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U of S research suggests Indigenous children were well-nourished before residential schools

June 28, 2016

SASKATOON – Indigenous children in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the first half of the 20th century were at a healthy weight when they entered residential schools, according to new research from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), a finding that has implications for health policy to address alarming rates of obesity and diabetes among Indigenous people.

“For the most part, children entering residential schools had healthy weights, which suggests they were well-nourished coming in from their home communities,” said Paul

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U of S researchers awarded $9.2 million from NSERC

June 24, 2016

Over the next five years, 57 University of Saskatchewan scientists will receive more than $9.2 million from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through their Discovery, Discovery Accelerator, and Research Tools and Instruments programs.

The new grant projects will investigate an array of research areas. Examples include how computer systems support behavioural change, from learning and living healthy lifestyles, safe work and leisure practices; to the causes of the decline of songbirds in North America some populations

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Saskatchewan’s cyclotron now supplying radioisotopes to Royal University Hospital

June 24, 2016

SASKATOON – Stakeholders from government, healthcare and academia today marked the start of supply of radioisotopes from the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences for patient PET-CT scans at Royal University Hospital. The achievement marks the end of the cyclotron’s three-year capital project and the beginning of its operational life as a supplier of radioisotopes for Saskatchewan patients.

The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences started supplying Royal University Hospital on June 6, 2016. Prior to that, the hospital received the radioisotope from

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U of S Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences announcement regarding Saskatchewan patient care

June 23, 2016

SASKATOON – Premier Brad Wall, Minister Responsible for Innovation Jeremy Harrison, and leaders from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Fedoruk Centre and Saskatoon Health Region will participate in an event marking the end of the university’s Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences capital project and the start of supply of radioisotopes it produces for Saskatchewan patients.


WHAT:                 Saskatchewan Centre of Cyclotron Sciences event

WHEN:                 Friday, June 24, 2016, 10:30 am

(Media are requested to arrive no later than 10:15 am)

WHERE:               SaskTel

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Saskatchewan Pulse Growers invests $23 million in pulse breeding at U of S

June 17, 2016

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) announced nearly $23 million in funding to support pulse crop breeding at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC).

This funding will be applied to the third five-year term in SPG’s 15-year pulse crop breeding agreement with the CDC and will support continued work in the areas of pea, lentil, chickpea, dry bean, and faba bean breeding.

“The availability of continually improving pulse crop varieties from the CDC has fueled the rapid growth of pulse

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Canadian food research on the table at the U of S

June 15, 2016

SASKATOON – Canada is a swamp, according to University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher Rachel Engler-Stringer. Or is it a mirage? The answer is both, at least when it comes to our food retail environment.

While it has always been food for thought, these landscapes are among the findings of a new series of papers entitled Retail Food Environments in Canada: Maximizing the Impact of Research, Policy and Practice, recently released in a special supplement of the Canadian Journal of

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Edwards inspires young U of S entrepreneurs

June 8, 2016

SASKATOON – What started as a summer student position has quickly grown into something much larger for Lenny Williams, a fourth-year accounting student in the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Williams was hired as an alumni relations student assistant for the summer and tasked with the enormous project of digitizing the composite boards of the many Edwards graduates of years past.

“I kept thinking there had to be a more efficient way to digitize the

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IMII funds U of S research to enhance underground safety in Saskatchewan potash mines

June 6, 2016

SASKATOON – Deep underground in a potash mine, lives can depend on ensuring the ground is stable and that where required, reinforcement with steel rebar is effective.

Resin-bonded rebar is often drilled into potash mine ceilings to proactively reinforce them to prevent rock from falling (ground falls).

While these events are rare, even small ground falls can be dangerous and that is why industry is funding research to gauge the effectiveness of resin-bonded rebar.

The International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) and three of

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U of S signs agreement to support Indigenous Land Management professionals

June 2, 2016

SASKATOON – With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) College of Agriculture and Bioresources and National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA), Indigenous students can use course credits from both institutions to receive professional certification.

The agreement, signed June 1, will allow six courses from NALMA Professional Land Management Certification Program to be used towards academic programming in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, said Fran Walley, associate dean, academic in the

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Thursday at U of S Spring Convocation

June 1, 2016


SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites members of the media to cover tomorrow’s final day of Spring Convocation ceremonies:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

TCU Place

35 22nd Street East


Thursday, June 2—9 am ceremony

Graduating: Kinesiology, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nutrition, School of Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine.

 Honorary Doctor of Laws: Mike Babcock

He is one of the most decorated coaches in hockey history—the only coach to win a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a world championship—but Mike Babcock has never

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