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U of S to celebrate Aboriginal Achievement Week

February 5, 2016

SASKATOON – Members of the media are invited to take in University of Saskatchewan (U of S) celebrations during Aboriginal Achievement Week.

More than 20 events honouring Aboriginal scholarship and artistic expression will take place on campus from Feb. 8 to 12. For a full list of Aboriginal Achievement Week events at the U of S, visit the event website.



Motivational Talk by Marcel Petit

1:30-2:30 pm | Neatby Timlin Theatre, Room 241, Arts Building

Marcel Petit is a Métis filmmaker

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Fedoruk Centre invests $2-million in policy research at U of S

February 5, 2016

SASKATOON – The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation will invest $2-million to support research at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Regina (U of R) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

The funding will benefit JSGS research in energy and technology policy, as well as public engagement.

“The Fedoruk Centre is very pleased to be supporting this new capability in Saskatchewan,” said Neil Alexander, executive director of the Fedoruk Centre at

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SIPPA program producing practitioners

February 4, 2016

SASKATOON – People in communities across Saskatchewan are benefitting from better access to physician services. A new family doctor is now practising in Wadena, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program, supported by the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Auday Rahoum joins many other International Medical Graduate (IMG) colleagues already practising in Saskatchewan. SIPPA is a unique made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses IMGs on their education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine.

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An overhead shot of the opening ceremony (photo by David Stobbe).

U of S celebrates historic opening of new student centre

February 3, 2016

SASKATOON – As the doors of the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre officially opened today, a decade-long chapter of planning, designing and construction closed at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

The grand opening brought dignitaries and Aboriginal leaders to the U of S campus, including National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada, Perry Bellegarde, as well as members of the Oakes family after which the centre is named. The celebrations included an intimate pipe ceremony

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Astronaut Roberta Bondar to speak at the U of S

February 2, 2016

SASKATOON – Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut, will present a lecture at the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Convocation Hall on Thursday, Feb. 4:

“Earth Patterns from afar: A challenging perspective”
Thursday, Feb. 4
3:30–4:30 pm
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building
107 Administration Place
University of Saskatchewan

Bondar is also the world’s first neurologist in space. She conducted scientific experiments for 13 countries on the space shuttle Discovery mission in 1992. Back on earth, she headed an international space medicine research team

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U of S veterinarians to release great horned owl

February 1, 2016

SASKATOON – Media are invited to attend the release of a great horned owl currently under the care of wildlife veterinarians in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5:15 pm
Holiday Park
1205 Schuyler Street

The owl was brought into the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) on Jan. 21 and has been under the care of clinicians who have provided physical evaluation and treatment of an

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Grand opening celebrations set at U of S for Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

February 1, 2016

SASKATOON – Members of the media are invited to the official grand opening celebrations of the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 11 am
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre
5 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan

The ceremony will be up to an hour and a half long. Media are invited to a brief interview session 30 minutes before the formal event begins. Available for interviews at that time will be U of S

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TRC the topic of U of S Wunusweh law lecture

January 29, 2016

SASKATOON – The College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites members of the media to attend the 2016 Wunusweh Lecture in Aboriginal Law on Monday, Feb. 1.

Monday, Feb. 1, 12 pm
Room 150, College of Law
15 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan

The lecture, entitled “Truth, Reconciliation and Legal Education: The TRC Syllabus and Indigenous Laws,” will include a panel discussion featuring:

Gillian Calder, University of Victoria
Karen Drake, Lakehead University
Aimée Craft, University of Manitoba
Chris Lafleur, Native Law Centre

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U of S student group supports sobriety pledge

January 29, 2016

SASKATOON – Media are invited to attend the month-end celebration for the “Thinking About My Drinking” challenge at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). Students pledged to stay sober from alcohol for one month.

Monday, Feb. 1, 4 pm
North Concourse, Place Riel
1 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan

(Parking is available in the STM parking lot, which is front of Place Riel)

Leading the Program (and available for interviews):

MC: Dania Aboukhodoud, student research coordinator for What’s Your Cap?

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Golden opportunity for U of S researchers

January 28, 2016

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (U of S) professor Stephen Foley and his team appear to have the Midas touch when it comes to gold extraction research.

Foley, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, along with research associate Loghman Moradi and PhD student Hiwa Salimi, have discovered a new financially viable and environmentally friendly way to recover and recycle gold from electronic waste.

“We’ve found a simple, cheap and environmentally benign solution that extracts gold in seconds, and can be

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