U of G Student Team Aims to Advance to Next Phase of Deep Space Food Challenge

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Members of the Canadian Space Agency panel speak with U of G team members Rosemary Brockett and Jared Stoochnoff in front of the GOOSE chamber

Students from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College are feeling optimistic their entry in the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Deep Space Food Challenge will advance to Phase 3 of the multi-year contest. 

This week, the team met with CSA members in the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) on campus to unveil the system that could one day be used to grow food during lengthy space missions. 

Called Canada GOOSE, or Growth Options for Outer Space Environments, the food-growing system is a self-contained, plant-growth chamber that uses advanced environment control technology to grow vegetables, fruits and mushrooms without soil, sunlight or even fresh water. 

As the CSA panel watched, the U of G team cranked open the door of the sealed growth chamber to reveal multiple levels of plant pods filled with lettuce, chard, tomatoes, broccoli and more. 

GOOSE student team leader Jared Stoochnoff, a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES), explained the system features calibrated LED light systems that mimic the sun and can match the needs of each crop.  

“The temperature, carbon dioxide and circulation within the growing chamber are carefully controlled using a low-wattage system that requires no more energy than a video gaming device,” he said.  

Contest to drive advancements for more sustainable food production

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Members of the Canadian Space Agency listen to GOOSE team members describe the system

The plants thrive on a hydroponic system that delivers nutrients to the plants using a growing medium the team designed, explained Rosemary Brockett, a second-year SES master’s student and Arrell Scholar who noted it took several tries to get the system just right. 

Other team members demonstrated their 

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MRO Enhances Executive Leadership Team with Two Healthcare Technology Veteran Hires

Matt Wildman, Chief Commercial Officer, and Moliehi Weitnauer, Chief Product Officer, join MRO to help drive growth and innovation

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Jan. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — MRO, Corp. (MRO), the leading clinical data exchange platform in healthcare, announced today two key additions to the executive leadership team. Matt Wildman has joined as Chief Commercial Officer and Moliehi (Mo) Weitnauer as Chief Product Officer. MRO’s enhanced leadership team brings deep expertise in clinical data circulation and a shared passion to transform the clinical data exchange for providers, payers, and users of clinical data.

Weitnauer enjoys a robust skillset in product strategy and product management, having helped build product organizations for many leading companies. Most recently, she did so at Cotiviti, where she was senior vice president of corporate and product strategy, and FinThrive, where she led product management for the billing and denials management solutions portfolio.

“Clinical data exchange is a core challenge in the healthcare industry. MRO is at the epicenter of this industry challenge and is positioned to continue to bring unique enterprise clinical data exchange solutions to the market,” said Weitnauer. “I’m excited to join a company with deep expertise and advanced technology in clinical data exchange and I’m looking forward to driving innovation and helping shape the portfolio of solutions into the future,” she continued.

Wildman brings a wealth of experience with clinical data and technology. Prior to joining MRO, Wildman spent 20 years with Cerner Corporation in a variety of roles, including general manager of Cerner Australia, head of sales, and senior vice president of client relationships. In Wildman’s new role as chief commercial officer, he is accountable for MRO’s go-to-market strategies, market expansion, and creating deeper alignment with current and prospective clients.

“Healthcare providers are overwhelmed with requests for clinical data, a

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