Universities have thrived despite past disruptions and could grow even stronger after COVID-19

Universities have thrived despite past disruptions and could grow even stronger after COVID-19In the past century, universities have risen to occupy a central place in the knowledge economy, from fostering innovation to attracting promising international students and researchers and being an anchor for regional and national economic development. How universities boost economic growth Universities are integral to public policy. Never before have institutions of higher education been…

The history of wearing mask-wearing

The history of wearing mask-wearingBy Catherine Carstairs Professor, Department of History, University of Guelph Clearly, our discomfort about wearing masks in the midst of a pandemic has deep roots. Bad smells and bird beaks Medical mask-wearing has a long history. In the past few months, pictures of the beaked masks that doctors wore during the 17th-century plague epidemic have…

Fast COVID-19 vaccine timelines are unrealistic and put the integrity of scientists at risk

Fast COVID-19 vaccine timelines are unrealistic and put the integrity of scientists at riskAuthors Byram W. Bridle, Associate Professor of Viral Immunology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Shayan Sharif, Professor of Immunology and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, University of Guelph The average times of the fastest sprinters in the 100-metre dash are in the ballpark of 10 seconds. So, what would you think if someone…

Brain research shows the arts promote mental health

  by Brittany Harker Martin Associate Professor, Leadership, Policy & Governance, University of Calgary Disclosure statement Brittany Harker Martin owns Mindset Consulting Inc. and is the founder of Brain Smoothies, an art-based program. During self-isolation due to coronavirus, many are turning to the arts. Perhaps they seek a creative outlet or opportunity for expression, but…