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U of S produces world’s first in vitro bison calves

July 21, 2016

SASKATOON – Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have successfully produced bison calves using in vitro fertilization—a world first.

The four wood bison calves grazing beside their protective mothers look just like any other bison—but what makes these animals unique is the way they came into the world.

Three calves are the first bison ever born using in vitro fertilization. Researchers produced them in a laboratory, then transferred the embryos into surrogate mothers more than nine months ago.

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World’s first in vitro bison calves born at the University of Saskatchewan

July 18, 2016

SASKATOON -Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have successfully produced four bison calves using in vitro fertilization—a world first.

Media are invited to a field tour on Thursday, July 21, to meet the bison calves on pasture at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Native Hoofstock Centre.

In early July, four wood bison cows gave birth to the calves that were derived after transfer of embryos produced by in vitro fertilization. This achievement is the culmination of

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U of S NSERC/SaskPower research chair to develop modern power grid

July 13, 2016

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (U of S) electrical engineer Tony Chung has been awarded a $2.2-million industrial research chair that will help Canada achieve a safe, reliable and sustainable power grid that incorporates renewable energy sources.

The research will be funded with $1.14 million over five years from the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and a matching $1.14 million over five years from SaskPower through a previously announced $2.5-million 10-year investment in Chung’s research program.


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U of S announces Debra Pozega Osburn as its new vice-president university relations

July 8, 2016

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (U of S) President Peter Stoicheff announced the appointment today of Debra Pozega Osburn as the new vice-president university relations.

“Debra has the diverse experience and leadership qualities we were looking for,” said Stoicheff. “As vice-president university relations, she will spend much of her time connecting with our alumni, donors and the broader community throughout the province, and we are delighted to bring someone of her calibre to the University of Saskatchewan.”

Pozega Osburn will officially assume

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U of S rooftop garden practices farm to fork feeding on camp

July 8, 2016

SASKTOON – A unique rooftop garden project promoting sustainable agricultural practices and urban farming is taking root on the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) campus this summer.

“This is the other face of agriculture—urban agriculture,” said Grant Wood, a professor in the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Located on a sunny, triangle-shaped roof visible from the above-ground walkway between the Biology and Agriculture Buildings, Wood said the garden will grow tomatoes, hot peppers, lettuce, kale and spinach.

“We might

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U of S mine reclamation research facility hosts open house

July 7, 2016

SASKATOON – Today, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) showcased the research capabilities of a new testing facility to develop and commercialize innovative mine waste cover systems.

The Mine Overlay Site Testing (MOST) facility—the first of its kind in the world dedicated to mine cover system research, design and testing—will contribute to better understanding in the area of mine closures, specifically mine waste cover systems and reclamation strategies, said Jeffrey McDonnell, head of the

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University of Saskatchewan to announce new vice-president university relations

July 7, 2016

U of S President Peter Stoicheff will announce the university’s new vice-president university relations.

Friday, July 8, 2016

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 vice-president university relations and with President Peter Stoicheff immediately following the program.


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma

Media Relations Specialist

University of Saskatchewan


U of S Board of Governors elects Lee Ahenakew as chair

July 7, 2016

SASKATOON – Lee Ahenakew will step in as chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in July.

At a recent meeting, the Board of Governors approved a motion naming Ahenakew as board chair and David Dubé as vice chair effective July 1, 2016. Ahenakew, originally appointed to the board in 2013, will replace Greg Smith who served as chair since 2014. Smith will remain on the board until his replacement is named by an

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U of S launches mining facility to address environmental and reclamation strategies

July 6, 2016

SASKATOON – Media are invited to attend an open house for the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Mine Overlay Site Testing (MOST) facility.

This new facility is designed to save time and money by mimicking the strain that is placed on mine covers in a small, controlled environment. Aimed at supporting industry research, MOST will improve cover design, mitigate risk, increase accuracy of environmental assessment and contribute to the development of reclamation strategies.

Live demonstrations and tours will be held throughout

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Willoughby named interim dean at U of S Edwards School of Business

July 5, 2016

SASKATOON – Keith Willoughby has been appointed interim dean for the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Edwards School of Business effective July 1, 2016. The appointment is for one year while the search takes place for the next dean.

Willoughby earned his BComm at the U of S, an MSc from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of Calgary. He first joined Edwards School of Business in 1997 as an assistant professor before taking a

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