University of Saskatchewan News


Lucas Richert

The deal with drugs

November 18, 2014

The highs and lows of public perceptions about drugs—both legal and illegal—is an endlessly fascinating area of study for Lucas Richert, a sessional lecturer in the Department of History.

Abdalla Karoyo holds starch-based material used to capture water pollutants.

Get smart

November 17, 2014

A University of Saskatchewan chemistry student has developed a new “smart material” with potential to significantly improve ways of combatting toxic waterborne contaminants that threaten our health and environment.

Jennifer McRuer studies environmental sustainability in schools.  Photo by Shayna Piercy

Green grades

November 12, 2014

University of Saskatchewan student Jennifer McRuer is using a prestigious scholarship to identify best practices for how environmental sustainability is taught and practiced in Canada’s schools and universities.

(from left) Timothy Kelly, Philip Boutin and Ronald Steer close to the solar panel system at the U of S Horticulture Science Field Facility.

Solar flare

November 3, 2014

Growing up on a farm near St. Louis, SK, Philip Boutin channeled the power of the sun to electrify cattle fences using solar panels he and his father installed.

Oluwafemi Oluwole studies asthma rates in Saskatchewan rural children.

Asthma attacks

October 27, 2014

Growing up in rural Nigeria, Oluwafemi Oluwole experienced first-hand the challenges of agricultural pesticide exposure on lung health.

Deborah Anderson, associate member of biochemistry, U of S College of Medicine and senior research scientist with the SCA.

Cancer care

October 22, 2014

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) are making progress in determining how molecular-specific proteins may be linked to certain types of cancer.

Grant Wood, right, and Diane Knight examine the tomato crop atop the Stadium Parkade.

Garden in the sky

October 20, 2014

“You can never have too many tomatoes,” said Grant Wood, aghast that anyone would suggest otherwise. “You cut them up, put them in zip-lock bags, and freeze them. Then you pull them out as you need them, add some chickpeas and make curry.”

Howard Wheater, director of the Global institute for Water Security.

What lies beneath

October 16, 2014

It’s out of sight and for most, out of mind. Yet the water flowing unseen beneath the ground’s surface across Saskatchewan is a vital natural resource for the province’s future.

Joe Rubin, assistant professor of veterinary microbiology.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria discovered

October 16, 2014

When Joe Rubin went shopping for squid in Saskatoon, he found something sinister lurking in the calamari—bacteria that were resistant to “last line of defense” antibiotics.

U of S student Anson Main sampling water from wetlands. Photo by Alex Zahara

Tracking pesticides in wetlands

October 14, 2014

PhD student Anson Main has spent months driving across Saskatchewan collecting water samples from more than 300 wetlands.