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Ruth Kost

U of S reseacher’s boar hunt to document invasive species

July 3, 2015

Ruth Kost is on a boar hunt—spending her summer on the road in a rented truck, sleeping in a tent as she crisscrosses Western Canada from Vancouver Island to the Manitoba-Ontario border.

“Ironically, I’ve never actually seen a wild boar,” explained the master’s student in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan.

A live sighting may well elude her again as she gathers tales of the elusive—and destructive—creatures from local biologists and conservation officers across Western Canada.

“These are

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Franco Vizeacoumar

Movember funds back prostate cancer gene targeting

June 26, 2015

A team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is searching for genetic targets to selectively kill prostate cancer, backed by $87,000 from the Movember Foundation through Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC).

Franco Vizeacoumar, a research oncologist with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, leads the team, which is working to take advantage of “synthetic dosage lethality,” a condition where one or both of a pair of genes is mutated in cancerous tissue, and possibly made vulnerable to drugs.

“This will allow

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University of Saskatchewan nursing project supports youth

June 25, 2015

K+S Potash Canada sponsors community mentoring program

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) College of Nursing and K+S Potash Canada GP came together today to celebrate an exciting new partnership supporting Regina’s Street Culture Project Inc.

K+S Potash will provide $21,000 distributed over three years to help U of S College of Nursing students in Regina provide mentorship and deliver health promotion programming to youth at Street Culture.

Marie Dietrich Leurer, assistant professor at the College of Nursing Regina Campus,

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A Wood bison calf grazes with its mother at the U of S Western 
College of Veterinary Medicine's Goodale Research Farm near Saskatoon.

U of S bison symposium draws global experts

June 24, 2015

Move over cattle. This week, global experts are gathering in Saskatoon to discuss a different member of the Bovidae family during the First International Symposium on Bison Health.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is organizing the symposium for more than 100 researchers, veterinarians and bison producers.

“The WCVM is a centre of excellence for multiple species and we hope to be the go-to people for bison health as well,” said Murray Woodbury,

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International biosciences leader joins Global Institute for Food Security Board of Directors

June 24, 2015

SASKATOON – Mr. Stephen Visscher, a renowned international leader in developing new multi-national partnerships to tackle global food security, is joining the Board of Directors of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan, effective immediately.

Mr. Visscher is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), a government-funded council in the United Kingdom that invests in world-class bioscience training and research with potential for major societal impacts. He is also the

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Climate change among 49 new U of S research projects

June 22, 2015

The lessons of ancient climate changes, renewable energy’s effect on the power grid, and the psychology of distraction are among the projects being pursued by University of Saskatchewan researchers who have been awarded $7.6 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

The projects are among 49 NSERC Discovery and Discovery Accelerator grants to the U of S. Examples include:

Lorin Elias, a professor of psychology, will examine lateral biases – that is, people’s tendency to favour one side over

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National Aboriginal Day celebration on U of S campus

June 18, 2015

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC), University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation (WDFN) are pleased to co-host a National Aboriginal Day celebration and welcome Saskatoon and area communities to join us on campus for this free, all-ages cultural event.

Sunday, June 21, 1–4:30 pm
The Bowl, University of Saskatchewan

The opening ceremony will start at 1 pm with WDFN Elder, Senator Littlecrow. Remarks will follow from Her Honour Vaughn Solomon Schofield, the Lieutenant Governor

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University of Saskatchewan scholar to lead cutting-edge research into co-operatives

June 18, 2015

Internationally known University of Saskatchewan researcher Murray Fulton has been appointed to the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) Chair in Co-operative Governance.

Funded by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and approved by U of S Council and Board of Governors, this $300,000 chair will extend over a five-year term starting this September.

“Co-operatives were built by people with the vision to see the value in co-operating to source their own products and services,” said Scott Banda, CEO of FCL. “Good governance is the key to creating long-term value that benefits members and communities

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U of S to host Great War Aboriginal roundtable

June 16, 2015

Members of the media are invited to attend a roundtable discussion at the University of Saskatchewan to hear members of the First Nations and Métis communities discuss the Aboriginal role in the Great War.

Friday, June 19
12:45 pm
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building
107 Administration Place
University of Saskatchewan 

The event, hosted by the U of S in co-operation with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the Gabriel Dumont Institute, is an opportunity for the public to hear the voices of

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50-year anniversary weekend for Veterinary college

June 12, 2015

Media are invited to attend events on Saturday, June 13, in celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

The college’s homecoming celebration includes a keynote presentation by veterinary surgical oncologist Sarah Boston, who graduated from WCVM in 1996. She is the author of Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved my Life.

Boston and WCVM Dean Douglas Freeman will be available for interviews immediately following her presentation.

Saturday, June 13

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