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University of Saskatchewan raises $57,696 on One Day for Students

March 25, 2015

Fun and philanthropy were highlights of One Day for Students, the university’s day of giving campaign held March 20.

The 24-hour campaign included an all-day event in Place Riel, and wide-ranging conversation on social media (using the hash tag #onedayforstudents) all in aid of raising money to support extracurricular student experiences through the President’s Student Experience Fund.

“Each project or initiative that this fund supports can have a huge impact in a student’s career or life,” said Interim President Gordon Barnhart at

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U of S fundraising campaign for students will see donations matched

March 19, 2015

On Friday March 20, the University of Saskatchewan is holding a one-day campaign to support unique and innovative projects and activities for students through the President’s Student Experience Fund. Professor Emeritus Kay Nasser and his wife Dora are matching every dollar donated to the fund that day up to a maximum of $25,000.

Donations to the President’s Student Experience Fund have helped students host conferences on campus, travel abroad with programs like Engineers without Borders and even win a national cheerleading

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U of S awarded more than $100,000 to support science activities for youth across Saskatchewan

March 19, 2015

Three unique educational initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) that provide interactive science activities for young students got a funding boost today from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Just over $100,000 was awarded as part of NSERC’s PromoScience program, which provides hands-on learning for young students in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

“These investments will spark the passion of students for science that can lead to excellent career opportunities for the

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An adult ivory gull feeding on a seal carcass near Resolute Bay, Nunavut. Photo: K. A. Hobson.

U of S research measures mercury levels in declining bird species

March 18, 2015

Mercury from coal-burning power stations and other sources is suspected of contributing to quick drops in populations of endangered Arctic birds, according to new research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan.

In a new paper published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Alex Bond, former U of S post-doctoral fellow and his co-authors write that ivory gulls, top predators in the circumpolar North, have declined in number by more than 80 per cent since the 1980s. Only a few

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Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School faculty available for general comment on provincial budget

March 17, 2015

The following public policy experts will be available for general comment about the provincial budget announcement, which is scheduled for 2 pm in Regina on March 18, 2015.

Peter Phillips, Distinguished Professor and Graduate Chair, will be available in Saskatoon on March 18 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Haizhen Mou, Assistant Professor, will be available in Saskatoon after 4 pm on March 18. She will also be available on March 19 for commentary.

Greg Poelzer, Associate Professor, will be available in Saskatoon on March 18

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University of Saskatchewan president available for comment on provincial budget announcement

March 17, 2015

The Government of Saskatchewan 2015-16 provincial budget is scheduled to be tabled on March 18, 2015 at approximately 2 pm and will include information on the University of Saskatchewan’s 2015-16 provincial funding.

University of Saskatchewan Interim President Gordon Barnhart will be available for interviews in Regina at the conclusion of the budget speech until 4:30 pm in the rotunda of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.

Media are encouraged to pre-arrange interview times.


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Boyle, Director, Strategic Communications

University of Saskatchewan

(306) 966-6204

U of S students offer neuroscience fun during Brain Awareness Week

March 16, 2015

Jell-O brains, a mock MRI, Jeopardy, and a hands-on neuroscience laboratory are just a few of the attractions coming to Saskatoon during Brain Awareness Week from March 16 to 22, 2015.

Why Jell-O?

“Very few people have actually seen a real brain, but everyone has seen Jell-O,” said Julie Gerwing, Education and Prevention Coordinator with Saskatoon City Hospital’s Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team. “It’s a fun and simple way to help us get across the idea of just how interesting the brain

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University of Saskatchewan holds the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

March 3, 2015

Grad students at the University of Saskatchewan will compete this week by summarizing years of research into three minutes…using words anyone can understand.

Media are invited to attend the 2015 Three Minute Thesis (3MT), an event at which U of S graduate students show the exciting ways that research at the university may eventually impact Saskatoon and beyond.

Tuesday March 3, 2015

10am – 3:30 pm

GSA Common

Emmanuel St. Chad

1337 College Drive

U of S campus

3MT is an internationally recognized research communication competition developed

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