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U of S researchers contribute to first draft of wheat genome

July 17, 2014

University of Saskatchewan researchers are part of an international team who published the first chromosome-based draft sequence of the wheat genome, a development that promises wheat breeders powerful new tools in developing varieties to meet the challenges of world population growth and climate change.

“The release of the chromosomal draft of the wheat genome sequence will accelerate gene discovery in wheat, and pave the way for development of tools to improve breeding of complex traits such as yield, insect and disease

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General Fusion – U of S partnership aims to advance energy R&D in Canada

July 14, 2014

A University of Saskatchewan research team led by physicist Akira Hirose is partnering with General Fusion to help develop advanced materials for their prototype fusion reactor technology.

“The University of Saskatchewan has world-class plasma physics expertise and can support General Fusion’s R&D program as we work to perfect our magnetized target fusion technology,” said Michel Laberge, chief scientist for the company, which is based in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Nuclear fusion is the same reaction that powers the sun. It involves fusing together

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Media advisory: University of Saskatchewan hosts 50th annual Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course

July 8, 2014

Media are invited to attend the Saskatchewan Principals’ Short Course (SPSC) The banquet is part of a four-day course for current or aspiring principals and vice principals in Saskatchewan, which provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their knowledge of theory, practice and reflection, contributing to their skills as teachers and school leaders. 

Tuesday, July 8

5:30 pm

Travelodge Hotel

106 Circle Drive West

Speakers will include Minister of Education Don Morgan, U of S President Gordon Barnhart and comedian

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New U of S research chair will help reclaim oil sands mine sites

June 27, 2014

University of Saskatchewan geoscientist Matt Lindsay will help Canada’s oil sands industry make sustainable mine closure decisions through a new $1.4-million industrial research chair funded jointly by the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Syncrude.

Over the next five years, Lindsay and a team of students will study byproducts of oil sands mining and processing — such as sand, treated fluid fine tailings and petroleum coke — and analyze changes to these materials after they are used to

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U of S researcher brings farmland moose study into Aboriginal classrooms

June 26, 2014

Aboriginal youth from across southern Saskatchewan will apply both traditional knowledge and western science to a hands-on study of farmland moose through the University of Saskatchewan, thanks to $78,000 over three years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

“The program sets out to deliver meaningful science experiences in the field and in the classroom to Aboriginal youth in our province,” said project leader Ryan Brook, team leader in Aboriginal peoples and the environment at U of

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U of S community welcomes interim president with installation ceremony

June 23, 2014

On June 23 the University of Saskatchewan held the traditional installation ceremony for Gordon Barnhart, who was appointed interim president and vice-chancellor, effective May 22, 2014.

Chancellor Blaine Favel formally installed Barnhart at a ceremony held in Convocation Hall in front of members of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors, the campus community and the general public.

In his installation address, Barnhart praised the university’s resilience and ability to adapt during challenging times. He spoke proudly of the strengths that the

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U of S Board of Governors appoints Karen Chad to second term as VP research

June 18, 2014

University of Saskatchewan Vice-President Research Karen Chad will serve a second five-year term in the senior leadership position effective January 1st, 2015.

The Board of Governors approved the reappointment on the recommendation of a 14-person review committee comprising faculty, staff and students, and a board member.  The committee solicited feedback from a wide range of members of the campus community and external stakeholders.

“I am delighted to be working with Karen Chad whose collaborative style has fostered a shared research vision focused

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Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations partners with U of S researchers to improve mental health services for youth

June 13, 2014

University of Saskatchewan researchers are partnering with members of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) as part of a $25 million national effort to find ways to improve mental health services for vulnerable young people.

“It’s estimated that only about a quarter of Canadian youth with mental health issues actually receive the help they need,” said Dr. Caroline Tait, a medical anthropologist at the U of S College of Medicine and leader of the Saskatchewan section of the TRAM program.

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U of S Agrologist Ernie Barber named Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada

June 13, 2014

Ernie Barber, a distinguished University of Saskatchewan (U of S) agricultural scientist and senior administrator, has been named a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC), the AIC’s highest honour.

The award recognizes a member of the organization who has made distinguished contributions to Canadian agriculture through building scientific capacity, collaborating across disciplines, and effectively communicating the importance of agriculture within Canada and beyond.

“AIC Awards are based on nominations from our membership,” said Lianne Dwyer, AIC President. “They reflect the

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New Rockstar Philosophy app developer Flavio Ishii

U of S part of “New Rockstar Philosophy” app

June 11, 2014

A how-to book for musicians and bands has been rendered into an interactive app with multi-media features thanks to collaboration among University of Saskatchewan software developers, a local street artist, and Saskatoon publishing house Indie Ink.