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New network to link substance abuse research and treatment across Prairies

May 1, 2015

A new initiative to help co-ordinate efforts to study substance abuse and share intervention strategies across the Prairie provinces has been awarded $1.85 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

“Right now, there is no network linking researchers, service providers, and patient advocates across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, nor is there any strong co-ordination among research agendas across our region,” said Colleen Dell, Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dell, together with principal investigator Cameron Wild

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Band in The Bowl on Music Monday at the U of S

April 30, 2015

Media are invited to attend a rare outdoor concert by Saskatoon middle years students in The Bowl on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan on May 4.

In celebration of Music Monday across the country, 100 members of the Brunskill School Grade 6-8 band will perform a 25-minute concert. Since the event overlaps with Star Wars Day—­­May the 4th be with you—the band will open the concert with the Star Wars theme for the first of seven songs. The concert

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U of S helps local residents beat the tax deadline

April 28, 2015

The date to file your 2014 tax return is just days away, but for 545 local residents there will be no deadline drama this year, courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan’s volunteer tax preparation program.

For the 27th year, the Edwards School of Business has helped low-income individuals and families file their tax returns, with 132 students, 43 chartered accountants and 11 faculty members volunteering a total of 659 hours of their time to help with the program.

“This is the second

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U of S-led pulse and vegetable research to improve African food security

April 27, 2015

International projects led by University of Saskatchewan researchers have been awarded $2.2 million from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), part of an $8.3 million investment to improve food security with partners in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Benin.

Carol Henry, associate professor in the U of S College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, will receive $1.76 million towards a $3.85 million project with colleagues in Ethiopia to bring higher-yielding, more nutritious chickpea and bean varieties to more than 70,000 farming households in the

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U of S College of Education adds direct admission option

April 27, 2015

Students with a passion for education will soon have the option of applying for direct admission to the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education and spending four years, instead of the current two, focused on learning to be teachers.

Under the current admission process, called sequential admission, students are required to take 60 credit units in the College of Arts and Science before applying to the College of Education; those admitted then complete another 60 credit units of education coursework. The

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U of S professor picked for prestigious Fulbright Arctic Initiative

April 23, 2015

When top diplomats from the nations of the Arctic Council meet to discuss issues during the next two years, they will draw on research by University of Saskatchewan associate professor Greg Poelzer.

At Fulbright Canada’s 25th anniversary event in Ottawa this week, Poelzer was named one of 17 international scholars from eight Arctic Council states chosen to participate in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Poelzer and fellow researchers will collaborate on addressing research questions relevant to the Arctic nations’ shared challenges.

“It’s one

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University of Saskatchewan responds to federal budget

April 23, 2015

Officials at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) are pleased with Tuesday’s federal budget announcement, which included significant investments for research, innovation and support for post-secondary education.

Interim President Gordon Barnhart noted that federal support for universities will be key for the future of the U of S and will help the university strengthen its research activities and impact.

“Support for research and innovation is an important theme in this budget, with the federal government investing more than $1.5 billion in

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Michael Cavallaro, PhD student in the School of Environment and Sustainability

Making backyards buzz

April 22, 2015

This Earth Day, the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) has some tips on how to make your backyard an attractive place for solitary bees—native pollinators that hold a vital place in Saskatchewan ecosystems.

“Our province is home to over 350 different species of solitary bees and many varieties of crops and native plants rely on these bees for pollination,” said Michael Cavallaro, a SENS PhD student. “Unlike honeybees, they do not nest in hives or follow a typical social caste

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U of S offering Earth Day tours

April 21, 2015

Media are invited to join the University of Saskatchewan’s Earth Day tours on campus.

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre and the U of S Office of Sustainability are offering the tours to explore the campus and highlight the sustainability initiatives that are making the university an environmentally-aware place of learning. The Earth Day tours begin on April 22 and run through to April 29.

Matt Wolsfeld, community engagement coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, will be available for media interviews.

Wednesday, April

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U of S PhD student Michael Cavallaro

U of S students busy bees on Earth Day

April 20, 2015

Graduate students in the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability and the Toxicology Centre are helping bees make their homes along the Saskatoon riverbank with the installation of bee ‘hotels’ in Cosmopolitan Park.

Saskatchewan is home to over 350 different species of solitary bees, which unlike honeybees, do not nest in hives, preferring to nest in small cavities found in trees or decaying wood. Students have constructed bee houses out of seasoned, untreated wood blocks with the hopes that

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