Kathleen Johnson, a new student under the supervision of Dr. Beth Parker, was recently awarded one of five Arrell Scholarships from the University of Guelph.
The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph provides scholarships for emerging graduate-level scholars who are not only academically outstanding
but also passionately committed to ensuring that future generations are well fed, that diets are
nutritious and equitable, and that agriculture is sustainable.
Scholarship criteria are based on:
Outstanding academic achievement;
Relevance of proposed research and personal motivation to the vision of the Arrell Food Institute;
Demonstration of commitment to public engagement, as evidenced in the CV; and an
Interview with the scholarship selection committee for those applicants that are shortlisted.
Originally from Embro, Ont., an hour’s drive southwest of Guelph, Kathleen Johnson had these thoughts about her research and it’s relevance to the Arrell Scholarship requirements:
“My research will focus on understanding the flow and fate of agricultural and industrial contaminants in the fractured bedrock aquifer beneath the city of Guelph,” she says.
“This research will improve our understanding of the source and fate of the contaminants in these aquifers. Second, this knowledge will allow us to better prepare and ultimately manage agricultural operations to limit or mitigate contaminant occurrence, which will lead to improved water quality for growing food in a safe and sustainable manner in the future.”
Kathleen believes food production will be sustainable only within the limits of local and global water systems.
“Food research is not just about being able to produce enough food for our population but also ensuring everyone has access to affordable, high-quality food,” Johnson says.
“Going forward, we need to shape our food systems to reduce inequalities and be more sustainable. More research is needed before this can become a reality.”
On April 26th and 27th G360 participated in the campus wide Interaction conference for Grade 10 and 11 students. Approximately 900 students from all over Southern Ontario attended this conference to participate in unique workshops and have new experiences at the University of Guelph. At this conference G360 was proud to offer our new workshop:
“Wanted: Environmental Scientists Interested in Water Resources”
In this interactive and hands-on workshop, newly designed by Tara Harvey, students were able to put their detective, scientific, and engineering skills to the test by solving a groundwater contaminated site ‘mystery’. The workshop was a theoretical scenario that hydrogeologists at G360 may encounter, scaled down to fit inside a classroom. Students had one hour to collect background data, perform geologic investigations, take hydraulic measurements, and conduct laboratory tests on ‘contaminated’ groundwater samples; basically cramming months worth of work into a very small amount of time.
For most of the students this was their first time really learning about groundwater and groundwater investigations. After completing the workshop, each student can now walk away with a new perspective and knowledge of groundwater research, the investigative tools and methods used, and the types of questions scientists ask.
In an interdisciplinary field of research we encouraged the students to explore their passions and consider how they can contribute to groundwater research in each of their desired fields.
We are happy to announce the beginning of what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial collaboration between G360 at the University of Guelph and the China University of Geosciences (http://en.cug.edu.cn/). The collaboration will focus on cooperative research related to groundwater, water resources and civil and environmental engineering.