Back to the books

Fall is among us meaning SPARK students are back to the books and back to the journalistic hunt.

SPARK has said its farewell to our fearless leader Joey Sabljic as well as our go- to girl, Natalie Osborne. Both were seasoned veterans here at SPARK and their journalistic prowess will be greatly missed. Joey has been set free in the communications industry and is now freelancing for the Guelph Mercury. Natalie is off gallavanting around Europe. We’ll wait to see if she ever returns. SPARK wishes Joey and Natalie all the best in their future endeavors.

Articles galore were published at the end of the summer and new SPARKlings saw their hard work pay off as shiny, first by-lines. Andrea Seccafien showed GFO supremacy as she had two articles published in the Research Roundup section. These articles showcased research from Prof. Peter Sikkema who found that years of reliance on glyphosate has resulted in certain biotypes of giant ragweed and Canada fleabane that are resistant to the herbicide.  Also Prof. Clarence Swanton’s research shows how weed stress on corn and soybeans actually changes the physical structure of the plant.

SPARK articles also popped up in the Guelph Mercury throughout September. Anthony Ngai’s article will have you focusing on the music selection in restaurants as he highlighted master student, Kevin Chang’s, marketing research. His project found that music can subconsciously affect diners’ experiences, in addition to food and service quality.

Samantha Beattie writes about cause- related marketing and its impact on international development in her article. Geography professor Roberta Hawkins has found that simplifying development issues through marketing can obscure deeper issues related to those matters and the complex relationships between consumers, corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and aid beneficiaries.

Samantha also connected with Rural Planning and Development Prof. Nonita Yap to talk about micro-industries in the developing world. Yap, along with Indian business leaders and non-government organizations, will be looking at small dairy, brick, iron foundries, tanneries and cashew processing facilities in Indian states of Orissa and West Bengal. Read the article here.

The At Guelph homepage featured a well suited article for this time of year about incorporating whole grain into Kraft Dinner, a back to school favorite. This article, by Katherine Tuerke, will come as good news to health conscious consumers on a budget.

Check out our new videos on our YouTube channel, SPARK*air including a Farms.com video about new processing techniques to improve fish feed.

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