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VIDO-InterVac researchers advance cattle disease research in Kenya

January 30, 2015

A team of scientists from the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) have been awarded nearly $5 million to continue their work in developing a vaccine to protect cattle against contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP).

“CBPP is highly contagious and kills a large percentage of the animals infected,” said Andrew Potter, VIDO-InterVac’s director. “Traditional approaches for disease control and vaccination have not been successful. This grant will help

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U of S-Symbiota project awarded Genome Canada funding to develop natural plant microbiome products for improving food crops

January 27, 2015

University of Saskatchewan microbiologists Vladimir Vujanovic and Jim Germida have been awarded $1.9 million through Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program. They will work with Cambridge, Mass. based plant microbiome company, Symbiota™, on a $16-million research project aimed at improving yield and stress resistance in food crops.

The U of S and Symbiota researchers will use cutting edge tools to evaluate and field test crop-microbe combinations that hold promise for developing breakthrough agricultural products.

“Building on an exciting discovery from U of

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U of S researchers, Health Quality Council release dementia report and recommendations

January 27, 2015

A report released today by the University of Saskatchewan-based Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Team and the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC) provides new information on the scope of dementia across the province and offers five recommendations for action.

“This is the most comprehensive study of the scope of dementia and dementia care in Saskatchewan that has been undertaken to date,” said Debra Morgan, a professor in the U of S College of Medicine who leads the RaDAR Team.

“Since age is

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University of Saskatchewan Regina campus hosts national nursing conference

January 26, 2015

The University of Saskatchewan invites media to attend the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) national conference being held Jan. 28-31, at the U of S College of Nursing Regina Campus.

The CNSA national conference brings together over 400 nursing students and nursing professionals from across the country. Attendees are given the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, interact with fellow students and health-care workers, while taking part in various breakout sessions on a range of topics.

Media are invited to attend the

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CFI invests in space weather research to guard industry, information economy

January 23, 2015

Space weather researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have been awarded $462,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support their research into how the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field interacts with the harsh environment of space.

“Space weather affects us all—from the power grids that keep our lights on to the satellites that support our information economy,” said Karen Chad, U of S vice-president research. “This major investment from CFI will help create new knowledge to

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U of S students learn to lead in unique new course

January 23, 2015

A new experiential learning course is connecting University of Saskatchewan students with organizations in the community while they build their skills in governance and leadership.

The Governance and Leadership Development Practicum is a new offering from the Edwards School of Business that pairs students with mentors from local non-profit and community-based organizations for a full academic year. During the course, the students serve as contributing, but non-voting, members on that organization’s board of directors. The course’s classroom component features interactive seminars

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CFI invests in U of S environmental, energy, and health research projects

January 20, 2015

University of Saskatchewan researchers will share a total of $844,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for wide-ranging projects that will explore potential health benefits of using pulse crops in pet and fish feeds, energy-efficient technology for removing water from biofuels, catalysts to clean up air and water, and genetic and environmental factors underlying diseases such as cancer and osteoarthritis.

The four projects were announced January 20 on the U of S campus by Ed Holder, Canada’s Minister of State

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New book by U of S president emeritus explores university leadership and public policy issues

January 19, 2015

A just-published book by University of Saskatchewan president emeritus Peter MacKinnon argues that Canadian universities must embrace competitiveness and change if they are to succeed in the global race for talent.

“There should be no doubt about the extent and rapidity of change in the environment in which our universities find themselves,” writes MacKinnon in University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century: A President’s Perspective.

As part of the growing globalization of higher education, universities are “in a great brain

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Target is discontinuing all operations in Canada; what went wrong? University of Saskatchewan experts weigh in.

January 15, 2015

Two University of Saskatchewan experts are available to talk about Target discontinuing all operations in Canada.

Marketing expert David “Stormy” Williams is available to comment on why Target failed in Canada from a marketing perspective. He can discuss:

The affect of unstocked shelves and not having enough compelling products at competitive prices did to the chain;

Why there were overinflated consumer expectations;

Why the decision to close was made so quickly;

How a company that is so good at marketing failed in Canada;

If their opening

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SWITCH and the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition partner to expand clinic services

January 15, 2015

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Medication Assessment Centre (MAC) and the non-profit charity, Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH) are teaming up to improve health care in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.

MAC pharmacists will collaborate with other SWITCH team members such as the family physician or nurse practitioner review to patients’ medications, provide recommendations for changes and help patients better understand their treatment.

“Medications play such an important role in patients’ treatment and quality of life, and pharmacists continue to play

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