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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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President Barnhart to speak on Great War

March 2, 2015

Media are invited to attend a lecture delivered by Interim President Gordon Barnhart as part of the U of S commemoration of the centennial of the Great War, 100 years after it took place.

Tuesday, March 3

4 pm

Convocation Hall

105 Administration Place

U of S Campus

Barnhart’s lecture focuses on Edmund Oliver, a faculty member at the U of S who was appointed the principal of Presbyterian College, before he joined the war effort in 1916 as a World War I chaplain. In 1917,

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Government investment benefits U of S research team

February 27, 2015

Biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

With this funding, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), led by Canada Research Chair in Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing and Professor of Chemical Engineering, Ajay Dalai, will be able to purchase highly-specialized equipment for the development and commercialization of

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Shedding light on copper’s life-and-death balancing act

February 27, 2015

University of Saskatchewan researcher Scot Leary has begun to shed light on a little-understood process critical to life—how cells regulate copper.

Leary and his team found that mitochondria, the power plants inside all living cells, help regulate the essential element copper, and that those levels must be kept in perfect balance to keep the cell healthy.

“Perturbations in copper handling—be it acquisition, distribution or excretion—cause severe, fatal forms of human disease,” said Leary, a biochemist in the College of Medicine. “It is

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Climate change, heart health and sustainable urban transportation featured at U of S rethink research event

February 26, 2015

Rethink research is coming to the University of Saskatchewan March 4 and 5, bringing with it international experts sharing their knowledge on everything from designing a better bus system and living a heart-healthy lifestyle, to issues such as climate change and deciding for whom to vote.

The event, organized through the U of S Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL), is designed to bring together top international and U of S social science researchers to share how their work can be—and has

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University of Saskatchewan hosts the 2015 Canadian Mining Games

February 18, 2015

Teams of engineering students from 10 post-secondary institutions from across Canada will come together in Saskatoon this week to compete in the 2015 Canadian Mining Games. Media are invited to attend as College of Engineering students participate in academic challenges and hands-on competitions.

Each year the Canadian Mining Games are held at participating mining engineering universities across Canada. This year teams of 12 students from each university compete in 25 events from Feb. 19 to 21.

Events are located at various venues

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U of S engineering professors win national Synergy Award for outstanding research partnership with Saskatoon firm

February 17, 2015

Two University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded a Synergy Award for Innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for their outstanding collaboration with Venmar CES, Inc. (Venmar CES), a Saskatoon manufacturer of energy-efficient solutions for the commercial ventilation market.

Building on the university’s long history of expertise in heating, cooling and humidity control, and on the company’s design, manufacturing and marketing expertise, the research partnership has developed innovative energy exchange technology for Venmar’s revolutionary

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New clot-removal therapy benefits stroke patients

February 12, 2015

An international team which includes University of Saskatchewan neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Kelly has completed a medical trial at several sites around the world showing that a clot retrieval procedure known as endovascular treatment (ET) can dramatically improve patient outcomes after an acute ischemic stroke.
“The Saskatoon Stroke Program team is honoured to be part of this landmark study for stroke care,” said Kelly, adding that ET techniques for the most severe forms of stroke are already offered at Royal University Hospital

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Neolithic bones tell tale of child birth tragedy and earliest record of human twins

February 9, 2015

Angela Lieverse could not help but be torn between being a mother and a scientist as she handled the tiny bones, remains that tell of an ancient tragedy.

“You have no idea how hard it is to look at those little tiny bones—I have kids too—and not get choked up,” said Lieverse, a bioarchaeologist at the University of Saskatchewan. “It’s an absolutely devastating story.”

The tiny bones are nestled among the pelvis and upper leg bones of a young woman who died

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