenging and complex. Dr. Neil Bruce, University of Guelph computer science professor, is exploring research that will lead to technologies that transform our lives, from self-driving cars to disease diagnoses.

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Bettering Biofuel Production

Using biomass to create fuel can reduce some of the devastating impacts of fuel combustion, but the process is complex and costly. U of G engineers led by Dr. Animesh Dutta are using mathematical models to improve biofuel production.

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Molecular Research Sheds Light on Disease

The human body is a complex machine, and proteins are the molecular engines. When mutations to certain proteins occur, they can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Dr. Rui Huang, chemistry professor, is examining working mechanisms of protein machineries in our body to inform research on disease.

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Have You Seen My Keys?

Imagine your mobile phone could tell you precisely which room in your home you left your car keys. Or, for business owners, help keep track of inventory. This functionality is possible with indoor location systems. An experimental approach led by engineering professor, Dr. Petros Spachos, and team helps researchers assess the accuracy of indoor location systems.

News and Updates

Women in STEM

In February and March, the world celebrated two occasions to mark women's achievements and progress still needed. Read our International Women's Day and International Day of Women and Girls in STEM stories:

Zina Ramirez: Science, Art, and Creating Experiences

Tiana Bressan: Improving Life as Student and Researcher

Jasmine Sollen: From Student to Innovator

February 11: Women and Girls in STEM

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Rowntree Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The inaugural Rowntree Memorial Scholarship was awarded in honour of former chemistry professor and chair, Dr. Paul Rowntree. In reflecting on Rowntree's contributions to U of G, several former students discussed his impact and support through their education and life.

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Grad's Unique Skills Improving Forensic Science

Jonathan Chang graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in 2010. He is now a Scientific Software Developer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). We chatted with Jonathan about his interests, role and career moves.

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Three CEPS Faculty Named Vector Institute Faculty Affiliates

Three CEPS faculty will join the Vector Institute as faculty affiliates: Dr. Mihai Nica, Department of Mathematics and Statistics; Dr. Neil Bruce, School of Computer Science, whose affiliation renewed when he joined U of G; and a third faculty member who will join the University in May 2021.

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Chemistry Names New Chair

The Department of Chemistry and CEPS have named Dr. Kathryn Preuss as Chair, Department of Chemistry, following a competitive search process. The five-year term began March 1, 2021. Preuss brings a wealth of leadership, research and teaching experience to the role.

Other News

Awards and Honours

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