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Won Jae Chang in the College of Engineering displays an automatic Soxhlet extractor used to separate and analyze soil contaminants. Photo: Kate Blau

CFI funds four research projects at the U of S

July 29, 2015

High-capacity wireless, petroleum cleanup, lung health and gene research awarded funding

SASKATOON – Four University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded $393,000 to support projects to develop high-capacity mobile telecommunications devices, bacteria-based cleanup of petroleum contamination, a mobile lab to study and treat lung health in horses, and equipment to catalogue the trillions of microorganisms that live within us.

The funding, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), provides 40 per cent of total project costs, with the balance

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U of S awarded $37.2 million to design crops for global food security

July 29, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has been awarded $37.2 million over seven years by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund for leading-edge research and technology that will transform crop breeding and provide innovative solutions to national and global food security.

The U of S is one of only five universities in Canada selected by an international board to receive funding under the new federal program in which 36 Canadian post-secondary institutions competed for up to $350 million.

“We are thrilled

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Andrew Potter, director and CEO of VIDO-InterVac

VIDO-InterVac developing new cattle vaccines

July 24, 2015

SASKATOON – Work to develop vaccines against two diseases that attack the lungs and intestinal tracts of cattle has received a $2.9 million boost from Genome Canada to co-fund research at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Bovine tuberculosis affects the lungs of cattle and bison, and wild species such as deer and elk. It also can be transmitted to humans. While more prevalent in the developing world, where it

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University of Saskatchewan scientists use genomics to address agri-food challenges

July 21, 2015

SASKATOON – Genome Canada has awarded three of its 11 projects in the national Genomics and Feeding the Future competition to innovative agri-food research led by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) scientists.

The three projects, developed with Genome Prairie, total $23.8 million. Each will use knowledge of gene make-up and functions to improve wheat, lentil and cattle production, respectively. U of S is also a co-lead on a $9.8-million Alberta-based project to improve disease resilience and sustainability in pork production.

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From left, Dean Lorna Butler of the College of Nursing, Chief Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree Nation, and Dean Michelle Prytula from the College of Education.

U of S to offer courses at Onion Lake Cree Nation

July 20, 2015

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Colleges of Education and Nursing have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Onion Lake Cree Nation to create additional opportunities for potential post-secondary students to learn where they live.

The agreement gives Onion Lake students the option of entering into the fields of either education or nursing, or completing prerequisites for other health sciences in Onion Lake through the support of the already established Indian Education Teaching Program (ITEP), run by

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Kendra Purton

The dirt on Saskatchewan soil

July 16, 2015

Master’s student Kendra Purton earns U of S Graduate Thesis Award and Harry Toop Memorial Prize

SASKATOON – Whether it be from a field, grassland, or even the forest, Kendra Purton is finding remarkable similarities in soils across a section of Saskatchewan – a result that neither she nor fellow soil scientists were expecting to find. The results could have drastic implications on future soil management at a time of changing climate.

“Regardless of the soil we were looking at, the results

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Peta Bonham-Smith, interim dean of the College of Arts and Science

U of S College of Arts and Science names interim dean

July 13, 2015

With current Dean Peter Stoicheff soon headed to the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) President’s Office, the College of Arts and Science has named biology professor Peta Bonham-Smith as interim dean.

The appointment, which begins July 13, will be for one year while the search takes place for the next dean.

Bonham-Smith earned her BSc from the United Kingdom’s Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1979 and her PhD from the University of Calgary in 1987. She joined the U of S Department of

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Peter Stoicheff

U of S announces Peter Stoicheff as 11th president

July 9, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors has announced the appointment today of outstanding U of S scholar and academic leader Peter Stoicheff as the incoming president.

“Peter has the rare combination of a compelling vision, superb team-building skills and proven administrative experience to lead our university at this pivotal and exciting time in the province’s history,” said Greg Smith, chair of the U of S Board of Governors.

“The search for our new president was national and international in scope, with

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University of Saskatchewan to announce incoming president

July 7, 2015


The University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors will introduce the university’s 11th president and vice-chancellor:

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Program begins at 10 am

Convocation Hall
Peter MacKinnon Building
105 Administration Place
University of Saskatchewan

Media are invited to attend. There will be time for media interviews with the new president immediately following the program.

The announcement will also be streamed live at


For more information, contact:
James Shewaga
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan

U of S fully funds students from child welfare system

July 6, 2015

Beginning this September, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will offer a new, uniquely comprehensive fund to encourage youth who were in care of the province’s child welfare system to continue their education.

While many universities across Canada offer incentives to students leaving the child welfare system, the U of S will provide one of the most comprehensive university-sponsored funds in Canada, according to Patti McDougall, vice-provost of teaching and learning at the U of S.

“We work hard to attract

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