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U of S study shows growth in beaver populations important for habitat creation and global methane gas emissions

December 17, 2014

Over-trapping nearly wiped out the beaver 100 years ago but the ambitious rodents have bounced back and have created ponds on three continents that cover an area about the size of Switzerland, according to University of Saskatchewan research published in the Royal Swedish Academy of Science journal AMBIO.

The researchers also noted an associated increase in methane emissions from those ponds. At the end of the 20th century, beaver activities contributed up to 800 million kilograms of methane to the atmosphere

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Northern flicker dads fly further to recharge over winter

December 17, 2014

For northern flicker dads, a hard summer looking after the chicks means flying a bit farther south than mom, likely to ensure good winter feeding to bulk up for the next year according to a new study led by University of Saskatchewan biologist Elizabeth Gow.

“Females wintered, on average, farther north than males, although there was overlap throughout their nonbreeding range,” Gow said. “This pattern contradicts those of other species.”

Sex differences in migration distances are well known, but this is the

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U of S research reveals “major piece of the puzzle” in repairing nerves

December 17, 2014

A research team led by Valerie Verge at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has discovered an important molecular worker in the repair shop of the body’s nervous system, a finding that brings them a step closer to new treatments for debilitating nerve injuries.

The molecule in question is called Luman, a nerve cell (neuron) protein discovered by Vikram Misra in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine while investigating the common cold sore virus. Luman is aptly named after a

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Christmas 2014 University of Saskatchewan experts

December 16, 2014

Holiday marketing techniques
Marketing expert Stormy Williams is available to comment on holiday-specific marketing techniques and how some companies and big brands become embedded in the holiday experience.
To arrange an interview, please contact: 306-966-8423 or
Picking the perfect tree
Having trouble picking the perfect Christmas tree, Grant Wood assistant professor in the department of Plant Sciences is available to explain how to choose, cherish and care for your perfect tree.
To arrange an interview, please contact: 306 966-5586 or
Pets and the holidays

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U of S launches chair in power systems engineering

December 16, 2014

A new chair in the College of Engineering will look to strengthen the power and energy industry in Saskatchewan and beyond.

The SaskPower Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering was announced at a news conference and celebration earlier today. Tony Chung, professor in the College of Engineering was named the the inaugural chair.

“As SaskPower Chair, Chung will be working to advance academic activities and applied research in power systems engineering development in the province,” said Georges Kipouros, dean of the College

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Blue bloods may have been first to colonize Earth

December 15, 2014

Some of the first complex animals on earth likely bled a beautiful robin’s-egg blue, according to research at the University of Saskatchewan.

“This is essentially the first report of evidence for invertebrate blood in the fossil record,” said Brian Pratt, the paleontologist and professor who led the research team whose results are published in the journal PALAIOS.

The team examined fossils of an elegant, feathery, bug-like arthropod called Marrella splendens excavated from the Burgess Shale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in British

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U of S College of Engineering welcomes SaskPower Chair

December 12, 2014

Media are invited to welcome the new U of S College of Engineering SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering, Tony Chung.

The $3.5 million to fund the chair comes from SaskPower and supports the chair position, laboratory improvements, scholarships, research and curriculum development related to power systems engineering.

Tuesday Dec. 16

9 am

Louis’ Loft

Memorial Union Building

93 Campus Drive

University of Saskatchewan

Chung’s work will be focused on advancing academic activities and applied research in power systems engineering development in the province. He is well-known in

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Industry Liaison Office announces Tech Venture Challenge teams

December 11, 2014

Eleven technology-based entrepreneurs have been chosen from a field of 27 to advance to the next phase of the 2015 Tech Venture Challenge (TVC), the annual business start-up competition presented through the University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office (ILO).

The teams now begin a race for the $50,000 grand prize.

“Each year the quality of the applicant pool grows and the judging is a bit more challenging,” said Tom Roberts, ILO acting managing director. “As I look at the successes of our

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U of S researchers explore policy issues key to education, human resources and territorial identities with SSHRC funding

December 10, 2014

Three separate projects, led or co-led by Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) faculty, have received almost $200,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The money will be used to explore policy issues related to the provincial K-12 education system, human resource policies and practices in organizations, and how public policy impacts territorial identities.

How can the public education system be more efficient at optimizing use of public resources?

Haizhen Mou, Michael Atkinson, Jim Marshall, Dionne Pohler and Daniel

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