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More than 2,500 new students will be attending the U of S this fall.

University of Saskatchewan welcomes students back to campus

August 31, 2015

More than 2,500 new students will begin their campus experience at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) this week, with the kick off of Orientation and Welcome Week activities, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU).

Media are invited to attend the following events:

Tuesday, Sept. 1

International Student Welcome

1-7 pm (check-in opens at noon)

Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts 241

Hosted by the International Student and Study Abroad Centre, this is a chance for students who are new to Canada to learn

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Andrew Potter, CEO of PREVENT

Streptococcus vaccine clinical trial to begin

August 25, 2015

SASKATOON – The Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc. (PREVENT), a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) located at the University of Saskatchewan, and Vaxent in Memphis, Tennessee, are pleased to announce the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial of StreptAnova®, a vaccine designed to prevent Group A streptococcal (GAS) infections.

The trial will be conducted at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology in Halifax.

Group A streptococcal diseases are more common in children than adults. GAS infections cause substantial morbidity

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Clara Hughes

Canadian Olympian to speak to U of S students

August 24, 2015

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition opens annual professional development event to the public

SASKATOON – Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes will speak to University of Saskatchewan students and the public about mental health this fall.

The event will be held in the Sid Buckwold Theatre at TCU Place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 pm.

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition’s annual fall professional development event has been opened up to the public this year in the college’s effort to reach out to the

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Neil Alexander, executive director of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

International researchers set to conduct fusion experiments at University of Saskatchewan

August 21, 2015

Scientists from nine countries are meeting at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) from Aug. 23-28 to conduct experiments to help answer questions crucial to the development of commercial nuclear fusion, using the same processes that power the sun to make carbon-free electricity here on Earth.

“This series of joint experiments is an outstanding opportunity to enhance our international collaborations and provide opportunities for our students to interact with prominent world experts, while advancing fusion research,” said Chijin Xiao, professor

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Jennifer Nyhof

U of S conference introduces students to One Health

August 20, 2015

Attending the University of Saskatchewan’s first One Health Leadership Experience in 2012 ignited veterinary student Jennifer Nyhof’s interest in One Health.

“I thought it was inspiring: having the opportunity to go to the conference, networking with so many other professionals, seeing world-class speakers and being able to sit down and talk to people who are leaders in the field,” said Nyhof, who has attended the annual One Health student event for the past three years.

The conference, which takes place Aug. 21-23

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U of S College of Medicine takes significant step toward solving accreditation problems

August 13, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA) have signed a Letter of Understanding, offering incentives to the College of Medicine’s physician faculty to engage in individual contracts for clinical and academic work. This step will help clear the path toward accreditation for the province’s only medical school.

Nimra Dar will enter the College of Engineering this fall.

U of S students earn major Schulich scholarships

August 6, 2015

Students awarded largest Canadian scholarship to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics

SASKATOON – Nimra Dar and Simranjeet Singh are the latest University of Saskatchewan students to earn prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships.

Schulich Leader Scholarships are entrance awards for high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at participating universities in Canada and Israel.

Dar, 18, is a recipient of the award valued at $80,000. She graduated from Jasper Place High School in Edmonton and will enter

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Won Jae Chang in the College of Engineering displays an automatic Soxhlet extractor used to separate and analyze soil contaminants. Photo: Kate Blau

CFI funds four research projects at the U of S

July 29, 2015

High-capacity wireless, petroleum cleanup, lung health and gene research awarded funding

SASKATOON – Four University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded $393,000 to support projects to develop high-capacity mobile telecommunications devices, bacteria-based cleanup of petroleum contamination, a mobile lab to study and treat lung health in horses, and equipment to catalogue the trillions of microorganisms that live within us.

The funding, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), provides 40 per cent of total project costs, with the balance

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U of S awarded $37.2 million to design crops for global food security

July 29, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has been awarded $37.2 million over seven years by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund for leading-edge research and technology that will transform crop breeding and provide innovative solutions to national and global food security.

The U of S is one of only five universities in Canada selected by an international board to receive funding under the new federal program in which 36 Canadian post-secondary institutions competed for up to $350 million.

“We are thrilled

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Andrew Potter, director and CEO of VIDO-InterVac

VIDO-InterVac developing new cattle vaccines

July 24, 2015

SASKATOON – Work to develop vaccines against two diseases that attack the lungs and intestinal tracts of cattle has received a $2.9 million boost from Genome Canada to co-fund research at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Bovine tuberculosis affects the lungs of cattle and bison, and wild species such as deer and elk. It also can be transmitted to humans. While more prevalent in the developing world, where it

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