UPEI researchers in the news, part eleven

Pigs fly, French fries, and a new chair in fish health. Here’s the latest roundup of UPEI researchers in the news.

Monday after the Easter weekend, CBC Television’s Compass aired a report on the recent success the PEI swine industry has experienced as an exporter of breeding stock to Russia. The report quoted Dr. Dan Hurnik, the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Industry Chair for Swine Research.

"What PEI is able to offer is that we're an island, we're isolated, and both the Vet College and the industry are in the province," said Hurnik. "We've done work for the past 10 to 15 years quantifying our health status, being able to show there are fewer diseases here than in other regions. And it looks like the Russian buyers appreciate that."

Read the CBC.ca story, “PEI pigs fly to Russia,” here. Read a recent ORD Blog post on the same subject here.

In advance of the Tuesday, April 6, Research on Tap, Dr. Jennifer Taylor, associate professor of Family and Nutritional Sciences, spoke with CBC Radio’s Island Morning host Karen Mair about obesity rates in children and school food policies. Taylor spiced up the interview with audio clips, including this one—a commercial toting the “miracle” of broccoli.

The interview is featured on the front page of the CBC.ca/PEI site. Listen to the full interview here.

On Thursday, April 8, the Guardian ran a story welcoming Dr. Mark Fast—UPEI and AVC’s Novartis Chair in Fish Health. Fast is no stranger to the campus; he received his Master of Science from AVC before earning his PhD at Dalhousie. Fast, as Novartis Chair, will build on the Atlantic Veterinary College’s globally recognized expertise in aquatic species health.

The Guardian quoted AVC Dean, Dr. Don Reynolds: “Dr. Fast’s expertise in aquatic diseases and immunology will contribute greatly to advancing the science of fish health and aquaculture on both a regional and global scale. His experience and specialized skills are a tremendous asset and complement to the Atlantic Veterinary College’s existing strengths in aquatic species health.”

Read the full article here

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