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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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University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering and ICAM France sign agreement

April 7, 2014

The College of Engineering at the U of S and Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers (ICAM) France finalized an agreement in late March that allows U of S students to experience a French perspective on engineering.

“This agreement enables the undergraduate and graduate students of both our institutions to benefit from a broader range of research projects and faculty knowledge,” said College of Engineering Dean Georges Kipouros. “As well, it offers students the opportunity to experience life and work abroad.”

The agreement

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Bringing in the dogs to help U of S students to stress less during exams

April 7, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan is helping student’s “paws” for a moment to help reduce their stress during finals.

Anna-Belle, an English bulldog and other St. John Ambulance therapy dogs will be touring campus, offering their calming canine companionship to U of S students.

The therapy dogs and their handlers are partnering with the U of S Student Health Services, the Office of the President, the Research Chair in Substance Abuse, What’s Your Cap? Student group and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

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U of S Geology research reveals animal evolution surged ahead in stable Cambrian ecology

April 7, 2014

A research team led by University of Saskatchewan Professor Luis Buatois is providing new evidence to understand the evolution of life at the beginning of the Cambrian period, half a billion years ago.

“During the Cambrian period the face of our planet changed forever and there are still many unanswered questions,” said Buatois, from the Department of Geological Sciences. “I think that our work is showing that the Cambrian was unique in that it witnessed the appearance of modern group of

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Go with your gut, but check with your head, says U of S decision-making expert

April 4, 2014

Should you go with your gut, or with your head?

For Valerie Thompson University of Saskatchewan professor of cognitive psychology, it depends: do you need a quick answer, or a correct answer?

“We have a limited capacity for thinking,” she said, explaining that the conscious mind exists at a bottleneck between the vast amount of information pouring in from the outside world and the enormous amount of data stored in long-term memory.

“You can hold more items of information and do less with

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