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Aboriginal high school students getting a look at life on campus

May 25, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan is playing host this week to high school students getting their first taste of university life.

The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Canadian universities, particularly in technical and scientific fields. Scholarships are offered to Aboriginal Grade 11 students from across the country to spend a week at a Canadian university, experiencing all it has to offer.

Having been offered many times at the University of

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Jeff Wandzura and Dr. Ryan Sander of TruVation accept the grand prize in the 2015 Tech Venture Challenge.

U of S Tech Venture Challenge winners announced

May 21, 2015

And the winner is … TrueVation!

Dr. Ryan Sander, Jeff Wandzura, Dan Morino, Nick Rutherford and Kumaran Vijayan won the grand prize in the annual University of Saskatchewan Tech Venture Challenge (TVC). The winners were announced at a gala event in Saskatoon last night.

The TruVation team’s first product, Patient Prep, is a mobile application for medical professionals to organize patients’ information and improve care. The app is aimed at helping the more than 12 million people in North America each year

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U of S law professor wins international Brightspace Innovation Award

May 21, 2015

Although his path to becoming a law professor was unconventional and his approach to teaching is not par for the course, John Kleefeld has been recognized for his effort and creativity with the 2015 International Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning.

The award, which celebrates innovative approaches to teaching in higher education, is presented by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and sponsored by Desire2Learn.

Kleefeld’s classroom is rich with opportunities for students to collaborate and discuss cases,

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U of S College of Law to host Sallows Fry Conference

May 20, 2015

Media are invited to attend the 2015 Sallows Fry Conference this week, hosted by the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Sallows Fry Conference brings together local and national experts, activists, artists and guests to discuss topics surrounding the criminalization and imprisonment of Indigenous women and those with disabling mental health issues.

The two-day conference begins with a ceremonial opening ceremony featuring Chief Kimberly Jonathan and other First Nations leaders, as well as a performance by the Strong Women

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U of S launches training program in water security

May 20, 2015

A new University of Saskatchewan (U of S) program that will train leaders to help solve Canada’s current and future water security problems has been awarded $1.65 million over six years through the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program of the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

“This major partnership investment will help prepare young scientists to address pressing global water security challenges such as flooding, drought and reduced water quality,” said U of S Vice-President of Research

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Ron Geyer

U of S medical imaging research awarded $2.2 million

May 15, 2015

A team led by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher Ron Geyer has been awarded $2.2 million by Western Economic Diversification Canada to develop and commercialize next-generation imaging agents to identify disease at its earliest onset.

Funding for the three-year project was announced today at the U of S College of Medicine by federal Minister of State Michelle Rempel.

Geyer, a professor of pathology in the College of Medicine, is harnessing advances in molecular biology and genomics. These have allowed researchers

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Two U of S researchers honoured with 2015 Award of Innovation

May 15, 2015

Two University of Saskatchewan researchers who discovered a natural way for wheat and pulse crops to better handle stressful conditions like drought and heat have won the 2015 Innovation Place–Industry Liaison Office Award of Innovation.

The winners and recipients of the $5,000 award are agriculture scientists Vladimir Vujanovic and Jim Germida, recognized for their work that will generate fungi-based technologies to help improve yields as well as heat and drought-tolerance traits of wheat, corn, canola, barley, soy, and pulses. These crops

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U of S student earns prestigious provincial scholarship

May 14, 2015

University of Saskatchewan PhD student Danette Starblanket has been awarded a prestigious scholarship for her work in studying the Idle No More movement.

Starblanket, in the Saskatoon campus of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), has received this year’s $20,000 Queen Elizabeth II Centennial Aboriginal Scholarship, awarded annually to a First Nations/Métis student by the Government of Saskatchewan for academic excellence in graduate or post-graduate studies in the province.

“The Queen Elizabeth II Centennial Aboriginal Scholarship demonstrates the sincere commitment

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U of S takes wide-ranging steps to address student concerns

May 13, 2015

Interim President Gordon Barnhart has announced a number of increased security measures on the University of Saskatchewan campus following weekend vandalism May 9 in a student parking lot.

The following is the president’s response to student concerns presented to the university in a petition on Monday:

Dear Students and Residents,

Let me begin my response to your petition letter by assuring you that you are vitally important members of our community and speaking on behalf of the entire university community, we are dismayed

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U of S addressing parking lot vandalism

May 9, 2015

A number of vehicles belonging to students and staff of the University of Saskatchewan were vandalized and looted overnight in parking lots near the student residences off of Cumberland Avenue.

This is the same lot in which vehicles were targeted this past winter. Suspicious activity in this area was reported by a resident a few weeks ago and as a result of this quick reporting an arrest was made. We ask community members to continue to report suspicious behavior as it

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