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U of S researcher says a little gym goes a long way

April 23, 2014

Parents rejoice: those twice-a-week forays to the gymnastics gym to watch kids do bear walks and crab crawls are enough to pay big health dividends, according to University of Saskatchewan researcher Marta Erlandson.

“They (children) had better bone parameters even after an hour or so a week of participation,” she says.

Erlandson, an assistant professor in the College of Kinesiology, explains that while it was known elite gymnasts developed much stronger bones than sedentary youths or even other athletes, no one knew

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Saskatchewan’s first Cyclotron arrives at U of S

April 22, 2014

Construction of the cyclotron facility at the University of Saskatchewan achieved a significant milestone today with the arrival of the facility’s heart: a state-of-the-art TR-24 cyclotron manufactured by Advanced Cyclotron Systems Inc. of Burnaby, B.C.

“The arrival of this versatile and technologically advanced machine is an exciting step toward realizing the dream of our federal-provincial partnership to create a new Saskatchewan resource for research, education and innovation in nuclear medicine,” said Karen Chad, U of S vice-president research.

“The cyclotron facility will

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U of S president appointed to Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council

April 22, 2014

University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac has been appointed to the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

As the Government of Canada’s external advisory body on science, technology and innovation policy issues, STIC is composed of senior, highly accomplished individuals from the business and academic communities, as well as federal deputy ministers. Members, selected from across the country, cover many sectors of

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Cyclotron to arrive at U of S

April 21, 2014

Media are invited to a photo opportunity on Tuesday, April 22 to see the province’s first cyclotron hoisted and placed inside the Cyclotron Facility which is currently under construction. For safety reasons, a cordoned off area will be set aside for media.

Tuesday, April 22

1 – 2 pm

(media are encouraged to be on-site no later than 12:50 pm)

Cyclotron Facility

120 Maintenance Road (see map)

Funding for the cyclotron was announced in March 2011. Construction of the facility,

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U of S awarded more than $500,000 in new research tools from Canada Foundation for Innovation

April 17, 2014

Six University of Saskatchewan researchers will share a total of $557,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for projects exploring the potential of a diabetes drug in treating cancer, use of radio waves in food and bioproducts processing, how people’s brains synchronize when creating music, how healthy pregnancies can go awry, and how to reclaim land after oilsands mining.

“This investment in much-needed labs and equipment across our campus will advance a wide range of exciting research projects that will

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IMII, Mitacs and U of S partner to lead minerals industry innovation in Canada

April 11, 2014

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan’s International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII), the national research and training organization Mitacs, and University of Saskatchewan are partnering on a novel research and training initiative through an investment valued at more than $600,000.

The Mitacs Industry Executive in Residence—Minerals (MIER-Minerals) will identify and create new research initiatives that will lead to innovation in the minerals sector, strengthening companies and enhancing Canada’s economy.

The MIER-Minerals is the first of several such positions Mitacs will support nationally across various industry sectors. 

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U of S requests expressions of interest for ice rink facility in College Quarter

April 11, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan is looking for a way to meet its need for a new ice rink without increasing its capital or operating costs.

Later this month the university will issue a request for expressions of interest in building an ice facility in College Quarter. The process will be similar to the one used for the hotel development that was announced in November 2013, and the agreement would involve a long-term land lease to an outside firm to build and

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University of Saskatchewan hosts medical imaging biomarker development workshop

April 10, 2014

North American experts in medical imaging are meeting with University of Saskatchewan health researchers and students today to discuss how advanced imaging and biomarkers can speed up detection and treatment of diseases in people and animals.

The University of Saskatchewan workshop today will focus on the challenges in developing nuclear biomarkers and nanoprobes (tiny particles used to detect, diagnose and treat disease) to better understand specific disease mechanisms and pathways. Biomarkers help medical imaging specialists measure the severity or presence of

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U of S researcher asks: can law and happiness go together

April 9, 2014

A new seminar in the College of Law called Law and Happiness looks to explore how the law affects the health of lawyers and judges, and even students looking into entering the profession

While the class itself is new to the college, the idea had been forming in Assistant Professor Marilyn Poitras’ mind for quite some time.

“Lawyers are trained to strip away everything but the legal issue at hand, which is great for the profession, but not so great when it

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U of S professor wins Killam Prize

April 9, 2014

James R. Miller, professor of history in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, has been awarded the 2014 Killam Prize in the Humanities.

Miller is the second Saskatchewan recipient of one of these prestigious national awards. The first, Feroze Ghadially of the U of S, received a Killam Prize in Health Sciences in 1981, the program’s inaugural year.

Widely considered Canada’s leading expert in the field of Native-newcomer relations, Miller was chosen for the award on the

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