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CFI invests in space weather research to guard industry, information economy

January 23, 2015

Space weather researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have been awarded $462,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support their research into how the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field interacts with the harsh environment of space.

“Space weather affects us all—from the power grids that keep our lights on to the satellites that support our information economy,” said Karen Chad, U of S vice-president research. “This major investment from CFI will help create new knowledge to

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U of S students learn to lead in unique new course

January 23, 2015

A new experiential learning course is connecting University of Saskatchewan students with organizations in the community while they build their skills in governance and leadership.

The Governance and Leadership Development Practicum is a new offering from the Edwards School of Business that pairs students with mentors from local non-profit and community-based organizations for a full academic year. During the course, the students serve as contributing, but non-voting, members on that organization’s board of directors. The course’s classroom component features interactive seminars

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CFI invests in U of S environmental, energy, and health research projects

January 20, 2015

University of Saskatchewan researchers will share a total of $844,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for wide-ranging projects that will explore potential health benefits of using pulse crops in pet and fish feeds, energy-efficient technology for removing water from biofuels, catalysts to clean up air and water, and genetic and environmental factors underlying diseases such as cancer and osteoarthritis.

The four projects were announced January 20 on the U of S campus by Ed Holder, Canada’s Minister of State

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New book by U of S president emeritus explores university leadership and public policy issues

January 19, 2015

A just-published book by University of Saskatchewan president emeritus Peter MacKinnon argues that Canadian universities must embrace competitiveness and change if they are to succeed in the global race for talent.

“There should be no doubt about the extent and rapidity of change in the environment in which our universities find themselves,” writes MacKinnon in University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century: A President’s Perspective.

As part of the growing globalization of higher education, universities are “in a great brain

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Target is discontinuing all operations in Canada; what went wrong? University of Saskatchewan experts weigh in.

January 15, 2015

Two University of Saskatchewan experts are available to talk about Target discontinuing all operations in Canada.

Marketing expert David “Stormy” Williams is available to comment on why Target failed in Canada from a marketing perspective. He can discuss:

The affect of unstocked shelves and not having enough compelling products at competitive prices did to the chain;

Why there were overinflated consumer expectations;

Why the decision to close was made so quickly;

How a company that is so good at marketing failed in Canada;

If their opening

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SWITCH and the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition partner to expand clinic services

January 15, 2015

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Medication Assessment Centre (MAC) and the non-profit charity, Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH) are teaming up to improve health care in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.

MAC pharmacists will collaborate with other SWITCH team members such as the family physician or nurse practitioner review to patients’ medications, provide recommendations for changes and help patients better understand their treatment.

“Medications play such an important role in patients’ treatment and quality of life, and pharmacists continue to play

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Sustainability lab puts student skills to the test

January 15, 2015

Whether it’s sourcing local foods for a cafeteria, planning a bike-friendly campus or even designing a dairy waste management system, University of Saskatchewan students are applying their knowledge to real-world problems through the Sustainability Living Lab.

“We’ve been doing this on an ad hoc basis for years, but last year we decided we’re really going to formalize and expand it,” said Margret Asmuss, sustainability co-ordinator for the U of S Office of Sustainability. The initiative treats the whole campus as a

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University of Saskatchewan releases 2015-16 tuition rates

January 14, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors has approved tuition increases for the 2015-16 year. On average, students will see a tuition rate increase of 2.4 per cent for the upcoming academic year.

“We hear our students when they express concern about the affordability of post-secondary education,” said Board of Governors Chair Greg Smith. “One of the three principles we follow when setting tuition is affordability and accessibility for students. In addition, it’s important to ensure we continue to offer a

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U of S dentistry students win national research competition with new mercury-free material for filling teeth

January 9, 2015

Research by three students in the U of S College of Dentistry may lead to a new mercury-free material or amalgam for filling teeth.

“Amalgam is tried, tested and true, it’s been used for many years, but there is such a negative public perception of mercury-based amalgams even though there are no harmful side effects,” said Anapaula Campos, a fourth-year dentistry student.

With the help Dr. Azita Zerehgar, assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, and Assem Hedayat, assistant professor of dental materials, the

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U of S holds annual white coat ceremony for dentistry students

January 8, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan invites media to attend the annual white coat ceremony where 27 second-year dentistry students will be recognized as they transition from the simulation lab to patient care and clinical treatment.

Friday, Jan. 9
1:30 pm
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building
University of Saskatchewan
107 Administration Place

Dr. Gerry Uswak, dean of the College of Dentistry, will host the ceremony during which each student will be gifted with a white lab coat, provided by the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

Peter

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