University of Saskatchewan News


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.

Brett Trost reviews data with professor Anthony Kusalik. Photo by Dave Stobbe

Software helps Ebola research

October 8, 2014

When Brett Trost enrolled in computer science back in 2009, he never imagined his University of Saskatchewan PhD research would help international experts study the deadly Ebola virus.

Yasmin Carter learned techniques at the Canadian Light Source at U of S.

Bones of contention

September 29, 2014

In Canada, bone fractures due to osteoporosis affect one in three women and one in five men over their lifetimes, costing the health-care system more than $2.3 billion a year.

Dendrochronologist Colin Laroque

Lord of the rings

September 26, 2014

Trees can be good storytellers; their rings report history that can help predict the future, and forests are filled with chapters of information on the environments in which they grew.

Jeffery McDonnell, associate director of the U of S Global Institute for Water Security.

Wonderful world of water

September 24, 2014

After the worst of many grizzly bear incidents during a summer job in the Yukon, Jeffery McDonnell returned to his studies at the University of Toronto but switched his major from geology to water studies.

Adam Crane

Fishing for answers

September 22, 2014

Newly hatched baby turtles on Florida’s coast have been known to rush away from the ocean, rather than toward it as they normally would do.